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A Dece Oasis Power Bank Review

Posted by wicked August - 27 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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Lenovo subsidiary ZUK has launched its own accessories brand called “A Dece Oasis”, currently the company only produces a small but loud Bluetooth/NFC speaker and power banks, here we will take a look at the latter. The power banks are due to go on sale over the coming weeks, and a price has not been set yet. When they do go on sale you will be able to purchase them over at: Zuk.hk

First let’s take a look at what comes in the box:

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Opening the box, we find the 9000mAh power bank sat in a foam inlay, a quick start guide and the warranty card. Under this layer we have a flat micro usb cable measuring 12 inches, a Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 charger and a leather and metal wrist strap.

The battery has a sturdy white plastic body featuring the brand and logo on the front and the batteries specs on the rear. The top is trimmed with a bronze coloured, textured aluminium collar with 4 LEDs and features 2 x QC2.0 USB ports, a  QC2.0 micro usb port and a single button.

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Charging the power bank with the provided cable and plug took just under 2 and a half hours, which brought it from completely drained to full. By the end of the charge, the aluminium trim felt slightly warm to the touch but not to the point that I would be concerned about leaving it on charge overnight. According to the provided documentation, the charging efficiency is in excess of 90% and will automatically cut out if it reaches 45 degrees. The LEDs both change colour and brightness as the battery charges/discharges, allowing for a fairly accurate representation of the charge level. All 4 LEDs will start as bright and blue when the unit is fully charged. Over the course of each 25% the battery is depleted an LED will slowly turn from bright blue to purple and then a dim red before going out and the next light starting the process. This means you can calculate the battery percentage to within about 8%.

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We ran several 10-minute tests with this power bank, the first was with a phone that supported Quick Charge 2.0 and featured a 3000mAh battery. Over the course of a 10 minute charge whilst the phone was on but with the screen off, the battery increased from 40% to 59% (19%) and showed only a minor change in internal temperature, increasing from 25.6 to 28.3 degrees.

The second test we ran was charging two QC2.0 devices simultaneously, the above-mentioned 3000mAh phone and a 4100mAh phone with USB 3.1 type C.  Over the following 10 minutes the 3000mAh device charged from 50 – 68% (18%) and the 4100mAh charged from 50 – 69% (19%).

The third test charged the 4100mAh device from 80% to 90% in another 10 minutes and finally the final 10% took 19 minutes. The much faster charging on the 4100 mAh device could be attributed to its use of USB 3.1 type C.

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3000 10 minutes 1 19 570
3000 10 minutes 2 18 540
4100 10 minutes 2 19 779

 

Power bankThe ZUK website proudly boasts 12 different safety measures included in the power bank, which include protection from: temperature, short circuit, reset, output current, input overvoltage, input counter, output overvoltage, over-charging, over-discharging, anti-static and magnetic fields. They also state that after 400 charge cycles the battery should still retain 88% of its capacity which is 25% higher than the international standard.

Overall I certainly think this is one of the finest examples of a power bank that has come across my desk. The build quality is exceptional and coupled with a high capacity and quick charge 2.0, it meets my every need for an external battery. I will certainly be keeping one of these handy from now on, and when they come on general sale, I wouldn’t hesitate to buy a few as gifts for friends.

That being said, new options come around all the time, so one must always keep an eye out for the best deal!

 

Further reading:
XDA TV: ZUK Z1, specs, info and launch event
XDA TV: ZUK Z1 unboxing

Deal: FYL bags with built-in charger only $79

Posted by wicked August - 26 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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There’s many factors to consider when choosing a new bag, but the true gadget warrior will definitely want something with a bit of tech built-in. Many of us struggle with battery life, so a built-in charger will be golden when trying to make our gadgets last the whole school day.

So what’s stopping us all from getting a bag with a built-in charger? Mostly price, which is why today’s AA Deals Store offer is especially exciting. You can get an FYL built-in charger bag for only $79.99, which is a 49% discount over the original $159 price point.

