Replace Your Lost Mobile Phone Charger For Free

Replace Your Lost Mobile Phone Charger For Free

Ever forget your mobile phone charger at a hotel? Turns out that’s an extremely common mistake — one you can use to your advantage to replace your lost charger, whether you lost it there or not.

Over at community news site Reddit, a user points out his clever trick:

Next time you lose your phone charger, don’t buy another one. Go to a hotel and say you think you lost it there. It’s the #1 most left behind item at hotels, so most places have a big bin filled with every phone charger imaginable.

It may seem a little underhanded, but one Gizmodo reader explains just how abundant these chargers are at hotels:

I work for the second largest conference hotel in my city. You have no idea the size box we have of chargers left behind. 90 percent are idiot blackberry chargers. This works 100% of the time, we never verify that anyone stays here we just let them go shopping for there charger. Hell we even will give people a charger if they call down to the front desk and say they forgot theirs!

So there you have it: Whether you forgot your charger at home or lost it altogether, check with a hotel; you may find a quick and easy replacement. If not — well, it was worth a try, right? Know some other clever tricks of the trade? Let’s hear it in the comments, or send an email to tips at with your smart trick.

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  • I work at a CBD hotel – while we have a box of chargers, we don’t give them permanently to guests. We’re more than happy to lend them for the duration of the stay, but we ask for them back.

    I think down in the depths of our housekeeping department they’ve got a whole box full of them, but I have no idea where they are, and most people ask after they’ve left.

    We don’t give out ones from guests who stayed recently, as our lost property is kept for 3 months and we get a number of calls a week from guests who want them back.

    In short: Yes, we will look for a charger for you. But don’t get angry at me if we don’t have one – YOU forgot the charger, not us.

    • In all fairness to the editors, the spelling error was in the original quote referenced.

      Okay, technically the editors should probably have written [sic] next to the error, but with this indented formatting I dare say it’s obvious that the error was generated by the Gizmodo reader.

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