Monday, 17 December 2018 11:35

Battery Life - Extend that life

A few weeks ago, we had a post on Facebook reminding those with iPhone 6 and beyond to consider having batteries replaced at Apple stores before the deadline finishes if they are becoming an issue with not holding their charge as long. What we also said is we would be doing tips on prolonging battery life in your devise no matter what it is. This article is broken down into two sections, the first looks at actually extending the life of your battery so its lasts that much longer before being replaced, then we look at what you can do to extend how much you get out of each charge.

 

Extending life

There is a common misperception when it comes to modern batteries and it comes from how they used to be, back a few years before almost all batteries were lithium ion we had nickel cadmium. Nickel cadmium benefits greatly from being completely discharged and then fully recharged. By doing small charges it tended to cut battery life short and also meant battery readouts were incorrect. Lithium ion changes that completely around, lithium benefits from smaller charges than complete ones. Ideally you should charge them from 30% to 70% to get the most out of them but that's hardly practical for most people. So, to those with lithium ion these are our suggestions.

  • Try to aim for 20% to 80% charging during the day, if you need to plug your phone or device in during the day do it when it starts getting low, not when almost drained. Then disconnect it when you have enough power around the 80/90% mark.
  • Avoid fast charging, if you desperately need your phone charged quickly then fast charge is great but know that by doing it you are cutting the life of your battery. Ideally slower charging, low amp chargers over night are the best way to give you the most life from it.
  • Avoid temperature extremes, battery's work best at the same temperatures you do. Leaving your phone in your car on a hot day or in the middle of winter isn't going to do it any good.

 

Making that charge last

  • Turning down the brightness on your screen is the simplest way you can save battery power and can make a significant difference. many phones for example come with auto brightness options based on a light sensor, while that in itself uses power it tends to save more than it uses. The best way would be to manually change it but that not always practical and can be a hassle.
  • Turn on auto lock, when your screens not being used its best to have it off completely. Many newer apps are designed to take this function into account so it doesn’t keep locking you out as you watch a video or read. You also have some apps on android that can set individually how long you have for each app.
  • Dark mode is becoming increasingly popular on many apps. If your screen is an OLED any dark sections of the screen don’t light up at all saving on power. Unfortunately this doesn’t help if you have just a standard LCD screen as the backlight is always on.
  • Disable background functions so your devices are not constantly working in the background using data and power unnecessary. Many apps run in the background unnoticed and these can be a significant drain if something like an update takes place.
  • Switch off advance functions such as auto-play in apps such as YouTube or Facebook. It has become popular for apps to have the ability to auto-play videos for you as you scroll down but that comes at the cost of your data and battery. In the settings for those apps you should find the options to switch it off.
  • Low power modes included in many devices. Some get asked if they want to be switched on as you get low on power but you can usually switch them on constantly or if you know you need to stretch out the power on you device as long as possible.
  • Switch off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or mobile signal. You can do this individual for any unneeded wireless communication or to extended it even further activate flight mode when you know you don’t need it. Unfortunately it cuts all communication which in some cases may not be such a terrible thing.

If you need any more advice or need any help implementing any of these power saving tips feel free to get in contact with us.

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