Quest for Power: How to Keep Your Phone And Laptop Charged When You Travel

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 17: Passengers waiting to board their flight charge their phones January 17, 2014 at LaGuardia Airport in Queens, New York. (Photo by Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images) While wandering around your memories, have you still got the 1980s gruntcore movie “Quest for Fire” that the cavepeople roam around a prehistoric landscape in search of, obviously, fire. But at the moment, flame is a casual flick away. People are keeping an eye on their electronic devices working throughout the journey from a beach house in Miami to a hotel in Seattle. In the process of questing for power, if you fail, it can also be just life-changing. The last thing you need after your flight gets in late is to be unable to send an urgent email or order an Uber to an important meeting. So how to keep our phone and laptop charged when we’re travelling? First things first: always charge the phone, laptop and tablet the night before. Obviously, experienced travelers frequently forget this simple step. No amount of cash can buy us enough power to finish that do-or-die PowerPoint on the road. Starting the trip with power-guzzling devices at 100% won’t just improve the odds in the quest for power. It’ll save you trouble at security. Many people leave their devices on throughout their travels. Rookie mistake. Even if you’re not touching your machine, batteries are draining it into the ether; Just taking my iPhone for example, it drains down to 80% in an hour or two sitting in my pocket. Between uses, power your devices down completely, or at least switch to power-saving airplane mode. Got a lot of apps open? Close them. Turn off your Wi-Fi when you’re not online, because scanning for networks sucks juice, though this is controversial. Anyway, lower the light intensity on your devices, that really makes a difference. Think twice before using public charging stations. Generally, you’ve noticed those advertiser-sponsored free charging pods at the airport, but some security experts warn that these towers might be used by evilodoers to steal your data or upload malware to your device. Portable battery packs made by companies like EasyAcc are good alternative to fighting to plug in. For $50 or so, a Monster 26,000mAh power bank frees you from having to cluster around an outlet that may or may not be adjacent to your seat in the waiting area. EasyAcc also makes other power banks with different capacities for different outdoor charging needs. Note: you can’t charge your phone from your EasyAcc if you forgot to charge your EasyAcc. Bring a car charger. If you’re like me, you’ll save the money for renting a GPS with the rental car. Use a turn-by-turn navigation system app on your smartphone instead. But watch out: GPS eats battery power as fast as streaming video. And that’s the reason why a car charger is an important power source. If you’re heading out into the hinterlands – a war zone, say, or a national park, you’re going to have to go in heavy. But, surly, that’s worthy enough.  

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