There’s only one thing worse than knowing the power in your home might go out soon and having no idea when it will come back on. And that’s realizing your cellphone is nearly dead and needs the power you may not have much longer.
You probably have flashlights sitting around that can help you navigate your way around the house in a blackout. If you’re hungry, the food and beverages in the refrigerator will stay fresh for a while. And you can probably live without watching TV one night.
But when your cellphone isn’t working, you can’t call or text, and you can’t access the Internet. That’s when it’s time to panic, right?
Well, thankfully there are ways to make what little juice your cellphone has last when your power is about to go out. Let’s take a look at 10 of them.
- If a thunderstorm is brewing, there’s a chance the power could go out at any time. So, keep your nearly dead cellphone plugged into a charger until the house goes dark. Charge your laptop as well (we’ll get to “why” in a moment).
- Restart your cellphone so that no battery-hogging apps are running in the background.
- Other battery-draining elements of your cellphone are displays. To minimize that problem, turn the brightness display down as low as possible.
- Assuming your laptop is charged, there’s power waiting for your cellphone. Turn on the laptop, closing out applications. Plug your cellphone charger into the laptop’s USB port and drain some power from the laptop’s larger battery.
- Another power source is your car’s battery. If you have a car cellphone charger, let your car run in the driveway while it powers your cellphone.
- Radios such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth drain a cellphone’s battery more than anything else, so turn them off. That way, at least you’ll be able to send and receive emergency calls and texts.
- Another battery-drainer on cellphones is a “push” notification that some cellphones receive from news services and apps. Turn off notifications.
- Text messages use up the smallest amounts of data, so send texts rather than making phone calls when the power is out.
- Limit your cellphone use. A no-brainer, right? But it’s easy to forget. The less you use it during a blackout, the more likely it will work in an emergency.
- I saved this one for last because not too many people have them. But it’s not too late to get one before your next power outage. They are now making solar-powered phone chargers for iPhones, Androids, etc.
Do you have any tips and tricks for making your cell phone battery last? I’d love to hear it in the comments below.
To your independence,
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