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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If you’ve ever owned a smartphone long enough for it to be deemed ‘outdated’ then you’ve likely experienced a worn out battery.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!

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            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!

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            Last Updated on August 21, 2018

            18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools (2018 Updated)

            18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools (2018 Updated)

            No one can dispute the countless benefits technology has brought us. It’s undoubtedly allowed us to connect, perform, improve and leverage our resources beyond what was once imaginable.

            If you’re not taking advantage of one of the hundreds of time management apps and tools out there, you’re definitely missing a trick.

            But with so many apps to choose from, how do you know which ones to use? Well, this will depend on your needs, but we’ve put together a list of 18 of the very best time management apps that can help you with the most common time management challenges.

            Let’s dive straight into the list…

            1. Rescue Time — Use your time wisely

              If you have doubts that you’re using your time sensibly, this app will send you weekly reports to indicate what things are stealing your time. You may be shocked to discover how much time you’re actually wasting.

              Download Rescue Time

              2. Remember The Milk — Keep on top of all your tasks

                If you’re struggling to manage everything you have to do, and you work with many different devices, then this is the app for you. It’s a great free tool which is compatible with your mobile, computer, Gmail, Outlook, etc. It helps you to manage your tasks easily, and reminds you of them – wherever you are.

                Download Remember the Milk

                3. Focus Booster – Boost motivation to complete tasks

                  This app is based on the principles of the Pomodoro Technique, and is aimed at individuals who procrastinate and feel overwhelmed by tasks. It’s designed to enhance your focus and remove any anxiety you might have with time pressures.

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                  Download Focus Booster

                  4. Toggl – Keep track of time spent on projects and tasks

                    This is a great alternative to time-sheets, if you need to track how much time you spend on different projects. Effective time management starts with being clear on exactly how much time you actually spend on your projects and tasks, and then through analysis, working out how you can manage them more effectively.

                    Download Toggl

                    5. Dropbox — Store and send large files easily

                      There are many apps that allow you to transfer content from your computer to other devices – but Dropbox is free and easier to use than the others. With the Dropbox app, you can even access and share important files on the go.

                      Download Dropbox

                      6. Evernote — Keep all your notes in one place

                        Evernote is a free productivity tool that allows you to capture all your ideas, thoughts and images in many different ways (e.g., with voice, notes or images).  You can even record your meetings, interviews, speeches and ideas, create lists, add voice or text attachments, and share your files with friends. You can also sync Remember The Milk with Evernote to really optimize your time.

                        Download Evernote

                        7. Mind42 — Focus on tasks at hand with mind mapping

                          Mind mapping is a great productivity technique, and Mind42 is the best free mind mapping app currently available. It helps you to become more organized by focusing your thoughts – thereby gaining clarity on what needs to be done.

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                          Download Mind42

                          8. SyncBackFree — Back up and sync your files effortlessly

                            This free software allows you to back up, restore and synchronize your files easily. It not only saves you time now – but also in the future. If you have never backed up your files before, you should definitely take a look at this pivotal tool.

                            Download SnycBackFree

                            9. MyLifeOrganized (MLO) — Manage your to-do lists effectively

                              Check this out if you find it difficult to manage all your tasks, to work with your to-do lists, and to organize your goals. This task management system helps you to target what you should be focusing on to reach your objectives. It automatically generates to-do lists, with priority actions for your immediate attention so that you can track your progress methodically.

                              Download MyLifeOrganized (MLO)

                              10. 1Password — Have all your passwords remembered

                                This app allows you to keep all your passwords in one encrypted database, protected by one password. This saves you time when you forget your passwords and need to retrieve them. It also allows you to use various passwords for different accounts so you don’t compromise on security.

                                Download 1Password

                                11. Pocket — Keep your eye on the ball

                                  When you’re surfing the web, it’s easy to get distracted by enticing and fascinating websites. Use this tool to save your ‘finds’ to access and read later on at a convenient time which will not impact on your immediate work.

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                                  Download Pocket

                                  12. Focus@Will — Boost your attention span

                                    This amazing app combines neuroscience and music to boost your productivity. According to the developers, it’s possible to increase your attention span by up to 400%! Ideal for those who find it difficult to focus while studying, working or reading.

                                    Download Focus@Will

                                    13. Launchy — Interact with your computer in a smart way

                                      This small and simple tool allows you to launch your documents, project files, folders, and bookmarks with just a few keystrokes. This makes life so much easier as you don’t need to go through the start menu to access what you want.

                                      Download Launchy

                                      14. Forest — Boost your focus by growing a forest

                                        This unique and fun app helps you stay focused and on-track. The concept is simple: whenever you want to focus, plant a virtual tree. If you stay focused, the tree will grow. If you lose focus, the tree will die. As the app’s name implies, you can grow multiple trees to create a virtual forest!

                                        Download Forest

                                        15. Trello — Track your projects in a highly visual way

                                          This is a hugely popular app that you may already be familiar with. It works by allowing you to create cards for tasks that you need to complete. Each card moves across the Trello board (which is typically broken into columns such as To Do, In Progress, and Completed) as your start, work on and complete the associated task.

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                                          Download Trello

                                          16. Wunderlist — Digitalize your to-do lists

                                            Purchased by Microsoft in 2015, Wunderlist is an easy to use, feature-packed to-do list app. From planning a holiday, to sharing a shopping list with a partner, or managing multiple work projects, Wunderlist will keep you on top of all your tasks.

                                            Download Wunderlist

                                            17. TimeTree — Have a shared calendar with your family

                                              This app allows families or teams to share multiple calendars and appointments. So, whether you’re planning a party, or run a local sports team, Time Tree can keep everyone up-to-date with all current and upcoming activities and events.

                                              Download Time Tree

                                              18. Todoist — Capture and order all your tasks and activities easily

                                                Todoist is close to being the ultimate digital to-do list. It’s available via browsers and apps, and lets you schedule all your tasks and activities. Each item can be flagged for priority as well as given a due date. There is also a neat option to add notes to any of your tasks.

                                                Download Todoist

                                                The above list covers what we consider to be the very best time management apps and tools. And the good news is – that many of them are completely free of charge! So, what are you waiting for? Select the ones that will be the most valuable to you – and begin boosting your productivity now!

                                                Oh, and one more thing… Take a look at a couple of our other articles that will help further streamline your time management:

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