Don’t Play the Battery Drain Game

Have you ever been halfway through the latest cat video on YouTube or just about to reach a new level on Ridiculous Fishing when suddenly your phone vibrates with a five percent battery warning? Stunned, you wonder where the other 95 percent went while you frantically look for a place to charge your phone.

To stay connected with family and friends, informed of the latest news and entertained with games and cat videos, you must keep your phone alive. You can start by taking some simple measures to extend your smartphone battery life, but that’s just the beginning.

There are now apps available to help manage your battery usage. Battery Doctor, for example, allows you to monitor the battery drain of each process or app when it is in use and provides instructions on how to suspend it. Similar apps include Juice Defender, Battery for Windows and Battery Watch for BlackBerry.

When you don’t have time to stay on top of your battery usage, you can keep your phone charged wherever you are with charging cases such as the mophie powerstation. The powerstation’s compact design makes charging a device easy while on the go.

If you want to charge several devices or share juice with friends, the Samsung Galaxy Portable Battery Pack allows you to fully charge one tablet and up to three smartphones with 9000 mAh of battery power. Just connect your device to the USB cord and monitor the color-coded LEDs to check the charging status.