We've all been there. That dreaded moment when you look down on your laptop or hear that frantic warning from your phone, only too late, noticing the red battery symbol, knowing you only have mere moments left until your device powers off....
Cut off from the rest of the world and any communication.
...okay, that may be exaggerating a bit, but it still feels that way, right? Whether it's a smartphone, laptop, cordless tool or MP3 player, and from the built-in battery packs of your device to the batteries in your TV's remote control, here's a few tips to help you avoid falling into that situation and make your batteries last longer.
Use It or Lose It
Playing it Cool
Thanks for the Memories
Over, Under, In and Out
Again, there is a chemical reaction going on inside that battery that allows you to power that phone when you're on the road. Even though this can be a fairly reliable occurrence, it is something that can be upset if abused. Forcing too much power in or out of a battery by trying to quick-charge it or connect it to a device it's not meant for, can damage the battery beyond repair, and may even damage the device, not to mention the safety concerns!
It can also be as bad to charge or use a battery at a lower rate than intended, so using a cheaper cord or damaged charge to power up your phone may damage the battery inside, or worse. This is very important!
...But I Need More Power Now!
While those are all great long-term tips for battery life. there are a few short-term solutions to keep your battery running a bit longer.
Turning off extra apps that are not being used on your phone will help preserve your daily battery life. Do you need GPS running 24/7? Did you know that with Wi-Fi on, your phone is constantly looking for networks to connect to? Do you really need all those notices from Instagram to see what your friends are eating for lunch?
Also, think about the temperature. Too cold or too hot is not good for the device, and really not good for the battery life. Most of the time, standard room temperature will be the ideal range your battery will want to be in.