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Enhancing Device Battery Life While Traveling

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012 by | Filed Under: Multimedia, Smartphones
 
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Let’s face it. There’s more than enough to worry about when traveling during the holiday season. From delayed flights to major traffic jams, we can encounter plenty of obstacles before arriving at our destination. So, why risk the chance of your favorite, most important tech gadgets dying along the way? From smartphones to tablets, there are a number of ways to enhance the battery life of your devices while traveling.

Battery Cases

Aside from boosting battery life, battery cases are ideal for protecting your phone from hazardous drops, slips or bumps. The majority of these handy cases feature connector plugs, designed to match up with the phone’s charging port. This is how extra power is delivered straight to your device. Although highly beneficial, there is one downfall to battery cases: any form of dock-cradle accessories cannot be utilized without taking your device out of this case. Nevertheless, these cases can really come in handy when you’re on the go, and they are also available for an iPad and various other tablet devices.

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PowerSkin's battery case for Galaxy S III

External Battery Packs

If you can’t seem to find a battery case specifically designed for your phone or tablet, another option for improving battery life is using an external battery pack. All you need to do before hitting the road is to make sure that you fully charge the pack at home. This can be accomplished simply by plugging the battery pack in to a standard wall charger. This way, you will have a reliable, efficient source of extra power to carry with you in case of emergencies.

Modified Device Settings

Tweaking the settings on your gadget, whether it’s a phone or a tablet, can be highly beneficial to preserving battery life. Although the specific steps may vary depending on your device, here are a few basic tips to keep in mind when modifying general settings.

Adjusting Screen Brightness

Although the majority of phones come with an auto-brightness feature, which is designed to consume less power than keeping screen brightness settings at full capacity, it would be even better to place the brightness levels at the lowest possible setting. Obviously, it’s up to you to determine the lowest level you can maintain and tolerate based on your own visibility preferences.

Disabling Various Settings

Turning off unused settings on your gadget can vastly improve battery life. This includes functions such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, location services, and even vibrate mode. Nevertheless, turning on one particular setting can also prove beneficial in boosting power. Enabling Airplane Mode will quickly disable all wireless features included in your device, from Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to cellular data.

Follow these tips to ensure long-lasting, enhanced performance for your phones and tablets as you make your way around during the holidays. Safe travels everyone!

~ Nedda

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