It’s almost time for the newest iteration of Android’s operating system, Kit Kat, to be released. Amongst all of the rumors that come along with it and the release of the Nexus 5 that will coincide with it, it’s hard for anyone to say exactly what will be offered aside from the leaked images. One thing that I can almost guarantee is that the Nexus 5 will not have a removable battery. No matter what phone you have, there’s always going to be a time when you wish you could charge it once more before going about your day. I’ll share with you a few ways I’ve found over the years to get the most out of my battery.
High Output Charger
All phones come with wall chargers, but some are made with a higher output voltage than others. You may choose to use to take one of your old chargers to work or to carry with you on the go, but it may have a lower output than you expect. Keep in mind that doing so will result in your phone charging slower than you’re accustomed to. A charger that has a 5V (1.2A) output is what you should be looking for. Of course a charger is nothing without the USB cable to go along with it, so go ahead and pick up this one from Amazon. At 6 feet long for $5.99, it’s thick and you won’t have to be too close to the wall if you’re trying to use your phone as it’s charging. This high speed USB 2.0 cable by Mediabridge works great for me and if you have Amazon Prime, it’ll get to you in 2 days.
Thankfully some phones are still created with removable batteries. The great thing about them is that when your phone is dead one can simply take it out and replace it with a freshly charged battery. I don’t usually see too many cell phone providers (Verizon, T-Mobile, etc.) selling individual batteries or even the charger for that matter. My suggestion is to obtain an extra battery and charger from ether Ebay or Amazon, preferably Ebay as the selection is larger for this item. For roughly $15 a charger plus an extra battery can be purchased. Sometimes the kit even includes two batteries. With this method you’ll be able to use the phone, carry a spare battery and have one at home charging for you when you get home.
For those of us who own phones without the capability of removing the battery, all is not lost. There’s now the ability to carry an external battery that’s wrapped up in the form of a charger. These external batteries come in a variety of sizes, so choose the size that best fits your life style. If you don’t use your phone incredibly heavily and would like to only charge your phone one more time while you’re on the go, then this flash charger is perfect for you. It’s larger than an actual lip stick but it still fits in the palm of your hand. For $14 with free shipping, it’s a steal of a deal. It comes in green, gold, purple, pink, and red. Best of all, it charges your phone pretty quickly! iPhone users, this 2600 mAh flash charger will charge your phone twice.