Tips for saving BlackBerry battery power

Tips for saving BlackBerry battery power

Dealing with low battery situation on a BlackBerry when you do not have access to a car/wall charger is sometimes very frustrating and may of us might have gone through that at some point of time for sure. With older BlackBerry devices, this was the common complaint from many users however RIM has done it’s magic starting with BlackBerry Bold 9700 which provides fantastic battery power.

Recently I stumbled across the following list posted on BlackBerry.com which helps you save BlackBerry battery power. Instead of going to the extreme of carrying an extra battery and taking the pain to keep it charged, follow these tips and it should give you more battery power.

Charging

  • Charge BlackBerry smartphone as much as possible
  • Use wall chargers as the preferred charging method

Media

  • Reduce volume
  • Use headphones
  • Load media using the BlackBerry Desktop Manager (Avoids resizing)
  • Turn off equalizer settings (Media – Options)

Browsing

  • Visit mobile sites where applicable
  • Turn Repeat Animations to a lower setting (Browser – Options – General Properties)
  • Close browser when finished using (close with ESC key, not red End key)

Screen/Keyboard

  • Reduce Backlight Timeout (Options – Screen/Keyboard)
  • Reduce Backlight Brightness (Options – Screen/Keyboard)
  • Holster smartphone (turns off LCD automatically)
  • Set Audible Roll to mute (Options – Screen/Keyboard)
  • Key Tone Off (Options – Screen/Keyboard)
  • Use a sleeve when storing the smartphone in a pocket

Network Connections

  • Turn off unused connections when not in use, i.e. GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • Use Auto On/Off
  • Use single mode only (1XEV, 2G only, 3G only)

Shortcuts

  • Use shortcuts instead of activating Java menus (Browser – Options – Browser Configuration)

Camera

  • Turn off flash (Camera – Options)
  • Set picture size to Small (Camera – Options)
  • Set Color Effect to Normal (Camera – Options)
  • Set Picture Quality to Normal (Camera – Options)

Applications

  • When exiting, be sure to close the app, not leave it running in the background (close with ESC key, not red End key)
  • Log out of third-party applications when they are not needed (Instant Messaging, etc.)

Indicators

  • Set Audible notification to Off (Profiles)
  • Turn off coverage LED (Profiles)

GPS

  • Use the zoom out function to get the largest viewable area that you can still use usefully

I strongly advise turning off unused connections when not in use, i.e. GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, using single mode only (1XEV, 2G only, 3G only), closing browser and other apps with ESC key instead of red END key and using BlackBerry shortcuts when ever possible. You’ll definitely notice the difference.

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5 Comments & Trackbacks
  1. Andy@GadgetBurn.com

    Good information on saving battery power and I would also advise taking along something like a power monkey charger if you’re going to be away from a charging source such as your car charger for some time, people do often tend to rely on their phone but forget how fats the charge can run down even with normal use.

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