Tips To Increase the Run-Time of a Wireless Device

18 Jun

Are you the type of person for whom a cell phone is more than just a requirement? Do you wish your battery does not drain out so frequently? It is possible to achieve more out of your battery if a few things are kept in mind.

  • Avoid the Memory Effect – Keep the battery fit by fully charging and then fully discharging it at least once every 2-3 weeks. However, Lithium ion batteries do not experience the memory effect. Never leave the battery inactive for long periods of time.
  • Always use a battery charger manufactured by the same company as of your phone as it gives more life.
  • Keep the Batteries Clean – Clean dirty battery contacts with a cotton swab and alcohol. This helps preserve a fine link between the battery and the portable device.
  • Never leave your cell phone near any heat source as great heat may affect the battery.
  • The vibrator mode of your cell phone consumes more battery, so if not necessary, use the ringtone mode.
  • Battery Storage – Always store the battery in dirt free, dry, cool place away from heat source and metal objects. Batteries are likely to discharge when not in use so make sure they are charged again before using. The performance of any cell phone battery usually degrades after about a year so it is better to get the battery replaced.
  • Living closer to the tower is advantageous as your battery will run for a longer period between charges.
  • Fully charge and discharge battery up to 4 cycles before acquiring full capability of a new battery
  • Fully discharge and then fully charge the battery every two to three weeks.
  •  Run the device until it shuts down or there is a low battery warning. Then recharge the battery.
  • Ensure utmost performance of the battery by optimizing the device’s power management features.
  •  Do not short-circuit a battery as it may cause serious damage to the battery.
  • Never drop, hit or abuse the battery as this may expose the cell contents which are caustic.
  • Never expose the battery to moisture or rain.
  • Never incinerate a battery.
  • Turn off 4G, Wi-Fi, GPS, and Bluetooth when you don’t require these features. These features are also commonly present in laptops and notebooks. Laptop giants like Dell, HP, Lenovo, Sony and Toshiba suggest turning off these features when not in use to protect their laptop batteries.
  • Lower screen brightness in cell phones to preserve battery
  • Reduce the screen timeout interval.
  • Disable wireless network location services when not required.
  • Avoid using live wallpaper. Use static wallpaper instead to improve battery performance.
  • Disable notification lights of your cell phone.
  • Reduce the backlight time.
  • Do not keep switching the phone on/off.
  • Another form of wireless communication that various cell phones provide is location services. This is what powers the GPS functionality of the device. Hence, when not in use, it shouldn’t be left on to avoid unnecessary power consumption.
  • Place your wireless router in an open position to ensure maximum signal strength.
  • Compatibility can be a big trouble especially for bi-directional transmissions. It may help if you buy your adapter and your router from the same company.
  • Add an extra Wireless Access Point (WAP) or Repeater to boost signal strength
  • Keep checking for your phone’s software update and when there is some update available, do it. Older firmwares consume a lot of battery to work with the newest versions of applications.
  • Many cell phones have a music equalizer built in to improve the sound of music. It drains the cell phone’s battery and should not left on for longer durations.
  • Avoid calls in low signals as the battery drains faster.
  • Optimize your power options to get maximum battery life. This one is commonly suggested to preserve cell phone batteries and also the batteries of notebooks and netbooks.
    • Continuously putting your phone to sleep and waking it up will also drain battery life
    • Use earphones. The power consumed from the battery to supply full volume to the headphones is less than to supply power to onboard speakers
    • Disconnect peripherals and quitting applications not in use to preserve laptop batteries.
    • Store the batteries of notebooks and netbooks with a 50 percent charge. Storing a battery when it’s fully discharged could make it fall into a deep discharge state which renders it unable of holding any charge.

3 Responses to “Tips To Increase the Run-Time of a Wireless Device”

  1. Zahid Ali July 5, 2013 at 5:29 pm #

    Can you tell me where to get spice models of recent transistors tech?
    and Also, If I don’t need accurate analysis, can I use simulation software like Orcad?


  2. Adam June 19, 2012 at 5:30 pm #

    I seriously hate it when my battery drains out! I’ll keep some of your points in mind. Thanks! 🙂


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