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Saturday, March 8, 2008

Battery Life

Seven Ways to Improve Cell phone Battery Life

  1. Turn the phone off. This is probably the most effective and
    simplest way of conserving your battery’s power. 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) or in a roaming 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.

  2. 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 or train. The
    best way to ensure longer battery life is to make sure you have a great
    signal where you use your phone.

  3. Get the most out of your battery. Switch off the vibrate function
    on your phone, and use just the ring tone instead. The vibrate function
    uses up a lot of battery power. Keep the ring tone volume as low as

  4. Turn off your phone's back light. 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 can get by without it, your battery
    will last longer. 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.

  5. 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. Flash photography can drain your battery especially quickly.
    If your phone has bluetooth capability, disable it when not in use.

  6. Keep calls short. This is obvious, but how many times have you
    heard someone on their cell 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.

  7. Don't keep the animated background picture. That will reduce your
    battery life by 25 percent.

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