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    Default How to increase battery life of a phone and laptop

    Battery life is something very important when it comes to a mobile phone and laptop. It is very important that that the battery life does not decrease so its best to increase the battery life, so that the device lasts longer.

    I have mentioned details about ways to increase the battery life of devices like a mobile phone, laptop and camera.

    Optimizing system settings

    When it comes to laptops they require a lot of charging and as the battery gets older the cycle also decreases. In order to increase the battery life of a laptop you need to optimize the system settings of the laptop. You need to make your hard drive efficient by defragmenting the system on a regular basis. There are a few mobile phones and laptops which has a feature of modifying the CPU and also changing the cooling performance of the device, both these changes make a difference in the battery life and will increase it.

    Brightness of Screen

    All laptops and mobile phones have a brightness setting, and it is always best to keep the brightness at a low setting, this again will use up less battery and increase the battery life.

    Managing external hardware

    The more external devices you have attached to your laptop the more battery will be used up. Where possible it is best to avoid using external hardware with your laptop, such as charging your mobile phone, ipod, USB's etc.

    Also when not in need turn of devices like Bluetooth, WiFi, 3G and GPS.

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    Although these suggestions are common, but no one really thinks that how these can help increase the battery life. I am someone who always charges my mobile phone with my laptop, I didn't think it could exhaust the battery.

    Good information Preeti_20, thanks.

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    Thanks for this information Preeti, the brightness of the screen was an obvious one, but I was not aware of the other things. One more I would like to add is the more applications you have on your phone the more usage it would take up hence decreasing the life of the phone.

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    Try replacing the existing hard disks with SSD hard drive...

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    I have heard of that option as well nevinjohn, but for someone who isnt very good at these things it seems like a major task! Is it simple and straight forward to do?

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    well, you need some hardware skills. . . And an image of existing hardisk. Unfortunatly not a newbie job . .

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    The amount of times the phone or laptop gets discharged also makes a difference. The more times the device gets discharged with low battery failure the lesser the life becomes. So it is always good to keep your laptop and mobile phone charged.

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    Thank you Akhil for this information. My phone gets discharged so many times I actually didn't think that it would effect the phone life, wonder why my old phone died out quickly

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    Just to add some more information this same rule about discharges applies to inverter batteries as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nevinjohn View Post
    Try replacing the existing hard disks with SSD hard drive...
    How would this help nevinjohn? I am not arguing your point but just interested to know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockstar View Post
    Just to add some more information this same rule about discharges applies to inverter batteries as well.
    Hi,

    Unlike in laptops and mobile phones there is an inbuilt low battery warning alarm(beep and visual indication)on an inverter.yes we have the red mark indication on mobiles too.But on inverter there is an inbuilt "deep discharge cutout sensor" which switches off the inverter when the voltage reaches 10.5 volts!But we dont have such asystem on mobiles/laptop/tablets except the red warning!Please note"YOU SHOULD NOT USE THE DEVICE ONCE THE RED MARK APPEARS"!it should be put in chargr mode before it switches off.this also will increase the life of the battery.but the main culprit is the TOUCH screen on tablets and mobile phones which greatly reduces the battery life( capacitive touch system)

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    Games use up a lot of the battery hence decreasing battery life, so it is advisable not to download games on your mobile phone. I downloaded candy crush on my phone through out half the day I always had to recharge my mobile phone.

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    I dont have any games on my phone or use any other such applications which may use up the battery life, but still I need to charge my mobile phone every night. Is this the case with everyone or would it be some problem with my phone?

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    My way of saving battery is to turn on the battery saving option that most of the devices have. That option generally increases your battery life a lot. Other thing I do is deactivating all the widgets and turn off the screen when I'm not using the device!

    Other important thing, probably the most important one, and generally no one does this is lowering the level of brightness on your device, the screen is the part that spends the most energy and simply lowering the light it produces will automatically make it spend less energy.
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    I use a black picture as background, I would not find such a wallpaper so I just covered the camera and took a picture which came out pitch black and I use that as my wall paper. I am not sure how much energy this saves but it must make some difference at least.

    I also switch to GSM to same battery when I am running low and a charger is not accessible.

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    Unfortunately in my opinion there's no way to increase your battery life, only ways to prolong it.

    Where smartphones are concerned, the main battery drain is screen and apps. The thing you can do to prolong your battery is make sure your screen is only on when you need it to be, always close the screen down when your not usuing it, and where the apps are concerned, don't leave them running in the background. When you close an app down, close it down and out of the memory.

