Gadget Care 101: How to Keep Your Gadgets in Tip-Top Shape

Let’s face it: people are attached to their devices nowadays. People use them for both work and leisure, and most are willing to save up and spend quite a lot of money to get the latest models out in the market. Considering how often we use them in our day-do-day lives, not to mention the monetary investment and even a bit of sentimental value we may have for these gadgets, it’s only wise to also know how take care of them to keep them at peak performance and make them last as long as possible.

Here are a few simple ways to take care of your gadgets.

Keep Them Clean

Nothing ruins the look of a top-of-the-line gadget than a screen or body that’s smudged with fingerprints or perhaps a keyboard that’s caked with dirt. Ew! Not only are these prime breeding grounds for bacteria, they may also affect the responsiveness of the device. Keeping your gadgets clean is as easy as wiping them down often with a soft, lint-free cloth; microfiber lens cleaners are ideal for this purpose since they won’t scratch the surface or screen of your device. For keyboards, you may need to invest in a small brush to get in the spaces between the keys. There is no need for additional cleaning products, especially if you clean your devices regularly.

Protect It from Extreme Temperatures

Extreme temperatures, whether hot or cold, are bad for your gadgets. They shorten battery life and force the device to strain itself in order to rebalance temperature and reach a level that is suitable for operations.

Extreme heat may cause the battery to swell and even explode, and toxic chemicals may also seep out from the battery. The circuits may also distorted due to both physical and chemical changes. Meanwhile, low temperatures may cause the battery to drain much faster, since the cold slows down its electric current, releasing the charge that much faster. Exposing your gadget to cold temperatures and then using or keeping it in a warm environment afterwards causes condensation, which can damage your gadgets permanently.

Simply use appropriate cases to keep your gadgets safe from extreme hot or cold. Additionally, you should let your device warm up to room temperature first before you use them. And remember not to leave any of your gadgets inside your car.

Keep the Battery Charged Up

To keep your gadgets’ batteries in good shape, remember to keep them topped up anywhere between 40 and 80 percent charge. Don’t drain them completely and then charge up to 100 percent. This process is called a charge cycle, and experts say this should only be done once a month to recalibrate your battery; doing it too often may actually shorten the battery’s lifespan.

For laptops, it’s best to keep them plugged in whenever you can because this will cause less battery strain. For smartphones, it’s best to stick with wire-based charging. Most wireless charging docks (which work via induction) generate excess heat, which may cause you battery to warm up more than is healthy.

Bring It to Authorized Service Centers

If something goes wrong with your gadget that can’t be solved by simple DIY methods, it’s best to bring them to authorized service centers. This is especially important if the fix needed requires that the device be opened and taken apart. The experts at these shops (which have been accredited by your device’s manufacturers) know what they’re doing; the cheap repair centers may be able to make your device work again for a time, but you run the risk of making things worse too, too. Authorized service centers also give you better warranties on the repairs and replacements made, so you really get more value out of your money.

Invest in Protective Casings

You’ve already spend hundreds of dollars for your gadgets, what’s another fifty or so for a protective case? At the very least, these cases will protect your devices from minor impact damage, as well as dirt, stains, and spills. If you have some extra bucks to spare, invest on screen protectors and keyboard covers as well.

Give It a Break

Sure your device has the latest processor and a high-end display, not to mention a huge amount of storage space. But that doesn’t mean that you have to put it through its paces all the time. Multi-tasking, especially when using apps that are resource-intensive, can put a strain on your gadget’s battery and other hardware, too. Give your device a break and go full-tilt only when really necessary. Besides, giving your gadget room to “breathe” will actually make you appreciate its capabilities more.

These are just some of the basics in keeping your devices in good shape; there are certainly a lot more you can do, especially in terms of software and cyber-security. The bottomline, however, is that you should take good care of your gadgets so that you can use them to their fullest and not end up spending more or wasting your money.

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