I read an article recently that described a physicist who actually proved the concept that it is possible to charge a battery without any wires. Wireless power… think about it! I probably carry 3 or 4lbs of chargers and power cords and batteries. I have no doubt that someday, our cell phones will charge themselves off of some mysterious signal transmitted through thin air. Until then however, I’ll still need a place to plug mine in to charge it.
The more powerful cell phones get, the more quickly they chew through your battery’s reserve. This is also true of iPods, GPS nagivagion systems, and more. So, these items need to be plugged in every evening to charge back up during the night. In some hotels, this can be a real problem.
When I hit the pillow in my hotel room every night, I like to have my cell on the nightstand next to me. It has an alarm clock that I like to use sometimes, and if it should ring or receive email in the middle of the night, I don’t want to have to bumble through an unfamiliar room to find and answer it. I also will listen to music as I read in bed and I need my iPod plugged in as well (I’ve fallen asleep with my iPod playing and it’s no fun waking up next to a dead pod).
Hotels almost always use every single electrical outlet for their own room stuff; at least four or five ugly lamps, a lame clock radio, the TV, etc. So, I always travel with a small “one into two” electrical outlet splitter. Here’s a picture of one. With this little jewel, I can have my bedside reading lamp, my iPod, my phone, and even the clock radio all plugged in together.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m praying for the day that wireless power comes and I will happily burn my transponders, converters, cords, plugs, you name it. Until that glorious day, I want my small electronics next to me in bed. What else is all that empty space in a king-sized bed for?
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