From browsing Facebook to texting or even making calls, cell phones are a lifeline to the outside world. But, no matter how smart your phone is, if the battery is dead, there isn’t much you can do with it.
Throughout the years technology behind phones have greatly improved introducing features like 4G data connections, multi-core processors and bigger and brighter screens. And though impressive, these features demand a lot from the battery.
“I have a wall charger ready to go and multiple batteries to charge throughout the day,” said Renee Barrett, a consultant in Los Angeles. “I usually have five total batteries that are always at varying charges.”
Like many of us, Barrett can’t stand the idea of being in the red.
And with no permanent fix in the horizon, heavy phone users like Barrett may have to turn to alternative solutions.
Seeing there is a need, entrepreneur Jeffrey Maganis created a simple fix.
“It’s basically ten [charging outlets] in one,” Maganis said describing his invention. “Everything from the iPhone, Android, Blackberries, even Nintendo DSs for the kids and so literally it’s called ‘Charge All.’”
Maganis hopes to get the charging station in restaurants and bars everywhere.
“In an ideal world there would be free cell phone chargers everywhere,” said Maganis.
Jose Barba, owner of Hollywood Corner, likes the idea of a universal charging station and has installed several of them in his business.
“People think it’s great,” Barba said. “It helps make my customers happy, makes them stay here longer, so I think this is brilliant.”
Constantly mobile? Not near an charging station? There’s still hope.
For Android devices, apps like Juice Defender can squeeze out some extra battery life while iPhone cases like the Mophie juice pack have an extra battery built right in.
Also of note, remember that one of the worst things you can do is to let your battery completely die before recharging. Instead, try to recharge when it reaches about 20 percent.
Battery technology has a lot of catching up to do, and apps and extended batteries, though useful, are hardly permanent fixes. Which means, for now the best seats at the airport are still near outlets and a car charger is a must.