Staying Connected in the Dark: Keeping Phones, Tablets Charged Without Power

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Posted at 7:34 PM, Sep 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-08 16:18:33-04

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) -- Many of us remember Hurricane Hermine leaving the Capital City in the dark for days on end. This made it especially hard to keep electronics charged.

Many of us live on our phones, but we often take for granted the electricity that allows them to stay charged. 

While there are portable chargers available for purchase, many stores are running low on those types of supplies that keep our phones and tablets alive. Luckily, there are ways to help conserve the battery.

Closing out of all web browsers and apps is such a small task, but it will add a few hours of life. Doing this helps prevent unnecessary tasks from running in the background while your phone is not being used. 

It doesn't stop there. When the power goes out, so does the internet. Turning off your phone's wifi will stop it from constantly searching for an internet connection. Disabling the bluetooth and location functions will also help add hours to your phone and tablet's life.

Technological experts recommend changing the screen's brightness as well.

"If you go into your phone, got to the settings function, you can lower the display and brightness," says Blake Dowling, the CEO at AEGIS Business Technologies. "That will really help you get a lot more life out of your battery. You can also go into the battery function and into the "low battery mode," which will also help you get a lot more out of your mobile device."

The best way to conserve phone and tablet battery life is to have them turned off when you are not using them, especially when you're not sleeping. This alone can add days to the battery.

If you are lucky enough to find a portable charger, you'll want to make sure it and your electronics are fully charged before the power goes out.