USB power adapters (chargers).
Several from various manufacturers are available online for under $20 USD. The official Apple usb power adapter made for ipod/iphone is $29 USD. There is also a compact version that was recalled awhile back for breakage issues, not sure if the newer ones are better or not.
Apple USB Power Adapter
This is good advice, Andy. I have a similar device to an Ipod ('creative zen vision M') and the first thing I did when I bought it was buy a mains charger. More than anything else, it's much much quicker to charge this way, and I don't want to use my laptop's precious USB slots for this slow purpose.
If, however, you have lots of items that can all be charged from USB, you can buy a mains plug that instead of having a power chord coming out of it has a couple of USB slots on it. So you can use the same cable, but from the wall socket. Here is an example of a british one (at a silly price) with an in-car version. I suspect any other nation's plug would be half the size (I do not carry british plugs when i travel!)
I could not use my computer when it was charging, I was afraid of dropping the Ipod on the concrete floor as it hangs from the side.
The owner of that ipod does have a plug into the wall charger for that ipod he had with him, and the other had a compter with a usb port! Please tell me they are NOT both so clueless as to have known that!!!
This is a general tip Jane and they did try his Dads computer, I do not think he had a charger with him, something about using a clock next to his bed. The Ipod in the picture would not charge, he was testing on my computer, I think it was broken.
Again, this is a Travel Tip, generalizing, not about specific people.
Ah... my faith in their knowledge/abilities may not be misplaced!
Glad their visit with you went well. Thanks!
Jane, do not expect much from us men, we truly do not run the planet.