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

 

How to save battery on Apple Watch

By Sébastien Page on May 1, 2015

Apple designed Apple Watch with a battery life expectancy of 18 hours per day, and from my own experience, I can definitely attest that it usually far exceeds that number. But of course, it all depends on your usage. Depending on what you do with it, you might see better or worse battery life.

Below are some simple tips to extend Apple Watch battery life. Some of them are obvious, some of them are less obvious. Unless you want to be an extreme power saver, it would be silly to implement all these tips at once. My advice is to look at them, and pick and choose which one would allow you to enjoy your Apple Watch to the fullest extent while not compromising on the best features the device has to offer. Read More

 

April’s best deals from iDownloadBlog Deals

By iDB Deals on Apr 30, 2015

We had a ton of great deals in April. As the month comes to an end, we’ve rounded up our four most popular deals of the month for you – check out our best deals below. Read More

 

Is Apple Watch draining your iPhone’s battery too fast? This may help

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 27, 2015

Contrary to popular belief, the Apple Watch has a pretty remarkable battery, a notion driven home by even the toughest of critics and reviewers.

Now that first shipments have arrived into the hands of consumers, and people have spent a day or two with their device, reports are coming in that the wearable device is in some cases dramatically draining the battery of an iPhone it’s paired to.

Our own Oliver Haslam has underscored the phenomenon in his hands-on with the Watch based on his first 24 hours with the device, as did others including former Engadget editor Ryan Block. What gives? Read More

 

Apple Watch battery retains up to 80% of its original capacity at 1,000 complete charge cycles

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 24, 2015

The battery inside the Apple Watch will retain up to eighty percent of its original capacity at a full one-thousand charge cycles before its capacity starts depleting further, as revealed on the Batteries section of Apple’s website.

In terms of daily use, the battery of any Apple Watch model will last up to eighteen hours based on mixed usage, as per Apple’s official data.

In addition, you’ll get up to 72 hours on a single charge if you run the device in Power Reserve mode. Pitting the Apple Watch battery against that inside the iPad, iPhone and MacBook reveals quite a technological achievement for such a comparatively small package. Read More

 

i-Blason UnityPower for iPhone 6 charges while protecting

By Lory Gil on Apr 9, 2015

One thing I always have to remember when heading out for a day trip is to bring an external battery pack. I take a lot of pictures and videos, which always negatively affects the length of time my battery lasts.

The i-Blason UnityPower is a case that houses an external battery, so you can always have an extra charge with you, wherever you go. It is also MFi certified, so it is guaranteed to work with your iPhone 6, even after software updates. Read More

 

Great deal: massive 22,400 mAh battery pack for $40

By iDB Deals on Apr 9, 2015

Get your hands on the ultra-powerful Innori Portable Battery Pack and never be without a charge ever again. Packing a massive 22,400 mAh capacity and 3 USB ports for simultaneous charging, this is the ultimate battery pack for the man or woman on the move. At just $40, this is the lowest price we’ve ever seen on a portable battery of this capacity. Read More

 

Great deal: ZeroLemon Solar Chargeable 10,000 mAh Battery for just $26

By iDB Deals on Apr 4, 2015

After the massive popularity of the 20,000 mAh ZeroLemon SolarJuice battery at iDownloadBlog Deals (which is still available), we’re now happy to offer its lighter, smaller cousin at half the price: the 10,000 mAh SolarJuice battery pack is just $26 at iDB Deals now. Read More

 

Lithium: theme the battery indicator on iOS 8 sans WinterBoard

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 17, 2015

Lithium is a brand new jailbreak tweak that adds a themed battery indicator to iOS 8. A similar tweak with a similar name, Alkaline, already exists on the Cydia store, and Lithium pretty much replicates the feeling of that tweak.

While some users report that Alkaline works perfectly on their iOS 8 device, it’s never worked without a visual glitch on my iPhone 6 Plus. For that reason, I’d be up for trying Lithium on an extended basis. Read More

 

Apple confirms Watch battery is replaceable

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 10, 2015

Although Apple did not mention it during yesterday’s “Spring Forward” media event, the Apple Watch has a completely replaceable battery, an Apple spokesperson told TechCrunch.

That’s about all we know as the publication couldn’t determine how much it will cost to send in your Watch to Apple and have it returned with a new battery in place. Read More

 

Apple Watch battery life: here are the official details

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 9, 2015

Now that Apple has shared full details concerning its highly-anticipated Watch devices, which goes on sale in the United Stated and eight major international markets on April 24starting at $349, the Cupertino company has posted additional details regarding its “all-day”18-hour battery.

Of course, the advertised battery life depends on how you use your Watch. If you’re just going to do things like checking the time, receiving notifications, using apps and doing a 30-minute workout, the battery should last up to eighteen hours before needing to be charged again overnight.

