Your Nook Color battery life is probably important to you for many reasons. An ereader’s primary attraction is its ability to function wirelessly on battery power. Therefore, a device with a short battery life is fairly useless and potentially a waste of money.
Owners of the Nook have an additional reason for wanting their battery to last a long time.
These ereaders run on rechargeable batteries which cannot be replaced by their owners.
Most Nooks come with warranties so that you can avoid the inconvenience of having to submit the device for a replacement. Either way, replacing the battery is not for the do-it-yourself types.
The Nook Color Battery
The Nook Color has a rechargeable battery, like its predecessor. It can function for as much as eight hours after a full recharge. However, to achieve this duration, you have to make certain changes to a few settings to consverve its power usage. These energy saving ideas are also good for extending the overall life of the battery.
The first step in making the battery last longer is making sure that the cable is snug when you attach it to recharge at night or any other time. These cables are notorious for having tricky connections. They must fit correctly into their connections or you will never charge the battery up sufficiently.
Keeping It Running
To keep the battery running as long as possible once you have unplugged it, you need to shut down or avoid certain applications. Unless you are actively using the wireless connection, this should be shut off. This will avoid draining power unnecessarily. You should also avoid using programs and games with a lot of graphics, such as Angry Birds. These applications use up a lot of power. If you do use them, do not be surprised if your battery life is much less than the promised eight hours.
There is one other less obvious service which you need to turn off if you want to get the maximum life possible out of your battery. There is a little known service running in the background. It is called the Cell Standby Service. This is actually a smart phone service that allows for phone calls and SMS messages to be received. The odd thing is that it really has little reason to be a part of the reader and it drains a considerable amount of electricity. However, it continues to run even when the Nook is powered down or charging.
Turning this service off requires that your Nook be rooted. InspiredGeek has a quick little tutorial that walks you through turning off this pesky little service.
Since you cannot replace the rechargeable battery when its performance begins to decline, consider warranty options. In addition to the one-year warranty, you might want to get an extended warranty. This can provide you some peace of mind when your battery begins to lose its ability to recharge properly.
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