Plutonic Rainbows

Smart Battery Case Charging Time

Today I let the phone and case drain down completely - to the point where the iPhone shut down. Using a 30w USB-C Lightning connection, these are the times it took to charge. What’s really interesting is that with USB-C, the case and phone charge in parallel.


  • iPhone 85%
  • Smart Battery Case 79%

1hr 15 mins

  • iPhone 93%
  • Smart Battery Case 90%

1hr 24 mins

  • iPhone 96%
  • Smart Battery Case 96%

1hr 30 mins

  • iPhone 97%
  • Smart Battery case 98%

1hr 32 mins

  • iPhone 98%
  • Smart Battery Case 100%

1hr 40 mins

  • iPhone 100%
  • Smart Battery Case 100%


When I left the iPhone unattended all night, by 10:30 am, the battery had dropped by 10%. I think this because I had Dark Sky constantly using Location Services. I’m also going to make it a practice now to have the XS Max on Low Power Mode unless I’m away from the house and keep Bluetooth disabled. This is because I have my computer and iPad, should I need them.


This great application is now free and open source. I recommend this if you don’t want to pay almost a hundred dollars for Panic’s Coda.


Spent the best part of the day tidying away magazines.

Apple Smart Battery Case

Released this week, this case is optimised for iOS and features wireless charging and two internal batteries. It will work with an iPhone X but the software is not set up for this particular phone and the speaker grill will also not align correctly. The price is £129. There are cases available for the XS Max, XS and XR models in either Black or White. You can see what’s available here.


Incredible iOS application I only recently discovered. Now you can write Python anywhere. The price is £9.99 - very reasonable for what’s inside. Head over to the iOS store for more details.

Thomas Harris - Cari Mora

Announced back in October 2018, this is the author’s first novel in thirteen years.

Twenty-five million dollars in cartel gold lies hidden beneath a mansion on the Miami Beach waterfront. Ruthless men have tracked it for years. Leading the pack is Hans-Peter Schneider. Driven by unspeakable appetites, he makes a living fleshing out the violent fantasies of other, richer men.

Cari Mora, caretaker of the house, has escaped from the violence in her native country. She stays in Miami on a wobbly Temporary Protected Status, subject to the iron whim of ICE. She works at many jobs to survive. Beautiful, marked by war, Cari catches the eye of Hans-Peter as he closes in on the treasure. But Cari Mora has surprising skills, and her will to survive has been tested before.

Monsters lurk in the crevices between male desire and female survival. No other writer in the last century has conjured those monsters with more terrifying brilliance than Thomas Harris. Cari Mora, his sixth novel, is the long-awaited return of an American master.

Available to pre-order on Amazon.

HMV 1985

HMV photographed during the mid-1980s. I used to shop there. That was a long, long time ago.


Shooting RAW images and looking at them after in the photo viewer with Halide, the camera seems to be taking a JPG rather than an HEIF file (even though I’ve specifically set it to shoot RAW/HEIF). I’m on an iPhone XS Max with all latest updates.


Started putting up Christmas decorations these last few days. Also put up a link to some old photos from between 2006 and 2009. I’ll leave it in the footer notes too.

SK U KNO - U KNO (Digital Edition)

This arrives on Friday with some extended stuff that only makes a great EP even better. You can pre-order the album here and the vinyl is also still available too.