What influences the battery life and how can I extend it?

The average battery life depends on the specific hotspot model, and is influenced by:

Signal Quality
If you are in an area without good coverage or communication is disturbed (for example, thick walls), your hotspot may use more than twice the amount of standard energy needed to establish a stable connection. Under these conditions, the battery will be discharged faster and the lifespan may be up to 50% of the standard.

TIP - Turn off the hotspot when the connection is weak and you will know that you will stay in the same position for a long time (for example, when you are in a building with extremely thick walls, or under ground level).

Automatic Updates of Operating System or Apps
Most devices are set to allow for automatic updates when connected to WiFI.
During automatic update downloads, there are two effects:
-Less speed for other activities, because part of the bandwidth is used for the download
-Higher battery drainage due to required continuous antenna connection

TIP - If you experience quick battery drainage while walking around, please deactivate automatic update services on your personal device, and activate them again when you can plug to a wall charger.

Services that use Background Data
Some software can exchange data without your knowledge, such as automatic photos upload to the cloud.
Also, always more frequently, websites and social media sites have “proactive” automatic video downloads for advertising or other purposes, also if you don’t click “play”.

TIP - If you experience quick battery drainage while walking around, please deactivate one or more automatic upload services on your personal device, and activate them again when you can plug to a wall charger.

Number of Devices Connected Simultaneously
The battery consumption is proportional to the number of connections supported by the hotspot, so having more devices connected at the same time will result in quicker battery drainage.

TIP - While the WiTourist hotspots allow you to connect up to 10 devices at the same time, we suggest that you rent a single mobile hotspot for every 4-5 personal devices that you plan to connect during your trip.

Other suggestions to extend the battery life of the hotspot
- Turn off the hotspot while charging, to allow for maximum recharge speed and to allow the battery to charge completely to 100%.
- Unplug the hotspot only when you are going outside and truly need the battery.
- Turn off the hotspot when you know you aren’t using it for a long period.
- Ensure you never without battery! We suggest you purchase a good quality power bank with a capacity of at least 5000Ah, or rent one of ours.