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Old 03-30-2011, 07:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Cell phone charging in the parks?

Howdy,
Having my iPhone last year helped me enjoy the times in the park greatly. The wait times, the maps, the contact with others was great, but my battery wouldn't last nearly a whole day. I brought one of those battery power boosters for the phone, but they are clumsy.
Does anyone have any experience on finding places to charge a phone? During a meal, etc? I never thought about it last time, but are there electric outlets that the public can use?
Thanks in advance.
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Old 03-30-2011, 08:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi there. I actually do have a lil experience in this. I hope they still do this.Last year i think the battery on my cellphone or camera died. I cant remember exactly how i found out about this but go to guest services/relations. If you have your charger(s) with you. They can charge the phone for you. They give you a receipt for it as well. They were very nice about it.
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Old 03-30-2011, 08:21 PM   #3 (permalink)
 
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That would be great. Thanks, tink305
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Old 03-30-2011, 08:25 PM   #4 (permalink)
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You're very welcome. This happened to me when i was at MK. Im not sure exactly where you would go in the other parks though. Im sure they have a place. Just make sure to bring your charger though or they can't help you.
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I was actually going to post this very same question! I had the very same issue on my last trip, and while I didn't have my charger with me, I did look for outlets for future reference--as I discovered the problem on day one of my trip, and was trying to decide if bringing my charger to the parks would be worth it. I found one available outlet all day, and that was at the Poly in the lounge--in an awkward place, too. Typically one can at least find an outlet under water fountains--which is what I do in airports--but in WDW, they all seem to be invisible. I'm still not sure what I'm going to do for my upcoming trip.
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There's definitely somewhere that does this as long as you have your charger...I think it's at guest relations? You can come back and pick it up later in the day.
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I know that I've charged my phone in the resort food courts, but I've never done it at a park. I would look along the walls in a CS restaurant for the most likely places to find outlets!
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Besides recharging, there are also things you can do to stretch the battery of your iPhone so it will last all day.

* Turn off wi-fi
* Turn off 'push' notifications
* Reduce screen brightness
* Turn on Auto-Lock with a 1 minute or less duration
* When making or taking calls, use your bluetooth headset

I've had an iPhone 3GS for a little over a year, and had it with me on my last two WDW trips. I haven't had any trouble with the battery lasting all day on either trip.

One of the biggest battery drains in an iPhone, however, is listening to music. Any earbuds or phones you pug into the phone drain the battery fast. I don't listen to music in the parks, and I do all of the other things I listed, and I have no problem making my battery last all day.

YMMV.
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I saw a family recharging their video camera in an outlet just outside the seating area adjacent to Aloha Isle. It was behind a potted tree, but they just plugged right in. I don’t have any experience with it myself, but it’s worth a look while you’re enjoying a dole whip.
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They make these little portable chargers. They are about the size of a deck of cards....smaller and less bulky than a charger by far. You plug it into your phone and it charges it very fast. You just recharge the box in a wall outlet at night when needed or some use standard batteries. VERY handy for park days! Below is a link to an example.

Another thought is extra batteries are cheap on ebay. Keep a fully charged one with you all the time!

Amazon.com: Turbo Charge TB550 Reusable Portable Cell Phone Charger for AT&T Tilt 8925 Cingular 8525 8125 2125 Alltel HTC Touch Sprint Touch Diamond HTC Touch Pro HTC Touch Pro 2 HTC Touch HD Sprint HTC Snap HTC Snap S511 HTC Snap S522: Cell Phones &
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Yep, as was previously stated, there are ways to definitely stretch your iPhone batterry to help eke out a full day of use.

Number one drain is the screen...the more you have it on, and the brighter you have it set, the faster you will burn thru battery life. You have over 24 hours of listening time if you are just listening to music, but watching a movie or anything else with screen on...drops that to 7-8 hours. So try to limit when the screen is on, and also watch the screen brightness.

Also, as was mentioned, turn wi-fi off...you won't find it in the parks, so why bother wasting the battery and have the phone looking for a signal it won't find. Also, although Bluetooth was mentioned, unless you have to use that, turn that radio off as well. Same deal there...why have it search for a connection you won't be needing it to make.

Also look at what sort of apps you are using. Things that are heavy on processor usage (like high intensity games, videos and those sort of things) will kill your battery really fast, since the phone really has to work to keep up. Also, make sure that you are closing apps that you aren't using, and that they aren't left on with the new multitasking features in iOS 4. Things on in the background can affect phone performance as well as battery life.

Also a great tip to turn off push notifications for any apps that you have that do so, as well as to set your e-mail to "fetch" rather than "push" while you are there. You'll still get your e-mail, but instead of the phone looking for e-mails constantly, it will only look for them when you actually tap the e-mail icon...thus saving another vampire power drain on your iPhone.

Good luck managing your power...heading to WDW with our iPhones this September and have already downloaded a few apps to use while there, so good luck!

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Great info! thanks for sharing! I recently purchased an I-phone and was wondering the same thing...........would really like to be able to utilize the disney apps I purchased, but don't want to drain the battery!
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Also, as was mentioned, turn wi-fi off...you won't find it in the parks, so why bother wasting the battery and have the phone looking for a signal it won't find. Also, although Bluetooth was mentioned, unless you have to use that, turn that radio off as well. Same deal there...why have it search for a connection you won't be needing it to make.

OK, I'm a Tech newbie. So if I understand this correctly, an iPod touch would be useless in the parks as it could not find a signal?
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OK, I'm a Tech newbie. So if I understand this correctly, an iPod touch would be useless in the parks as it could not find a signal?
Not totally useless. Any app that doesn't need connectivity, such as the Calculator, Calendar, Contacts, Notes, and Clock would still work. Any music or movies or ebooks that you loaded onto the iPod with iTunes would still be available.

However, you would not be able to surf the web, check email, look at maps, or use any of the WDW ride times apps (they check the wait times over the internet, so those apps need connectivity for that function). Pandora won't work, YouTube won't work, Stocks and Weather won't work - all of those apps get their info over the web.

If you have an app that actually downloads maps or other documents to your phone, you can download ahead of time, and they would still be usable in places where you have no connectivity.

To find out which of your iPod apps will function without a connection, just turn off wi-fi and try them.
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