These bags come with an included 11,000 mAh battery pack. To put that into perspective, most phones with a “large” battery will have about a 3000 mAh cell. These bags also come with convenient outside pockets for carrying your gadgets, as well as a padded laptop compartment which fits laptops with screens as big as 14 inches.

To make matters even better, these FYL bags are not only high-tech – they also happen to look great! They come with classic designs and an array of different colors. You can opt for the JORG design in either black or brown/green. The MAPMAKER touts a longer blueprint and a cream accent. And if you are a fan of blue hues, the DUSTIN is definitely a looker.

You can get these straight from the AA Deals Store now for only $79.99. Go grab them while they are still hot!

Buy the FYL built-in charger bags for $79.99!

Solid-state electrolytes could improve battery technology

Posted by wicked August - 22 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off

Let’s talk batteries. You know those parts of gadgets and electronics that give them power or electricity are always important. You can have all those premium specs on a device but without any reliable battery, it’s good as nothing. Today, the bigger the battery is inside a phone, it usually means better or longer battery life. There’s also the issue that phone batteries must be removable so they can easily be replaced.

Truth is, all batteries will eventually wear out. They take up so much space inside any device and yet they’re the ones that should be replaced first most of the time. In the recent years though, battery makers have been working hard to pack more power in small forms. Lithium-ion batteries are most common in gadgets these days but there are still issues of them overheating.

How safe are batteries? They usually are but there are still a lot of items to improve on when it comes to safety and battery technology. And soon enough, we might see some revolutionary changes in the industry as Samsung and MIT researchers recently discovered a new approach to the electrolyte. As one of the three basic components of a battery, the electrolyte is very important. But instead of liquid electrolyte, the researchers are now suggesting that solid electrolyte might be better.

MIT researchers said that solid-state could very well improve battery safety, longevity, and add to the amount of power that could be stored even in such a small space. It could also work under frigid temperatures. It was Professor Gerbrand Ceder who published the results in Nature Materials science journal. Ceder worked with five other researchers who helped in studying this new approach.

This new approach in making solid-state electrolytes is expected to really improve on lithium-ion battery technology. It’s not only phone makers who would benefit from this development but also those car manufacturers who have started to work on electric vehicles. If this phase becomes a success, a solid-state electrolyte based battery would greatly improve just about any device, vehicle, or even some industries in the near future.

It may be too early to tell but developments in battery technology would definitely improve safety, quality, and longevity of batteries among others. The Computational and Experimental Design of Emerging materials Research group (CEDER) is working harder on this one and is currently searching for new solid materials that could be efficient in conducting ions as quickly as possible.

The MIT research team started working with Samsung, specifically the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The partnership has also lead to some more advances like the “use of quantum-dot materials to create highly efficient solar cells and sodium batteries” as shared by Professor Ceder.

There’s so much hope for this research effort because the team working on this has a “long, outstanding track record in computational materials science” according to University of California at San Diego’s nano-engineering professor Ying Shirley Meng. She further said this study “provides some very significant design principles for designing and optimizing new solid state electrode (SSE) materials”.

Now let’s hope the researchers and professors finally discover what solid state material to use best. Exciting times for the battery tech industry but it might take a while. We’ll see.

VIA: MIT News

Galaxy Note 5’s smaller batt offers great battery life, quick charging time

Posted by wicked August - 17 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

The Galaxy Note 5 is out. Hooray! Fans who’ve been waiting for the next Note phablet was happy to know that most of the leaks and rumors we’ve seen the past few weeks turned out to be true. Not that anything was a surprise but it feels good to know that dreams really do come true. Okay, enough of the geeky drama. The new Note is here for us to enjoy and criticize and maybe in the next few days, watch as a latest subject of brutal drop tests. I’m not looking forward to stress tests but we have to know if the Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 edge+ can live up to the many promises by the South Korean giant.

