California's largest utility announced that it would continue to cut power to customers in Northern and Central California this week due to increased fire risk due to dry conditions and strong winds. The planned power outages of PG & E can affect up to 850,000 customers in 36 countries in Northern and Central California.
PG & E interrupts power to avoid a repeat of last year when the equipment was accused of setting fire to the California foothills.
If you're in a California area where a power outage is planned, or if you want to make sure you're ready when the power goes down, you can now take a few steps to extend the life of your electronic devices extend as possible during the failure.
Check if you are in a planned blackout area.
PG & E has a page where you can check if you are in an area where a power outage is planned.
If the utility page is unavailable, you will find additional maps that will give you an idea of whether you are in a blackout area.
Charge before the power goes out The power outage on all your mobile devices and portable power sources has ended.
- If you have a
make sure you've charged it before the power goes down. An energy bank will not bring you through a week of uninterrupted power, but you may be able to last several days if you turn your phone on for updates, and then turn it off again. And limit the number of times you check your phone: every time you turn it on, the battery is drained.
- If you have a portable solar charger that you can use to charge your phone, have it ready.
- If you have neither an energy bank nor a solar charger, you may still have a power source. You can use the battery pack in a laptop – either your current or an older laptop that you have decommissioned – to power your phone during power outages. You need to find the right cables to connect, but you should be able to consume a few days of power for your phone. If you belong to a group with multiple phones, you should consider that the group uses only one common phone at a time, rather than turning them all on at the same time.
Protect Your Phone's Battery
Keep Your Phone's Battery Longer As long as possible, you can take some steps to fix the problem.
- Disable Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and GPS unless you need help in an emergency. You can maintain your mobile connection because mobile operators have indicated that their networks should be available through the power outage.
- Next, turn off push notifications and avoid streaming services that damage the battery. And dimming your display: Bright screens are great, but consume a lot of power.
- Verify that your phone has a battery saver mode that you can enable in settings that limit high-performance activity.
- If you do not want to turn off your phone, you can switch to airplane mode Turns off all power-consuming radios. If you then make a call or send a message, exit Airplane Mode. Also, consider sending fast text messages instead of making calls that can impact and drain the battery.
For more information on saving energy, see our power failure manual.
How to survive a power outage
During a power outage, you'll need to take care of other things besides your phone.