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    1. Use 2G network, unless otherwise its really needed (3G/4G)
    2. Disable WiFi when you get out of home.
    3. Limit applications which requires battery (GPS applications, etc)
    4. Limit mobile use where coverage is not proper.

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    In Android phones there is a common problem called "Sudden Battery Drain Syndrome". In this case your phone's battery will drain off within a matter of minutes or hours without any reason you know. Google application is the real culprit here. In an Android environment, Google play always try to update its applications in the background. Sometimes it get stuck in the process and start using battery power enormously. If you think you can get rid of this by keeping your phone's Internet in offline mode, that is not going to help. Google play will continue to do this even if net is offline.

    When you experience any such abnormal drain of battery just reboot your device. It will release the already stuck application. You can also control this by deactivating unnecessary google applications.

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    Quote Originally Posted by webworld View Post
    In Android phones there is a common problem called "Sudden Battery Drain Syndrome". In this case your phone's battery will drain off within a matter of minutes or hours without any reason you know. Google application is the real culprit here. In an Android environment, Google play always try to update its applications in the background. Sometimes it get stuck in the process and start using battery power enormously. If you think you can get rid of this by keeping your phone's Internet in offline mode, that is not going to help. Google play will continue to do this even if net is offline.

    When you experience any such abnormal drain of battery just reboot your device. It will release the already stuck application. You can also control this by deactivating unnecessary google applications.
    Yes you are right webworld! Thank you for making reference to this point! In my current phone I don't have that problem because I don't activate my wifi that much and when I activate it I know that I need to leave my phone conected to the charger and don't use it for a long time so it does all the updates. But the last phone I had I had that problem, suddenly I was with no battery, and I didn't know why. Then I searched over the internet until I found a forum thread that was explaining that Play Store updates all the apps whenever an update is available and whenever an Internet Conection is detected and available, without asking for any permission and this was running in background! Gladly I found out the solution to this issue and turned of my Wi-fi when I was away from home and only turned it on when I was at home. I've never had any more problems with my battery life since then!

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    On most devices there also an option in the settings menu to allow you to customise the way you want your device to perform any updates. You can usually pick between auto update were it does it automatically without asking you, or manual. The manual setting prompts you with a button on screen saying an update is available and asks if you want to download it now or save it for later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pwarbi View Post
    On most devices there also an option in the settings menu to allow you to customise the way you want your device to perform any updates. You can usually pick between auto update were it does it automatically without asking you, or manual. The manual setting prompts you with a button on screen saying an update is available and asks if you want to download it now or save it for later.
    But in that case also the system has to check online whether there is an update available or not. Otherwise it cannot alert you. If the application gets stuck in that process, it will start eating away your battery. I think the best option would be to deactivate the unnecessary applications and be at peace. We cannot keep on rebooting the device every time. That is not at all good for the life of the device.

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    The software is the most important thing for battery. If your software is bad, you can't save your battery life with restarting phone, closing aps, etc.

    My Sony M2 had good battery life on KitKat 4.3. But when Lollipop 5.1.1 came out, it is awful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mihailo View Post
    The software is the most important thing for battery. If your software is bad, you can't save your battery life with restarting phone, closing aps, etc.

    My Sony M2 had good battery life on KitKat 4.3. But when Lollipop 5.1.1 came out, it is awful.
    Yes, I agree with your point that software is one of the important deciding factors of battery life. Most of my friends who use Android phones experience issues of low battery life. I think Google Play is the culprit here. So, it is always better to deactivate the applications which are useless for us. But the latest Marshmallow has given more importance to battery power. They have an app called "Doze" which takes care of unnecessary battery drain from other applications.

    Battery power being the most important factor in mobile phones, they need to give more focus on this issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by webworld View Post
    But in that case also the system has to check online whether there is an update available or not. Otherwise it cannot alert you. If the application gets stuck in that process, it will start eating away your battery. I think the best option would be to deactivate the unnecessary applications and be at peace. We cannot keep on rebooting the device every time. That is not at all good for the life of the device.
    But there shouldn't be a reason for your device to get stuck in that process in the first place? If you turn off auto update, and then once a week, making sure you're connected by Wi-Fi, you manually check yourself, and then download and install that update, there shouldn't be a problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by webworld View Post
    Yes, I agree with your point that software is one of the important deciding factors of battery life. Most of my friends who use Android phones experience issues of low battery life. I think Google Play is the culprit here. So, it is always better to deactivate the applications which are useless for us. But the latest Marshmallow has given more importance to battery power. They have an app called "Doze" which takes care of unnecessary battery drain from other applications.

