Battery power is a constant struggle in the world of technology and perhaps one of the most unsung innovation stories too considering the amount of work that goes into the technology.  However lets be clear here, every wonderful new feature in your tablet, rugged smartphone or mobile printer all rely on the battery it’s running. If the battery dies, so does everything else.

So what do you do with a never ending new technology that all loves to zap your battery more?  Well we have a great Rugged battery strategy guide here  but this blog shares a few tips on how to get the most out of what battery power your rugged device has!

1. Watch your signal

We all know that 3G and phone usage probably use the most battery power of any mobile device, but did you know that the poorer your network signal, the more battery you’ll use?  If you’re in a very poor signal area then consider going into Airplane mode to save on battery power.

2. Don’t be so bright

LCD brightness is also a big killer of the battery, so if you can, and you’re not working outdoors, take a look at reducing the brightness of your screen as it’ll save heaps of battery power.

3. Cut the pixels

When choosing a mobile device, you’ll find that most rugged/enterprise devices don’t use the latest high resolution screens and there’s a reason for that.  Firstly cost to replace then if they crack, but also they use way less power to drive a lower amount of pixels. If you want great battery power then steer clear of high resolution 4K screens!

4. Save the power

All devices have power saving options, so use them!!  As well as the screen brightness you can usually create time outs to power down the screen or the device itself. Some devices will let you reduce the CPU power, exchanging a little bit of speed for extra battery life.  Some devices will even let you plan OFF times so you know your device is off over night when not in use.

5. Watch those buttons

We get a lot of users who complain that their device runs down quickly only to find that the buttons are being pressed whilst in their pockets or tool boxes keeping the device on all the time it’s not in use! Buy a case or find a way to stop this happening because this can use more power up than when the device is in use!

6. Burn the connection bridges!

Watch when your device connects to WiFI, Bluetooth, GPS or 3G and you’ll be amazed what it’s up to when not in use.  closing these connections down manually and you’ll save hours of battery life.

7. Heat/Cold

Batteries don’t like being too hot or cold so if you;re working in temperatures above 35 or below 0 degrees then just consider how much your battery life could be affected and try to keep your rugged device as warm or cold as you can.

8. Barcode/RFID scanner setting

Barcode and RFID scanners can usually be configured to not only be more efficient to scan but also to save power.  maybe you could cut down the time the laser is on and certainly don’t use a constant scan setting if your battery is important to you. Look at the settings apps that come with the and fiddle until they work best for you.

9. Background applications

Any pesky app that runs in the background silently can be a big risk to battery life.  Whilst a rugged device doesn;t usually have too many rogue apps installed they can still run tracking apps or MDM applications that can be tweaked to track a little less if you’re battery is suffering.  Checkout your devices task manager or apps running app to see just what it’s up to and kill them off if necessary!

10. Charging is an option!

Lastly, don’t forget that you can charge your device up!  Domestic wall or vehicle chargers are an inexpensive and convenient way of getting a quick charge whilst on customer site, in a cafe or on the move so there’s no excuse in letting your battery run down if you have a charger!

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Dave's one of the founders of Raptor, his rants are memorable, his thoughts are stimulating and his heart is set on helping, entertaining and making things like mobile, Android, ruggedness, 3D printing and IOT simple.

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