6 Things You Should Replace Right Now

We all know there are things we should do but somehow never get around to doing. We have so many gadgets and devices that it can be overwhelming keeping track of them as well as maintaining them. Luckily for you, we’re here to remind you of 6 things you may have to replace right now.

1. Your iPhone 6 Battery –

If you have an iPhone 6, and you haven’t replaced the battery yet, do it now. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard about Apple slowing down their older model phones in order to maintain the performance of older batteries. Apple was initially offering the replacement batteries at $79 but after facing backlash decided to lower the price to $29.00. It’s definitely worth replacing if you’re planning on keeping your iPhone 6 for the foreseeable future.

2. Your Computer Mouse –

Think all mice are created equal? You couldn’t be more wrong. There are many different types of mice and choosing the right one depends on your needs and preferences. There are 3 main types of mice: one for gaming, another designed for comfort, and finally, a travel mouse.

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Optical mice can only be used on certain surfaces (flat and opaque) while laser mice can be used in far more surfaces which also means their more sensitive. This is something to consider as most gamers prefer an optical mouse since they tend to be steadier. Try a few out and see which one works best for you. You spend so much time on your computer that you really should be using the mouse which fits your needs.

3. Batteries on your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors –

If you can’t remember the last time you replaced the batteries on these potentially life-saving devices, do it now. According to Consumer Reports, you should change your batteries every six months.

4. Your Kodi –

Well, not technically replace, but update. Kodi is an extremely versatile media streaming app which is a great tool for organizing and playing your audio and video content. However, Kodi does not auto-update so you need to download and reinstall the most recent version.

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5. Surge Protector –

Some people don’t realize that surge protectors have a lifespan but it’s measured in joules. And that can be a costly mistake because the surge protector is the one thing standing between your expensive electronics and a voltage spike which can render them useless. Most surge protectors have a warning light which comes on if there’s a problem but it’s not a good idea to solely depend on it. Most experts recommend replacing your surge protectors every 2 years, even if the light hasn’t indicated a problem.

6. Your Router –

Routers are an important part of your network but they’re ignored until there’s a problem. What most people don’t realize is that by simply upgrading your router to a current generation model will improve your Wi-Fi range, provide a stronger signal, and will deliver better overall performance. And these benefits apply to both wireless and wired connections.

Conclusion

From your phone’s battery to your smoke detector, failing to take action can result in a simple annoyance, major inconvenience, or even worse. So, take a few moments to take stock of your electronics and appliances and make any necessary replacements or adjustments so you avoid any mishaps.

Sarah Saker

Sarah Saker is a business coach and freelance writer that specializes in helping SMBs setup processes for customer support and predictable growth. When not writing or coaching, Sarah can be found on her (small but growing!) family farm. Connect with Sarah on about.me for coaching or writing help.