Japan Airlines will offer charging packs for first-class passengers on domestic flights

If you’re a frequent traveler sometimes it can be difficult to find time to charge up your important mobile devices. While some people have portable ways to charge their phone or have phone cases with an extra built-in battery, most people are tied to some sort of physical power outlet. Many airlines also have power on the plane for customers.

Unfortunately, those traveling Japan Airlines on domestic flights were left without a means to charge their devices, as the seats had not been updated to accommodate charging. The company has remedied the situation for first-class passengers by offering in-flight mobile battery chargers starting July 7th, 2014.

Japan Trust Technology, a well-known manufacturer of mobile device accessories, will be providing the massive battery packs that should accommodate even the most demanding passengers. The MobilePower MP-16000 will have 16,000 mAh of battery, capable of outputting 5V/2.1A, that will quickly be able to charge tablets, smartphones, and more.

The MP-16000 will be conveniently located in the front pocket of every first-class seat and will allow passengers an opportunity to charge without asking a flight attendant for the product. Japan Airlines has not announced when they will offer this to other passengers or when it will upgrade the first-class seats with power outlets.

Source: Japan Airlines | Image via Japan Airlines

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Anything to make first class feel ... ... first class I guess.

Hey, stop that. Stop plugging in to that power outlet in the bathroom. Captain, captain, they're charging coach. Check the bathroom. That's bull####, I paid for first class and they're charging in coach.

Lol, this is ###### news. Many big airlines have a USB outlet in all the seats, both in the premium as well as economy. So this ain't a big deal Japan!!

What the hell? The Japan is the frontliner with technology and at the same time is terribly behind in mass adoption of tech by their own people.


A power plugs are available by the seat (and a usb outlet too) in most economy flights in europe and north america, that I have being in.

These are domestic flights though, and considering how big Japan is, I doubt the flight duration can be long enough to exceed the battery life of a regular smartphone/laptop? They might thus not see the need to upgrade and equip the planes with power sockets.

Or just get a phone with decent battery life and you won't have a problem. Besides, most of the airplanes I've been in lately have USB ports you can plug in to.

naap51stang said,
Really? You can't wait 2-3 hours, or 10-12 hours on a flight WITHOUT a phone? Heck what did we do before 24/7 connections!

Really? You can't wait 48 hours for the drive from LA to NYC, or 60-70 hours to take a train? You really need to fly? What did we do before cross country flights?

I don't understand people like you. Things will never be "the way they used to be" once a disruptive technology is introduced. Sure, I could sit and read a book for 2-3 hours, I'm sure I can manage reading one or two for 10-12 hours. But honestly? I'd rather have a choice. With my phone, I can read, watch a movie/TV show, browse the internet, play a game, and maybe even do some work. Just because we used to sit idle on 10-12 hour flights doesn't mean we still should, or even expect to.

I just got back to the UK from Hong Kong on an Emirates A380 Airbus and every seat had both a USB socket AND a UK/UAE style 3 pin plug - I was VERY impressed and I was in economy!

As Brian above says it would be nice for all airlines to just build it in but I guess this isn't financially viable on older aircraft??

It still irks me that we have come so far with technology - yet power on an airplane is such a rare occurrence.

It'd be so much nicer if they could just include a USB port at each seat for power.

Brian M. said,
It still irks me that we have come so far with technology - yet power on an airplane is such a rare occurrence.

It'd be so much nicer if they could just include a USB port at each seat for power.

Air New Zealand's premium economy, business and first class have built in 240v and 5v USB power options. Cattle class don't get anything but there are good reasons, for anything to be added to an aircraft's systems it must be proven to be 100% reliable across a massive range of conditions.

Standard 747-300ER has a capacity of about 400, 5v & 500mA ~200A of current to be supplied by the aircraft's systems and that's just for phones. It's certainly not an unlikely scenario for over 90% of passengers to be using their devices charging in flight. 500mA isn't much either, 1A would be ideal which pushes a 400A load. This is on top of all the aircraft's systems. The extra 400A will put a big load on the aircraft's generators, possibly leading to failure.

All those power distribution systems have to be tested to make sure they don't overheat, can operate safely under the load conditions imposed by the aircraft and be reliable for minimal maintenance. Then it all has to be installed (safely in a way that won't impede maintenance procedures) which is a freaking HUGE cost. Battery packs are surprisingly a hell of a lot cheaper and can easily be moved from plane to plane.

Don't get me wrong, power will come but it is not likely on early generation aircraft. Some airlines might retrofit but it isn't a high priority. Customers won't fly for a USB charger, but they will if the airline can say the upgraded the seats to more comfy ones.

Auzeras said,
Standard 747-300ER has a capacity of about 400, 5v & 500mA ~200A of current to be supplied by the aircraft's systems and that's just for phones. It's certainly not an unlikely scenario for over 90% of passengers to be using their devices charging in flight. 500mA isn't much either, 1A would be ideal which pushes a 400A load. This is on top of all the aircraft's systems. The extra 400A will put a big load on the aircraft's generators, possibly leading to failure.

Doesn't a 747-300 have two 90KVA APUs? 400A at 5V is about 1.1% of that. Converter efficiencies would be >90%, so we'll call it 1.3%.

Easy enough to kill power to the ports if you ran into trouble, too.

I got my own 16,000mAH battery from Amazon, and it's very handy when going away.

I took it to a music festival and managed to get 5 charges out of it for my Note 3, hell of a lot better than paying for the guys at the festival to charge it for me.