Do You Get Battery Anxiety?

Here’s an idea: a rechargeable
battery pack is a lifesaver because when your mobile
phone battery dies, you die. Hey, everyone. Today we’re going to talk about
portable battery chargers. You’ve probably seen them,
maybe even have one yourself. They’re these little things. You carry them around and,
when your phone or your iPad or whatever gets low on
juice, you plug them in. You get to keep
using your device. It’s a battery for your battery. They’re popular for travelers,
ever-present on the conference circuit. And I hear that you’re
seeing them more in schools now that teachers get more
tolerant of mobile phone use. You’ve got a bunch
of classes or panels or whatever throughout
the day, you’ve got to take photos or notes
or post to Twitter, use maps, you’re going to run through
your battery really quick. And, I mean, you
can’t have that. Dead phone? You might as well be dead! So get you one of these. Today we have the
Jackery Giant– which is not the least
unfortunately named object in the world–
which we got because it is the most popular battery
pack currently sold on Amazon as of shooting. In case you’re wondering if
they paid us or donated this, they didn’t. And if they did, PBS
actually wouldn’t allow me to make this video. Here’s a link to an explanation
of how we do sponsorships in case you’re curious. I’ve actually never seen
or used this model before, so I’m excited to crack it
open, talk about its features, and also talk about how a
diminishing mobile phone battery is an emotional,
metaphysical anxiety which you can feel in every
fiber of your being. So, yeah. Let’s crack this bad boy open. I’ve got, you know, a
picture of what awaits us right on the front here. And then, of course, some
on-the-box advertising lets us know you can get up to
260 extra hours of operation time from your device. It’s got really high capacity
and it will charge your devices very quickly. On the back lets us know that
this is quick, safe, premium, with superior cells
and components and advanced with something
called Power Lock Technology. Premium and
advanced– two things I definitely look for in a
rechargeable battery pack. Oop. OK. That’s some documents. Cable. Very important for charging. And here is the thing itself. It’s got a good weight to it. Yeah, it feels like if
you hit someone with this, they would be really upset. Another thing I really
want in my technology that if I bludgeon
someone with it– if I have to bludgeon
someone with it– because I don’t want to. But if I have to, I
want it to be effective. And this is, as far
as in comparison to other battery packs that I’ve
used, this would leave a mark. So, like your phone
battery, these packs are lithium ion, which means
insert Galaxy Note 7 explosion joke here. When they are made correctly,
lithium ion batteries, they recharge really quickly,
they hold lots of charge, they don’t self discharge as
much as other battery types when they’re new. But there are tradeoffs. Much like the human spirit and
the infinite void of existence, as soon as a lithium ion battery
is born, it begins to die. Over time they
self-discharge more and more as their internal
structure degrades. And that’s one reason why you
might buy one of these packs. As your phone
battery dies quicker, you need a little boost
throughout the day so you have one of these. And, I mean, another
reason you might buy one is that maybe you just
use your phone a lot. And, I mean, of course you do. You’re a person with goals
and responsibilities. If you live in a
developed country– which, let’s not get too distracted
trying to figure out what that’s supposed to mean– around 70% of your
neighbors have a smartphone. It’s how you work,
play, communicate. Americans, specifically,
spend 10 hours a day looking at screens, upwards
of five hours online. Smartphone apps alone
account for more than half of our total Internet time. All of those things–
screens, the Internet, apps– they take energy,
energy that powers your phone, but also your own physical,
mental, and emotional energy. Researchers– links
below– have found that while app builders
put tons of time into the way an app affects you
emotionally– its UI, its look and feel, its ease of use–
they’re often less concerned about the literal
power it requires. (SNEEZING) Pokemon Go. They’ll depend upon the
operating system or you to deal with power management. Meaning that many apps put a
high demand on your battery and, in a weird way, that
puts a high demand on you. Cell phone manufacturer LG
says that 9 out of 10 people suffer from battery anxiety,
a form of nomophobia, fear of being without
one’s mobile phone. LG says that 42% of
millennials they surveyed will skip the gym to charge
their phone if it’s low, that 46% of respondents
find conversing with a stranger
embarrassing but they would do it to borrow a charger. It’s not just that both of
us– we and our devices– need to consume energy to work. Battery management
is a constant process that involves our
technology, but also the course of our day, our
moods, our relationships. Which half explains why these
images may be stressful, why these are not, and
why so many people might understandably refer to
these things as life savers. Good for up to four
whole resurrection– I mean, charges. Good for up to four
whole charges apparently. Assuming that you remember to
keep this charged, of course. This one even has a
flashlight to ward off the impending darkness ushered
in by your lack of a connection to the outside world. It may not be purposeful,
but it’s telling that we say our devices die. They’re not depleted, done,
finished, exhausted, drained, or empty. They are dead, perhaps
because in their absence we feel lifeless,
or can empathize in some way with our
device’s powerlessness. In more ways than
one, energy is a sign that we are living
effectively, and a low battery signals impending ineffectitude. A depleted battery imposes a
uselessness that we don’t just conceive, we can also feel. This happens because when
an object is familiar and we’re good at using it,
our body and the object merge. We focus on what we
