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

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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26 Comments

1. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

2. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Be safe and keep it warm guys...!

8. Kary1

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

15. FYoung

Posts: 42; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

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

17. Kary1

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

22. andynaija

Posts: 1261; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

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

23. p51d007

Posts: 705; Member since: Nov 24, 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.

3. andynaija

Posts: 1261; Member since: Sep 08, 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".

5. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 703; Member since: Jun 16, 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.

6. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

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

20. Bernoulli

Posts: 4361; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

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

21. andynaija

Posts: 1261; Member since: Sep 08, 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.

24. Bernoulli

Posts: 4361; Member since: Sep 01, 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

26. andynaija

Posts: 1261; Member since: Sep 08, 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.

25. Brewski

Posts: 710; Member since: Jun 05, 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.

4. BobLawblaw unregistered

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

7. TyrionLannister unregistered

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

9. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 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!

10. JMartin22

Posts: 2372; Member since: Apr 30, 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

13. HildyJ

Posts: 338; Member since: Aug 11, 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.

18. Kary1

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 26, 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).

19. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 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.

11. HildyJ

Posts: 338; Member since: Aug 11, 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.

12. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Yeah, though a power bank alone is all in all. I've got Xiaomi's 10,400mAh power bank.

14. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 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.

16. ph00ny

Posts: 2053; Member since: May 26, 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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