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    We have one of those surge protector multi-outlet things in our room where all things are charged. We bought an oversized night stand (which is actually a file table) and it charges 2 smart phones, a spare battery charger, a kindle, a DS, and a tablet. That way our phone is in reach overnight, but the tech addicted 6 year old has NO access to his tablet, or DS after bedtime (else he'd never go to sleep).

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    I have a 4 port 40W charging station that I keep (usually) behind the bedside table. The first thing I do when I get a new device that charges by USB is to discard the wall wart that it comes with. Since I probably already have a compatible USB in play, I wrap up the new one and throw it in a sterilite container where all the USB cables go. That become the backup. Having a large multi-port charger ensures that devices get enough current - an iPhone charger for example, doesn't supply enough current to charge larger iPads.

    I've also had a few USB cables fail, especially the Apple Lightning USB cables, usually in the last few cm. I like the heat shrink idea. The trouble is getting enough snugness since the tubing has to fit over the adapter before applying heat. I wonder if wrapping narrow gauge solid-core wire, like 24 gauge or so around the outside would give enough stiffness that the cable isn't constantly flexing. Then again, it might act as an antenna and cause EMF interference. Dunno. But the Apple Lightning cables are disasters.
    DD age 9, Grade 4ish

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    Good ideas! I never thought about the phone chargers vs the pad chargers. That's prob why dh's pad is never charged. Ever. I have an oldy iPhone 4 that I love and won't give up until it's obsolete or they make one that won't crack. But it's the old charger. I think we have five different chargers. How could that be?

    Just read the iPhone 7 next year will be waterproof and charge wirelessly. If it won't crack I'm all over it.
    I'm a work-at-home mom to three, homeschool enthusiast, and avid planner fueled by lattes and Florida sunshine. My oldest is 6 and is a fircond grader (that's somewhere between first and second, naturally), my preschooler just told me she wants to learn how to read, and my toddler is a force of nature.

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    The wall wart apple chargers come in different strengths, DH buys the most powerful ones.
    And the heat shrink tubing works with the apple brand cables but not 3rd party cables which are larger. Frys sells the tubing loose, DH brings whatever cord we need augmented and figures out which size we need.

    MNDad are you in Canada now?

    eta: Wireless charging creeps me out. You put a device on a pad thats emitting electricity into the air? And keep this next to your bed so youre exposed to it? No thanks from this troglodyte!
    Plus I like using my ipad while its charging.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alexsmom View Post
    MNDad are you in Canada now?
    The truck left yesterday. We're giving them a head start, then drive out tomorrow and will cross the border on Jan 2. I think I'll have to change username to "The user formerly known as MNDad."
    DD age 9, Grade 4ish

    Eclectic. We do music, math English, history/geography/culture, Russian and science. Lots and lots of reading. I blog at suzukiexperience.com

    WARNING: Unwittingly, I may occasionally say things to which you take offence.

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    LOL Maybe you can just have it be a symbol, and we will know what it means.

    I hope the move goes well and you enjoy the warmer more southernly climate!
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

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    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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    Charging Station?
    Maybe it is just the apple brand cords. The heat shrink tubing seems to work great for them, though. Heres one we treated before use, its held up in like-new condition:
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    We have a duracell cord as well - like other 3rd party cords theyre a lot fatter through the end part. The difference in size between it and the cord means the heat shrink tubing doesnt work as well. Although it grips the firm part of the end, and takes pressure off the connection.
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    Oh, and it doesnt charge as fast, even when plugged into one of the faster ipad chargers.

    I really really recommend having the long cords anywhere you are lucky enough to spend time at.
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

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    I use this for all our electronics. It is plugged into a strip for the electrical things. The charger is for the phones, tablets, my son FM hearing aid, etc.

    Amazon.com: Anker 25W 5-Port Desktop USB Charger with PowerIQ Technology for Smartphones, Tablets and Many Other Devices (White): Cell Phones & Accessories
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    14 year old/9th grade homeschooler
    Non homeschooled son heading to Reed College this fall, and proudly wearing his Reed/Atheist t-shirt.

    I spend a lot of time sitting in an ice skating rink - still

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    Oh yeah now we're talking. Put that directly in my cart.
    I'm a work-at-home mom to three, homeschool enthusiast, and avid planner fueled by lattes and Florida sunshine. My oldest is 6 and is a fircond grader (that's somewhere between first and second, naturally), my preschooler just told me she wants to learn how to read, and my toddler is a force of nature.

    I gather all kinds of secular homeschool resources and share them at TheHomeschoolResourceRoom.com.

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    TFZ, your pup is so cute! I'm a sucker for dogs in general. But if he's a beagle, I'm a monkey's uncle. LOL Mixed breed dogs rock.
    Working mom homeschooling DD (10) who is working on a 4th-6th grade level and keeps me hopping! SimpleMoney is my new venture. www.simplemoneypro.com

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