This year’s Galaxy Note 5 has no removable battery and no microSD card slot–much like the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge. That decision by Samsung drew the company a lot of criticisms. The Note 5 is no different. It even has a smaller battery compared to last year’s Note 4 but unexpectedly, and perhaps Samsung knew that there will be an improvement, a recent battery life test told us that Note 5′s battery is more efficient compared to the older Note 4.

From 3220 mAh, Note 5′s battery is now 3000mAh. People who only look at the numbers may be surprised about this but it’s better, lasting up to 9 hours and 11 minutes. Reportedly, the Note 4 could only last up to a maximum of 8 hours and 43 minutes. Still not better than some of the latest premium flagship phones by other companies like HTC, Apple, LG, or Android on their phone-tablets but still good enough.

What’s more interesting about the Note 5 is even if the battery is only at 3,000 mAh, charging is fast enough. Phone Arena recently did a test and discovered that it can be fully charged within 81 minutes. That’s one hour and 21 minutes.

Phone Arena listed the performances of the latest smartphones. The Galaxy Note 5′s charging time is behind the ASUS ZenFone 2′s which can be charged within 58 minutes.

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As for battery life, the Galaxy Note 5 is just behind the new Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+.

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VIA: phoneArena

Researchers say “yolk and shell” can save rechargeable batteries

Posted by wicked August - 8 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off

Okay, before you go and soak your rechargeable batteries into tubs of egg yolk, you better read this article first. While batteries are of course a very crucial part of our enjoyment of our digital devices, the constant charging and discharging leads to deterioration over time. But scientists and researchers from Tsinghua University and MIT may have just discovered the solution to this problem: applying the “yolk and shell” principle may just save our dischargeable batteries.

Their study has been published in Nature Communications and may be the first step towards creating better lasting rechargeable batteries. The most widely-used ones are the lithium-ion batteries but they use graphite anodes which shrink and expand during the charging cycles, leading to an eventual deterioration. Aluminum, the alternative to graphite anodes, also experience this stress, plus the liquid electrolytes decompose when it touches aluminum.

In their research, what they’ve discovered is that if you put a nanoparticle electrode with a “yolk” inside a solid shell and if you put a void between the two, then the “yolk” will have enough room to expand and contract. It will also not affect the stability and dimensions of the “shell”. They also say that the process they used to come up with this idea is “simple and scalable” so it shouldn’t pose a problem if any of the OEMs decide to duplicate the results onto an actual consumer product.

MIT Professor Ju Li, who did the study and wrote the paper together with 6 others, said that the materials that an be used is not expensive and the manufacturing method need not be so complicated and cost-heavy. Let’s see if something will eventually come out of this interesting approach to rechargeable batteries.

SOURCE: MIT

Even your smartphone’s battery indicator can be a threat to privacy

Posted by wicked August - 7 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

And the hits just keep on coming. It seems that Android’s security and privacy can’t get a break these days. We’ve all gotten a bit of Stagefright, and as a result we’re in for a massive update from Google to secure that particular vulnerability. Now we’re hearing that even our battery level notifier can get our privacy in trouble.

This issue was put in a paper by four French and Belgian researchers, commenting on how the HTML 5 Battery Status API can give websites information about who specifically is browsing their content. This API is currently supported and used in Firefox, Opera and Chrome browsers, and was introduced by the World Wide Web Consortium in 2012. The aim was practical – to help websites conserve users’ energy.

But this means that the website will need specific data from the user – that is, the estimated time in seconds that the battery will take to fully discharge, and the remaining battery capacity in percentage. Put these two numbers together and you have a unique ID number for any device. The numbers update every 30 seconds, which is fast for our standards, but this just means that for 30 seconds, the website can identify your device specifically.

The researchers warn that even if you try to revisit a website with a new identity or in a browser’s private mode or even clear cookies, the website can still identify you if “consecutive visits are made within a short interval” because “the website can link users’ new and old identities by exploiting battery level and charge/discharge times. The website can then reinstantiate users’ cookies and other client side identifiers, a method known as respawning.”

