5 ways to keep your smartphone charged during a power outage – WFTV

Orlando, Florida – A smartphone can be a lifeline in a storm, but it’s useless without power. Fortunately, there were no more ways to keep the smartphone active.

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Here are some easy ways to keep your phone green if you lose power:

1. Charge every laptop in your home. If you lose power, turn on the laptop (but don’t open the screen) and use an iPhone or Android cable to charge your phone through the USB ports. Most new laptops can charge a smartphone multiple times.

2. Keep your phone on Low Power Mode. This setup will use much less juice. On your iPhone, go to Settings, scroll down to Battery and turn on Low Power Mode. On your Android device, swipe down from the top menu and look for the “Power saver” icon.

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3. Use your car to charge your phone. Most modern cars have a USB port – or two. Even if your car runs out of fuel, you can start it and charge it using the car battery. It’s a last resort, but if you have a newer car battery, it will easily charge the phone multiple times.

4. Buy an external charger if you don’t have one. Most pharmacies have it. Portable smartphone battery chargers are getting better and less expensive. Most drugstore chains are near the counter, but you will pay more for convenience. But if you need one now, this is a good place to look.

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Companies like Anker and Aukey sell high-quality, high-capacity chargers on Amazon. Consider buying one before the next storm. Some of the new devices have capacities approaching 30,000 mAh, which is enough to charge a phone more than five times.

5. Still have power but want to charge the phone quickly without using a wall socket? Plug it into a USB port on the TV. Most newer TVs have one.

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