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15 Best Travel Tech Accessories

Travel Tech AccessoriesWhen you are travelling, you want to make sure that you have all of the tech accessories that you might need. There isnít much worse than finding out that you left your only cell phone charger at home and your cell phone is going to die. Your only real option would be to go to the nearest retailer and hope that you donít have to spend too much and that they actually have a charger for your phone in stock. This sort of situation happens all the time, but it can easily be prevented. If you were to purchase tech accessories that are only for use while you travel, you could keep them in your suitcase and never forget your phone charger or favorite tech accessory again. You will also want to make sure that the accessories that you purchase are easy to use and can fit in smaller spaces for easier transport.


15)  Powermonkey Classic
The Powermonkey Classic charger is a great option if you are going to spend a long time away from a wall outlet. The Powermonkey is a small, portable charger that will link to almost every type of device. The device is built with 10 different device connectors and interchangeable heads for Australia, the UK, the U.S., and Europe. Once you plug this accessory into your mobile device, it will recharge it without having to use an outlet. The Powermonkey holds enough power to charge your phone up to three times off of a single charge.

PowerMonkey Classic portable charger

The Powermonkey is extremely compact, so carrying it around is not going to be an issue. If you are going to be doing a lot of work on your mobile device, it is recommended that you purchase and carry more than one Powermonkey with you. Doing so will help you to ensure that you are never put in a position that forces you to deal with issues that result from a dead cellphone or mobile device.


14)  Mini Power Strips
Mini power strips are necessary if you have to bring your laptop and other mobile devices with you to a hotel. Most hotels will not have an extra power strip lying around for you to use, so it is important that you are properly equipped. If you find yourself without a power strip, you may have to set up an awkwardly spaced work area inside of your hotel room. If youíve ever been in such a position, you know that an awkward work area is not conducive to high-quality work.

mini portable power strips

Itís best that you save yourself the headache and purchase a mini power strip so that you are not faced with this situation. You should make sure that you purchase the right type of power strip, especially if you are travelling overseas. Though you will want to make sure that the power strip is easy to travel with, you will also want to make sure that you purchase one that has enough outlets. The Forbes website recommends trying to find a power strip that also comes with USB connections. You should also read the user reviews on the mini power strips to make sure that there have been no recent defects. After all, starting an electrical fire is not something that you will want to deal with while travelling.


13)  Jawbone Jambox
When you travel a lot, you may feel some frustration with only having access to the speakers that come with your mobile or portable devices. In most cases, these speakers are low in quality and can be the source of miscommunications during conferences. A great alternative to your basic, low-quality speakers is to purchase a Jawbone Jambox for your travel needs. The Jambox is a portable, wireless speaker that will provide you with high quality sound in your hotel room, smaller conference room, or makeshift work area. The Jambox is a wireless solution, so you will not have to worry about finding an outlet to plug it into. You will be able to use it in virtually any setting. All you have to do is plug it in to your mobile device and enjoy.

Jawbone Jambox portable speaker

According to the Jawbone website, the Jambox is a great accessory if you have a conference call that you have to take while traveling. Instead of having to rely on your mobile deviceís speakers, you will be able to easily hear with the Jambox. This will reduce the number of miscommunications that can occur between you and the person that you are trying to conference with. It is especially beneficial if it is more than one person attending the conference call. You can also use it while relaxing at the beach or lounging at the pool area at your hotel while on vacation. Simply plug your Jambox into your musical device and you will be able to enjoy hours of music without having to shove earphones into your ear or otherwise strain your ears. If you want to make your Jambox extra-appealing, you have the option of customizing your Jambox when you purchase it through the Jawbone website.


12)  Logiix USB Power Cube
The Logiix USB Power Cube is a charging solution that is affordable and easy to use. This tiny cube provides you with an easy way to charge virtually any mobile device. According to the Logiix website, the cube is offered in six different colors, including blue, pink, black, purple, white, and red. If you are travelling stateside for business or pleasure, there will be no issues using the Power Cube to charge your phone or mp3 player. However, if you are travelling internationally you will have to make sure that you purchase a cube that meets outlet requirements specific to your destination.

Logiix USB power cube

Because the cube is so small, you may have to keep an extra eye on it to ensure that you do not lose it. You should choose a designated storage spot for it to avoid leaving it behind. If you are a traveler who has a tendency of forgetting your belongings in hotel rooms, you may want to consider purchasing more than one power cube.


11)  Rechargeable Power Pack
Another great accessory that will help you avoid having to deal with dead battery issues is the rechargeable battery pack. By purchasing a rechargeable power pack for your travels, you can avoid having to deal with battery-induced stress. According to the Gizmodo website, the top rechargeable power pack is the Hyper Juice Plug.

