I think I have solved my iPad charging woes with this little dubrey wotsit.
It’s called the Griffin Technology PowerJolt Micro and enables me to get the maximum charge rate of 2.1A from my solar devices/ batteries and my car power socket etc.
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.
Pondering & walking.
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.
Tim is my assigned ‘helper’ for my Web Video workshop. I think in his spare time Tim travels back to the days of the pre-wap Nokia 3310 and brings them back to the present day to sell on Ebay.
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.