Here is what Apple had to say about the Watch’s battery performance. Read More

 

‘Reserve Strap’ aims to extend the battery life of your Apple Watch

By Cody Lee on Mar 6, 2015

One of the biggest public concerns regarding the Apple Watch seems to be its battery life. While other smartwatches, such as the Pebble, claim life of up to 10 days, the Cupertino wearable is said to last for less than 24 hours.

But John Arrow and ex-Nike staffer Lane Musgrave are looking to change that with the ‘Reserve Strap.’ It features embedded lithium polymer cells and an inductive charging cradle to keep your Apple Watch going strong. Read More

 

Good Deal: Power Vault 18,000 mAh Battery Pack

By iDB Deals on Mar 6, 2015

Running multiple apps, maintaining Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, and just staying connected on the move can drain your phone or tablet battery in a few hours. If you ever find yourself struggling for a charge, you need a portable battery pack – the Power Vault from iDownloadBlog Deals is a great option that will give you a ton of power on a tight budget: 18,000 mAh for just $30 (and $35 for international customers). Read More

 

Even more Apple Watch details revealed in new report

By Cody Lee on Mar 6, 2015

You will find yourself using your iPhone a lot less, once you’ve purchased an Apple Watch, according to TechCrunch. The publication has spoken with a number of people who have used the new wearable extensively, and one person even said they “nearly stopped” using their iPhone.

This is because the Apple Watch is built to handle alerts and other matters much more efficiently than your smartphone. Notifications are seen right away and acted on quickly, so they don’t pile up, and apparently they’re auto-disabled when the Watch is removed or reaches 10% battery life. Read More

 

Apple Watch: new details about battery life, apps, features and more emerge

By Cody Lee on Mar 6, 2015

Apple has managed to improve the battery life of the Apple Watch to support 5 hours of heavy application use, reports 9to5Mac. Ahead of Monday’s event, the site has heard this and other previously unknown details from sources who have hands-on experience with the wearable.

The improvement in battery life should ensure that the Watch will last a full day with mixed heavy and passive use. However, the site makes it clear that users will still need to charge the device every night, as the battery is not strong enough to last a full second day without renewal. Read More

 

Poll: thinness vs. better iPhone battery

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 27, 2015

Handset vendors stubbornly insist on making their gadgets thinner at a time when consumers have largely been craving for better battery life.

Apple, like no other company, is a poster child for the industry’s obsession with thinness. Whenever a new iPhone comes out, its slim profile gets prominently featured and communicated in ads.

This point was especially brought home for me in a recent Wall Street Journal article which argues that “survey after survey reveals there is one thing consumers wish manufacturers would change about their gadgets” and it’s better battery life.

Our poll today deals with this issue as we seek to learn whether you, our loyal readers, would rather have a millimeter or two thicker device with a stronger battery or as thins a phone as possible with a good enough battery. Read More

 

Rumor: Apple poaching Samsung’s semiconductor and battery experts

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 23, 2015

Apple is luring Samsung Electronics’ engineers, including chip experts who specialize ”in next-generation technology” related to signal and visual-processing management and battery technology, offering raises and competitive benefits, according to a report Monday by The Korea Times.

In addition to highly-competitive benefits and large annual paychecks, Apple is said to be luring Samsung experts by promising them greater independence, according to unnamed officials. Read More

 

Electric car battery maker suing Apple for poaching critical employees

By Cody Lee on Feb 19, 2015

Electric car battery maker A123 Systems filed a lawsuit against Apple earlier this month for poaching its employees, reports Law360. The company says the Cupertino firm began an “aggressive campaign” around June of last year to recruit some of its most critical staffers for a new large-scale battery division.

This directly violates the company’s noncompete and nondisclosure agreements, says A123 Systems, and the poaching has resulted in a substantial loss of investment and left them scrambling to find replacements. It’s asking the court for undisclosed damages and a 1-year order, barring them from moving. Read More

 

This external battery pack can charge your iPhone 6 seven times or more

By iDB Deals on Feb 16, 2015

For those who find themselves needing more power on the move, our latest portable charging deal could come in handy. Water resistant, shockproof, and chargeable via solar, the ZeroLemon SolarJuice offers an incredible 20,000mAh of portable, renewable energy at your fingertips. And with our exclusive iDB Deals offer, you can get this beast for 50% off.

Made from tough and durable materials, this battery pack will go the distance with a 1,000+ recharge cycle rating. The powerful but relatively small package contains a 20,000mAh Lithium Polymer Battery, with enough juice on tap to fully charge an iPhone 6 over seven times. And with the dual USB ports, you can charge multiple devices at once. Read More

 

iDB Deals: big discounts on charging accessories

By iDB Deals on Feb 7, 2015

With great power, comes great responsibility, and with these great charging deals from iDB, you’ll be able to keep your device at 100% wherever you are. This roundup includes a whole variety of deals on charging gear for your iOS devices – all from the iDB Deals store. Included below are big discounts on everything from external battery packs and a 10-foot MFi cable to a bundle of Quirky accessories… plus a few more! Read More

 
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