Library lifehack: charging your phone from your laptop or PC

USB to micro-USB cableI’ve never met a student who didn’t want at least one more power socket than was available.  Everything built after 1930 that is either useful or fun seems to want a power supply, and while mobile devices are increasingly clever in design they really don’t like being left to rely on their battery all day long, especially as they start to age.

It’s not a lot of fun deciding which of your devices is going to die on you for want of being plugged into that one available socket, and with the best will in the world the promised proliferation of plug sockets (we really are going to fit lots more in the Library) is simply not possible before the coming summer vacation.  There is always the lure of forbidden toys such as extension cables but in addition to attracting the tutting of passing library assistants and security guards, these are big, bulky and awkward to lug around.

Happily there is a neat little solution.  With a light and not overly expensive cable (they retail for around £5 each), you can charge mobile devices from your desktop computer or laptop.  Plugging your phone to charge from an available USB port on your desktop PC or loanable laptop means you can potentially power everything from just the one socket beside (or underneath your desk on the ground floor) without tripping over extra cables or carrying bulky kit around.  It might be the workaround to one of life’s frustrations.

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Assistant Librarian (Promotions) at the University Library. An enthusiastic advocate of libraries, diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice for all, inside and outside the workplace.

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