But are you charging your smartphone properly? According to research, you are probably making charging mistakes that are shortening your battery's lifespan.
Here are a few dos and don'ts of battery charging you may not know about.
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Much of the country won’t even creep above that mark until the second week of January – and tens of millions of Americans are enduring lows in the negative double digits. In conditions like these, many smartphones will be start experiencing problems like shutting off, shortened battery life, display problems or even the glass shattering. Here are a few tricks you can use to keep your phone working in Arctic temperatures.
Anyone who owns a smartphone needs a battery pack. It’s the only way to ensure that your mobile device has sufficient juice throughout the day. And if you own a modern Android phone, that portable charger probably needs to support USB-C. With Amazon seemingly overrun by inexpensive battery packs, each one claiming faster charging and better efficiency than the next, it’s hard to know just what you are getting. Here you'll find not just reviews on the best battery packs but how they were tested!
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A surge protector might protect equipment from power surges, but it does nothing to help when the power goes out and your system comes to a halting crash (for my blog article on surge protectors, see here). For power outages, you’ll want a battery backup, also known as an uninterruptible power supply (or UPS).
Most people don't know that when your computer suddenly loses power and crashes, it doesn't have time to properly close open software and the operating system, not to mention allow you time to save your work! This affects the long-term stability of your computer. Additionally, the hard drive does not have an opportunity to park the read/write heads, which can physically damage your disk, causing loss of data and even rendering software inoperable. In the end it shortens the life of your computer and risks the integrity of your data.
A UPS will provide additional power to your PC so you have enough time to save your work and properly shutdown your computer. Basically, it plugs into your wall outlet (make sure nothing else is plugged into that same outlet). You then plug your PC into the back of the UPS. The UPS automatically monitors the power flow from the wall and seamlessly switches to battery power upon an outage. Some will also handle brown-outs (lull in power but not an outage).
Be sure not to plug a power strip into the UPS as the sum total of all the power may be more than a single UPS outlet can handle. Additionally, although most UPS's provide a certain amount of surge protection, it is very low and not enough to protect sensitive equipment such your PC or laptop. Always be sure to ALSO use a separate surge protector!
For desktop PC's, I recommend at least a 1000VA UPS. For laptops: at least 500-750VA. Read this article for more information! As always, The GoTo Tech Guru is here to help for all your installation and consulting needs!
Apple has finally announced wireless charging to come out. Although late into the market (3 years to be exact) it's a welcome tech for many. Here are few things to keep in mind when considering wireless charging. Generally speaking, it generates more heat than standard wired charging, which is public enemy #1 to any electronic device ... so we'll have to see if Apple has reduced this problem! Wireless chargers are also much more bulky AND expensive than a simple charge cord, so you'll have to weigh the advantage vs. cost benefit ... after all, just because you don't have to plug the actual phone in, doesn't mean you don't have to be near a power outlet! See this video for more information about iPhone Wireless charging and more!
With all the complications of life, the last thing you need is for tech issues get in the way. After all, tech is supposed to make things easier, isn't it? Here are four quick tips on how to make your tech life just a little easier!
So what’s the difference between an electrical power strip and a surge protector? The typical power strip provides nothing more than multiple outlets along a single “strip”. This “strip” plugs into a single electrical wall outlet, thus allowing multiple electrical devices to be plugged into a single electrical wall outlet. A surge protector also provides these, but guards against power surges often generated by lightning, thunder storms and when your power is first restored after an outage. Power surges can easily short-out electrically sensitive devices such as your TV, DVR, Roku, PC, laptop, tablet, smartphone, router and the like, because the surge contains far more power than these sensitive devices can handle. This will literally burnout your device(s).
Surge protectors are not usually recommended for high power appliances such as blenders, lamps, microwave ovens, washers/dryers and the like. Do NOT combine high power appliances and your surge protection strip on the same electrical wall outlet and power circuit as changes in high power appliance draws can cause internal surges.
Energy absorption / dissipation is what handles surges in electricity. This rating, given in Joules, tells you how much energy the surge protector can absorb before it fails. The higher the Joule number, the better the protection. Look for a Joule rating greater than 1,000, even more if you can afford it.
Response time is also important. Since surge protectors don’t kick in immediately, the longer the response time, the longer your electrical device is exposed to the power surge and the greater risk of damage. Look for a surge protector with a response time of less than one (1) nanosecond.
Finally, look for an indicator light that tells you if the protection is functioning.
If you have an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS), these only provide limited surge protection, usually in the low-to-mid 100-300 joule range. If your device(s) have a need for both a UPS and surge protection, you can consider plugging a surge protection strip into the UPS, however, depending on the devices' power demand, you likely won't be able to connect more than 1-3 devices into a single surge protector since the power strip plugs into a single UPS plug and this one plug handles a lower total power than a wall outlet.
For questions or to have the proper UPS / Surge Protector installed in your home/office, contact the TheGoToTechGuru.
There are many opinions and articles on what you should and shouldn't do when charging your mobile phone and devices. I have found these to be very accurate throughout the years, both the hard way and otherwise. Although this article may speak to the iPhone, the same rules apply to any mobile device that uses Lithium-Ion batteries, the most common used today ... Android, iPad, Laptop, etc. Read this article for great advice on what NOT to do when charging your mobile devices.
There have been reports of some iPhone 6s models being faulty. If the phone is bent or dropped, it may suffer from "Touch Disease", where the screen becomes inoperable. Apple will repair the screen for $149. If you have already experienced this problem and paid for the repair yourself, Apple will supposedly reimburse you. If you iPhone 6s was manufactured between Sept and Oct 2015, you are eligible for the repair. Check it out here!
Like most technology, batteries need to be cared for. There is a lot of misinformation out there, so here are some tips to help clarify things!
Debunking Battery Life Myths for Mobile Phones, Tablets, and Laptops
Does the battery on your smartphone, tablet, or laptop not last very long? If your device is older than a year, short battery life could be the sign of an ageing battery. You'll find basic information about how modern batteries work and how to prolong their life here.
While the majority of those who’ve upgraded to iOS 10 have so far reported their satisfaction with the vastly enhanced software, not everyone is feeling the love from Apple’s latest installment of iOS. Of the estimated 36.66% of users that are currently running iOS 10, according to the latest figures from MixPanel, a sizable portion of them are now reporting that after upgrading, their devices are draining battery life at a substantially faster rate than they were while on iOS 9. Read on for more information!
Ever wonder why your iPhone or iPad Battery dies so fast? As Apple adds more and more features, those feathers consume more power both independently and cumulatively, some even when you think they're off (but they're not)! Here are some power saving tips!
There is a lot of misinformation out there about how to charge devices using Lithium-Ion batteries found in most all our portable devices, including phones, tablets and laptops. Read here for the real scoop!
The days of Lithion-Ion batteries that charge our phones, tablets, laptops and other devices are limited. After all, Lithion-ion batteries have been around since the 1990's, so almost 30 years now, which is an eternity in terms of tech years! Fuel cells are much more durable than lithium-ion batteries. Most lithium-ion batteries are rated to last 500 cycles (charging a dead battery to full power) before suffering from capacity loss, which translates to about 9,000 hours of use, assuming 18 hours of operation per charge. Fuel cells, by contrast, can reliably achieve 40,000 hours of use, greatly increasing the lifespan of smartphones and other gadgets. This translates into an extra week of battery life one a single charge! Read this article on more ...
I love technology and how it enhances our lives! Just think, without the Apollo moon missions, we might not have calculators! Imagine!!