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Travel Savvy:CHARGE!



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Charge As You Go Will you be onboard a sport fishing boat or in a car during much of your trip? Cars and vessels provide 12-volt DC power for your phone or iPod. Have a car charger handy and replenish your batteries whenever you are underway. There are also new 12-volt chargers with USB plugs for charging. But many devices are designed to operate on the 120/220 volt AC power we get at home. If your appliance doesn’t have a 12-volt charger, consid-

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By Betsy Crowfoot

Whether vacationing or on business, many travelers want to stay connected. That’s problematic if you’re spending long hours on the road, at sea, or in the wilderness. Here are tips for staying charged up when you check out. Charge Up Before You Go Top off your batteries to 100-percent before you set off, and then conserve. If you’re outside your service area, turn your phone off so it doesn’t waste energy searching for service. Likewise, use simple ringtones, disable vibrate mode and minimize apps to save juice. To make your laptop more efficient, defrag your system and eliminate power-poaching extras like CDs; use a touchpad in lieu of a mouse; and hit the ‘power saver’ setting in Power Options. Choose ‘hibernate’ over ‘sleep’ or ‘standby.’ If your battery still runs out within one or two hours, you may need to replace it. One small measure that will make a huge difference in preserving camera battery life is to turn off your LCD display screen and use the viewfinder, if your camera is equipped with one. And try to refrain from admiring your pictures until you get back to the grid.

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er a power adaptor, which plugs into a cigarette lighter socket, an AC wall outlet or an airline in-seat power plug. Call For Backup If you’re answering the call of the wild with nowhere to plug in, consider bringing a backup battery pack. These can double or even triple the usage time of your device. They vary from pocket-sized flash chargers to lithium battery power packs. Again, charge up before you go and at every subsequent opportunity. Look for a backup battery that allows you to charge it a number of ways: from a vehicle, a three-prong plug, or even through your laptop USB. Alkaline Batteries and Rechargeables “It keeps going, and going and going,” the slogan says; but alkaline bat-

teries are troublesome for the adventure traveler, considering their limited lifespan, the inconvenience of carrying spares and the impact on the environment. To preserve battery life, switch your device off and remove the batteries when not in use. Store them in a cool dry place, not the refrigerator. Better yet: if your flashlight, headlamp or so on calls for AA, AAA, C or D batteries, consider switching to rechargeables. These last up to 1,000 charges, with less of an impact on landfills. A NiMH (nickel-metal hydride) battery charger with four batteries will cost only about $25. And the best way to save battery life? Keep your electronics use to a minimum or leave them home and enjoy your new surroundings without distractions. The Kenmore Air Destination Magazine



HARBORS Summer 2013  

Summer 2013 issue of HARBORS Magazine, the Kenmore Air Destination Magazine

HARBORS Summer 2013  

Summer 2013 issue of HARBORS Magazine, the Kenmore Air Destination Magazine

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