Campaign for publicly accessible power points

by Suw on June 7, 2005

So here I am, sitting on the plane, waiting for takeoff. No power points so no laptop once the battery is gone. No publicly accessible power points in the terminal that I could find, although I know there is one in TGI Friday's but I didn't fancy eating breakfast there.
We should start a campaign for public access to power points. Either that or hope they release that nuclear-powered laptop soon.

Anonymous June 7, 2005 at 10:11 am

I'll gladly join your campaign. I'm a bit miffed that my favourite weekend-laptop-cafe-sitting spot has no public power points.
Apparently they're working on alcohol-based fuel cells, though; perhaps then those free in-flight drinks will become even more useful.

Anonymous June 7, 2005 at 12:19 pm

There are some power plugs in planes, usually next to the exit doors [depending on planes of course], but it's always a little chancy to ask a stew [in your case] or a hostess to hook up your laptop. Charm counts, but timing too. So far, I managed around 60% success 🙂 In Boeings, plugs are the US type [flat pins and 110V] so be prepared 🙂

Anonymous June 7, 2005 at 12:57 pm

It's the same on most trains. It irritates me that the battery on my aging Tosh laptop dies about half-way through the Chunnel, and there's nowhere to plug in. Surely 220 VAC isn't that hard to make available on an electric train? Or is it a “Business class only” thing?
I suspect that on the Eurostar it's done deliberately, because they want to rent you a DVD and portable player for the journey.

Anonymous June 7, 2005 at 4:39 pm

i want a nuclear-powered laptop…

Anonymous June 7, 2005 at 9:40 pm

South West Trains have got standard British power points on their trains, or certainly used to at any rate. Next to the carriage doors there is sometimes a folding jump seat, and there's often one underneath it. On a couple of desperate occasions when I was losing batteries I'd charge my laptop or phone there – a Barbour or other overcoat folded over the knee conceals cables very adequately.

Anonymous June 8, 2005 at 6:36 pm

I already have a vodka-fueled blog, so i guess a gin-fueled laptop would be perfect.

Anonymous June 8, 2005 at 6:37 pm

Virgin trains also have powerpoints, it's true. But they don't go as far as SF.

Anonymous June 8, 2005 at 8:51 pm

The lack of power outlets is really an annoying thing, although a laptop with six hours of autonomy would do the job.
My IbookG4 lasts for 6 hours en it is mostly quite enough time for a trip.

Anonymous June 9, 2005 at 10:05 pm

Yep, God bless iBook battery life. It'll last the journey up to town, a meeting or two and the journey back down to Salisbury. But an international flight, particularly with delays, might be a different kettle of fish.

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