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Staying Connected: Tips For Powering Up Your Device
January 11, 2018
In today’s society, we are constantly trying to obtain more power. We’ve become unable to live without our smartphones, which must be charged during the day in order to have enough power to navigate our cars, check our email and allow us to surf the web. It isn’t easy to find a place to power up, either. Home seems to be the logical place to do it, but that can be difficult, especially if you have several devices to keep track of and several people clamoring for the use of outlets. Planning is essential if you want to stay charged up.
There is no one way to do this. Depending on how you live, the right strategy for you may not work for someone else. There are some general tips, though, that can help make this process easier for you. Read on to learn home to charge effectively at home and at work.
Have Enough Cables
Think about where you go during the day. In terms of charging your devices, what makes the most sense? Can you do it at work? Does it need to be at home? Or, are there several places where you can plug in?
Once you identify where you will be charging, it is time to gather the necessary supplies. Make sure there are cables in all of the pertinent locations. If you have a long commute, it may be worth it to invest in a car charger as well. There is nothing wrong with having a plethora of cables since they can help you stay powered up. If you have to go out and about to events or retail stores, then try scope out cell phone charging kiosks.
If you are on the go a lot, think about purchasing an external battery pack. You just have to remember to charge it in the evenings when you get home.
Get The Right Supplies
If you are going to follow through with your charging plan, you will need the necessary supplies. Cables were mentioned earlier. You also need external batteries and USB adapters. You may even need new outlets for the wall.
If you are stuck on what to buy, pick up a power cable and adapter for each person in your household. That’s a great place to begin, and you can always adjust from there. In addition, pick up a cable for work and a car charger (if you think you will use it). Of course, you could carry one cord around with you everywhere. But, then you have to remember to take it wherever you go, and misplacing it becomes a real issue.
If you have a newer car, there may be a charging pad included with your purchase. If not, you may be able to upgrade to have it in the vehicle. Of course, you must have Android devices in order for this to work. Right now, Apple does not support wireless charging.
If you are truly serious about staying powered up at home, you can put in USB plug outlets. You won’t need an adapter; you can simply plug in and charge back up. I haven’t found this to be a great solution for my own home, but it may be something that works well for you.
Keep Track Of Time
Many people believe that allowing your phone to charge up all the way and then leaving it plugged in isn’t the best idea. There is a misconception that the battery suffers as a result. Daniel Steingart, who works with Princeton University as an associate professor, is ready to debunk this myth. He advises keeping your phone charging whenever possible because it makes the most sense to do so. After a phone battery is fully charged, it simply stays constant. There isn’t extra energy going in.
There is another school of thought out there as well, however. Other professionals feel it is best to keep the phone’s battery within a certain range, like forty percent to ninety percent. They state that when you charge your phone all the way, the battery eventually depreciates as a result.
Most people, though, won’t be able to keep their phone’s battery within a certain range because it is just too difficult to monitor when life gets busy. Keeping it powered is the main goal and everything else is secondary.
Chances are, you aren’t going to render your phone useless if you fully charge it. It may be more reasonable to go with the first school of thought and just have your phone plugged in as much as possible. You’ve likely already done some damage to the battery, so you might as well make it as easy on yourself as possible.
Utilize Low Battery Mode
If you allow your phone’s battery to get to a critical level, it is important to take advantage of the battery saving mode. On the iPhone, for example, it keeps background applications from refreshing and cuts down on visual effects. Samsung and Google both have a mode that is like this on their phones as well. If you don’t have much battery life left, use the low battery mode to help the phone stay “alive” until you can plug it in.
If you want to get the phone juiced up faster, put it in airplane mode. While you will not be able to access certain functions while you have it in this mode, the phone does charge faster. And in most cases, you don’t need to receive a phone call or a text when you are charging your device anyway, particularly if it is only for a short period of time.
Keep an eye on your phone. Some apps use up a lot of battery life, so you may need to make a few hard decisions about what you want to keep on your phone and what you want off of it. For example, is that app you downloaded more important than having you phone for an extra hour a day? That is a question that only you can answer.
Batteries don’t last forever. Eventually, you’ll notice that your phone doesn’t take a charge as well as it used to. You also don’t have a lot of choice when it comes to which battery you get with your phone. Have fun with your phone while it lasts. If the time comes that you need a new battery, purchase one. The expense isn’t that great when you look at how often you use your device.