To USB or Not to USB


Independence with USB – Abroad and in the Wild

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.

Closing Joke

A wife asks her husband, a software engineer…
“Could you please go shopping for me and buy one carton of milk, and if they have eggs, get 6!” A short time later the husband comes back with 6 cartons of milk. The wife asks him, “Why the hell did you buy 6 cartons of milk?” He replied, “They had eggs

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