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Sep 12, 2023

How To Safely Charge Your Phone At Airports

How To Safely Charge Your Phone In Public Ports

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Following up on many posts on charging your devices safely (including Good To Know: Charging Your Phone Safely While Traveling), there is a travel gadget that provides a safer way to charge your device in public charging ports if you do not have a portable charger.

This gadget is

Jan 26, 2015

Travel Gadgets that Pull Double Duty by Charging Your Gadgets

Travel Items that Pull Double by Charging Your Gadgets

Bluesmart: World's First Smart, Connected Carry-On

Hand Crank Radio

Ambient Weather Emergency Solar Hand Crank Weather Alert Radio, Flashlight, Smart Phone Charger


Warms you up while camping in the woods and will also keep your phones charged so you can call out for pizza. This thermoelectric device turns heat to electricity and powers most USB-chargeable devices including smartphones. And can boil 1 liter of water in as little as 4 min. 30 sec.

Bags That Charge Your Devices While You Travel


A smart bag that can charge up to 3 USB devices simultaneously


Powerbag Messenger Bag with Battery for Charging Smartphones

Mighty Purse

Mighty Purse "Premium" - The Purse That Charges Your Phone

USB-Charging Umbrella

An umbrella that includes four panels on top that captures solar power from any direction. The panels are woven into the umbrella’s canopy and convert solar power into electricity. You can, in turn, use it to charge your devices via USB ports at the base of the umbrella. And just in case the weather gets cloudy and there is not enough juice from solar power, this umbrella even features a 3.7-volt/1000mA battery that acts as a backup, providing continuous power for your devices.

Charging Jacket

Several manufacturers have developed jackets that not only protect you from elements, but also provide juice for your gadgets. One example is a winter jacket, from Mountain Hardwear, with a heating element that will keep you toasty while it charges your gadgets.

Charger bracelets

Another wearable device is a stylish bracelet that charges your phone. The simple band bracelet turns into chargeable cable by unsnapping the ends. It has a USB at the end that can be connected to your phone to charge.


XOO belt

These will keep your pants up and your gadgets charged up. A newest addition to wearables, this one is a combination of a classic belt and a portable USB charger. The belt comes with a  2,100mAh charge capacity, which means it can charge quite a few different type of mobile devices

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Apr 10, 2014

Small But Mighty Travel Gadgets

Small But Mighty Travel Gadgets

Packing space is always at a premium. These smaller size travel gadgets not only improve your travel experience and serve essential functions, but also can let optimize the space in your travel pack:

Smartphone Charging Wallet
smartphone charging wallet

You always have your wallet with you, its an essential accessory. And now you will also have addition charge for you phone as well. The Smart charging wallet has a built-in connector that plugs into your phone and provide up to two hours of additional talk time without having to have access to a power outlet. The wallet contains a 680 mAh rechargeable battery that has been specially integrated into one panel, where it is capable of easily connecting to your gadget.

Fuel is the "world’s smallest phone charger"
smallest phone charger

It has a shape and look of a canister of gas, which is known to most car drivers as the go to emergency auto accessory. And that is likely for a good reason as this little newest gadget can give a boost to your smartphone while you are away from the home. Its 220 mAh battery is designed to give you an extra 20-30 minutes of talk time, which is good to order a pizza or update your status so you don't feel as stranded.

ChargeCard for iPhone 4/4s
charge card iphone

This device has a Credit Card Sized Charging Cable built in. It is similar idea to charging wallet, though it does not hold the charge itself. The card acts as a connector between your gadget and a charger. The center plug comes out and plugs into a USB port, the end of the card is then plugged into your phone. It can be useful on a trip to replace a charge cord. The card can go into your wallet, pants pocket, or bag.

Ring May Be the Next Hot Wearable Device

One of the newest tech gadgets on the horizon, this ring uses NFC (Near Field Communications) technology to use gestures to interact with your smart watch, control the lights, issue commands to your smartphone and more. Per Kickstarte page for it, the ring can be used to unlock doors, mobile phones and to transfer information and link people. It is a great concept that brings the idea of virtual interaction, similar to what was has been depicted in sci-fi movies to date, to reality. It supports a range of platforms including iOS, Android and Windows Phone

Satechi Compact USB Surge Protector
usb surge protector

This device creates an additional plug-in for your gadgets when traveling so that you can charge your laptop and your phone or tablet with USB wire at the same time. Moreover, it would also protect your computer from any power surges. All that and it is only 7 oz. Great to throw in a bag or stick into the Grid-It.

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Jun 7, 2012

Home is ... where travel gadgets come in handy too

I just picked up this gadget. And this time around we are using at our home. It is very convenient as it only takes up one plug (bottom one) and it gives you ability to directly plug in USB cable into the wall without any adapters. So it turns one socket into 5 useful ones. You can have your laptop plugged in, connect any other chargers, and be able to charge your phone or media player at the same time from the same outlet.
My wife really likes this gadget. She has been dreaming of an outlet with USB plugs built in since we started looking to get a new place. While we were not able to have the built in directly in the wall, this is the next best thing. It fits flat against the wall as its depth is only about 1 inch (not counting the plug). This charging station is small enough to take out of the wall at home and pop it into your travel bag.

 Why good to have on a trip And/Or at home:
- Easily charge devices with USB based chargers
- expands one socket into 5
- compact
- easy to install and operate

Want one for your house or your next trip? Check it out on Charging Station with USB Charging Ports

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Dec 21, 2011

How to make good use of your car's unused plug

I have been looking to make the cigarette lighter in the car more useful. I have no use for it for its original indication.

