As the Northwest starts to experience some wet and windy weather, are you prepared in case of a power outage or other emergency?
One item that we’ve come to rely on in emergencies is our cell phones. But, what do you do when the power goes out and your almost out of battery? Here are a few tips to keep in mind that will help you get prepared and get the most life out of your electronics:
1. Have a car charger at the ready. In case you’re unable to plug your phone into a wall outlet, it’s always a good idea to keep a car charger in your vehicle for back up power.
2. Have an external battery pack handy. External battery packs are relatively cheap and portable. They’re great to keep on hand in your home, handbag or car.
3. Charge your phone until the power goes out. If the power is still on, keep your phone plugged in and keep charging.
4. Plug your phone into your laptop. If you own a laptop computer, make sure you keep the battery charged. You can always plug your phone in to the computer with a USB cord and charge it when the power is out.
5. Restart your phone. Restarting your phone will turn off all of the apps that were in use. Leaving apps running in the background will drain the battery. If you’re using an iPhone, double click the home button and all of the apps that are currently running will appear. You can close these apps by swiping up.
6. Put your phone on airplane mode. If you aren’t in need of a phone, putting it in airplane mode turns off cellular data and can extend the life of your battery.
7. Turn down the brightness of your screen and turn off all push notifications.
8. Switch to low-power mode. Visit Apple and Android websites to learn how to change your settings.
9. Send text messages instead of making calls.
10. Write down important phone numbers. In the event that your cell phone does power down, have important phone numbers written down and stored somewhere safe.
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