Saving memories – Recording the kids without killing the battery

Saving memories – Recording the kids without killing the battery

March 01, 2019

There was a time when having video recording equipment was well outside of the average person’s budget.  As technology continued to evolve and grow, the prices of video recorders and camcorders dropped.  Now, the iPhone X series has the video capability built in, and parents across the world rejoice.  People are able to capture more moments of their childrens’ lives than ever before.

All of this video recording is great, but it is a serious drain on the iPhone’s battery.  You, our reader, already have a battery case for your iPhone XS or XR, so it is not too much of a problem.  If you do not have a battery case for your iPhone XS or XR, by all means get one, and then read our blog on how to save the battery during videoing your children or any video for that matter.  Here is what we recommend:

  1. Apps – Most of your apps, even the passive ones, use about 10 to 15 percent of your iPhone battery per hour. This is exponential. The battery drainage increases as the iPhone is used.  Turning off those apps you do not need at the moment while videoing is a great idea.  Just turn them back on when you are done.

    Brightness setting iphone
  1. Brightness – You would be surprised how well you can see your screen when the brightness is around 50 percent. Keeping the brightness at full 100 percent is actually bad for your eyes. The extra illumination is also pulling precious time from your iPhone’s battery and away from your video. Turn the brightness on your iPhone down under Settings > General > Accessibility > Display Accommodations.

    Airplane mode picture
  1. Airplane mode – Your iPhone is always looking for a Wi-Fi connection if enabled, and data if not connected. This is using battery time, and you may not be aware of it. Airplane mode turns this search feature off.  Since iOS 8.3, the GPS function is also disabled when Airplane mode is enabled, so be aware of that.

    Harry Potter 720 vs 1080
  1. Change the video mode – If you are not certain about the difference between 1080p and 720p, it is the amount of pixels in the video or picture. The more pixels, the more crisp the image. The more pixels, the more the battery will work to shoot video.  Change the settings to shoot 720, and convert later.  Go to Settings > Photos & Camera > Record Video and change to 720.

    iPhone 8 Plus battery case in woods
  1. Invest in an iPhone battery case from Zohmo – You have been at work all day and on your iPhone with your boss, clients, the sitter, the pharmacy and your mother – three times. Even with your car charger, the battery has had a day and is about ready to call it one. You remember: your child’s dance recital, choir concert, stage production, awards show, graduation and the like.  Fear sets in, but you remember you have an iPhone battery case.  Your iPhone XR or XS has enough battery for the event and to make a few phone calls home and to your mother.  She wants to know how her grandchild did after all.

We have a variety of iPhone charging cases. We offer something for the iPhone 6 to the 8 and all the way to the top of the line XS model.


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