17 Must-Know Habits of iPhone Super-Users That Save And Extend Battery Life
If you’re an iPhone 4 power user like me by the time lunch-time comes around, you start to get concerned about just how much longer you can last without an outlet and phone charger. . .
While the battery in the iPhone 4 far surpasses the older generation models supposedly, I find that I use my iPhone so much now that it has so many features (and apps!). So seriously, there are times where I’m done to 20% battery life by lunch time!
How do you keep your iPhone charged to extend the battery life when you’re out and about?
Well, I checked with a bunch of self-proclaimed iPhone gurus that I’ve connected with in the recent past.
Check out some of these tips below. Hope you find some new ideas to save the battery on the iPhone:
1. Don’t Play Hot Potato!
2. Learn To Keep Your Cool
EDITOR’S NOTE: Apple claims your iPhone works best from 32° to 95° F. For storage -4° to 113° F is ok. Keeping your iPhone as near room temperature as possible (72° F or 22° C) is ideal.
3. Need Extra Power? Solar Charger For IPhone
Great for extra power when you need it. Suntrica’s SolarStrap for the IPhone is now available in the United States. And it’s approved by Apple.A lightweight charger which gathers solar energy into an internal battery for instant or later use, it can also be fast charged from main power or from your PC or laptop. It’s $59.95 and the size of a small wallet and it’s weatherproof – available at www.kightenergy.com
Stick it onto your bag, bike or coat so it charges while you are out and about or simply leave it on the window ledge – and then connect it to your iPod or iPhone when they need a boost.
4. When You Don’t Want Refreshing News
If you’re a download junkie like me, especially apps & videos, save them for the home if at all possible (or basically, anywhere there’s wifi & a charger available) and not on the road. Relying solely on 3G will take it’s toll.Also, closing apps running in the background and dimming the screen and turning off push notifications are always helpful in extending battery life while on the go.
6. All Things Being Equal. . .
According to the experts (Apple Inc themselves!), when you use the iPod feature to playback audio and use the equalizer feature (EQ), it uses up more power than usual. While some audiophiles might wince at this one, somehow I think you’ll manage…so TURN OFF the EQ! How?Go to Settings within the iPod mode > iPod > EQ and tap OFF.
7. The Three-Charger Solution
8. Live The Jetsetter Life
Having two signals running on a super slim battery like the one in the iPhone takes its toll. In fact, you’re using up your battery twice as quickly as you really need to!The best way to prevent it from being a major drain is to just stop it…literally.
Whenever you are in a WiFi zone, first make sure to turn ON Airplane Mode in SETTINGS to turn off your cellular antenna. Then turn ON your WiFi antenna to use the only connection you want and need.
Living the Jetsetter’s life may not be that glamorous, but at least your phone’s battery life won’t crash and burn when you need it most!
9. Bluetooth = Bad for Battery Life
Cap Your BlueTooth
10. Go Into Lock Down
Besides preventing accidental pocket-dialing, you’ll be saving your battery for when you do need to make that call later if you simply adjust your auto-lock preferences.iPhone settings allow you to adjust the time-out period before it locks the screen and phone to standby mode (and turning off the screen, etc)s. Set it to the minimum you can bare – but don’t worry – even 1 minute can be a long time!
I’m Kenny Jahng and I publish www.essistme.com.
11. Don’t be pushy!
Don’t Push It
12. Turn off those notifications
13. Reduce the Vibration…
14. Location Services Can Be Your Biggest Battery Drain
With the iPhone 4 (And 3GS running iOS 4.x) one of the biggest drains on battery life is Location Services.If you have an app running in the background with location services active it can cut your battery life in half or worse.
You can tell if an app is using location services if a purple arrow shows up in the top bar on the right side. If you see the Purple Arrow and are more interested in saving battery life then one of your apps knowing your current location you will want to turn off Locations Services.
To do so go to the Settings App and then General and then to Location Services.
15. Don’t Always Rely On The 3G, Techies!
16. Do A Background Check
17. Avoid The Bright Lights
Sometimes it’s better to shy away from the bright lights.Let the iPhone auto-adjust brightness feature do its work when going into different lighting environments – indoors, outdoors, etc, so make sure it’s on and working. Make sure it’s on in Settings! The other important thing to do is adjust the default brightness with the slider control in screen brightness settings.
I’m Kenny Jahng and I publish www.essistme.com.