Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Charge yourself

For the first time today I used public transport after our most recent two week severe lock down. As each week passes and it seems like COVID is again under control, we are freed up by degrees. 

As far as I can establish this is a free phone charging service. I've seen one at Flinders Street Station in the city and now there is one at South Yarra Station. It is easy to see there are multiple leads inside each cabinet to recharge your device.  How many years ago did I hear about a universal plug for all devices? 

Nevertheless, I think this is a great thing for young people who don't charge their devices overnight and run out of battery the next day, and if they are heavy users, they won't have a charging pack with them. 

I've seen my phone battery get quite low after all day usage, but I have never run out of charge. Why is these charging stations necessary? Should we be piling on irresponsible young people who don't charge their phones overnight? 

Conversation to Hippie Niece:

Aunty Andrew, my phone is flat.

Why did you not charge it last night?

I was using it and I forgot. Aunty Andrew, do you have a plug for my phone?

So you forgot your charging plug too? No we don't. You are an i person and we are Android. Never the twain shall meet.

I can't remember how, but she did find a way or a plug or something to charge her phone.

39 comments:

  1. My ancient phone did run out of charge very quickly. So I learnt and charged it overnight. In at least on of our shopping centres there is a charging point at the information desk - where I assume they have the relevant cords for different phones.

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    1. Our local Pran Central, a very small shopping mall has multiple leads and power sockets for charging, along with free wifi. That's good.

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  2. My phone battery runs down at inconvenient times, sometimes even without using it. I check it each night and if the battery indicator is full I leave it, then get up in the morning to find the damn thing redlined so I have to plug in the charger! Now if I know I'm going to be away from home for more than a couple of hours I take a powerbank with me.

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    1. River, at times battery level indicators can be dodgy. Mine can last one day even with heavy use like when on holidays. I always charge it overnight regardless of the battery level. I've thought about getting a power bank but it just one more thing to worry about and charge up.

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    2. Power banks don't need to be charged every day, just remember to charge it overnight before you need it, or straight after you have used it. Mine will recharge my phone two or three times before I need to recharge it. There are different sizes available, I would think a larger one would hole more available charge than my little one $19.95 at officeworks

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  3. A while ago I heard that some genius in Israel had invented something that would charge your phone in seconds. I never heard any more about it; I wonder why!

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    1. Cro, the phones might have started exploding. Ultra fast charging can often really reduce battery life.

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  4. Ok, living stick of North Idaho. I'm confussed about charging one plug.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

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    1. Dora, it would be nice if everything had the same plug.

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  5. Until I read the instructions on the machine I had visions of people loitering around holding onto their phones similar holding the hose while filling your petrol tank
    The power packs river referred to were a boon when we were without electricity- my phone seemed to charge faster than when plugged into the wall

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    1. Cathy, that's interesting about the power pack charging more quickly. How long were you without power btw?

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  6. That's a good idea to be able to charge your battery on the run. Yes, people forget to charge phones at home, sometimes the batteries are getting old and don't hold their charge, even newer batteries can do that. I never forget to take a battery charger with me or a lead but can understand young ones forgetting - it's often the only thing they have to think of!

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    1. Margaret, charge packs have been around for years. A friend bought one more than five years ago but it was heavy. They are probably less bulky and lighter now. Haha, about young ones only have one thing to think about.

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  7. Batteries are a pain. They seem to be the main reason for people changing their phone.

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    1. Marie, I suppose they are but there is no reason you can't get the battery replaced. Excuse to buy a new phone maybe. I keep mine two to three years, and the batteries last that long at least.

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  8. Hasn't happened to me yet Andrew but it's only a question of time :)

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    1. Yes Grace, but what about camera batteries?

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    2. Oh yes that has definitely happened!

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    3. Spare rechargeable batteries are the way to go for cameras. Keep a charged one in the camera case.

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    4. I'm on it River, after a couple of times a spare battery was bought and is used often 😉

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  9. I very recently replaced my 11 year old Sony Ericsson Xperia phone, this happily ran for about 36 hours on each charge, it could no longer load new apps from Google, so I had to fork out the $$$ to replace it. The new wizz bang phone runs for at least 5 days on a charge, this is a very new battery of course. I hope to get quite a few years out of this "investment" of my $$$

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    1. Pippa, I remember Sony Ericsson Xperia, not that I had one. Five days of from a full charge is amazing. I am guessing you don't use it a lot.

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    2. Mainly as a WiFi hotspot, I am not a great user of phone games, nor do I use it to play media, that is what the Laptop is for. The phone is an unusual one, being an industrial phone, so it has some pretty special features such as a built in InfraRed camera. The InfreRed camera I use as a fault finding tool when fixing electronic devices. The phone is a Blackview BV9900-Pro, nowhere near as expensive as something from the fruit orchard collection of devices.

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  10. Anonymous7:11 pm

    I charge my phone overnight every night, but with heavy usage in the morning the battery runs low by lunch time. Some apps use a lot of data

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    1. Anon, it did become a close call for me when on holidays in Sydney and using my phone to take photos. It seems the camera uses up the battery juice.

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  11. We are down to two varieties of charging plugs, Apple and everything else. Apple has never gotten with the rest of the world.

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    1. Android is on two I think. So annoying that we need two different plugs.

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  12. I leave my phone on charge, unless I am actually using the device. Does that indicate that I am of the older generation? Most likely.

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    1. Hels, it possibly does indicate an older person.

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  13. You would be calling me a silly young person today Andrew. Last night when I went to sleep I noticed I only had about 30% battery and thought I would take the portable charger to work with me in morning. This morning of course I forgot and by lunch time I had no battery! No mobile until 8pm when I got home to recharge it. But it was the first time it happened :)

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    1. Sami, it is funny that it happened the day this was published. Not so funny for you.

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  14. 1st World Problems - Such An Inconvenience - Hang In There And Charge Up Brother Man

    Cheers

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    1. Padre, very much a first world problem. Thanks.

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  15. I can charge mine in the car. from here to the park where the boys are, is 20 minutes and it will charge in half the time to get there, on the car charger. But I plug it in and turn it off every night. I only carry a charge pack when I go somewhere far off because the car gets hot and I heard they can catch fire if they get too hot---the battery in the charge pack.

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    1. Strayer, I doubt a decent charge pack would catch fire. But then phones shouldn't catch fire either.

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  16. That's really cool about the phone chargers. Who'd a thought?
    Loved the conversation between you and your niece:)
    Take special care.

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    1. Sandra, it is a great idea, and you don't pay for such a public service.

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  17. Oh, interesting. I've never seen a charging cabinet like that. I am forever charging phones for kids at school who've run out of juice.

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    1. Steve, they are probably playing with at night when they should be sleeping and don't charge them overnight.

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