All of us have been in the situation where we are stranded with a phone on low battery and dreading the moment when it will get switched off. Though we may have chosen a phone with a marathon battery, maybe even a dual battery – and despite our best efforts, this is still a likely scenario. However, it is possible to get the maximum juice from your battery by following simple guidelines.
The fact that a cell phone’s battery is mostly consumed by its display is not very well known. One of the easiest ways to ensure that your phone stays on for a longer period is reducing the brightness, at least during the night or when you are indoors. You can also use black wallpapers since bright wallpapers tend to use more battery to enhance the display.
The mobile phone radio (and no, not the FM Radio) is the next battery hog. While it is impossible to decrease the usage of the cell radio, it is definitely possible to reduce its battery usage. While you are low on battery, it is a good idea to use a single SIM on your dual SIM phone, as this reduces the load on the cell radio. When travelling, consider switching to the airplane mode, which completely turns off the reception. You can switch off the airplane mode when you reach the destination. This will prevent your mobile phone to constantly check for signal, especially when in roaming.
When you are low on battery, quickly ensure that your Bluetooth, GPRS, Infrared, and Wi-FI are turned off. Also, avoid using your phone to take photographs and to listen to music or watch videos. It is also wise to turn off the vibrate mode too. By disabling the above features of your phone, you can make the remaining charge last surprisingly long.
Some Good Habits
While the above suggestions would get you more juice from your phone, it is also important to follow some good practices to ensure that the battery health remains stable for a longer duration. Lets quickly have a look at them.
Keep Battery Contacts Clean
This is one of the easiest but most ignored facts. Imagine wearing a contact lens which has dust on it. Now apply the same principle to your cell phone battery contacts. Over time, contacts may accumulate dirt which reduces the efficiency of energy transfer. Clean them with a cotton swab and rubbing or isopropyl alcohol. And yes, don’t overdo it.
Avoid Constantly Charging The Battery
Batteries come with a limited number of charging cycles. Usually it is a good idea to charge the phone after the battery is completely discharged. However, the general thumb rule is to charge it every alternate day (provided that your battery has enough charge remaining).
So go ahead, use your phone the way it should be used – without any boundaries.