Earlier in the year I wrote about the (mostly) technology that’s in my laptop bag.
So I thought I’d share that I’ve added something to the list. Which is sort of the wrong direction, I’d always rather be taking things out and lightening the load.
Fortunately with my Tom Bihn Checkpoint Flyer bag, which unclips to go through the security checkpoint flat instead of having to take my laptop out of the bag when I don’t get to use Precheck, I have an absolute shoulder strap which stretches to make the bag feel substantially lighter.
With my belated move from a Blackberry to the new Samsung Galaxy S3, one of the major tradeoffs is battery life.
When I’m working out of my office and not on travel, the battery lasts me a full day without difficulty. I take the phone with me in the morning, and I don’t plug it back in until I go to bed (although I have an extra charger in the office and will plug the phone in sometimes ‘just in case’).
But when I’m traveling, running between meetings around town, and living off my phone — calls, keeping up with emails mostly, and perhaps even listening to a little bit of music because I don’t carry a separate music device (again, always best to have fewer devices) — I run down the battery much more quickly.
So I’ve started carrying a high capacity power brick.
And it’s great not just for keeping my phone powered, but also for my Verizon MiFi wireless router. I’m told that the latest generation MiFi device has a battery which lasts a bit longer, but the one I use runs empty after a couple hours’ of use. Again, running around between meetings all day I burn through the battery pretty quickly. I have a tendency to work in cabs even, and if I turn up to an appointment early I’ll sit in a building’s lobby or nearby and try to keep up with my day even while I’m on the road. Being able to power back up my wireless internet device helps a lot.
So the RAVPower 10000mAh External Battery Charger is already making a big difference in my ability to stay powered up on the road.
It has two USB slots, so I can charge two devices at a time, any two devices where I can plug into one of those standard slots. And it holds enough juice to recharge my phone probably five times over without powering back up the external battery.
There are plenty of these devices out there on the market, some cheaper and some more expensive, I chose the one I did based on overall relationship between prize, size/weight, and battery capacity.
Are you using an external battery charger? One that will charge devices that can accept something other than charging via USB? What’s your solution?