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Is that major storm heading your way? Keep your phone alive longer with these hints

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Is that major storm heading your way? Keep your phone alive longer with these hints
There is a good chance that if you live in the northeast U.S., you are going to get blasted by a terrible snowstorm this weekend that could knock out your power for quite some time. You are going to want to baby the battery on your smartphone in order to keep a connection to the outside world if power and landlines go down. Here are some tips for prolonging your battery life.

First, turn off GPS completely. With all of this snow expected to hit the highways, you're not going anywhere. And your phone's GPS is a major consumer of battery power. Another tip that can keep your battery alive for a while is to lower the brightness of the screen. Make it as low as you can for now. Remember, this is a natural disaster coming, and you are trying to preserve power, not burn it by watching Netflix.

You can also use your car charger to power up your phone, but don't over do this. It could be some time before the local gas stations will be open for business, so it isn't wise to burn too much fuel powering up your phone. Having said that, it would not be a bad idea to make sure that you have a car charger for your handset.

Many models now have some type of native battery savings application. On Android 5.0 and up, you can go to Settings > Battery > Overflow menu > Battery Saver. Toggle it to on. On iOS, you can go to Settings, scroll down to Battery and click on Lower Power Mode. Both of these cut back on power hungry features, and will cut off your apps from running in the background. In addition, they turn off some animation, and make the screen a little darker among other power conservation techniques.

If you follow these tips and are conservative with your usage of the phone (in other words, this wouldn't be the optimal time to open your Tinder account), you might be able to count on your smartphone to keep you in touch with the outside world even if the storm leaves you without electricity.

source: Forbes

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posted on 23 Jan 2016, 02:49 1

1. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1293; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


posted on 23 Jan 2016, 02:54

2. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1293; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Be safe and keep it warm guys...!

posted on 23 Jan 2016, 08:51

8. Kary1 (Posts: 300; Member since: 26 Jun 2015)


You should say that to the idiot in the picture standing next to the power lines. Some people are really stupid. Even if the power is off in that area I wouldn't do that.

posted on 23 Jan 2016, 14:21 1

15. FYoung (Posts: 42; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)


Those are old-fashioned telephone lines, not power lines.

posted on 23 Jan 2016, 15:35

17. Kary1 (Posts: 300; Member since: 26 Jun 2015)


I don't think telephone lines would have that type of insulator. Nor to telephone lines typically run at the top of the pole.

posted on 24 Jan 2016, 01:38 1

22. andynaija (Posts: 777; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


Those actually do look like telephone/telegraph poles, like the type you would see running along side a railway.

posted on 24 Jan 2016, 20:18 1

23. p51d007 (Posts: 211; Member since: 24 Nov 2013)


Those are telephone lines. Photo was from 1966 in North Dakota.
Power wouldn't have that many wires, but step down transformers for distribution.

posted on 23 Jan 2016, 02:58

3. andynaija (Posts: 777; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


Mr. Alan F. (and PA authors in general) please make it a habit to proofread your articles!

"a little darker among other power conversation techniques."

I'm sure you meant "conservation".

posted on 23 Jan 2016, 03:18 1

5. Well-Manicured-Man (Posts: 231; Member since: 16 Jun 2015)


I am not so sure. Instead of calling your relatives in the room next to you, you could also walk over to talk to them directly. This would save you battery by using power conversation techniques.

posted on 23 Jan 2016, 04:04

6. Hexa-core (banned) (Posts: 2131; Member since: 11 Aug 2015)


But the news I saw on CNN says monster snow hitting the southeast.

posted on 23 Jan 2016, 20:04 1

20. Bernoulli (Posts: 3704; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Lol reading Mr Alan F and broken English made me remember the first 2 minutes of "johnny" by yemi alade lol

posted on 24 Jan 2016, 01:33

21. andynaija (Posts: 777; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


Yooo that song is clutch! I just RECENTLY started listening to her album on Spotify, even though it came out about a couple of years ago, "Tangerine" is a pretty great track too.

posted on 25 Jan 2016, 00:40 1

24. Bernoulli (Posts: 3704; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


hahaha heck yes! all african music is good music, no homo, but davido is still king, along with psy, wish davido could do more songs in english and not mostly in Yoruba! Heck pigeon would work fine honestly lol

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 17:04

26. andynaija (Posts: 777; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


Haha I think you're talking about Wizkid, but yeah his songs are pretty good even though I can't understand what he's saying most of the time.

posted on 25 Jan 2016, 14:10 1

25. Brewski (Posts: 306; Member since: 05 Jun 2012)


Good luck with that. I don't think PA has any editors. About every other article has severe errors in spelling, grammar, etc...

Not saying I'm perfect by any means, but at least I proofread my comments before submitting them and also I don't run a website viewed by millions daily.

posted on 23 Jan 2016, 03:16

4. BobLawblaw (Posts: 267; Member since: 25 Jul 2014)


31 degrees Celsius here in Christchurch NZ. Too fecking warm..

posted on 23 Jan 2016, 04:32 3

7. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


You do all of this and then check out that google and facebook apps still sucked your battery dry in background.

posted on 23 Jan 2016, 09:27

9. GoBears (Posts: 447; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


I'm in NE PA and it looks like we got about 10" so far where I live and it's still coming down. I keep a ZeroLemon 20,000mah charged on deck just in case lol!

posted on 23 Jan 2016, 11:26 1

10. JMartin22 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


Having a portable power bank that can usually give you at least 6 times your typical battery usage is probably the best "technique" for dealing with these kind of scenarios

posted on 23 Jan 2016, 12:23 1

13. HildyJ (Posts: 292; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Or get an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) and use it for your phone and an energy efficient light. I have an APC Back UPS 550 which has a list price of $70 and is on sale all over. 330 watts and 550,000 milliamps.

posted on 23 Jan 2016, 15:36

18. Kary1 (Posts: 300; Member since: 26 Jun 2015)


Some Toshiba and maybe other notebooks will charge from one of the USB ports without the notebook being powered on. That would run a smart phone for some time (but it does run down the notebook faster than if that feature is off).

posted on 23 Jan 2016, 19:34 1

19. JC557 (Posts: 1316; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


Yeah I have an APC UPS along with the newer Mophie Powerstation 3x which is a lot more reliable than my older Mophie Powerstation Mini.

It's not that bad out there as it's still very passable but apparently people's ability to handle these situations has greatly deteriorated in recent years. NYC has seen much worse in the 90s yet our transit system ran okay during those times meanwhile every little thing shuts us down despite supposedly having been upgraded.

posted on 23 Jan 2016, 12:13 1

11. HildyJ (Posts: 292; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Another option - switch to 2G data (settings - more - cellular networks - preferred network type). It won't affect calls and texts, just slow down data, and it's a much more battery friendly radio.

posted on 23 Jan 2016, 12:18

12. Hexa-core (banned) (Posts: 2131; Member since: 11 Aug 2015)


Yeah, though a power bank alone is all in all.

I've got Xiaomi's 10,400mAh power bank.

posted on 23 Jan 2016, 12:28

14. JunitoNH (Posts: 1583; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


I'm in New Englad it started to snow about 7:45 a.m. Est we probably have about a foot thus far, but I don't live to close to the shore.

posted on 23 Jan 2016, 15:00

16. ph00ny (Posts: 1125; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Pff, 2 (10k+ mah) charged and ready and 1 samsung external battery charged and ready.

I think i'm ready unless the service goes limp

I think there is maybe 2 ft of snow outside right now

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