I am going crazy trying to find two very small pieces of gear that would make my life a whole lot easier. I can't find any trace of them online, but I KNOW that they exist because I have had one of each at some point.
The first one is an ingenious little chunk of plastic that I found in Akihabara, Tokyo. A week or two ago I lost (or maybe it was stolen) my small bag full of power cords and accessories. I've since replaced everything but this. I can't find it anywhere.
Here's a picture I drew that should give you a rough idea:
So basically it' is a tiny box that you plug between your laptop's power brick and the wall cord. It lets you plug two additional things into it.
This is good for a few reasons. First' if you only have one plug available, you can charge your other stuff at the same time.
Second, you only need one foreign plug adapter to charge all of your stuff.
Third, if you and a friend can't reach an outlet, you can use both of your wall-to-brick cables and this thing to make a longer one, and then take turns.
So cool. Please help me find one (or two... Todd wants one too).
The next thing is closely related. Many years ago I got a Targus slim universal power adapter. It was awesome except that it was shoddily made and overheated and broke. BUT... it came with one of these.
I have no idea where it went, but I would really like to have it back.
Here's a picture I drew:
That picture came out worse but basically it replaces your wall-to-brick cord with a tiny right angle piece of plastic. One end goes into the wall and the other goes to your laptop.
When you use it your power brick hangs from the wall. It's good for when you know you'll be really close to outlets and don't need the extra few few feet that the wall-to-brick cord gives you.
I really want it because I can then charge my camera battery at the same time as my computer without having to carry around two cables.
If you have any idea where I can get these things, please let me know. I have spent hours searching for them online and in Hong Kong's computer centers with no luck. If you see one of either, please buy it and I will buy it from you.
Here is an updated link to the adapter that Tynan is referring to. 2 Prong Right Angle Plug Adapter. Item# YL-1113L
Hand-drawn or GTFO!
Seriously, I love these sketches. They convey a lot of personality, in a weird way.
Good luck with your search,
Any of those work for you?
Yay Scott! That's awesome that you found the little right-angle adapter.
I've been looking for Tynan's other adapter forever. Hopefully someone will find it too.
Here's the angle adapter: http://www.igo.com/product.asp?sku=3776087
iGO also has other adapters that might fit your needs.
I'm just surprised you're not using a Mac Book.
Our most popular Life Nomadic article last year was our complete packing list. Since then we've learned a lot, made a lot of changes, and managed to pack a lot more into the same tiny amount of space.
There are a few areas where slight improvement could be made, which you'll hear me talk about in the video, but overall this collection of stuff represents everything a traveler needs to travel through just about anywhere on the planet, live comfortably, and keep connected.
I've consolidated most of the stuff I pack into an Amazon store, which you can access here: Life Nomadic Store. If you use that link, or the Amazon links below, I get a commission. Other good places to buy this sort of gear are ebay and outdoor shops like REI and MEC, although neither store carries most of the gear.
A reminder of how awesome the lowly 3 way power plug adapter my wife and I carry in our bags can be. We were at LAX today and all the charging ports were full. We each whipped one out and had a few new friends in no time. You can find these for about $1 at any hardware store. Makes me wonder why companies don't give branded versions out at CES - maybe we'll do that this year. Who wants one?!