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How to Keep Your Cellphone Charged during a Camping Trip

Charging your cellphone in the great outdoors can be a challenge, but it's doable if you keep these tips in mind.


  • Step 1: Purchase a spare battery Purchase a spare battery, and bring it along with you on the trip. Swap it out when your cellphone battery loses its charge. Charge the spare battery ahead of time as batteries lose their charge during storage.
  • TIP: Use a power station that plugs into your cellphone and acts as an external battery for phones that don't have a removable battery.
  • Step 2: Plug into a portable power source Plug your cellphone into a portable power source while camping. Portable power sources use size-A batteries, and let you charge your cellphone through an AC plug or a USB plug.
  • Step 3: Crank a wind-up charger Crank a wind-up charger and plug in your cellphone. If you don't have access to batteries while on your camping trip, use your own physical strength to charge your phone.
  • Step 4: Camp near an outlet Camp in a park that is RV accessible. These parks usually provide electrical hookups and adapters so you can use them to plug in your phone.
  • FACT: In 1977, the FCC allowed cellphones to be publicly tested with 2,000 customers in the city of Chicago.

You Will Need

  • Spare battery
  • Portable power source
  • Batteries
  • Wind-up charger
  • RV-accessible park
  • Power station (optional)

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