Tropical Storm Michael is Coming — Tips for Keeping Your Mobile Device Charged During Hurricane Season

Tallahassee, North Florida, and southern Georgia are all at risk within the next few days as Hurricane Michael approaches. If there is one less thing those affected can worry about, it’s staying connected to friends and family. Below, important tips on making your mobile device battery last throughout the storm.

1. Be Stingy
Stinginess has never been more important than when it comes to making your mobile device battery last long. This might be one of the only situations where the word “stingy” can lead to positive things — like having a charged battery when you need it. Avoid unnecessary texting and stay away from social media unless it’s absolutely dire. Leave your phone alone and don’t check it as frequently as you’re used to, after all, you have more important things to do, unless you are waiting to hear from people. This is probably going to be your only form of communication during and after the storm for a few days, so don’t take your battery for granted.

2. Turn off Automated Functions

Things like checking for mail, screen brightness, and apps running in the background can really drain your battery. Unless you are waiting for a critical email, turn off automatic fetching, and lower your screen brightness. You also want nothing running in the background when you’re not using it, so make sure all app functions are turned off unless you’re actively using them.

3. Consider Replacing Your Battery

We wouldn’t recommend this unless it was a life threatening situation. If your phone has been using the same battery for a long time, you should look into replacing it before the storm hits. Your battery can last much, much longer when it’s new than when it’s 2 years old. It could make a huge difference in your communication abilities.