I recently travelled to the US for the E3 games expo, and one of the things that I had to lug with me was my small power brick. Experience has taught me never to rely solely on your smartphone’s battery, since there’s no telling when you’ll have time for a quick recharge in between meetings. So a power brick is an easy way to quickly juice up your phone when you’re running a bit low on battery life.
On a typical day at E3, I’m capturing photos (usually with flash), uploading images to Twitter and Instagram, posting content on Facebook pages, and emailing through stories to my editorial team. And if Wi-Fi is being spotty at a venue, I’m tethering my laptop to my phone so I can quickly get online. All of this can drain your phone battery very quickly, and in the past I’ve usually eaten up my battery by about 50% by around 3pm. Even after the show closes, there are countless after-show events and parties to attend, and sure enough there have been times where I’ve had a dead phone on me, which can be incredibly frustrating if you’re trying to call for a taxi – or even remember the address of which hotel you’re staying at!
This year I had the HTC One M8 with me, and I was surprised that even when I was using and abusing the phone, it didn’t drain out entirely even towards the end of the day. Powered by a 2,600mAh battery and a very efficient SnapDragon 801 SoC, the HTC One M8 was still alive and kicking after the first day of the show which is when all the conferences happened. I was down to about 15% battery life by around 9pm by the time I was heading back to my hotel, a feat that I would only previously be able to accomplish if I had my power brick plugged in. The battery on my older HTC One used to be quite good, but the M8 takes things even further- especially when the Extreme Power Mode kicks in that gives you an additional 15 hours with just 5% charge left. Maybe it’s time I finally leave my long-time companion power brick at home?