This weekend we had a bit of a family emergency and found ourselves driving 90 minutes north to find a hospital as quickly as possible. While en route we were using our smart phones for typical smart phone stuff: texting, calling, researching on the web and GPS. The phones did all that just fine.
Once we got to the hospital our phones got more use. More phone calls, more texting and some light web research.
We left the hospital (everyone was discharged and OK, thankfully!) and headed south to find the lot where a wrecked car was deposited. More phone calls, more GPS and…
Out of battery.
5 hours of steady use (not non-stop though) and both of our phones were dead. Crap!
I know there are folks out there who use their phones WAY more than I do. How are they solving battery issues? I often carry an extra charger with me to get a charge in the car but forgot it in all of the excitement when we left… What other options should I explore to be better prepared next time?
External battery-based charge packs? I remember some fun projects back in the day with AA’s and an altoid case. Solar? Good intentions?
Seriously, in this era of short battery life, what’s an effective approach?