Current lithium-ion battery technology has advanced to the point that worrying about your phone or tablet’s battery largely a thing of the past, allowing us to worrying instead about whether or not that girl is going to respond to that last text. Newer batteries allow for greater day-to-day flexibility and no longer have the annoying memory problem of Nickel-Cadmium batteries. Even so, there are plenty of things you can do to shorten the lifespan of your Lithium-ion batteries and render your devices less useful.
Calling and Texting – How do you use your device over the course of a day? Examine how you use your phone to determine what you can do to lessen your impact on the battery. Can you text rather than call? Depending on how much you call or text can determine what route is best to take. If you’re constantly talking, that will obviously be a big drain on the battery, so consider switching some of the conversation to text.
Texting is still going to be a major drain, and if texting is all you do, day and night, that means the screen is constantly on as well. The solution: just stop communicating. Don’t talk or text anyone. Ask yourself, are your friends really your friends? If they don’t care about the lifespan of your phone battery, then they probably aren’t worth keeping around. I’m messing, of course, if you are constantly in communication with someone, there really isn’t a practical way to avoid that battery drain, other than to keep the phone plugged in during these conversations.
Data – Using data is a huge battery drain. Web browsing, music and video streaming, downloading and using apps, and background clutter, it doesn’t matter, any of these activities will suck that battery dry. If you have a personal computer (with an internet connection, natch) handy, consider moving these activities over. If that’s not an option, try to limit what you have open and avoid multitasking. If you’re browsing the web, looking at questionably captioned cat pics, while streaming music from Pandora, your battery’s going to have a bad time. Try to keep background apps to a minimum or turned off completely. This might require a rooted or jail broken phone.
Wireless Connectivity – You’re using data, but how are you using it. Are you using over Wi-Fi (a massive battery drain) or a 3G or 4G cell signal? Using your data over 3G or 4G is less of a burden on the battery than Wi-Fi, and heck, you’re paying for that access, so you might as well use it. Also, don’t forget to turn and keep off Bluetooth and GPS, two more battery hogs. And when you’re not using your phone, when you’re sleeping, at the cinema, roaming, or mysteriously in the middle of nowhere, turn it off. All the way. I know it can be difficult, but it will extend the life of your battery by a considerable amount.
Screen Time – Keep it dim. In fact, turn it your screen brightness as far down as you can stand, depending on the environment, of course. While you’re at it, keeping the screen off as much as possible will also help your battery get to the next day without a recharge.
The Heat is On – So get it off! Heat will ruin your battery faster than George Lucas ruined Indiana Jones. Keep your phone out of sunny areas, such as in a parked car or near a window. Conversely, keep it out of the cold as well.
Ringtone – Do you keep your phone on vibrate? This is a bigger drain on the battery than a ringtone, but ringtones can be super annoying (unless it’s the Star Trek communicator chirp or the Metal Gear Solid ring). You can turn off all notifications or use a very simple beep or tone in place of vibrate or a ringtone to save battery. Not only is it less annoying, your phone might gain a few minutes of life over the course of the day.
Charging Habits – If you’re charging your phone all the time, then I have bad news. You’re doing it wrong. The more you charge, the shorter the battery will last. In fact, if you charge once a day or more, you’ll notice a huge dip in performance within a year (though, the dip in performance will be gradual), but, hey, that’s perfect, because by then the next iteration of your device of choice will be out! It’s win/win!
About the author:
Kevin Butcher is a freelance writer and an expert on mobile technology. His writings cover many topics, including how to sell old iPhones. When he’s not writing, Kevin enjoys finding a good camping spot and mastering his guitar playing