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While many citizens will battle to reach their homes in time for a hot dinner and possibly miss their favourite TV soapie due to loadshedding. Some companionship during these dark times is sure to make things a little easier.

Be it stage 2, 3 or 4, the one question on everyone’s lips at the moment is how do I make sure my phone still has battery life?

Aside from reducing your electricity consumption and unplugging your appliances when you’re not using them, here are some useful tips to help your battery survive a power outage.

 Charge it up

This goes without saying, charging your device properly and fully is the first step in the right direction. Sure, a little goes a long way, but while loadshedding looms it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Life becomes much easier when you have a phone that saves battery life, much like the Nokia 7 Plus which guarantees a 2-day battery life with one single charge; with USB Type-C fast charging you can charge your Nokia 7 Plus up to 50% in only 30-minutes

 Check yourself

 Navigate your settings to see an organized breakdown of what’s consuming your phone’s battery. If you see an application you barely use running in the background, you may want to uninstall the app or turn off the feature.

Turn off the lights

 It’s probably obvious at this point, but you’ll be surprised by how much your screens brightness alone helps to improve battery life.

 Catch a flight

 Poor cellular coverage areas force the phone to work harder to latch onto a strong-enough signal. Consider setting your device to Airplane mode if you don’t need data or voice calls.

 Shake it off

 Vibrations are great for notifying you about incoming calls or messages when you’re in the theatre, meetings. In places where it doesn’t matter, it will be better for you to use your ringtone as a notification if you want to keep your device alive longer.

Nothing in life is guaranteed but, your battery life should be. As the blackouts intensify, and hit districts at different times, don’t be caught in the dark. It’s best to prepare yourself with the best.