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Backup plan for that battery

Backup plan for that battery
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First Published: Tue, Apr 20 2010. 10 01 PM IST

Staying alive:Charge the battery, use it up com-pletely, and then recharge to increase battery life.
Staying alive:Charge the battery, use it up com-pletely, and then recharge to increase battery life.
Updated: Tue, Apr 20 2010. 10 01 PM IST
A mobile phone that goes off when you’re lost on the road and trying to get directions, a laptop that blacks out just as you’re mailing that presentation, the camera that gives up just when the gazelle is in your sight... Frustrating, isn’t it? But what can you do?
Well, some of these things might not seem worth bothering about, but a long-lasting battery can make a difference between a gadget that dies on you at just the wrong moment and one that is habitually better at holding on. Of course, none of this absolves you of the responsibility of charging regularly, so keep an eye on that gauge too.
Staying alive:Charge the battery, use it up com-pletely, and then recharge to increase battery life.
Laptop
• Change power settings for maximum battery life, instead of performance or a balanced setting
• Reduce the brightness of the display
• Charge the battery, use it up completely, and repeat the cycle for a longer battery life
• Minimize use of peripherals (USB memory, external mouse, etc.)
• Don’t tax the machine, work on one application at a time and defragment regularly
• Turn off the wireless and Bluetooth services
Camera
• Turn off the camera when not in use
• Don’t browse or review many images at once, instead carry extra memory
• If you have a viewfinder, don’t use the LCD screen at all
• Use a lower resolution for taking images
• Don’t store the batteries in the body of the camera; keep them separate
• Plan your shot well, before even turning on the camera
• Don’t use the flash unless absolutely necessary, use another flashgun instead
Mobile phone
• Think of faster ways to navigate—for example, use recently called lists instead of the phonebook
• Minimize use of flash memory; save images on the internal memory itself
• Stop charging the phone when the battery is full
• Turn off your mobile phone when you know you won’t use it
• Decrease the brightness of the display
• Disable extras, such as Bluetooth, keypad sounds, vibrate alert, along with a ringtone alert, etc.
• Use a low volume for alerts
Personal music player
• Listen to music at the lowest audible volume, as a rule. This increases the life of your earphones as well
• Turn off backlighting if possible, and reduce display brightness
• Use extra memory only if you absolutely need to. Try and listen to music from internal memory only
• Use short tracks, or files with smaller file sizes, to reduce load on the cache of the system
• Turn off album art display and the equalizer
• Regularly update the firmware
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First Published: Tue, Apr 20 2010. 10 01 PM IST
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