Careful Choosing Your Phone Charger

Phone is the most essential part of our lives, so is the charger which powers it. The phones should only be charged with the chargers that come with it.

The battery used in modern gadgets like phones or tablets are these batteries get charged at a much faster pace. To get good backup from your battery there are certain points you should keep in mind while charging your phone.

Phone is the most essential part of our lives, so is the charger which powers it. The phones should only be charged with the chargers that come with it. What if you left your charger during a trip or you lost it somewhere else?

Obviously everyone will buy a new charger from the store. Sounds easy right? While buying a charger, you’ll find similar looking chargers all over the place but which is the right one?

Devices like tablets have larger batteries, which require more current. A suitable charger delivers 2A output current which is common among all phones. Some devices on other hand come with charger that has output current of 3A to 5A.

Charging a phone with chargers that give less output won’t blast your battery but it will certainly decrease the battery lifecycle. Also, the charging time will increase by large number.

It is recommended not to buy cheap charger from anywhere, instead go for third party charger that is approved by your phone’s manufacturer. Fast chargers pull extra current, which if your phone is not capable of absorbing might cause wear and tear of the battery. Nowadays, integrated circuitry smart technology automatically cuts off the extra charge whenever the phone gets charged beyond its limit.

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Questions and Answers for Battery Problem

1.How could a battery drain overnight?

Batteries can do a lot of things while we’re not looking. The most common way a battery will drain overnight is by leaving a light on or a power adapter plugged in, zapping all your battery power while you’re fast asleep.

Your battery can also drain overnight if there are faulty electrical components or wiring. If this might be the case, let us check it out so we can resolve the problem and get you rolling again.


2.What factors will affect the life of my battery?

So, you want to know if your battery will last three years or, better yet, five years, eh? Well, that all depends on your habits, plus the year-round climate in your area. Extreme temperatures kill batteries. A lot of times, waiting until the deep freeze of winter to replace your battery is often too late. The cold weather could pretty much make that heat worn battery dead on arrival. Find your region. Discover the average battery life.


3.What are the warning signs that my alternator is failing?

“If I only knew sooner”. We’ve all been there before. Fortunately, there are various indications and symptoms that your battery may need replacement:

Low battery fluid level: Batteries typically have a part of the casing that’s translucent so you can always keep an eye on your battery’s fluid level. You can also inspect it by removing the red and black caps if they are not sealed.

The swelling, bloating battery case: If your battery casing looks like it ate a very large meal, this could indicate a battery gone bad. You can blame excessive heat for causing your battery case to swell, decreasing your battery life.

Three years battery age is considered an old timer: Your battery can last well beyond three years but, at the very least, have its current condition inspected on a yearly basis when it reaches the three year mark. Battery life cycles range from three-to-five years depending on the battery. However, driving habits, weather and frequent short trips can drastically shorten the actual life of your battery.

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How to remove bloatware and preinstalled Android apps

Not all preinstalled apps on your smartphone will be of use to you. By removing apps you don’t want or need, you’ll be able to improve your phone’s performance and free up storage space. Apps you don’t need but cannot uninstall are called bloatware. With our tips, you can delete, remove, disable, or at least hide your preinstalled apps and bloatware.

What is Bloatware?

Bloatware is an informal term for software that is packed with too many features and therefore slow or inefficient. Bloatware is often commercial software that is preinstalled on a device by the manufacturer, whether it’s useful or not, and tends to waste memory and resources.

Most users never touch a lot of pe-installed apps on their new phone, but rather than leave them there wasting precious computing power and slowing down your phone, it’s best to remove or at least disable them, and this guide will show you how.

Disabling bloatware: general guidance

Many apps continue to consume resources while they’re not in active use. They also take up space in the app drawer. Since Android 4.0, however, there has been the option to disable apps.

Head to Settings > Apps/Applications.

Here, on most phones, you will find three tabs: All Apps, Disabled, and Enabled.

By tapping on this or that app, you will notice that some apps can be uninstalled. This applies to apps you may have downloaded yourself but there will also be unnecessary bloatware that you can remove.

Some apps cannot be uninstalled or disabled (the Settings app, for example). These applications are essential for Android to run properly.

Anything that does not fall into one of these two categories can usually be disabled, unless it is on a protected system partition (some manufacturers deliberately do this with their apps).

Some apps, as with TalkBack in the next screenshot, you can disable, but there is also the option to Uninstall Updates, which will reset the app to its factory state.

Or, if you use a third-party app for emails, you can make the default email app on Android disappear. When disabling an app, the system warns you that some programs might not work properly afterwards. This refers to applications that rely on the app in question to function normally.

