You know that feeling — a sense of dread when you realize your laptop battery is at 5 percent, and you frantically try to wrap up the work you’re doing before the screen goes black. Or when you whip out your smartphone to quickly snap a photo of a fleeting moment — only to find your device is dead.
Yes, we’re talking about battery life (or lack thereof). Did you know there are ways you can extend how long your devices last between charges? Here are a few strategic tricks you can put in place today.
Whether it’s a phone, a tablet or a computer, there are many ways you can cut down on the amount of battery life your device use making a few tweaks to its settings.
If you make tweaks to your settings and still find your battery drains too quickly, you can download an app to help determine the culprit so you can further optimize your settings. In addition to helping pinpoint what’s killing your battery, many of these apps also automatically optimize your settings to maximize your device’s power usage. There are a number of battery-saving apps available for download on Android and iOS.
Even with the optimizations you make, your devices will still need to be charged at some point. And if it’s at an inopportune time (because, of course, that’s usually when it happens) or you’re off the grid and don’t have access to an outlet, having a backup solar charger can be a life-saver. The solar chargers of today can actually charge multiple devices — so long as there’s sun available. Here’s a list of the top eight best solar chargers right now.
The best thing about these simple tweaks for extending the life of your devices between charges? Most of them come at no cost to you. If you’re willing to put a little skin in the game and spend a few bucks for extra battery backup, consider adding a solar-power charger to your repertoire — a no-fuss (and cost-effective) way to keep your devices going when you need them most.