Save Your Phone Battery When You Travel

road trip accessories - rotary phoneThese days, we use our phones for everything: catching up with friends, catching up with work, and catching the score of Braves games at important family functions. Unfortunately, the more apps we use, the more it sucks our batteries dry. Whether you’re traveling across country or making your first commute to a new job, the last thing you want is for your GPS to die mid-trip. Preserve the life of your phone (and your sanity on extended car trips) with these 3 tips for conserving phone power on trips.

  1. Turn off 3G. Whether or not the stylized persona of your GPS has a soothing voice, there’s something reassuring about hearing directions aloud. But nothing drains your battery faster than 3 hours of “turn right in 1,000 – 500 – 250 ft.” Conserve your phone life by taking a screenshot of the directions before you leave the house. Put your phone in plane mode and use the image to get you where you’re going. You can also use maps offline by following this battery saving smartphone tutorial.
  2. Pack CDs. Yes, your kids might look at you like you’re a relic of 1999, but your phone life will thank you for it. Play CDs as you roll out of the driveway or switch from mp3 music when your battery drops below 50%.
  3. Invest in car accessories. Stop by Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail for your pick of useful road trip accessories. Store your smartphone car charger in the glove box or center console to ensure you’re never without power when you need to make a phone call or double check your directions.
  • Bonus tip: Did you get to a hotel, only to realize you left your wall charger at home? Most TVs have a USB port on the side or back of the screen. Simply plug in your USB cable for a DIY charger wherever you go.

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