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Storm Tip: How to charge your phone when power fails

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ALBANY, N.Y. – Although your cell phone may seem like the last thing to worry about when a storm hits, if electricity fails, keeping your cell phone charged will become a major issue.

For a quick fix, use your car charger to add a little juice to your phone, and if you don't have a car charger, plenty of electronic stores have devices that can allow you to plug your phone's home outlet charging devices into your car's charger.

You can also purchase a portable battery supply - but beware - while some of these products are battery powered, others may need to be charged before they can boost your phones battery. Be sure to charge it in advance and add it to your emergency prep kit – it will hold the charge until you need it.

There are also solar powered charging devices available and some weather radios also have the ability to charge a cell phone.

You can extend your battery life by turning off blue tooth, GPS and Wi-Fi, lowering the brightness of your screen, disabling sounds and vibrating alerts, turn off extra apps and turn your phone off when not using it.

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