10 Tips to con­serve your smart­phone bat­tery

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10 Tips to con­serve your smart­phone bat­tery Ap­ple, Black­Berry, Sam­sung and other global brands have come up with smart­phones equipped with pow­er­ful mo­bile op­er­at­ing sys­tems such as Google’s An­droid, Nokia’s Sym­bian, Ap­ple’s iOS, etc, that al­lows users to play games, lis­ten to mp3s, snap pic­tures, have ac­cess to the Net and even stream videos.

Given their di­verse range of ca­pa­bil­i­ties and mul­ti­func­tion­al­ity run­ning on a mo­bile (as in on-the-go) plat­form, it’s no won­der that bat­tery life has al­ways been a con­cern for de­vel­op­ers, man­u­fac­tur­ers and the users them­selves. On av­er­age, most smart­phone bat­ter­ies last be­tween one and two days be­fore be­ing com­pletely de­pleted, and in need of a recharge.

While we wait for the hard­ware de­vel­op­ment to catch up, the al­ter­na­tive will be to con­serve bat­tery life. As it is with our energy lev­els, bat­tery life can be ef­fec­tively uti­lized and man­aged, leav­ing noth­ing to go to waste. With­out a bat­tery charger or a spare bat­tery with you ev­ery­where you go, you’ll have to make due with min­i­miz­ing the con­sump­tion of bat­tery juice.

Here are 10 es­sen­tial tips how you can con­serve your smart­phone’s bat­tery. 1. Turn Off Vi­bra­tions Vi­bra­tions are great for no­ti­fy­ing you about in­com­ing calls or mes­sages when you’re in the theatre, meet­ings or other places where it’s nec­es­sary to keep the phone silent. In places where it doesn’t mat­ter, it will be bet­ter for you to use your ring­tone as no­ti­fi­ca­tion if you want to keep your smart­phones on longer.

Vi­bra­tions ac­tu­ally use up more power than ring­tones. The sounds pro­duced by ring­tones are just very tiny vi­bra­tions in your smart­phone’s speaker. Com­pare that to the shak­ing of the en­tire phone via vi­brat­ing a smart weight, play­ing a ring­tone def­i­nitely zaps less of your bat­tery. The same ap­plies for us­ing vi­bra­tion for tac­tile feed­back. If you don’t think it’s nec­es­sary, then dis­able vi­bra­tions or at the very least, lessen the mag­ni­tude of the vi­bra­tions. 2. Dim Your Screen This one tip af­fects bat­tery life dras­ti­cally. It’s ob­vi­ous that dim­ming your screen will re­duce your smart­phone’s power con­sump­tion since we all have to ac­ti­vate the screen when­ever we use our phones. If our screen is brightly lit up ev­ery cou­ple of min­utes when we check our emails and such, it even­tu­ally will zap bat­tery juice. Auto-bright­ness set­ting en­able the smart­phone to ad­just the bright­ness to its op­ti­mal level for read­ing while con­serv­ing bat­tery life.

On the other hand though, you may con­sider tun­ing the level per­ma­nently to the dimmest level that you can still read un­der with­out strain­ing your eyes. Do­ing so may do won­ders to your bat­tery life in the long run. 3. Shorten Screen Time­out In the same man­ner, if you wish to min­i­mize the power con­sump­tion of your smart­phone of the screen dis­play, you ought to con­sider short­en­ing the screen time­out. This de­cides how long the screen will re­main lit af­ter you fin­ish in­ter­act­ing with it.

Some of us do not have the habit of ‘lock­ing’ the phone af­ter we we are done with it; we just let it go lights out by it­self. Keep­ing the time­out du­ra­tion short will en­sure that the phone doesn’t waste power when you’re not us­ing it. 4. Switch­ing

When In­ac­tive Although it is true that turn­ing on your phone con­sumes more power than un­lock­ing your phone, switch­ing it off for a cou­ple of hours can save more bat­tery than leav­ing it on sleep or in­ac­tive mode. If you know you’re not go­ing to touch your phone for an ex­tended pe­riod of time, such as when you’re at­tend­ing a meet­ing or sleep­ing, you can ac­tu­ally cut down a sig­nif­i­cant amount of energy con­sump­tion if you sim­ply switch it off.

You might be won­der­ing why you should even bother about bat­tery level when you’ve a charger with you at home while you sleep. Well, the thing is tha­tre­peated charg­ing for cer­tain kind of bat­ter­ies eats up the bat­tery vol­ume. For such bat­ter­ies, the best way is to con­serve as much as you can so that your bat­tery re­tains its orig­i­nal ca­pac­ity as much as pos­si­ble.

5. Charge Your Bat­tery Cor­rectly

Speak­ing of phone charg­ing, there are gen­er­ally two kinds of recharge­able bat­ter­ies com­monly used for smart­phones: Lithium-ion (Li-Ion), and Nickel-based bat­ter­ies: namely Nick­el­Metal Hy­dride (NiMH) and Nickel-Cad­mium (NiCd).

The bat­tery ca­pac­ity in NiCd bat­ter­ies are re­duced ev­ery time you recharge them. Nonethe­less, NiCd bat­ter­ies have longer life cy­cles i.e. they can be recharged

Off more of­ten than NiMH bat­ter­ies be­fore stop work­ing. Nick­el­based bat­ter­ies should be charged (to the full amount) when they’re more or less out of power, and not when there’s still a good amount of energy left.

Li-Ion bat­ter­ies have the long­est life cy­cle among the three types of bat­ter­ies but they also need to be charged more fre­quently (even when the bat­tery is not fully used up) to main­tain its orig­i­nal ca­pac­ity. To keep your bat­tery last­ing longer, find out more about the type of bat­tery that your smart­phone uses and main­tain the ap­pro­pri­ate charg­ing strat­egy for op­ti­mum us­age. 6. Close Un­nec­es­sary Apps Some of us open app af­ter app and don’t bother to close them even af­ter we no longer need to use them. This mul­ti­task­ing ca­pa­bil­ity is a com­mon fea­ture of smart­phones, but it is also a main rea­son why bat­tery life gets drained away easily. The worst thing is that you’re los­ing bat­tery juice when you are not even us­ing them. Leav­ing them open will leave your bat­tery at half-bar in no time.

As of­ten as pos­si­ble, kill your apps if you are not us­ing them. There are some valu­able apps out there that man­age the mul­ti­task­ing abil­ity of your smart­phone to en­sure it per­forms at its best to con­serve bat­tery life with­out jeop­ar­diz­ing us­age. One such An­droid app is the Ad­vanced Task Killer.

Culled from http://www. hongkiat.com/blog/con­serves­mart­phone-bat­tery-life/

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