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Old 05-10-2018, 08:31 AM
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I looked at that, but my understanding is that 4000 mAh isn't much.

Then again, I have no idea what a mAh is or how much I actually need so maybe it's fine just for a cell phone, which is enough to be useful. I just noticed that the ones on Amazon are 20,000 mAh or more.
No, it's not much. Stu just checked on the one we got from the Staples "impulse buy" bins... it's 4000 mAh, a cheap p.o.s. But it does fairly well if I just want to go for a walk or something.

I already have a bunch of water bottles and clothes, but I can always use more powerbanks.
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I don't need more stuff. This year I made a donation to the Human Fund (or whatever it is that they call their foundation).
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this all seems like a waste of money and effort. most of us either have the various junk that is given out or certainly can afford to buy on our own if we want/need. This would seem to be an area to tighten up cost control, even if isn't big $, rather than continually increase dues and exam fees.
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Actually, this stuff is a LOT cheaper than paying for what the volunteers do.
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this link has a table in it that supposedly shows you how big the batteries are in various phones/tablets. no idea if it's accurate, but it looks like 4000 mAh is at least enough to give today's phones one full charge. and it's a free gift, so that's better than nothing.

Thanks for the link. So this would be good for a cell phone, but not a tablet or laptop. That is indeed useful, and it will probably weigh less in my purse than a bigger one too.

I wasn't trying to look a gift horse in the mouth, BTW. But I can always use more work clothes, and the shirt would work for work. So it was a question of something that is definitely useful vs something that is possibly useful.

Now that I know it's good enough for my cell phone, it seems like it's a debate between two useful items.
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Actually, this stuff is a LOT cheaper than paying for what the volunteers do.
Does it actually drive anyone's decision to volunteer / not volunteer?

In my case, my "volunteering" was going to an SOA conference in 2017. Not presenting at it, just attending.

And I proctored an exam, but I'm not even sure if they're aware that I did that. I would have done all that stuff with or without the gift.
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Well, it's "participation points" or whatever.

Anyway, no, nobody is really doing this stuff for the SOA-logoed goodies.

I still would like an SOA umbrella
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Does it actually drive anyone's decision to volunteer / not volunteer?

In my case, my "volunteering" was going to an SOA conference in 2017. Not presenting at it, just attending.

And I proctored an exam, but I'm not even sure if they're aware that I did that. I would have done all that stuff with or without the gift.
Human psyche is a fickle thing. Gifts are a way of providing positive reinforcement for volunteering. No one volunteers based on the gift, they volunteer based on the experiences and feelings they associate with volunteering in the past. Gifts probably play a small role in that.
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Human psyche is a fickle thing. Gifts are a way of providing positive reinforcement for volunteering. No one volunteers based on the gift, they volunteer based on the experiences and feelings they associate with volunteering in the past. Gifts probably play a small role in that.
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Actually, this stuff is a LOT cheaper than paying for what the volunteers do.
It definitely is. As a volunteer though, I'd rather they make the volunteering experience better, like finding a better location/hotel, and less grumpy about people expensing meals etc.
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