SOURCE: IACR.org
VIA: The Guardian

Asus announces the Zenfone Max with 5000 mAh battery

Posted by wicked August - 6 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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Bigger battery life is probably the typical smartphone user’s number one feature on the improvements wish list and ASUS has heard your calls. The company has just announced its new ZenFone Max at a launch event in India today, which features a gargantuan 5,000mAh battery.

5,000mAh should be enough juice to get even the most power hungry user through a full day of use. However, the large battery does mean that the smartphone is a little on the big side, with a 5.5-inch display and some rather hefty looking bezels.

There’s no word on the display’s resolution yet, but the smartphone comes with a Snapdragon 410 SoC and 2GB of RAM, so we’re looking at a entry/mid tier device. The processor should ensure plenty of life from the already huge battery. The Zenfone Max also features a 13 megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, laser auto-focus and dual-LED flash, along with a 5-megapixel front facing camera.

ASUS is keeping the pricing details under wraps for now, and it’s not clear exactly when the smartphone will be hitting the shelves. Given the cost competitive nature of India’s smartphone market, ASUS is going to have to price its Max accordingly against other handsets with larger batteries, such as the Innos D6000 (6,000 mAh) and the Marathon M4 (5,000 mAh), which retail for less than Rs 19,000 ($300).

Portable battery bank market expected to be worth nearly $18 billion by 2020

Posted by wicked August - 4 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Fuel+_3000_6000_Battery_Indicator_ON_TAPortable battery packs are extremely popular accessories, especially as smartphones have brighter, higher resolution screens with smaller batteries. Most phones don’t make it through a full days worth of usage, and not everyone is around a wall plug to keep their device charged up, so that’s where battery banks come in handy.

It’s a growing market, and a new research report thinks that the battery bank market will explode in value up to around $18 billion by 2020. That’s a pretty large leap, but as more and more content is consumed on tablets and smartphones, it makes sense. Unless, of course, manufacturers figure out how to cram giant batteries into credit card thin smartphones. I wouldn’t hold my breath on that one, though.

The report also notes that big battery packs (between 9500 mAh and 12499 mAh) are expected to claim most of the market share over the next few years, simply because consumers want to be able to keep their devices charged for as long as possible.

Battery technology is an extremely important aspect of smart devices, but it hasn’t been growing as quickly as processors, screen resolution, or other features. On the other side of that, however, portable batteries are bigger and cheaper than they’ve ever been, and that trend is likely to continue well into the future.

Do you personally use a portable battery for your smartphone or tablet?

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According to the new market research report “Power Bank Market by Capacity Range (500mAh to Above 1500mAh), Number of USB Port, Energy Source, Technology (Lithium-ION and Lithium-Polymer), Application (Smartphones, Tablets, and Portable Media Devices), and by Region – Global Forecast to 2020″, published by MarketsandMarkets, the Power Bank Market is estimated to reach USD 17.8 Billion by 2020, at a CAGR of 23.1% between 2015 and 2020.

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The market for power banks, including portable battery packs and portable batteries, is estimated to grow at a CAGR ~23% between 2015 and 2020. Due to the increase in availability of digital content along with a shift towards 3G and 4G networks, batteries of electronics devices such as smartphones and tablets tend to get discharged at a higher rate, thereby leading to a requirement for a portable source of power. Power banks store energy which can be used to recharge electronic devices.

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The Power Bank Market has been segmented based on the capacity range, number of USB port, source of energy, technology, application, and region. The market size of power banks with a capacity range between 500mAh and above 15000mAh has been estimated and included in the report. Power banks with a lower capacity are the least preferred by consumers as they do not meet the higher battery requirement. Power banks with a capacity range between 9500mAh and 12499mAh hold a high market share and are expected to dominate the market during the forecast period. This market expected to grow at a CAGR of 24.2% between 2015 and 2020. However due to the increase in processor speed and growing digital content, consumers are looking for power banks with a higher capacity. Therefore, the market for power banks with a capacity of more than 12499 mAh is expected to grow at a high CAGR between 2015 and 2020. Currently, power banks with a higher capacity are available at a higher cost than those with a lower capacity. The huge growth potential of the studied market has encouraged many companies develop power banks. Companies such as Microsoft Co. (U.S.), Xiaomi (China), and Oneplus (China) have recently launched various power banks in the market. Recently, Microsoft launched a power bank with a capacity of 5200mAh, 9000mAh, and 12000mAh at a retail price of USD 35, USD 45, and USD 55 respectively.

