Good deal: 73% off the Intocircuit 15000mAh Power Castle external battery

By iDB Deals on Jul 8, 2015

There are thousands of portable battery packs out there, but few are as admired as the Introcircuit. Loved by hundreds of Amazon reviewers, this battery pack boasts a huge 15000mAh capacity – enough to charge an iPhone 6 several times over. It’s super powerful and can be yours with a super discount of 73% at just $34.99 with iDownloadBlog Deals.

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Power Saver Mode tweak brings impressive iOS 9-inspired battery management features to older firmware

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 27, 2015

iOS 9 has some significant new power saving features that will lend users up to an additional three hours of battery life. Dubbed Low Power Mode in iOS 9, users can eek out up to an extra 3 hours of battery life with the option enabled.

Low Power Mode works by disabling animated wallpapers, Mail Fetch, Background App Refresh, motion effects, and, as recently discovered, throttling the CPU.

Power Saver Mode, a new iOS tweak developed by Elijah Frederickson, tries its best to provide many of the same benefits to jailbroken iPhone users on iOS 8. Power Saver Mode increases contrast, enables Reduce Motion, disables Background App Refresh, location services, Cellular Data when on Wi-Fi, and more.  Read More

 

‘Reserve Strap’ adds 30 hours of battery life to your Apple Watch

By Cody Lee on Jun 27, 2015

In March, developers Lane Musgrave and John Arrow announced that they were working on a battery band for the Apple Watch. Not many details were available at the time, but now that the Watch has been out for a few months, the team is ready to make things official.

Meet the Reserve Strap. It’s a band that charges your Apple Watch using embedded batteries and a connection to the device’s hidden accessory port. Musgrave and Arrow claim that their product is capable of adding more than 30 additional hours of battery life to your Watch. Read More

 

iOS 9’s Low Power mode throttles down CPU performance to preserve iPhone’s battery life

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 26, 2015

With iOS 9, Apple has brought out a brand new Low Power mode which kicks in when you’re nearly out of juice. It was designed to help extend your iPhone’s battery life, providing up to three hours of additional time before charging.

After using Geekbench’s iPhone application to measure an iPhone 6’s processor performance in Low Power, MacRumors was able to determine that this mode reduces processor performance by about forty percent. As a result, an iPhone 6 in Low Power mode would be roughly on par with an iPhone 5s or iPhone 5 in terms of sheer CPU performance. Read More

 

AppleCare+ now covers Apple Watch batteries that retain less than 80% of their original capacity

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 26, 2015

AppleCare+ protection for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch has refreshed its terms to cover batteries that retain less than 80 percent of their original capacity within the extended warranty period. The new rules apply to Apple Watch Sport, Watch and Edition models, as discovered by MacRumors.

Previously, the extended warranty used to cover Apple Watch batteries that retained less than 50 percent of their original capacity. Apple officially guarantees the Apple Watch battery will retain up to 80 percent of its original capacity at 1,000 complete charge cycles. Assuming an average of one full charge cycle per day, the specification gives the device’s battery a lifespan of about two-and-a-half to three years. Read More

 

Trianium Atomic S Battery Case doubles the life of your iPhone 6

By Lory Gil on Jun 25, 2015

When you are going to be out and about for an entire day, do you worry that you will exhaust your iPhone’s battery before you can get directions home? Even though the iPhone 6 is estimated to last about 10 or 11 hours with straight internet usage, we regularly drop to 20 percent while still trying to get video of the kids playing.

Trianium’s Atomic S case for iPhone 6 has a 3100mAh battery that will double the life of your iPhone so you don’t have to worry about running out of juice. Read More

 

Dash lets you create a custom Glance for your Apple Watch

By Sébastien Page on Jun 19, 2015

The most personal device Apple ever made is getting more personal with Dash. Well, sort of. The app lets you create a custom Glance for your Apple Watch, albeit in a limited way.  Read More

 

How to find out your MacBook battery cycle count

By Sébastien Page on Jun 18, 2015

The life expectancy of a notebook battery is mostly based on the battery cycle count. Once that battery cycle count has reached the limit set by the manufacturer, it is considered consumed, and although the laptop might still perform the same, battery life might deplete rapidly, a clear sign it is time to replace that battery. In this post, we will show you how to find out what your MacBook’s battery cycle count is. Read More

 

Surenix releases Power, an Apple Watch app to quickly glance at your iPhone battery status

By Sébastien Page on Jun 18, 2015

Surenix, mostly known for his design work on jailbreak themes and tweaks such as ayeris and auki, has released his first application in the App Store. Called Power, the  app aims at making it easy to quickly check at the status of your iPhone battery directly from your Apple Watch. Read More

 

How Low Power Mode works in iOS 9

By Cody Lee on Jun 8, 2015

One of the more significant new features in iOS 9 Apple mentioned during its keynote today is called “Low Power Mode.” Similar to Power Reserve on the Apple Watch, this feature is designed to extend the battery life of your device.

