Keeping Charged at Home or Office

Homes and offices are perhaps the last possible place for you to think of staying charged and juiced up in general. But in the age where there are possibly more portable devices and gadgets in any normal room, knowing how to optimize your charging habits may be the key to helping homes and offices stay charged and ready. Here are a few types of charging devices that may help you with this:

Mechanical Chargers

If you want to go back to the basics, mechanical chargers are, as you might already know, used with some manual mechanical method to charge your devices. The most common type of this is the hand and crank charger, which can provide juice to smartphones, tablets, smart devices, and sometimes even larger devices such as laptops by simply turning up the crank.

While it is not an absolute necessity for your office, it does have the nifty convenience of not having to rely on grid power. This means that it can be a very great emergency or extra tool for the average home. This also means that it can considerably save on energy costs, which contributes to lower maintenance costs, albeit at the cost of calories.

Solar Chargers

Another type of charger that can potentially be independent of your typical AC outlet is the ever so common solar charger. Portable, small-scale solar chargers have been around for a while, though as of late, most of its more modern models are now catered towards the mobile device market. Just like mechanical chargers, solar chargers are not an absolute requirement for the home or office, as it is most likely to be used only as a tertiary or even as an emergency energy source.

The energy input of solar chargers can be described as almost miniscule. It is not significant by any means compared to direct AC outlet chargers and would probably take quite a long time to charge your phone. However, as mentioned earlier, it still works as an energy alternative. Thin-film type solar cells are the most commonly used type of solar panel for such portable charging devices. However, more sophisticated ones might use crystalline silicon cells, which may be much bigger, although it would also be able to juice up your devices faster. In addition, solar chargers are also usually packaged with…

Power Banks

The so-called “energy brick” is the most commonly used type of portable charger in just about any setting, whether in the casual home or the formal office. Needless to say, you might want to keep at least one or two of these at your work desk, as the convenience of not (always) having to rely on AC outlets and the independence from most powered USB ports is something that will be very useful if you keep a considerable number of mobile devices and desk gadgets at your productive disposal.

Keep in mind that a power bank does not require constant plugging in, nor does it have to be charged at all times, but it does help to maintain its usage longevity by charging devices with it regularly. You can, for example, just place an energy brick right beside your work desk keyboard. As your mobile device runs out of juice, you can avoid having to place a separate AC outlet on top of the desk with the immediate availability of an alternative power source nearby. As an added bonus, power banks also get a whole lot greener when they are charged using other alternative sources.

Power Mats (Inductive Chargers)

Of course, device charging in today’s modern world will not be complete without mentioning various wireless charging devices that have been developed over the past few years. The advantages of wireless charging are pretty obvious and straightforward, and even if it does look a little too flashy and stylish, the technology itself had already been industrially known a few decades ago.

If you’re the type that uses tablets and smartphones on the go, then a power mat might be recommended. Again, this is not an absolute requirement, but you can think about the amount of time saved plus the avoidance of all the hassles associated with charging cords and direct AC outlets. Simply tweak your productivity machine a bit for compatibility, place it on top of the mat, and start charging wirelessly. You can even place a sort of communal charging station in your home’s living room using such a charging device since there is no longer any need to clutter the area with electric cords and outlets.

Christian Crisostomo
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