Left to your own devices, mobile or otherwise, there are is a gargantuan array of “travel gadgets” on the market, ranging from practical tools to wacky gimmicks.
Here’s an assortment of five travel gadgets:
AViiQ Portable USB Charging Station: This 10″ x 5″ x 1.5″ bag, made out of ABS and nylon fabric, contains a USB charging hub, enabling you to charge up to three USB devices at the same time, while using just one AC plug. Its cable storage designs hopefully allows you to put your cables inside the bag without spending the rest of your vacation untangling them.
Website: aviiqu.com Price: $99.99
TRUCO (Travel Utility Carry On): A modular carry-on; combining a carry-on, laptop bag, and briefcase. A click-on system enables you to remove and add modules. And, if you are prone to grappling with overhead bins, the TRUCO modules can be separated to fit into the overhead bin space. 20″ x 10.5″ x 13.5″
Website: balanzza.com Price: $199.00
Verbatim Wireless Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard: For users of Bluetooth-enabled iPhone and iPad users who are feeling keyboard loss, this mobile keyboard folds up and can be easily stored, the company says. This gadget also sports a media console, enabling you to play, pause and otherwise control iTunes tunes right from the keyboard. A carrying case and iPhone stand are included.
Website: verbatim.com Price: $79.99
All-Weather Soft Case Bike Mount: Geared for recreational and competitive cyclists, the bike mount enables you to position your mobile device, which you might use as a GPS, to track your speed or with another bike-related app, on your bicycle handlebars. It comes with a soft, detachable, weather-resistant case, and you can dabble with your device’s touchscreen while it is securely in the case.
Website: Bracketron.com Price: $39.95
RageGage: In the somewhat quirky category comes RageGage, a “smashable rage controller,” perfect for calming down after a mile-long security lane or endlessly long wait at the departure gate. Just turn it on, adjust the volume and smash the soft gel pad with your hand. The RageGage comes preloaded with “a hilarious voice” which answers your poundings with retorts such as “you wuss” or “who are you kids?” The RageGage also “doubles as a video game controller for smash-based games…” RageGage says. Albeit, it’s smashing.
Website: RageGage.com Price: $19.99
One you’ll definitely want to take: The free CheapOair Flight Search iPhone app so you can search and book flights on the fly.
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