How can a cellular booster help your battery life?

The weBoost Home Studio cell phone signal booster is a great option for a single room or an apartment. But it’s not cheap, and you may wonder why you should bother unless you have outright terrible cell service indoors. The answer’s simple — a cell booster gives you more of the one thing you thought you’d never get more of: time.

Battery time, to be precise.

Let me explain.

A cell booster can actually boost battery life, that’s a proven fact. Today’s cell phones use more power to try to amplify weak signals, and that’s a good thing. If you have only “one bar” then your phone is using a lot more juice to give you good call quality or good internet. That extra power drains your phone quickly, and that’s a problem.

Wi-Fi Calling actually makes the matter worse in most cases. When you use Wi-Fi Calling instead of cell signals, the phone is still searching for good voice signals, and that means that in addition to using the cellular radio, now you’re using Wi-Fi, which takes even more power. When you’re actually talking, you’re probably using about the same amount of power either way, but you’re still constantly searching for voice signals. It’s great to have the option of Wi-Fi Calling but it’s just another thing that drains your battery quickly.

Do it the right way

On the other hand, a cellular booster does it right. By providing a strong signal to your phone, there’s no need to use extra power to give you good call quality, and no need to turn on the Wi-Fi radio to make calls. With a cellular booster, you may also get better call quality, too. With the latest improvements in LTE and 5G, you’ll also get astonishingly good call quality with a cellular booster. If you’ve been using an older 3G phone you don’t know what you’re missing… it doesn’t sound like a phone call at all. It sounds like a studio recording. While I personally don’t have any problems with the way cell phone calls sound, it is pretty neat to hear the difference.

It’s become pretty obvious in the last several years that we’re all looking for more and more from our phones. We use voice assistants, we stream both music and video, and we communicate constantly through text, voice, social media, and anything else we can think of. Yet, battery technology has hit a brick wall. Today’s batteries are the same as they were ten years ago, just more cleverly packaged. Unless there’s some sort of miracle that lets the same battery last ten times longer, battery life is going to be the number one problem with mobile devices in the next ten years.

Unless you have 5 bars outside…

Battery life problems are even worse if you live in an area without perfect cell service. As much as service has improved in the last decade, there’s only so much that can be done and carriers are scrambling to put up as many towers as they can. It’s never enough. Eventually you get to the point where a local city or town won’t let you put up any more cells and that’s just all that’s going to be done. Realistically, if you’re only getting one or two bars at home now, it’s not likely to change any time soon.

The answer, of course, is power management. We’re seeing new phones that manage power much better by turning off components that aren’t being used, but there’s only so much of that you can do especially if there’s a need to run the cellular radios as well as the Wi-Fi radio just to make a phone call.

Luckily, the technology to solve battery life problems has been out there all along. Let the phone spend less of its precious power just on acquiring and keeping cell signals, and you’ll find your battery life jumps. How can you do that? The answer’s simple… a cellular booster. Shop for one now at Solid Signal!

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Stuart Sweet
Stuart Sweet is the editor-in-chief of The Solid Signal Blog and a "master plumber" at Signal Group, LLC. He is the author of over 8,000 articles and longform tutorials including many posted here. Reach him by clicking on "Contact the Editor" at the bottom of this page.