National Battery Day was this past Monday, Feb. 18. To conclude our celebration of the battery, we’re offering you some valuable pointers. Browse through the tips below to learn how to extend the life of batteries in your most common, everyday applications.
If your batteries appear to be dead, let them sit out – You can always squeeze a little more life out of an alkaline (AAA, AA, C or D) by removing them from the device and letting them sit for about 10 minutes.
Another helpful trick is to switch the batteries around – If you swap their places, the device can access more of the leftover chemicals in the battery. And a little more juice, means a little more life!
If you lower your phone’s voice and ringer volumes, turn off the speaker phone or even speak more softly, your dying battery can last a lot longer! Plus, by dimming the screen’s display light, you’ll be saving your battery’s power.
Get those last few pictures by avoiding the three biggest power-drainers: The LCD screen, the flash and the zoom. Use the viewfinder instead of the LCD screen, natural light instead of flash (when possible) and wide shots instead of zoom. By making these minor changes, you will be saving your battery’s life!
Switch to power-saving settings – the backlight, equalizer and Wi-Fi. These are the three biggest energy-takers in an MP3 player.
Then put it on hold – this not only keeps you from accidentally playing music in your pocket, it also conserves energy. For an iPod Nano, find the hold button on top and on an iPod Shuffle or Classic, hold down the “play/pause” button for three seconds.
If you want your battery to last longer, try to limit your use of computer games, music or DVD movies. Multimedia activities drain laptop batteries. You can also copy and run all CD or DVD programs from the hard drive, it typically consumes less power than an optical drive.
Another method of energy saving is in the settings – decrease your screen’s brightness and mute the laptop speaker volume. A softer screen and speaker equals higher battery power! You can also try tweaking the Windows Power Options – choose a laptop power scheme that turns off the notebook monitor and hard disk after 10 minutes of inactivity.
Batteries Plus has over 30,000 batteries and trained associates to install them, so make us your source for all of your battery needs! We are also an industry leader in the recycling of spent batteries and have a drop-off point for battery recycling at every location!
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