This report provides a detailed market overview which includes various factors such as drivers, restraints, opportunities, and challenges with regards to the power bank market. Some of the drivers for the power bank market include the increase in demand for smart phones, decline in the prices of power banks, and increasing power consumption due to large-scale digitization. Factors which are restraining the growth of the studied market include improvements in terms of batteries, poor quality of power banks, and implementation of wireless charging in smartphones. Introduction of solar and hydrogen cell based power banks is expected to create a huge growth opportunity for the power bank market. The presence of a large number of players and lack of a proper disposal infrastructure is acting as a major challenge for the power bank market.

Asia-Pacific dominates the market for power banks and is expected to maintain its position during the forecast period. The majority of the power bank and battery manufacturers are located in the Asia-Pacific region. Companies involved in the development of power banks include Advantage Computers (I) Pvt. Ltd. (India), Anker. (U.S.), Microsoft corporation (U.S.), Mophie Inc. (U.S.), OnePlus (China), Panasonic Corporation (Japan), Sony Corporation (Japan), uNu Electronics INC. (U.S.), and Xiaomi Technology Co., Ltd (China). Companies involved in the development of batteries used in power banks include China BAK Battery, Inc. (China), LG Chem Ltd. (South Korea), and Samsung SDI co. Ltd. (South Korea).

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NVIDIA recalls SHIELD Tablets due to overheating, possible fire hazard

Posted by wicked August - 3 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

Graphics hardware and device manufacturer NVIDIA has issued a recall of its SHIELD Tablet device, saying it has been discovered that the battery of the tablet “can overheat, posing a fire hazard.” That’s pretty bad news for those who have been enjoying the high-end, high-spec tablet known for its great performance.

NVIDIA says that the issue is present in SHIELD Tablets bought from July 2014 to July 2015. That’s a pretty big swath of time and products right there. It’s recommended that owners of these devices stop using their tablets, if they bought their tablets around this time period, other than for backing up their data.

To be specific, you can go into the Settings menu of the tablet, then go into “About tablet” then “Status,” and finally into the “Battery” section. If you see your battery code with “B01,” it means you have the newer batteries and the device is safe to use. If your battery code has “Y01,” it means you have to stop using the device and send it back in to NVIDIA.

The company has promised to give people replacement tablets for those SHIELD Tablet owners affected by the recall. You can fill out this online form to receive your replacement tablet. Just make sure you’ve backed up your data on the tablet.

SOURCE: NVIDIA

DU Battery Saver Review: Feature-filled life saver

Posted by wicked July - 28 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Gone are the days when you’d be worried about whether your smartphone or tablet can run an app or game. These days, you’re more worried about whether your devices will last long enough for you to get home and plug in. Battery technology hasn’t exactly progressed by leaps and bounds unlike other smartphone components. And, aside from hoping for bigger batteries or using power packs in an emergency, users are left with no other option than to make sure that their devices aren’t consuming more power than absolutely necessary. Luckily for us, Baidu‘s got our backs with DU Battery Saver.

To put it bluntly, battery management apps are a dime a dozen on Android, but not all of them work as advertised. And not all of them are worthy of trust. It works wonders, then, when you bear the name of Baidu, China’s leading search engine and commonly called the Google of China. That said, that name wouldn’t mean much if the app couldn’t deliver on quality worthy of the company’s name. Fortunately, it does.

At its very core, DU Battery Saver follows the same pattern as other battery saving apps. You’ve got functionality for monitoring power usage, shutting down wayward and power hungry apps, and offering suggestions for optimizing performance. DU Battery Saver has all these in spades and more. And that more part is how the app sets itself apart from the competition.