can accomplish with it and less on our
interaction with it. Source. This is one reason why someone
after being in an auto accident might say a person hit
me and not hit my car. Ana Horta et al write
indirectly about this phenomenon as it relates to
phones in their paper “Mobile Phones, Batteries,
and Power Consumption.” They talk about how the body
itself is a locus of knowledge. In addition to knowing that the
capital of Portugal is Lisbon and an octopus has
nine brains, I also know other things in other ways. Like, I know this silly pen
trick which I can’t really explain, but I can do it. My body is a locus
for this knowledge. And our bodies become
loci for knowledge related to many objects
that we constantly use, including our phones. Maybe you do a funny flippy
thing with your phone when you’re bored. Mine is actually boring itself. Morgan does one
that’s impressive. I can do one. And I can do doubles. MIKE: What? But, OK, aside from fun
phone flipping tricks, your body is probably also a
locus for a whole other set of phone-related knowledge,
physical actions with a strong emotional aspect– messaging, friends, learning,
remembering, being entertained, working. We don’t do these
things on our phones so much as we do
them with our phones. We focus on what we accomplish,
not what we’re doing. So when suddenly we can’t do
because our phones are dead, it feels weird. Horta and her team
interviewed a group of Portuguese
teenagers, some of whom develop schemes, schedules,
and metrics for effectively charging their phones
because they feel literally incomplete without them. Beyond simple phomo,
they can no longer take certain actions related
to their phones if it’s dead. It’s like their hands
are tied or like they’ve forgotten something. Like they’re powerless,
pun intended. But, hey, with a
portable battery charger, problem solved. Freedom reigns. This one advertises
a two-amp output, which means your phone
would charge really quick. It also has two ports, so
I could charge my phone and a friend’s. Though, actually, I’m
not sure that this is the portable
battery charger that I would buy if it were my choice. It’s nice but it’s
a little clunky. It’s sort of heavy. It does have some personality,
what with the orange and the flashlight and
the metallic finish. It sort of looks like a battery
charger for camping, maybe. And I’m sure that’s on purpose. Its look was probably the
subject of many meetings where they compared potential
styles to the kinds of things already on the market. There are portable battery packs
for you, whatever your taste. Morgan uses the Anker
PowerCore to power both his phone and his camera. He got it because it fits
well in his camera bag, doesn’t add a lot
of extra weight. I have a BUQU
pineapple charger that is very silly, but
also very easy to find. Mostly, actually, I use
a Mophie Powerstation. I like the size and shape. It fits in my pocket. It’s no nonsense. It holds a ton of
charge, and I think it looks really cool when it
gets all scuffed up and used and stuff. Mophie was actually the first
brand of battery charger to be certified by Apple. And since then Mophie and
Zagg, their parent company, have collaborated with all
kinds of fashion labels to make sure that you are
bringing your phone back to life in style. And why not? If you must fear
for your connection to the outside
world, if you’ve got to feel anxious about
being whole and effective, why not fight your anxiety
with a pleasing object? It’s pretty. It’s so pretty. [LAUGHS] The need for battery packs
may diminish as high-capacity batteries become economically
viable or at some point someone realizes that batteries are a
big enough deal that they can make a fortune on a phone that
stays on for nine days with a battery that doesn’t
degrade after a few years. But, for now, portable
battery chargers are one solution, since
cell phone manufacturers have discovered that people
want slim devices more than they want long battery life. Even though battery life
has a huge impact on and may even be an analog
to their life life. What do you all think? Do you or someone you know
suffer from battery anxiety? If so, what do you
think causes it? And how do you deal with it? Let us know in the comments,
and I’ll respond to some of them in next week’s comment
response video. In this week’s comment
response video, we talk about your
thoughts regarding the Bee Movie and hypersignification. If you want to
watch that one, you can find a link
in the description or wait for the end
card to show up. I promise this week it’s not
10 hours and 45 minutes away. In case you missed it, I
was on a recent episode of the Mental Floss list show. We’ll put a link to
that around as well. And, for those of you who
follow me on Instagram, you may have seen
that I am going to be hosting the forthcoming
Crash Course World Mythology, which is going
to be super exciting. So keep an eye out for that
in the next couple weeks too. Should be getting started up. We have a Facebook and
IRC and a subreddit. Two tweets of the
week this week. First is from Dan
Hough who points us towards a technical meme made
out of an Idea Channel episode. It is the one about when
memes stop being funny. This definitely stops being
funny very, very quickly and becomes a bit of
a challenge, which I feel like is, you know,
the point as we discussed. And also a post by Sam Keeper
about what criticism that is an example of the thing
that it is, that it takes as its subject, does or means. This is behind a paywall on
Sam’s Patreon so, you know, not everybody’s going to be
able to take a look at it. But I really like
Sam’s work, and I wanted to make sure that
this got a shout out. So, yeah. Yeah. There it is. Oh, in case you missed
it, we also uploaded the 19-hour full
version of the Bee Movie but every time they
say bee we describe the deal with Bee Movie. Um, yeah. Link for that around too if you
would like to punish yourself. And last, but
certainly not least, this week’s episode would not
have been possible or good without the very hard work
of these jolly green Jackery Giants. I’m sorry.