Should you change your mind, you can return to the app list and reverse the process. Every application will continue to be listed there, even if it is invisible in the app drawer. Although the layout can vary slightly depending on the manufacturer’s OS, the process is very similar on most smartphones. Below you can learn how easy it is to uninstall Samsung apps.

How to delete or disable Samsung’s preinstalled apps

Samsung’s UI deviates from stock Android in a few ways, and it comes with an alternative process to disable apps:

Simply open the App Drawer

Then long press on any app to bring up a bubble that will allow you to disable the app, or uninstall if possible.

A disabled app will no longer run in the background and will not receive any updates, eliminating unnecessary drain on resources.

How to delete preinstalled apps

It can be frustrating when you really want to delete an app but the system only lets you disable it. If you really know what you’re doing, there’s a way to get complete control over your phone’s software.

If you are not afraid of voiding your warranty, and getting rid of apps like Samsung Pay, you can also root your device. Then you can completely uninstall any app. System app remover (ROOT) helps you do just that. However, be warned  – by doing this it might make any number of other apps stop functioning properly.

What happens if I disable Android apps?

Once disabled, the apps disappear from your app drawer, stop receiving updates and no longer run silently in the background. In addition, any apps that depend on the disabled app will stop working. Should you disable Google Play Services, for example, several system applications will go down and, more than likely, a few apps that are not directly related to Google will start to behave erratically.

It is therefore important to have a reliably researched list of apps that do not cause collateral damage when you disable them. The above list is incomplete, and will remain that way without your help. Therefore, we invite you to share your experiences with deactivated apps in the comments.

Uninstall tons of apps

We are all guilty of being at least a little lazy when it comes to cleaning up our smartphones. Apps that we no longer use can quickly accumulate out of sight. Uninstalling individual apps through the Play Store is time consuming, so it is more practical to remove a load all at once. In our guide, we have summarized how multiple applications can be deleted at once using the free app ES File Explorer.

Improve phone’s battery life

Battery life is a perennial problem for phone users. While our handsets have become faster and more powerful over the years, phone batteries often last less than a day under heavy use, or even moderate use after a few months. Most people complain that their phone’s battery doesn’t last long before it dies. This is due to improper usage of the battery after it is bought. On this post I will be showing you how to use your battery in a way that increases its life span.

Most batteries have a guaranteed life span. To ensure longer life span of your battery use the following methods:

  1. Make sure or phone charges to 100%
  2. After that use it till the battery gets exhausted before charging again.
  3. Do not make use of your phone while it is charging, so as to enable it charge properly.
  4. Do not use your phone till it heats up. When it does, close whatever app that’s making it to heat up and allow it to cool down before using it again.

Using the steps above, you give your battery a longer life span. The upgrades we’ve got in phones are major reflections of this growth. They’re getting bigger,

slimmer, light and eventually more smarter. But, the heart of this device is always a concern……

So take care of your batteries!

What to Do When Your iPhone or iPad Isn’t Charging Properly

An iPhone that won’t charge properly is more than a little bit frustrating. Before you tear your hair out, take a stroll down out troubleshooting checklist to rule out common causes of charging problems—and, fingers crossed, resolve your issue without sending your phone in for service.

There are a variety of issues that can cause problems when charging your iPhone or iPad, ranging from the easily-solved to the requires-Apple-service. Thankfully, in our experience, the problem is almost always a varying degree of easily-solved. Here are the first things you should try.

Clean Your Lightning Port

We really love the Lighting connector design: there’s no wrong way to put the cable in, it’s very difficult to damage the port itself, and the cable connector is very resistant to damage. The design of the Lightning port, however, does really make it an irresistible crevice for lint and debris to accumulate—especially if you carry your phone in your pocket every day.

Eventually, enough crud can build up in the port that when you insert the lightning cable you’ll fail to see the phone switch over to charging mode. After unplugging it and plugging it back in a few times, you might notice that it starts charging, but all you’ve succeed in doing—if debris is your problem—is packing that lint in tighter. Eventually the plug-and-replug technique won’t work, because you’ll have reached maximum compaction. How do we know? Because, although it took a little over 2 years and a few painful months of on and off charging issues, we eventually cleaned out our Lightning port which led to complete resolution of our charging problems.

Check Your Charging Block

If your Lightning port is squeaky clean (or, filthy or not, cleaning it failed to resolve your charging issue) the next culprit to investigate is the charger itself. Not all chargers are created equal and newer iPhones (and iPads, even more so) are both picky about their power sources and power hungry.

