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The Secret to Keeping Your Phone Charged During the Day

Updated on February 13, 2014

My Phone is Dying! What Do I do Next?

Your charger is at home, you are not in your car, yet you need your phone. The answer, a handy dandy portable charger you can keep in your pocket, purse or briefcase. No need for a car charger or AC outlet. How cool is that?!

If you are like many people your phone is not just for talking to people throughout the day, it is a mini computer, your gateway to Netflix, your GPS navigator, and MP3 music player all in one. Many of these apps are battery hogs and suck battery power leaving it gasping before the day is over.

My son, who just recently moved to Chicago, learned living in a big city drains your phone battery faster than normal as his phone is constantly competing with signal and data from millions of other users. By the time he gets out of classes his phone is dead at the end of the day when he commutes home. Only took a week before he bought a battery pack to stick in his pocket.

So how do you get through the day with battery power to spare?

Other than killing applications throughout the day or not using your phone the only other option is to carry an alternative charging station, or portable charger. The Anker Astro charger is ranked #1 on Amazon for a reason, it will hold a charge long enough for seven phone charges without having to be recharged again. It even has enough juice to fully charge an iPad.

To quote their sight it's the "..biggest, baddest battery in the Anker line.." and they are not shy when it comes to bragging about their lithium battery line of chargers.


Other Handy Phone Gadgets

Every electronic device has it's set of handy gadgets and phones are no exception. Check out the solar powered battery chargers, if you commute in a car these will charge just from the sunlight coming through your window during the day.

JLab Audio  J6M High Fidelity Metal Ergonomic Earbuds Style Headphones w/Mic, GUARANTEED FOR LIFE - Nero Black
JLab Audio J6M High Fidelity Metal Ergonomic Earbuds Style Headphones w/Mic, GUARANTEED FOR LIFE - Nero Black

I never talk on the phone without my ear buds. Seriously, it started out talking hands free in the car, but even at home it's so nice to be hands free and talk to a friend while doing dishes or folding socks.

These Jbuds are best earbuds and mic system you will ever own. These ergonomic earbuds come with seven different size cushions to custom fit to your ear. Listen to amazing music quality, talk on the phone, Skype and use phone voice commands.

 
XTG Solar Charger, Solar Powered Back Up Battery (1500mAh, 1A USB Port) for iPhone, Samsung Galaxy & USB Devices. Great for Hiking & Adventure. Includes LED Reading Light and Windshield Suction Cups
XTG Solar Charger, Solar Powered Back Up Battery (1500mAh, 1A USB Port) for iPhone, Samsung Galaxy & USB Devices. Great for Hiking & Adventure. Includes LED Reading Light and Windshield Suction Cups

This solar powered battery charger is not only a life saver to extend the daily use of your phone but utilizes green energy.

Perfect for commuters who drive to work every day. The suction cups attach this battery pack to your window and lets the sun do the rest.

 
Phubby - The Active Wearwrist Cubby / Arm Wallet for Cell Phone / Ipod / PDA with 'Touch' Technology - Medium/large - Tie Dye
Phubby - The Active Wearwrist Cubby / Arm Wallet for Cell Phone / Ipod / PDA with 'Touch' Technology - Medium/large - Tie Dye

Ever hear of the Phubby? It's a writst or arm wallet, or pocket, for your iPhone or Smartphone and securely holds your electronic device to prevent it from theft while keeping it easily accessible. Great for joggers and power walkers.

 

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Battery Saving Tips for Your Smart Phone

Here are some battery saving tips and tricks for your Android, iPhone and other smart phones to help your phone last longer during the day. Many of this tips include turning off your Wi-Fi and data when you leave the house in the morning, decreasing your screen brightness or installing app killers. Some tips are unique to your individual smart phone. Check them out and let me know what works best for you.

I don't know anyone who still has a Blackberry, but this video will show you how to save the battery power on your Blackberry to help all you Crackberry addicts save power throughout the day.

How to save battery power on your iPhone, this handy tutorial helps with power saving settings including turning off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth settings.

What Other Battery Saving Tips Do You Have?

If you use other battery saving tips share them here, technology is always changing, phone apps are always being developed, and the best tips are from those that use them every day.

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      Mickie Goad 3 years ago

      I am hanging on to my iPhone 3G. I figure that if my husband has the newest one, I can get by with my dinosaur. Thanks for the energy saving tips.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Great review--such a good idea!

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      Evelyn Saenz 3 years ago from Royalton

      The solar charger looks intriguing. I like the idea of charging the phone without using electricity. Bet that would be a great idea for hikers.

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      Cheryl Paton 3 years ago from West Virginia

      I had no idea that location affected the battery life. Hmmm.

    • Susan Zutautas profile image

      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      My iPhone is getting to be almost 3 years old now and the battery sure doesn't keep the charge like it used it. I've been thinking it is time to either buy a new battery or a charger such as the one you have here.

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      RinchenChodron 3 years ago

      Had no idea such a device existed - good to know. Thanks

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      I don't use my phone enough to have developed the need for battery saving tips, so I have nothing useful to share in that regard. I am keenly interested in that solar-charging backup battery though, and will keep it in mind. Thank you for all these good ideas. They may well come in handy one day.

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      Lynn Klobuchar 3 years ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota

      I have looked at this type of solution a couple of times. Thanks for your honest opinion on it as I decide whether to take the plunge.

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      Faye Rutledge 3 years ago from Concord VA

      I'll spread the news! :)

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Handy idea!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 3 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Thanks for this great information. I just got an iphone for Christmas so still learning.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I bought a similar product for some family members for Christmas - thinking how important and convenient it would be for them to have back-up power too