We've all been there before, when we get ourselves a little lost on the bike and suddenly have to rely on our phone to locate our whereabouts and get us safely home - but when the juice has run out. Worse still, is the situation where you're actually using your phone to map your ride, or record Strava stats but you can see the battery ebbing away at an alarming rate.
To help, we've got some great tips to ensure you never have those flat battery moments again...
- Close your apps. Most people don't even realise that they still have them running in the background. Getting in the habit of closing your applications after you have used them saves a tonne of battery.
- Decrease your screen brightness. Every little helps to keep that battery fully juiced.
- Charge it in airplane mode. It's not good to do this all the time but if you're about to leave for a ride and don't have enough time to fully charge your phone, do it in this mode. It will charge almost three times quicker!
- Don't play music. You will be surprised at how much this helps to save smartphone battery life.
- Invest in a wireless charger. There are many out there to chose from, including solar and crank powered devices. Check out the Siva Cycle pedal powered charger if you're interested in buying one.
- Don't put your phone on vibrate. Your phone uses more battery trying to vibrate than it would using a regular ringtone, so switch it to silent when you don't want to be disturbed.
- Set a short screen timeout. This is the time it takes for your phone screen to go to dark and turn off when it's not in use. Giving it a lower timeout will help save juice!
- Turn off your Bluetooth/GPS/wi-fi/location services. These are obvious vital features for a lot of cyclists, but turning them off when they're not needed will help.
- Update your phone's software and apps. Companies update their apps all the time, often with the features they know their customers need the most, like using less battery life.
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