Mobile phone users often complain about the short life span of battery charges. As mobile technology advances and more options and functions become mainstream, mobile battery power still fails to pace itself. Until higher-capacity batteries become a reality, how can smartphone or tablet users maximize the charge life of their devices?
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Most of your battery’s charge life targets operating the mobile’s screen. Larger screens require more power. Higher resolution screens gobble power. Bright screens require high amounts of power. As you use your mobile device, recognize what functions you perform or the settings you use that require quick power drains.
Allow your device to sit in Idle mode. If you must text, talk or stream, do so at non-peak times. The longer your device waits to send or receive a message, call or video, for example, the faster you drain your battery. When you do stream, talk or text, use an external power source when possible, allowing not only preserving your battery’s charge but recharging it as well.
Because Bluetooth activation incorporates a constant state of seeking signals, even if you aren’t using your headset, utilizing or maintaining the Bluetooth connectivity setting is draining your tablet’s or mobile phone’s battery.
Enable the connection only when actively using a Bluetooth connection, and always disconnect the feature when not using it. Don’t let the device float in the “on” status to maximize your mobile’s battery charge.
Periodic Full Drains
When you have a rechargeable battery, allowing a full battery drain periodically helps your battery “remember” its full charge capability. Most users find that a full battery drain of once monthly is sufficient to prod the device’s “charge memory.” Power users may find that fully draining a battery every two weeks maintains the full charge capacity more efficiently.
However, with any full discharge, allow the device to completely recharge prior to using it again.
Watch using accessories that require a power source. Antenna boosters, for example, may tap into your mobile’s battery pack, which will reduce your effective use time.
On the other hand, external, supplemental battery resources may force your device to use the external battery before tapping into your mobile’s power source. Most mobile user’s find that the external source easily recharges during the life of the mobile’s native battery, provided the solar or outlet source is available.
Text v Talk
Ironically, talking on your mobile device feasts off your battery. Texting, on the other hand, doesn’t require continual power to speakers or microphones. While typing does tap your battery, sending or receiving a text takes less power than talking via a mobile phone or a tablet.
WiFi v 3G/4G Connectivity
Use a free WiFi connection over a network connection when possible. The WiFi feature uses less on-board technology, and it rarely requires more power to find a signal, especially when you’re at the hotspot.
Written by Jaye Ryan, a freelance author and techno-geek who loves writing about mobile technology.