Top 30 tips to prolong cell phone battery
The collection of top 30 tips to prolong and make your cell phone battery last longer.
Batteries don’t last longer than a few days. But to be fair to the battery designers we have to admit that now a days Smartphones require much more energy than phones 10 years ago.
The Battery life depends on how the battery is handled.
It is very important to keep your mobile battery safe. Without battery we cant say Mobile is mobile ! The Mobile Operators are telling about their long life battery life, but we are not reaching to the near value that what they say !
It is just because of our carelessness that we are not aware about the Battery life.
Most Battery having energy or power saving options so use it.Not all of these tips will apply to all phones, so use the ones that match the features on your phone.
If your phone, camera or other gadgets frequently run out of power while you’re away from an outlet, consider an economical backup battery charger.
We can’t really compare them but what we can do is use them with more care.
Here are a some tips which will help you to improve your Battery life :
1) Turn the Phone OFF
I know that for many of you this is not an option, as if we turn it OFF, so what's the use of it. But this will probably be the most effective and simple way of conserving your battery’s power. Why? This will help conserve energy and also charge your phone. If you don't plan on answering the phone while you're sleeping or after business hours, just turn it off. Do the same if you are in an area with no reception ( such as a subway or remote area ), since constantly searching for service depletes the battery fairly quickly. Some phones have an automatic power save feature, but it takes about 30 minutes with no service to kick in. By then, much battery power has been used. If you don't need to receive or make calls but are using a Smartphone, disable the phone functionality ( select Flight Mode ).
2) Use of Mobile Phone Booster that Works on All Carriers.
Stop searching for a signal. When you are in an area with poor or no signal, your phone will constantly look for a better connection, and will use up all your power doing so. This is easily understood if you have ever forgotten to turn off your phone on a flight. The best way to ensure longer battery life is to make sure you have a great signal where you use your phone. If you don't have a perfect signal, get a cell phone repeater which will amplify the signal to provide near perfect reception anywhere.
As these applications be the most power hungry applications, turn it off when you don’t use it. WiFi GPS, Infrared and Bluetooth are of great conveniences, but when you’re away from your charger and worried about losing phone capabilities, there are a luxury that can go. Most phones with these features, have an option to disable them.
You don’t really need keypad tones to be on, Do you ? What about vibration ? It is surely useful on the meetings or in a cinema but most of time you will do just fine without it. Usually vibrating profile should to be used in places like Cinema, Theaters etc. and in all other profiles vibration should be turned off.
5) Lower the brightness of your screen
You can lower the brightness of your screen, not too low, otherwise you’ll destroy your vision. The back light is what makes the phone easier to read in Bright light or Outside. However, the light also uses battery power. If you have to use the back light, many phones will let you set the amount of time to leave the back light on. Shorten that amount of time. Usually, one or two seconds will be sufficient. Some phones have an ambient light sensor, which can turn off the back light in bright conditions and enable it in darker ones.
6) Setting the Power saver time-out
Set the Power saver time-out and the Light time-out to the low values will help too (you’ll find them in the display settings).
7) If you are not using an application Switch it OFF
You’ll get a list of all active applications by long pressing the menu button. This is a general rule that can be applied to many devices. Avoid using unnecessary features. If you know it will be a while before your phone’s next charge, don’t use the camera or connect to the Internet. Don't make use of camera, as it also consumes battery. If necessary then Turn OFF the Flash of it ( if it is ). Flash photography can drain your battery quickly.
8) Use a black background whenever possible
Amoled screens use a lot less power displaying black instead of white. When web browsing, use sites like bGoog.com that display a black Google background instead of white. Avoid the use of animated wall papers .It will suck your battery power
9) Stop Background Apps
Some background apps use more power than others, it really comes down to the hardware in the Phone the app is using ( like GPS ) and how processor intensive the activity is. Generally, if you’re trying to save power, closing the apps you don’t need can save power. This mostly applies to BlackBerry, Android and Windows Mobile devices.It isn't as important on iPhone since background apps aren't true background apps, they have limited capabilities and therefore don’t consume a significant amount of battery power. That said, if you have a GPS tracking, VOIP or a music playing app running in the background, it could use significant amounts of power over long periods of time and it should be closed.
10) Keep Calls short.
This is obvious, but how many times have you heard someone on their mobile phone say, "I think my battery’s dying," and then continue their conversation for several minutes ? Sometimes, the dying battery is just an excuse to get off the phone (and a good one, at that), but if you really need to conserve the battery, limit your talk time. It would not only save your battery but also the money.
11) Don’t Play Games or Music.
It’s fun to play games on your way, but they are power hungry beasts. I can’t tell you not to play games but think about your battery when you are playing.Well designed mobile phone processors have a low power mode that sips power when the phone is waiting for incoming calls in standby mode. Playing games requires the processor to work at its limit, which requires a lot more energy than standby mode. The same goes for playing music, especially if they’re compressed, high bit-rate or encrypted or drm protected music files extra processing is needed to process these files and power the headphones or internal speaker.
You should charge your battery whenever its becomes low and make full charge and don't charge until it is fully discharged.Also don't overcharge your battery,Overcharge makes heat and will harm your battery.
13) Turn Off 3G and Data
Most data capable phones can operate in different modes. If you turn off the high-speed wireless data mode, such as 3G, you will significantly reduce the power your phone consumes. This is the single biggest thing that affects battery consumption.
14) Text Message Instead of Calling
If you can get away with communicating by text message, this can save power too. Although, it does require your screen, so short messages are better. These messages are embedded in the signals that your phone is already sending and receiving to normally communicate with the mobile network, even when you’re not using the phone, so it’s a very efficient way to communicate.