    Battery power being the most important factor in mobile phones, they need to give more focus on this issue.
    Thanks for the information. I know that regarding Marshmallow but I didn't know that new app "Doze". I will google that.
    I think Facebook is also a very bad app for battery. On iPhone is.
    I would like to recieve Marshmallow update on my M2.

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    I think handset manufacturing companies should seriously think about something that can keep the battery up all the time. A solar enabled phone is an example. If solar energy can keep the battery backup at all times, it will be a breakthrough development in mobile telephony. Then we will be able to use power hungry applications without any issues.

    Hope in future we can see handsets free of low battery related issues. I think that is the need of the hour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by webworld View Post
    I think handset manufacturing companies should seriously think about something that can keep the battery up all the time. A solar enabled phone is an example. If solar energy can keep the battery backup at all times, it will be a breakthrough development in mobile telephony. Then we will be able to use power hungry applications without any issues.

    Hope in future we can see handsets free of low battery related issues. I think that is the need of the hour.
    A solar powered/back up battery phone would be amazing. However I heard that solar panels are not very efficient, and that they can only turn around 20% of the energy into actual electricity, making them very inneficient. Another issue, would be with damaging the panel, and where it would be mounted. Personally, I think it could be like an accessory, or a case that you clip on.

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    That would be amazing, Imagine a Phone that will never need any charging. I remember having a solar calculator when I was a kid and I love how mine doesn't need any battery to operate.

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    The more advanced smartphones get, the more power hungry they become and until the battery manufacturers work closer with the brands who make the devices, I don't think we're going to see any difference.

    While a solar powered device, and other ways have been suggested, I think it's down to the battery manufacturers to increase the power and performance of the battery in order to keep up with the latest technology.

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    I think in the current scenario high technological innovations, it would not be difficult to develop a handset that recharges automatically through non-conventional sources of power like Solar energy. As you said more battery power may be required for advanced phones, I wonder why handset manufacturers do not focus on this issue yet. May be because of some strict business interests to earn from battery business.

    Non-conventional energy is more environmental friendly and sustainable. I think in future we might see phones that do not need to be recharged ever, but it is only possible with the help of non-conventional energy sources.

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    Quote Originally Posted by webworld View Post
    I think in the current scenario high technological innovations, it would not be difficult to develop a handset that recharges automatically through non-conventional sources of power like Solar energy. As you said more battery power may be required for advanced phones, I wonder why handset manufacturers do not focus on this issue yet. May be because of some strict business interests to earn from battery business.

    Non-conventional energy is more environmental friendly and sustainable. I think in future we might see phones that do not need to be recharged ever, but it is only possible with the help of non-conventional energy sources.
    I think the battery saver mode, where the whole device turns black and white, and you only have access to some features to save battery is great, my friend says his S6 can last a week in that mode, without being recharged, that's amazing for a smartphone.

    Have you heard of the phone that has a second kindle-like display on the back? Which never runs out of battery? You can use it once your battery runs out to display directions from maps etc. It's like the display of an e-book reader like a kindle, and it works pretty well, I forgot the name of the device unfortunately, if I find it I'll link it here!

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    If you will buy phones or tablets, Choose the ones with easier to remove batteries. You know the batteries that wont need to unscrewed or disconnected from wires. Easier to replace batteries will save us trips to the repair shops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cashewfruit_wine View Post
    If you will buy phones or tablets, Choose the ones with easier to remove batteries. You know the batteries that wont need to unscrewed or disconnected from wires. Easier to replace batteries will save us trips to the repair shops.
    I never thought tablet batteries can be removed. I may consider what you've said for future purchasing. I bought my Asus tablet before and it is screwed. While my Windows tablet, its battery is not removable.

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    Most devices these days come with batteries that can't be removed, and that's just contributing to the throw away society we're living in.

    Before a battery could simply be replaced but now to do that, the device as to go to the repair shop and I think people just prefer to buy new.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pwarbi View Post
    Most devices these days come with batteries that can't be removed, and that's just contributing to the throw away society we're living in.

    Before a battery could simply be replaced but now to do that, the device as to go to the repair shop and I think people just prefer to buy new.
    Thanks for clarification. My brother's girlfriend's tablet is messing up as she is using it for a long time now. It doesn't open at times which I think was due to the battery. Is there possibility that the battery can be replaced by a new one?

