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DIY: Avoid Apple’s $29 Fix and Keep Your Battery Working Longer

By | Cell Phone Charging, Lifestyle, Mobile Charging Kiosk, Tips & Tricks, Wireless Charging

Apple products, specifically the iPhone and iPad, topped the charts this year again for the most gifted mobile products around the world for the holiday season. But while the company is consistently beating its competitors in volume, it doesn’t exist without some setbacks — like the older iPhone models suffering from unusually slow operating power and speed. To apologize for this inconvenience, Apple has offered its $29 battery replacement program for older iPhone models (the 6 and newer) early.

Here are 5 tips to extend your battery life. Follow these tricks and hopefully you won’t be utilizing Apple’s battery replacement program any time soon.

1. Turn off Bluetooth and Wifi
Even when Bluetooth and Wifi are not linked to any sources, they will constantly search for sources to which they can join.
Steps:
1. Tap settings
2. Tap Bluetooth
3. Switch off
4. Repeat for Wifi

Turn off BlueTooth

Turn off BlueTooth

2. Don’t let it get too hot or cold
Keeping your phone room temperature is vital for battery life — avoid leaving it in the car, outside, and don’t leave it in the fridge by accident (we’ve all been guilty of that mistake). Stay away from extreme temperatures, this can cause permanent damage.

3. Dim the screen brightness // use auto brightness
The brightness on your screen is directly related to battery drainage. Think about it: if you have a dimmer in your lights at home, the brighter your lights are, the higher your electricity bill is. That’s because the light consumes energy. Bringing this concept back to a cell phone battery: Bright screen –> More energy –> More battery usage.
Steps:
1. Swipe up or down from your home screen depending on whether you’re using an Apple or Android device
2. Slide the dot on the bar left holding your finger down

Dim Brightness

Dim Brightness

4. Turn off location services, GPS
Even when the app isn’t in use, or isn’t running at all, it is still *quietly* draining your battery. Just because you’re not active on Google Maps or Waze doesn’t mean they’re not tracking you, preparing for that second you need their services. Change the settings of your phone to turn off location services.
Steps:
1. Tap settings
2. Tap privacy
3. Tap location services
4. Switch toggle to off

Turn off Location Services

Turn off Location Services

5. Turn off push email
It’s less convenient, but will save a huge amount of battery life. Manually checking your mail is not only good for your battery, it’s good for your mental health. You choose when to check in, rather than that red 1 notification checking in on you in the middle of dinner. Regardless of how you choose to check your mail, when you’re in a situation where you really need to save battery, turn off everything “push”.
Steps:
1. Tap settings
2. Tap mail
3. Tap accounts
4. Tap Fetch New Data
5. Tap the Push toggle to be off

Turn off Fetch Mail

Turn off Fetch Mail

Whether it’s to take a selfie, make an emergency phone call, check social media or check a score, we could all use a little more battery life in our lives.

Students and Universities Request More Cell Phone Charging Tables

By | Cell Phone Charging, Mobile Charging Kiosk, Schools and Universities, Tips & Tricks, Wireless Charging
goCharge Cell Phone Charging Table at Universities

goCharge Cell Phone Charging Table at Universities

From student unions to libraries to dining halls, university culture and student life demand a constantly charged cell phone battery.

Recently, goCharge worked with Virginia Commonwealth University to provide charging stations to its students. The university saw the necessity and demand by students to stay connected, and there were simply not enough places to charge their cell phones throughout campus.

Having outlets is not enough anymore — charging cords are lost, stolen, forgotten — goCharge cell phone charging stations provide the charging cords as well as other utilities for the charging station, making it easy to seamlessly integrate the device into everyday student life.

Here, students are able to be inspired by the custom branding on the charging table, encouraging them to study and do school work while charging their cell phones. “Creativity at Work.

Not only is it crucial for the safety of all students, it is a must-need in order for students to stay connected with teachers and friends about classes, schoolwork, and important updates.

Students’ cell phones are their most important and most used tool of communication, and the only way for things to run smoothly at all times is to have a charged cell phone battery for all students.

