If you own a Smartphone, you know way too well the stress of running out of battery. Don’t you hate when you are on the last 5% and you need to check the email for meeting details, run a GPS, or talk to somebody on the phone?
Of course, some phones are better than others, but the fact remains – Phones run out of battery very fast!
Why am I running out of battery?
If you are out working out, running, biking, etc., you might be running performance tracking apps as well as music.
You know – everything drains power ad yes – you need to remember to charge it, but somehow you still find yourself lost and without a working phone from time to time.
Want to stay connected longer?
Here are some easy tips:
- Check your phone for apps running in the background. Even if you are not using them, they drain your battery.
- Disconnect biggest power consumers – Bluetooth and GPS, Wi-Fi when not in use.
- Turn of notifications from every app you have – keep only what is necessary.
- Turn off vibration notifications.
- Turn the phone into the sleep mode if you know that you won’t be using it for an hour or two.
However, if you are doing all described above, but still struggling to stay powered? Let’s discuss another alternative.
Charge it Up
A little while back, I attended the International Housewares Show in Chicago and came across Hypercel booth.
Hypercel is a leading global wireless accessory distributor specializing in inventory management, logistics, fulfillment, Internet-based solutions, customized packaging, reverse logistics and after-sales support.
I have to say, I was seriously impressed by the variety of brands and types of products Hypercel presented at the show: from phone cases to power bank batteries – there was so much to look at. I got lucky enough to get my hands on Naztech PB10400 Universal Power Bank (of course, courtesy of Hypercel) and this little gadget has made a huge difference in my everyday life.
Being .6 lb and size 4″x 3″ x 1″ the Power Bank is definitely a lot lighter that I would expect a serious backup battery to be, yet it still can charge up to 5 simultaneously. For those who want numbers this battery keeps 10400 mAh of charge, but if you want the visual – after a two and a half hour bike trip with my phone at 28% charge, running RunKeeper (with GPS), playing music over Bluetooth, I finished with my phone charged up to 78% and the Power Bank still having all four bars on (nearly completely full). I also tried charging multiple devices at the blogging conference (smartphones, tablets, and a laptop) at the same time and it handled it just fine. With 5 USB outlets it also acts as a charging hub even when plugged in to charge and I absolutely love this this feature.
My only area of concern is the housing. For the amount and the type of the activities we do I wish it had a separate outdoor version with a bit thicker “skin”, some corner protection and at least some degree of water resistance, but otherwise it’s great and very capable mobile power supply which quickly found its spot in our gear inventory.