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100 thoughts on “Do You Get Battery Anxiety?

  1. Not really a battery issue, but I once took an hour round trip to recover my phone because I couldn't sleep without it.

  2. I believe this sort of problems will be eradicated with the advancement of technology. When this golden era of smartphones will be replaced with smart AI helping you round the clock it will completely remove the 'battery anxiety'. And this may not be so far along as you might think.

  3. I don't do any of those things with my mobile. I do some of it with my tablet, when I'm not near a PC, but since I'm paid to work on other peoples PCs, I'm usually near a PC, a power socket and have a laptop and multiple tablets with me at all times, until I go camping. At which point, I'm out of range of any cell tower, there is no internet, nowhere to charge the battery etc. and I like to be that way for at least 7 days. 7 days without access to mains electricity is about what I need to digital detox, and I will take my mobile and a tablet, and they will stay switched off. I may use an eBook, and charge it via solar, and that's all the digital I have. It just saves me lugging paper around.

    I see "low battery" and since I charge everything over night, that just means I've received too many calls, txts and / or eMails which I consider to be an annoyance to my daily routine anyway, and I feel relieved. Once it's flat, I have a legitimate excuse for not responding or picking up.

  4. I have a 5x ( advertised as 5 full phone charges ) moophie brick with double plugs to charge two phones. It has served me well. I also use "Clean Master" android maintenance app to clear ram, junk files, and optimize battery performance. It is by the same crew that does News Republic, so its free with a healthy dose of click bait ( eg "we've extended your battery life by 2 hours, guess what Paris Hilton is up to." deals. )

  5. I noticed that when I said 'my phone died' in Japanese all my friends thought I meant that it broke. So clearly not all languages see it the same.

