iPhone Life magazine

Battery

Quick and easy charging for your iPhone!

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Here’s a recharging solution for your iPhone that’s easy to carry and HANDY! The Konnet PowerEZ Plus External Rechargeable Battery with stand not only transfers almost a full day’s charge back into your iPhone, but it also acts as a stand. You can watch a video while it’s charging!

I especially like that it’s small enough to fit in a pocket or purse. It charges via USB cable on you iPhone charger or laptop. Super easy and super quick. Love it!



See percentage of battery life 
(iPhone 3GS, iPad, iPhone 4)

Issue: 

Battery Percentage featureBattery Percentage featureIf you want to see a more precise measure of the amount of power remaining in your battery, activate the Battery Percentage feature on the iPhone.


  1. Open the Settings app and go to General >Usage.


  2. Flip the "Battery Percentage" switch to the "On" position.


This causes the percentage of remaining power to be displayed next to the battery power icon in the upper right corner of the screen.

Ivyskin's Smartcase goes the distance! Rugged protection plus extended battery!

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Now I've seen it all.  I've been looking for a rugged iPad case that can withstand my occasional clumsiness, and give me peace of mind when I let my kids play with my iPad.  But I also wanted something that felt good in my hand, with a rubberized grip.  Not to be a dreamer, but an extended battery would be great, so I don't have to always plug in my iPad at night.  And a built-in stand would be nice.



Mophie Juice Pack Air - Giveaway!!!

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Who needs more battery time?

Um, everyone, right? Do you want to a Mophie Juice Pack Air? It will give you extra hours on your iPhone (4.5 - 270 extra hours, depending on your useage).



Battery Cheat Sheet

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There are dozens of articles on how to extend the battery of your iPhone. 

Here is the cheat sheet version:

  • ·      Update the Software (via iTunes) often.
  • ·      Don’t let it get hot.
  • ·      Turn 3G off, if you don’t need it.
  • ·      Turn of Location Services, if you don’t need it.
  • ·      Turn Wi-Fi off, if you don’t need it.
  • ·      Turn BlueTooth off, if you don’t need it.
  • ·      Turn of unnecessary alerts (Facebook, etc.)
  • ·      Lower brightness.
  • ·      Turn on battery percentage meter (3GS).
  • ·      Set Auto-Lock to 1 minute.
  • ·      Hit the off button (you will still get texts and calls).
  • ·      Turn off Push Notifications.
  • ·      Fetch Data less.
  • ·      Turn off EQ in iPod.
  • ·      Watch App use –
o   Games - Vibrating games (turn off vibrate).
o   Games – 3D games.
o   Social – Constantly updating your location
o   Directory or Locating – GPS based
  • ·      Set to Airplane Mode – you can’t get text or calls
  • ·      Fully charge battery at least once a month.
  • ·      Don’t buy Apps or songs – do it on your computer.
Bottom Line: Batteries drain and die, it’s a fact of life. Car batteries, pacemaker batteries and rechargeable batteries die. Until something better is invented, we just have to make the best with what we have.
 
Here are links to some in-depth articles on batteries:
 
http://gizmodo.com/5025150/how-to-maximize-your-iphone-3gs-questionably-adequate-battery-life

 



Touch And Go…

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In case you were not aware, TomTom and Magellan have previously released versions of their GPS car kit that turns your iPod Touch into a navigation device, as well as making their GPS software compatible with it. One of the downsides is the cost, as it can be argued that you can buy a standalone GPS unit for much less. Cost may not be an issue for those wanting to add more functionality to their device but one of the drawbacks I see is that their car kits are for in car use only via the car power adaptor. In my opinion, this limits some of the payback use / value, especially if you only need GPS navigation occasionally.



CES: Dexim P-Flip... SOLAR Power to the People!

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Shakespeare's Richard III cried "A horse!  A horse!  My kingdom for a horse!"  At CES, the commodity most in demand was power, followed closely by Wi-Fi, 3G, and SD cards!  Journalists and attendees "jacked in" like The Matrix, wherever possible, and many people came up to the iPhone Life booth asking if they could charge their iPhones!

NOTE TO EDITOR: Bring extra chargers to MacWorld and let visitors charge their phones at our booth!

We love the iPhone, but the lack of a removable battery means you need something external that doesn't add too much bulk.



CES: iPhone Trend - Wireless Charging


For several years, various vendors have used CES to demonstrate wireless charging prototypes. This past year, however, was the year these technologies started to become commercially available. BestBuy even has several examples for sale, for phones and video game controllers. Palm has been promoting the Pre's induction charging as a competitive advantage.


With wireless charging, you just place your gadget on a pad and it starts charging! It's a great concept but in practice, there have been drawbacks. For starters, you have a limited set of devices and compatible cases to choose from.



P-Flip 7-1 Bundle Pack Foldable Power Dock

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I just recieved the P-Flip™ 7 in 1 Bundle Pack Foldable Power Dock for review.  I'm putting it to the test as I type.  I will update the results as I go......

Dexim.com - (retails for $74.90 @ SkyMall.com)


Claims:
P-Flip™ Foldable Power Dock is world's first foldable, portable, multi-functional and rechargeable power dock. This is a desktop holder with charging & sync, and is also a rechargeable back-up battery pack for Video/Game.

Charge your iPhone/iPod Touch on the go. Extends up to 8 hours Talk time,15 hours Video/Game or 60 hours Music.

Results:
Day 1: Very quick recharge of my iPhone. Held the iPhone stable when I watched video.

Day 3: The P-Flip charged up a 1st Gen iPhone from empty to half-full in 12 minutes.  Impressive!!! 
 

 



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