Yes, e-readers with the "E Ink" technology displays have a very long battery life.
Charging mobile devices in airports is definitely a problem that is getting larger. What can be done? Will airports install more outlets to help make passengers more comfortable? Or do they want to avoid spending money on this?
I have actually seen a passenger at an airport try to move a beverage machine out from the wall enough so that they could squeeze their hand in behind to plug in a charger for a device.
I travel with my iPad and the power lasts a LONG time. I typcally can watch two movies and the charge only goes down to about 80% (from a full charge). This leaves lots of power to still do work. When I see someone "hogging" a power source, I usually approach with the power cord in hand holding the plug. This communicates pretty clearly that I am in need even when a person has their headphones on. I usually just say, "hey friend, can we share the power?" I usually also make some nice comment about their iPad or laptop etc. Like, "don't you just love your iPad, what a life saver huh?"
I must say that for me there is no better alternative to a tatty edged book to read when travelling. There are no worries about damage, battery life, visibility etc. I will look out for the read and return sites for books. I have not seen these yet in Europe.
I am impressed with that: "I am a very fast reader, and I have been known to finish a book between Boston and Chicago " . Five hours without a plug, it sounds like a book title... but is it five hours? The main question here should be can we stand without our laptop,tablet,mp3,mobile, for a while?
I think that if we accept the fact that in the airplane we cannot have electricity consumption then we can program our "needs" and our schedule to that fact.
Alex, striking a positive toned conversation is a way forward to get a power outlet. As actions speak more than words, a desparately sweating face running with device in one hand and power cord in other hand speaks volume and i am sure only an idiot will refust to give away his/her seat and power outlet.
Barbara, you are right. Most of such gadgets yield power only 4 to 8 hours in continuous usage mode. For my smart phone I used to carry 1 or 2 extra fully charged cells for a long run, but it seems difficult for laptop and tablets. Recently I read that, the new mobile computing chips from Intel can yield a better performance with low power consumption. Since cell power is the backbone for all such handy, portable devices, it’s the right time for more R&D about storing more power in Lithium Iron/Nickel Cadmium cells.
In this case I would look at the airport responsibles and ask them to update their terminals according to today's needs. In an updated airport you will never experience the ordeal you have experienced to charge your devices.
A couple of days ago a friend told me she read a 552-page book in 6 hours. I was very impressed. She id a very fast reader and it's common for her to read a book in one day, well, in some hours. Have you ever finished a book in a day?
You can have in-flight Wi-Fi and keep on working or doing what you want during the length of the flight. Then it depends on the airport the difficulties or not you can find for recharging your devices.
In any case, battery life is something that is improving with the new models and you can have 10-hour battery life in some cases. That should be quite enough for a flight.
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