Back to school season is upon us and in full swing! As we sail into July and prepare to run headfirst into August, students in high school, college, and even graduate programs have a lot to do to prepare themselves for the school year start. The twenty-first-century student is as plugged in as ever, and it is necessary that you have all your tablets and phones ready to go at a moment’s notice. After all, many students these days utilize tablets and mobile phones as integral parts of their student experience.
It is not uncommon to see many students taking handwritten notes on a tablet in college intro lectures and high school classrooms around the world or frantically taking photos of complicated equations on their smartphones, in order to use them as guides for later study sessions or problem sets.
It is imperative, then, that your back to school list include the very items that are the lifeblood of a student’s gadgets: the USB chargers, adapters, and cables that keep their batteries full and enable them to work seamlessly with various monitors and devices. The following is a list of some of the most important USB accessories to add on to your school shopping list. Trust us―your wallet and gadgets will thank you!
Most USB mini cables come in two distinct sizes: three feet or six feet long. You may prefer a six-foot cable if you plan on charging your tablet or phone in class; on the other hand, if you plan on charging your gadgets outside of the classroom setting―or even in cramped spaces such as cars or shared dorm rooms―you may prefer the three-foot USB cable in order to avoid messy tangles and extra weight.
The Micro USB end is inserted into your tablet or phone, while the larger Type A male end is plugged into the laptop or desktop computer. This is ideal for transferring notes that you may have taken on your tablet or studying larger versions of the pictures that you take with your phone of your professor’s notes on a blackboard.
The best part? These USBs almost always allow you to charge your phone or tablet while it is hooked up to your computer! Micro USB cables are relatively inexpensive, and you can find many fantastic ones for little more or less than a buck.
The adapter cable enables the user to work with the aforementioned USB mini cable in order to charge or sync all devices that utilize micro USB ports, such as the BlackBerry or all Android smartphones. The cable itself provides an efficient, portable alternative to adapters that don’t utilize cables or cords, allowing the device to sit away from the computer while you are transferring materials or charging your battery.
This flexibility provided by the cord makes USB mini adapters a much more versatile option for students. For instance, if you are taking notes on your laptop and need to charge your phone without taking up too much space on a small desk, you can charge it while it is hooked up to your laptop as it rests inside your backpack.
There are a wide variety of USB products specially designed to keep your life as a student hassle-free. With a little research and the right purchase, you can jump right back into autumn knowing that your smartphone or tablet will be working for you and not the other way around!