Summertime is storm time here in the midwest and along the east coast. This past weekend storms knocked out the power for several of our writers and editors.
Like nearly half a million other Ohio residents Troy Frommer and myself are without power. Unlike many power outages that last hours, it’s possible that we are looking at surviving without power through the end of the week.
Thankfully we already had most of these apps and accessories on hand, but if you are reading this with power running, I suggest preparing for a power outage with these items.
Essential iPhone Apps for Storms and Power Outages
Public Radio and TuneIn
Even with access to the big name apps and the full internet, it’s hard to beat a local radio station in a situation like this.
Weather.com and Local TV Station Apps
I go for two weather apps for the best mix of coverage and information. I use the local WTOL StormTrack app, which is connected with the closest local TV station for alerts and local news.
For a better map and radar images, I use the free Weather.com app on the iPhone to look at what’s coming. This is especially when a second wave of storms threatens and water is already rising in the basement.
I rarely have a Flashlight in my pocket, but I always have a phone. Install a free flashlight app to use the iPhone flash as a flashlight.
This will burn through battery life incredibly fast, but it beats walking in the dark.
Essential iPhone Accessories for Storms and Power Outages
iPhone Battery Case
I am charging them at my in-laws where we are spending most of the time and in the car. I can charge the case while I keep using my phone, which is a big plus.
Zagg Sparq 2.0
Troy is depending on the Zagg Sparq 2.0 for power. This small charger can provide power to the iPhone, iPad and any other USB powered devices.
The $99 accessory even comes with an optimized port that can charge the iPhone up to 60% at the same fast rate as the standard wall charger. There are two ports for simultaneous charging, and it delivers two-four full charges to the iPhone.
The local Verizon store sold out of car chargers the morning after the power outage, so it’s a good idea to have a car charger on hand.
I like the Kensington PowerBolt Duo because it provides enough power for two phones or one phone and one iPad.
It’s also a good idea to conserve battery life by dimming the iPhone screen brightness and taking other steps for better iPhone battery life.
If all else fails, Verizon has set up recharging stations and is offering free charges at retail locations for users in areas with power outages.