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PHONE BATTERY BLUES: HOW TO GET THROUGH LOAD SHEDDING

By admin
17 March 2015

7 phone-charging myths debunked by Phonefinder – plus tricks and tips

Most cell phone manufacturers start off promising (and often delivering) batteries with up to 21 hours of talk time and over 390 hours standby time. However with time, and as your phone fills up with apps and pictures, this promise often falls very short.

Load shedding has made it even more important to understand how to take care of your phone battery and extend its life.

When it comes to cell phone batteries the smaller the better. As Phonefinder Managing Director and Co-Founder, Lance Krom, states: “Everyone knows that size doesn't count. In fact, the smaller the better. It’s STAMINA that counts. We are, of course, talking about cell phone batteries.”

PHONE-CHARGING MYTHS

1.  Don’t use your phone while it’s on charge

Status: Rubbish!

You can use your phone while it’s on charge, as long as you’re using a quality charger that’s in good condition (no exposed wires please!).

2. Using non-brand chargers will destroy your battery

Status: Rubbish!

Well, to an extent. Non-brand or white-label brands are good, it’s the cheap knockoffs which you must avoid at all costs. The general rule of thumb is that if the charger is sold in-store then it is safe (all non-brand chargers will be approved by a governing body).

3. Don’t leave your phone charging all night

Status: Rubbish!

Your smart phone is, well, a smart phone. Once it’s fully charged it stops charging. You can leave it charging all night, although if it’s already full then it’s probably best not charge it more (for energy conservation reasons).

4. Switching your phone off is good for your battery

Status: True

Experts agree that turning your phone off at least once a week preserves your phone battery.

5. Wait till your battery is completely drained before recharging

Status: Rubbish

Waiting until your phone is dead before recharging is called a "deep charge” and is not good for your battery. Instead charge your battery as it reaches 40%.

6. Heat will ruin your battery

Status: True

Even extreme cold will ruin your battery (so don’t store it in the fridge).

PHONE-CHARGING TIPS FROM PHONEFINDER

1.  Buy an Emergency Power Device. They’re small enough to fit into that tiny awkward inside-pocket-in-a-pocket of your jeans. Purchase one here.

2.  Delete power-hungry and unnecessary apps.

3.  Switch off sync if you don't need instant emails or immediate tweet alerts.

4.  Switch off Bluetooth, WiFi and GPS when you don’t need them.

6.  Switch off widgets and live wallpaper.

7.  Turn down the brightness of your phone display.

8.  Change to a duller background image.

9.  Update your apps (the latest versions use less battery).

10.  If your cell phone battery is beyond saving with a simple tip, then it might be time for a contract upgrade. Find the perfect deal easily with Phonefinder.co.za, which compares every deal on offer from all networks and service providers.