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Maximizing your cell phone battery-life?

Postby Field » Sun Mar 30, 2008 10:42 am

Anyone have any effective strategies?

It seems that every time I get a new phone or battery for my existing phone that it really starts to die fairly quickly after about 2-3 months. With my last new phone I tried the "don't charge it until it is pretty much dead" strategy, but I found it not to be both ineffective and impractical. I now find myself charging it every day out of necessity, is it really too much to ask to have a cell phone last for 3 days without worry? I'm not really one to be on it fiddling all day either. I have to think that there must be some better technology out-there that these companies aren't taking advantage of probably because the quicker the battery dies, the more likely the consumer will be to opt for a new phone entirely.

Any suggestions?
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Re: Maximizing your cell phone battery-life?

Postby bigh0rt » Sun Mar 30, 2008 10:46 am

For your phone, is there an extended battery that you can buy for it? I know its not an ideal option, as it involves spending money you shouldn't have to, but I am in the same boat, charging my phone ever night out of necessity, as are most of my friends. One of them purchased an extended life battery for his phone and he only charges it every 4 or so days now, and he uses it all the time for calls, texting, etc.
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Re: Maximizing your cell phone battery-life?

Postby ayebatter » Sun Mar 30, 2008 11:07 am

I've charged my phone every night for 5 straight yrs, and the battery is still good. I have no idea how long it would go between charges. Guess this means I still have one of those old funky Nextel phones, I'm not into gadget phones.
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Re: Maximizing your cell phone battery-life?

Postby Snakes Gould » Sun Mar 30, 2008 1:18 pm

ayebatter wrote:I've charged my phone every night for 5 straight yrs, and the battery is still good. I have no idea how long it would go between charges. Guess this means I still have one of those old funky Nextel phones, I'm not into gadget phones.


i think hes trying to avoid charging it every night though....

ive read several theories about cell phone charging. some say wait until its dead, some say to not overcharge the phone when it has full battery, etc... i have no idea whats right. all i know is, when my cell phone is low i charge it. if its half-full (or half-empty) and im around the charger, ill charge it. i have an iphone and i can probably go about 2.5 days and thats with browsing the web, texting, ipod usage etc...
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Re: Maximizing your cell phone battery-life?

Postby Amazinz » Sun Mar 30, 2008 1:51 pm

I think waiting for the battery to be dead (or discharging it) is leftover from the 90s since the new battery styles don't suffer from memory effect. The only thing I know of that is supposedly detrimental to life span with the new batteries is leaving them in a plugged-in charger while they are fully charged.
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Re: Maximizing your cell phone battery-life?

Postby Dislexic Irishman » Tue Apr 01, 2008 2:28 pm

When your battery is low, pop it out, blow on it, rub it, pop it back in, enjoy your new-found battery life.
A man who I believe was homeless gave me this tip a couple years back
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Re: Maximizing your cell phone battery-life?

Postby KCollins1304 » Tue Apr 01, 2008 2:35 pm

I have found that one thing that is detrimental to cell phone life is heat. When I was working last summer I would leave my fully charged phone in my car and by lunch it would be next to dead. It hasn't seemed to have any long term effects, and I usually go 2 or 3 days without needing to charge. In my experience, LG's have always had good batter life, while Motorolla has been the worst.
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Re: Maximizing your cell phone battery-life?

Postby beatdrum » Tue Apr 01, 2008 3:23 pm

Dislexic Irishman wrote:When your battery is low, pop it out, blow on it, rub it, pop it back in, enjoy your new-found battery life.
A man who I believe was homeless gave me this tip a couple years back


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