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Simply Electronics: Power Down Phones to Get Through a Natural Disaster

Smart Phones That Require a Good Deal of Battery Power Can Last Through Extended Electrical Outages When Reduced to All but the Most Basic of Capabilities; Popular Consumer Electronics Retailer Simply Electronics Commented on These Important Suggestions

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NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 11/14/12 -- A recently published article at IEEE Spectrum offered advice to consumers on how to make limited battery power last in times of prolonged power outages. The suggestions were provided amidst the large loss of electrical services the New York City area experienced after Hurricane Sandy. Simply Electronics, a popular online retailer for consumer electronics, commented on these smart options.

In the event a storm or other natural disaster knocks out electrical systems, the article suggests mobile phone owners turn off applications to accept only calls. At the very least, the phone should accept only calls and text messages. In addition, the article recommends smartphone users turn off their wireless access, which is likely out of service after a storm. Phones that rely on 4G networks should be reduced to 3G capabilities.

The author also suggests those in the path of a storm act preemptively by sending a group of contacts a text message indicating their intent to power down their devices. In this way, individuals will know not to check up on a friend or family member, and drain their precious battery supply. Those in the path of a storm should turn off their phones and power it on only when necessary.

Simply Electronics was pleased to learn suggestions on how to manage battery supply during a storm had hit the mainstream press. In a statement, the company commented: "We agree individuals affected by natural disasters must conserve their battery power. In addition to having a smartphone on hand, individuals may want to consider keeping a basic mobile device with a fully charged battery together with their emergency supplies. In this way, individuals can rest assured they will stay connected with loved ones and be able to make emergency calls when necessary."

The article notes many improvements have been made to the lithium ion used to power mobile devices. Yet at the same time, today's electronics require more battery power to operate. According to the article, pagers can send emails with just 90mW of power. The devices require only 70 mW to receive electronic communications. In contrast, smartphones require up to 400 mW just to power on their displays.


Simply Electronics is a popular online retailer that offers a variety of well-known consumer electronics brands. Their wide array of products includes everything from professional photography equipment to mobile phones to tablet computers. Simply Electronics offers consumers more than a decade consumer electronics industry experience. The company is committed to providing consumers with the best possible value on electronics.

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