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How to make your cell phone battery last by controlling the charging time!

Updated on December 24, 2010

This Saturday started out like any other day. Cleaned up around the house (yeah, right), there are some errands I wanted to get done, and figure out what I planned on doing for the evening. So I jumped up to get things started.

As I am dressing, I noticed that my cell phone had charged over-night. I seem to remember reading somewhere that over-charging a cellphone battery can damage the battery. That's when I realized that this is the second time I had to charge the battery on the cell phone in the past three days. I do not make a lot of calls, so I know it was not a depleted battery from using it too much.

That's when it hit me, I had left my cell phone charging for more then 24 hours one day last week. I had completely forgotten about it. Maybe it's time to go and purchase another cell phone battery.

I thought, “There has got to be an easier why to track your phone while charging so that it does not get overcharged.”

As I brushed my teeth, a few ideas came to mind. A squirrel running in a cage may generate the required power. No! The squirrel would get too tired. Plugging the cell phone into my computer's USB port? If that is possible, I would still have to remember to unplug the phone once it completely charged. Then I had a thought ... a simple and easy straight-forward thought.

This is the season to be jolly! And no, I'm not going to ask my family or friends to buy me a cell phone battery as a present. (Though that is not a bad idea either.) I wanted something that would help me maintain a good battery for a long time. Here is what I came up with.

As the holiday season approaches, many people (all around the world) are putting up Christmas lights. These Christmas lights maybe those big fat bulb kind, or the little neon kind, or the light emitting diode (LED) kind. It really doesn't matter the kind of lights you are using; what is important is that for some, controlling those lights can be a chore.

To ease the pain of having to remember to bend over to plug in and unplug the Christmas lights, a number of people have purchased a light controller box. A light controller box is a device that allows you to determine when your Christmas lights will be on or off. A timer is built into a device that is controlled by a clock; when a certain time is reached, the power to a built-in power socket is turned on or off.

Here is a photo of one such device. It uses pins to set the power on and off times of any device plugged into the socket (shown on the side of the device).

If you hang lights in or around your home for any holiday season, then you may already have such a device. If not, you can find them easily online by googling “Christmas lights timer”. That is not to say that it only works during the Christmas season; it will work anytime you plug it into any wall socket in your home.

This type of light timers come in several different types; pin or button. The pin type of timer uses pins to set the on and off times. The button timer uses buttons that allow you to set the on and off times.

There is another type of light timer. It is a timer that is controlled by your computer. Some of these computer controlled type of timers will require you to have a level of technical skill to use them properly; and yet, they will allow you to control many more devices.

So, here is the idea. You get one of these timers, and plug the cell phone charger for your cell phone into the timer's power socket. Next, set the power start time, and the power stop time on the timer. Check the manual for your cell phone to find out what is the maximum charge time. Most cell phones only require about a four (4) to six (6) hour charge time to become fully charged. Now, plug the power connector into your cell phone from the charger; then plug the timer's power cord into a wall socket.

Now, you are set to go. You can set the start and stop times on the charger to begin right now, of in a few hours; whichever pleases you.

Charge your phone the easy way. The worry of over charging has been drastically reduced. This helps you better control the maintenance of your cell phones' battery by better controlling the charge time.

There is one draw-back; you have to remember to unplug your phone before the timer recycles. The timers are set to a standard twenty-four (24) hour day. So, if you do not disconnect the phone before the twenty-four hours is up, you will end up charging the phone again for another four to six hours.

Lastly, if you decide to purchase a timer over the Internet, consider using a prepaid credit card.  It's a safer way to make purchases over the Internet.  If you are interested in a prepaid credit card, consider reading the article, “List of Prepaid Credit Card Companies and their Better Business Bureau report score” to determine if there is a company you are interested in doing business with.

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      Floating mind, u rock! This was anothet great article 2 years ago

      I am just learning how to use smart phone, this article definately helped

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      Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

      Very useful tip. I am guilty of abusing my mobile. I leave it charging over night sometimes.

      Thanks for this useful info. :)