How to extend the battery life of your gadgets
Squeeze more battery life out of your smartphone and other gadgets with these simple tips and smart accessories.
If it’s true we look at our smartphones about 150 times a day, perhaps it’s no surprise the battery conks out before we do.
Limited battery life plagues our other portable devices, too, including smartwatches, laptops, and to a lesser extent, tablets. In other words, the more we use – nay, rely – on these do-it-all devices for work and play, the more demanding it is on its battery. But there are a few things you can do to help squeeze more life out of your digital devices while on the go. The following are some tips to help you out, and a few recommended products, too.
A few small tweaks to your device’s settings could make a big impact:
A couple of portable picks for on-the-go types. Each one costs $99.
This small accessory helps to keep you charged up at home or on the go.
Watch this: Kanex’s GoPower Watch is a compact, portable battery for Apple Watch, with a magnetic charging dock on top to rest your watch while charging. Because of its integrated 4,000mAh battery, it can top up your Apple Watch up to 6 times -- and it features a USB port to simultaneously charge your iPhone, too. A blue LED indicator light displays battery levels and charge status. When it’s time to charge up the GoPower Watch (cable included), it will cleverly charge up the watch first and then the battery, when connected to a power source.
Power, storage, Wi-Fi: Kingston’s MobileLite Wireless Pro is a smart 3-in-1 device. About the size of a deck of cards, this portable 6700mAh battery can charge up a smartphone 2 or 3 times (depending on the model). It also has 64-gigabytes of built-in storage, which you can load up with media and then wirelessly access it on multiple devices (there’s also a USB port and SD card slot to insert media). The MobileLite Wireless Pro is also a router; simply plug this doohickey into a modem via its built-in Ethernet port on the side.
Portable battery packs, like this one from Kingston, go above and beyond delivering power. This product also offers expandable memory and a wireless router.
Big ‘uns: For “power users,” the mophie Powerstation XXL is a 20,000mAh portable charger, which could juice up an iPhone 7 about 10 times or a Samsung Galaxy S7 almost 7 times. In fact, you can charge up to three phones, smartwatches, ereaders, wireless headphones, or tablets at the same time (up to 2.1-amp output per device). Other features include a 4-light LED battery indicator and miniUSB port to charge up the Powerstation XXL when it needs it (microUSB cable included).
This 20,000 milliamp battery can power up a typical phone between 7 and 10 times
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