California's largest energy provider on Friday said it could cut across Northern and Central California this weekend because of the heightened fire risk due to dry conditions and forecasts of high winds. PG & E's planned blackouts may affect as many as 850,000 customers across 36 Northern and Central California counties.
PG & E is cutting the power to make a repeat of last year, when its equipment was blamed for starting a fire in the California foothills.
If you're in an area of California, you have to wait for the power to go out and you're ready to go
check out you're in a planned power outage area
PG & E has a page scheduled to be disconnected.
The goal is to go into it.
The goal is to go into topped off.
- If you have a make sure you've got it before the power goes out. A power bank will not get you through a week of uninterrupted power, but you may be able to get through several days if you turn on your phone. And how often you check your phone: Every time you turn it on, you're draining the battery.
- If you have a power bank or solar charger, you still may have a source of power. You can use the battery in a laptop – either your current one or an older laptop you've retired – to power your phone during the blackout. You'll need to make the right connections to the connection, but you should be able to squeeze a few days of power for your phone. Conserve your phone's battery
To help your phone's battery last but not least
- First, turn off Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS, unless you need them to get help in an emergency. You can keep your mobile connection on because mobile carriers should be available through the blackout.
- Next, turn off push notifications and avoid streaming services, which take a hit on a battery. And dim your display: Bright screens are great, but they draw a lot of power.
- See if your phone has a battery-saver mode you can turn on in settings that restrict high-power activities.
- If you do not want to shut off your phone, you can Turn off all the power-draining radios. Then, if you want to make a call or send a message, take it out of airplane mode. And consider sending quick text messages instead of making phone calls.
For more battery-conserving ideas, see our guide for more about how to get through your phone blackout.
How else to survive a shutdown
During a power outage, you have other things to worry about besides your phone.