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Tropical Storm Michael is Coming — Tips for Keeping Your Mobile Device Charged During Hurricane Season

By | Cell Phone Charging, Tips & Tricks

Tallahassee, North Florida, and southern Georgia are all at risk within the next few days as Hurricane Michael approaches. If there is one less thing those affected can worry about, it’s staying connected to friends and family. Below, important tips on making your mobile device battery last throughout the storm.

1. Be Stingy
Stinginess has never been more important than when it comes to making your mobile device battery last long. This might be one of the only situations where the word “stingy” can lead to positive things — like having a charged battery when you need it. Avoid unnecessary texting and stay away from social media unless it’s absolutely dire. Leave your phone alone and don’t check it as frequently as you’re used to, after all, you have more important things to do, unless you are waiting to hear from people. This is probably going to be your only form of communication during and after the storm for a few days, so don’t take your battery for granted.

2. Turn off Automated Functions

Things like checking for mail, screen brightness, and apps running in the background can really drain your battery. Unless you are waiting for a critical email, turn off automatic fetching, and lower your screen brightness. You also want nothing running in the background when you’re not using it, so make sure all app functions are turned off unless you’re actively using them.

3. Consider Replacing Your Battery

We wouldn’t recommend this unless it was a life threatening situation. If your phone has been using the same battery for a long time, you should look into replacing it before the storm hits. Your battery can last much, much longer when it’s new than when it’s 2 years old. It could make a huge difference in your communication abilities.

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.

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.

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 >>

5 tips to keep your mobile device battery charged for longer

By | Cell Phone Charging, Dining, Hospitals, Lifestyle, Mobile Charging Kiosk, Music Festivals, Outdoor Events, Schools and Universities, Tips & Tricks, Trade Shows, Uncategorized

Whether it be a natural disaster, work meetings, or family outings, mobile device batteries surely don’t last forever. Our priority at goCharge is to help keep people connected by charging up — so we came up with a list of tips and tricks to keep your battery charged up as long as possible.

How to keep your mobile device battery charged for longer

How to keep your mobile device battery charged for longer

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.

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.

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.

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.

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”.

Charging Tables: Functional Furniture is The Future

By | Cell Phone Charging, Lifestyle, Mobile Charging Kiosk, Music, Tips & Tricks, Trade Shows
goCharge Charging Table

goCharge Charging Table

From suitcases with built in GPS’s to robot furniture, furniture that serves as just furniture is becoming a thing of the past. goCharge offers top class charging tables that serve as functional furniture: grab a beer with friends, socialize around the table (low, medium, or high), and charge your phone all at the same time. When you think about, you wonder, “why doesn’t every table have a charging port?!”

In 2012, MLB approached goCharge with a vision. Within a few short months, goCharge designed and deployed The MLB Table into 19 stadiums around the nation. Today, goCharge is operational in 27 of the 30 ballparks, a definite home-run! Learn more about Custom Charging Tables >>

The Hi-Top & The Coffee Table are the newest products released by goCharge. With all the success of the MLB Table, goCharge wanted to create a smaller table for use in restaurants, bars, universities, retail stores, company campuses, and lounging areas of all sorts. These round glass top tables with spill-proof edges also have several locations for branding and are built to last. Learn more >>

 

6 reasons why it’s better to rent a cell phone charging station vs. buying

By | Business Intelligence, Cell Phone Charging, Lifestyle, Mobile Charging Kiosk, Music Festivals, Outdoor Events, Tips & Tricks, Trade Shows
goCharge cell phone charging station - renting

goCharge cell phone charging station – renting

Need the perfect way to engage your customers or event attendees with something they really value? Looking for a unique, exciting marketing opportunity to offer sponsors? Renting a goCharge cell phone charging station is the best way to increase your ROI and attract, engage, and retain your customers.

goCharge cell phone charging station - renting

goCharge cell phone charging station – renting

We rent more charging stations to more venues and events than any other company in the industry. Our commitment to outstanding customer service keeps our clients coming back for more.

1. Delight Attendees and Keep Them Engaged
Cell phone charging stations are the perfect solution to delight, engage, and entertain attendees; giving them another reason to stay at your event rather than leave to charge their cell phones.

2. Increased ROI for Show Organizers and Agencies
Charging Stations are the perfect marketing tool for sponsors to generate brand awareness, customer engagement, booth traffic and consumer data capture.

3. Custom Branding
We’ll wrap your station with your own custom branding, and we can even help design the artwork templates if needed.

4. No Maintenance, Less Hassle
We test all charging stations before shipping to ensure they’re working perfectly when it arrives at your event.

5. Door-to-Door Shipping and Five-Star White Glove Service
Your charging stations can be delivered directly to your booth, or any location you specify, on the day and time that you need. We offer 5-star white glove service to make sure you enjoy your charging station without lifting a finger.

6. Lightening-Fast Turnaround, Whenever you Need it, At an Affordable Price
Need it in a rush? No problem, we can meet very tight turnaround times. Our low rental prices make it cost efficient.