A graduation ceremony is an event where the commencement speaker tells thousands of students dressed in identical caps and gowns that “individuality” is the key to success.Robert Orben
It’s that time of year again! As high school, college and graduate students receive their diplomas and prepare for their next step, maintaining their smartphones, laptops, tablets and MP3 players will become vital to their existence. Knowing how to get the longest runtime out of their cell-phone batteries, or where to go to get a broken laptop or tablet screen repaired, will ultimately make their lives easier, and allow them to spend more time stressing-out about exams and deadlines; not about their broken devices.
First of all, in order to maximize battery life, here are a few things to remember that can affect the overall runtime of a cell phone:
1Distance away from a tower – When your cell phone is on, it’s in constant communication with the nearest tower. The further the tower is away from you, the more energy will be required to send a signal, draining your battery as it works.
2Surrounding electrical “noise” – Areas like business parks, shopping centers and university campuses have more competing signals than more remote places, causing your cell phone to work harder to push its signal. Feel free to turn your phone off for a few hours while you’re in class or at your new job!
3Where you dock your phone in your home or car – If at all possible, leave your phone in an upstairs room facing a tower, or near a window in a car. However, remember to keep it from getting direct sunlight, as that could damage the battery as well.
Furthermore, in the event that damage has already been done and it’s time to get a new battery or have a device repaired, Batteries Plus Bulbs on-site tech centers are a great place to start to diagnose the issues with the power source and/or functionality of these items. Finding a store is as simple as using the store locator on the website, and guiding recent graduates to a trusted source for batteries and electronics may give them the peace of mind they will need when they’re finally out in the “real world”.
The beginning of summer also means that it’s time for landscaping. In almost every department store or home improvement store you go to, you will see all different types of solar-powered landscaping lights. Coming in all shapes, sizes and designs, these are great, energy-efficient lighting products that maximize the abundant power supplied by the summer sun. However, as time goes by, the rechargeable batteries used to power these lights at night, once they’ve been charged by the sun during the day, will begin losing power. After about two years, you will notice that the lights aren’t very bright anymore, or that they’re flickering. This is a sign that it’s time to change the batteries. Be sure to open the battery case on your lamp in order to determine which type of battery is needed. Batteries Plus Bulbs has both NiMH and Lithium Iron Phosphate cells that work in many lights on the market today. Remember, DO NOT use alkaline batteries in these lights, as they’re intended for rechargeable batteries only, and alkaline batteries won’t recharge; they’ll just ruin the lamp.
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We repair broken Apple® devices, including iPads®, iPhones® and iPods®, most Samsung® devices and many more. Plus, we have screen protectors for cell phones and tablets.
In-store services include (among others):
• Cracked Screen Replacement
• Button Replacement
• Camera Repair
• Charge-port Repair
• Headphone-jack Repair
• Speaker Repair
• Battery Installation
• Screen Protector Installation
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Batteries Plus Bulbs is owned by Roark Capital Group, an Atlanta-based private equity firm. Roark invests primarily in consumer and business services companies, with a focus on the franchise, food and restaurant, specialty retail, environmental services, waste management, and business services sectors.
With the opening of the first all-battery retail store in 1988 in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Batteries Plus, as the brand was then known, quickly became the uncontested leader in the battery market, differentiated by superior product knowledge, product availability, helpful service and advice.