Keep the battery healthy by fully charging and then fully discharging it at least once every two to three weeks. Exceptions to the rule are Li-Ion batteries, which do not suffer from the memory effect. Do not leave the battery dormant for long periods of time. Always use a battery charger, which is by the same manufacturer as your phone, it gives it more life. It also helps if you overcharge your battery now and then.
16) Keep the Batteries Clean
It's a good idea to clean dirty battery contacts with a cotton swab and alcohol. This helps maintain a good connection between the battery and the portable device.
17) Do not leave your cell phone near any source of heat
A common place being the dashboard of your car. As extreme heat may affect the battery, don't keep it over there. The battery also operates better at room temperature. So try to keep it at the place having the optimum temperature.
18) Safe Battery Storage
If you don't plan on using the battery for a month or more, store it in a clean, dry, cool place away from heat and metal objects. Batteries tend to de-charge when not in use, so make sure you charge them again before using. The performance of any cell phone battery, however, no matter how properly cared for, usually diminishes after about a year. It is better to get your battery replaced then.
19) Initialize a new battery
New batteries should be fully charged before their first use to obtain maximum capacity. Nickel-based batteries should be charged for 16 hours initially and run through 2-4 full charge/full discharge cycles, while lithium ion batteries should be charged for about 5-6 hours. Ignore the phone telling you that the battery is full, this is normal but is not accurate if the battery is not initialized. Do not fully discharge a lithium-ion battery, Unlike Ni-Cd batteries. Lithium-ion battery's life is shortened every time you fully discharge them. Instead, charge them when the battery meter shows one bar left. Lithium-ion batteries, like most rechargeable batteries, have a set number of charges in them.
20) Enable Battery Save Option
Check to see if your phone has a "Battery Save" option. If so, you can turn this on to increase the life of your battery.
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21) You should not have to turn off your phone to charge it
Most battery chargers deliver more than enough current to power your phone and charge it at the same time. Doing so will not lengthen the charge time, and leaving a phone on allows the user to be aware of its fuel gauge, so that you can remove it when the battery is full.
22) Charge battery at a cool place
When using a car charger, do not charge the battery when the inside temperature of your car is hot. Wait until the car has cooled before you plug in the phone.
23) Disable Email Check Option
If your phone is connected to your email, make sure it's not set to check your email every 15 minutes or half an hour. This means that every time it checks, you lose a little battery. Set it to where it doesn't check automatically, and you'll save a lot of battery this way.
24) Turn off the phone, take out the battery and put it in again
Let your battery rest for 24 hours before charging. It is known that generally even when your phone is "sleeping", it is not.
25) Keep the battery cool
Put the battery in the freezer or fridge. Your battery will last longest if used near room temperature, and nothing wears on a battery like extended exposure to high temperatures. While you can’t control the weather, you can avoid leaving your phone in a hot car or in direct sunlight, and you don’t have to carry your phone in your pocket, where your body heat will raise its temperature. In addition, check the battery while it’s charging. If it seems excessively hot, your charger may be malfunctioning.
26) Charge your battery correctly, in accordance with its type
Most newer cell phones have lithium-ion batteries, while older ones generally have nickel-based batteries. Read the label on the back of the battery or in the technical specifications in the manual to determine which yours is.
27) Use Nickel-based batteries ( either Ni Cd or NiMH )
As these generally not suffer from a phenomenon known as the "Memory Effect".
As described the term "memory effect" has been widely mythologized to describe any and all deterioration of Ni Cd ( and other battery chemistries ), in many cases misleading consumers into further shortening the lives of the batteries through over-discharging to "recondition" them. The appropriate length of time between reconditioning varies. A good rule to follow for Nickel battery cell phones is to discharge them completely once every two to three weeks, and only when you have a charger available. Lithium ion batteries can be preserved by careful charging and avoiding storing them at full charge. They do not require "reconditioning". Regardless of the battery type, use only a charger rated for your battery, and discontinue use of a charger that causes the battery to heat up excessively.
28) Store batteries properly
If your battery will be out of use for a while, disconnect it from the phone and store it in a cool and dry but not freezing place (an airtight container in a refrigerator, but not a freezer). Don't keep it with metal objects that might move around and short-circuit the terminals. Lithium ion batteries are not rated to operate at refrigerated temperatures, so let the battery sit outside the refrigerator for at least an hour before using it again. Lithium ion batteries oxidize least when they are stored at 40% charge. Never store a lithium battery at low voltage. Recharge batteries after storage.
29) Clean the contacts on the battery and on the phone
Over time, contacts may accumulate dirt which reduce the efficiency of energy transfer. Clean them with a cotton swab and rubbing or iso-propyl alcohol. If the contacts are two different metals, such as gold and tin, accelerated corrosion known as "galvanic or bi-metallic" occurs. Cutting the corrosion from the contacts often requires solvents, such as acetone or nail polish remover. Be careful, these solvent dissolve plastic, so use a Q-Tip to avoid damaging the battery housing or the phone.
A partially discharged battery at times does not fully discharges before recharging. It sort of "forgets" to do so. This is what is the memory effect. For e.g. if you fully charge your battery and then use only 50% of its capacity before the next recharge, eventually the battery will become unaware of its extra 50% capacity, which has remained unused. The battery will remain functional, but only at 50% of its original capacity. To deal with this, always fully discharge your battery, before recharging it. This can be done by, unplugging the device's AC adapter and letting the device run on the battery until it ceases to function. This will help your battery remain healthy.
So these are the Top 30 Tips to prolong your cell phone battery.