Today, I would like to tell you about battery usage across all electronic devices. Regardless of what device we’re using, for many of us (actually all of us) there comes the point that the battery life doesn’t last very long. Low battery life can be disruptive and at times a huge inconvenience. So, I want to start by telling you the cardinal rule; you should NEVER OVERCHARGE your device. Additionally, this rule applies for all device(s) that you frequently use, such as your tablet, cell phone or laptop. Likewise, this rule also applies, irrespective of the brand whether it is HP, Dell, Apple, Samsung, LG, Toshiba, Motorola, etc.
1. Don’t Overcharge your Device (by leaving it on overnight)
Seriously, you should not overcharge your device, because of this impact the quality and battery life over time. I’m sure that many of you, (like me), have left their device charging overnight, or just forgot to unplug it. However, if you want to make your battery life last longer, you need to remember to unplug it once it has fully charged. As mentioned, several people charge their devices overnight, yet in the long run, it causes more damage to your battery life, even if it is more convenient at the time. Eventually, overcharging means that you have to consistently charge your device on the go, which is less than ideal.
2. Try to Avoid In-Car Chargers
My second tip is not to use in-car charge (as useful as they seem). Although if you frequently travel and need to keep your devices powered up, then I advise that you purchase an in-car charge that the brand of your device approves of or is fully licensed for your product.
3. Don’t Use Gas Station Chargers
One of the easiest ways to ruin your device, especially the built-in battery is by using cheap, low-quality chargers. As convenient as a gas station charger may seem it is one of the best ways to ruin your battery life further, as they often provide these low standard charging cables. So, if you’re on the road and need to charge your device, try to remember to carry the charging cable that came with your device.
4. Get a Professional Opinion
If you’ve noticed that your device dies quickly, or the battery life is sporadic, then it might be time to get a professional opinion. However, you don’t need to go directly to the supplier as many neighborhood electronic repair companies can fix, replace and review your battery. Actually, if you notice any unusual changes with your battery or the device, for instance, it goes from 60% to 2% extremely quickly, you need to get it checked out. Surprisingly, if your battery is damaged, it can potentially cause your device to explode.
5. Take Advantage of the Power Saving Options
If you need your device’s battery to last all day, then you can make that happen. The built-in power saving options are there for a reason, so take advantage of them.
- Turn of “locations” (unless you need your built-in GPS)
- Turn “WiFi” off when you stop using
- Only turn “Bluetooth” on when you need it, i.e., for driving
- Brightness settings turn your brightness down to the lowest setting where you can still see (some devices offer a day/night brightness which will do this automatically)
- Close your Apps when you finish using them
- Use the “Power Saving” mode (if your device has this option)
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