If there is one thing that we rely on every day, it is our cell phone. This is not only true now, but it may also be true in the event of some type of natural disaster or a large-scale survival event.
The problem is, we also rely on electricity to charge our cell phones. Unfortunately, cell phones die quickly and most of them do not include an option for solar power. What can you do to help keep your cell phone running strong?
First of all, we should discuss the necessity of having other forms of communication aside from our cell phones. A cell phone is going to be useful for getting in touch with people or finding out what is going on in the world around us.
That being said, it is also going to be somewhat useless if the cell towers are down or if the grid is off-line. At that point, it is little more than something to take pictures and perhaps to play a game or two while we wait for the inevitable to happen.
If the cell phone does remain handy during that time, we may need to charge it to get the battery fresh again. How can we do so? Actually, it’s as easy as using a 9v battery.
Start by using a car charger, the same type that you would plug into a cigarette lighter in your automobile. This charger can actually be used along with a 9 V battery to supply a decent amount of battery charge to a cell phone.
Look near the connections on the battery and you will see that they are labeled as positive and negative. Begin by putting the tip of the automobile cell phone charger into the positive side. You may need to tape it in place.
You can then use a piece of metal, such as a paperclip or a car key to connect the negative side of the 9 V battery to the side of the charger. That is where you will find the small metal clip that holds the charger in place.
If you did things right, you will now have a charge running through the charger and it could run into the cell phone. You can test this by plugging in the cell phone to the charger and seeing if it indicates that the charge is going through.
Once this happens, you should turn off the lights of the cell phone as soon as possible to maintain as much charge as you can. The charge will trickle in but over time, it will eventually gain enough charge that you can use it to make an emergency phone call or two.
Watch it happen for yourself in this video: