The most desperate things Australians do to charge their phones

Peter Terlato 30 November 2016

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Nothing is off limits in our pursuit of power.

Australians will go to extreme measures to recharge the battery life of their mobile phones, with new research revealing nothing is "off limits" in the pursuit of power.

A study conducted by finder.com.au found Australian smartphone users employ a variety of methods to restore power to their depleted devices, from ducking into public restrooms to find a power point to paying a courier an unsightly sum to collect and deliver their charger from work or home.

The most common solution among respondents for an emergency charge was to utilise power points in an office building (40%).

Following this, Australians were likely to ask staff at a restaurant or pub to assist them (31%) or borrow a portable battery pack (27%) to help revive their dying phone.

A smaller proportion admitted to using riskier strategies, such as asking strangers if they could use their laptop to recharge (13%) and using uber/taxi driver's power cables (6%).

Generation Y were more likely to go to extremes in order to breathe new life into their device, with one quarter (25%) using a public bathroom's power outlet to boost their battery and a small number (4%) willing to pay someone to deliver them their charger.

Aussie women were more careful about being caught without power, with more than a third (34%) never needing to recharge outside of home, compared with just over a quarter (28%) of men.

Phone batteries that die halfway through the day are a common problem. We've come up with 7 tips to improve your smartphone's battery life.

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