Smartphones are an essential part of modern life. We carry them everywhere, to work, out for dinner with friends, and on holiday. The trouble is, because smartphones are packed full of useful features such as cameras, internet access and games, you will be lucky if the battery lasts for a full day. And if you are the type who can’t resist updating their social media account or snapping photos of everything and anything, expect your phone battery to die even sooner.
So how can you ensure your mobile phone maintains enough charge to let you make a phone call or check emails whilst you are out and about?
Preserve Mobile Phone Battery Life
If you know you are going to be away from a power outlet for an extended period of time, it is sensible to try and preserve battery power as long as possible. There are several ways to do this. The most obvious way is to switch the phone off if battery power is about to go into the red zone, but before things get that bad, turn off 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to reduce power consumption. Another way to preserve juice is to turn down screen brightness. And lastly, make sure you kill any apps running in the background as these will eat power fast.
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Charging a mobile phone is not always a big issue. As long as you have a charging cable in your bag, you should be able to plug the phone in to a handy power outlet if you are in an urban area and you decide to stop for a coffee. If you are not sure where to go, download a phone charging map to find the nearest phone charging outlets. It might just save your bacon.
The same applies to public transport. Most transport terminals have power sockets for customers to plug in electrical devices such as mobile phones, tablets and laptops. Do remember to take a travel adapter, though, if you are travelling abroad, or you will soon come unstuck.
Portable Battery Packs
Portable battery packs are useful for those times when you know electrical outlets are going to be in short supply. They are great for days out hiking or cycling: you don’t need to be too concerned about a dead battery because if things get critical, all you need to do is plug in your emergency power pack and it will give your phone a temporary boost. You do need to make sure the emergency battery pack is fully charged, however, or it will be useless!
Solar Powered Chargers
For trips into the wilderness, a solar powered battery charger is an invaluable gadget to have. They can be used to power any small gadget, including a mobile phone. The only caveat with a solar powered battery charger is that you need daylight, so don’t bother packing one if you are heading to Alaska during the winter.
Make sure you charge your mobile up before you head out the door. That way you won’t have to worry about a dead battery for a few hours at least.