On the weekend I travelled to Melbourne for my nephew's 21st Birthday party. I thought I'd take advantage of the travelling time to get some work done. The trouble was, I was only taking carry-on luggage - so no laptop bag. This was the perfect opportunity to see if my iPad could place my laptop (I'll save that for another blog post).
The big problem is that my sister is currently renovating her home and surviving with one power board providing electricity to almost the entire house. For me, this meant nowhere to charge my devices, except at a rare moment when there was a spare spot on the power board. And I did have a few devices with me - iPad, Bluetooth keyboard for the iPad, two phones (work and personal) and a camera. There is no way my phones could last the entire weekend without charging – and I was expecting to take quite a few photos.
Just last week I found a solution - I took one other device with me - A SmartOne charger.
This little device can fully charge all my devices without the need for a power point. All you have to do is charge up the SmartOne (it takes about 3 hours to fully charge via any USB port) and when you need to charge one of your devices just connect it to your SmartOne via one of the connectors that come with it. You don't have to carry a lot of cables if you have multiple devices either - all the connectors you’ll need are cleverly attached to each other. The multi-plug connector includes iPhone 4, Micro USB, Mini USB and standard USB along with an iPhone 5 adapter. So you can charge most smart phones and tablets, digital cameras, video cameras, iPods, and more.
My SmartOne ended up getting more use on the weekend than I had planned. First, I used it to charge my Bluetooth iPad keyboard (I actually forgot that it requires charging - not sure where I thought it got its power from!); then my sister couldn't find her iPad charger so my SmartOne gave it a power topup; one of my phones; and my camera after I decided to video the speeches at the party.
You can use the SmartOne over and over again – just charge it up and it’s ready to go again. Another thing I love is that while your device is charging you are not attached to a power point. SmartOne comes in seven colours - blue, magenta, black, white, green, yellow and pink. It is very lightweight and small so you can easily pop it in your handbag and you’ll never get caught with a flat battery again.
SmartOne is from Smarter Charger, a 100% Australian company, based in Adelaide. You can buy SmartOne online for just $29.95 at www.smartercharger.com.au
Now that I'm home again my SmartOne will be living in my handbag, for whenever I forget to charge my phone - which is far too often.
Would you like a SmartOne? I have one to give away. All you have to do is leave me a comment below on this blog telling me of the worst situation you've been in resulting from having no charge in one of your techie devices.
Giveaway Terms & Conditions
- This competition is a game of skill.
- Submit your entry in a comment at the bottom of this post. You don’t need a Blogger account. Just sign in as anonymous and leave your email address.
- Follow Techie Mum on Facebook here – if you don’t already.
- This competition is open to Australian Residents only.
- The competition is open for one week – from 2 September 2013 to Monday 9 September 2013.
- The winner will be announced on Wednesday 11 September on the Techie Mum blog, Facebook page, and Twitter.
- The winner will be contacted via the email address provided. The winner has four days to reply; otherwise the prize will be redrawn.
This giveaway is now over. Congratulations to Tracy Heffernan.