Do you have nomophobia? If you’re afraid of your phone dying, then the answer is yes. It’s nothing to be ashamed of—we use our phones for everything these days. You can’t have your phone dying right before requesting a Lyft home after a late night out or as you’re going into labor in the cereal aisle of the supermarket.
Fortunately, there are a few ways to avoid this problem.
- Buy an extended battery phone case. There are dozens of companies that make these. They're convenient because they multitask; they keep your phone charged and safe. My personal favorite is the Mophie. If you’re not into the bulkier phone case, you can also purchase an external battery to keep in your bag or car for emergencies.
- Use your phone manufacturer’s approved charging cables. Not many people know this, but knock-off charging cables can ruin your battery over time and decrease the overall lifespan of your device. I found this helpful article to explain how you can get around this.
- Avoid using your phone for anything other than the necessities if you know you’re going to be away from an outlet all day. This one is obvious and self-explanatory.
- Use low battery mode and dim your screen. Every bit counts when it comes to your phone battery. Dimming your screen can significantly increase the life of your battery. Many smartphones also come with a low-battery mode that will reduce visual effects, email refresh, and automatic downloads.
- Place your phone in the PhoeSoap Go while out and about. You'll be able to charge and disinfect your phone the same time, killing 99.99% of germs in the process.
If we haven’t convinced you to preserve your battery, LG once surveyed about 2,000 people on battery life. They found that nine out of 10 people have low battery anxiety and face severe anxiety when their battery drops to 20 percent or lower. According to LG, "low battery anxiety is the feeling of overwhelming fear experienced as your smartphone battery dies, causing you to live your life on your phone’s terms rather than your own." The experts at ChargeTech tell us that "the angst that follows with low battery is a signal of stress and actually raises our cortisol levels."
Now that we’ve given you a few easy tips to avoid this problem, you shouldn’t ever have to worry about high cortisol levels as a result of your phone battery. Live your life on your terms, not your smartphone’s. Be smart about your phone battery and your health.
*PhoneSoap Go has been tested by an independent, third-party laboratory to be 99.99% effective against Salmonella, E. coli, MRSA, H1N1, Coronavirus 229E, Staphylococcus, Rhinovirus, Rotavirus. It has been tested on actual phones, Apple watch, headphones, credit cards, and keys. PhoneSoap Go has also been tested to be 99.99% effective against Salmonella, H1N1, rotavirus, and rhinovirus using a modified ASTM E1153 and ASTM E1053-11 for efficacy of UV light on general hard non-porous surfaces such as glass, metals, and plastics. Real-world results may vary depending on size, shape, and material of phone or phone case.