CUPERTINO, CA--(Marketwired - Aug 1, 2013) - It's only morning, and you've sent emails and texts, swapped photos, played games and watched videos with your Android smartphone. You realize you're running late and rush out the door. You start the car, or hop on public transportation. You glance at your smartphone and see that the battery icon is running low on power -- you've forgotten to charge it, again.

If you're tired of constantly running low on battery and having to recharge your phone, this may be a sign that your phone battery needs some TLC. Batteries literally give life to your mobile device, and the key to smartphone life lies in battery health. So, fret no more. Below you'll find an easy-to-understand guide to help you charge up the health of your batteries so you can have more power, more fun.

Here are five tips for better battery health:

1. Keep Cool in Summer Heat: We take our phones and tablets with us everywhere we go. And for most of us, warm summer weather means more time outside. But heat is the #1 enemy of batteries, so whether you are in the car, indoors, or on the go, make sure your Android device is out of direct sunlight and away from heat. Even keeping your phone plugged in overnight, or leaving it in your pocket can increase temperatures that dramatically shorten battery life. 

2. Watch for Bumps and Bruises: Smartphone batteries are more like bags than boxes. They are quite fragile! Dropped, shaken and tossed around, our phones take a lot of abuse. But everyday accidents like these can damage the components inside, including the battery. So if your phone gets knocked about, take a moment to pop off the cover and inspect your battery for any dents or scratches. Physical damage to the battery not only shortens battery life, it can also become a safety hazard causing your smart battery to catch on fire.

3. Unplug at 100%: Unless you own a smart charger that shuts off when the battery is full, you should avoid leaving your device plugged in. This can cause heat and pressure inside the battery to build up, which damages the inner structures.

4. Do a Monthly "Healthy" Charge: The ideal charging scenario is to plug in when your battery is at about 40% and unplug at 80%. But once a month, let your smartphone or tablet battery drain below 20%, then give it a healthy charge by 'refueling' it up to 100%. This is because new "smart batteries" need to occasionally re-calibrate themselves to function properly and deliver accurate estimates of remaining time.

5. Install a Trusted Battery Saving App: You may also have learned that you can prolong battery life by adjusting your phone settings, screen brightness, turning Bluetooth, WiFi and radio features on and off, monitoring CPU usage and shutting off unused apps. You can manually do all of this, but if you'd rather have these cumbersome tasks automatically done for you, consider downloading the popular Du Battery Saver app to manage battery life, including when to do a healthy charge. On Android devices, Du Battery Saver extends battery life by more than 50% and automatically adjusts settings and manages battery usage so you don't need to.

Our phones are our lifeline to our loved ones, work and the world. This is why battery life needs to be able to keep up with non-stop usage of apps, video streaming, email and browsing and our 24/7 lifestyles. Fortunately, there are simple things we can do to ensure that we not only get the most life out of our batteries today, but also help keep them healthy and working great for as long as possible.

Du Battery Saver 3 can be downloaded for free on Google Play:

Contact Information:

Media contact:
Sharon Sim-Krause
Sim-Krause Consulting
Phone: (415) 420-1889