Sunday 19 November 2017

Low phone battery anxiety: Four ways to avoid running low on juice

Apple iPhone and Watch Charge Dock
Apple iPhone and Watch Charge Dock
Michael Cogley

Michael Cogley

We've all been there. It's just gone noon and would you look at that your massively expensive smartphone is just about to call it a day.

Undoubtedly one of the most infuriating first-world problems at the moment, low battery anxiety is something that niggles at a lot of smartphone users.

The good folks over in LG have claimed that some 90pc of us panic about losing power on our phones while it claims 32pc of us will drop everything and head home to charge the things.

Madness by all accounts.

Luckily there are a few ways to avoid low battery outside of just staying near wallplugs.

1. Portable Chargers

It's far from a new solution but it can be hard to find ones you rely on and do exactly what they're supposed to. Also the idea of bringing around a power brick with your seemlessly deisgned phones seems sacreligious.

However, this little number from US firm Omaker is a decent find. It even comes sporting a flashlight.

Omaker 5200mAh Portable Rubberized External Battery Power Bank with Flashlight (5)-600x600.jpg

2. Kinetic Energy

Kinetic energy is in no way new. Any of those who went through the wonderful world of physics will remember it largely revolves around motion.

This is what tech firm Ampy has based its idea around for a wearable motion charger. You run and in return you get juice. Seems like a good deal.



3. LG Replaceable Battery

It seems like LG is trying to genuinely steal a march on its competitors, who for so long, have ignored the wished of so many customers to improve battery life.

While replaceable batteries were almost banished since we left the Nokia XpressMusic phones, LG are returning to a system that worked in the phone business for years with the G5.

LG G5.jpg


4. Airplane Mode

Finally the classic. It's last resort I know but you gotta do what you gotta do. In any case if you move for one of the above you probably won't need it.

But Airplane Mode knocks off all the non-essentials including your cellular coverage and means that it will in turn save you from the dreaded zero percent for as long as possible.

An airplane in flight. Photo: Deposit

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