  6. I actually don't care if battery is low or gone. Sometimes friends or family would get pissy if my battery is gone when they call me. But they got used of it . I mean it's not big deal if you can't call me now you can call me when I get home and put phone on charge. It's not end of the world. Everything can wait.

  7. I seriously think it is pathetic if you have this problem and i don't understand why you would even need to go the lengths of having a big ass battery, like seriously, I have a 5-6(ish) year old iphone and i charge it every 2-3 days and use it several times daily, cant remember it ever being out of charge when i needed it. Additionally why the hell cant you just pick up your charger if you know you are going to need to charge it?
    RE: people using tablets for work etc… well I can use mine to take notes and read through 8 hours of lectures and still have plenty of charge left.

  8. Funny timing with this week's video, I had just lost my note 3 a couple days ago. I had 2 extra batteries and an external battery pack for the phone. I felt invincible. I felt like I was thwarting death each time I switched out the batteries. When I did finally loose the thing I was surprised by how much of my thought process starts with using my phone. I even caught myself thinking I could search for a new phone using the phone I didn't have to solve my lack of phone.

  9. it makes me think… if you would be stranded somewhere remote and only have one full charge of battery available for your phone, what would you do with it? would you waste it immediately to alleviate boredom or consume it in rations to keep in touch longer with the media you consume on a regular basis?

  10. Dead battery linguistics! I can't believe this day has come.

    I've been wondering how other languages describe dead batteries for a while, because Japan does it differently and I've always had a hard time remembering the correct verb.

    So, Japan (where I live) describes dead batteries with the verb 切れる (ki-re-ru). Its most surface-level meaning is "to break; to snap; to be cut" etc. The kanji 切 means "cut". The verb has a bunch of other uses too, though, including "to be worn out" or "to go dead".

    But of course these definitions were written for English-speaking readers–"to go dead" is an idiomatic phrase, and comes off sounding VERY STRANGE INDEED to a Japanese listener. It took me a long time to remember that my poor battery is never "dead" (死んだ) in Japan…only merely tuckered out (切れた).

    Which I feel, in an Idea Channel sort of way, ties beautifully into the exhausting, never-say-die work culture of Japan.

    (_ _).。o○

  11. I think battery anxiety is related to the feeling of not having my keys; anything that might potentially render me with fewer "powers" (like the power to see the time or the power to summon an Uber or the power to orient myself in an unfamiliar city) makes me think up contingencies for how to get around these ability loses.

    Just this afternoon, in fact, my wife and I were on a very long walk in Los Angeles (of all places!) and my phone, mistakenly left in map navigation when I didn't need it, lost all power. So I felt compelled to make sure that my wife's phone stayed charged (encouraging her to turn off the screen more quickly, not doing unneeded things with it, etc.) just because I'm thinking, "OK, well, if her knee gives out or my feet hurt too much we'll want an Uber, so keep that phone running!"

    I generally think of my myriad devices as a set of abilities, not unlike keys, or cards in my wallet, or an umbrella.

  12. The phone relieves modern anxieties much like the house or agriculture removed old anxieties. Without my phone there is still things to do, stuff to take comfort in, and people to talk to, but I am not assured those things. Much like before the house there were things to hide under and caves to take shelter in. Or before agriculture there were plants to pick and animals to hunt. Those things were around but there was the worry of "But what if there isn't?" or "What if I want something specific?".

  13. I think that was the first time I've seen Morgan in any PBS video… Hi Morgan!

    On another note, I'm pretty sure the first 3 minutes of this video were wholly unnecessary. The last 8 were good, though 🙂

  14. I chose my phone because it was pitched as having a long battery life. It did pretty well with never dying on me until I did a day-trip with friends to DC in the middle of July. Between using navigation a lot and the heat, my phone was dying by the end of the day, and I was getting worried about navigating back home. Luckily, one of my friends had a battery charger which kept my phone alive long enough to get us to the highway that would take us home. I guess that alternative would have been finding a map or asking for directions, which were normal back before we all had smart phone, but now I'm glad we don't have to do them.