Core Features: Saving your battery’s life

The app’s basic interface is divided into five parts corresponding to five core functions. The Battery page is the one you will most likely use the most. It not only gives you a summary of battery stats, including temperature and voltage, it also has the OPTIMIZE button that, well, tries to optimize power usage using a combination of techniques and settings. We’ll get more into that later, but for most users that want to squeeze out every bit of juice from their device, this section will have all that they need.

The Saver tab is actually where you get to fine tune how exactly DU Battery Saver optimizes battery performance. Here you can set up modes, practically power profiles that let you batch settings together, like turning Wi-Fi and Bluetooth off. These modes really shine with the PRO version of the app, which lets you dynamically switch modes depending on situations. In the free version, you’ll have to manually switch between these. The Smart tab is the meat of DU Battery Saver’s functionality. This is where you can configure which apps to kill or not when power usage is optimized. You can also schedule changing of modes according to time or to battery levels, though these features are locked behind paywalls. One particular feature you won’t find in the majority of battery saver apps is Phone Cooler. As the name implies, it monitors your phone’s temperature and shuts down apps that raise the heat too high.

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Value added: Being smart about batteries

You might notice that some of the functionality is blocked by what look to be in-app purchases. Worry not, you won’t have to buy those features. Well, not in the conventional sense. Instead of paying for features with real money, DU Battery Saver instead uses DU Coins. And how do you earn those coins? You simply install recommended apps. This is where the Toolbox tab comes in, which is perhaps misnamed. In actuality, it is an app store filled with free apps that you can install to earn points, which, in turn, can be used to buy added features. It’s not a new concept, definitely, and some might not be at ease with it, but it is, admittedly, a less money-centric strategy. Of course, you can also just directly buy the PRO version to unlock all those features. At least you have a choice.

The Charge tab also offers another feature you will rarely find in other apps of its kind. It is both a guide and a tool on how to prolong your battery’s life by charging properly. Despite advancements in battery technology, we are still beholden to how we charge them. DU Battery Saver not only tells you how, it also controls the amount of power the smartphone uses when charging; the app calls it “Healthy Charging”. When charging below 20 percent, the app turns on fast charging and uses up the full voltage of the charge. Once nearly full, about 80 percent or so, it lowers the voltage and uses impulse current all the way to full. Once full, it switches to Trickle charge, just enough to keep electrons flowing while not overcharging the battery.

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DU Battery Saver also has other features that may seem whimsical and some that are probably useful, if you can find a purpose for them. For example, you can choose a battery skin, but don’t expect it to change how the entire app looks. It really only changes how the battery image is shown. There is also a Messages feature, for messages that DU Battery Saver will send you. That’s where notifications from the app are shown.

Navigating

As you can see, DU Battery Saver is flowing with features, some of which you’ll rarely find elsewhere. That can present the user with a wide range of options and switches, and indeed there are quite a number of pages and controls to familiarize with.

The Monitor tab, for example, gives monitoring power consumption its own, dedicated page rather than filing that data away in a section under the Battery tab. The list of apps to exclude from DU Battery Saver’s optimization process, meanwhile, is found in the Settings menu.

That complexity isn’t a deal breaker, and more an issue affecting many apps that boast so many features. We feel like the learning curve will be considered by most to be be worth the sacrifice for all the power it gives. No pun intended.

Wrap-up

Unless you’re already aware of Baidu’s presence and activities, you might be surprised to learn that the tech giant has apps on Google Play Store free for the taking. You might be even more surprised how well some of them work. DU Battery Saver is such an example. It’s simple yet powerful. Easy to use and, unless you start wandering off to explore, the home Battery page might be all that you’ll ever need to use. But, at the same time, it offers more advanced users all the knobs and switches they could ever want.

Baidu’s DU Battery Saver can be downloaded for free on the Google Play Store. A PRO version is also available for unlocking all advanced features in one go, for a price of $2.99.

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