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help- the kids have stolen my chargers. too many devices!!

Discussion in 'BYTE ME: Technology discussion' started by garlan5, Dec 31, 2018.

  1. garlan5

    garlan5 Member SoSH Member

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    Need some ideas for a family 5 and 5 billion devices. Ipods, Iphones, Androids galore. My kids and wife move shit around and steal my good chargers and i'm sick of it.

    Is the best solution to buy everyone color specific chargers, if so whats the best fast charger out there.
    Or is there a better docking solution that maybe wireless that i can put in multiple rooms.

    We're on the go a lot and thats usually when shit goes missing
     
  2. soxhop411

    soxhop411 Member SoSH Member

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    Try putting these in every room.

    I use them and they save me the hassle of having a different charger for each thing I use
    https://www.anker.com/products/108/chargers

    They have 5/6/10 port chargers.

    All you need to provide is the usb cable to plug in.
     
  3. garlan5

    garlan5 Member SoSH Member

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    cool- lots of options there. thanks
     
  4. uncannymanny

    uncannymanny Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    They also make them with standard outlets. I have various brands and configurations of these in every room.



    Edit: I don’t know why my link keeps getting reformatted

    amazon.com/dp/B00O1AKB2C/
     
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  5. gtmtnbiker

    gtmtnbiker Member SoSH Member

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    My solution was to put labels on each charger identifying which charger belonged to which person. I got tired of someone misplacing or breaking their charger. This way they would pay for their own charger if something happened to it.
     
  6. uncannymanny

    uncannymanny Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    Another option is to get yourself a really nice set of cables. Tell the kids that if those disappear so do their phones. FWIW, IANAP.
     
  7. Omar's Wacky Neighbor

    Omar's Wacky Neighbor Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    That's just what I did with lightning cables. The inhouse brand (Insignia?) at BestBuy are really high quality and come in a variety of colors. When they went on sale a few years ago, I bought everyone in the house four cables in their own specific colors.

    Didn't work.........
     
  8. koufax32

    koufax32 He'll cry if he wants to... SoSH Member

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    At the risk of oversimplification, you’re the parent and they are the kids, right?
     
  9. NortheasternPJ

    NortheasternPJ Member SoSH Member

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    You were all in on the gold plated cables Radio Shack used to mark up 8000% weren’t you???
     
  10. uncannymanny

    uncannymanny Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    If you can’t hear the difference that’s on you.
     
  11. SumnerH

    SumnerH Malt Liquor Picker Dope

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    Not every “nice cable” thing is Monster nonsense.

    I spend like $5 a piece to get reversible micro-USB cables (so you can plug them in either way when you're fumbling in the dark), and it's worth it.

    USB-C is slowly solving that issue, but it's a decent expenditure for legacy stuff IMO.
     
  12. NortheasternPJ

    NortheasternPJ Member SoSH Member

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    You know what would have been awesome? The people who brought any of the 10 USB ports to market prior to USB-C that thought 3 seconds about how dumb it was they weren’t reversible.
     
  13. gtmtnbiker

    gtmtnbiker Member SoSH Member

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    It probably was harder to do when USB first came out since chips were bigger, etc. USB was great when it came out because before that, we had large serial/parallel cables to deal with.
     
  14. loshjott

    loshjott Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    If you do that you have to follow thru on the threat and deal with the consequences/results of taking away their phones.
     
  15. uncannymanny

    uncannymanny Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    That was why I qualified with ”IANAP”. I’ve never had to take a phone away from a kid.
     
  16. Preacher

    Preacher Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    Don’t take the phone away. Just take the charging cable away and they can slowly watch the battery drain to 0%. Maybe encourage less frequent use. Also, IANAP.
     
  17. garlan5

    garlan5 Member SoSH Member

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    Yes but when I'm away at work and they happen to borrow a charger and lose it there is nothing i can do besides rummage thru the house. I'm dealing with a 6, 8, and 10 year old.

    been there done that! i've also taken tablets away and even lost one in the process for a few months. It's not a happy day when you have 3 kids and one can't have something the other 2 have. I've endured it for lengthy times but at some point you have to be realistic.
     
  18. DominicJD

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    We tend to lose cables in my family. But my strategy seems to work ok:

    At home I have 2 base charger stands: one for tablets, one for phones. The tablet one has a mix of lighting and micro-usb cables, the phone one is all lightning cables. Each kid has 2 multi-port chargers (usually 2 ports) - one for their room, one for travel and a mix of cables for their devices. I don’t color code them.

    For family travel, I have one six-port charger and six micro-usb / lightning combo cables (the cable ends have an end-cap which switches them from micro-usb to lightning).

    Every Xmas I tend to buy everyone a new battery, personal charger and a set of cables as “stocking” stuffers.

    Tends to work pretty well - the kids “manage” their own 2 chargers, and I manage the base units and the big travel charger with its cables.

    I also tend to buy batches of cables (usually the inexpensive Amazon basics ones) 2-3 times a year though. Everyone is hard on cables.
     
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  19. Murby

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    I have used color specific nail polish to mark my stuff. I have a dot of nail polish on each AirPod and the case to prove it’s mine and not my wife’s.
     
  20. Just a bit outside

    Just a bit outside Well-Known Member Silver Supporter SoSH Member

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    The rule my wife and I use is that our chargers never move. We each have a spot where are chargers are left and the kids may use them but not move them. All the kids have their own and may move them wherever.
     
  21. NortheasternPJ

    NortheasternPJ Member SoSH Member

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    Have you tried these?



    I think Amazon links are busted but google Chargerlock iPhone Charger Lock.
     
  22. garlan5

    garlan5 Member SoSH Member

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    Thanks I'll check that out
     
  23. SumnerH

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    FWIW, you can get reversible micro-USB cables that can plug in either way (both on the computer/charger end and the micro end). They use a kind of diamond-head shape on the micro side, and a moving flap on the big side.

    I've used them almost exclusively for years for my non-C devices that need to be plugged/unplugged regularly.
     
  24. AlNipper49

    AlNipper49 Huge Member Dope

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    If I find my kids phones / devices plugged into a charger that’s not theirs then the device goes away. 1. I was so sick of losing or find broken cables and 2. Teaching them some responsibility isn’t the worst thing ever.

    If they lose or break a cable then they buy a new one with their own money.

    With that said, I have about 20 cables in my office because apparently I wasn’t taught those lessons as a kid.
     
  25. gtmtnbiker

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    Exactly. That’s the only way they will learn to treat their stuff with respect. This is why I label each person’s item with their name.
     
  26. santadevil

    santadevil Well-Known Member Silver Supporter SoSH Member

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    Especially their underwear!
     
  27. garlan5

    garlan5 Member SoSH Member

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    I have a 6, 8, and 10 year old. they have no money. I do take things from them but there are better solutions for my particular issue. Lots of good feedback here thankfully
     
  28. HriniakPosterChild

    HriniakPosterChild Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    My 11 year old has had an allowance (a princely $5/week) since he was 8. I recommend it.

    When he wants some trashy souvenir when we're on a trip, he knows he can get it if he is willing to spend his own money. It had redirected his interests from the expensive items in the shops to the more moderately priced.

    (If he wants to buy firecrackers, it doesn't matter whether it's his own money. We know when to say no, and he knows not to ask.)
     
    #28 HriniakPosterChild, Jan 4, 2019
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