Here’s the scene: You are traveling and have a layover between flights. These are never fun. But you are a road warrior! You spent most of the previous flight working on your laptop and/or tablet. You got a lot of work done, but you have drained the battery in all of your devices. Worse, you need your stuff to work on the next flight, because you still have work to do.
The good news is that the airports have been increasing the number of outlets for you to plug into and recharge your devices. The bad news is that, unless you get into one of the airline lounges, they haven’t been increasing the number of outlets as fast as one would like. Also, the demand increases daily as more travelers use more computers, tablets and phones!
So, chances are that you will find no available outlets to plug into at your gate or anywhere near. What can you do besides heading to the bar and updating your resume?
All it takes is a little planning and the willingness to add a few ounces to your carry on bag.
All you need to do is buy a travel power strip before your flight. These handy little guys usually have three to five inputs and often a couple of USB inputs, too. Plug it into the wall and you can charge a number of your devices at the same time.
They are not expensive. They run from $10 to $20 and up. They are readily available at all the normal places you can think of, online and off.
The best part is in addition to letting you charge your stuff, they do magic. Remember, you got to your gate and found no outlets available. These little guys can, magically, make an outlet available. Go to the outlet you want to use, find the person using it, and ask to share the outlet. Odds are you will find agreement. After all, your new friend still gets to charge his computer while you do, too! Pure magic.