How to get more life out of a dead cell phone battery

Written by robert schrader
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When you're in the middle of sending an important text message or making a crucial call, few things can be more obnoxious than your cell phone battery dying --- especially if you haven't got a charger or an extra battery lying around. Although you'll eventually need to charge your cell phone or replace its battery if you wish to make a call of any great length or send several text messages, you may be able to squeeze a short amount of time out of your battery in its current state.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Hold down your phone's power button and attempt to turn it on again. Although your phone probably will die again upon turning back on, the few seconds or minutes you get upon rebooting might be just enough to tell your friend on the other line what's going on. Additionally, if you use a smart phone, such as an iPhone or Blackberry, the reason for your phone shutting down in the first place may be related to its computer functions, rather than its battery.

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    Remove your battery from the back of your phone, then reattach it and try to turn your phone on again. The motion of removing and replacing your battery will generate static electricity, which may be enough to power your phone for a few seconds or minutes.

  3. 3

    Rub the shiny, metal part of your battery on your clothing or hair to generate additional static electricity. If you've ever rubbed a balloon on your clothing or hair, then you know doing so creates a certain amount of static. Coupling this with the small shock that occurs whenever you attach you battery may allow you time to give your friend an alternate number to call, or to apologise via text message.

Tips and warnings

  • If you use a phone with an internal battery (such as iPhone), do not attempt to remove the battery and reinsert it. Only remove your phone's battery if it comes easily off the back of the phone.

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