PostPoints tip: Avoid proprietary power plugs
Just because I write about gadgets for a living doesn't mean I know how to use them. Case in point: I somehow forgot to pack my phone's charger when I went to San Francisco to cover Apple's Sept. 1 iPod/Apple TV event. But three days later, my phone remained fully charged--because it uses a standard size of USB port, it wasn't a huge hassle to find and borrow a spare charger. The two kinds you want to look for are mini-USB (a rectangular plug 1/4 in. wide by 1/8 in. thick) orthe more common micro-USB (same width but only half as thick). To lower your odds of being stranded without a charger, take one of the spare mini- or micro-USB cables you have lying around, whichever your phone takes, and stash it in the bag you usually take on a trip so you can recharge from any random computer if necessary.
(What's this "PostPoints tip" business about? Since July, I've been archiving each tip-of-the-week e-mail we send to PostPoints members under this blog's "Tips" category. Today's item went out on Sept. 7.)
September 13, 2010; 9:46 AM ET
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