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How To Video: Power your phone in an emergency
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How To Video: Power your phone in an emergency

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Learn some quick and easy tips for charging your phone or any portable gadget in an emergency.

Our smart phones has been become our life line for the world. Without my phone, not only can I not call my family in an emergency. I honestly won't be able to remember their phone numbers. So it's no wonder why people get a little panic when the battery on their phone runs out. The good news is, there is some easy ways to prepare for a cellphone battery emergency. You probably already have the first one. It's an adapter for charging in your car. Whether you're in your car when your phone dies or you're at home during a power outage, your cars battery is still a reliable source for you to pop into. Sometimes even wired for a specific kind of phone or connection, that's fine but if you can find one that uses a generic usb socket, you'll be able to power a wider range of devices. Another relatively cheap solution you can keep at home or in your glove compartment are there little battery powered chargers. This one is made by Rio Vac and I got it for under $10. It takes two double A battery's and it gives you a few charges and it also has a little flash light. I figure that even if even a zombie apocalypse takes up the whole power grid, I can still loob batteries from the local drug store. Seriously though, if you wanna prepare for some extended time off the grid, the post apocalypse or maybe just a camping trip, you have some other options. You could go solar. Portable solar chargers range price from $20 to $80, typically, this have a built in battery that you can charge during the day and then use them when you want but during a pinch, it is night time and your solar charger hasn't seem to flan in a while, that's where the good old fashion elbow grease comes in handy. hand Cramp chargers make an obnoxious sound and they take a lot of effort to just make a little bit of power but still you can't go wrong having one of this emergency situation and if you can find one like this, that integrates in a radio and a flash light, all the better. So, those are my best tips for keeping a phone charge in an emergency. If you have other tips like this to share, be sure to add them to my post on cnet how to blog or reach out to me on Facebook or Twitter for cnet.com, I'm Donald Bell.

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