Battery Life Saving Tips – Truth or Fiction (Part 2)

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Last week in our first battery life saving tips post we looked at 3 common beliefs about saving battery life on your phone. We discovered that commonly held beliefs like closing apps made little difference to your battery life. On the other hand, solutions like turning down the screen brightness, turning off haptic feedback, and switching email retrieval methods are excellent ways to maximize and improve battery life. Here are our next 4 tips to help you preserve battery power.

 

Method 5: Locally store music

Does It Improve Battery Life? True

Info: Music streaming services are the future, with platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, and Tidal having millions of active users. However, all these streaming platforms require a constant connection to the internet to stream music. Always being connected – through either Wi-Fi or a cellular network – is demanding on the battery. The solution is to do what everyone did in the not-too-distant past – store all music files locally on your phone. It might be a bit time consuming to rip all your old CDs but you will benefit by having a longer battery before the next recharge. If you’ve donated your CDs and rely solely on streaming, these platforms allow premium members to download selected songs to a playlist. Unlike streaming songs, these downloaded songs are housed locally on the phone meaning your battery is under less strain during playback.

 

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Method 6: Overnight Charging Kills Battery Life

Does It Improve Battery Life? False

Info:

This myth seems to be a holdover from the past when battery technology was less developed than it is now. A time when leaving a battery to charge for an extended period could result in overheating and a reduced capacity. But as technology has improved, so too have the protections in batteries that prevent against this. What now happens is that your phone communicates with the battery telling it to stop charging once fully recharged. Once it reaches that point, the phone will “run solely off the charger’s electricity”. This means you can now charge your phone overnight and have it sit in the charger while you sleep without it degrading your battery.

 

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Method 7: Disable unnecessary push notifications

Does It Improve Battery Life? True

Info: A little similar to the email retrieval setting that “pushes” new emails through in real time, push notifications displays a little message from an app. Similar to an SMS or a mobile alert, push notifications offer reminders, information, alerts, and more. Most importantly, you don’t need to use the app or even your phone to receive them. A constant stream of messages (with sounds and vibrations!) will take their toil and wear down even the fullest battery over time. Push notifications ensures that your screen will turn on every time they arrive, guaranteeing that they further drain your battery. Thankfully disabling push notifications doesn’t mean they are switched off for all apps. You only need to switch them off for unimportant apps and keep them on for the ones that matter (e.g. messenger apps like WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger).

 

Method 8: Only use the charger that came with your phone

Does It Improve Battery Life? False

Info: This is a big one considering who we are! A growing misconception about maximizing battery life comes from the assumption that using the OEM (original equipment manufacturer) cable is better for your battery. Thankfully, that’s incorrect. Phones contain all the technology needed to charge; chargers themselves simply convert and supply the power that’s required. This is why your devices can charge with a power bank, with a car charger, through the USB port in your PC, or with standard AC charging.

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What about charging with a device that provides a higher current than what my device accepts?

We acknowledge that there can be some risk, however, most chargers do not provide more power than your phone can handle. If that did happen, most phones can limit the current being provided. Otherwise, there are options like iSmart Technology that adjusts the charging output depending on the connected device’s requirements.

Are all 3rd party chargers safe?

This is an interesting question and it really depends on where you bought the charger. A junky beat up charger from a flee market certainly runs a higher risk than using a charger by a name brand known for providing charging technology. Especially considering that some 3rd party chargers lack safeguards to keep you and your phone safe. No use worrying about whether it damages your battery if it damages you!


The Final Recommendation

Despite all our recommendations to maintain battery life, our final suggestion is not to let all the battery saving tips prevent you from enjoying everything your phone offers. Yes, you can disable some of these fun and helpful features for more power, but you can also find ways to quickly restore battery wherever you are low. These typically include using a power bank or charging with technology like Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0. Remember it’s called a smartphone for a reason, so enjoy it the smart way.

We think power banks are the best method to keep a phone powered. That’s why we’re offering an exclusive 20% off the RAVPower 12000mAh Portable Charger until August 31st. Use the code 12000BLO here to enjoy a full battery for longer.  

Did we miss out on an important battery saving method? Let us know in the comments below!

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5 Replies to “Battery Life Saving Tips – Truth or Fiction (Part 2)

    1. Hi Connie,
      That depends on the input (1A or 2A) and the size of the battery (5000mAh vs. 15000mAh). As a rule of thumb, a 2A input will take twice as fast as 1A. Likewise, the smaller the battery, the sooner you will have full power back. Let us know if you have any more questions 😀

      1. Very useful Information you have shared here. I have a phone with battery issue, when i plugin it to charging then its battery charge very fast…

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