April 22, 2018

Wall Huggers at the Airport

On a recent trip, I was surprised on the number of people that were looking and needing a spot to charge up their smartphones. This was true at airports and at several Starbucks stores.

There's no reason for this. The solution is simple and very practical.

Wall Huggers

While waiting for their flights, people would seek locations to power up their device before getting on board. They pull out their USB cables just hoping for a free spot at the power charging area.

Samsung even made fun of them in 2014.

Simple Solution

The simple solution is to use a USB power charger, otherwise known as portable power banks. They provide a bit of extra juice whenever you need it.

The good thing is that you don't need to find a wall changing the station. Simply plug in your phone and go. Amazing how much flexibility it can bring. You can charge your device while walking on the plane.

What Size/Brand

On a recent trip, I found that the Jackery USB 6000 mAh/22.2Wh was plenty of power. I was able to charge up my iPhone 6s Plus several times and still had plenty of available charges available.

The iPhone 6S Plus has a 2750 mAh battery. This means that the 6000 mAh will fully charge a "dead" iPhone at least 2 times. I use the Jackery Bar Premium USB Power Charger. It's nice because you can see exactly how much charge is available and it's a good fit in the packet.

Bonus: If you have a SwissGear 1900 ScanSmart TSA Laptop Backpack, the Jackery Bar Premium USB Power Charger will fit in the Cellular pocket. Which makes it handy to have whenever you need it.

Jackery6000

I would recommend not getting the updated model with built-in Apple Lightning Cables, because of the short cable length. Using a 12-inch cable, you can keep the charger in the back pocket while charging the phone in the front pocket. I find the 12-inch length to be good for in the in-flight seat pocket.

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