The best bet is to try charging your device with the official Apple charger that came with it. The second best bet is to try charging with high quality charger that meets or exceeds the quality and specifications of the Apple charger. Don’t bother running your test with a weak USB charger left over from a phone you owned 10 years ago—there’s a good chance that it’s significantly under powered for the task of charging a modern phone (and almost definitely underpowered for charging an iPad—remember, iPads require more power to charge!).

Inspect Your Cable

If your charger seems to up to snuff but you’re still having problems, your issue may lie with the cable itself. After hundreds of plugging and unplugging sessions even the best of cables starts to show a little wear and tear. Further, Lightning cables need to be certified by Apple.

Contact Apple for Support Options

If your port is now clean, your charger is up to snuff (and can charge other devices), and the cables you tested can charge your other Lighting-connector-devices just fine, then you’ve reached the end of the troubleshooting line, and there’s a very good chance there is a problem with your iPhone’s hardware.

Although the metal-body construction of the iPhone and the design of the Lightning port makes it less likely to get a detached or otherwise damaged port (say, compared to a plastic body phone with a cheaper connector) it’s not unheard of. It’s possible there is some internal issue with your iPhone, like the tiny connection points between the contacts in the port and the circuit board in the phone are damaged, and your only warranty-preserving option is contacting Apple to get your phone replaced or repaired by an authorized service provider.

How Batteries Work

Batteries have three parts, an anode (-), a cathode (+), and the electrolyte. The cathode and anode are hooked up to an electrical circuit. Electricity, as you probably already know, is the flow of electrons through a conductive path like a wire. This path is called a circuit.

The chemical reactions in the battery causes a build up of electrons at the anode. This results in an electrical difference between the anode and the cathode. You can think of this difference as an unstable build-up of the electrons. The electrons wants to rearrange themselves to get rid of this difference. But they do this in a certain way. Electrons repel each other and try to go to a place with fewer electrons.

In a battery, the only place to go is to the cathode. But, the electrolyte keeps the electrons from going straight from the anode to the cathode within the battery. When the circuit is closed the electrons will be able to get to the cathode. In the picture above, the electrons go through the wire, lighting the light bulb along the way. This is one way of describing how electrical potential causes electrons to flow through the circuit. However, these electrochemical processes change the chemicals in anode and cathode to make them stop supplying electrons. So there is a limited amount of power available in a battery.

When you recharge a battery, you change the direction of the flow of electrons using another power source, such as solar panels. The electrochemical processes happen in reverse, and the anode and cathode are restored to their original state and can again provide full power.

What Happens If a Laptop Battery Is Overcharged?

It isn’t possible to overcharge a laptop battery. Leaving your computer plugged in after it is fully charged doesn’t overcharge or damage the battery. However, it is possible to take steps to optimize the battery life of your laptop.

Lithium-Ion Batteries

Most modern laptops use Lithium-ion batteries. These batteries can be charged hundreds of times without affecting the battery life. They have an internal circuit that stops the charging process when the battery is fully charged.

The circuit is necessary because without it the Li-ion battery could overheat and possibly burn as it charges. A Lithium-ion battery shouldn’t get warm while it is in the charger. If it does, remove it. The battery may be defective.

Nickel-Cadmium and Nickel Metal Hydride Batteries

Older laptops use Nickel-cadmium and Nickel metal hydride batteries. These batteries require more maintenance than Lithium-ion batteries. NiCad and NiMH batteries must be fully discharged and then fully recharged once a month for optimal battery life. Leaving them plugged in after they are fully charged doesn’t affect the battery life appreciably.

Mac Notebook Batteries

Apple’s MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro come with non-replaceable lithium polymer batteries to provide maximum battery life in a compact space. To check the health of the battery, hold down the Option key while you click the battery icon in the menu bar.

You’ll see one of the following status messages:

  • Ÿ Normal
  • Ÿ Replace Soon – The battery is functioning normally but holds less charge than it did when it was new.
  • Ÿ Replace Now – The battery is functioning normally but holds significantly less charge than it did when it was new. You can still use your computer, but if its performance is affected, take it to an Apple authorized service technician to replace the battery.
  • Ÿ Service Battery: The battery isn’t functioning normally. You can use the Mac when it’s connected to a power adapter, but you should take it to an Apple Store or Apple-authorized service provider as soon as possible.

