you do not need to empty the battery before charging
. Modern lithium phone batteries can berecharged however full they are.
Money-saving, tree-hugging hint:
Disconnect the charger from the mains wall socket when not in use. Chargerswhich are left plugged in use a small amount of electricity which will cost you money and cause needless damageto the environment. This applies to all electronic appliances, unplug them when you don't need them.
Do NOT switch the phone off!
We're often told to turn lights off to save energy, but this advice does not work onmobile phones.In fact, although it sounds crazy, your phone's battery charge will last longer if you DON'T turn it off!The reason for this is that devices like the 5800 are actually pocket-sized computers with a phone built intothem, which is why they're often called "smartphones". Just like PCs, smartphones take a while to boot up, andthis booting process involves lots of intensive computing tasks that help to get the phone ready for use.Switching a phone on actually uses far more battery power than simply leaving the phone on, and of course if you switch the phone off you will have to switch it back on again at some point.If you switch a phone on and off lots of times, it will use up the battery very quickly, because you're asking it toboot up lots of times. Your battery will last a LOT longer if you just leave the phone on all the time, and charge itwhile it's still on.A fully-charged 5800 can stay switched on in standby mode for up to two weeks, because in standby mode withthe screen switched off it doesn't have to do much except wait for calls or commands.You don't need to do anything special to put the 5800 into standby mode, it is automatically in standby when itisn't being used.There is no real need to ever switch a mobile phone off, unless something has gone wrong with it and you wantto try rebooting it.
Shut down unnecessary applications
The 5800 is an S60smartphone, and can run several applications at once (for example you can listen to musicwhile surfing the web and receiving instant messages). However, the more applications you run at once, thequicker the battery will be drained, so it's a good idea to shut down any applications you don't need.You can see all the current running applications by doing the following:
Hold down the white menu button for a few seconds (you can let go of the button once the Open Applicationsmenu appears). Select an icon in the Open Apps menu to go to that application, and exit the app from its ownoptions menu to shut it down. Alternatively, most apps can be shut down by going to them and pressing the redbutton below the screen.
The fewer apps that run simultaneously, the longer the battery will last.Running fewer apps simultaneously will also make the phone run faster overall, because it has less to do at once.
Turn down the 5800's screen brightness to the lowest acceptable level
One of the biggest battery drains on portable devices is the screen's lighting system, which is whymobiledevicescreens usually dim themselves when they're not in use.You can make your phone's battery last longer if you turn down the screen's brightness to the lowest level thatyou're okay with. Here's how to do it on the 5800:
Press the white menu button, select "Settings", select "Phone", select "Display", select "Light Sensor", thenadjust the slider towards "Minimum" to dim the display. Use the lowest setting that feels comfortable. Whenyou've finished, select "OK", then press the red button to go back to the front page.