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Plug in a working electrical appliance (like a phone charger) and see if it works.


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Depending on how low your battery is, there is a way to start a car if you have a manual transmission, and that is to push-start the car. Follow this procedure: Set the ignition(/key) to the drive-position, i.e. the normal position it is in when driving Put the car in 2nd gear, and hit the clutch and hold it Get someone to push/pull the car so that you ...


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Set the time on an electric clock that uses household current Most households today have a microwave. This has a clock you can set. On nearly all of these the clock rolls back to 12:00 and flashes when the power goes out. Chances are you have one doing this right now. Set it to the correct time, if the time is still correct next time you look at it, ...


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For around $100 (USD) you can buy a battery pack that is able to jump your car. A quick google search for "jump starter battery pack" will show many options and price ranges. They'll often be able to inflate tires, charge phones and other handy utilities too. You clamp it on just like you would a jump start with another car and start, but you might not want ...


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There are numerous things you need to know about charging your phone in order to charge it any faster. Ampere is unit of current intensity. So higher amperage means more energy in the same time. It does not damage the battery if you charge with lower (or higher) amperage than recommended by the wall adapter, if it's lower it simply charges slower. USB 2.0 ...


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Even when minding clothing and footwear, an insulated wooden floor can still give me static shocks. For me there are two definitive methods: Make sure the area you touch is as large as possible the moment you touch it (before stepping out of the car, I put my calf to the bottompost of the door. It helps with discharging even through my pants); so don't put ...


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If your battery is getting old and nearing replacement time, you can use a simple trick (provided you have a wet battery that can be opened from the top) involving just two aspirin tablets which are commonly available and used for treating fever and pains. Pop the hood of your car Unscrew the filler caps for each cell Note that opening a battery is ...


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Make sure there is no power going to the light, and use a potato. Cut it in half, jam it in and twist(unscrew) to remove.


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Get a mechanical mains timer - they are very cheap and set it for your 8 hr cycle. It only progresses while there is power, so set it to the beginning of the cycle, plug it in and forget about it. Something like this: Image from https://cpc.farnell.com/pro-elec/pel00412/timer-mechanical-7-day/dp/PL15117 Even if there is a power cut, it will just resume ...


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Visit antique shops and second hand stores to find an old style electromechanical clock -- the kind with a motor and gears. Put this near the battery charger, plugged into the same outlet. When you start the battery charging, you have two choices. The simple way: set the clock to 12:00 (there'll be a knob to set with, or in some cases you can just push ...


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TURN OFF THE POWER FIRST!!! Put the jaws of pliers into the socket and force the handles apart to grip the inside of the socket. Turn the pliers to back out the bulb. If the friction is not strong enough to turn the base of the bulb, you can wrap the jaws with a rubber band first.


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The best solution is to use the tool designed for the task: a 'fish tape' or wire puller. This is a flexible tape or wire designed to be pushed through electrical conduits. Push the tape through, hook your electrical wires to the tape, and pull the tape back, dragging the electrical wires along. In a pinch, you can try this (works only if your conduit has ...


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Measuring the voltage with a multimeter gives a perfectly fine indication of charge. You just need to know how to convert the voltage into a useful form. For most 1.5V alkaline batteries, (voltage-1)*300 will give you the approximate percentage remaining. Same formula works for 9V alkalines, only it's voltage-6. Note this is only for alkaline. Other ...


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Figure out what outlets are on what circuits. Plug them into different circuits, using an extension cord if needed. You could also use a UPS (uninterruptible power supply) device to protect the monitor from being shut off.


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Apple For this trick, you need an apple! Just kidding, any acid-like vegetable/fruit is fine:) In order for a fruit or vegetable be a battery, it needs to be able to conduct electricity (acids make H+ ions/charged particles, when put in a solution like water). These type of acid particles are the same as in electric current. So in other words, more acidic,...


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The iPad charger will charge your iPhone faster than the iPhone charger that came with the phone. The iPad charger puts out 5.1v at 2.1 amps. The iPhone charger is 5v at 1 amp. The larger of the two is the iPad charger.


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I've been using a tip I found in a comment on Lifehacker.com. Before touching metal with my fingers, I now tap it with the back of my hand, so that the electricity discharges through the back of my hand. I feel it much less that way, because there are a lot fewer nerve endings.


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While the other answers here give some good suggestions for answering your literal question, I caution you that they likely won't solve your underlying problem. Knowing the power went out isn't really sufficient. The other critical piece of information is how long the power was out. A 3-second blip and a 3-hour outage mean very different things for your ...


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No way to do this without an initial outlay. Either of the following could work: Solar panels Electricity-generating stationary bike A windmill on your roof.


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Some additional methods: Push-start with nowhere to push Got a manual transmission you could push-start but nowhere to push it? This works if you're parallel parked or don't have suitable terrain to push-start. You do need sufficient battery charge to power the ECU/coils/injectors though. Jack up one of the drive wheels off the ground, put the car in 4th ...


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Short-circuit the USB data pins on the phone side, that's what the most powerful chargers do to tell the phone that it can draw the max amount of current without needing any digital negotiation (otherwise it would negotiate with the OS and only get 500mA). From Wikipedia : on a dedicated charging port, the D+ and D− pins are shorted with a resistance not ...


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If you're like me, then you probably have at least one or two spare electric motors lying around the house. If not, check again: fans, remote-controlled cars, vacuum cleaners, electric lawnmowers, dishwashers, and even electric shavers are all examples of household devices that contain electric motors. (Basically, if it has moving parts, you're probably good ...


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Lots of nice answers here, some uninformed answers as well, but I think that most of them miss the actual point. Background: First thing that needs to be understood is that device called "charger" is nothing more than a dumb power supply. It has no intelligence beyond the SMPS controller, which tries to maintain output voltage as current requirements ...


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Lifehack: Avoid the power cut all together. Connect your battery charger (and other critical devices) to a UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply). It has a built in battery so it will continue to run your devices for the brief time while the power is down. Example:


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Batteries have greater leak risk the more they are discharged. You might do the following: Keep the item in a cool place. If the item has been used much, replace the batteries before storing even if they have charge remaining. Inspect the item at least yearly. Use reputable batteries since cheap batteries have greater long term leak risk. Do not store an ...


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Put your computer/monitor onto a battery backup. That way, when there is a big (but short) drain on the power, the computer/monitor will be fine. I do this, and find that it is also very convenient during power flickers/blackouts, where I'd otherwise have to stop using the desktop computer. A battery backup doesn't last forever, but it should definitely ...


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All kinds of devices can be run overnight such as washing machines, dish washers, tumble dryers, etc... There are also available, if you have electric heating, devices called night storage heaters which are electric radiators which generate and store heat using cheaper electricity at night and can then release this heat during the day. Obvious other ...


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If you have any non-rubber soled shoes, that's going to be an easy place to start. You don't want to be insulating yourself from the ground if you can help it. As far as clothing, try not to wear as many layers. You'll generate buildup more easily if you have various fabrics rubbing all over each other. I've been told to prefer cotton, but I don't know ...


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Theoretically, you could take a lightbulb (or nightlight, phone charger, etc.) and touch the wires to the bulb base or plug. HOWEVER: DO NOT ATTEMPT This would be EXTREMELY dangerous: you could die from the electrical shock. Even experienced electricians and crazy people don't do such a thing! In conclusion This is one reason there are breaker switches: ...


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