extend life of gadgets Gadgets these days don’t come cheap, so when one of them stops working, not only is is frustrating, it could be expensive to replace. CNN put together a great article on how you can extend the life of some of your gadgets, and I thought parts of it were definitely worth highlighting here. You can read the entire article from CNN here. So how can you extend the life of your gadgets?

–Extend the life of your iPod–

One of the easiest things that you can do to extend the life of your iPod is to buy a protective hard rubber case because  iPods are so small and easy to drop. Sure it may not break the first time it tumbles to the ground, but it’s possible. Another suggestion is to simply run down your battery about once a month before you recharge it – this will help the battery last as long as possible.

–Extend the life of your Cell Phone–

Like iPods, it’s not a bad idea to let your battery drain completely a couple times a week. Some of you are probably used to just putting your phone on the charger every night, even if the phone isn’t in need of charging. Letting the battery drain a few times will allow the battery to work more efficiently. A protective case or cover for your cell phone isn’t a bad idea either. How many of you drop your phones on a regular basis?

–Extend the life of your Flat-Screen TV–

Did you know that the average life-span of a flat-screen TV is ten years? One of the best things you can do for your TV is to keep your hands off of it! According to a TV salesman at Best Buy, putting your fingers on the screen can cause some of the pixels to burnout which of course, isn’t good.  Another suggestion is to just use a soft cloth to clean the TV and avoid using glass cleaner or other spray cleaners.

–Extend the life of your DVD Player–

This may come as a surprise, but the average life of a DVD player is only about four to five years which really isn’t very long. If you want to get as many years as possible out of your DVD player, make sure that it’s got room to breath. Shoving it in the smallest compartment or slot on your TV stand doesn’t help … keep it cool! If you decide to move it from one room to another to use, be sure that you turn it off before you unplug it or move it.  The less it moves, the better, so try to keep it in just one room.