It happens. Power outage. Sometimes briefly, other times it may be out for longer. You’ve got a phone. The battery is going to last only so long… So, you’re wondering how to charge your phone when the power is out…
Cell phone communication is always in demand during emergency, disaster, and often during disruptive events – all of which excite people to call others. In any event, if the power is out, your ability to charge that phone is out too. At least or unless you have other ways to charge it!
Today’s smart phone is integral to our modern way of life. It makes good sense to have other ways to charge your phone if the power is out and consequently your wall charger no longer works.
Or, maybe you’re looking for ways to charge your phone when the grid is simply not available. Perhaps a remote location. Camping. A remote cabin. Any extended period when you’re not near “the grid”.
So I will recommend two ways how to charge your phone when the power is out.
(Updated to reflect the latest technology solutions as of this date)
Portable Phone Charger When Power Is Out
This is my Number One recommendation:
It’s an ANKER (brand) portable charger. It’s actually a battery ‘power bank’ designed with the right USB voltage and power output for your phone and other USB devices.
I have a similar Anker brand portable battery. Had it for years, and it has been excellent. But this one’s their latest and greatest…
ANKER ULTRA-HIGH CAPACITY POWER BANK
(view on amzn)
What’s so great bout it?
“I have owned an Anker portable charger for 5 years and I couldn’t be happier with it. I have used it countless times to charge phones, my handheld GPS, and other USB devices. It will hold “a ton” of charges!” – Ken J.
1. Anker brand is THE best for portable cell phone chargers (and other USB devices). They’ve been making these for many years, and by far they have the best ratings and reviews over their competition.
2. Their portable chargers use a smart charging technique (PowerIQ) which recognizes what type of device you’re charging and will adjust accordingly.
3. There are different capacity sizes. The one I recommend above is the most popular and has a tremendous capacity (20,000 mAh). With this capacity, you can easily keep all of your mobile devices charged up for days on end.
iPhone 11 / 11 Pro / 11 Pro Max / XS / XS Max / XR / X / 8 Plus / 8 / 7 Plus / 7 / 6 Plus, iPad mini 5 / 4, iPad Pro
Galaxy S10 / S10+ / S10e /S9/ S9+ / S8 /S8+ ; Note 9 / 8 ; Pixel 3a / 3XL / 3 / 2 XL / 2, and More
How Does It Work?
Basically it’s a battery. But it’s designed to output the proper voltage and power to charge devices such as today’s cell phones.
You first charge it up with their charger, and then it’s ready to go!
Here’s an example – one of their wall chargers that I have (actually, I have several). It can be used to charge the portable battery, or most any USB device.
Solar Charger For Cell Phones
The other recommended method how to charge your phone when the power is out, is a solar charger. A portable solar panel which outputs the proper USB voltage and power to charge directly to your phone.
The following is my current recommendation. A great choice, 28 watt folding solar panel:
The best of both worlds, so to speak, is to have both methods to charge a cell phone if the power goes out.
A portable battery, such as the Anker brand listed above, and a solar panel charger of sufficient power like what I’ve also listed above.
If you are looking for a long term way to charge a mobile cell phone (or other USB devices), a solar charger will last ‘forever’. All you need is sunlight! You could even use it to charge your portable battery.