5 ways you ruin your expensive phone, laptop, tablet and TV

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How many smartphones have you lost and smashed? It’s a horrible feeling – to see it fall to the ground and know there’s nothing you can do.

Years ago, I put a tempered glass screen protector on my phone. The best part is that when you drop your phone and the glass gets a notch, you just remove the protector and it is as good as new. Here’s a link to the brand I’ve been using for years, ESR.

Our units are large investments. You need to treat your technology well to get your money’s worth. Regular maintenance is a way to stay ahead of the game. Press or click to perform six checks now to avoid a major repair bill later.

Based on calls to my show, emails and questions posted on my website technical support forumHere are five common mistakes that can cost you.

1. You are charging too much

Do you keep your phone connected at all times? Apple says that when your iPhone “stays on full charge for extended periods, the health of the battery may be affected.”

Android phone manufacturers, including Samsung, say the same thing. “Do not leave your phone connected to the charger for extended periods or overnight.” Huawei says, “Keeping your battery level as close to the center (30% to 70%) as possible can effectively extend battery life.”

Etsy.com, $ 60 Battery and phone chargers could be the most mundane pieces of technology.  But they do not have to be.

Etsy.com, $ 60 Battery and phone chargers could be the most mundane pieces of technology. But they do not have to be.
(Maleigha Ornelia | Blingspirations)

The official word is to keep your phone charged – but not fully charged. Get in the habit of unplugging your technology when it’s fully charged.

More technically smart: Tap or click for tricks to keep your phone battery in tip top shape.

2. You are waiting too long to charge your laptop

Laptop batteries have a limited number of charge-discharge cycles. Frequently running out of juice often drains your battery, affecting the charge-discharge cycle and reducing its intended life.

Your laptop battery may also lose power in another way. Let’s say you regularly charge your laptop from 30% to 50%, or about 20%, every time you charge it. Well, do it five times and you have completed a battery cycle because you have charged your laptop 100% in total.

A good rule of thumb is to keep your battery charged to at least 40% most of the time. Tap or click here to check the battery status of your laptop.

3. You choose the cheapest solution

If you lose your charger or a USB cable gets frayed, resist the temptation to buy the cheapest replacement. The few dollars you save on a cheap replacement can most likely negatively affect your device’s performance.

One-size-fits-all charger and cable manufacturers do not want you to know that their products often do not have the correct voltage required to operate your specific device. Why does it matter? Your battery may end up not getting the juice it needs to fully charge. Worse, it can erode battery life.

Cheap chargers can also be dangerous for you. Many generic phone chargers are less likely to meet established safety and quality testing guidelines than their brand name counterparts, leading to severe shocks and burns.

Spend a little more on getting a new charger and a new cable from the device manufacturer or certified third-party manufacturers. Tap or click for a solid third-party recommendation for iPhone and Android.

4. You are careless

Today’s phones are quite robust. They can generally withstand water, dust and a bit of water. However, leaving your device in a hot car or out in the sun can cause serious injury. Not only can it cause the battery to leak or overheat, but it can also cause data to be lost or damaged.

Extreme cold temperatures also cause chaos on your phone. Lithium-ion batteries can stop discharging electricity in freezing temperatures, leading to shortened battery life, display problems and even cracks in the display glass.

Repair of a broken phone.

Repair of a broken phone.

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5. You’re a slut

Is your technology shiny clean or covered in crumbs and stains? Nor is it just about cleanliness. Dust and dirt can cause serious damage to computers, TVs and other expensive electronics.

Here are some important tools I have on hand to maintain my devices:

  • Compressed air: This is especially useful when you need to clean tight spaces and inside hard-to-reach cracks. If you do not like wastage of ordinary compressed air, try an electric vacuum cleaner.
  • Isopropyl alcohol: Avoid household cleaning products on your electronic devices. A good rule of thumb is that if you want to use it to clean your kitchen, it is not suitable for your computer or electronics.
  • Cleaning wipes: If you do not want to mess with alcohol or water, try a cleaning cloth. I buy these all the time.
  • Distilled or purified bottled water: Tap water can leave mineral stains and stains.
  • Soft cloths: Lint-free is your friend; Do not use paper towels or napkins that scratch and leave particles. If you have a 100% cotton cloth, it works too. Here is an affordable package of clothes I have purchased a few times.
  • Toothbrush: A soft toothbrush can be used on hard-to-reach areas and places that need easy scrubbing.

When you are ready to give your technician a nice spring cleaning, I can help. Click or click here for my tested steps to clean ports, earphones, keyboards, monitors and printers.

Dirty computer keyboard

Dirty computer keyboard
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