Long haul flights with a MacBook Pro?

steffi

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In this case I'm flying ANA from US to Bangkok thru Japan.

What if anything can you take with you to extend the life of your MacBook Pro 15"'s battery on a flight like this?

Equipment I have already

Anker Powerport Speed PD30
Apple 29W UCB-C Power Adapter

Macbook Pro 15" 2019 model.
 

mikzn

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This is where having an iPad Pro in addition to the MacBook Pro works well - IPP is great for long flights and easy to keep charged with USB port on the plane.
 
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cube

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I think many people now have a bag the two has a laptop slot and an iPad slot. If you have the laptop, chances are you have the iPad, especially if you travel or commute regularly.
It is one more device you have to take care of.
 

mikzn

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I think many people now have a bag the two has a laptop slot and an iPad slot. If you have the laptop, chances are you have the iPad, especially if you travel or commute regularly.
I keep my Tumi "loaded and ready to go" with Bose Q35II headphones, spare mag safe, spare AW puck charger, 10400 mAh battery pak, iPhone and IPP chargers and assorted cables that never leave the bag when at home - that way I don't forget to pack anything except the IPP and rMBP

IPP is a second screen if using the rMBP in the hotel
 
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mattDC5R

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Have you checked to see if there in power outlets at the seats?

Most long haul carriers have their cabins configured with power outlets and USB ports. Emirates, Qantas and Air New Zealand all do for example on my recent flights between Australia and the US
 
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mikzn

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I always seem to get a seat without the power outlet or one where the power outlet does not work :mad:

Also it is hard to work on a 15" MBP if you are sitting in the back of the plane (economy), especially if the person in front of you reclines the seat :(
 

kp98077

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I think many people now have a bag the two has a laptop slot and an iPad slot. If you have the laptop, chances are you have the iPad, especially if you travel or commute regularly.
Or better yet, use a rolling trolly. A briefcase on wheels. Great for overseas travel. Often bring that and not a briefcase.
 
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jerryk

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I fly international 2-3 times a year. I used to carry a USB power pack, but don't any more. Almost all airlines have AC power at seats, especially any long haul flights. You can check your flight and seat on seatguru.com and see if people are reporting any issues with this particular airline, aircraft type, or seat.

I am traveling from the US to Asia soon and plan on bring my iPad Pro 11 and 15" MBP. I will bring the MBP 15 USB-C charger and maybe a 30W Anker USB-C charger. USB C is I need for my laptop, ipad, and phone.
 
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cube

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You have to check how many watts the outlets offer in the plane configuration. None are enough for beefy laptops, for example.
 

SteveJUAE

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In this case I'm flying ANA from US to Bangkok thru Japan.

What if anything can you take with you to extend the life of your MacBook Pro 15"'s battery on a flight like this?

Equipment I have already

Anker Powerport Speed PD30
Apple 29W UCB-C Power Adapter

Macbook Pro 15" 2019 model.
Nothing, just put it on charge whilst having a nap or meal and BKK has free charge points dotted around

I would also be careful on power banks they are No 1 on security checks next to laptops/tablets and banned from checked in luggage

If you have exhausted a power bank on first flight and it gets checked on 2nd flight and its dead you could loose it as being in transit still means at least 1 or 2 re-scans through security