Nothing is more frustrating than having your battery die right before the big moment. Here are a few tips to keep your batteries (laptop
, video camera
or any other device) charged and ready so you're always ready to roll:
- Properly condition the battery to maximize its lifespan by fully charging and discharging up to five times.
- One of the largest power hogs on a digital camera or camcorder is the display. Adjusting the LCD screen brightness and how long it is left on can greatly extend the charge on your camera or camcorder battery.
- Basic rule of thumb: when the camera is not in use, turn it off. Most cameras turn on and off fairly quickly, so there are few reasons to keep them on between lulls in the action.
- Most cameras typically have a setting for no-flash photography, so if you know ahead of time, be sure to make that adjustment to conserve battery life.
- Minimizing features like auto-zoom or auto-focus will also help save charge on your camera or camcorder batteries.
- Never use metal tweezers to change your watch battery, as they could short your new battery before you even use it. Use plastic ones instead.
- Unplugging your laptop from time to time when you're at your desk helps condition the battery for optimal performance.
- When storing laptop batteries it is recommend that the battery has about 40% charge remaining.
- A laptop battery's lifespan is heavily dependent upon the configuration of the equipment. To ensure maximum performance of the battery, optimize the computer's power management features.
- Batteries will self-discharge in storage, so try not to store them more than three months at a time.
- Extreme temperatures reduce battery performance. Avoid putting battery powered devices in very warm or cold places.
- NEVER carry loose batteries in a pocket or purse with metal objects like coins, paper clips, etc. This can short-circuit the battery, leading to high heat or leakage.
- To get the most out of your phone's battery, check its menu for energy saving options such as dimming the LCD screen, disabling any Bluetooth connections when not using a headset or remote speaker, and shutting off GPS tracking applications.