Your electronic gadgets always seem to last longer in your home city than while on the road. This is a common problem for travelers because today’s society relies so heavily on electronics. Whether you’re climbing the Himalayas, backpacking through Asia or sitting back on a Celebrity Europe cruise, you will need your gadgets to be fully powered. Follow these tips to prevent your electronics from ever failing you.

  1. Start fresh
  2. Unplug your device
  3. Calibrate your battery
  4. Stay cool
  5. Turn off Wi-Fi
  6. Keep it simple
  7. Use alternative

Start fresh:

When you unwrap a brand new gadget, look through the instruction manual or ask a customer service representative for battery extension tips before turning the device on for the first time. Most manufacturers advise that you charge the battery completely before the first use. Also consider the manufacturer’s advice for long-term care. However, it is only natural for the maximum charge of every device to decrease with age. If you didn’t get a chance to take advantage of this tip with your older gadgets, it’s not the end of the world. Good batter habits will still help conserve the battery life.

Unplug your device:

Once your device is fully charged, do not leave it plugged into the wall. Leaving your fully charged device plugged in for hours will exhaust the active chemicals in the battery that keeps it charged.

Calibrate your battery:

To calibrate your battery means to charge it completely full and then use it while unplugged until the battery is drained completely. By doing this regularly, you can help the battery last longer from each charge as well as extend its life in general. If this is too inconvenient, at least try to wait until the battery is drained halfway before plugging it back in.

Stay cool:

Keep your device from being exposed to heat. Heat will cause battery chemicals to be more reactive and drain faster.

Turn off Wi-Fi:

If you’re not using it, turn it off. Wi-Fi connectivity, as well as many apps, is the worst culprit when it comes to draining battery power.

Keep it simple:

Use basic programs rather than complex ones. If the program requires less computing and memory power, it will use less of your battery. If you can take notes on Notepad instead of Microsoft Word, do so.

Use alternatives:

Use headphones instead of built-in speakers if you can. This will use less power and can also improve your sound quality. And your screen rarely needs to be turned on to full brightness. Use reason and dim your screen to a comfortable setting to conserve energy. And finally, always turn off your device or put it on hibernation mode. Believe it or not, it still uses up power in sleep mode.