  15. I guess I'm one of those rare types who are more interested in a thick functioning phone with long battery life than I am in how slim it is. I can't hold the slim phones. And they are rather quite difficult to use because of how slim they are in my fat fingers. And I detest having to carry around an additional battery when I know the phone would be more comfortable to hold if they would just make it thicker with a bigger battery. I considered getting one of those Mophie power packs that also acts as a phone case but decided against it because when I get a new phone I have to throw out the pack as it would no longer fit the phone.

  16. you mentioned how portable chargers are relevant as long as people want slim devices more than they want longer battery life and I'm not sure that's entirely the case. I often hear phone reviewers say that they'd rather have longer life than a slim product. The slimness of phones might just be a selling point that companies emphasise and try to convince their customers of so that the phones will have to have shorter battery life and people will be kept anxious about it, so that the customers continuesly keep the companies product in mind every day.

  17. About the body as locus for knowledge: I took an anthropology class (an introduction couse, but they taught us a lot), and one thing that people like Franz Boas seems to agree was that comprehension is not only a task of the mind but rather full body experience, or verstandnis (some German or northern European might correct me on the meaning of the word :p)

  18. I personaly hage Galaxy S6 Edge Plus and it would be perfect in for be so slim. I'm 32 yr old male, 180cm tall, and have quite regular hands and it feels strange to hold smartphones that are being produced nowadays.

  19. I wonder if Aussies and Brits personal attachment is measurably diminished because they say a battery has "gone flat" as opposed to the American "dead."

  20. For another topic, I would like to hear about the satire and social commentary from It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia or the possible mental illnesses that the characters could have; aside from Dennis having bpd and canonically being diagnosed.

  21. My phone came bundled with a "portable battery charger" (as you call it), but I almost never use it because I never leave home (and there's always a wall plug nearby). And the odd chance that I do leave home (typically when I run out of necessities), I use the car charger.

    Love the battery pack when hiking/camping though, but that's a few of times a year kinda thing.

  22. Okay I have Battery anxiety I already have straight up anxiety.
    So Diving into It I dont feel safe with out it. As I feel like I loose acsess to all My money as I never carry cash. I loose the ability to acsess the bus timetables and train time tables and from that I start to panic

  23. As someone who doesn't have/has never had a phone outside of a landline, why do people with smartphones get so angry if I call them? Can't you put it on vibrate or turn it off? I'm not calling in the middle of the night or during work hours or anything, and I only call if it's something important.

    My smartphone friends get angry at my phonelessness, saying they wish they could text/tweet me during work and stuff like that, but doing that during paid time seems unprofessional to me. And it also feels like they're depending on me for constant entertainment, and demanding my time should be theirs, in a way. But if I give them in-person time, they're on their phones! Wat.

  24. I suppose I have battery anxiety in the fact that it bums me out when I know I can't use my phone. even if I don't need to know. Also, I currently have 4 different battery packs. The higher the capacity the better. The size doesn't bother me, I was never into the slim is better belief.

  25. I think that if you have battery anxiety, you'd also have to have a little bit of lack-of-internet anxiety. I, myself, have neither. If I don't have a wifi connection, I can wait until I get somewhere with one before doing whatever it is. I also use my phone less than the average college student, and those who know me are aware that it might take me more time than they'd like to respond to texts, so if my phone dies and I don't have a charger or access to an outlet, I'll be fine. If 'dying' means being separated from the world, at least in a social sense, then my life is not sustained by cellular devices or Internet access.

  26. I would have battery anxiety if I knew someone is ever going to text me or call me and require that I respond on time. It is more important when i know i'll be bored, like it's gonna be a slow day at work, or have to wait for a doctor's appointment or something. Scrolling unconcentrated through twitter or instagram is useful to wait.

  27. Someone should make a phone with a built in power-bank of sorts. I realize that this would make the phone gigantic but I think it would be worth it for some people. I would SERIOUSLY buy a GIANT phone if it ment tripple batterylife. Just gimme an everlasting, immortal brick.

