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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Charge mobile faster with short USB cables

Recently I came across with an nice android app called "Ampere".
Yes, it provides the current flowing into your mobile i.e while charging and also the amount of current being consumed by your smartphone while discharging.
With this app running on my mobile, I ran an small experiment.

Here are my observations,

Scenario Charging or Not Min
Laptop - USB long cable Laptop charging 770mA 840mA
Laptop - USB long cable On battery 750mA 780mA
Laptop - USB Short Cable On battery 1150mA 1180mA
Laptop - USB Short Cable Laptop charging 1150mA 1180mA

The same goes when charging using the chargers.
With long USB cable the charging current was 890mA and with short USB cable it was 1460mA.
Charger rating was Input--0.6A, Output -- 6V- 2000mA
Its clearly seen,there is difference of 400mA  and that's a bummer if you use long USB cable.
It can be easily concluded from above table as well that using Short USB cable to charge will definitely decrease the  charging time i.e will charge your mobile or another device quicker.
And also, it does not  matter whether your laptop is charging or not the power being drawn from the USB port of laptop remains almost same.

You can also download the app from here Ampere Android app
and can understand how fast your mobile is charging with the cable you have or do you need to replace your usb charging cable.

Friday, April 1, 2016

How to stream a movie without downloading it

Everyone now a days prefer downloading a movie over the internet. But downloading and then watching a movie sometimes is not an option. What if, you want to quickly watch a movie without having a patience to download.
There is a g33ktrick of doing it.
To start with, you need to have a VLC Player installed on your system.
You can download the player from here.

Now go to the website from where you are planning to download the movie /stream to watch.
Usually, websites have a separate download page/link for downloading. Go to that page.
And for downloading it, you usually click on "Download" button or "Right-Click" and then click on "Save Target As" to save the video.

Instead of doing steps, you need to "Right-Click" on the link and then select "Copy Link Address".
Once you have this link address you can use it for streaming the video directly.
Now, Open VLC player and press "CTRL+N" to open the Network Protocol screen.
Paste the copied link over here and then
click on Play button.
Wait for few moment to start the stream.
Please note that if your network bandwidth is really good you wont have to wait for buffering the stream. Also, its not necessary to use VLC player if you know where to paste the magic streaming link in some other player.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Tips on Go Green and Save Energy

  • Avoid the car: When taking a short trip, choose to walk, cycle or use public transport. This reduce carbon emissions and is also good for you
  • Check you tyres: Fully inflated tyres can reduce a car's fuel emissions by up to 5%
  • Drive slower - and smoother: Staying within the speed limit and smoothly accelerating can save up to 25% of a vehicle's fuel use
  • Use energy-saving light bulbs: These compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) use up to 75% less energy and last 10 times longer
  • Switch off when you leave: Lighting an empty office wastes enough energy to boil water for 1,000 cups of coffee and doubles a company's annual electric bill
  • Recharge you batteries: If not disposed of carefully, batteries can be harmful to the environment due to the acids and metals used in their manufacture. Rechargeable batteries are safer, last longer and therefore cheaper
  • Go solar: It may seem expensive, but the government and many states offer programs and rebates to offset the costs
  • Turn out the Sun light: Switching off one bulb for one hour saves up to 22,000 watts per year
  • Keep your cool: It takes a refrigerator three minutes and a freezer 30 minutes of high-energy use to cool down after being opened for just one minute
  • Unplug your charger: 95% of the energy used by a phone charger is wasted by being left plugged in
  • Make fast food: (Not the Fast-Food)Cooking quicker uses less energy - switch from the grill to the toaster, from the oven to the microwave
  • Consume responsibly: Avoid buying products that are excessively packaged
  • Print double-sided: Using both sides of the paper is highly effective and easy. It reduces your paper consumption by up to 50%
  • Plant a tree: Trees make a big difference by continually removing carbon from the atmosphere. It is a worth while long-term in initiative
  • Reduce paper consumption: Think before you print. On average, each worker uses 50 sheets a day. Recycle and reuse, or don't print
  • Take shorter showers: Making your shower one or two minutes shorter saves up to 2650 liters a month
  • Stop dripping: 10 drops a minutes wastes up to 6 liters of water everyday
  • Turn off the tap: Doing this when brushing teeth or shaving saves water, because a running faucet wastes 10 liters of water a minute
  • Bring out the clothesline: Take advantage of nature - a clothesline takes longer than a dryer but uses no energy, produces no emissions and is free! With each load, an electric dryer generates more than six pounds of greenhouse gases
  • Shop fresh: Fresh produce requires less packaging and can help improve your diet and overall health
  • Pay bills online: Easy and saves postage stamps too

You may Like to see my other post: Energy Savings Tricks

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