Saving Battery Life in Windows 10

  • Ÿ The new Windows 10 Battery Saver kicks in automatically when the battery reaches 20 percent of battery life. Depending on your settings, the computer will lower the screen brightness at this time to preserve battery life. To find it, select System from the Settings and then Battery Saver.
  • Ÿ You can make changes to the Power Plan screen to preserve battery life. This is the screen where you set the number of minutes of inactivity that elapse before the laptop dims or powers down. Lower numbers reduce battery use. The Power Plan screen is located at Settings > System > Power & Sleep.
  • Ÿ If you don’t need the internet for a while, you can turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections to save battery power. The easiest way to do this is to activate the Airplane Mode, located at Settings > Network & internet > Airplane Mode (or Flight mode).

Tips for Maximizing Battery Life

  • Ÿ Charge a new laptop computer for at least 24 hours before using it.
  • Ÿ Lithium-ion batteries last the longest if they stay between 20 and 80 percent charged.
  • Ÿ Remove the battery if you use the laptop plugged into the wall most of the time.
  • Ÿ If you won’t be using the laptop for a month or more, remove the battery. If you don’t have a removable battery, run the charge down to 50 percent before storage.
  • Ÿ The battery will drain in storage. If it sits uncharged for long, it can be damaged. Occasionally charge the battery during lengthy storage times.
  • Ÿ Avoid extremely hot or cold temperatures. Don’t leave your laptop in the car on a summer day or during a winter blizzard.
  • Ÿ Adjust the keyboard lighting, sleep settings, and screen brightness downward for better battery life.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Every time I have to take my hand off the keyboard, it costs me a few seconds. This may not sound like much, but it adds up over the course of a day. Instead, I like to keep my hands on the keyboard. With a little memory work and the right tools, you can save time to boost productivity.

The trick is to use keyboard shortcuts. They are combinations of simultaneous key presses that perform specific actions that might otherwise require pointing and clicking multiple times.

Here List How To Learn System-Wide Keyboard Commands

For example, on the Mac, these keyboard shortcuts generally work in every program:

Command-,    Set the application preferences

Command-A         Select all text

Command-B         Bold the selected text or turn on the bold style

Command-C         Copy the selected text to the clipboard

Command-F   Find text

Command-G         Find next occurrence of text

Command-I    Italicize the selected text or turn on italic style

Command-N         Create a new file

Command-O         Open an existing file

Command-P   Print a file

Command-Q  Quit the current application

Command-R         Preview the elected document

Command-S   Save a file

Command-T   Show the available fonts

Command-V         Paste the text from the clipboard

Command-W  Close the current window

Command-X         Cut (and delete) the selected text but places it on the clipboard

Command-Z   Undo the last action

This just scratches the surface. You can find numerous online references with a complete list of shortcut keys. Every time your hand comes off the keyboard to grab the mouse, consider it a penalty. And while you’re at it, think how you can create a keyboard shortcut using this method to avoid ever having to do it again.

8 quick ways to clear up drive space in Windows 10

Face it: No matter how large your hard drive is — how many empty terabytes you had when you first bought your PC — you always seem to fill it right to the brink.

If you’re bumping up against your PC’s physical storage limit, there are some quick tricks you can use to reclaim a couple of gigs. But these options will only take you so far — if you need a lot of space, you may need to upgrade your hardware or consider deleting a few of those raw image files.

Empty the Recycle Bin

When you delete items, like files and photos, from your PC, they don’t immediately get deleted. Instead, they sit in the Recycle Bin and continue to take up valuable hard-drive space. To empty the Recycle Bin, go to your desktop, right-click on the Recycle Bin and click Empty Recycle Bin. You will see a warning pop-up asking if you are sure you want to permanently delete your Recycle Bin items. Click Yes to proceed.

Disk Cleanup

Windows has a built-in disk cleanup utility (aptly named Disk Cleanup) that can help you clear up space by removing various files — including temporary internet files, system error memory dump files, and even previous Windows installations that may still be hanging out from your recent move to Windows 10.

You can find Disk Cleanup in the Start menu, under All apps > Windows Administrative Tools > Disk Cleanup. Select the drive you want to clean up and hit OK, then wait while Disk Cleanup calculates how much space you can free up. If you want to delete system files, such as the Windows.old folder (which holds your previous installations of Windows, and can be several GB in size), click Cleanup system files.

Delete temporary and downloaded files

You can delete temporary files without running Disk Cleanup, along with files you downloaded that you may no longer need. Go to Settings > System and click on Storage on the left panel. Next, click This PC at the top and then click Temporary files from the list. Check the boxes for Temporary files and Downloads folder (and Empty recycle bin while you’re at it) and then click the Remove files button.

