How to Never Find Yourself With A Drained Cell Phone

Raise your hand if your cell phone battery is showing empty and it's hardly even lunch time. Whether it's talking on the phone, browsing the web, or playing with apps, it seems our phones are always begging for a charge. Unfortunately, the charger is usually never around when we need it most. Here's a tip to ensure you always have a charge when you most need it.
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Our solution was to scatter extra chargers strategically around the house, which works doubly well as both my girlfriend and I use iPhones. Wherever we are there is usually a charger around to pop the phone in for a quick charge. Arguably it's not doing your battery any favors not to run a full charge each time but if everyone replaces their phones every 2 years, it seems a small trade off.

We currently keep chargers in several spots:
- on each side of the bed for the regular nightly full charge
- under the couch for a quick charge while watching TV
- at the PC for iTunes syncing
- mobile chargers in each of our cars for on the go charging
- an extra charger ready to go in our travel pack so we never forget to bring it on trips

Buying directly through Apple is an insanely expensive option where the Apple USB Power Adapter runs $29 and the Apple Dock Connector to USB Cable goes for $19. $50 for an extra charging station was just too outrageous.

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Searching for iPhone charger on Amazon brought up over 15,000 results. Don't be fooled by "OEM" labels as the majority of these knockoffs are definitely not official Apple products. Priced as low as $2 it was definitely worth a shot on some off-brands to be able to charge anywhere around the house. For around $30 we're pretty much covered anywhere we go.

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