You know what it’s like: you wake up early to venture out for a day of skiing, snowboarding, hiking or work and just before you snap that EPIC photo or dial that important call…your phone dies. Total bummer. Not having the ability to capture photos or videos on your latest adventure sucks, but not being able to call or text can also be a massive pain, especially when you’re in the backcountry or at work. At HITCASE we’ve been playing around with how to keep your iPhone battery alive in the cold for a while now, and with these five simple hacks, you’ll be able to keep those mobile juices flowing while you venture out into those frosty environments.
SCIENCE! WHY YOUR BATTERY DIES 👇🏼
iPhones use a type of battery called Lithium-Ion, and while the battery recharges quickly and doesn’t need to be fully depleted before you plug it in, Lithium-Ion batteries don’t fair so well in the cold.
Cold temperatures increase the internal resistance and diminish the capacity of a Lithium-Ion battery. In laymen’s terms this means your battery is struggling to perform and expends energy quickly in the cold. Global news did an experiment which showed an iPhone left outside dropped 14% in only 30 minutes, while an identical phone left inside dropped only 1%.
So, instead of leaving your battery life up to the elements, here’s five simple hacks to keep your battery alive:
HITCASE HACK #1: PUT A CASE ON YOUR IPHONE
The shell of your iPhone is made out of metals and glass…and if you can think back to your high school science class, both are excellent conductors of hot and cold. While strapping on a case might not be the perfect answer to preserve battery life, it does in fact help your iPhone brave the elements. We recommend the HITCASE PRO or HITCASE SHIELD to provide added protection, both of which are waterproof iPhone cases that are smashproof and durable as well.
HITCASE HACK # 2: THE RAPID CHARGER
When our team is out filming in cold temperatures, we carry rapid battery chargers. They are small enough to fit into your jacket pocket and can be easily plugged in and attached to your phone while you are braving the elements. Rapid chargers are the sure fire way to boost or maintain battery life over the course of a few days.
Check out Gotta Be Mobile’s post on the Best Quick Charge Portable Battery Chargers to find the best one for you.
MARTY’S HACK #3: SMELL THE GLOVE
HITCASE Influencer Marty Robertson knows the trials and tribulations of a dead iPhone all too well. His solution: cover your HITCASE with a thin glove and place a pocket warmer into it. The pocket warmer will keep your iPhone battery from dying and will warm you up in the process. SMART.
HITCASE HACK #4: AIRPLANE MODE
It seems kind of obvious, but switching to airplane mode or low power mode while out in the cold retains far more battery life than operating your phone as usual. Airplane mode will extend your iPhone’s battery life in the cold and we recommend turning it on as soon as you venture out.
HITCASE HACK #5: TURN DOWN THE BRIGHTNESS ON YOUR SCREEN
Our friends over at 9to5mac.com have a great tutorial on how to reduce your screen’s brightness beyond your iPhone’s default settings. However, to reduce your iPhone’s brightness within the default settings, follow these steps:
Go back to the main Accessibility section of the Settings app, and scroll down and select Accessibility Shortcut. Tap Zoom for the Accessibility shortcut to assign a three finger-tap to the Zoom setting. Triple-press the Home button to quickly switch between brightness. BOOM.