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Apps to Improve Smartphone Battery Life

Loading our smartphones with apps we constantly seem to be using means increased demand on their batteries and, unfortunately, chances of running out of juice. We have some special apps to suggest to us this week that can really help get a handle on battery power management.

Many consider Battery Doctor among the top smartphone battery managers. Battery Doctor shows how much more life you can get out of your smartphone’s battery by closing certain apps and functions like WiFi and GPS. Users also can see how much time is left on a battery’s charge and how long it will take to fully charge a battery. The app is free for iOS and Android.

Android users will want to consider JuiceDefender. The app works by turning on-or-off features that drain battery life, such as screen brightness, WiFI, 4G, and other high data uses. JuiceDefender also offers preset profiles for different levels of battery power management. The basic version is free version.

Battery Saver Pro is an option for Windows Phone users. It tells you whether you have enough battery power to perform certain tasks like play a game or watch a movie. It also will tell you how much battery power you can save by shutting off certain phone features like WiFi or Bluetooth. The app is free.­­

Mike is a veteran journalist whose video "PC Mike" reports have been distributed weekly to all 215 NBC-TV stations since 1994, making him one of the most experienced tech reporters in the country. His tech stories and videos have appeared on MSNBC, CNBC, the Today Show, The New York Times, USA Today and in numerous national newspapers and magazines. In addition to the PC Mike tech blog, he also publishes the Roadtreking.com RV Travel Blog in which he travels North America in an RV reporting about interesting people and places.