Whatever your preferred smartphone platform, daily recharging is going to be part of your routine. But where’s the best place to charge your phone and when do you do it?
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I started reflecting on this issue after seeing Uniden’s Bluetooth Cordless Phone, which includes a USB port in its base station where you can connect your phone to charge. You can also set up the base station to redirect mobile calls to your home phone, which can be very useful if your home has mobile signal dead spots. Under those circumstances, leaving your phone in place to charge makes sense. But it’s only one possible solution.
At home, I have a dedicated phone charger plugged in and I connect my phone before going to sleep each night. It also serves to recharge my tablet or Wi-Fi hotspot when needed. On the road, where my phone doubles as an alarm clock, I hope for a hotel room with a power outlet near the bed. That’s common in larger hotels, but more of a challenge at Formule1.
Several of my colleagues charge from their computers via USB during the day. Other people pop their phone onto a dock as soon as they return home. What’s your charging strategy, and why does it work for you? Tell us in the comments.