  28. If my battery gets too low, I prefer to turn off the phone rather than let it die because that's just distressing!

  29. Hi, I'm from Brazil, your very cool videos, to help us who are from other countries to benefit from your content, please release the subtitles contribution, not forgetting to check if your English subtitles are right, It automatically has errors, so people like me, who do not know English, can edit their captions through the text you provide, using translators and expression dictionaries. Your videos will reach a much larger audience!

    Thank you.

  30. Battery packs are annoying — another device to carry, for the device you're already carrying, with a wire to transform your device into a huge, unwieldy dongle — and, given the battery pack or the phone may be the larger of the two devices, it's hard to say which is the dongle for which.

    I buy ZeroLemon batteries instead. I do not care that my phone is now a half-inch thick — it's as easy to use one-handed as any 6-inch "telephone" ever was, but now it's all self-contained, and I still get 10,000mAh which, I can — if I try — drain in about 24 solid hours of near-constant 4G-sucking, GPS-laden, max-brightness-shining use.

  31. I'm more of a Laptop and PC kind of person. If my phone gets to 30%, I just use it less until I can hook it up to an outlet. I read if you keep your battery between 20% and 80%, very rarely going below or above, your phone battery will last longer.

  32. My lord, before you flashed Life Savers on the screen, my mind instinctively said "LIFE SAVERS, LIFE SAVERS, LIFE SAVERS".

  33. I recently (though six months ago which in phone years is a decade) got an LG G5… And one of its selling points is an interchangeable battery with a battery charging cradle… And so while walking around Disneyland with my husband, in my bag I have a battery pack (not the flashy orange but a very clunky and serviceable black monstrosity) charging my spare batteries in their battery cradles, which I then switch out when I hit about 30% and am able to be unplugged. No strings. Somehow this makes me feel superior to the people walking around walking around with their life support permanently tethered to themselves….and it's absolutely ridiculous. I have no less than three batteries, two cords, and two cradles in my bag for the purpose of keeping my phone alive and cordless… And I don't know why….except also Pokémon.

  34. One of topics I discuss with my students is how the language of technology and the language life seem to be shared (e.g. "I need to recharge," "I just put my computer to sleep"), so this video is excellent in the ways that it addresses the affect associated with these representations.

    My phone has a pretty strong battery right now, but I do make the conscious choice to limit the amount of Pokemon Go I play when I'm out and about! Only once per day, and usually at the end of the day when I'm walking to my car. I remember when the game was first released: my friends and I would wander around campus until one of our phones was close to dying, then we would go to the library, take a break, and recharge our phones. I was carrying around my chord at the time. At one point I did consider buying a portable charger in the style of a Pokedex!

  35. So interesting that you bring this up, was thinking the other day about how I often have to remind myself that when my phone dies and goes black, my vision isn't going to do the same; I'm not going to stop existing, die with it.

  36. I don't get battery anxiety except in one situation, and that's when travelling home alone at night from work when it's a long way home. It's not that I want to be able to entertain myself (I always have a book with me) but a hangover from when I had someone to get home to who would worry if I didn't call and say if my train was delayed. The necessity to be able to contact someone isn't there anymore, but the odd anxiety remains. I do have a battery pack, but mostly it lives in my gym bag since I use my phone for music in the gym and it would just annoy me to not have it. So I think on the whole, my battery anxiety is pretty pragmatic…. as anxiety so often is. But that's a rant for another time.

  37. But I don't want a slim phone. I want bigger battery life. A slim phone you put a case on and it instantly becomes a chunky phone.

  38. This was a very interesting episode for me, since I have personally thought long and hard about battery anxiety and power banks since I am an industrial designer and my company just started selling a power bank I designed (sorry for the shameless plug, but I can't resist here).

