Keeping your phone well-charged is one of the biggest problems for most modern smartphone users, and often leads to huddling over a socket in a café or airport as you desperately try to get enough juice for the next hour or so. However, there is help out there. This list will show you different options for battery expansion and then release you into a fully-charged and high-tech future.
- Portable charger
This is probably the most obvious solution to the battery problem – simply carry a bigger, better battery with you for your phone, which you can plug into when you need. The market leaders have portable chargers with an amazing 20000mAh of power, which is enough to fully charge an iPhone seven times, and a Samsung five times! The only downside is that you need to carry it with you, but having a smaller charger in your bag, car or pocket, which you can then use whenever you need to, can keep your mind at ease.
- Battery case
An effective battery case that feels comfortable in your hand is probably the most practical long-term solution to a dying battery. If you find you are constantly seeing the low battery warning pop up on your screen, then a powered case should be your go-to option for day-to-day use. Although they can be cumbersome in your hand or pocket, you’ll find that within a week or so you won’t notice it anymore. However, you’ll still be reaping the benefits of that added battery size.
- Solar charger
A solar charger is a solution for the really adventurous smartphone users out there. An extra battery, or a battery case, is only an option for prolonging the time it takes to run to zero. However, a solar case is limited only by the weather. If you’re planning on being somewhere away from a power source for a long period of time, such as a hike or a camping trip, then you’ll want to invest in a good solar charger. Obviously, there are some rather glaring obstacles to using one effectively. First of all, you obviously need to have it facing the sun for it to work, which is not easy if you’re in the woods, or if it’s cloudy. Secondly, you will need to make sure it is charging in what is most likely the time you’ll want it with you and accessible – the middle of the day. However, if you want a charger to keep your phone alive for some basic functions and in case of an emergency, then this option could (literally) be a lifesaver.
- Manual charger
A manual, or wind up charger is a great option to keep in your car, or with your camping equipment. Keeping one in your car is a great option in case you are caught short away from home, or the car won’t run, it could really keep you safe. Alternatively, if you want to burn some calories and charge your phone, then there’s always that option!
- Power saving options
Exploring ways to keep your battery from running low is something that you can do regardless of where you are, or what your requirements may be. For the most part, simply cleaning up any unused apps, lowering the brightness on your screen and stopping your phone searching for Wi-Fi when you know it isn’t going to find any will be enough to give you another 10 percent of battery life that you didn’t know you could get. So if you know you’re going to be on a long travelling stretch or phone-intensive day, then just be aware of your options and try and do all you can to preserve power from the moment you unplug it.
You may well have learnt in school that simple cables running into a root vegetable can create enough current to light up a small bulb, or power a clock, but as it turns out you can also use it to charge your phone. If we’re being honest, this solution is only going to be practical if you’re stranded on a farm with your old charger cables and some wire strippers. However, here at Geeknaut, we like to be comprehensive and present you with all the options!