Technology has changed the way we travel these days. Technology is so advanced that we don't even have to leave our homes for seeing the world out there. If you haven't visited Taj Mahal, just click on this link and you can take a stroll around and inside Taj Mahal. No need to wait in the long queues and all. Now that is technology for you.
Well I am not going to tell about the armchair travels. You can very well do that with Google maps and Google street view for free. I am going to share with you, the few tips and tricks I used during my previous trekking. Probably you must be knowing these tips, but anyway I will share my experience.
My Trekking Essentials
Small Back pack which by default includes Camera, lenses and bottled water. And the next essential thing is my Android Phone.
If you have travelled in India, you must be knowing one needs to know a couple of languages for communicating with the locals. You cannot expect to communicate in Hindi or English when you are really deep inside some Southern Indian villages.
During such times, an android phone with a Google maps and Internet connection can be your best friend. So I always travel with my reliable friend Google maps. But then comes the big problem. Draining of Battery!
So here I am going to tell you how I saved my battery for 24 hours during a trekking.
How to Save your Battery charge While Trekking?
Mostly I use the maps for walking directions. For that I need to access Mobile data and GPS.
Both of them are notorious for their energy draining capabilities. And to make things worse, my phone is 2 year old.
So lets check the tips without wasting time.
Tip #1 : Try to load the Map before hand when you have wifi or when you are charging the phone. And save the map for offline use.
Tip #2 : If you want to use Online map, turn on the Mobile data and GPS and once the map is loaded, quickly turn off the mobile data.
Tip #3 : When you are not checking the Navigation, turn off the screen. Also keep the screen brightness to a minimum if possible.
Tip #4 : While travelling, when maps are no longer needed, keep the phone in Flight mode. If you want to switch off, its better.
There is another problem when we are using the Mobile data.
The Apps running in the Background!
Once you turn on the mobile data, all those apps running in the background would start to seek for it's updates, new messages and so on. It consumes both your battery charge and mobile data. During a trekking trip such an energy loss is a big loss unless you have a powerpack with you.
Tip #5 : Turn off the Apps running in the background.
How to turn off Apps running in the Background?
> Go to Settings
> You can check which App is consuming more battery power from "Battery"
> Go to "Application Manager"
> Select those Apps which always give you Notifications, once you turn on the Mobile Data/ WiFi
For eg. My instagram gives the notification while I turn on the internet. So I want to turn it off.
> Tap on the "Force Stop"
It gives a warning message. But don't worry. Nothing will go wrong.
> Click "OK"
Now you have successfully turned off the App from running in the background. Repeat the same steps with other Apps too.
When you want to Enable it again, just go to the App and use it as usual. The notifications will be enabled again.
Hope this will save your battery during your next trip.