jlw at June 24th, 2014 09:17 — #1
dioptase1 at June 24th, 2014 10:36 — #2
There's another solution. Baked into some smart phones now days, but I had to root mine. You can run a CPU governor to underclock your phone CPU when it's not doing intensive tasks. You can set it for performance or power saving. I have mine go into extreme power saving when the battery gets low.
If you are watching videos or playing games, it won't help. But with just calls and text messaging, I went from once a day charging to once every 4-6 days. This like going from a 2300mAh battery to a 10,000mAh battery.
Oh, and shutting off stuff you aren't using at the time (like GPS, Wifi, or data network) can help quite a bit, with or without a CPU governor.
pfooti at June 24th, 2014 13:06 — #3
I have one of their 10,000 mAh packs. Works like a charm. It's almost pocket-sized (if you have big pockets), but I generally toss it in my small travel bag because I only ever really need it when I'm going to be away from power for a whole day or more. The only bummer is forgetting to recharge the battery pack.
scalveg at June 24th, 2014 15:00 — #4
I also have one of their older packs, but I notice as it ages (I've had it about a year), it no longer puts out enough current to charge my 1st gen Nexus 7 at the same time I'm using it. That is, I have to turn the Nexus 7 "off" or really-off to charge. Is that typical for these kinds of packs?
I also notice that it doesn't seem to charge all the way on the first go. If I unplug it for a second, then plug it back in, that seems to let it charge the rest of the way, but it's a bit frustrating that it doesn't do that on its own.
It makes me feel like I need a battery pack for my battery pack!
jlw at June 24th, 2014 15:19 — #5
I'd say everything except my Nikon camera batteries seems to give up around 20% after a year. Worthless by the end of year 2 in most cases and batteries need replacing.
llaen at June 24th, 2014 19:27 — #6
To be fair, I think trickle charging while using the tablet is hard to do to begin with.
I've seen mine discharge quicker than charge when connected to my computer's usb port as well.
jlw at June 29th, 2014 09:17 — #7
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