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Iphone charging at night in hostel?
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i have a question about charging our iphones at night.. are there plug ins by the beds ? because we charge our phone at night but are worried about our phones getting stolen also? and if we use our phones for an alarm we need them close to the bed? any info would be awesome!

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All you can do is try to get a bed near a plug in. You probably won’t be the only one charging a phone though.

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or take some extra cable from home

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There are these portable chargers which run on batteries (like AA’s) and don’t require you to plug anything into a wall. They have plugs for most major phone types (razr, blackberry, etc). maybe they have one for iphone too? It’s on magellans.com but my link didn’t work so just go there and type in “cell charger” or “ipod charger”
No idea how well it works, but worth a try I guess? it’s fairly cheap.

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thanks ill take a look at that Smile

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I did not have any problems charging my iPhone when I was traveling. In a couple hostels I had to charge it in a common area while I did stuff like eat breakfast, do laundry or check my email. Luckily the iPhone does a pretty good 10 minute charge, so if you do the 10 minute charges often, then you will be fine.

I was able to plug my phone in overnight at a few hostels and that worked fine. I was not totally trusting of my roommates in a couple, so I had to be a little clever about way I hide the phone and still had it charge.

You should be fine. I did not have any real problems. Make sure you turn off ‘Data Roaming’ on your phone so you don’t get killed with charges and I would recommend having your phone in ‘Airplane Mode’ whenever you can. You will keep a charge much longer if you have the phone in Airplane Mode. Also, having wireless and/or 3G enabled will kill your battery much quicker, so keep that in mind…

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I’m thinking about picking up one of these!
http://store.apple.c…

We’ll only be using the iPhone/iPod touch for wifi to book hostels or search for other things… so hopefulyl we won’t use too much battery. But this would be efficient by just laying in the grass for a half hour outside? Last resort you could pick up one of those Mophie juiceback with a battery in the case, but I hate those…

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that is an interesting idea. probably wouldn’t be a bad idea to have it, but its not cheap. i found that if I had wifi turned off as well as having my phone in airplane mode, i did not have to worry about it running out of battery. it would last multiple days without having to be charged. just make sure to turn off wifi after you are finished using it because otherwise it will drain your battery looking for a wifi connection…

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For sure! And in addition to that, turning down brightness can help a LOT too. Even turning it off now and then to clear out the cache and reduce background processes that can sometimes stick around. All this while power-cycling the battery, so don’t charge it at night in a Hostel unless you must — if you’re charging it every night at 80% battery, over time the battery will lose it’s capacity and only be able to charge up and down in that 20% (less so with lithium ion as it is a problem with memory nickle batteries, but it still occurs) bracket. So run it down to the red with a game maybe once you get to the Hostel, then charge it all the way back up every now and then!

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yep, all good recommendations… Smile

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thanks guys a lot of great ideas i need to think about!

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Why not just leave the phone at home and buy a cheap mini alarm clock? I guess you can use it to listen to music, but wouldn’t it be nice just to take a little break from the old ball and chain?

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Why not just leave it at home? I guess it’s good to have if you want to listen to music, but wouldn’t it be nice to be completely cut off from life back home for a while? You can buy a mini alarm clock for next to nothing, and then you wouldn’t have to worry about losing your phone.

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eggywegs redux wrote:
Why not just leave it at home? I guess it’s good to have if you want to listen to music, but wouldn’t it be nice to be completely cut off from life back home for a while? You can buy a mini alarm clock for next to nothing, and then you wouldn’t have to worry about losing your phone.

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