We live at 7500ft elevation in the foothills of the Rockies in Genesee, a community within Golden, Colorado. On Friday April 17th at 10:30pm our power went out due to the recent 3ft of heavy wet snow we had received over a period of a couple of days.

 

 

 

The power remained out for over 27 hours, which meant that all through Saturday until 1am Saturday morning we had no lights, no heat (except for our gas fireplaces), no stove (ours is electric), no refrigeration, no TV, and no land line phone. I’m sure though that the folks at Xcel Energy did their best to get everyone’s power back on as quickly as possible.

 

Amazingly my iPhone not only had a good 3G connection so I could use it for phone calls to alert my family about the power outage, but I was also able to keep up with my email, Facebook, and LinkedIn updates throughout the weekend without skipping a beat.

 

With my iPhone, even though we had no power and we’re buried in 3ft of snow, I was able to keep connected to the world.

 

An added bonus is that the iPhone gives off a good amount of light, 

 

iPhone Flashlight app

 

so I sometimes use it to get around the house instead of a flashlight since it is always at my side in it’s handy holster.  In extreme cases when I really need more light I use a free iPhone application that I downloaded from iTunes some months ago aptly called ‘Flashlight‘ that is a very simple full screen of just white that gives off an optimum amount of light, more than say, if you were looking at your email for instance. ‘Flashlight‘ is really handy for giving you the light you need for getting your key into the door at night, or for helping you find something you dropped in the parking lot in the dark.

 

I didn’t worry too much about running down the battery of my iPhone even though our power was out since I knew that if the battery ran too low that I could plug it into my car charger for a bit and it would be good as new. I happen to have a cigarette lighter type plug in my Nissan Xterra that works without requiring to turn on the car’s engine.

 

Another nice feature native to the iPhone is the alarm clock. That comes in handy too when the power is out.

 

Okay, now that my iPhone and I can’t be separated during even a blackout, I’m ready to make one of stupid those commercials where the person says: "I’m an iPhone". Oh, right, that’s Microsoft’s stupid commercial where they say: "I’m a PC". But you get the gist. Me and my iPhone are becoming ‘one’. It’s getting kind of scary.

 


 

Jeff Kemp (Golden, CO), jeffkemp.org.

 

For more info: 

Jeff Kemp’s website:  https://jeffkemp.org

Email Jeff: jeff@milehightechguy.com


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