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Conserve Your Battery

During the ongoing power outage many are struggling to maintain a safe level of power in their cell phone battery. It is important to have the ability to send and receive phone calls during the state of emergency. Here are some ways to improve the longevity of your power for your basic or smartphone.

Obviously, the most effective way to save battery is to turn the phone off. Unless you have to use your device as an alarm clock, make sure you turn your phone off at night. Most likely you won’t be using your phone during this time so shut it off to conserve. A battery will still drain a very small amount with the phone off. In real emergency instances remove the battery from the phone completely to hold the most power in the battery.

If you are in an area that receives poor signal either shut off the phone or put it in airplane mode to prevent constant searching for a better link to the towers. There are tools that can boost signal in certain locations if they are places that you often need to have use of your phone.

Although vibrate can be a helpful feature to use when you don’t want your phone making a lot of noise, it uses a larger amount of power than when you have it set to ring. Turn off the vibrate as a ring or notification alert and also turn off the vibrate feedback that occurs on touchscreen phones when you select an item on the screen.

The larger the screen is on your phone, the more power is dispersed to it to keep it lit up. If possible, turn off the backlight or turn down the amount of time that the keyboard or screen stays lit up after being used. Use a darker, if not black, image as your background wallpaper. It uses much less power than lighting up the screen brightly. Reduce the brightness of the screen on smartphones and don’t use live wallpapers. These are constantly running programs and although they aren’t performing large tasks it is still constantly running and using unnecessary battery percentages.

Avoid the use of unnecessary features. The flash on your phone’s camera uses more power than any other feature. Turn off all other features and try not to use your phone for anything other than calls or text messages. Don’t use it for gaming or music applications. If you do stream any video or music make sure that you fully close out the program when you are finished. Turn off WiFi, GPS and Bluetooth functions unless you need to use them and then turn them after you are completed with them. Most phones also have an option to turn off the internet connection. This will prevent automatic updates and stop your phone from constantly searching for a strong internet connection as well as a voice signal.

Keep your calls short. It does use more battery to be running a phone call and maintain the connection for you to converse. When possible, use a short text message instead or limit your talk time.

Many phone have a ‘battery save’ mode. They often don’t equip themselves or only turn on when you are already very low on battery power. Check the phones Settings menu for the option to turn on the feature manually. This will help turn off background programs. Avoid third-party task managers. The task killers built into the phones basic software will work better with your phone and use less power than running another program to do the work.

The Express Verizon team understands how important it is to be able to stay in contact during power outages. All four of our stores are open to help you stay in contact. Come in to charge your phone or use our WiFi. Check out what products we have to help with maintaining battery life and keep you and your phone up and running.

– Sarah and your friends at Express Verizon






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Snow Storm Essentials

Like it or not, winter has decided to make an early arrival. Fortunately, Express Verizon is here to help you stay prepared for the impending weather. Here is a countdown of the  five must-haves to help you stay ahead of the storms that are sure to arrive this season.

5.  Your survival kit can get a little bit lighter. Simply download a flashlight app and use your phone to see during any power outages. Instead of struggling to find batteries or candles you can access management of the LED light that is your camera flash. One of the most popular apps for this purpose is called Tiny Flashlight + LED. The super-bright LED bulb can come in handy in any dark situation where you need to see your way or find a lost item.

4. We know that having your cell phone on you is incredibly important during severe weather. When all other lines are down, Verizon Wireless works hard to keep you connected at all times. But, there isn’t much a mobile phone can do for you if it does not have a charged battery. We carry an Energizer portable charge pack that you can use to keep your phone working no matter where you are. The pack allows you to store a charge in it. Now you can plug in your phone and ensure that you always have a power source for your phone.

3. Weather Bug is a great app that can help you stay on top of upcoming weather conditions. Know what to expect with access to the largest network of professional weather stations. It even includes doplar radar, severe weather alerts, forecasts and much more, all presented to you on your phone. Never again will you be surprised by a change in temperature or condition. Know what to expect and when it will arrive in your area.

2. Snow storms can cause an issue but, as many will tell you, they can bring good times with them as well. For those who ski, they want to know what it will be like before they get to the mountains. For that, you could use Ski Trailmaps . Use it to check the weather at your favorite ski locations and even view cameras of the area to check it out before you arrive.  Maps can come in handy while on the mountain to track your location or manage where you would like to go.

1. The ultimate must-have for a coming snow storm: a car charger. These are common and most people already have them in their vehicles. If you don’t, I strongly suggest picking one up. If the power is out at home you can still keep in contact and keep your phone charged during the power outage. I’m sure that you will get use out of it during the rest of the year as well regardless of the weather situation. They are great to have and could  be a great help when you’re in a pinch for power on your mobile device.

Stop into any of our four Express Verizon locations for more information on how to get any of these items or more tips on what your phone could do for you during stormy conditions.

– Sarah and your friends at Express Verizon

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Posted by on October 29, 2011 in Community, Droid Apps


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