Before using it my iPad would say ‘not charging’ but was in fact charging at the lower speed fed by a ‘normal’ USB 2.0 connection. It could take some time though. With this the iPad charges at the same rate it would when plugged into the wall.
In the photo below I have my iPad charging with my MiniGorilla. The PowerJolt micro is so ‘micro’ I had to cut a couple of notches into the cigarette lighter socket that is plugged in to the MiniGorilla battery. I think this is because the socket Powertraveller supplies is deeper than the norm.
Although I have been able to daisy-chain charge devices from the mains. I’m yet to effectively use the SolarGorilla into the Power or MiniGorilla and simultaneously have them charge the iPad. (I’d love to know if others have got this to work.)
This may be a good thing as it’s way safer to leave your battery charging in the sun and recharge the iPad later, than leave the sleek black iPad out in the hot sun. If you do, it shuts down with an over heating icon and won’t work till cool again.
At the moment as the battery in the iPad means it will run all day I can charge my batteries in the day and top the iPad up at night.
Incidentally the PowerJolt Micro comes with a really heavy duty apple lead for iPod/iPhone/iPad connectivity, way better quality than anything Apple have supplied me. I ordered them from Cancom for £11.95 who gave me next day delivery and really great service.
I’ll keep playing and experimenting and let you know what works and what doesn’t.
If you have any mobile off-the-grid power experiments with the iPad or suchlike please let me know in the comments below or through my twitter account.
Wandering the fields of Northamptonshire. It’s much cooler than last week.
I wonder if we will even notice the weather when we are all living in cities. I’ve only lived in this part of the world for the last few years but have seen no end of change as rural spaces get eaten up by housing. I’d happily live underground if it meant I still get to walk in the countryside. The next 20 years will see such an incredible increase in population worldwide. I’m not sure any of us we really get much of a choice where we live.
I’m standing in a heavy downpour. Just to take this photo & then I’m off again.
I used to hate walking in the rain at no matter what I wore I’d get wet. Not any more. I’m so glad I shopped around & found the Snowsled Wilderness jacket. I forget how good it is till I’m out in the middle of nowhere, & the heavens open. Then I remember cause I’m still walking and haven’t ran for shelter.. And I’m still smiling. Never underestimate the importance of decent kit. (Blogged from my slightly wet iPhone.. By a dry and happy @Documentally)
I’m a passenger [cue music] and between my legs is my new favorite bag.
It’s made by Timbuk2 and although one of many messenger style bags I own, it’s certainly the best designed & well made. (Guarenteed for life no doubt). I have bought a number of ‘man bags’ these last few weeks I’ve either taken back or given away as I’ve been hunting for something in which to carry my ipad and other tech in. This is bigger than most I have looked at but smaller than my main tech backpack. All the small bags I tested were great for travelling super light but not versitile enough. I have wifi, leads, chargers and other such tech that I like to have close by. It’s also nice to have the extra space.. Just in case. I normally come back from a conference with a tshirt I rarely wear. Thinking Digital at Gateshead did so much to go one step further. This bag is just one of the many touches that @HerbKim & his amazing @codeworks team threw into the mix that made me feel I was at a conference like no other. That said, Thinking Digital was not just about quality things that could last you forever. It was about quality thinking & connections that could make every moment enriched & filled with inspirational ideas. @Documentally [Blogged via email from my iPhone.. I’ll pop back to link up names later. Would be nice if Posterous auto linked Twitter names.. Just saying ;) ]
This is a very clever little bit of kit. I’ve got it to play film, photos & mp3’s.
About the size of a pack of cards, it’s a USB 2.0 or Memory card reading 1080p up-scaling HDMI media player. So with an SD/MS/MMC/SDHC card or thumbdrive loaded with films.. or even an external hard drive plugged in, I can play my content on any TV via either a HDMI or composite port. And for the bargain price of £17 (shop around) It even has a remote control. Is it any good..? Not sure yet, I’ve only just opened the box.
I’m in the Malmaison in Gateshead, Newcastle having breakfast & reading feeds.
Now that all is well with the world and I have a quiet room I’m not actually getting back to it as early as I would like. After a lovely letter from hotel management apologising for the noise (with bonus champagne) I seem to be talking into the early hours with people I have just met at Thinking Digital. An eclectic bunch if creatives from all over the world with facinating stories.
I have complained to myself and am waiting to hear back from my brain as to how this sleeping issue can be resolved.
Just enjoyed a decent coffee at the Pitcher & Piano with @simfin.
