Cell Phone Battery Life Extension

by Carrie Thompson on December 2, 2006

by Carrie Thompson | December 2nd, 2006  

We all get tired of plugging in our phones every other night to charge or trying to charge them between stops in the car. The Nokia E50 blog recently posted 7 tips on extending your battery life. Here they are:

  1. Turn off your Bluetooth – I find Bluetooth to be the most power hungry application; turn it off when you don’t use it

  2. Disable sounds and vibrating alert – you don’t really need keypad tones to be on, do you? What about vibrating? It is surely useful on the meetings or in a cinema but most of time you’ll do just fine without it; I usually set up a vibrating profile to be used in places like cinema or theatre and in all other profiles I have vibrating turned off


  3. Brightness – lower the brightness of your screen; not too low, otherwise you’ll destroy your vision

  4. Setting the Power saver time-out and the Light time-out to the low values will help too (you’ll find them in the display settings)

  5. If you are not using an application switch it off – you’ll get a list of all active applications by long pressing the menu button; this is a general rule that can be applied to any device

  6. Games – it’s fun to play games on your way to school but they are power-hungry beasts; I can’t tell you not to play games but think about your battery when you are playing

  7. Turn off your phone when you don’t use it – I know that for many of you this is not an option and I’m not sure if turning it off and on is even good for your battery but I heard this tip from so many people that I just had to mention it.

I don’t know if I can handle not playing Bejewled while on a layover and turning my phone off usually isn’t an option, but other than that the tips seem reasonable. I did have a friend in the biz tell me recently you should turn your phone off once a day to reset. Supposedly, it will help with mobile connection speed. None of the above would be an issue if you bought the new Motofone F3, shown as #5.

Via Nokia E50 and The Lobby.

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