8 Tips to keep your Cell Phone charged when the power goes out

Apple white iPhone connected to MacBook Pro via USB cable

Whether you’re going to be away from a typical power source for a while, or suddenly fall victim to a long-lasting power outage, there are several things you can do to make sure your cell phone continues to be available. Cell phone power can be ironic: always charged when you don’t need it but when you need it most, the battery dies!

Here are a few tips…

  • Always ensure your phone is charged, especially if it has an older battery (and consider getting a new battery installed if possible, if you don’t plan on getting a new phone in the near future).
  • Make sure that a device such as a laptop, which has an internal battery, is fully charged. In an emergency, you can use the laptop to charge the phone.
  • A separate fully-powered USB storage bank can provide peace of mind. In the event of long-lasting power outages, there are also chargers with solar and hand crank capabilities to keep phones available for emergency calls.
  • Another inexpensive piece of hardware is an adapter for the power port (“cigarette lighter”) in most automobiles, for those older vehicles that don’t have built-in USB ports.
  • Enabling Low Power Mode on an iPhone, by going through the Settings App and selecting the Battery setting, will help conserve power. Further, turning on “Auto Lock” in the Settings can also help with power consumption, locking the screen automatically after a user-defined time.
  • Of course, not excessively using the phone, especially with watching videos or surfing the Internet, is a wise choice.
  • Double-clicking the Home button on the iPhone, and swiping up on any applications currently open in the background that you are no longer using, will prevent them from causing further battery drain.
  • Finally, if you have the ability, you can visit a local coffee shop, restaurant or grocery store for power charging and WIFI use. If using WIFI, it is wise to put your phone on a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to beef up the security, as most public places do not have adequate computer network security to protect the data that you are sending and receiving (we’ll save that discussion for another blog post). Just expect that wherever you may visit, seating (and power outlets) may be at a premium!