Apple Users: How to Maximize the Battery Life of Your Gadgets

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Smartphones, tablets and laptops are handy items to bring traveling, as they can provide you with entertainment along the way (by playing games and watching movies), then help you research/navigate your way around a new area as well as helping you stay connected with the world back home.

One of the real challenges that a lot of modern travelers face these days is how to keep their electronic devices (e.g. iPhone, iPad or laptop) charged while on the road.

Although iPhones in particular have notoriously short battery lives (especially if you’re using lot of different apps), there are very few electronic devices that can last the length of a trip without needing to be charged up.

Luckily, there are some great ways that you can extend the battery life of your gadgets (by using special battery cases, using battery-saving apps and by altering your device’s settings among other things). Let’s take a closer look:

Get a Battery Case for Your iPhone

One of the great things about iPhones is that there are hundreds of different styles of cases/covers that you can attach to make your phone look unique.

While most iPhone covers simply provide aesthetics and a little physical protection, there are some cases that can add extra battery life to your iPhone (such as the Mophie Juice Pack Plus) whilst also protecting it from the usual knocks and bumps.

Mophie juice pack plus

These cases plug into the iPhone’s 30-pin dock-connector port in order to provide it with more juice. Of course, this means that you won’t be able to plug your iPhone into another device (such as any dock accessories) without first removing the case from your iPhone. Luckily, this isn’t a problem for most travelers, as it’s rare that you’ll bring such accessories with you on the road.

It seems the most highly-rated iPhone battery case on the market right now is the Mophie Juice Pack Plus. According to the case’s makers (and several reviews), this case will extend your iPhone’s battery life by more than double.

Another interesting option is the Sol Solar-Powered Charging Case, which (as you’ve guessed) recharges it’s battery from sunlight.

Click here to see a list of 8 iPhone battery cases reviewed on MacWorld.com.

Use Battery-Saving Apps

For those using a MacBook or MacBook Air, you should consider using the Low Battery Saver app. This app allows you to change your Mac’s battery warning messages to let you know precisely how much of your battery life remains.

Another great app for MacBooks is Deep Sleep. This enables you to put your Mac in ‘hibernate mode’ when you close the lid, instead of just putting it in regular sleep mode. Hibernate mode uses less battery power than sleep mode (it’s even been reported it uses ZERO battery power), and you can still have all your programs re-launch from exactly where you left off.

Alter Your Device’s Settings

By tweaking a few of the setting on your iPhone and iPad, you can massively increase their battery lives.

Both of these devices have several operations running in the background as standard that you probably won’t need (or certainly won’t need all the time) when traveling. More operations running = more battery drain.

For starters, make sure to turn off your Wi-Fi, 3G and Bluetooth when you aren’t using them. These are massive battery drains.

Secondly, switch off any location services (by going to ‘Location Services’ under ‘Settings’). What are these? Some apps will continue to scan your location to find out where you are, so they can notify you at relevant times. Although these are nice, when traveling overseas they’re a massive waste of battery.

Additionally, make sure to turn down your brightness (or use the ‘Auto-Brightness’ feature). This can be found under ‘Settings’. Decreasing the screen brightness means it uses less power.

Also, try to avoid your devices from getting too hot or too cold. Extreme temperatures are not good for batteries. Think about how cars struggle to start during the winter.

In warm climates, try to prevent your gadgets from direct sunlight. In colder climates, try to keep them insulated if necessary.

When using a laptop, make sure there are no discs in the disc drives, disconnect all unnecessary accessories and turn down the screen brightness. All of these things will help to save battery power.

Bring Just One (Powerful) Charger for Multiple Devices

If you’re traveling with both and iPhone and an iPad, there is no need to bring both chargers. Instead, bring just your iPad charger and use that to charge both devices.

Why not bring your smaller iPhone charger instead of the larger iPad charger? Because the iPad charger is 10-Watt and the iPhone charger is just 5-Watt, using your iPhone charger on your iPad will cause it to charge extremely slowly.

For more tips on extending your iPhone’s battery life, check out Apple’s battery-saving guide.


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