Smart & Connected Life Travel Tech 111 111 people found this article helpful How to Charge Your Phone or Laptop on a Plane Keep your phone, tablet, or laptop charged as you travel by Melanie Pinola Writer Former Lifewire writer Melanie Pinola has 5+ years' experience writing about consumer-oriented technology and is an expert telecommuter. our editorial process Melanie Pinola Updated on December 16, 2019 reviewed by Ryan Perian Lifewire Tech Review Board Member Ryan Perian is a certified IT specialist who holds numerous IT certifications and has 12+ years' experience working in the IT industry support and management positions. our review board Article reviewed on Jun 15, 2020 Ryan Perian Travel Tech Digital Cameras & Photography Tweet Share Email When you want to take your work with you on a plane or download Netflix movies to your iPad to watch during the trip, you'll need a place to charge your devices. Airports provide charging stations in terminals, where you can charge up before or between flights. Some airlines offer power outlets or USB port in the seats, so you can work or play as you head to your destination and be fully charged when you land. However, not all planes have this option, and you may need an alternative charging technique. Use a Portable Charger A portable charger is a charger that you take with you. Charge it at the airport before the flight or at home before you leave. Most portable chargers provide enough power to run devices a few times. Belkin For a tablet, phone, e-book reader, or another device that charges over USB, a USB battery is all you need. Some have multiple USB ports to charge more than one device at the same time. To charge a laptop on the plane, bring a portable laptop battery charger. Not only do laptops require more power than a battery charger meant for phones, but you need a way to plug the laptop into the charger. A portable laptop charger has the two-pronged or three-pronged connection needed to mimic a wall outlet. It's best to charge a laptop battery charger overnight because it holds a huge amount of power. While waiting in the airport for your flight, plug in the battery charger to top off the charge. Plug-In on the Plane Some planes offer in-seat power that works with a standard AC power adapter, such as how a laptop plugs into the wall at home. For these types of aircraft, bring along the standard power brick you use with a wall outlet. You can get one on Amazon if yours is missing or broken. Alaska Airlines In some cases, DC power adapters are used in planes, like the circular cigarette lighter power adapters found in vehicles. If that's what's available, you'll need a DC to AC power converter. If you frequently travel with a laptop and USB devices, you might prefer a DC to AC converter like the one from Foval that includes a three-pronged port for a laptop and two USB ports for smaller devices. Not sure if the plane has in-seat charging? Search for your flight at SeatGuru or look up the airline. For example, from the Alaska Airlines page, click Compare seat pitch, then locate the Power Type section to see if AC Power is listed. Tips to Reduce Your Power Demands If you don't want to bring batteries with you or pay for something you'll only use on one flight, there are some things you can do to make sure your devices remain powered for longer. One way to avoid charging your phone on a plane is to make sure it's fully charged before you leave. Charge up in the airport before you take off or keep the phone turned off until you get on the plane to avoid using it until you need to. The same goes for other devices that need power on the plane. Another way to save phone battery, aside from keeping it turned off, is turn off location services, dim the brightness, and turn off automatic updates. See these tips to extend iPhone battery life (or save iPad battery or Android battery life) for dozens of other tips. If the above methods don't do enough to keep your iPhone or Android powered, the phone may contain files that can be deleted to free up space and make the device run smoother and use less battery. See these iOS maintenance tips and these Android cleaning tips.