These charging stations can be wall mounted, kiosks, tables, desks, and with new wireless charging technology, the demand will grow even stronger to include this feature in cell phone charging products.

These charging tables by goCharge are placed throughout Virginia Commonwealth University. They have acrylic tops and they come in 3 heights to accommodate all needs.

Our contact at the Virginia Commonwealth University is very pleased!

Read this real testimonial:

“Karyn,

The tables are working out great so far! The students have been using them and pulling stools to sit at them.

Thanks for checking in!”
—Sarah E Banwarth, Business Manager-Information Systems of Virginia Commonwealth University at Richmond, VA

goCharge Charging Stations at Universities

goCharge Charging Stations at Universities

4 Electronics that are Now Obsolete

By | Business Intelligence, Cell Phone Charging, Food for thought, Tips & Tricks, Wireless Charging
Wireless charging is taking over

Wireless charging is taking over

With 2018 upon us, goCharge reflected on the recent history of the phone as it pertains to accessories and devices that were once revolutionary. The moving of time creates the moving of technology—whether it’s being invented or becoming obsolete.

Currently, we’re riding the wave of Wireless Charging, a revolutionary technology that will change consumer behavior and the way in which we interact with our smartphones.

The days will be gone of searching for missing cords, having to buy new cords due to outdated technology (argh!), buying extension cords to elongate your charging capabilities, searching for outlets, and many more daily headaches caused by the traditional way to charge mobile devices.

Qi enabled devices are the future. And below, we’re looking at the past.

Rabbit Ear Antennas

Rabbit Ear Antennas

Rabbit Ear Antennas

While there are modern day rabbit ear antennas, also known as the television antenna, for the most part, these two metal sticks that come out of a base to catch signals are obsolete. They were designed for the reception of over-the-air broadcast television signals. However, since the invention of many modern TV capabilities (Direct TV, streaming, Netflix, HBO Go, Amazon Prime), these antennas have long been considered outdated.

Cords

Cords

Cords

With the increased usage of wireless charging not only on mobile devices but on computers, lamps, and more, cords will gradually go out of style and become less used. In particular, when it comes to charging your mobile device using Qi wireless charging technology, there is no need for a traditional charging cord.

Tapes

Cassettes

Cassettes

The cassette tape has been outdated for some time now, however those of us born before 1990 certainly remember them. The simple days of plugging this device into the receiver and hearing music are gone. With inventions like CD’s, iTunes, and then streaming services like Pandora or Spotify, even the concept of owning music is becoming obsolete. Why own hundreds of songs when you can have a monthly subscription to thousands?

Landlines

LandlineAs the main image suggests, we can all agree that the landline is bound to go obsolete. Other than office use, many home owners today do not own landlines. As everyone as a personal cell phone, the need for a landline has become less and less important.

Tell us, what do you think we’re living with now that might become obsolete in the future?

Why You Should Stop Charging Your Phone in Your Car

By | Cell Phone Charging, Tips & Tricks

Whether you’re on a long road trip or stuck in traffic during a daily commute, a low iPhone battery could spell disaster for the bored driver. At first, it may seem harmless to plug your phone into your car’s USB port. But unless you’re desperate, charging your iPhone during your commute might be a big mistake. (And by the way, charging your iPhone like this could ruin its battery.)

Why? For starters, the USB port in your vehicle probably provides less electricity than your phone really needs to charge. As a result, your phone might stall while it charges, or worse—barely charge at all. This common battery-saving iPhone hack actually hurts your charge, too.

Why You Should Stop Charging Your Phone in Your Car

Why You Should Stop Charging Your Phone in Your Car

“Many people may notice that on their commute home from work their phone charged very little (if at all) during their 30 to 60 minute commute,” Brad Nichols, a technician at Staymobile, told Reader’s Digest. “This is mostly due to the fact the phone is using more power than the car charger is supplying it.”