Hyper Juice Plug Rechargable power pack

The Hyper Juice Plug has the ability to charge your phone and eReader at the same time. With most mobile devices the power pack can hold enough juice to recharge your device up to twelve times before it will require any other charge. The Hyper Juice is bulkier and heavier than other solutions, but the number of charges you can get is superior to other devices. Itís a great accessory to have if you live in or travel to areas known for having blackouts.


10)  Noise-Cancelling Headphones
When you have to be on a plane or in the car for long periods of time, you will want to make sure that you have high-quality headphones. Most likely, you have been in a situation where you were seated next to a crying baby or an overly friendly co-passenger. Almost immediately, you pulled out your headphones and put them in place, but unfortunately they werenít drowning out the sound. If you are an easily irritated traveler, your stress level probably goes from 0 to 50 in no time. To avoid being that grumpy traveler, you should make sure that you have high-quality earphones to block out the sounds that make your skin crawl.

BOSE q15 noise cancelling headphones

According to Forbes, the best travelling headphones available are the Bose QC15s. These headphones have been tested and have proven to offer the best noise-cancelling properties on the market. Other noise-cancelling headphones recommended by Forbes include the PSB M4U2, the JH Audio JH16 Pro, and the AKG K490 NC. You will want to make sure that you purchase earphones that are comfortable for you and wonít cause ear soreness. You should also make sure that the earphones that you purchase are compatible with your device.





9)  Heys eCase
If you do a lot of travelling, you will want to make sure that you have a way of safely transporting your clothes and gadgets without having to use several different bags. The Heys eCase does just that. According to the Heys website, the eCase can fit your clothes, accessories, and mobile devices safely. The interior of the case features accordion pockets and a laptop sleeve to help you keep everything organized. If you do not need the organization features, they can be removed so that you can fit more of what you do need.

Heys eCase

The exterior of the case has a three-digit combination to help you keep your belongings secure. The locks are unique in that, besides yourself, only TSA can access your luggage. The eCase is made of polycarbonate composite, which makes it lightweight, sturdy, and easy to transport. The eCase comes in three different colors, including metallic blue, metallic pink, and black.


8)  World-Time Alarm Clock
If you are a global traveler, it can be hard to keep track of your deadlines. If you travel for business, this can be problematic when trying to meet your deadlines or log in to your computer on time for conferences. A World-Time Alarm Clock is a great solution to that problem.

World time clock and alarm

This accessory can tell you the time in any of the 18 locations loaded into the device. All you have to do is simply turn the end of the device till your desired location is selected. In addition to being a world clock, the device can also be used as an alarm clock and a flashlight. The alarm clock feature will help you to stay on schedule and will eliminate the need for depending on unreliable wake-up calls or cell phone alarms. The device runs on two AAA batteries so there is no need to worry about finding an outlet for it. Itís offered in blue, purple, lime, and red. You should make sure that you have extra AAA batteries on hand to make sure that you are never without the clockís assistance.


7)  Laptop Case
The risk of dropping and damaging your laptop is much higher when you have to bring it on your travels. Without a sturdy and reliable case for your laptop, you may end up having to deal with damage issues that are not easily fixed while on the go. You will, therefore, want to make sure that you purchase a case that will protect your mobile equipment but isnít difficult to tote around.

laptop case protection portable

According to the CNET website, some of the top laptop carrying cases include the Booq Boa Squeeze, the LABesace Lime Drop, and the STM Scout Laptop Shoulder Bag. You should make sure that the carrying case is made from sturdy material and that itís large enough to fit all of your accessories. You have several different styles of cases to choose from, including shoulder style, briefcase style, and backpack style. You should make sure that you purchase a carrying case that does not exceed carry-on limits for the airlines that you use to travel.


6)  Travel Door Alarm
One nifty accessory that will help to bring you peace of mind when travelling with expensive gadgets and equipment is a Travel Door Alarm. This little accessory can be attached to your hotel room door if you want to make sure that your devices are kept extra secure. Once the device is attached to the hotel room door, it will act as an alarm. Anyone who tries to enter your hotel room while the alarm is attached will be met with a high pitched siren that will help deter any unwelcomed guest.

travel door stop alarm

In addition to the added security, sometimes these travel door alarms also contains an LED flashlight that can be used at any time. The accessory generally runs off of batteries so there is no need to plug it in. Though this may seem like an extreme measure to take, keeping your portable and mobile devices safe are important. If you travel for business, your devices probably contain information that is sensitive and important to your company. There is no reason for you to risk theft when there is an easy way to prevent it. The money that you will spend on purchasing this device is worth the peace of mind that you will feel once you start using.


