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How To Keep Your iPhone Charged When The Power Goes Out.

Updated on December 22, 2011

And there are no outlets in the woods.

Imagine if you will the following scenario. Your enjoying a movie on Netflix with your sweetheart. The kids are downstairs playing on the Wii when all of a sudden WHAM! A loud thunderous crack is felt all through the neighborhood. The house goes dark and you suddenly realize what happened. The transformer that supplies the electricity for your house has just exploded.

"Oh, well" you think, I have plenty of candles, flashlights and batteries, we'll make it through the rest of the night. And you do. Morning arrives. And with it a certain quiet that speaks loudly. The power is still out! You go downstairs to the kitchen to make yourself a bowl of cereal knowing that today everyone is eating cereal for breakfast.

"At least I can check my email on my iPhone" you think to yourself. As you turn it on you look at the battery icon only to discover it's in the red. "Well, there goes that idea" you think.

But your not totally without hope. The sun is just peeking up from over the trees in your back yard. It's rays hit you square in the eyes, making you squint and providing you an idea. "Brilliant"!

Early last spring you were gearing up for the summer camping season. One gadget that you wanted to try was a solar charger that could keep the power on your iPhone, iPod, MP3 player or cell phone charged up while camping so you picked one up, stuck it in with your camping gear and had a blast that camping season.

You used your solar charger to keep all of your electronic devices powered up on those camping trips allowing you to listen to music, play videos, make cell phone calls all while roasting smores and marsh mellows on the campfire.

"Ah, those were some great memories" you think to yourself. "And why not now?" So you get up from the kitchen table, put on your house slippers and head on over to the garage to rummage through the camping supply bin to find this thing.

"Ah, here it is!" You smile as you realize that you'll be able to make phonecalls and surf the Internet in no time at all.

You walk back inside carrying the charger and connecting cords, plug it into the iPhone and see that the internal battery in the charger is dead. "Well, there goes that idea."

"Alright, if I just place this up against the window sill and let it sit here until the afternoon I might just be able to use my iPhone after all". So you head on over to the windows facing the sun and place the charger in the window and get ready for work.

Eight hours later the power is still out. You ask your neighbor who you see grilling out in his backyard if he has heard any news on when the power will be back on. "Looks like a couple of days at least" he says. "Power company had to order new parts for the transformer".

"Well, shoot". "No Netflix tonight" you think as you scratch your head. But then you remembered the solar charger sitting in the windowsill. Heading straight for the charger you look at the green LED on the device telling you good news. It's all charged up!

Plugging the charger into your iPhone, you hear that familar chirp of a sound as you iPhone is letting you know that it's getting juice.

A satisfied smile beams from your face as you realize that you'll be playing Word With Friends in no time.

Although this story is one of fiction I think you will agree that it's entirely plausable. I've owned a solar charger and they are quite handy both in the home and on the trail. It's a cool feeling when after playing in the woods all day, you have the ability to enjoy all the features of your smartphone or mp3 player when the sun goes down.

Of course, in the home, having one of these devices on hand is not only convenient, but some might say essential. Having the ability to recharge your small electronic devices during an simple power outage or emergency can make all the difference in the world.

If you would like more information on solar chargers, feel free to click on the links below.


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      randomguy 6 years ago

      So.....why wouldn't you just take the phone to work and charge it there?

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      John J Gulley 6 years ago from Wisconsin


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      Rebecca Mealey 6 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Oh Wow! Thanks! Great advice, voted up and useful.