Originally Posted by elorimer
I know it is going off topic, but I've gone in a slightly different direction with a Walmart Virgin Mifi 2200. Similar deal, $20 for a month but no contract. My thinking was that we have a gazillion different devices with Wifi and it seems nuts to be paying $25/device a month for each to have its own 3G access.
This may be a dubious claim comming from me but I don't see how people call so many things offtopic. A Virgin Mifi is clearly relivant to how one might view video on a tablet. And if it wasn't immediately apparent, it's just the sort of progression of information some else might point out the relivance.
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That said, My droid x is rooted and will act as a wifi hotspot for my laptop, ipod touch, ipad, et all. However, it is important to know that when the hotspot is on my phone battery lasts about an hour(?) before the battery is low, which also jeopardises your phone calls. A virgin MiFi i'm sure has better battery life, but is one more item to carry around and charge. There are also rechargable battery brick looking things around about the side of a phone or two, that have ~1, ~5, ~100 times the battery your phone does, but those are one more item to carry around too and the companies never seem to get them right: they charge via a laptop sized adapter, mini usb, car plug or outlet, and the usb out is often only 500milliamps(like a px (think apple uses 1000ma out on their usb), verses the 850ma a typical smart phone wants, or the 2100ma an ipad wants. Most phones/portable devices (i think) have a chip in them that lets them safely be inserted into even a 2100ma output without hurting the device. An perhaps-untrackable number of (usually older) devices could potentially be damaged by the extra milliamps i read.
Can't someone just put out a brick battery that has two usb outs, one 850ma, and one 2100 ma (marked HIGH OUTPUT IPAD), that can be charged by flipping out prongs and/or charged in a wall socket, and/or a auto auto cig lighter, and/or perhaps even a usb charging plug as well?
If they made a battery brick that plugged in to a auto cig lighter and had just one 850ma output it would be one large step for mankind alone, particularly because it would continue to charge the phone after you turned off the ignition, and likely protect devices from the harsh auto electrical system.
What do they have now? lots of car/home adapters with a 500ma output, or a battery brick with 500ma output that can only be charged by usb, or, auto cig lighter, or standard outlet.
Or they have a dual output adapter that fits in auto cig outlet, or reg outlet, but both are 500ma output.
Or they have a fat brick that will double the time of a laptop, and if you are lucky it will also have a usb port out for a nearly endless charge to a phone(whatever), but of course it will be 500ma output.
Then there's the propritory adapters and cables that targus, and igo put out, but they of course will have tips ou better not lose or break, and also, you guessed it: a 500ma output.
Good news! I spotted a auto cig adapter that is 2100ma for ipad, which will work with my droid x and ipod touches, but it doesn't include a battery brick on it. I could charge a battery brick from it if I want shiP all over my car, but if I do that guess what: the brick only will charge at 500ma input.
I could spend 8 hours finding a laptop charger that plugs into my auto cig, and will charge my laptop brick battery, if I want to shellout, and have crap all over my car, but guess what: the laptop brick still only outputs 500ma.
And Yes this is OnTopic to someone who is trying to remotely watch videos on their tablet.
What do I use right now? I use a auto cig charger that has one usb output of 2100ma, and plug in an igo usb2igo cable, then have an igo splitter that makes it go to 2 igo outputs. I can always unplug it and plug any usb cable directly in to the adapter.
I also use an igo brick thingy that plugs right into a reg socket. however, it only doubles my phone's battery (opposed to the 5x, or 20x that are availible in about the same size). but if I ever need to use phone a lot I just wait till the phone is charged up and plug it in an outlet whever I am, and let it charge up as my phone drains. Rinse and repeat.
All of the idiocy in battery bricks, chargers, etc makes me speculate 95% of people with any kind of access to power in this world are complete selfish idiots. hate those thoughts.