Daily Tip: How to use your iPhone to alert you to power failures

Daily Tip: How to use your iPhone to alert you to power failures

Concerned by recent earthquakes, hurricanes, tornados and other natural disasters and wondering how to use your iPhone to alert you to the power failures that might come with them? If it's something as important as your sump pump or home medical equipment, you really don't want to take chances. Luckily our very own podcast co-host, Seth Clifford put his geeky mind to it and came up with a sweet iPhone solution!

About seven minutes into The Plan®, I realized I was not going to be getting any sleep, primarily because I would not be able to relax enough to make it restful. As a last resort, I turned to the App Store. In it, I found an app simply called Blackout Alarm. You turn the app on, plug your iPhone in, and if at any point your phone detects that it's running off of the battery, it blares an alarm. That's it! I plugged the phone in, turned it on and tested it a few times by pulling the plug out of the dock. Eureka! Something so simple, yet so perfectly tailored to my exact need at that exact moment, and more importantly, singularly providing me a sense of comfort that I didn't expect to get at all that night.

Grab Blackout Alarm via the link below, and read the rest of Seth's article for the details!

[Blackout Alarm, SethClifford.me]

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Senior Editor at iMore and a practicing therapist specializing in stress and anxiety. She speaks everywhere from conferences to corporations, hosts the ZEN & TECH podcast, and should be followed on Twitter @Georgia_Prime.

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Daily Tip: How to use your iPhone to alert you to power failures

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It's not stupid! Our power goes off all the time. Darn squirrels! No one wants to oversleep on a work day. I hope the alarm isn't too blaring.

Yep. Fortunately there isn't any law protecting squirrels where I am. I always got my rifle ready if any get near my place

What a STUPID app, plug your phone into the wall during a storm so if lightning hits your phone will get fried. Try using a cheap lightbulb instead, if the light goes out....