Prep Your Tech.
If you have never been to Comic-Con before, one thing you have to prepare is your tech. Whether it’s for your phone, iPad, laptop, or camera, power is the key to survival during your 4 days. Here are a few things to consider now that we are a few months from the show:
- Comic-Con is like the TV show Revolution- there is NO power for you to charge your stuff. Well that is a little extreme- there are a few outlets sprinkled around throughout the convention center but I would not rely on them. Some are in the bathrooms while others are already in use. There are typically no ‘charging stations’ so it is much better to plan on having no power available for the long days.
- If your phone battery life isn’t usually a problem then it certainly will be at Comic-Con. With the sheer concentration of users, networks and wifi feels like you are in the Mutara Nebula. This means spooling data takes much times than normal. Just sending a single tweet can take forever let alone a photo or video. Before you know it, you are staring at the dreaded 20% red battery of death and it’s not even noon. Trust me, I’ve been there too many times.
- In a later post, I will share some specific tips about conserving battery life in your electronics but until then, start shopping for a external battery. While there are a lot of different types out there, I have had good experience with the Mophie Case and Juice Pack. The Mophie Case is a durable case for either the iPhone or Android that has a built in battery. Once your phone battery dwindles down, the case battery will kick in to charge your phone. Performance varies with age and usage but you may get an additional 50% charge from it. The Juice Pack is a key chain size charger that can plug into your phone. It’s smaller and cheaper but will only give you about 30% charge. There are plenty of external battery choices as well but these are the smallest and lightest options (ranging from $40-80).
- Now if are a hardcore tweeter, blogger, or media guru and know you will be spending half of the con with you face in your tech then you will probably need a backpack/battery combo. This is basically like carrying an R2-D2 around with you. You will have plenty of power and storage for all your tech. They even have ones with built in solar panels (which would be perfect for Hall H). These will range from $70 to several hundred depending on how much of a tech geek you are.
The moral of this story is finding power at Comic-Con is like finding 1.21 gigawatts in the 1955. Don’t run around hoping lighting will strike- instead be prepared by having extra power with you. Any con vet will tell you that there is no place or time to charge and you will want to make sure your batteries make it till the end of the day. If you con veterans have other power supply suggestions, please leave a comment below.