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    LG G4 is a tablet with removable and replaceable battery. Many Sony Phones have removable batteries too and some of them have an AC adapter mode.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ipol12 View Post
    Thanks for clarification. My brother's girlfriend's tablet is messing up as she is using it for a long time now. It doesn't open at times which I think was due to the battery. Is there possibility that the battery can be replaced by a new one?
    I'd the device uses a removable battery then there's no reason why you can't buy another one and just replace it but if it's not, while it can be changed, you can't do it yourself and will cost you more money to take it to the repair shop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cashewfruit_wine View Post
    If you will buy phones or tablets, Choose the ones with easier to remove batteries. You know the batteries that wont need to unscrewed or disconnected from wires. Easier to replace batteries will save us trips to the repair shops.
    That is a very good piece of advice I must say. If there is an option then we should try removable batteries only. By doing that we are also helping the environment by not adding another device to the mountain of e-waste. Moreover, as you said we can save some cash and a lot of time. I think there will not be too much difference in the price too.

    It would have been better if we could also use solar energy to charge those batteries instead of electricity alone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Preeti_20 View Post
    Battery life is something very important when it comes to a mobile phone and laptop. It is very important that that the battery life does not decrease so its best to increase the battery life, so that the device lasts longer.

    I have mentioned details about ways to increase the battery life of devices like a mobile phone, laptop and camera.

    Optimizing system settings

    When it comes to laptops they require a lot of charging and as the battery gets older the cycle also decreases. In order to increase the battery life of a laptop you need to optimize the system settings of the laptop. You need to make your hard drive efficient by defragmenting the system on a regular basis. There are a few mobile phones and laptops which has a feature of modifying the CPU and also changing the cooling performance of the device, both these changes make a difference in the battery life and will increase it.

    Brightness of Screen

    All laptops and mobile phones have a brightness setting, and it is always best to keep the brightness at a low setting, this again will use up less battery and increase the battery life.

    Managing external hardware

    The more external devices you have attached to your laptop the more battery will be used up. Where possible it is best to avoid using external hardware with your laptop, such as charging your mobile phone, ipod, USB's etc.

    Also when not in need turn of devices like Bluetooth, WiFi, 3G and GPS.
    Previously I have done all the steps and instructions listed above, and they really work. I have an old laptop and Battery life has lasted long, I would say too much to be a computer that has worked hard for years. Unfortunately recently, its useful life ended, I guess when it ends up actually ends. But personally I can confirm that these steps, instructions and advices work in the best way, even with the battery cell.

    Remember if you do not use some device of you computer like Bluetooth, or Wifi you should turn it off to improve how last you battery life. Thanks for the information Preeti_20.

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    Quote Originally Posted by webworld View Post
    That is a very good piece of advice I must say. If there is an option then we should try removable batteries only. By doing that we are also helping the environment by not adding another device to the mountain of e-waste. Moreover, as you said we can save some cash and a lot of time. I think there will not be too much difference in the price too.

    It would have been better if we could also use solar energy to charge those batteries instead of electricity alone.
    Solar chargers already exists, they were the size of an Ipad. There is also the Salt Lamp, which is able to charge phones and tablets with just water and salt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cashewfruit_wine View Post
    Solar chargers already exists, they were the size of an Ipad. There is also the Salt Lamp, which is able to charge phones and tablets with just water and salt.
    Never saw of Salt Lamp and I have to Google it then realized how it looks like. Nevertheless, I still need to know how it works. I think I need to do more research about it, so thanks for bringing that up. With regards to the solar charger at the size of iPad, I saw one in the mall and it was quite big and heavy.

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    In order to save my phone's battery, I keep data connection active only when I need it. I also switch off blue tooth and wifi when I am not needing them. In order to save my laptop's battery, I shout down my laptop instead of keeping it in sleep mode.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ipol12 View Post
    Never saw of Salt Lamp and I have to Google it then realized how it looks like. Nevertheless, I still need to know how it works. I think I need to do more research about it, so thanks for bringing that up. With regards to the solar charger at the size of iPad, I saw one in the mall and it was quite big and heavy.
    Salt lamp is a Lamp that is powered by sea water or water mixed with table salt. It has a usb port making it a usable charger as well. It can charge cellphones and tablets as long as they have USB ports.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cashewfruit_wine View Post
    Salt lamp is a Lamp that is powered by sea water or water mixed with table salt. It has a usb port making it a usable charger as well. It can charge cellphones and tablets as long as they have USB ports.
    Wow. Could it be costly? It seems even a power saver than a power bank. We are close to the beach so I can go there anytime which may be more effective.

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