Getting though summer camp with a fully charged mobile phone is like running down the side of a mountain with a dirty martini trying desperately not to spill it – good luck!
From hurrying up the tardy group member, to locating the mini bus, to checking in with concerned parents, every precious little bit of juice matters.
If you’re at something like Soul Survivor, finding a charging port can be the difference between going to the right seminar (you know, the quiet one with the wall sockets) and having to queue in the tool shed for half an hour while feigning interest in a gap year that you’re obviously ten years too old for.
Follow these simple geeky tips to be economic with your juice and stay on top of the battery game this year:
Make your software work for you, not without you.
This is an easy one! Simply make sure you’re not using power-draining apps and background software that you don’t need.
- Go to your battery settings and find out what apps are using power. If you don’t need them, close them!
- Also check out what background apps are running in your settings – close those too. Always close apps from the background after you use them.
- Switch off wi-fi, tethering, bluetooth, data roaming and push email clients. Also switch from 3g or 4g to 2g (or GSM).
- Switch off location services and GPS (once you get there!).
- f you have a high deff or AMOLED screen, make sure your background and lock screen are set to just black.
- Speaking of the screen, manually set the brightness to the lowest you can handle and drop the timeout/standby time to as low as it will go (usually 15 seconds).
- Get rid of your phone’s vibrate setting, and put a boring but audible single tone ringtone on instead.
- Look into power management apps and widgets like ‘Power Control’ or ‘DU Battery Saver.’
Discover new ways of charging your phone.
A few little tweaks, and maybe a little money will go a long way to recharge your phone without having to stand on a friend’s shoulders to reach the maintenance plugs above the loos!
- Turn on aeroplane mode when charging. Aeroplane mode shuts down the processing power usually used to communicate to towers. This can speed up charging time by 10-25% depending on your phone.
- Invest in a car charger, and spend 30 mins to yourself in an evening charging your phone. If you’ve got a small petrol engine, then you’ll be wanting to run the car for 20 mins of that time.
- If you’ve got the option then go for a leisure battery or electric hook up so you can charge at camp.
- Invest in a decent power bar / portable battery with a high capacity. Amazon are selling Anker E6 20800mAh bars right now for about twenty quid!!! These should charge your phone 3-7 times.
- Don’t leave your charger anywhere! Not every nice Christian person is a nice Christian person.
Be thrifty with the vanity.
If you’re on camp – be on camp! I’m a big tweeter, instagramer and facebook user, but y’know what? I’m camping!!! so I can use those data-heavy and power-hungry apps when I get home! Bring a digital camera with you instead, or just photobomb everyone else!