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    How to Always Get Someone to Let You Use Their Power Outlet at the Airport

    No matter what airline youíre flying on or where youíre going I can guarantee you one thing: power will be at a premium.

    No matter how early you arrive at the gate for your flight, all of the power outlets will inevitably be full already with people charging their phones, tablets, and laptops before the flight. That also means your phone and tablet will likely both be on their last few minutes of power.

    After running into the same situation over and over again I discovered a genius solution to the issue a few years ago: carrying along a small power strip.

    The idea comes from a man who asked me if he could use a power outlet I was currently using at an airport during a layover. As he asked, he produced a small three-outlet plug from his bag. Three outlets that meant I could keep charging my phone, and he could charge his laptop at the same time.

    Itís brilliant, cheap, and Iím angry I hadnít thought of it sooner.
    I ordered a small power strip on Amazon literally while I was still plugged into his that has stayed in the front pocket of my travel backpack since. Itís dazzled pretty much every person Iíve shown it to in an airport, most of which have also ordered their own (or at least have told me they were going to). I have this one, although Iím jealous of this one with USB ports on top of it.

    To date, Iíve used it to talk my way into dozens of power outlets I otherwise wouldnít have been able to use. Itís also helped me out in those situations where I wanted to charge my phone, tablet, and a backup battery simultaneously at the airport or in my hotel room and didnít have access to enough outlets to get the job done.

    Yes, you could roll with a regular power strip. I like the 3-outlet model because itís small enough it doesnít take up a ton of space in my bag. This thing literally lives in my travel bookbag whenever itís not being used. And yes, you may one day run into a cranky person that refuses to let you join in on their power, but chances are good there is someone next to them that will give you an enthusiastic thumbs up.
    Over the years Iíve expanded my arsenal to also include a multi-USB hub as well as a multi-charger cable, so I always have the right cable.

    The multi-USB hub gives you that same flexibility to charge multiple devices simultaneously but takes multiple power bricks out of the equation. I donít use it very often at the gate, but it comes out on almost every flight Iím on that has in-seat power.
    Due to airline power, I recommend snagging one of these where the power brick goes directly into the outlet rather than one with a cable. Cables are great for the ground, but in the air can create a gnarly tripping hazard.

    Brilliant.
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    Robert Southwell, S.J.

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    I've been doing this forever (well 20 years) with the cheap grocery store extension cords.
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    It's a great idea. But if you carry one of these (and plan ahead), you can walk right past those outlets. It's kinda big, but not bigger than an outlet strip, and it'll charge my laptop twice and charge my phone three or four times.

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    A great idea, but wouldn't it be nice if the batteries in our iDevices just were big enough to last a full day's use, so that charging at the airport was unnecessary?

    It's not like we're up against a technological blockÖ Phone and tablet makers have simply decided that our phones need to be thin as a credit card. Frankly, I hate the trend. I'd gladly take a brick of a phone if it meant I only had to charge it once every few days. Not only are thicker devices less likely to need constant charging, they are easier to hold. Give me a phone with a 8,000 mAh and rubber bumpers and then I don't have to buy a stupid case to protect the $700 thing in my pocket.
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    I finally discovered my battery saver option on my phone, which helps if I think I might be stuck for awhile without charging capability.
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