First it should be noted that because of the under-the-hood improvements in iOS 9, Apple says battery life for the average user will increase by up to one hour. If you need more, Lower Power Mode gives you up to 3 additional hours. Read More

 

iOS 9 includes new ‘Low Power’ battery mode

By Cody Lee on Jun 8, 2015

Among the many new features Apple announced today in iOS 9, is a new Low Power battery mode. Much like the feature of the same name on Apple Watch, the new iOS feature will help save precious battery life on your iPhone or iPad. Read More

 

How to enable Google Chrome’s new MacBook battery-saving feature

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 8, 2015

There’s no denying Google Chrome is brutal on notebook battery life. Don’t get me wrong, Chrome is a great browser and used to be my daily driver.

That was before OS X Yosemite came along with Safari Power Saver, a tremendously useful feature that stops power-hungry plug-ins like Adobe Flash from rendering animations and interactive elements on webpages. In case you didn’t know, Chrome has a built-in Flash Player which takes a toll on battery life and sends your notebooks’s fan into overdrive.

But worry not, Google has enabled a power-saver feature of its own in a recent Chrome update. In this post, I’m going to explain how you can enable it in order to instantly improve your MacBook’s battery performance. Read More

 

Good deal: 50% off Innori 22400mAh portable battery pack

By iDB Deals on May 29, 2015

When Dad has every gadget he could possibly want, this Father’s Day make sure he can keep them all charged with the Innori 22400mAh portable battery pack, now 50% off at iDownloadBlog Deals. Read More

 

Apple turning to Chinese suppliers for iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus batteries

By Christian Zibreg on May 26, 2015

Tuesday, a fresh new report claimed Apple’s been seeking additional battery providers for upcoming new iPhones, presumed to be marketed as ‘iPhone 6s’ and ‘iPhone 6s Plus’.

Apple is now sourcing more batteries for iOS devices from Chinese suppliers which have caught up with their Taiwanese competitors in terms of sufficient battery core supply and production capacity. Read More

 

Good deal: save 41% on the Extreme Trio battery pack with built-in Lightning and micro USB cables

By iDB Deals on May 15, 2015

Hunting around for a power outlet every time your iPhone runs out of juice? Save yourself the time (and aggravation) and pick up the Extreme Trio 10000 mAh battery pack. At just $49.99 at iDownloadBlog Deals, it’s hard to find a battery pack that delivers this much power at a lower price.

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Apple, A123 Systems settling lawsuit over battery engineer poaching

By Cody Lee on May 13, 2015

Apple and A123 Systems, maker of advanced batteries, submitted a court filing this week saying they are nearing a settlement regarding their engineer poaching lawsuit, reports the Boston Globe. They’ve “reached an agreement, signed a term sheet, and are in the process of drafting a final agreement.”

The lawsuit made headlines earlier this year, when A123 claimed that Apple was hiring away its top scientists and engineers to build a competing battery business. The news broke amidst reports that the Cupertino firm had taken an interest in electric cars, and had begun work on larger battery packs. Read More

 

Good deals: 59% off PowerStand charger and 37% off PowerSkin iPhone 6 battery case

By iDB Deals on May 6, 2015

Free yourself from the dead battery: plug in with our two new charging deals. You can get the minimal and stylish PowerSkin for iPhone 6 at 37% off, or the small and lightweight PowerStand at 59% off. Read More

 

Mophie introduces new waterproof battery case for iPhone 6

By Cody Lee on May 5, 2015

On Tuesday, California-based accessory maker Mophie announced its first ever waterproof battery cased called the “Juice Pack H2PROTM.” The case is made for the iPhone 6, and features a durable design to protect against drops, dust, dirt and of course, water damage.

The battery pack included in the case is of the 2,750mAh lithium-ion variety, which will allow users to enjoy up to 14 hours of additional talk time, 10 hours of web browsing and 50 hours of music. Mophie says overall, the H2PROTM more than doubles iPhone battery life. Read More

 

How to see when your Apple Watch was last charged

By Jeff Benjamin on May 5, 2015

Like the iPhone, it’s possible to check when your Apple Watch last received a full charge. Although doing so may not be as straightforward or as obvious as one would expect, it’s still possible.

To check your Apple Watch charge statistics, you’ll need to do so via the Apple Watch companion app running on the paired iPhone. In this post, we’ll explain how to do just that. Read More

 

How to check remaining battery life on Apple Watch

By Jeff Benjamin on May 3, 2015

Although battery life has been much better than most anticipated with Apple Watch, you should still expect a day or, at tops, a day and a half of battery life after a full charge. For that reason, it’s pretty important to keep a close eye on your Apple Watch battery throughout the day, especially if you decide to use battery hogging functions like phone calls and the workout app.

Fortunately, Apple makes it super easy to monitor battery life on Apple Watch. In fact, it’s more verbose than it is on the iPhone since the watch shows you the full battery percentage by default. Inside, we’ll show you two easy ways to monitor battery life on Apple Watch. Read More

 
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