Mobile smart devices are amazing, they have an absolute wealth of information that can be accessed by their tiny but yet very powerful processors and storage space, the web is there just at your fingers bursting with information you can access anywhere with a data signal. Sometimes the network may be running slowly and some bottlenecks are experienced but for the main part, these little data churning devices are always on and reliable but not entirely infallible.
Most smart devices come packaged well in nice glossy boxes with clever injection moulding for us to enjoy with the box opening session. The practice is often over too quickly but alas, there in your hands is the new device, yay!
Probably the very first thing you should do aside from playing with this new life companion gizmo, is to order a suitable cover (if you have not already). For mobile phones and tablets it is best to get one that not only covers the back but the front too, there are special clear plastics of a flexible and solid construction that will send feedback to the devices via your fingers without the risk of damaging or scratching your screen (you can see the markers if you hold these up to light), they are encased in covers of all shapes, sizes and design, you are sure to find one you like and possibly save lots of cash by not breaking your expensive but delicate devices in one way or another as most devices have a thin glass over the screen and back in some cases.
Most problems occur with the devices after some time with the internal battery not being to hold the same storage as when first new, a natural degradation is quite normal over time with the rates varying between 3 – 10% per year, these are device dependant and other factors can change these stock laboratory grown figures.
It is not a good thing to keep your device always on charge, Lithium batteries should not be charged above 90% and never allowed to drop below 15%, sometimes these battery charge envelopes can be crept into but over time and with constant abuse the battery will die pretty quickly then needing a costly and altogether unwanted repair.
If the battery and overall phone become hot during normal use, there could be a battery fault and should be looked into at once to prevent personal and property damage through fire.
Lithium, the metal that makes up a majority of the battery is the chemical element of Li with an atomic number (and weight) of 3. It is silvery-white shiny metal and is actually the lightest solid element. As with all alkali metals, it is highly reactive and flammable – many people have been injured by their mobile phones battery failing and venting with furious chemical flames, either because the thin partitions between the battery cells are breached over time due to crystallisation, this then causes the highly reactive lithium to react to the spark due to the mixed polarities, another reason is due to thermal runaway – either a hot ‘normally’ running phone, being overcharged or even if just in a hot environment.
Mobile phone radio signals, as well as smart devices over wifi, create electromagnetic frequencies (EMF), these radio waves can adversely interfere with our health, actually breaking down or transmuting cells within our body, with the advent of 5G with its millimetre waves, we really musk keep the devices away from our person, if we can. This is not such an easy task as we carry these devices on our person, if at a desk the device is normally set upon it, this is fine to limit damaging high-frequency radio waves. The same as when we sleep, keep the devices away from our heads and don’t ever sleep close beside it as some might want to, it is simply not healthy.
During the set up of the device, you can set the location services on in case you should misplace the device, Apple and Samsung offer these services as standard, other providers do too, you can even find your device through Google accounts, sending an alarm signal after getting the last location – this saves a lot of stress as you instantly know where the device last was – providing it has battery level as well as a network/location signal.
Try to avoid extreme hot and cold temperatures, the batteries really don’t like this as struggle to provide an adequate constant energy stream as required.
As well as not overcharging, avoid fast charging, this is good in the short term if you need to charge quickly but degrades the battery every time this is carried out lowering the overall charging cycles. It is better to slow charge even if overnight, a computer USB hub provides a steady control current of about 5 volts, this will gently charge the battery adequately.
If your lifestyle creates the need to short charge every so often, this is fine too, in fact, the battery is happiest at 50%level or thereabouts.
Those cover the battery but what about real-time usage? You can easily just turn down the brightness of the screen a little, over a while this helps not put the battery under strain and if your phone has auto-brightness and a sensor then you are set-to-forget and get on with the more important things in life.
Setting a dark theme is better for the battery as does not need to provide so much current illuminating the little OLEDs brightly, it is the same as with the screen lock, set it to how you feel is practical, if on for too long a period, set it less to save working battery life.
You can also restrict data apps that suck the streams and use power all constantly, some apps want to know your location, notifying you all the time, pinging here there and everywhere sometimes unimportant data. Set the apps to close completely when you are not using them, on some phones you have to set this from the app and some directly in the device settings.
While you are in the settings… check for apps that are using a lot of battery, are you using them? If not close them down ‘til you need them lessening the radio frequencies as well as extending battery life.
There are other radio services like Bluetooth, GPS and NFC, if you do not use all of these regularly, turn them off to extend your battery life. (Remember turning off location services will prevent you from finding your device if you lose it as above). These are low power but can go toward micromanaging your battery health.
With the radio signal from the cell towers, if you have a low signal, this actually uses a lot more energy as the phone is constantly struggling to get a signal, if you are wrestling with a download but just above have cell tower reception, try turning the device off and on, it should then re-triangulate possibly getting you a better node reception. If you have access to wifi with local hotspots then turn it on, the device will automatically switch between networks saving you time and your phones overall battery life.
If you are not in a cell of wifi zone, turn ‘airplane mode’ on, this will prevent the device from constantly looking for a signal therefore constantly draining the device.
I hope these tips help prolong the battery life of your device and go toward lessening the EMF radiation about your body, if you have more tips, pop them in the comments below.
Thanks for reading.