One of the frustrating things for me with my cell phone is how long, or rather short, the battery seems to last.

There was a survey that came out last week and a longer battery life was the number one feature people want in their phone.

There are three simple things you can do though to help that problem. And each is backed by science.

  1. Avoid high heat. Heat speeds up the chemical reaction inside the battery and that drains it faster. So don't let it sit in your hot car in the Louisiana sun.
  2. Never let the battery die. Lithium ion batteries degrade over time, so eventually they can't hold as much juice on a single charge. But they degrade even faster if you always let the battery die before you charge it. So if your phone is about to die, just turn it off.
  3. Always store it at 50%. If you won't be using it for a while -- like on vacation or trying out a different phone -- store it half-charged. And keep it in a cool, dry place.

Of course we know most of you will just get a new phone as soon you're having any issues with your current phone. That, and you absolutely need and can't live without the new iPhone!