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How to Charge Your Mobile Device


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Yes, I happen to record videos while driving. I keep two hands on the wheel and four eyes on the road at all times, thank you very much! I begin recording while stopped and end the video while again stopped. I simply edit out the parts before and after. It’s not unsafe as some of you are claiming, and I tend to have some decent thoughts while driving. Why not take that opportunity to create something I can share with all of you?

A community member recently asked when the best time is to charge a mobile phone. The best time to charge is when the battery is about as close to zero as humanly possible. You don’t want to keep the device tethered if it runs on batteries. That can be cause more drain than necessary.

I like to intentionally run my battery down to near death about once per week and then charge it fully. I always leave it plugged in at least a half an hour past the time the phone claims it’s at 100%.

I have learned that if I don’t charge my phone every night, I will be disappointed the next day. I have a cord plugged into the wall next to my bed. The iPhone sits on my nightstand and charges overnight, leaving it ready to go every morning when I wake up.

There are a lot of great battery charging or extending devices on the market. I’ve done several reviews on external batteries for the iPhone, and have given you a ton of options. You’ll find that the Richard|Solo option will make you very happy. You can also check out the Lenmar External Battery or the PowerBlock Reserve from our friends at Griffin.

How and when do you charge your mobile device?

What are You Using for Your UPS?

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If you’ve seen random clips from my live stream (such as outtakes) floating around YouTube, they were probably done by UncleJohn. Tonight in our GoToMeeting session, UncleJohn demonstrated muvee, which is what he uses to put these clips together for all of you. By the way, you can get a special trial just by following my link.

Do you hear that beautiful silence? The old background noise in my office is now gone. It was coming from a fan inside my UPS, and drove me crazy. I realized I needed something quieter, so went and found an excellent one! A UPS is used when you have machines that you just cannot afford to have go offline in the event of a power outage. Plug your computer and other devices into the UPS, and it will keep them running for you when your electricity is not.

The Back-UPS ES offers APC’s best value for protecting your home and home office computer systems. It provides battery backup power that allows you to work through short and medium length power outages. It also safeguards your equipment from damaging surges and spikes that travel along your utility and phone lines. Award-winning software automatically shuts down your computer system in the event of an extended power outage. Additional features like audible alarms, an LED status indicator, user replaceable battery, push-button circuit breakers and transformer-block spaced outlets make the Back-UPS ES the perfect unit to protect your productivity from the constant threat of power outages and lost data.

This has ten outlets in it, and it’s completely quiet. This is a new series from APC that is greener. Certain outlets will stop pushing electricity to devices that aren’t using it. It can save you money on your electric bill! We have a few of these UPS devices around the house, to help cut our energy costs with gadgets and appliances that we don’t necessarily use that often. I’m very appreciative that APC has thought of this, and are helping us to save money!

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