How to Extend the Life of Electronics
• Many of you got electronic devices for the holiday They arelong-term investments — depending on the product, they can last from four to ten years or more. To get your money’s worth, it makes sense to protect your gadgets from avoidable damage and breakdowns. Follow these tips to extend the life of electronics and keep them in good working order.
• Keep Gadgets Clean: Buildup from dust and dirt can damage electronics, so keep your devices clean. Use a can of compressed air to blow away dust. If keypads get sticky or screens become smudged, dampen a microfiber cleaning cloth in a solution of equal parts water and rubbing alcohol, then wipe off the dirty areas. Just make sure to turn off and unplug devices before cleaning them.
• Prolong Battery Life: A common misconception dictates that it’s better to let a device’s battery run down before charging it. In fact, the battery will last longer if you charge more frequently. As the Telegraph reports, lithium-ion batteries like the ones in smartphones and tablets retain their capacity longer if they’re depleted by only 50 percent and then charged, rather than being depleted by 100 percent before charging. So if you see your device’s battery at 50 percent after a day’s use, go ahead and charge it — don’t wait until the battery is fully drained.
o And make sure your device’s battery isn’t working too hard. Turn on battery saver mode in your device’s settings and lower your screen’s brightness level, if possible. Frequent app notifications can overwork your battery, too, so turn off any notifications that aren’t essential.
• Avoid Extreme Temperatures: To extend the life of your electronics, keep them out of extreme conditions that could harm them. Try to keep devices indoors at room temperature, and don’t place them in direct sunlight for long periods of time. Similarly, don’t leave a smartphone or laptop in a car on a hot day.
• Use a Case and Screen Protector: Protect handheld devices like smartphones, tablets and e-book readers with a case and screen protector. If you drop your device, a case will mitigate the force of the impact, and a screen protector helps prevent scratches and dents to the device’s screen. After several months’ wear, you can peel off the screen protector and put on a fresh one, which is much cheaper and easier than trying to replace the screen itself.
(This material is presented for informational purposes only and should not be construed as individual tax or financial advice. Please consult with legal, tax and/or financial advisors. KeyBank does not provide legal advice. KeyCorp 2017. KeyBank member FDIC.)