25 Creative Ways to Extend Battery Life on Your Business Devices

How to Extend Battery Life -- 25 Tips You’ll Thank Us For One Day

Getting more out of your battery life translates into more efficiency for your business. Whether you use Mac products, Android phones or a laptop, these tips will help you do so.  And they will hopefully save you from the important missed call or downtime when you couldn’t find a place to plug in at the airport.

How to Extend Battery Life

Turn Screen Brightness Down

You don’t really need to have your screen so bright you need to squint to look at it. Dimming it down saves those battery bars too.

Get an Extended Life Battery

The chances are the folks that sold you that tablet or phone sell a battery with more juice. You’ll be happy with this accessory when you want to check back in at the shop when you’re away.

Turn Volumes Down

There are always a million bells and whistles on every device. You battery is losing power every time your phone beeps or whistles at you. Besides, a quiet phone doesn’t interrupt when you’re closing a sale.

Shorten Screen Timeouts

The chances are if you’re sitting in front of a monitor and not doing anything, you should be doing something else. A shorter screen timeout prevents daydreaming and lengthens battery life at the same time.

Don’t use a Screensaver

There are better ways to brand your business than with a screensaver. They do nothing but drain power and your logo looks better on your website anyway.

Change Your Power Plan

You can change your power settings to a few different profiles on your business desktops. There are some default settings you can change to save even more battery life.

Clean the Contacts

Sometimes, the simplest things work wonders. Taking the battery out and cleaning the contacts can make a big difference.

Defrag the Hard Drive

Defragmenting the hard drive cleans the system. In turn it operates more efficiently and uses less battery power.

Remove Unused Files

It might be nice to keep old client files around as a keepsake, but they’re a drain on your battery.  Look in your downloads folder to find ones that have outlived their usefulness.


The more RAM you can add, the less data you need to store on a hard drive. Using the hard drive draws on your battery.

Clean Out the Cache

Your web browser stores data in your cache, which deletes the power in your battery. Cleaning the cache solves the problem quickly and easily.

Switch to Eco Mode

Finding the eco mode on your laptop will help with power consumption. This setting automatically adjusts power settings.

Close Multiple Open Tasks

You can really only do one thing at a time anyway. That’s why having several tasks open on your business computer doesn’t make any sense.  It’s just another power drain.

Disable Bluetooth

If you’re not using this feature, disabling it will make a difference to your battery life.

Enable Low Power Mode

This setting can temporarily reduce power consumption. This turns off some power gobblers like automatic downloads and background app refresh.

Use Airplane Mode

If you don’t need to go on the web for business, enacting airplane mode levels power consumption off.  If you’re in a place with a weak phone signal, use this until you’re in full bar territory again.

Check App Consumption

Most operating systems provide you with the ability to see which apps use the most power. After identifying the culprits, you can uninstall them. Some can be accessed through a mobile browser.

Power Down

Your smartphone or computer doesn’t need to be on 24/7. If you get in the habit of turning them on and off when you need them, you’ll save on battery usage.

Personalize Your Defaults

You can still get the most from a device without leaving all the default settings on.

You don’t really need to know every time a client posts on Facebook. Apps that want to know your location don’t always have a good business ROI.

Prevent Apps from Refreshing

There are features designed to update the apps you use most often automatically. If your  iOS has this feature, you can disable it in your settings.

Turn WiFi Off

It’s ultra-convenient to be online all the time. However, your provider usually has you covered in most places so you can turn WiFi off to extend battery life. The chances are the coffee shop where you’re having a business meeting has 4G anyway.

Drain Your Battery

This will help it to will hold more power in the long run. Watch it doesn’t discharge completely, however.

Update the Software

Usually software updates include energy savers. Look for the latest technologies to be included.

Store Your Device Half Charged

If you’re storing a device while you take a much-needed vacation from your small business, watch the battery level. It should be at 50% so it works well when your power it back up.

Turn Off the Backlight

If this is set to “always on” on your device, you’ll find your battery life will be cut short. Best to use this only when you need it. Most business settings will be bright enough without it.

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Rob Starr Rob Starr is a staff writer for Small Business Trends. Rob is a freelance journalist and content strategist/manager with three decades of experience in both print and online writing. He currently works in New York City as a copywriter and all across North America for a variety of editing and writing enterprises.

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  1. I have tried the battery conservation button that is built in Android devices and it somehow helps me in extending battery life.

  2. It helps to always clear out applications. This will usually save the battery of most gadgets.