Charging on Aeroplane?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by rekhyt, Dec 14, 2013.

  1. rekhyt macrumors 65816

    Jun 20, 2008
    Part of the old MR guard.
    Is it possible to charge in any way on aeroplanes? Never tried it myself or looked around to do so but I'm interested in doing some work while on the plane (my MBA 11" is an old version, only gets around 2-3 hours of battery life).

    Thanks in advance.
  2. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005

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  3. NewbieCanada macrumors 68030

    Oct 9, 2007
    Whatever airline you're flying on will have information on the planes in their fleet and what their capabilities are.
  4. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    "Carrier Dependent"

    Because of this, I would use a back up battery instead. Works everywhere, any plane, any carrier.
  5. mpantone, Dec 14, 2013
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2013

    mpantone macrumors 6502

    Mar 20, 2009
    It depends on the airline, the specific flight, the specific aircraft, and the class of service of your ticket.

    Airlines use a wide variety of aircraft of different ages for their various routes. Older aircraft typically did not have much in the way of passenger power resources; those aircraft that did often only offered power options to passengers in the business and first class cabin.

    As passenger expectations evolved, many airlines have retrofitted older aircraft with enhanced power options. The priority of these retrofits typically went to more important routes (e.g., LAX > JFK) and to the first class and business cabin passengers.

    Some of the younger airlines have been more aggressive in offering premium on-board amenities such as power outlets (e.g., Virgin America), individual video screens in their coach class cabin.

    If you are flying coach class in some antiquated aircraft from a major carrier on a minor route (e.g., Chicago to Green Bay), you should reduce your expectations for in-seat power.

    If you are flying business or first class on a major route, in-seat power would be pretty typical.

    Most US carriers have moved away from proprietary airline power receptacles, offering typical household-style two-prong 120V outlets. Don't buy one of those converters unless you can get your employer to write it off. Most planes don't have them anymore, so it would be a waste of space and money to carry around one of those adapters.

    Note that even if you identify the typical aircraft use for the particular flight you've booked, there's always a chance that the actual aircraft you board might be an older one that has yet to receive the cabin upgrades. There's also a chance for a last-minute equipment change (meaning aircraft) due to scheduling, maintenance, weather or other aircraft availability factors that puts you aboard a different vehicle.

    Hope for the best, plan for the worst when you travel. And what should you expect? Probably something in between, based on typical airline customer satisfaction ratings. If you really want to secure a better passenger experience, buy a business or first class ticket. Coach class is the Great Unwashed.
  6. cerberusss macrumors 6502a


    Aug 25, 2013
    The Netherlands

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