Top 10 Battery Tips for Your Smartphone or Tablet

I’ve been a Verizon Wireless customer since 2008 and, therefore, I follow them on twitter at @VZWSupport.  Yesterday, they tweeted the link to this blog post of theirs that relates to how to help save your battery life.  Almost everyone I know has battery issues and, even though I have posted on the topic before, I wanted to post this more inclusive list of ways to keep your phone from powering down.  Share it with everyone you know who has a smartphone (and those who don’t… I’m sure they know someone who it could help).

Find out when to charge, what to turn off and which settings to manipulate to maximize the battery life of your devices.

You know smartphone battery life doesn’t last forever. Sure, the smart thing to do is to always have your charger handy. But life doesn’t always go according to plan. So if your charger’s at home and you’re not, how can you stall that powerless feeling for as long as possible? Here are our top 10 battery tips.

1. Carry a spare charger that doesn’t require an outlet. Even if you can’t be wired to a power outlet, you can still charge your smartphone or tablet battery with an accessory such as the Motorola P4000 Portable Power Pack.

2. Pamper your battery. Keep the contacts where your battery connects into your device clean. And don’t let your device get hotter than about 95 degrees Fahrenheit. For additional reassurance or to give your hot battery a break, you might consider carrying a spare that you can pop in when you’re caught in the red.

3. Upgrade your device. Newer smartphones such as the Droid Maxx by Motorola have considerably longer-lasting batteries than older phones. The Droid Maxx can deliver up to 48 hours of performance before needing a boost.

4. Economize. Turn off Wi-Fi when not in use. Wi-Fi gobbles a lot of power on all devices because it’s always looking for a signal. You can also turn off 4G LTE if you happen to be somewhere without a strong signal. Keep the screen as dim as you can stand it, and close apps when you are done with them so they don’t run in the background. Extend the refresh time: Set your email to get new messages every 15 minutes (or even longer) rather than as soon as they arrive on the server. And whenever possible, put your device to sleep.

5. Turn off push notifications. Yes, you want to know breaking news as soon as it happens or keep up with Facebook comments the instant they are posted to your wall, but these notifications require power. Turn them off when you need to conserve energy and disable location-based services when not in use.

6. Change your settings. Change the display settings on your phone so that your screen time-out is at a lower setting. Make sure Bluetooth is turned off when not in use so your device isn’t trying to pair with an accessory that isn’t there.

7. Do some digging. Look for apps like iOptimizer or Battery Graph that help you monitor your battery use.

9. Charge it! But not too often. For optimum performance, “reboot” your battery whenever you can by waiting to charge until the battery is down to about 10 percent. Then, fill ’er up to 100 percent—and don’t overcharge it. Overcharging actually reduces a battery’s capacity, and every rechargeable battery can only go through the cycle a limited number of times.

10. Have a tablet? Drain its battery regularly. For optimum battery performance in a tablet such as the Samsung Galaxy Note® 10.1, once a month, let your battery drain completely before recharging. It appreciates the exercise.

Read about more battery facts for your mobile device.

Source: Verizon Insider’s Guide

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