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Old 11-14-2009, 12:16 AM   #1
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Long train journey with a PRS-500

As is common in Australia, we are in love with outdated transport technologies that lead to overlong journeys at less than 100 km/hour / 62.5 miles/hour (in this case more like 60 km/hour / 37.5 miles/hour). Apparently the larger the country, the slower everything has to be..
As is the case with a planned rail/coach trip I'll be taking soon 14 hours of listening to the sound of a train and coach while reading with my Sony Reader!
I'm hoping the battery will hold out, but if it doesn't I definitely won't have access to a power outlet - even if I did, the only outlets on board the trains would be subject to power surges and would fry my PRS-500!
Can anyone recommend a 'external battery' device, somewhat like what they sell for mobile phones now, that will work with a PRS-500?
I guess it would have been designed for a PSP but I have yet to see one.
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Old 11-14-2009, 03:25 AM   #2
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I had a quick websearch, and came up with these for the search term 'psp emergency battery charger':

Emergency Battery Charger For Sony PSP 1000 (Red)

24000 External Charger Battery for Sony PSP Slim 3000 (ebay)

Battery Operated Emergency Charger

I don't know how well these would work, though ... but they're out there, and PSP forums would likely have discussions on the merits of the different types out there.
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Old 11-14-2009, 08:29 AM   #3
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There are numerous emergency battery chargers available for the PRS-XXX. I've seen some mentioned at MobileRead.

I believe one of them mentioned was this one:

http://www.gomadic.com/sony-reader-p...-extender.html

I found this thread:

Sony PRS-505 Portable AA Battery Charger

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Old 11-14-2009, 08:32 AM   #4
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What you need is this!

Power Monkey!!

I have one and love it.

They also sell them with a solar charger but since I don't have one I can't speak to how well they work.

Cheers.
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Old 11-14-2009, 08:39 AM   #5
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Why would you need any form of charger for a mere 14h of usage? That's nothing, even for a fairly elderly PRS-500.
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Old 11-14-2009, 10:00 AM   #6
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This was the subject of a thread here about a year or so ago. Details here http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=31556
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Why would you need any form of charger for a mere 14h of usage? That's nothing, even for a fairly elderly PRS-500.
I've never been one for pushing my luck.. and the thing seems to be losing charge more quickly than it used to. I haven't tested it heavily though.
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Old 11-14-2009, 09:58 PM   #8
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If you're going to be on noisy transport that long, I HIGHLY recommend a pair of noise-cancelling headphones. They don't have to be the expensive Bose ones - I paid only $40US for a pair of Earhugger brand ones, but they make all that awful plane/train noise recede to a distant rumble. You'll arrive feeling much more rested, trust me. I wore them on my trip from the US to Australia and I did not have jetlag either way. It's amazing what a difference they make.

You don't even have to use them to listen to anything, just turn them on and relax.

Off-topic, I know, but I thought I'd throw that in.
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Old 11-14-2009, 10:35 PM   #9
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What you need is this!

Power Monkey!!

I have one and love it.

They also sell them with a solar charger but since I don't have one I can't speak to how well they work.

Cheers.
I can second the Power Monkey recommendation. It comes with a variety of tips, so can be used for a reader, a mobile phone etc.
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Old 11-15-2009, 08:18 AM   #10
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If you're going to be on noisy transport that long, I HIGHLY recommend a pair of noise-cancelling headphones. They don't have to be the expensive Bose ones - I paid only $40US for a pair of Earhugger brand ones, but they make all that awful plane/train noise recede to a distant rumble. You'll arrive feeling much more rested, trust me. I wore them on my trip from the US to Australia and I did not have jetlag either way. It's amazing what a difference they make.

You don't even have to use them to listen to anything, just turn them on and relax.

Off-topic, I know, but I thought I'd throw that in.
Thanks for bringing that up
I have experience with train travel (Sydney is a large city and I often have more than a hour commute to work) and one of things I did get to make life easier and let me listen to my favourite classical music was a pair of noise-cancelling headphones... for about $7.50US - and they work wonders
Definitely getting packed, along with my CD MP3 player..
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I can second the Power Monkey recommendation. It comes with a variety of tips, so can be used for a reader, a mobile phone etc.
I second the Gomadic as it has a number of tips available for it. That would be my #1 choice.
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