Battery Life

To check the battery usage on your iPhone go to iPhone Settings > Battery. This will tell you the battery usage for any applications running. Ski Tracks normally uses around 5-8% of battery per hour of use.

There are a number of possible reasons for lack of battery life:

  • Battery condition - For example, the number of times it has been cycled (the iPhone battery is left to completely drain).
  • Temperature - This has a large effect on battery life.
  • GPS Quality - if the phone is struggling to get a signal it will use more power as we increase the quality.
  • The Bluetooth is active.
  • Music is playing.
  • Other background application running - particularly other navigation or compass apps.

Here are a few suggestions of things you could try to extend your battery life:

  • Restart your phone before taking it on the mountain. This will stop any background apps and services from running.
  • Putting your phone in an inside jacket packet is best as long as the phone can't cause an injury if you fall.
  • Make sure your phone is free from anything that might cause it difficulty in getting a GPS signal, such as metal objects, credit cards, metal cases, other phones, transceivers or walkie talkies.
  • You could disable the battery monitor, however this will mean you may end the day with a dead phone.
  • Reduce the battery monitor to 10%
  • Turn off unwanted features such as bluetooth, 3/4G and Wi-Fi.
  • Do not use iPod or audio.
  • Close all other GPS related application - or just reboot your phone prior to using Ski Tracks.
  • Make sure you phone is fully charged and charge the phone as soon as possible. Try not to let the battery reach 0%.
  • Finally, as a last resort, replace the battery.


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