Turn on Storage Sense

If you have updated to Windows 10 Creators Update, then let Windows help out with freeing up disk space. Head back to the Storage page in Settings and toggle on Storage sense. Now, Windows will automatically delete unused temporary files, as well as files that have been in the Recycle Bin for more than 30 days. I’m pretty good with emptying the Recycle Bin on something approaching a regular schedule, but I’m also very happy to have Windows track down and eradicate needless temp files.

Save files to a different drive

If your computer has multiple hard drives or a partitioned hard drive, you may find yourself running out of space on one drive (or partition). Luckily, you can fix this by changing your default save locations for apps, documents, music, pictures, and videos. To do this, open the Settings menu and go to System > Storage. Under Save locations, select a different drive for each of the categories. You can select any drive — even a removable drive, like a USB flash drive or a memory card — that is connected to your PC.

Disable hibernate

Instead of shutting down your computer completely, you can put it in hibernate — a quasi-shutdown state that allows you to startup faster. When your computer goes into hibernate, it saves a snapshot of your files and drivers before shutting down, and this takes up space. If starting up quickly isn’t your priority, you can reclaim some valuable hard drive space by disabling hibernate altogether, because the hiberfil.sys file takes up 75 percent of your PC’s installed RAM. This means that if you have 8GB of RAM, you can clear up 6GB instantly by disabling hibernate.

Uninstall apps

You probably have some apps and programs on your PC that you don’t use — either apps you’ve installed and forgotten about, or bloatware that came preinstalled on your computer from the manufacturer. To find out which apps are taking up space, open the Settings menu and go to System > Apps & features and choose Sort by size. To uninstall an app from this menu, click the app and then click Uninstall.

If you’re running legacy programs on Windows 10, you may not see them in this list (some appear, but some do not). To find these programs, right-click the Start button and click Control Panel. Go to Programs and Features to see a list of the legacy programs on your computer (you can also sort this list by program size). To uninstall a program from this list, left-click it to select it and click Uninstall.

Store files in the cloud — and only in the cloud

If you take advantage of cloud storage via OneDrive or another service, you’re probably double-storing files and photos. Well, you don’t have to do this — all cloud storage services allow you to select which folders are actually downloaded and saved to your PC (as well as in the cloud).

Right-click on the OneDrive icon in your system tray and choose Settings. In the Account tab, next to Choose folders to sync to this device, click Choose folders. Select the folders you want to sync (read: save directly) to your device, and deselect any folders you do not want to sync to your device. When you’re finished selecting or deselecting folders, click OK. The folders you did not select to sync to your device will be removed from your hard drive, freeing up space. You will still be able to access the files in these folders from the OneDrive site in any Web browser; they just won’t be saved on your hard drive.

Right Way To Charge Your Phones

Wish you’ll never be stuck with a dead phone again.

To extend the battery’s useful life for as long as possible, you need to take care of your device properly. That means adopting good charging habits and taking care with battery storage. Here list the information that you need to know.

1.The information of lithium-ion batteries

When the battery is charging, positively-charged lithium ions move from one electrode, called the cathode, to the other, known as the anode, through an electrolyte solution in the battery cell. That causes electrons to concentrate on the anode, at the negative side. When the battery is discharged, the reverse happens. As for those electrons, they move through circuits that are external to the battery, providing juice.

Those electrons actually supply the energy for your phone or tablet—or in the case of Tesla, your entire home.

2.Charging and recharging

How do you make your lithium-ion battery last as long as possible? You may have heard you need to do a full charge and discharge when your device is right out of the box—but this doesn’t really matter on modern batteries. What matters most is how you charge your phone after you’ve started using it.

Shallow discharges and recharges are better than full ones, because they put less stress on the battery, so it lasts longer. If you do fill your battery all the way up, don’t leave the device plugged in. Instead, follow the shallow discharge and recharge cycle we just mentioned. This isn’t a safety issue: Lithium-ion batteries have built-in safeguards designed to stop them from exploding if they’re left charging while at maximum capacity.

3.General care

Something else lithium-ion batteries don’t like are extreme temperatures. Whenever possible, you should avoid leaving phones in hot cars or in chilly rooms, because these temperature extremes won’t do their batteries’ lifespans any favors. You should particularly watch out for overheating during charging, this shouldn’t be an issue.

As another precaution, you should also make sure you’re using the official charger that came bundled with your phone or tablet, or you should invest in an exact replacement. This will guarantee that the charger is safe to use with your device’s battery, and optimized to charge it as efficiently as possible. The official charger will apply the best practices for your battery’s general health.

The documentation that comes with your device should include more tips and advice, so read through it all carefully for any extra guidelines on treating your batteries as kindly as possible. Apply this little bit of extra care, and you should find the battery inside your phone or laptop lasting at least until you’re ready for an upgrade.