Nichols also says that your phone could receive too much power, especially if you’re using a “Cigarette Lighter” port to charge up. Most Cigarette Lighters can supply up to 10 amps, while most chargers use one to three amps. A malfunctioning or damaged charger can provide inconsistent power to the device, resulting in sudden spikes or surges that could cause overheating, damage to the internal components, or on the rare occasion, destroy the device.

Charging your phone while on the road could drain your car’s battery, too. If you leave your car running on “accessory”—where your engine is off, but you still use the radio—the device will draw power from your car’s battery as it charges. This usually isn’t a big deal for those who own new cars with healthy batteries, Nichols says. But if your car is an older model, you might want to avoid charging your phone through its USB port.

Most importantly, it’s not safe to use your phone while operating a vehicle. “Anytime a person’s hands leave the wheel or eyes leave the road, it becomes incredibly dangerous for them and the other people around them,” Nichols says.

Bottom line: Play it safe, and wait until you get home to plug in. Next time, you’ll want to memorize the ten secrets to a better smartphone battery life, including the best way to charge your device to make its battery last WAY longer.

This article originally appeared on MSN.

Wireless Charging: What You Need To Know

By | Wireless Charging

What is wireless charging technology and how is it going to change consumer behavior?

Wireless charging has been around for more than 100 years, however the lack of devices that would have demanded the technology of wireless charging inhibited the trend from growing.

Wireless Power Consortium

Image: Wireless Power Consortium

Now, with Apple’s late-to-the-game inclusion of wireless charging on the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, the whole industry has lit up again. Though a variety of phones have featured wireless charging for years, Apple plays a big marketing game, therefore when it makes a move, people pay attention.

What is Wireless Charging?

Without getting too technical, the key element in the concept of wireless charging centers around electromagnetic fields that transfer energy (charge) from one place to another through something called electromagnetic induction.

Qi Charging

Pronounced “chee” charging, Qi is developed by Wireless Power Consortium, and has 247 members. New iPhone models feature Qi wireless charging, along with more than 90 other phone models, and it is predicted that wireless charging will become something of a norm in most public places. There are already thousands of Qi wireless charging spots in public places like libraries, hotels, and restaurants, and WPC members are continuing to install wireless charging points in more than 25 countries.

The Benefits of Wireless Charging

How many times have you left your charging cord somewhere only to realize it’s gone once you’ve arrived at home and desperately need a charge? In the near future, this concept will be obsolete—as will charging cords—thanks to wireless charging. Smartphone users with wireless charging capabilities can charge their phones wirelessly throughout the day without searching for cords or outlets.

Phones that don’t have built-in wireless charging capabilities are also able to benefit from the wireless charging convenience. Simple wireless charging accessories will make all phones compatible with wireless charging.

The Cons

Wireless charging is slower than using a cord. This drawback is something each consumer will have to decide whether or not it’s worth the waiting time over using a traditional charging cord. Additionally, it is harder to use the phone while it’s wireless charging than when it’s charging with a cord. Perhaps advancements in the technology will improve this, however for now, this is the situation.

But whether you like it or not, rumor has it that eventually all phones will only be able to charge wirelessly. This means that businesses and other facilities looking to provide mobile charging as an amenity to their clients and customers would be wise to get in on the ‘Wireless Charging Bandwagon’ now.

So, tell us, will you be utilizing wireless charging in the near future? What are you looking forward to most?

The Key Benefits of Renting a Cell Phone Charging Station

By | Business Intelligence, Cell Phone Charging, Lifestyle, Outdoor Events, Sports

You want to engage with your customers. You want to collect information from them to prolong your relationship with them. You want them to become a loyal customer and come back for more. You want them to upload your event or space on social media and share with their friends.

Renting a cell phone charging station

Renting a cell phone charging station

There are countless opportunities to make a meaningful connection with your consumers with a cell phone charging station. But the question is, how will you best spend your time when it comes to putting the mobile charging station in your event space or place of business? That’s where the benefits of renting instead of buying come in.

