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Why is the Samsung Galaxy Note7 banned in flight?

In the US, as of 16 September, from the Federal Aviation Administration: Following a Consumer Product Safety Commission recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, the FAA is issuing general guidance to ...
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Is there an "internet anywhere" device I can bring with me to visit the developing world?

I suspect you may be barking up the wrong tree here. In short, satellite Internet is likely vastly more expensive and limited than you expect, while regular old cellular networks are likely far more ...
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Carrying 30 ebook readers in hand luggage

First, 30 to 40 ebook readers still in their boxes is going to take quite some space, and weigh a decent amount. So the first issue is that it’s likely to exceed your carry-on allowance, either in ...
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Why is the Samsung Galaxy Note7 banned in flight?

This model is prone to spontaneous battery combustion, not desirable inflight. A specific example of this is shown here: Plane crew douse smoking Samsung phone
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How annoying are mouse clicks on an air plane

It is annoying, I recently annoyed the hell out of a fellow passenger, he was kind enough to request to change his seat in a polite way and that's when I noticed. I was totally unaware of the fact ...
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Issues powering a US laptop in Europe, via an adapter

A breaker tripping is a serious sign of trouble. Something shorted or started to draw excessive current. If not for the breaker, it would probably have caught fire. (Or the circuit was already ...
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What are these holes for on this European travel adaptor?

Those circled holes will be for various plug style's grounds, however -- That is not a standard socket. That is entirely an invention of the Chinese junk sellers. It has not been approved by any ...
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Is there any risk when plugging one's own headphones in an airplane's headphone plug?

No. I have designed headphones for airplane use and there is no difference from designing connectivity for regular consumer electronics use. Physical connectors vary from airline to airline and from ...
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What is a safe way to transport an e-bike battery on planes?

It's not feasible to survey every single airline, but based on my intuition and confirmed by the sample I've checked, this battery is drastically too large (and therefore too dangerous) to bring on a ...
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What are these holes for on this European travel adaptor?

All the middle holes are there for accepting various types of ground (earth) pins. Specifically, the top two holes are there for British plugs (BS 546, BS 1363), while the bottom two are there for ...
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What is the use of this socket/port seen on an airplane passenger's seat?

It's a port called an eXport. It was part of the Panasonic IFE system OK I think I found it! About 10 years ago Panasonic's IFE system (which appears to have been used on the B773ER and A333) ...
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How to not forget things?

There are a variety of strategies you can use but they all involve a cost of time. I use different strategies in different places. First and foremost is what we calling "walking the campsite" (...
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What kind of charging port is this?

This is a standard USB-A charging port.
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What kind of charging port is this?

Looks like a USB-A female plug. Quite commonplace in international flights. FYI: Is it ever useful to allow access to phone data when connecting one's phone to an airplane USB plug? List of USB ...
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Is there an "internet anywhere" device I can bring with me to visit the developing world?

You're overlooking the fact that mobile telephony is a far more efficient way of connecting people in remote areas than is wiring up everyone's home. Governments and telecommunications companies, at ...
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Can I use a personal satellite phone/Internet connection as a passenger in a plane?

Technical Aspects The key part of the quote about pilots leaving the sat phone on the dash is the 'dash' part. The dash is under a glass surface, which is almost completely transparent to RF signals ...
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Converter vs Adapter

Am I correct that adapter mode would burn a US appliance, or am I wrong? Yes, you are correct. If used in "adapter" mode, the voltage is not adjusted or converted in any way, and in most cases a ...
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What do I need to buy for this turntable to work in UK?

Unfortunately the removable prongs are specific to this adapter. They're not the same as the removable prongs on a different adapter. So good luck finding the right ones. Perhaps there were a bunch of ...
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Concerns with illegality of entering Uganda with used computer(s)

You're seriously overthinking this. The law is intended to stop the practice of dumping broken or obsolete electronics (basically e-waste) in bulk into the country. As explained in the official video ...
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Are there any retrocomputing museums in the former Eastern Bloc countries?

Since most (all?) computer museums can qualify as retrocomputing museums, you might find this list of computer museums useful: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_computer_museums You could also ...
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Can you put an ordinary Mac laptop (with the battery) in checked luggage?

For reference: The 15" MacBook Pro carries a 99.5 watt hour battery. The 13" MacBook Pro carries a 74.9 watt hour battery. The MacBook Air 13" carries a 54 watt hour battery. The MacBook carries a 41....
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Electronic items to take from US to India

India has a 220/240V 50Hz electrical supply, while the United States delivers 110/120V 60Hz electricity. However, most electronic devices like laptops and tablets have dual-voltage power supplies, ...
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Issues powering a US laptop in Europe, via an adapter

It looks like your laptop is tripping the RCD rather than the regular circuit breaker: a device tripping the regular CB will simply start smoking if the CB doesn't trip, and your laptop seems to work ...
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Traveling with 24inch monitor

Yes. It is possible to do this safely. The important is to pad the monitor well. Mine (a 27" NEC) survived inside a suitcase wrapped in towels several times and once in yoga mat. If you monitor ...
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Is it safe to plug a power strip into a travel adapter plug?

There are two types of travel adapter plugs commonly used: Plug adapters. These just convert the physical plug into one of a different shape, but do not perform any voltage conversion. It is ...
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Unable to charge HP NoteBook 840 G4 laptop while being overseas

There's nothing in your pictures that indicates that they shouldn't work on a European grid. I think you need to treat this exactly like any other instance of: My laptop and/or its power brick died ...
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How can one travel with X-Ray sensitive equipment or electronic devices?

OK, So I've never tried this with electronic equipment (which I think will make it harder). But I've flown several times with personal radiation dosimeters as required by my employment at the time. ...
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