Tips for Saving eReader Battery Power

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eReaders are amazingly convenient, portable, and useful. But they are, of course, based on electrical circuitry like so many of today’s innovative digital technology gadgets. That means that you need to have a steady source of that juice, either by plugging the e-reader gadget into an electrical outlet or by charging it with some kind of other device. But it can also help if you know a few tips and tricks to reduce how much energy the device uses. That way you can help conserve its power and enable it to stay charged for longer periods of time in between recharging it.

To help with all of that, here are some useful tips about saving e-reader power, plus some insight into how to shop for portable battery chargers.


Features that Consume Lots of Juice

To help figure out how to save electrical power, it is handy to know which kinds of activities or features on an e-reader use up the most electricity the fastest. Some of the major energy-drainers are videos, apps, streaming Internet content, video game playing, and the use of Bluetooth…even if it is to connect a wireless keyboard. How bright you set you screen is another, because it is basically just a light that stays on the whole time you read. So if it does not sacrifice eye comfort and page visibility, consider lowering the brightness level setting on your device.


Turn Off All the Apps You Don’t Use

Oftentimes you may use an app and then switch to some other activity on the device – like checking email or reading. But unless you turn off each app you start after you are finished using it, the app continues to run in the background. That can eat up lots of your battery charge. One way to be sure they are turned off is to just turn off your device and then reboot it. That should clear off all the energy using apps and give you a fresh start.


Portable Power

Regardless of what kind of e-reader device you use, whether it’s a Kindle, a Kobo, a tablet, an iPad, a laptop, or some other gadget, portable power is convenient. That way, even if you are consuming lots of power, you’ll have a reliable source of back-up energy to recharge your e-reader. But it’s important to realize that to get a faster charge, and have more power stored and ready to use, you need a portable charger with larger storage capacity.


How to Measure Battery Pack Power

The way that this capability is measured in in units called “mAh” which stands for milliampere hour. Electricity measurement can be very technical, but you don’t have to worry about all that. The main thing to understand is that the more mAh a unit has, the longer it can hold a charge and the more charging power it will have before its battery needs recharging. Smaller power packs may have 2,000 mAh ratings, while bigger ones have ten times that much. But as usual, the more power you want, the more the units will usually cost.


Price Comparisons for Portable Battery Chargers

There are power packs for around $20 that can recharge a smartphone over several hours, or they can “top-off” a gadget that is not at 100% power. But the smaller units drain their own energy faster before they, too, need recharging. For those who can afford the investment to buy a more powerful charger, it can pay you back with added convenience when you need a faster or stronger recharge. The company named Anker is a good example. Anker is one of the leading brands when it comes to portable chargers, and they typically offer high-quality products in sizes and models to fit many budgets and preferences.


Two Solid Recommendations

Anker also makes at least two rather powerful portable chargers that are highly recommended and get consistently high customer satisfaction ratings. The Anker PowerCore+ 10050 Premium Aluminum Portable Charger with Qualcomm Quick Charge delivers 10,050 mAh, and it also comes with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 technology…for faster recharging. You can find it for around $35 at stores including that sell computer and smartphone electronics and accessories. To double that capacity, the Anker PowerCore+26800 Premium Portable Charger is a fine solution. For about $80 it offers 26,800 mAh, Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 technology, and has built-in multiple charging ports. That way you can charge more than one device at a time.


Other Helpful Tips

There may some less reputable manufacturers that do not list accurate mAh numbers – or those that inflate them unrealistically. Before you invest in a charger, it’s always a good idea to read online reviews written by actual customers or unbiased experts. To do that on Amazon, filter the reviews posted using the filtering option, so that the only ones displayed are ones posted by “Verified Purchase” only. Decide how much power you need and what your budget for a portable charger is, and then shop around to find something that will work for you.

Lesser-Known E-Reader Features Right at Your Fingertips

Ever since e-books and e-reader devices entered the marketplace to compete with less convenient conventional printed books, the technology has evolved at breakneck speed. Within just 10 years the quality of the electronic print has been dramatically enhanced, and lots of new features and innovations have been made available. Meanwhile the price of e-readers has plummeted while the quality and variety of options has significantly increased. You can buy basic e-readers, ones that also allow you to check your email or surf the web, and even ones that deliver videos and other kinds of specialized multimedia content…while enabling you to do things like communicate face to face with friends through cam sessions or shop online.

Sometimes the constant innovation is hard to keep up with, and your particular e-reader may have fun and interesting features that you aren’t even aware of…like, possibly, the few outlined for you below.


Bookmarking Made Easy

With many touchscreen e-readers you can highlight text by simply pressing on the word you want to highlight. Then drag your finger across the sentence – or sentences – without lifting it, until you arrive at the end of the section you wish to highlight. Lift your finger and some different menu options for dealing with that selected text should appear in a pop-up window. If you tap on the “highlight” command it should save your text for later.



Swiping Makes Kindle Fire Searches Simpler

With some of the newer Kindle Fire devices, though, you can execute some functions with a simple swipe of your finger on the built-in Kindle Fire keyboard. As you may know, swiping is a motion made with your finger sideways across the screen while maintaining tactile contact with the touchscreen. Instead of doing a few steps or typing in multiple commands, you can swipe to accomplish some common tasks.
For instance, if you have text typed into the search engine box on the top of the Fire, and you want to select all of it in order to copy it, swipe your finger from the key that says “?123” over the key for the letter “a” (for “all”) and it should select everything. To copy it, swipe again from the ?123 key to the key for the letter “c” (for copy) and that should copy it. To cut the text, swipe from ?123 to the letter “x”, and when you are ready to paste that copied word, slide from ?123 to the key for the letter “v.”


Touchscreen Shortcuts

Are you ever reading an e-book that is illustrated with cool graphics and pictures, but you wish you could see the image without any text? A touchscreen e-reader device may enable you to do that. To find out, select the image by tapping on it with your finger. If a little icon that looks like a magnifying glass appears, tap on the image once more…and it should open up to a full-screen view that lets you really get a closer look at it.

If you want to bookmark that page – or any page in any of the e-books you’re reading with Kindle Touch, you can do it the standard way…which requires a few steps. Or you can use a shortcut by just tapping in the upper right-hand corner of the page. That’s where you would probably fold the corner of the page in a traditional paper and ink book, right? Well, with Kindle Touch when you tap in that spot a bookmark that resembles a dog-eared page should appear to save your place in the book.


Taking a Screenshot

A screenshot is a photographic image of the screen you are looking at on your e-reader device. If you have a Kindle Voyage or Paperwhite, and you want to take a screenshot…maybe to share an image, a pie chart, or a graph found in a book, try pressing both sides of the screen in the corners, simultaneously. On other types of Kindle e-readers, you can take a screenshot by depressing the Alt key, Shift key, and the G at the same time. When a screenshot is taken you will usually notice a quick flash. Then the image should show up in your documents folder.


There Is Always More to Come

Each year there are millions of new e-books written and published, and practically every few months new innovations are made in the e-reader device industry. If you own an older version, you may be astonished by how much has changed – and how much more your money can buy in terms of value-adding features, sleek style, and ultimate portability. So if you have an e-reader, stay tuned. Whenever we discover new features or a manufacturer introduces a new generation of e-readers to its lineup, we’ll do our best to let you know and give you an in-depth review.

Amit Kalandri

One thing I will surely miss is that I couldn’t read all the good books in this lifetime.