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4 Smartphone Battery Myths Debunked

4 Smartphone Battery Myths Debunked

If you’ve ever owned a smartphone long enough for it to be deemed ‘outdated’ then you’ve likely experienced a worn out battery. Although batteries are often times cheap to replace, taking preventative measures is a smart move.

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    You Should Only Use The ‘Official Charger’ For Your Phone

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      Factory chargers are arguably the most compatible for your specific device, but that doesn’t mean that off-brand chargers are going to cause any damage to your phone. Cheap knockoffs however, will. Avoid the impulse buys near cash registers at stores and gas stations. Instead buy a charger at a specialty store or order one online. This is especially true with iPhone users, since their batteries are much more difficult to replace. Although, I used a Belkin brand charger with an iPhone for almost two years and never had an issue with the phone’s battery.

      Think about it, is it really worth buying that cheap five dollar phone charger for your smartphone that likely cost you several hundred dollars? Invest a little bit extra and at the very least buy an off-brand charger instead of a dirt cheap option.

      You Don’t Ever Need to Shut Your Phone Off

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        False! Your phone needs a break every once and awhile too! If you notice that your handset is acting excessively laggy or displaying any buggy glitches, the first course of action is to shut your phone off for at least a few minutes.

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        If you never turn your phone off, it can cause damage to the battery due to excessive amounts of heat. The longer crucial components are working without a break, the more likely they are to malfunction.

        Only Charge Your Phone When It’s About To Die

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          Not true! Interestingly enough, a battery level between 20% and 80% is the most ideal, so charge it before it completely dies. An old time myth is that your phone must fully die before the initial charge but that is simply not true. Ion-Lithium batteries have become widely used in all handheld devices and have memory that’s developed in a way that keeps battery memory in mind.

          Charge your phone as frequently as you want to! Technology is on your side!

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          Charging Your Phone At Night Is a Bad Idea

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            I used to believe this myself and even bought an old school alarm clock at one point to alleviate the stressful feeling that my phone was going to die over the course of the night. But overnight charging is fine! That being said, do not leave your phone plugged in for excessive amounts of time, such as full days. Unplug if your device becomes hot to the touch.

            I’ll say it once more, always remain conscious of the temperature of your phone!

            More Best Practices

            The best way to charge your phone is to plug directly into an outlet. Charging from a computer or other USB plug-in is also acceptable but may not have ideal power output as opposed to a wall charger. Wireless chargers are a modern tech advancement, but they waste energy by creating excessive amounts of heat.

            Additionally if you are in a time crunch and need to charge your device as quickly as possible, setting it to Airplane Mode substantially cuts down charging time.

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            When it comes to discarding your worn out or non functional battery always be sure to recycle. Batteries contain hazardous materials that need to stay out of landfills. If you live in California or New York, you are actually required by law to recycle your old electronic’s batteries.

            Fortunately the service Call2Recycle exists. The company was funded by major cell phone providers as a way to eliminate neglectfulness when disposing of batteries. There are about 30,000 locations across the country, so there’s no excuse for your old batteries to be tossed in the garbage!

            Featured photo credit: My Trendy Phone via blog.mytrendyphone.com

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            Last Updated on February 15, 2019

            7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

            7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

            Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

            Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

            Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

            So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

            Joe’s Goals

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              Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

              Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

              Daytum

                Daytum

                is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                Excel or Numbers

                  If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                  What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                  Evernote

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                    I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                    Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                    Access or Bento

                      If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                      Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                      You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                      Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                      All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                      Conclusion

                      I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                      What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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