Road Warrior Tips: Managing Electronics and Battery Life
It’s a road warrior’s constant battle, managing battery life. We all rely on our phones and tablets to provide information and entertainment while we’re on the go. Following these simple tips will help you enjoy your travel instead of worrying about when the red battery icon will appear.
- Investigate the different online storage platforms available and choose one place to access your documents and pictures. Apple supports iCloud, Google has Google Drive, and Dropbox is a third party provider that works on all platforms. Evernote is another cross-device, cross-platform option.
- Before you leave, download any new apps you might need, like a currency converter if you’re going overseas, or a maps app or guidebook that will help you navigate a new city. You’ll not only save battery life, you’ll conserve data by planning ahead.
- Remove apps you’re not using (you can always reinstall them later — the road warrior knows that traveling light even mights streamlining their phone) and update apps to their latest versions in order to streamline what you’re accessing while you’re traveling. Very often, app updates are aimed at reducing power usage, so those updates can save battery life as well.
- Download any entertainment or documents you’ll need before you depart, so that you’re not draining valuable battery life and using data to perform a task that could’ve been completed while your phone or tablet was hardwired to power.
- Invest in a lightweight battery charger, such as a slimline credit card model, for emergency charges, or purchase a charger cord that always stays in your carry-on or backpack.
- Of course, you could always get a Travelpro® Crew™ 11 carry-on, which comes with its own built-in power port. Put a battery into the pocket, plug it in, and then charge your mobile devices while you’re walking through the airport, or even storing your bag in the overhead luggage bin.
Saving battery power is always going to be a struggle, especially for people whose work and travel days last 12 hours and more. But with some careful planning and forethought, you can keep your batteries powered up long enough that you can focus on your tasks at hand, rather than where to find your next energy fix.
Road warriors and business travelers, how do you keep your electronics batteries charged? Any tricks or special devices you use to conserve power? Share them with us in the comments below, on our Facebook page, or in our Twitter stream.