This instructable will tell you how to increase the life of electronics without the need to buy batteries that are expensive and designed to last long.
These are ideas that I am making up as I write this instructable. Please correct me on anything that, well, needs correcting! This is only my second instructable, so I would like any advice on improvements (my first and second instructables were whack and they didn't really even work, cause I didn't test it until after i wrote the instructables, and I abandoned them due to huge flaws). This one will be much better, I hope. Besides, I'm only 13 years old, so I sometimes make very odd creations that never work. :)
Please suggest information for me to add to this Instructable if you believe there is one you think is good. I will select good ones and I will add them to this Instructable.
Using Rechargeables: Several commenters suggested the idea of using rechargeable batteries because usage over time just saves waste and will be cheaper overall to use these over time. So I think rechargeable batteries are the way to go. Read more in the Going Green Section.
JUST A MESSAGE: Wow, I wrote this instructable on August 19th. I was planning on entering it in the Burning questions contest, but I missed the cutoff date by 2 days. After I finished, my computer's power supply failed, so I needed to get a replacement and ordered one. I continued about an hour later with a different computer and when I was going to enter it, I noticed I missed the cutoff date..... For Burning Questions Round 6, there should be one on "How to get good luck", because mine sometimes stinks really badly. Oh well, please take a look at my Instructable and see if anything is here that can help you. I may have missed the contest, but I still had the fun of making an Instructable!!!!!
Step 1: Media Players (like iPod, Zune, and other) and Pocket PCs (non-cellular)
Well, the first thing to do that can increase battery life for iPods, Zunes, and other ones with the LCD screens like those, is to lower the brightness, when not necessary. For example, you do not need to set the brightness to 100% in a dark room. Lower the brightness so that you can still see the screen without strain. Mine is set to 30%, while they usually ship with 50%.
Another option also has to do with the screen. Set the amount of time that the screen stays on to a shorter time. Personally, I don't think anyone should need to have the backlight stay on for more than 10 seconds after you stop interfacing with it. My iPod is set to 2 seconds.
For the iPod Touch, turn off the WiFi when not in use.
I'm pretty sure the same principles apply to Zunes and other players. I don't have them, so I can't really show anything.
Note: The pictures suck because, well, the iPod Nano's screen is very VERY small.