That's certainly one question that stumps (and annoys!) this geek girl all the time. A recent piece in The New York Times hits the spot with a guide to increasing your gadgets' battery life. Among the article's suggestions are to turn off WiFi and Bluetooth functions, and check your "push" function at the door — it's a battery drainer for sure.
But I also have a few suggestions of my own. To find out what they are, just
- Use a cotton swab — Swipe a cotton swab dipped in alcohol across the battery contacts (make sure it's not dripping with alcohol) to maintain good connections. This will help your battery go the distance.
- Fashion a DIY battery pack — If you're in the mood for a geeky project, you can purchase a kit that includes all the electronic parts necessary to build your own battery pack that will charge any gadget with a USB port.
- Keep your MacBook alive — I have plenty of tips to keep your MacBook alive and chugging for hours, like dimming the display, disabling startup items, and making sure your battery is optimized from the get-go.
- Get some help — I recently talked about a case that keeps your iPhone juiced up — it's worth the cost if you're a battery hog, since you can't replace the battery in your iPhone!
- Toss it out responsibly — If it's time to get a new battery (it happens), be sure you properly recycle or dispose of it, instead of tossing it in the garbage!
The NYT article also gives us a helpful reminder: lithium-ion batteries (found in most new gadgets) don't suffer the same battery "memory loss" that batteries of yore suffered, so no need to worry about overcharging.