Consumer Electronics Guide to Severe Summer Weather

Living in New England, residents have to be prepared for all kinds of severe summer weather risks, from the tornado watch of last week to hurricanes and storms which hit all of the time.

(WPRI) – Living in New England, residents have to be prepared for all kinds of severe summer weather risks, from the tornado watch of last week to hurricanes and storms which hit all of the time.

Experts say preparing for the storm is the most important way to stay on top of the changing weather conditions.

As a user, when the power goes out, you need electronics that can be charged or run on battery.

Jason Pietruszka, a Geek Squad Agent at Best Buy, says a device called a mophie is perfect for anything you can charge off a USB device.

“What’s great about this, if you have this charged up ahead of time it’s like having a mini generator for your small tablet, devices, [or] smart phone.”

Mophie’s also come as a case for your phone to keep it charged when the cell battery runs low.

Other electronic necessities include the crank turbine, which keeps your phone charged and gives users emergency weather alerts after your house has lost power, and a battery backup, so if you lose power while your computer is plugged in, you’ll avoid a surge and any risk of losing saved data by frying your motherboard and potentially harming your hard-drive.

An automatic voltage regulator can also be built into battery backups, with “the average hold[ing] multiple devices; your computer, printer, laptop, everything, and it will keep a steady voltage,” according to Pietruszka.

Finally, with the iCloud, a user can back-up all of their data anytime, anywhere, to the cloud if they are away from home when a storm is about to hit.

The cloud can also remotely shut off a user’s devices.

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