    Even though most people seem to have thought about having a power bank to prevent battery anxiety, they have not thought much about actually using such a power bank with their phone. Most power banks make you tether your phone with a long cable to a brick-shaped power bank, which makes charging up your phone with them awkward, cumbersome, difficult, and strange-looking, particularly if you are trying to use the phone at the same time that you are charging it. You have to do a juggling act of trying to use your phone while also holding and managing the power bank and cord, probably requiring both hands. Battery cases solve this, but only if you want to buy a model-specific battery case, which adds permanent added thickness and weight to your phone, and you have to buy a new one every time you get a new phone. With stand-alone power banks, you also have to worry about hauling around a cable. Having battery anxiety with a power bank that doesn't include built-in cables might lead to "cable anxiety," since such a power bank is useless without also having a cable to connect it to your phone.

    We thought through this a lot, and came up with a new design for a power bank that you can use with your phone that adds a lot of convenience. It's thin and attaches temporarily with our Sticky Pad technology directly to the back of your phone, which makes it easy to handle in one hand, and it includes built-in cables for both iPhone and Android phones, so everything that is needed is readily available to charge your phone. In addition, it has pass-through charging technology, so you can charge it at the same time you usually charge your phone (e.g. at night). We think our solution, the Griptyte Power™ 3000, is unique in the market, and worth checking out. Here's the link:

  39. the irony of this video is that half way throu, i had to connect my phone to my portable pokemon ball battery pack to continue watching

  40. >much like the human spirit in the infinite void of existence, as soon as a lithium ion battery is born, it begins to die
    jesus christ

  41. This doesn't happen to me with my phone (mostly because it barely works) but I have had moments when I feel a bit anxious when I get a battery warning while playing videogames. most games it's fine i can pause the game and find the charger but on the rare occasion when I can't do that like when I'm playing Titanfall 2 multiplayer or when I was trying to force my way through Dark souls and later Bloodborne ( good games but very much not for me) I would feel a very real moment of panic because pause isn't an option.

    Thankfully battery life on both XBoxone and PS4 are pretty generous so it doesn't happen that often.

  42. Eh, if you go onto the XDA forums, you'll find plenty of people capturing complex statistics on battery usage. Not something that separates Portuguese teenagers from anyone actually interested in improving a phone's battery performance. For anyone actually reading this with an Android phone: look to get it rooted, and look into other kernels available for your phone. Unless you are a mobile gamer, the default "governor" for your CPU is overperformant and by setting a governor (with your new kernel) to a more conservative one, you can add upwards of 4 hours to your battery life (specifically the "battery life" that people care most about: screen-on time, or how long you can have your screen on per charge session).

  43. You're right, I have MAJOR phone anxiety. But I have to charge my phone when it gets to 50% because it dies within 10 minutes if it gets to 40%. So, I don't usually see the 'Low Battery: 5…4…3…2…1…0…Shutting Down.

  44. I CAN DO THAT PEN TRICK! It got me sent to the principals office in high school when I was learning how to do it because I kept flicking pens across the room.

  45. I have a corollary to the bludgeoning uses of technology, which I fully understand. I like some heft to my tech. I also will not get a dog that I don't feel like I could take in a fight, but which would at least put up a challenge. Like I can't stand teeny toy breeds, but I don't want a Saint Bernard either and my thought process is literally. If this dog goes nuts could I take it down, but like not too easily. #brainsareweird

  46. I'm a statistical outlier, I wouldn't mind carrying around a brick of a device if it housed a powerful processor, a removable high capacity battery and was extremely shock resistance. Bonus points if it came with a crappy camera and a powerful speaker.

  47. Story time. The other day I was walking about, playing Pokemon Go in -7 Celsius, and discovered that my phone battery apparently doesn't function when exposed to that temperature for an extended period of time. It went from 56% to suddenly 1%, then shut off completely and wouldn't start up again. I was very anxious until I deduced the cause of it, the cold, which calmed me down since I knew I just had to walk home and warm it up.

  48. Oh.. I thought it was a video about ACTUAL anxiety for batteries.. Had 2 e cigs explode (one in my hand and one in my pocket) and i can barely use my phone now

  49. Since Mike has a Gudetama phone case, I'm kind surprised there hasn't been an episode about Gudetama's relatability is a symbolic of life in the modern world. Or something like that.

  50. This is also the same reason I bring a bunch of "useful stuff/tools" in my bag, which I bring everywhere, even in my own house.

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