Tips to keep your cell ringing during power outages

January 2nd, 2013 at 9:15 pm by under Gadget Talk, WTHI Blog

This time of year, or well, any time of year we can face power outages.

I don’t know about you, but my cell phone is my lifeline, it keeps you in touch with family, helps you check weather conditions or just keeps you entertained during those powerless nights.

But after a while, the battery goes dead, and you are left without access.

Before a storm, I always find myself giving friends and family tips on keeping their stuff charged, or keeping it powered on longer. I wanted to pass on a few of those tips here.

The obvious, if you know weather is moving in, keep it plugged in. If you are sitting at home, there is no reason to not have it on the cord.

Keep your laptop plugged in as well. I found this out during the big ice storm we had a couple of years ago. A charged laptop can charge your cell phone, as long as your cell phone has a USB cord to plug into it.

Plug your phone into the laptop, and close the laptop, in that order. Sometimes your laptop won’t start charging your phone if the lid is closed when you plug it in.

A good way to stop the draining of your battery is to turn the brightness down as far as you can. Screen brightness can zap your battery.

Another thing you can do, turn vibrate off. Your phone will use a lot of power if your phone vibrates every time you get a text or phone call.

One more tip I have if you need to conserve battery power is turn off 3g/LTE if your phone has the option. This will of course slow down your surfing speeds, but will keep your battery kicking much longer!

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