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Charge your phone even when the power is out

We’re right in the middle of a nasty hurricane season. Millions of people were impacted by Hurricane Harvey and now Irma is on the way. Hurricane Irma is currently a Category 5 and is expected to make landfall along the U.S. east coast sometime this weekend. (Note: Click here to learn about apps that could help save lives during Hurricane Irma.)

Unfortunately, there is misinformation on how to keep your phone charged spreading through social media that could be dangerous to those who follow it. Make sure to share this article with family and friends to keep them protected.

Don’t fall for fake safety tips on social media

What we’re talking about is a video that went viral on social media this week. The video was supposedly instructing people on how to make a phone charger using a 9V battery.

To build the charger you need a 9V battery, a car charger adapter, a spring from a pen, and of course a smartphone. The people behind the video went through an elaborate assembly process where they connected all the necessary parts.

Not only will this NOT charge your phone, but it’s actually dangerous to try. An electrochemist told the “Daily Mail,” “Charging a phone with a 9V battery is certainly not a good idea because of the voltage. You don’t want to put anything past 4.5 volts.”

Attempting to charge a gadget this way could lead to overheating and eventually an explosion. This is why the site that hosted the video ending up removing it.

How to keep your phone charged during a power outage

The easiest and safest way to charge your gadget during an emergency or power outage is with an external battery pack. Make sure to keep the battery pack charged while power is still in tact and it will be a savior when the power does go out. Read this article to learn three secrets to buying a battery pack.

There are more options beyond battery packs as well. Click here to learn about different devices that will help you stay powered up during an emergency.

With millions of people evacuating due to Hurricane Irma, it’s critical to have a fully charged phone. You’ll need this to keep up with the latest information.

The best source for hurricane information is the National Hurricane Center. Click here for up-to-the-moment information on its website. You can also keep track of what’s happening on its Facebook page.

Remember, preparation is key to staying protected. We want all of you to be safe during these massive storms.

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