Okay, so there seem to be about a million articles out there on how to extend your cell phone’s battery life. Most of them share redundant and common sense information such as “Turn it off when you’re not using it”, “Don’t let the phone sit in direct sunlight”, or “Turn off features that you do not use”. There are even current articles that share outdated tips such as “Don’t overcharge your phone” or “Don’t charge the phone unless the battery is completely dead”. Today’s phones use more sophisticated circuitry to prevent overcharging, and today’s Li-ion batteries do not develop a battery memory like NiCad or NiMH – so feel free to “top off” your phone any time you want without consequence. The purpose of this article is to share an approach to extending cell phone battery life that is not found in too many of the “tips” articles you may have already come across.
Common sense tells you that the quickest way to drain a cell phone battery is to actually use the phone to make calls, surf the web, check email, and send SMS/MMS messages right? If you said yes, ding ding ding, you are correct (aside from actually removing the battery and placing a load on it to drain it quickly on purpose). The second biggest battery drainer is………..anyone? Yes, when it has to search for signal – that is correct. Go ahead and turn on your IR, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, push notifications, and background apps- they will not drain a battery faster than when it is out of range of a cell tower. If you don’t believe me, set up your own experiment and try it sometime. As many of you have probably experienced, forget to turn off your cell phone in a cell “dead zone” and the battery appears to drain as fast as if you were actually using the phone the entire time.
So what is this incredible approach to extending cell phone battery life I mentioned in the title? It’s actually pretty simple. Make sure you stay within range of a cell tower at all times!! Ahhh, I can already hear some of the thoughts in your heads…….”Well, what if that is simply not possible Mr. know-it-all?” “I live out in the country where my phone goes in and out of coverage all the time – do you expect me to re-locate or petition my carrier to build a closer tower?” “What if I take a lot of back-roads when driving to avoid traffic and sometimes I drop calls, go into roaming, or lose service – do you expect me to sit in traffic jams on the major highways just so I don’t have to plug my phone in every night?” My answer is, obviously, of course not, but there is something you can do to increase your coverage. If you can’t be close to a cell tower at all times then make your phone think it is close to a cell tower at all times. The easiest way to do this is with a cell phone signal booster – also known as a cell phone signal amplifier or repeater.
A cell phone signal booster works by extending the cell tower’s reach by capturing a weak signal outside a home, car, boat , RV, etc., amplifying it, and then re-broadcasting to the inside of a home, car, boat RV, etc. There are many different types of boosters for many different applications and they will not only increase your cell phone’s battery life, but also reduce the frequency of dropped calls, improve voice clarity and ramp up your data speeds. You might be asking “So how exactly will a booster help improve my battery life?”. “My phone shows a bar or two, so I’m not using up a lot of power searching for signal, and I know that boosters cannot boost a signal that is not present to begin with, like in complete “dead zones”, so I’ll just turn my phone off in these situations.” Well, you’re partly right. Please read on for further explanation.
A lot of you probably already know that cell phones use a lot of power when searching for signal, but what a lot of you may not know is that a cell phone with 4 or 5 bars will actually use much less power than an identical phone showing only 1 or 2 bars. This is because the formula that determines how many bars are displayed on your phone is also used to calibrate and set the transmit power of the phone. Take the game of football for example: when a team has to punt, the punter, regardless of field position, aims to punt the ball as close to the goal line as possible while keeping the ball in-bounds. Based on the distance, the punter will adjust the strength of his kick to put the ball where it needs to be, no more, no less. Cell phones work in the same manner – they are constantly updating their transmit power based on their signal strength and distance from the closest tower. Too little power and the signal will be indistinguishable from electrical noise when it reaches the tower. Too much power is just a waste of energy. With a cell phone signal booster amplifying both the incoming and outgoing signals, your phone can adjust itself to use a lower transmit power, thus increasing battery life. Additionally, if you are one of the thousands of people who get little or no cell service inside your home but have decent coverage outside your home, a cell phone signal booster will keep your phone from having to search for signal, thus increasing battery life. For more information on cell phone signal boosters please see the author resource box for this article.
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