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Note To Self: Don’t Forget to Charge Up Over Night

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Yesterday was a long day of rehearsals and driving between two theatres. When we finished the day at Totem Pole Playhouse I needed a beer in the worst way and got that wish.

During that evening’s rehearsal I had used the Tablet PC (HP 2730p) extensively and between being very tired and having one beer too many to wind down, I neglected to charge up before collapsing.

Realizing this when I woke up this morning, I figured no problem, I’ll plug in when I get back to Wayside Theatre and my office after driving there.

What do they say about best laid plans? I pulled into Wayside, went into the theatre to check in with the scenic crew and within a few seconds the power in our area went out. It is still out and hopefully it will be back soon. I’m using the WordPress blogging tool on the iPhone to blog this entry.

Moral of the story? Plug into charge up before having that first beer with actors after a late night rehearsal.

Warner Crocker is a professional theatre director, producer and playwright and also a Tablet PC enthusiast. He is also a Microsoft MVP for Tablet PCs. Send email to Warner. You can follow him on Twitter or Google+

7 Comments

  1. Sumocat

    05/28/2009 at 9:06 am

    The backup system I use is a standard AC car power adapter so I can charge while I drive. Just plug my normal power brick into it and I’ve got at least a little more juice than I had when I left the house. Also saves me from needing dedicated car adapters for any of my current or future gadgets.

  2. Xavier Lanier

    05/28/2009 at 10:26 am

    I hate having to work out battery strategies…they never seem to work out.

  3. Steven Hughes

    05/28/2009 at 11:40 am

    Warner,

    What you don’t have an AC car charger or spare battery? :)

    I have an extra one if you really need one.

  4. Stuart

    05/28/2009 at 1:52 pm

    I would recommend getting a dedicated DC charger for the tablet and keeping it in the case along with the AC charger. Just in case you are in someone else’s car and they don’t have a DC-AC converter. I was looking at the mini DC-AC converters to put in my laptop bag for just that scenario. I’ve had battery problems too many times to mention.

  5. Travis

    05/28/2009 at 2:14 pm

    My Netbook and phone can be charged by plugging one or both of them into the cig lighter in my car.

  6. Sumocat

    05/28/2009 at 2:40 pm

    BTW, if I was in the market for a new car power inverter (sorry, I keep calling everything “adapter”), this is the one I’d get.
    Coffee Cup Power Inverter
    http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/car/b29e/
    Two AC outlets at 200 watts and a USB port. USB port is only half an amp, while 1 amp is usually needed for quick charging, but it beats not having one.

  7. harv

    05/29/2009 at 6:01 pm

    Waner,

    When I bought the 2710p I knew I would also find myself too tired to think, and collapse into a deep sleep, after any day where I ran around alot and needed to take my tablet everywhere. So I bought 2 slice extended batteries with it. And keep one on the machine all the time. And when I find myself with a dead battery in my tablet, for whatever reason, I simply swap the extended battery. Then make a note to swap back to the spent battery, plug in the next time I get to sleep, and to recharge the partial battery as soon as possible therafter. But I know you figured this out already.I just wish there was a way to charge the slice without having it on the machine.The dock will not charge the battery without the machine to bridge the connection.

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