You thought that high-tech device you just bought from Best Buy would last at least a year, but six months after your purchase, it starts acting up. You can curse the store, Steve Jobs, or Bill Gates all you want, but you have only yourself to blame for that. Instead of throwing it away and getting a new one, find out if you’re abusing your electronics and how you can get them to last a little longer.
CHARGE IT UP
Contrary to popular belief, you should charge your gadgets the moment the battery indicator goes down to 20%. This will boost the number of discharge cycles up to 1,100. Otherwise, you’ll be docked to your phone like it’s docked to the power cord.
JUST SAY NO TO NON-NATIVES
Ha! No, we’re not giving politically incorrect advice! We’re talking about non-native chargers! If you’re using them to charge your device, you could end up damaging the battery. Not only are they often substandard, but they don’t have those pesky inbuilt controllers, which could cause the battery to overheat and go Chernobyl on you. Help your phone take a chill pill by charging it solely with original chargers.
CHILL OUT, BRO
Temperature control is key, but so is being comfortable. We get it, resting your laptop on your knees or a pillow is the bees knees, but you’re basically smothering your gadgets and overheating them, all in the name of comfort. Remember that high temps are a lithium-ion battery’s Kryptonite. If your lazy butt wants to type from bed, then don’t be stingy and buy yourself a fan for your laptop.
YOUR MONITOR’S LIKE A VAMPIRE
No! That doesn’t mean you should go all Buffy on it and stake it or throw holy water on it. Keep your laptop or other flat screen monitors away from the sun. Otherwise prolonged exposure will eventually cause the display colors to fade away.
DON’T PLAY RUSSIAN ROULETTE
When a storm approaches, most of us don’t turn off or unplug our electronic devices, which is huge no-no. Even a brief power surge can fry your systems. So unless you like to gamble with your gadget’s life, just unplug or buy an uninterruptible power supply device.
WHERE’S ROSIE THE ROBOT MAID?
Unless you have George Jetson’s robot maid, Rosie, you’ll have to handle the housekeeping on your gadgets all on your own. So turn off your devices, and remove dust and debris from every nook and cranny to avoid getting clogged ports. Also, set those dust bunnies on your computer cooler free!
WEARING PROTECTION IS SOOO HOT
But in this case, it can totally eff up your Smartphone, especially if you have a bulky protective case on it while the battery’s charging. This will cause your battery to overheat during a lengthy charging session, then your phone will be kaput!
KEEP IT IN YOUR PANTS
If you live in cold weather, don’t use your Smartphone while outside unless it’s an emergency, like you’ve been carjacked in the middle of a snowstorm and are stranded in a forest full of serial killers. Low temps will harm your battery. So until you’re in a warmer climate, keep it in your pants or your purse.
IT’S NOT FACEBOOK, DON’T POKE IT
Some of us tend to touch our screens to point to something important or when we try to clear a dust bunny, but using your fingers could leave permanent dark spots on the screen. So remember, the only poking you should be doing is on social media, or, hum… in bed.
TREAT IT LIKE A BABY’S BOTTOM
Don’t use window cleaning liquids to clean your computer screen. They contain ammonia which can permanently damage it. Instead, use special lint-free wipes and clean your screen gently as if you were cleaning a baby’s booty.