This is very true in both literal an practical sense.
I still remember the time when mobile cellular technology began its life back in the 90s. Conversation between a husband and a wife – wife at home and the husband doing shopping for her – err what colour is it… there is this one which is very soft and rubbery, green is it ok?….a minute later he called again. And it repeated over a few times. At that time, we saw this as a total waste of time. But these days, it is a normal scenario people do not make fuss about anymore. And the communication is now further enhanced with the brilliant photographic abilities of the smartphone and all those instant chat apps that has become indespensable whether at family level, socially or even for work. Communication is never better.
One of the bottleneck is the power. Most smartphone, despite the advanced lithium technology do not go beyond 24 hours, of course they can last longer in standby or off-data mode, but then that’s not what they are for! Most people spend their days staring at the screen of their smartphones almost all the time, and you could be one of them. Amazingly, such a previously an abhorrant behaviour is now becoming an acceptable way or even necessity, for example some people do their works merely by skimming through and replying whatsapp!
Anway, my point today is how to ensure you do not run out of power. Yes, bring your charger, or better a large capacity powerbank. Most people do, in fact very few who don’t, and they could end up miserable or looking like a fool, when they were needed on the other end and not available, lame reason given – phone is dead! No, this is no longer an acceptable excuse these days.
So today, I left the 3 kids at home, to join the convoy to Cameron Highland (?again), well this time we got an important mission to set up the continuous education and training – usrah for the members of the organisation, I joined mainly for the interest in ride and helping the number.
Since the wife was away, I have to rely on the big brother to take care of the two young ones. The sister, Nawal got a horse riding class later in the evening, somewhere far away at Denai Alam. Harith will be driving them, a good chance he is going to need the GPS apps, using his own phone. So, in order to ensure he does not run out of power in the middle of navigating, I gave him a loan of my own powerbank. This is an awesome 10,000mA powerbank which I got for free from the company, could charge my phone at least twice, more for the iPhone.
Of course I need one for myself. I was sure I could use the big powerbank cum jump starter kit (used to power up car or motorcycle when the battery run flat). It so happened Harith borrowed the jump starter in the morning to rescue his friend’s car. Following the usage, I recharged, thoug fairly briefly, since I had to rush out for the journey shortly.
I only found out later in the evening, when I was about to charge my phone, that the powerbank cum jump starter was flat! I was baffled. Yes, it happened before for reason I did not understand. This powerbank is a bit different than the normal one, coz once you used it to jump start a car (or bike), it will drain out the power completely. This was something that I did not anticipate. So I was left without power!
I checked my phone, 38% left. That should be enough if I use it occasionally for messaging, or short calls, and the rest standby time. The phone had this power saving feature which you could set to a max, means you will improve the standby time 3 or 4 times more, however, at the expense of slowing down or no 4G data at all, means you won’t be instantly receiving whatsapp messages and no data-operated app like Gmaps or Waze.
With the power saving, I was still able to keep my whatsapp communication, and did take a limited number of photos, no GPS nav of course, luckily I did not need this since I could rely on the rest of the group as guide. I did bring my iPad, but the Whatsapp does not work on iPad unless the phone remains on. Though, if my phone is dead, I could still communicate using Telegram, Twitter, FB messenger. And I could also make calls using the Skype to any landline or mobile phones around the world. So, somewhat I did have a second line or third line backup here, thanks God. By the way, 38% at around 3pm and I still have 14% left when I got home around 9.30pm, not bad with the Samsung intelligent maximum powersaving (used to be called ultra power saving).