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Re: Staying In Touch on the Road: Part 1

Mac ·
It's a nightmare! A fair chunk of my packing now includes various chargers, connection cables and mains power adaptors for phones, iPads, Kindles. cameras.... Oh, plus a universal backup power supply battery (RAVPOWER - good value) in case I cannot get to a mains socket - just to keep in touch! I have to say that the Euro proposal to have ONE single charger for all devices has some merit!! PS - watch out that chargers that are sold as suitable for iPhones are often not powerful enough to...
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Re: Staying In Touch on the Road: Part 2

Travel Rob ·
This is a great report PHeymont!Exactly the step by step instructions we all need.Can't wait for parts 3 and 4.
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Re: Staying In Touch on the Road: Part 1

Mac ·
The RAVPOWER unit that I went for is shown on the following link (a real mouthful): http://www.ravpower.com/ravpow...hite-us-version.html This model has enough power to fully recharge an iPad! Currently available from Amazon for USD 36.00 They also do more powerful packs. (Hope this doesn't cut across any "No Advertising" policies
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Re: Staying In Touch on the Road: Part 2

Former Member ·
There is a lot to know on this topic. Thank you so much for the education.
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Re: Staying In Touch on the Road: Part 1

DrFumblefinger ·
No, Mac, that doesn't cross any sort of policy. We want to help travelers get good honest feedback about products that might be helpful to them on the road (or conversely that aren't worth the money). What's not tolerated is people paid to promote products on our website and providing dishonest information. Ravpower is exactly the kind of unit I'm looking for. Need to go order it soon.
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Re: Staying In Touch on the Road: Part 1

PHeymont ·
In the Duel of the Devices, I'm going to declare the RAVPower unit the winner. Both of these devices are essentially external batteries, something that's becoming more popular as more phones come with non-removable batteries. There are two critical differences, however: capacity and output. The PowerStick has a capacity of 750mAh (about half the power held by an average cellphone battery) and a maximum output current of 700mA (phone chargers usually supply 1000mA). The RAVpower device has a...
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Re: Staying In Touch on the Road: Part 1

PHeymont ·
By the way...here's my solution to the other charger issue (plugging in at home). It's a 5-port USB host that has a short cord to plug in (no brick to get in the way at the outlet) and takes 5 standard USB cords for your devices...the kind that come with your device, although more are available cheaply. The five outputs include 2 2100mA for iPad, 2 1000mA for most phones, and 1 1300mA for Samsung. All can be used for any device up to the designated output (that is, you can plug your phone...
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Re: Staying In Touch on the Road: Part 1

Former Member ·
PowerStick only charges from a USB port. The PowerStick has a capacity of 750mAh Perfect ! That is all that I need for my modest travel needs - just a little juice for a camera or my old flip (!) phone, if needed during a day of sightseeing. The PowerStick is only about the size of a pen, takes no thought to use and does not involve batteries. My kind of tool. Travelers who carry a lot more toys have greater needs than little me.
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Re: Staying In Touch on the Road: Part 1

Former Member ·
Well, I understand the urge for simplicity and not getting tied down...but both the PowerStick and the RAVPower ar e batteries. The RAVPower isn't big; about the size of a cellphone. But it costs 30% less, and will actually put a full charge on a phone, which the other won't. In fact, it will put a full charge on about 6 phones.
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Re: Staying In Touch on the Road: Part 1

Former Member ·
Ran across this device for charging smartphones http://www.jackeryusa.com/
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Staying In Touch on the Road: Part 1

PHeymont ·
PICKING THE RIGHT TECH FOR YOUR NEEDS   This is part 1 of a 4-part report on communication for travelers.   Years ago, traveling meant being out of touch with home, and struggling with unfamiliar pay phones for local calls for...
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Staying In Touch on the Road: Part 2

PHeymont ·
HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR OVERSEAS PHONE SERVICE?This is part 2 of a 4-part report on communication for travelers.  No—the girl in the Renoir is not really on her cell…but you can be! Usually, the first question most people ask...
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Big Mouse is watching you

PHeymont ·
Disney files patents for systems that would track visitors by their shoes and for robots that would use data from it to "customize" guest experience.
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Europe's roaming price caps kick in

PHeymont ·
As Europe's next round of reduced roaming charges kicks in, some questions remain for non-EU travelers.
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Google offers flat $10/GB for data in 120 countries for travelers

Travel Rob ·
Google has a bargain $10 per GB data plan in 120 countries. Read details.
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Re: Google offers flat $10/GB for data in 120 countries for travelers

PHeymont ·
This plan might be good value for travelers crossing a lot of borders, but those visiting one country will find many cheaper alternatives. In Italy, for instance, €10 will buy you 2Gb of 100 Mbps data, and €20 will buy 5Gb.
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Re: Google offers flat $10/GB for data in 120 countries for travelers

DrFumblefinger ·
Looking at the link, it seems to mostly be intended for tablets, rather than phones. But that may come with time, I guess. I tend to travel with a phone and my laptop, so data for a tablet is not very useful to me.
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Re: Google offers flat $10/GB for data in 120 countries for travelers

PHeymont ·
Definitely so! In fact, reading the online discussion on their forum, it becomes clear that using the data-only SIM disables all normal voice-and-text uses of a phone; if you want to make calls from it, you have to use Google Voice or other app. I’m really not convinced it’s a great deal—especially for those who have T-Mobile (one of Google’s underlying carriers for this process) since we already get unlimited free data as part of our regular phone plan…and in the same countries as Google’s...
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Re: Google offers flat $10/GB for data in 120 countries for travelers

Travel Rob ·
Below is a good review of Googles Project Fi's Cell Plan too. It switches between T-Mobile, Sprint and Wi-Fi. I have Republic Wireless, which is Hybrid calling plan also and I've found it so useful to use Wi-Fi for calling when the cell signal's weak. If the cell signal is blocked inside a building, or because of weak rural cell coverage, you can still phone or text if you have Wi-Fi. http://techaeris.com/2015/12/1...roject-fi-in-action/
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