Tips to keep your cell phone charged during a hurricane

Tips to keep your cell phone charged during a hurricane
Now is the time to prepare for Hurricane Florence and possibly the most important tool you have is your cell phone. (Source: Pixabay)

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Now is the time to prepare for Hurricane Florence and possibly the most important tool you have is your cell phone. But keeping your battery from dying when and if the electric goes out can be tough. Here are a few tips to get more juice out of your cell phone or tablet during the storm.

First off, don't damage your battery by leaving it plugged in too long. You may think that helps, but it can actually reduce the life of your battery. Also, leave your device on. It can actually take more battery power turning it on and off. Wait for your battery to go down to 10% before charging it up.

You can also get more bang out of your battery by turning your screen to the lowest dimming setting possible. You should also turn off any location-based services to keep your phone from constantly trying to track your location. Also turn off push notifications, which can also drain your battery. Finally, turn off wi-fi if you're not using it. Your phone uses a lot of battery power while searching for a wi-fi signal.

Monday, AT&T officials sent a press release stating its crews will be out preparing equipment for Hurricane Florence. Those crews will be fueling up generators, testing back-up batteries at AT&T cell sites, and making sure its electronics are above expected flood levels.

AT&T officials say they also have response equipment ready in the wake of the storm, including mobile cell sites, mobile command centers like Cell on Wheels (COWs) and many other devices and electronics in an effort to keep cell phone service up during and after the storm.

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