We all know our cell phones are so much more than just a way to keep in touch. Many of us use our phones as a flash light, a camera and even a GPS device. These days, cell phones are also considered an important means of letting others know you're safe. Having a fully charged phone is a responsible measure of being prepared for unforeseen events.
But what happens when your phone's battery starts running low and you happen to be caught in the middle of a load shedding period? We show you some clever ways to get around load shedding and keep your phone fully charged without the use of electricity.
Use your laptop or desk top computer
Most laptop batteries have a good amount of energy left if they've been plugged in or charging for most of the day. Simply plug your phone into the USB port of your laptop or computer and you're good to go. Some handsets charge even faster if you switch your phone to 'flight mode' while charging.
On the road
If you're on the road during a power outage, then using your car to charge your phone is a no-brainer. Get a car charge that suits your handset and you're good to go.
On the go
An alternative to your car charger, the portable charger is a convenient and dependable solution. Carry these chargers with you wherever you go to charge your phone on the run.
Use the sun
In some instances, you may want to use a solar powered battery charger, which will recharge your phone, your tablet or even an electronic reading device. Always remember that chargers which rely on solar power need to be charged during clear weather.