How often should you power down electronic devices?
How often should you turn off or at least restart electronic devices such as smart phones and tablets?
If I don't turn my tablet off every two or three days it starts getting belligerent. But then I spend a lot of time playing a very unstable game on it, so that probably contributes. I rarely turn my phone off, only sometimes at the theater, maybe once a month. It occasionally decides it is "for emergency calls only" and I have to turn it off and on again to make it behave.read more collapse
@capguncowboy: I disagree with the notion that powering down extends the life of the hardware. If you think about it, most components use the most power - and create the most wear - on startup. For example, the amount of power to keep a hard drive spinning is pretty small in comparison to the amount of power to spin it up. Similarly, fans are working the hardest when they first start turning (from 0 rpm to whatever their operating speed is) and face more strain at that point. Turning off the fans also gives more chance for dust to settle inside your case, which doesn't help you either.
I leave my systems on continually for the most part. It used to be helpful from a power consumption standpoint to power them down regularly but newer systems can be configured to use very little power now. I even leave my laptop running more or less 24x7, rebooting only when I have issues reclaiming memory from killed applications.read more collapse
I have to reboot my smartphone about once a week or so, but that is because it is an older phone (Blackberry 8520) that doesn't handle certain webpages well and will lose its mind if I try to load a page that it can't display. When I'm not doing too much web browsing I can go much longer without rebooting but I've been needing my webmail much more often than usual lately.
I often try to put off rebooting as long as possible because it takes a couple solid minutes to start back up.read more collapse
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