Phone batteries to improve in 2015

batteryA big regret, for ditching our Blackberrys and feature phones, is good battery life. I recently switched back to a Blackberry Curve 9220 and I now get 2.5 days of juice. The device is programmed to switch off after 9:30 pm and to wake up at 6:00 am. It’s not running any third-party apps, email or instant messaging. And thankfully, I am not disturbed by frequent beeps announcing a new post by someone on a WhatsApp group — late at night.  I have stopped habitually peering into my phone every 10 minutes while commuting, to check news and messages. Trends show that the retro phone may have a come-back moment for these very reasons.

Big screen phones with multi-core processors are hungry for power. On average, a smartphone offers 8 hours of battery life (by today’s standards, 10 hours is impressive). Last year, the demand for power and charging points opened up a market for portable auxiliary power, by way of Power Banks. Companies like Portronics were pioneers and now there are so many options available.

If you want some lasting juice for your phone or tablet, don’t settle for a power bank that offers less than 5,200 mAh (milliampere hour is the unit of measure for battery power). And if you use multiple devices on the go, then 10,000 mAh or above is recommended.

In 2015, you will see more phones with power ratings in excess of 3,000 mAh. Wireless charging will also become common. All day battery life will become the norm.

Already we are seeing phones that offer fast charging. For instance, Oppo Mobile offers phones that charge to 50 percent their battery capacity in 30 minutes.

With such technologies becoming a norm in portable devices, we may soon be leaving our power banks at home.