There aren’t many things that can throw productivity out the window as quickly as a dead battery can. For this reason, Juniper Systems rugged handhelds use batteries that are made to last a full workday (8-10 hours). However, as with any battery, certain factors such as environmental conditions, the type of application, and the number of accessory devices being powered by the handheld can affect the battery life. Below, I have listed 5 easy tips for you to extend battery life as much as possible.
1) Cut the Excess
Any accessories and functions running on your handheld will drain your battery faster. To extend battery life, cut back on power usage by disabling any accessories and functions that you are not using. For accessories and functions you are using, adjust the settings so that they will disable when not in use.
You can adjust timers in the operating system settings (control panel) to automatically turn off backlights, stop communications, and suspend (turn off) the device after a short period of inactivity.
FYI: the backlight is the #1 source of power drainage, so if you’re leaving this on between uses, your battery life will show the effects.
2) Use the right battery
Only use batteries purchased through Juniper Systems or an authorized product reseller in order to extend battery life. We just can’t warrant how well a battery pack purchased through a third-party will function in our rugged handhelds. You can purchase batteries from our online store, from a product reseller, or simply by calling us at 435-753-1881.
3) Charge it at the right temperature
Always charge the battery pack at temperatures between 32°F and 104°F (0°C and 40°C). The battery pack will not charge in temperatures outside of this range.
4) Keep it charged while you’re out
To extend battery life, leave the handheld fully charged and placed on the charger during periods of inactivity like nights and weekends. If this is not possible, first charge the battery completely, save the system, and then remove the battery from the handheld.
5) Refresh it once in a while
Periodically refresh your battery by fully discharging it and charging it several times. Allowing the battery to “reboot” will help extend battery life.
If you have more questions about battery life, feel free to ask them in the comments below. You can also contact us or give us a call at 435-753-1881 for more information.