How to Keep Your Battery Alive

Technology has advanced quite rapidly over the past few decades, moving from giant computers and bulky landline phones to portable laptops and mobile devices. It can be very convenient to be able to work wirelessly, not having to fuss with cords and being able to move around as you please. However, wireless activity can often be cut short with the sudden draining of a battery. Once your battery is dead, you can't do anything until it's recharged. However, learning how to keep your battery alive for longer periods of time is as easy as following a few rules and guidelines.


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    Reduce the screen brightness. The brighter the screen, the more energy required to keep it shining. Whether you're on a laptop, a mobile device, or anything else with a screen, if you need to extend your battery life, dim the brightness as much as you can while maintaining legibility and comfort.
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    Set the screen timeout to be short. On laptops and mobile devices, typically there will be a setting that turns off the screen if the device has been idle for a period of time. Setting the idle time as short as possible will help prevent the screen from using up battery life when it's not needed.
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    Close unnecessary background applications. Every single program or application that runs on your device uses up energy, even if it's idling in the background. When you're done with a program, make sure you exit out of it instead of sending it to the background.
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    Turn off unnecessary hardware features. Mobile features like GPS tracking, Bluetooth connection, and Wi-Fi are very taxing on battery life because they never idle and perpetually drain energy. Turn these features off when you're not using them to use up less battery life.
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    Avoid demanding activities. Not all programs use the same amount of energy. For example, video games force your device to work much harder than reading an eBook would. Learn which programs on your device use up a lot of energy and avoid using them when you can.
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    Avoid running too many programs simultaneously. Even if you don't run any programs that are energy-intensive, running a lot of low-energy programs can kill your battery just as quickly. Multitask if you must, but know that you will need to compromise battery life to do so.
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    Turn off vibration. Most laptops don't have a vibration feature, but nearly every mobile device does. While vibration might be preferred to a ringtone due to its quieter nature, it does use up a lot more energy. A ringtone only needs to produce a sound; vibration needs to throw around weights to shake up your entire device. When possible, switch away from vibration and rely on sounds for notifications.
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    Reduce the number of external devices. In particular, be careful which USB devices--like flash drives, keyboards, and mice--you are hooking up. Unhook USB devices when you're finished with them rather than letting them idle while connected. Also, using your device to charge another device is a guaranteed way to quickly kill your battery.

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