Up until recently it only has been used to plug in the charging cable from the GPS. And once in a rare while to charge a phone. However, it did not seem enough. With more and more of today's gadgets using a variation of USB connections, the large plug is becoming outdated.

This is where my newest gadget comes in, the dual USB plug. The one I recently purchased and is already in the car's secondary cigarette lighter is Anker 24W Dual USB Car Charger PowerDrive. When I first find out about such a cool and useful gadget, I started my search for the best one available and a good price.

There were quite a few models listed on Though after doing some comparisons two models stood out. They were similar in price, and most of the features. And at first glance, I could not pick between the two. But then I read more into their features. What separated the Anker USB charger for me from other dual USB car chargers was that it has twice as much juice as the competitor. I thought it was too good to be true, so I did some more digging and it was correct. This unit has 5 volts @ 1 amp per plug, while the other one offered 500 mA of power per each. More power to quickly charge my travel gadgets, yes, please. It also has built-in SmartFuse for circuit protection to keep the devices safe.

The car charger plug fits snugly into the outlet, not sticking out at all, and converts it into a quick charging USB port. Great for plugging in just about any gadget that you would take a long on a trip, be it a phone, tablet, or game that come with the USB adapters.

Why good to have on a trip:
- Charge several devices at once
- With 1 amp power per USB port, it has plenty of juice to charge most devices
- Works with iPod, iPhone, BlackBerry, cellular phones, MP3 players, PDAs and more
- Built-in SmartFuse for circuit protection
- Use your existing USB charging cables to charge most USB powered devices
- Space-saving design fits two USB ports into a compact device

Did You Know?:
Circuit protection devices are used to protect connectors from being damaged by the excess current caused by an overcurrent or short-circuit.

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Aug 9, 2011

Road trip to PA with gadgets on board

  Recently, we took a trip to Pennsylvania. We visited Lancaster County and the Amish, and Philadelphia. Neither of us have ever been to Lancaster. I was in Philadelphia once for a few hours and my wife visited Philadelphia when she was very young. When telling folks that we took a mini vacation in PA, the reaction was almost unanimous: "Not exactly the place I would think of when going on a fun getaway." Though it was interesting.
  While Lancaster can be totally a tourist trap, there are ways to plan around that at least some of the times. We did visit the Amish house and farm, with a tour that was very interesting and we found out a lot of information about the lifestyle that have not known previously. We also enjoyed quite a bit of the farm grown food that was available everywhere including homemade ice cream. I would highly recommend sampling some.
  While on our long weekend getaway, we of course had some gadgets along with us. We do not travel anywhere without our point-and-shoot Canon Powershot SX120 and we also had the DSLR for the scenic shots (some pictures below). Since this was a road trip, we had the Garmin Nuvi in the car showing us the way. 
Other gadgets we packed for our trip were Belkin Mini Surge Protector, which I only recently acquired (Plug in and protect those gadgets), rechargeable batteries, rechargeable batteries charger, rechargeable lithium battery for DSLR, and media phones. My wife also brought along her Kindle, she does not go anywhere without it.
  The Mini Surge Protector came in very handy in our hotel room in Philadelphia that had only a couple of outlets that were easily accessible. We were able to plug in all of our chargers as well as phones which have the USB connector cable into the Surge Protector and have all the devices ready for the next day of all-day touring the city.  
  Moreover, my wife, avid photographer, told me during the trip how much she liked having rechargeable batteries with us. These batteries are not as susceptible to heat or cold as regular alkaline batteries, hence they have more juice and last longer. She was able to take over 200 shots before they needed to be replaced.
 Overall, it was a fun and educational trip. We saw and learned about the staples of American history as well as glimpses of life many years ago. Had some great cheese steaks, rang bells, and climbed the famous stairs.

Here are some of photos from the trip:
Photos by Svetik Photography

Jul 18, 2011

Plug in and protect those gadgets

With all these USB devices mentioned in "USB everywhere and anywhere," you need somewhere to plug them in. There is of course the computer or the laptop, though as discussed in the previous post, there are a lot more gadgets these days that utilize USB connectivity. Hotel rooms and airport terminals never seem to have enough power outlets to charge all of the devices.

Outlets of the future might look like this - in-wall USB Charger, but until then there are gadgets that make it easy to charge your USB device. One such adapter that I recently acquired is the Belkin Mini Surge Protector. It transforms one wall outlet into three outlets just by plug it in. Not only that but it swindles in place so you can adjust to whatever way the outlet is facing to make room for any other devices to plug in. It also has 2 USB chargers built it so that you can easily charge your mobile gadgets without having to drag additional adapters.

Furthermore, as the name implies, this device also acts as a surge protector, protecting the electronics in your computer from surges in power. As you might already know, a surge in power can be pretty bad especially for a laptop.  It is filled with voltage-sensitive components that a power surge could damage very easily. At the least, this damage will shorten the life of your computer, and it could very easily wipe out all of your saved data or destroy your system. This little device has over 900 joules of surge protection. And it also comes with $75,000 connected equipment warranty. It is definitely coming along with me on the next business trip, even if I have only a couple of gadgets to plug in I would still rather the convenience and peace of mind of the mini surge protector.

Why good to have on a trip:
- 3 out of 1 outlets
- 360-degree rotating plug with 4 locking position
- provides surge protection through all outlets
- USB outlets for easy plug in and charging
- compact and lightweight
- Nice hotel room companion for plugging in the laptop, cell phone, iPod, and iPhone when you only have one  outlet

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