You’re in the middle of an important phone call, getting a high score in Flappy Birds, or trying to use the parking finder app to find your car in the music festival parking lot when your battery decides to die. Battery life, or lack thereof, can cause real anxiety among smartphone users. Veloxity discovered smartphone owners experienced anxiety over running out of a charge, resulting in 2.6 charges per day. Battery technology is lagging behind other smartphone advancements, such as a large screens on devices like the Galaxy Note and improved graphical rendering chips on higher end phones. While you wait for an all-day battery to come standard issue on smartphones, consider a few ways to keep consumption down.
Turn your screen brightness down, as displays consume the lion’s share of your battery. However, your phone has other system settings that greatly improve battery life. One of the primary settings to target are those that keep your phone constantly active. Wi-fi and Bluetooth features scan for appropriate networks and devices to connect to, resulting in a major battery drain. Additionally, using 4G instead of 3G also contributes to battery drain. Keep your GPS feature turned off unless you’re actively using geolocation and keep your phone plugged in when you use it as a navigation unit if you can. Vibrate and haptic response on a touch screen are also battery drains. Turn them off manually or use an eco mode feature or app to handle that for you.
Check for offending apps. The primary culprit here are those that push notifications to your phone on a constant basis, or are sending and receiving large amounts of data. Facebook is one app in particular you want to disable to conserve battery life, as it uses GPS and sends notifications to your phone. Tethering apps like FoxFi are another major drain on your battery, even if you use USB tethering instead of Wi-Fi. Consider buying a dedicated hotspot device if you find your battery is draining too quickly when using its data. Most apps allow you to control notifications and GPS settings on an app by app basis, so look through the options available.
You don’t want your phone give out in the middle of the day, but you also don’t want to invest in a second smartphone battery. A portable mobile charger is a great alternative, as these units typically give you at least 2,000 mAh, with particularly hefty units going up to 11,000 mAh to charge your compatible devices. You have a wide selection. For example, Mimoco’sBatteryBot is a portable charger that has a cute appearance instead of the black, clean line standard style that many chargers come in.