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Battery life!

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Reckless, Jun 8, 2016.

  1. Reckless

    Reckless Won't take the easy road

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    Let's face it, in this world where owning multiple handheld devices isn't as uncommon as it used to be, the amount of hours that your phone or tablet or other piece of tech of choice can last without being plugged in is a cause of woe for many.

    Do you let yur devices run low before charging them? Would you be willing to sacrifice processor power for battery life when it comes to, say, laptops? Have you ever carried a spare battery around (I mean lithium-ion battery packs, not, y'know, aa's and v4 batteries)

    My one gripe comes with tablets; the percentage battery left in the device is never consistent in the one I use. It can drop from 70% to 35% in the blink of an eye, or else stay on like 45% for hours. Sometimes I was able to use it for a while whikst it remained at 1%! It's nuts!
     
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  2. Vaporstar4x4

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    Usually I'll let my battery on my phone and nintendo die before charging it just to make sure the battery memory doesn't get messed up. The battery on those two are actually very consistent and I usually know when they're about to run out.
    My laptop on the other hand is usually always plugged in because it runs out of battery a lot quicker then it should but sometimes I just unplug it when I leave somewhere so that it doesn't get too much battery memory.
     
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  3. Eclipse

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    Firstly, my laptop... I leave it on the charger virtually all the time while at home, so it sits comfortably at 100% battery life near constantly. Should I desire to take it out with me on an errand or way to kill time elsewhere, it has a fairly respectable battery life time of 4 hours - more if I put the brightness setting even dimmer (it has 9 settings for such, from 0 to 8, and while the default is 4, I often work with it at 3 or sometimes even 2, since the area I'm in is bright enough as it is). I have not ever had a problem with my laptop's battery life, and it gives me warnings at 66%, 33%, and 15%. I have only been out long enough to get the 15% warning once. I don't even know if it has warnings beyond that. I'm guessing it has a 10% at least, but I don't know.

    As for my handheld gaming devices (my GBAs, DSs, and 3DSs), I won't leave them on the charger. Rather I'll play with them separately, off the charger, so as to reduce dependency on them and increase their battery life. They're also more clunky and less maneuverable when on the charger, which is not what I aim for. My PSP is an odd case as I have only a USB charger for it, and it doubles as a music player for my car, where it rests continually feeding off my car's battery. As a consequence I believe it has the lowest battery life of my devices; I haven't actually clocked it in but I think it rests somewhere around 2 hours.

    My cell phone I just charge it whenever I remember. That usually ends up being once a week. I don't know what the battery life on it is, but I've never had problems with it, and I've never had it go below 2 out of 4 bars on the battery (and even the 2 was caused by me forgetting to charge it for several days on end).
     
  4. Starry Windy

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    It depends, when I think my laptop will survive for quite long, usually I tend to leave it on quite low unless I wanted to do video processing stuffs, and the same goes with my phone, unless if I'm having a long trip.
     
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  5. Cadbberry

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    My phone has been growing in age and the battery has been draining faster and faster, It is such a let down since it is only turning 4. My laptop drops so often, goes from 100% to 60% very fast, only taking an hour or so of use. It usually holds very well from there.
     
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  6. Atlus

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    It's funny because my phone has never once ran out of battery ever since I got it (except once when I left it for a whole week) while I face a crisis trying to keep my laptop alive on the commute from my campus to home (running emulators at 4x speed doesnt seem to help)

    I really don't feel the issue of low battery life the way my peers seem to have it; I bought my MSI Laptop thinking battery life wasnt much of an issue but now that I take it with me everywhere it's a hassle to keep its life up

    Being an IT student REALLY doesn't help managing battery life though I appreciate the 1001 power sockets all over my polytechnic
     
  7. Shayminlover123

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    I charge the batteries even when they are almost full. I can't stand it when my batteries almost die, mainly because most things I have die within 2-3 hours. If I had the option I would totally carry an extra battery with me. That would save me a bit of grief.
     
  8. YouHoney

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    I hate modern phones battery. I always try to keep it charged and i own a 5-full charge Energybank to combat this. Battery is important to me.
     
  9. Toxic

    Toxic Idk I'm bored

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    Samsung's battery is pretty decent not going to lie, but if I'm on it all day well I'm screwed.
     
