Five Ways to Charge Your Devices on the Go
Professionals everywhere are finding themselves tethered to their devices as more information is kept on smart phones and tablets; lawyers are no different. That also means we're all desperate to charge those devices to keep from losing contact.
If you're in your office all day it's no problem to keep your laptop, phone, and tablet at full power. But if you're a litigator or work at a small or solo firm the days you're at the desk all day are likely few and far between.
There are options to keep your batteries full when you're in and out of meetings and courtrooms. Find the one that works for you.
- Outlet splitter. You can find outlets everywhere from coffee shops to courtrooms but finding unused ones can be more of a challenge depending on where you are. With a splitter you'll always have an available outlet to plug your device into. Just ask politely of the person using the outlet if you can plug in the splitter and don't forget to share.
- Car charger. If you have a medium to long commute or find yourself in the car a lot getting between locations, get an adaptor to charge your devices. You can easily keep it plugged in all the time and connect your devices when you're in the car so that you're never without a charge.
- Backup battery. For those times when you aren't near any kind of real charger you can purchase backups that will charge your devices anywhere. Some need to be recharged by plugging into the wall, others use a hand crank to juice back up. Compare features and prices before buying one so you're getting what you need.
- Laptop. Sure the laptop needs to be charged sometimes too but often laptop batteries last longer than smartphones and tablets. If you keep a USB charger cable with your computer then you'll be able to charge from the laptop in a pinch. As a bonus, keep a wall adapter handy so you can use the same cord to charge from an outlet.
- Powerbag. A pricey but professional option is to purchase a Powerbag or similar product that doubles as a briefcase and a charger. The bag can charge multiple devices when you're away from your desk. Just be sure to plug it in at night so that you don't get caught without enough power to keep your smart phone on.
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