Posted by Eric Huang on July 1, 2016
As we head toward America’s Independence Day (the original Brexit or Amerexit), I reflected how USB allows me to lighten my briefcase on business trips.
When I travel to Taiwan, China, or Japan, it’s common now to find USB ports in hotel rooms and airports. If I didn’t need a laptop, I don’t need to carry a power brick.
If I could use only my tablet and phone then I might only need to bring two USB cables. I could even leave behind the wall chargers for my phones (which are small anyways). I could just borrow the sales person’s wall charger when I’m in meetings or at the office abroad.
On the airplane, as long as it’s a Boeing Dreamliner, it has a USB port in every seat.
So if I forget my adapters, there’s a good chance I can get by with USB only.
Type-C and Power Delivery, USB usefulness extends to charging laptops or devices needing more than 15W. Just as the MacBooks and Chrome Pixelbooks only use Type C today, we can expect more PCs like this, lightening our briefcases on long trips. Also, letting us use the same chargers for phones and laptops.
Basically, anything other than a hair dryer can run off of USB.
Also when hiking or backpacking, you can charge you devices with a solar USB charger.
Or charge while cooking your food over a campfire with a USB charger that runs on campfire heat. Check out this Biolite Stove.
Again, greater independence with USB in the wilderness and abroad.