It’s great to finally meet him and get to know what he does for www.NorthernGrid.org.uk Really good work. Work he needs to talk about more. Work that given the chance, will shape the digital lives of our kids for many years to come.
Twitter is far more sociable than the phone. #TDC10
(Loud passengers identity protected out of courtacy)
I’m sat on the train on the way to the Thinking Digital Conference in Newcastle where I’m due to be holding a Web-Video workshop and giving a talk there. Thanks to train chaos, downed cables on the Northern Line and mayhem-a-plenty, I’m not only slightly ahead of time but I’m also not in my reserved seat enjoying 1st class hospitality.. I’m ignoring the normal rules of the rail and have almost become invisible to a system in panic.
Sat oposite me is a guy I wish was on an iPhone and not the old school brick of a smartphone he’s using. Why? Well if he had apps he would probably not be on the phone so much, shouting the same thing over and over again. Also if he was on an iPhone he could not be gassing at length as his battery would be flat by now.
As i type this all i can hear is “Hello!. Hello!.. Hello! Are you still there?”
I feel like saying. “I’m here.. and you are doing my head in.”
Whilst on this rather long leg into the North East of England I have not only fired off a barrage of emails, I’ve edited and shared a video with the family and responded to no end of conversations on twitter. Why not?.. This carriage has free WiFi and I have the MiFi as a back up.
On the guys 5th attempt to finish a loud conversation punctuated by loss of reception in tunnels, I asked him why doesn’t he email?
"Email?" he said "What if i want to find something out?"
I imagined he likened email to snail mail where it takes people days to reply so i asked about texting..
"Send a text.. Like kids do?"
At this point I put on my headphones and decided to write this.
From talking to texting to blogging to tweeting. Communicating is something we can all do on multiple levels. All we need to know is that the tools are there. If you need to communicate for work surely it’s in your interest to know all the options at your disposal.
I now know the guys name.. what he’s doing, where he is meeting and whom. What companies are involved (hint: Betfair is one) and the hotel he is staying at. It has taken him over an hour to complete a couple of simple calls and he is still at it.
There is a lot of money involved. I have no doubt he is on a tidy wage. Yet in my mind he is not doing half the job i feel someone who is equipped with the simple tools could do.
His food has arrived. I may take my headphones off and revel in a peaceful journey while he stops shouting into his phone and takes a few moments to stock up on the calories enabling him to shout a little more.
He’s not heard a peep from me. But you guys have.. ;)
These are the last few hours with @minimentally till the end of the week.
I’ll be at the Thinking Digital conference in Newcastle and although I know it will be non-stop, there will more than a few moments where I will miss the family.
He’s growing really fast. I only have to be away a couple of days and he’s changed in so many ways.
For all the different means of communication I have at my disposal the likes of Video on Skype and suchlike just don’t cut it. Not yet. As soon as he’s talking maybe things will be different. For a start Iim sure I’ll have to answer my absenses more.
I won’t miss kids TV though.
Too many repeats.
In between playtime we are choosing which tshirts to pack. He is sick on the ones i’m not to take. So far this one has survived the selection process.
I’m thinking of using posterous as more of a photo dump. I post to so many places and then those places become lost and forgotten I figure as I use posterous a lot i’m not sure that I will be leaving this platform anytime soon.
It was a conversation with @Ilicco that made my mind up. We have some interesting ideas and plans in the pipeline around posting photos to the web and experimenting on sites like this will help us in our endevours. So expect to see any old image from any old device pop up here. It may be you get brought here via Twitter.. Don’t let that stop you from subscribing as there is a good chance I will also use it as a back channel. I am writing this post on my iPad and am looking forward to testing the import-edit-post options with high res images from here.
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Talking at The National Photography Symposium last week reminded me how important photography still is to me. I never really forgot. I have just been preoccupied with my experimentation in multi and realtime media.
Talking with the photographers absorbed in their long term projects reminded me that documenting the moment can, if you like, take longer than that moment. That images needn’t be disposable, transient or lost in a mass of data. Sometimes the documenting of a story should take longer than the story itself. I need to remember the adventures I have had, learning discovering and slowly understanding what photography means to me.
I learned how to take pictures whilst working for a local newspaper. A day crammed with jobs would see me rush from one location to the next thinking.. fill the frame.. get the shot.. take a backup pic.. and move on to the next location.
It was only after I left the papers that I would really enjoy taking pictures. Where i could get to know the subject or the story, to take my time and use my head a little more. I am glad of my initial experience as many of the photos I like are moments snatched from the street or from a story that’s playing out before me. I have also been lucky enough to experiment in the longer form of documentary photography. It’s conversations and observations around this that have re-inspired me to momentarily put away my sack of tech and concentrate on just my camera. Maybe even dig out my old cameras and lenses.
