A comprehensive list of devices I charge before leaving the house

Can’t wait to charge these up
Can’t wait to charge these up
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I just got the new iPhone 7, and it’s great! I love my new AirPods: fancy, totally wireless headphones with enough battery life for me to listen to The Beatles’ White Album all the way through—twice.

Twice on a full charge, that is. If I set out with my ‘Pods only partially charged, my second tour through The White Album may cut out somewhere around ”Why Don’t We Do It in the Road?”

I guess that’s the main drawback with the AirPods—having to charge them. Well, other than the fact they require a bespoke carrying case, are easy to lose, and look like something I ridiculed my dad for wearing 10 years ago.

Lucky for me I already have lots of devices that make my life better, just like the AirPods, and they all need to be charged! I’m used to charging. I’m pretty good at it. But I must say it’s getting a little overwhelming to keep track of all these chargeables. So I’ve made a handy list of things I need to juice up before entering the world each day.

With each and every one at 100% I can make sure my life is as “smart” and convenient as possible. Hopefully the list can help you, too!

  • iPhone 7 (duh)
  • AirPods, first set
  • AirPods, second set
  • AirPod case
  • Apple Watch Series 2
  • Apple Watch Series 1, Gold Edition (if attending a fancy event)
  • Kindle Paperwhite
  • LiveScribe Echo Smart Pen
  • iPad Pro
  • Apple Pencil for iPad Pro
  • Ember Smart Travel Mug (one time I forgot to charge this and got a massive caffeine headache!)
  • Hidrate Smart Water Bottle (another time I forgot to charge this and passed out from dehydration!)
  • USB bike light, front
  • USB bike light, rear
  • USB headlamp
  • Samsung Smart Belt (I prefer Samsung’s fitness-tracking!)
  • Fitbit (sometimes the belt crashes!)
  • Macbook Air
  • Apple Magic Mouse 2 (I’m not a fan of the trackpad!)
  • FujiFilm X-T1 camera
  • Backup AirPod case, in case I forget to charge the first one
  • Backup USB battery pack, in case I forget to charge anything else
  • Backup backup USB battery pack, in case I forget to charge the backup

That’s it! All in all, it only takes about six to eight hours for me to get everything fully charged. Guess what—that’s also the amount of time a person is supposed to sleep each night, so it works out. My energy bill has definitely gone up, but it’s worth it for the extra convenience of all these devices. Even though my various fitness-trackers show that my heart rate skyrockets each night as I anxiously charge up my devices, this way I’m guaranteed to never miss a notification, and I can send and receive texts from multiple limbs.

As even more things go wireless and mobile—I’m looking at you, Levi’s smart jeans—I expect to add to this list. I’m pretty sure I don’t need a third backup pack, but the Ember mug is already sucking up my second one and if that thing dies, I’ll have to taste my coffee to know how hot it is. Who wants to live like that anymore?

Happy charging!