Smartphones & Its Gadgets Care: 5 Essential Tips
You don't need to be a techie to appreciate all the tech and gadgets in your life, including your laptop, smartphone, or tablets, amongst other things.
The point is—the gadgets make your lives more comfortable, and you can always reciprocate by taking good care of your gadgets.
Today, we will be talking about what you can do on a day to day basis to keep your tech (especially smartphones and its gadgets) in the best condition. Also, we will be discussing how to keep your devices feel newer for longer.
So, what are we waiting for? Let's get started.
1. Charging Habits and Battery Care
If you have been using your phone for over a year, you have probably noticed that its battery life is not exactly what it used to be. Worse, you have probably struggled to make it to the end of the day on a single charge.
Well, batteries do deteriorate over time, but there are a few charging habits that can delay that process by a considerable margin.
Step one is to charge your batteries partially. 'Android Authority' says that a 30 to 80 percent charge range is the best window for you to operate your phone because of the way the modern-day Lithium-ion batteries are built.
Step two would be to use only about 20 percent of your battery between charges. This will almost double the lifespan of your cell. Using your fast charger to juice up a full charge every time might not be the best way to go.
2. Storage and Protection
Where and how you store your gadgets makes a lot of difference in determining how your gadgets' age—notably, the ones with moving parts.
The first rule of storage is always to avoid dust and lint. A dust or lint lining can mess with the proper functioning of ports.
Also, I'd recommend that you use a separate pocket for each different gadget. Personally, I always keep my smartphone in my right front pocket with my wireless earphones in the tiny pocket above it.
Those two pockets are reserved for the respective gadgets, and nothing else is going in there. There is a similar rule for my laptops, tablets, and cameras. There is a fixed place for each device.
A good quality case is always a good idea when it comes to protecting your tech. Try and choose a case that can absorb some impact rather than going for just the aesthetics. While you are at it, you should get a screen protector for your tablets and phones too.
Other than that, don't expose your tech to extreme temperatures, and you should be fine.
3. Cord Management and Chargers
Cords and chargers are usually the most underrated aspects of tech, but People often forget to care about their charging kits.
In my experience of working with professional photographers, I have learned always to take care of my charging kit.
The first rule is that never charge your devices across a path. Your charger cords must be out of everyone's way to avoid two things: someone falling over to get injured and an accidental crashing of your device.
While storing your cables, loosely roll them into a circle or an eight shape and secure them with velcro. I've seen some people tie their cords on their charging bricks or straight-up cram them into their backpacks. You do not want to do that.
Doing so, you can damage the insides of your cable, or even worse the cables might undo their outer coat near the jacks.
Recently, a Seattle Times journalist reported that a smartphone has 18 times more germs than a restroom flush handle. That is a seriously alarming statistic.
CNET also reported that the COVID-19 virus could survive up to nine days or more on the surface of your everyday gadgets.
So, you must understand that this is a serious topic. After hearing this, you might be tempted to wipe your phone down with pure alcohol, but don't.
Pure alcohol can damage your gadgets even more. However, Apple suggests wiping your gadgets with disinfectant wipes. Just try and use disinfectant wipes that contain 70% isopropyl alcohol.
There are also a few gadgets such Phonesoap that claim to kill 99.99% of the germs on your devices by giving it a thorough bath in UV light.
5. Always Have Insurance
With the flagship smartphones racing for the thousand dollar mark, smartphones are getting more and more expensive. The same holds true for laptops, tablets, DSLRs, and every other gadget I can think of.
Let's face it; even if you follow all of the tips and advice on this article, there is no guarantee that you won't trip and drop your phone or spill coffee over your laptop.
Insurance is the safest bet because even if your tech is lost, broken, or stolen, you will not have to live with it. You can quickly get a replacement device.