Energy saving - Page 2
Using a mobile device is handy, especially when you travel a lot, but these devices are limited by the amount of energy their batteries can provide. For this reason, paying attention to the power plan that you are using and its settings can make a huge difference in how much battery time you have available. Fortunately, Windows 10, Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 provide us with the necessary tools to see which power plans are available, which is the active power plan and easy ways to switch between power plans. Here is how it all works:
Microsoft designed a new way to approach battery savings in Windows 10, starting with Fall Creators Update (build 1709), which was released in October 2017. It adds new power saving algorithms and technologies, on top of the classic power plans that most people do not change. Windows 10 now uses the modern power saving features and performance throttling mechanisms that exist in the latest processors. Here is how the new power slider works in Windows 10, and how to use it to increase battery life or performance, depending on what you want:
Windows operating systems have a useful feature called power plans. They are collections of settings that change the way your hardware and software uses system resources. Thus, power plans can make your PC work faster but use more energy, or they can make your PC work slower but save significant amounts of energy. If you are using a Windows device with a battery, power plans are even more important than if your device is directly connected to an AC power source.
If you are a mobile user who travels a lot, you need a way to work or have fun, while flying. Luckily, just like a smartphone operating system, Windows has a feature called Airplane mode. You can turn it on so that you can use your laptop or tablet while flying, and disable it when you no longer need it. Here is what Airplane mode does, why you should use it and how, in Windows 10 and Windows 8.1:
Some users do not use the Shut down button from the Start Menu to power off their Windows computers. Instead, they prefer to use the hardware power button found on their PCs and devices. If you are such a user, you might want to change the default behavior of the Shut down button from the Start Menu into something else, which you are likely to use more frequently: Log off, Lock, Restart, Sleep or Switch User. Or you might prefer to configure the hardware power button that's found on your Windows computer or device, to put it to sleep instead of shutting it down as it happens by default.
We received an interesting device for testing, called TP-Link 5-Port Fast USB Charger (UP525). As its name accurately suggests, this is a charger that allows you to simultaneously charge up to five different devices using USB cables. The manufacturing company also says that it benefits from an exclusive technology that allows it to fast charge - up to 65% faster than normal - the devices connected to it. We used the TP-Link 5-Port Fast USB Charger (UP525) for a couple of days and we want to share our findings with you, in this review:
If you're using a tablet or smartphone charger from another device or that was bought separately, it's possible that the battery will charge more slowly. Also, even if you use your device's original charger and USB cable to charge it, it may have become defective with time. When you're twisting or winding cables too much, they break. When you plug them in and out, the joints of the connectors become looser, and no power charger lives forever. What can you do when you know that something is wrong, but you don't know exactly what?
All of us have mobile devices that are, well, mobile. And they all need to be charged from time to time. And we can't always just run home to use the plug-in wall-wart charger the device came with. :) Thus, chargers designed to be used in cars are almost a necessity, and the better those work, the happier we all are. Aukey's CC-T7 Quick Charge 3.0 Dual Port USB Car Charger (to give it its full official name) claims to be able to charge devices up to four times faster. Is it really the quicker charger-upper? Let's find out.
Apple has released a battery case that fits both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s. The move is unprecedented for Apple, which has been sticking firmly to the thin design for its smartphones. Producing a battery case means that they admit a legitimate need to supplement the capacity of their smartphone's original battery. Let's have a closer look at the battery case and see what Apple is offering to their customers:
Considering how much smartphones have changed our lives, it is amazing how feeble they are when it comes to battery life. Most people are ready to accept that a smartphone is barely able to make it through one day. As we have all experienced at one point, this is not nearly enough. As a result, the aftermarket of power alternatives is huge. We analyzed this cluttered market and we want to share some of the best ways to extend the power of your smartphone. Let's get started: