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Technology How to survive the PG&E power shutdown and keep your devices charged

16:10  10 october  2019
16:10  10 october  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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California's largest energy provider on Wednesday began cutting power to customers across Northern and Central California because of heightened fire risk due to dry conditions and forecasts of high winds. PG&E's planned blackouts may affect as many as 800,000 customers across nearly three dozen counties, with utility officials warning it may take seven days to restore power to everyone.

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PG&E is cutting the power to avoid a repeat of last year, when its equipment was blamed for starting a fire in the California foothills. The blackouts might spread to Southern California, as Southern California Edison warned it may also be shutting off power due to fire risk.

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Power restoration may begin Thursday around noon. However, PG & E has also warned that power outages could last for several days or even more in some This page will give you tips for preparing for a shutoff and how to make sure that PG & E can reach you for updates (see above), but the page does

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If you're an area scheduled to lose power -- or want to ensure you're ready if the power does go out -- you can take a handful of steps now to help your electronic devices last as long as possible during the outage.

Check if you're in a planned power outage area

PG&E has a page you can check if you're in an area scheduled to lose power. The page is frequently unavailable, but you can find other maps to give you an idea if you're in an outage area.

Charge up before the power goes out

The goal is go into the outage with all your devices and energy sources topped off.

  • If you have a portable power bank, make sure you've charged it up before the power goes out. A power bank won't get you through a week of uninterrupted power, but you may be able to get through several days if you turn on your phone to get updates then power it down again. And limit how often you check your phone: Each time you turn it on, you're draining the battery.
  • If you've got a portable solar charger that can charge your phone, have that ready.
  • If you don't 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 find the right cables to make the connection, but you should be able to squeeze a few days of power for your phone. And if you're a group with multiple phones, consider having the group use just one shared phone at a time instead of having everyone's phone turned on at once.

Conserve your phone's battery

To help your phone battery last as long as possible, you can take a few steps to nurse it through the outage.

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PG & E may cut electrical power on Red Flag Warning days and/or extreme fire danger following protocols. Keep your smartphone fully charged . Use an external battery charger that can charge your If possible, purchase a more robust battery charger that can charge several devices at a time.

The Pleasanton Police Department is trying to make sure residents are ready for the PG & E power shutdowns by using a little humor to get their Keep your freezer and refrigerator doors closed to keep food from spoiling. If you have teenagers this may be difficult so speak loudly but slowly to them

  • 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 said their networks 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.
  • If you don't want to shut off your phone, switch to airplane mode, which turns 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 calls, which can drag on and drain a battery.
  • Your phone may have a battery-saver mode you can turn on in settings that will restrict high-power activities.

For more battery-conserving ideas, see our guide for more on how to get your battery to last as long as possible through a blackout.

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The Pleasanton Police Department is trying to make sure residents are ready for the PG & E power shutdowns by using a Wish you had charged your cell phone. Plug your phone into the charger but then say to yourself Keep your freezer and refrigerator doors closed to keep food from spoiling. You will need a plan to keep medicines refrigerated or power -dependent medical devices working.

Pacific Gas & Electric Company, is shutting off power to nearly 800,000 Californians Restrooms, bottled water and electronic- device charging will be available, among other resources. While PG & E was officially cleared of responsibility for the 2017 Tubbs Fire, during which 22 people lost their lives

How else to survive a power shutdown

If you have an emergency go bag or kit, grab it. You'll want to have easy access to any light sources, tools, cash and other supplies you've packed up for an emergency.

If you have time before the power goes out, you can take a few steps to ensure your phone can help you in an emergency.

And finally, to make it through however long you're without power, here are 14 things you can do during a power outage.

How to survive the PG&E blackout and keep all your devices charged .
If you're in an area scheduled to lose power, you can take some steps before and during the blackout to stretch your battery life.PG&E is cutting the power to avoid a repeat of last year, when its equipment was blamed for starting a fire in the California foothills. The blackouts might spread to Southern California, as Southern California Edison warned it may also be shutting off power due to fire risk.

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