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  10. Emmie

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    Can anyone tell me how to keep my phone charged for longer? Ive been told that keeping the screen brightness low doesn't help but that's the only thing I know to do.
     
  11. LostSpirit

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    I hate seeing low battery life. It gives me stress, so I usually bring a spare battery with me. Of course, that won't stop me from using my phone, but once my phone hits around 15%, I'm pretty much done. Luckily, my battery on my phones lasts a few hours, but I can't say that about my laptop.
     
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  12. Azazel

    Azazel Better count your blessings

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    Let it die, or else it develops a memory. I didn't do this with my laptop and now the battery only lasts one hour.
     
  13. Bubbles

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    I pretty much always have my electronic devices charged. If I'm going to have to be on the go I usually charge them in advance so that I'll have as much battery life to use as possible just in case of emergencies etc. Having a dead phone during an emergency or a dead laptop when you have all your notes for a class on it is a disaster....
     
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  14. Cherry3Fairy

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    Mom forces me to charge the battery every now and then! Mom wants 90% up charged! I get bored!
     
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  15. Anubis the Lucario

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    With my phone, it's almost never a problem. But just in case, I carry around a portable charger.
     
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  16. GiratinaMissingNo

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    My laptop is old, really damaged, and yet it still lasts almost five hours...if it just sits there, doing nothing. The way I use it-with screen brightness on full and ten tabs running-it lasts about two hours. If I'm lucky. I don't like using the tablet, since it jumps from 100 to thirteen and then doesn't move for an hour.
    I almost always have to charge the laptop, since it's used so often. I have accidentally let my gaming stuff die, but I try to let it drain until almost dead for two reasons. One: more gaming time without having to hunt down chargers. Two: I can run around, yelling 'DON'T YOU DIE ON ME' and scare people, which is always fun.
    #MissingNo
     
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  17. CinnPai

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    Now that I think of it, the laptops I own usually only last one or two years of age. There was a virus that drained my first laptop's baterry almost immediately over and over again, my second laptop's battery no longer can be used or else a message pops up telling me that the battery has died, and right now my third one's battery lasts two hours. It's an amazing feat considering 90% of my memory is used up. I'm a wasteful person, I think five thousand dollars were spent on me involving every laptop, phone, and video game console.

    My phone is kept at a moderate brightness which lasts for five to six hours, and I'm almost in my room most of the time to charge whenever.
     
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  18. CharlieWeasleyfan

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    My laptop has to remain at 100%. My mom literally never unplugged it when I asked if I was spending time at my father's
     
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  19. Shadria

    Shadria Impish Illusionary Kitsune

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    My laptop's battery is dead, I need to get a new one, but I don't really know how to do that, so it's always plugged in (it sometimes says 0% charged, 1-5% charged, and once had 30%) Before that it would last ..around 4~ hours? It's a old-ish laptop (new in 2010, I think?) and age is showing.
    My phone can last half a day if I'm on it most of the time, but if I'm just checking every few hours or so it'll last for a full day. I charge it every night cause I don't know if, or when, dad'll randomly call me for a 'emergency' (most of the time it's to either get a number he doesn't have on hand or to unlock the garage for him)
    My 3DS can last a day and a half, maybe more if I don't touch it a lot. As it is now, I only charge every few months as I'm hardly ever touching it. :(
     
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  20. Owly

    Owly Friend of the Eco, Foe of the System

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    Times my laptop is unplugged:
    ~ Eating and reading comics
    ~ Forced to sit on the couch/chair because the brother has to listen to "music"
    ~ Video/voice chatting (only some of the time)
    Yeah, it worships the charger cord. But I'd say the computer usually lasts a good three hours until I have to plug it back in.

    As for my phone, it all depends on what I've got turned on. WiFi and data will eat its battery up quick, but if I turn them off - or have a strong connection - it's good for about a week. (I know this because during the school year I forget to charge it all. the. time.)

    In general I'm a sucker for high battery - even 20% can freak me out. I try to keep my devices on the highest charge possible. It doesn't help that my phone's little battery icon makes 60% look like 85%.

    I know that if you have WiFi or data on, your phone will always be searching for signals, which can seriously drain the battery. Try turning off WiFi and turning on airplane mode when you don't need those on.
     
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