You probably know the feeling all too well: That sinking sensation in your stomach when you pull your phone out of your pocket on a frigid day and the battery isn’t anywhere close to fully charged or worse—you’re greeted by a blank screen because it has died altogether. While many of us wouldn’t think about leaving our phones in blazing hot sunlight, we often forget how taxing the cold weather can be on our favorite pieces of technology. Here’s how to keep your phone’s charge going strong all winter, and how to ensure it remains safe from all environmental elements.
Consistency is Key
Think of your phone as Goldilocks: Not too hot, not too cold, but something just right will keep it functioning at its best. “Batteries work on electrochemistry,” according to Fortune, “and those processes get slow when he temperature drops.”
Ensuring your phone enjoys consistent temps and is protected from wild temperature swings is essential for preserving battery life. Apple recommends using its devices “where the ambient temperature is between 0º and 35º C (32º to 95º F),” so that means avoiding leaving your phone in your car overnight, texting at length while you’re walking the dog in the snow or taking that selfie from the ski lift (no matter how good the lighting is!). In fact, Apple states, “Using an iOS device in very cold conditions outside of its operating range might temporarily shorten battery life and could cause the device to turn off. Battery life will return to normal when you bring the device back to higher ambient temperatures.”
A Protective Bag Makes All the Difference
In a perfect world, our phones wouldn’t be subject to freezing temps, but since they go where we do, that’s not likely. Think of protecting your phone as an extension of protecting yourself from the elements: we wear wind-, moisture- and cold-blocking accessories to keep our bodies regulated, and we can do the same for our phones.
Stashing your phone in our Insulated Tech Pouch is the scarf/glove/hat equivalent, keeping it safe from freezing temps thanks to the closed cell insulation that protects from extreme temperatures and breakage. Its waterproof zipper and moisture-absorbing pod also keeps harmful moisture at bay, so you don’t have to worry about condensation or inclement weather damaging your phone.
Prevent, Conserve & Preserve
Taking a few precautions before you head out on a winter day can go a long way to prevent battery drain and conserve battery life—not to mention preserving your peace of mind.
Charge It. Make sure your phone is fully charged before leaving the house, with any additional batteries charged, as well. You want to make sure your phone is working at its full capacity so it powers up when and where you need it!
Go Wireless. Bluetooth wireless headphones are a great option for allowing you to keep your phone in your insulated bag while talking or listening to music, and can alert you to incoming emails or messages without you having to pull out your phone to constantly check for updates.
Back It Up. A rechargeable battery case can be your phone’s life saver: Not only will it protect your phone from shattering if dropped, but it serves as a reliable backup battery, allowing for an extended charge and ensuring your phone is ready to use when you need it.
An added bonus: Unlike rechargeable power banks, these cases don’t take up any more room than your phone itself, making them ideal for stashing in that insulated bag with your other can’t-live-without-it-this-winter essentials (we’re looking at you, lip balm!).