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Day 2: POWER UP!

ASHA ‘14 Convention: A How-To Guide

Power Up! | Part of the "ASHA 14 Convention: A How-To Guide" Series! Here is a surefire way to keep all of your devices alive and kicking throughout the long days (and nights) at the convention! #asha14 #slpeeps

**This is a repost from the past few years, with a few updates! **

Power can be hard to come by in a convention center. Not every room will have an outlet along the wall. And even if it does, there is not promise you’ll get a seat nearby. But your devices will be your lifeline at the convention! Contests sent out via twitter will win you free things. Lunch and dinner plans will also be sent out via twitter, facebook or text. Taking notes on a device will be great, as well as snapping pictures of important information! So, what do you do when it’s only noon and all of your devices are already dying? Pull out your battery pack!

Three years ago, before ASHA ‘11, I posted a quick video about why I love the iGo for days when I need my devices to last all day. I used my iGo for ASHA ’11, as well as for trips, long days of work and more. when I upgraded my phone, it stopped charging my devices. It could keep them from dying but the battery never increased and, once my iGo was dead, my device continues to go dead. So a few years ago I began researching what I needed in a battery. I found two key elements I needed to watch out for..

Two Key Elements:

mAh – A measure of a battery’s total capacity. The higher the number (ex. 600 mAh, 1,500 mAh) the more charge a battery can hold and usually, the longer a battery will last under a certain load.[source]

Amps – A measure of electric current flow. One ampere (amp) will flow when one volt is applied across a resistance of one ohm. [source]

As it turns out, my iGo only put out ~ half an amp through the USB ports. For newer phones, this is NOT enough to actually charge. Many of the newer phones require at least 2 amps to actually charge. Some research on the best sellers over at Amazon shows some definite leaders…


Details:

Sneak Peak:
New Trent
IMP120D iCarrier
12,000 mAh
2Amp/1Amp Dual Ports
$33.95
jackery Jackery®
Giant +
12,000 mAh
2.1Amp/1Amp Dual Ports
$39.95
anker Anker®
2nd Gen Astro E4
13,00 mAh
1 port: Up to 3 amps
$29.99

After much consideration a few years ago,  I purchased the New Trent and LOVE it. I actually own two, and BOTH will be coming with to ASHA with me this year. Someone is always asking to borrow a charge from me, so now I’ll have more than enough to go around.

Amazon lists it’s charging power as Apple iPad >120% battery life – Apple iphone 5:> 600% battery life  – Smartphones (andriod): >600% battery life. I strongly recommend getting one with TWO ports for charging. Either share that spare port with a friend or charge two devices at once.

The Jackery ® has my attention … but only because it comes in orange…

Wait to place that order! You may want to also purchase a few more items I’ll mention this week…

Will you be bringing an external battery to stay charged up and connected at ASHA? Which one do you like?

– Tara, Speechy Keen SLP

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Tara Roehl owns and operates a private telepractice clinic in Colorado focusing on social cognition, executive functioning and the use of technology in therapy. Previously she has worked in Illinois, California, Rwanda and the Philippines in both public schools and private practices.

Be sure to hear Tara during her four presentations at ASHA ‘14!

  • Session 1115: Camp Confidence: From Zero to Hero
    [Thursday 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm]
    This presentation will address current bully/shame cultures and introduce participants to therapy techniques for building self-confidence in students dealing with speech and language delays while addressing their therapeutic goals using active and engaging activities including games, iPad apps, and life skill tasks.
  • Session 1212: iPad to iPlay 2.0: Teaching Play Through Apps for Preschoolers
    [Thursday 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm]
    This presentation will introduce participants to popular tablet gaming apps and creative adaptations to improve active participation in therapeutic activities for the development of problem-solving, speech and language development, interactive play, pragmatics, executive functioning skills and behavior modification. Applicable for preschoolers and adaptable for older clients.
  • Session 1441: Get Out of That Box! Four Creative Mold-Breaking Models of Private Practice
    [Friday 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm]
    This presentation will introduce participants to four unique models of private practice. Four clinicians will share their history, mission, and their unique service models. This session will encourage participants to develop professional resilience and shift service-delivery patterns as we face healthcare reform and other trends that affect reimbursement.
  • Session 1768: iPad to iPlay 2.0: Teaching Play Through Apps for Elementary Through Middle School
    [Saturday 2:30 – 3:30]
    This presentation will introduce participants to popular tablet gaming apps and creative adaptations to improve active participation in therapeutic activities for the development of problem-solving, speech and language development, interactive play, pragmatics, executive functioning skills, and behavior modification. Applicable for elementary to middle school clients.

#ASHA12 – Staying Powered Up!

Last year before ASHA I posted a quick video about why I love the iGo for days when I need my devices to last all day. I used my iGo for ASHA ’11, as well as for trips, long days of work and more. But when I upgraded my phone, it stopped charging my devices. It could keep them from dying but the battery never increased and, once my iGo was dead, my device continues to go dead. So, with ASHA ’12 fast approaching and recently getting a brand new phone that doesn’t allow you to swap out the battery, it was time to get shopping. I knew I needed to get something ‘better’, but I didn’t exactly know what I was looking for – a quick crash course by my dad and my husband got me up to speed!

Two Key Elements:

mAh – A measure of a battery’s total capacity. The higher the number (ex. 600 mAh, 1,500 mAh) the more charge a battery can hold and usually, the longer a battery will last under a certain load. [source]

Amps – A measure of electric current flow. One ampere (amp) will flow when one volt is applied across a resistance of one ohm. [source]

As it turns out, my iGo only puts out ~ half an amp through the USB ports. For newer phones, this is NOT enough to actually charge. Many of the newer phones require at least 1 amp to actually charge. So this year, I knew I wanted to purchase one that had enough amps for my current phone, and hopefully any newer phone I get in the next year or two. I also knew I wanted it to last a LONG time… so I went searching for something with at least 1 amp and a lot of mAh. Here at the best of what I found (click the pictures to go to the Amazon page):

New Trent
IMP120D iCarrier
12,000 mAh
2Amp/1Amp Dual Ports

 

Anker® Astro3
10000mAh
2Amp or 1Amp Each Ports

Incredicharge I-8800
Power Bank
8800 mAh
2.1Amp/1Amp Ports

PowerGen Mobile
Juice Pack
8400mAh
2Amp/.6Amp Ports

After much consideration, I decided “go big or go home”. So I purchased the New Trent and LOVE it. I took it last weekend to Disneyland with me and it kept my cell and my hubby’s cells charged all day long (and he was taking a LOT of business calls that day!). It’s got a bit of weight to it, about 10 ounces. But if you are going to have that much battery power, you have to be ready for a bit of heft. It really isn’t bad and is compact enough to drop into my purse. The only other downside is it is ANOTHER charging cord to carry around, while the iGo had the plug built in. More for me to lose *smile*

Amazon lists it’s charging power as Apple iPad 2: >120% battery life – Apple iphone 5:> 600% battery life  – Smartphones (andriod): >600% battery life. I believe it! This baby is charged up and ready to come along to ASHA ’12!

Will you be bringing an external battery to stay charged up and connected at ASHA? Which one do you like?

– Tara, Speechy Keen SLP

DISCLAIMER: Each of those pictures DO have my Associates ID attached to it – if this makes you uncomfortable they are VERY easy to find by independently searching for each one by name!