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If you’ve ever owned a smartphone long enough for it to be deemed ‘outdated’ then you’ve likely experienced a worn out battery.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

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

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            Last Updated on May 14, 2019

            8 Replacements for Google Notebook

            8 Replacements for Google Notebook

            Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

            1. Zoho Notebook
              If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
            2. Evernote
              The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
            3. Net Notes
              If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
            4. i-Lighter
              You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
            5. Clipmarks
              For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
            6. UberNote
              If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
            7. iLeonardo
              iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
            8. Zotero
              Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

            I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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            In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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