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Being less than a week away from my first intercontinental flight for years, the obvious occurred to me: My iPod officially has a battery life of 8 hours. While I haven't timed it or anything, let's assume it's around 7 hours IRL. Looking at my itinerary reveals that my train leaves Göttingen at 5:55 in the morning and plane arrives at San Diego at 17:46, which is actually 17:46 nine time zones away from the other time. Thus, while I never had the iPod run out of battery during an office day so far, its battery life is far from being long enough for travelling. Particularly when considering that you can't recharge the gadgetry without problems while in potentially unfriendly territory.

So I'll have to do some planning on when to listen to music in case I want to have some entertainment left towards the end of the flights.

The above also shows that my total travel time seems to be 21 hours in total. Considering the distance covered it's still faster than walking but the four and a half hours of waiting at airports (and that's a fast connection!) plus having to get to the airport in the first place make things a bit inefficient.

March 6, 2004, 0:04


Comment by d.w.: User icon

This looks interesting. Might be a workaround. The price seems reasonable.

Also, the new server is rock solid for posting new comments. :)

March 6, 2004, 0:58

Comment by Gummi: User icon

Sony’s late-generation Walkman had a great feature, a small battery pack you could attach and use in conjunction with an internal rechargable battery - it tripled playback times.

After checking out the links left by D.W., it seems like a no-brainer for Apple to do something a little smaller and more stylish, although it might be construed as a tacit acknowledgement of the multiple battery issues.

March 6, 2004, 1:13

Comment by ssp: User icon

Dave: That certainly looks like a solution to the problem. Yet I don’t really feel like forking out even more money and (even more) carrying yet another thing with me just to keep the gadgetry alive.

Gummi: I used to have the same on my Panasonic walkman and discman. Never bothered to use it, though. The extra battery compartment was butt-ugly as well.

March 6, 2004, 2:29

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