Hotels all over the world are installing card switches to save energy. They aren’t bad unless you’re trying to charge a device while away from the room.
What’s a Card Switch?
Basically it’s a slot in the wall near the front door of a room where you insert your key card to turn on the power for your room.
No key in the card switch, no power.
They generally aren’t a hassle, and I am sure they save the hotel a ton of money in electricity, while decreasing the hotel’s carbon-footprint.
However if you need to charge devices while away from your room, they are a pain.
Defeating Card Switches
You can go down to the front desk and get an extra key, but the card switch doesn’t need a key. It needs a key shaped object in it.
Just drop any credit, library or metro card into the slot, and your problem is solved.
This isn’t the world’s biggest problem, but when you need an outlet to work, you need an outlet to work.