Palm Pre Battery Life Tips
Battery for Palm Pre – Optimization Tips & Accessories To Keep Your Palm Pre Battery At Maximum Power
Now that over 100,000 Preonauts already have a Palm Pre in their hands it’s clear that one of the first things on their minds is ensuring not only that they learn as much as possible about their new smartphone but also that they get as much as they can out of it. One particular area – maximizing Palm Pre battery life and performance – appears to have grown to be that of most concern.
Although the Palm Pre delivers a healthy 5 hours of Talk Time under normal conditions, it appears that in some circumstances – particularly for 1) Power Users who want all functionality and features to be ON all the time and 2) people who are within an area that has poor Sprint wireless coverage (one or two bars) – the Palm Pre battery can drain more quickly (within half a day).
There are undoubtedly things that Palm can and will do to further enhance the Pre battery performance but the fact is nonetheless that, as with many other devices, overall battery life ultimately depends on how you use your phone. In this respect, you can maximize the life of your battery by following a few easy guidelines and/or buy a variety of power accessories such as the great Touchstone charger or simply a spare battery outlined below.
Maximize Your Palm Pre Battery Life – Software Settings Tips
- Screen Auto-Off & Screen Brightness [Screen & Lock App]
1. Set your screen to turn off automatically after a shorter period of inactivity (ideally 30 seconds)
2. Lower the screen brightness (set it at around 40%)
- Email Fetch Interval [Email App > Preferences > Accounts]
If you set up an email account in the Email application, set the interval to automatically download email to every two hours or less frequently.
- IM [Messaging App > Buddies]
Avoid excessive use of instant messaging (IM). Frequent use of IM can significantly reduce battery life.
Maximize Your Palm Pre Battery Life – General Tips
- WiFi, Bluetooth & GPS (Location Services)
Turn off the Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS features when you are not using them.
- Wireless Coverage
As with any mobile phone, if you are in an area with no wireless coverage, your phone continues to search for a signal, which consumes power. Turn off your phone if you are outside a coverage area.
- Heat & Sunlight
Keep your battery away from direct sunlight and other sources of heat. Temperatures over 50 degrees Celsius (120 degrees Fahrenheit) can permanently reduce the capacity and life span of any lithium-ion battery.
Overall I have found that one of the single greatest drains on battery life on the Pre is poor wireless coverage (one or two bars). As outlined above, the issue is that the lower the wireless coverage the greater the power requirements on your Pre is and therefore the faster the battery will get drained.
If you are in an area with poor wireless coverage but within reach of a WiFi network then turn on the WiFi on your Palm Pre as this greatly reduces the overall power drain. This happens because once connected to WiFi your smartphone will stop using Sprint’s wireless data network and instead use your local WiFi – something which proves to be much more efficient from a power usage perspective in poor wireless coverage areas.
Some Battery Life Improvement Ideas For Palm
To be honest with you, I find most of the manual battery optimization tips above to be extremely tedious and overall one of the things that keeps annoying me with increasing frequency about our “Digital Lifestyle” is that so few companies actually enable proactive “smart” software solutions for their customers – solutions that could automatically help aleviate the burden of having to do something manually and/or repetitively.
In the case of the Palm Pre battery optimization, I would envisage that it would be fairly easy to create an application that automatically adjusts all the necessary settings on your smartphone to provide you with maximum battery life. For example, you could have a setting that automatically sets your phone to Airplane Mode if no wireless coverage is detected within a specific time frame (eg. 10 minutes) – something that would be ideal if you forget to turn off your phone on a plane, have long underground train journeys or happen to be in an area of no coverage for long periods.
Additionally, one of the most frustrating things for me is to suddenly find that my phone is _completely_ dead. Here Palm could implement an automated setting that again turns off your phone when battery levels reach a certain percentage (eg. 10%) so that you could always have just enough power left should you for example need to make an emergency call – having even 5% of battery power left is a hell of a lot better than 0% and makes a huge difference.
I’m sure that with a little imagination the engineers at Palm could expand on these ideas and deliver even more options to ensure that 1) battery life optimization burdens are kept to a minimum and 2) that you always have just enough power left to make a couple of urgent calls.
Maximize Your Palm Pre Battery Life – Accessories Solutions
Leaving aside any software settings the fact is that, for me at least, the best option to improve, enhance and maximize battery power while on the go is simply to have the right accessories kit. Thankfully there are more than a few available solutions here:
Charge your phone whenever & wherever you can
- HOME: Charge your Pre overnight using either a wall charger or the great and currently unique Touchstone charging base so that you can have 100% power first thing in the morning.
- HOME & OFFICE: Keep your Pre resting on the Touchstone or plugged into a wall charger when not in use throughout the day (sadly the Touchstone cannot charge from a USB port on your PC).
- CAR: Keep your Pre plugged into its car charger whenever you are driving.
Power Accessories Solutions:
- Palm Touchstone $49.95 (inc. Dock + Back Cover)
- Palm Touchstone $39.95 (Dock Only): If you already have a Touchstone at home for example then you can simply get a second for the office.
- Palm Pre Battery $39.95
- Palm Travel Charger $29.95
- Palm Car Charger $19.95
- Palm USB Travel Cable $14.95 – use it to charge your Pre from your PC
- Palm Pre Wall Chargers
- Palm Pre Car Chargers
- Palm Pre Cables
Spare Battery & Battery Charger
One of the great advantages of the Pre is that it has a removable battery. By buying an extra spare battery you’ll be able to quickly and simply double your power while on the go – for example for long plane trips or periods of heavy use.
Additionally, Palm has also just made available a Spare Battery Charger (pictured above right) to make it that much easier to keep your extra battery charging (works with both wall and car chargers) either overnight or while you’re using your primary one.
Note: Your Palm Pre battery has a much longer useful life when it is topped off frequently than when it is charged after it is fully drained. The Palm Touchstone is therefore a great accessory to have at your desk for example so that you can always keep you Pre docked and charging within reach when not in use.
Preonauts are always full of power…