The geek in me would like a new eye for my new eyes and to be equipped with the Nikon D3s. Nikons flagship camera with extraordinary low light performance. I’d have to sell my eyes to afford it though and that just won’t do. No, I have decent cameras and need to do some tech recycling before I indulge myself in any more ‘latest technology’.
Some of my favourite photos were taken on my phone. The images above these words were taken with a wide range of devices, from phones, to compacts, to SLR’s. A new camera may enthuse me, or allow me to take photos faster or easier in some way. Right now though I want to forget about the tools and think about the process.
Whether i’m snapping my breakfast to share online, snatching moments to remember later or documenting a story to archive for the future.. These are all my adventures in photography.
It’s not going to be often that I will want to take the iPad out into the wilderness. Still I like to know I can if i want to and that while out in the middle of nowhere I won’t need to worry about power.
I have all kinds of little solar solutions that will ensure my MiFi maintains a 3G Wifi connection. (If there is 3G that is) but as yet I have done little experimenting with solar charging the iPad.
I have a variety of panels and power solutions but by far the best portable solar set up I have is the Solargorilla plugged into either the Minigorilla or Powergorilla. Not cheap, but fully spec’d and built to last.
I found after much faffing around that different USB leads behave in different ways and so for this test used either the USB lead that either came with my Powertraveller tech or the white Apple lead that came with the iPad.
As it stands I can power the iPad during light use or charge the iPad if the screen is off. At no point will you see the charging icon with this set up. In fact it may say ‘not charging’ in the top right. It is charging though. Just not as fast as the 10 Watt wall charger supplied.
So with the screen off for example, I have the Solargorilla charging the Minigorilla and the Minigorilla acting as a reservoir charging the iPad. I tested this with both the Minigorilla and the Powergorilla and in 10 mins the battery capacity would increase about 5%.
The main issue it seems is the amp-age required from the USB socket. Not all USB ports provide the same amount of power. USB ports can provide anywhere from 100 milliamps (mA) to as much as 1,000mA. I have since found the Power Jolt from Griffin and have ordered it to see if the 2.1 amps stated is sufficient enough for me to use the cigarette lighter socket adapter to speed up the charging process.
I hope to field-test this current set up and something similar with a few interesting modifications in the not too distant future.
The little box that arrived in the post today made me very happy indeed. (I’m sad like that.) I was told apon ordering that the Apple iPad camera connection kit would not arrive for 2 weeks. It took 4 days. Thanks eXpansys.
Twenty seconds after opening the box I had a full res image on the iPad. I had snapped a pic on my Canon Ixus 120is, placed the card in the reader and plugged it into the iPad. An import screen popped up immediately and with a touch of the screen I sucked the 12 megapixel image into the iPad. I then cropped it and added a border in the image editing app ‘Photogene’ and pasted it in this email to send to my posterous. Painless, swift, and in my opinion I have doubled the usefulness of my iPad. Right, I am off to play more.. Apparently you can import video too. :)
Don't just talk at us, @Nick_Clegg converse with us
So @nick_clegg Dont you need social media any more? Or have you just binned the guy who was tweeting for you?
Not one tweet in nearly a week. Not a single thank you for those that voted, not even a 140 characture press release saying how happy you are with your new found power. Maybe i am taking this a little personally (see http:ourmaninside.com ) but there are plenty of occations where you have stressed how important social media is when it comes to polititions communicating with those they work for. I find it hard to belive you havn’t had the time in 6 days to lift your phone and type a tweet to your supporters/followers/friends. I am writing this blog on my phone in a carpark. It’s easy. I’m happy to show you guys how. We need to feel connected in some way to those who are representing us and I think social media tools are the key. Don’t just talk at us, converse with us. Don’t drop the ball now you’re in the door. Christian Payne @Documentally
I am in the Jury’s Inn Derby and didn’t sleep a wink last night. It was a really late night as the conversations enjoyed at The National Photography Symposium were hard to walk away from. Great people, conversation and inspiration to be found in all of it.On the way out to meet my conference associates at the Quad for an evening meal I photographed the three guys pictured below.
Little did I know that the rooms opposite mine in the hotel would later be a crime scene involving these guys and a girl.I won’t go into too much detail as there is currently a police investigation under way and most of my experience of the events of last night came through sleep deprived and slightly inebriated senses. A woman was involved, a man has been arrested, forensics are here in force and as I type this I am giving a police statement.