When you rent a charging station, you can take the stress out of figuring out how to build it once you receive it. We make sure it’s properly deployed and set up every time. Additionally, we offer door-to-door shipping and storage; no need worrying about where to keep it after your event, since we take it back. We also offer Five Star White Glove Service, from custom branding to  installation, you won’t have to lift a finger throughout the process. We value customer service for everything we do, but when you rent a cell phone charging station from us, we’ll be with you the whole way from start to finish.

Click here to learn more about renting a cell phone charging station >>

3 Key Ways to Extend Your Battery Life with iOS 11

By | Food for thought, Tips & Tricks
iPhone battery life for iOS 11

iPhone battery life for iOS 11

While iOS 11 has brought a handful of new features that improve the iPhone and iPads that download the new update, it has three major setbacks (as do most first releases of a new operating system by Apple):

  • Bad battery life
  • Sluggishness
  • Crashing

As far as battery life goes, we’re not surprised. Each time a new update comes out from Apple, a wave of complaints floods social media and Apple forums. See here:

iOS 11 complaints about battery life

iOS 11 complaints about battery life

Below, we suggest 3 key ways to extend your battery life with the new iOS 11:

1. Find the problem

The first and easiest way to alleviate battery drainage issues with the iOS 11 is to check the source of the problem by going to Settings –> Battery. Whoever the culprits are, and disable Background App Refresh. This feature is responsible for allowing your apps to run “in the background” — sometimes it can be 24/7. To decrease battery drainage, turn off this feature for your top 5 apps that are using the most battery.  Go to Settings –> General –> Background App Refresh.

2. Disable Wi-fi, Bluetooth & Airdrop

Of course, only disables these features when not needed. And, don’t forget, when you’re on Wi-fi, you can disable cellular data to save battery life as well. When these features are on, they use a lot of power, so it’s important to switch them off when not in use. How to turn off Airdrop: swipe up from the bottom of your phone, tap on AirDrop, then tap “receiving off”.

3. Enable low power mode

With the inclusion of Low Power Mode starting this year, you’re now able to switch your phone into a mode where it automatically uses less battery life. Usually this is reserved for when your battery is really low, but you can also use it as a reserve function if you don’t know when the next time is that you’ll be able to charge. This mode even disables or reduces the power of some apps that you’re not able to do yourself. The quickest way to turn on Low Power Mode is to say “Turn on Low Power Mode” to Siri or you can do it in the Control Center, manually. For the super old-fashioned way (kidding!) go to Battery –> Low Power Mode.

66.5% of Adults Will Own Smartphones in 2018

By | Cell Phone Charging, Lifestyle, Mobile Charging Kiosk
Smartphone ownership to increase in 2018

Smartphone ownership to increase in 2018

Two thirds of adults worldwide will own smartphones next year, according to new forecasts from media measurement company Zenith.

The country whose population will own the most smartphones is the Netherlands, with a prediction of 94% of citizens owning smartphones in 2018. The U.S. and the U.K. are predicted to have nearly 70% of their respective populations owning smartphones.

While year-over-year growth in smartphone ownership has slowed recently—last year had a 14% growth rate, this year had a 10% increase, and next year has an expected to growth of 7%—smartphone ownership worldwide is still up 3.5% from last year.

In 2018, mobile devices will account for 73% of internet consumption, the highest it has ever been. This give brands an increasingly intimate and 24/7 relationship with its consumers, giving them key opportunities to engage and interact at many points throughout the day.

 

Should you charge your mobile phone overnight?

By | Mobile Charging Kiosk, Tips & Tricks
Why you shouldn't charge your phone overnight

Why you shouldn’t charge your phone overnight

Experts say no, according to a USA Today feature, since batteries are technically in constant decay from the moment they are put to use.

Apparently, the more time your battery spends plugged into a charger, the capacity it has to hold a quality charge gets lower and lower.

So, what’s the right way to charge your phone?

Charge more frequently for less time. Instead of plugging it in overnight, charge it before you go to sleep and when you wake up.

Don’t wait until your phone gets to “low battery”. Instead, consider the 30-40% range your new “red zone” and charge up when you battery hits this percentage. That will help preserve the capacity of your battery.

Watch the original video here >>