Get The Most From Your Android Device With These Battery-Boosting Tips
What's the bane of many a mobile device user's existence? A consistently-draining battery that there just doesn't seem to be a remedy for. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to keep it in check, especially if you're willing to pick up special peripherals created specifically for that purpose. Here are some ways to conserve that juice, now that you've gotten your phone all set up, customized, and running the apps that you want to use.
1. Understand why your battery is dying so quickly.
You don't have to stumble around in the dark trying to figure out why your power keeps draining so impossibly quickly all the time. If you simply head to your Settings menu and choose the Battery option on your Android device, there's a breakdown of all of the apps currently installed and the percentage of power they're using. From there, you can determine if the apps that act as enormous power hogs are worth the time and effort or if you want to kill them. Once you have a feel for what's using up all that juice, you can start localizing the problem and taking charge. Of course, if the apps that act as regular drains are pertinent to daily use, you might have to look at a different solution for the problem.
2. Check out battery-saving apps to improve performance.
If you're not so keen on managing your battery by yourself, there are special apps that can help you do just that. Juice Defender is a strong candidate with profiles you can edit and alter in the event you need some push notifications or some apps to push data. You can also use the free client to get started or purchase Plus ($1.99) or Ultimate ($4.99) versions for more complete control over your battery profiles. Go Battery Saver is another excellent app with flexible options that allows you to monitor apps as they use battery in real time, and you can even optimize battery usage to instantly get a handle on the power that you're losing. Good stuff!
3. Opt for accessories that will give you an extra boost.
If you can't alter what you need to with apps or management programs, don't despair! There's still hope. You can pick up devices such as the Mophie Juice Pack or the Incipio Offgrid Battery Backup Case for a quick boost. These act as cases and have the added benefit of imparting additional battery power to your device. They're rechargeable separate from your device as well, so you can still use your phone, as it were, without worrying about if the case is attached. They're well worth the money, especially if you find yourself on the go, and needing a quick fix. They're in no way a long-term solution, but work fantastically for instant gratification.