5)  Headplay Personal Cinema System
Sometimes trying to entertain yourself on a long flight can be annoying and tiresome. If you have a short attention span, it can be borderline impossible. Though most international flights will provide you with in-flight movies, they are very rarely movies that you want to watch. To truly keep yourself entertained throughout your long flight, you will want to purchase a personal cinema system.

Headplay Personal Cinema System

According to the PC Mag website, the best personal cinema system is made by Headplay. With this personal cinema, you can view 2D and 3D movies on a virtual 52-inch screen. This accessory makes it possible for you to play video games and watch movies without disturbing the person next to you. The personal cinema system is made up of three different parts, including the Visor, the Liberator, and the Navigator. The Visor will support three different resolutions and will provide you with a 34-degree view. The Liberator is a box that will allow you to connect composite, component, and s-video cords. The Navigator is a remote control that will allow you to easily control and select video and audio settings. It is the ultimate accessory for any mobile or portable device that you may choose to travel with.


4)  Portable Laptop Lock
If you are travelling with a laptop and you want to make sure that it stays secure while youíre out of your hotel room, you will want to purchase a portable laptop lock. This accessory closely resembles a bicycle lock and comes with either a keyed lock or a combination lock that is attached to a steel cable. You can purchase these locks through most computer retailers, or you can order them online through the manufacturerís websites or Amazon.com.

Kensington laptop lock

When you are looking for a portable laptop lock, you will want to take a few things into consideration. You will want to consider the strength of the cable, the dependability of the lock, and whether it comes with a warranty. According to the Top Ten Reviews website, the cable on your portable lock should be strong enough to provide defense against wire cutters, but flexible enough to fit properly around your laptop. The lock that is attached to the cable should be easy for you to use, but difficult for others to break into. You should also make sure that the portable lock comes with a warranty that will guarantee a high level of protection for your laptop. Some of the top manufacturers of portable laptop locks include Targus, Kensington, V7, and Nobile Security. Though some of these locks can be pricey, you will want to make sure that you purchase one that will actually work. If you purchase a lock that can easily be cut through or hacked, your will have purchased that particular lock for nothing. It is better to make a small investment in a lock that will actually work than to have to replace your devices that cost you hundreds of dollars.


3)  Grid It! Wrap
Cocoon GRID IT! WrapThe Grid It! Wrap is an organizational tool for your table that will help make travelling so much easier. Instead of having to carry around a heavy case for your tablet, additional accessories, and carry on items, the Grid It! provides a simpler solution. This accessory features a 7Ē slipcover pocket, a neoprene cover, and the Grid It! Organizational Pocket. The material used is designed to securely hold all your items in place. When flying on a plane, this accessory will eliminate the need to use carry on bags that will just take up your precious leg room.

According to the Cocoon website, this accessory is ideal for securing 7Ē tablets, phones, and iPods. It can also easily hold your sunglasses, earphones, and chargers. It is a convenient way of transporting your devices when you are travelling. The different tablets that are compatible with it include the iPad mini, Nook Color, Kindle Fire, and many more. Once you purchase the Grid It! Wrap, youíll have a hard time figuring out how you ever travelled without it. It is a worthwhile investment that will help you to stay organized while on the go and will make keeping track of your accessories so much easier.


2)  Battery Packs
Samsung cell phone batteryOne of the worst parts of travelling is having to deal with a dead cell phone battery. A dead cell phone battery means that you cannot contact your party, you may miss important work calls, and, if you use your phone for GPS, you may even find yourself lost with no way to find your way again. Luckily, there is a way to prevent having to go through that sort of situation. One of the best ways to avoid that situation is to carry around additional batteries with you. If you happen to be out and your phone dies, you just simply change out the battery, and you wonít have to experience any undue stress from being without your phone.

You will want to make sure that you purchase a battery that is identical the battery that your phone came with. While purchasing a generic battery may be cheaper, they can sometimes harm your phone, and they do not usually last as long. If either of these things happens, it will completely defeat the reason for purchasing the additional battery in the first place. You are better off spending a little bit more to get a higher quality battery that is truly compatible with your phone. If you do not know which type of battery you should purchase, or you do not know where you can purchase an additional battery, you should contact your service provider for more information.


1)  iPass
iPass mobile serviceWhen you travel on a frequent basis, it can be hard to know where and when you will be able to connect to a working network. If you travel for business, this can be an especially frustrating problem. The iPass is a tool that will help you to completely eliminate that issue. With iPass you are given unlimited access to the iPass Mobile Network, regardless of where you are. Since the iPass Mobile Network is the largest network in the world, you will probably never have to miss a deadline due to a lack of network service.

According to the iPass website, the iPass Mobile network provides you access to over 61,000 hotspots. You will also have access to the networks of over 68,000 hotels and 91% of the worldís airports. Additionally, you will be able to connect to in-flight Wi-Fi on over 1,900 planes. When you utilize your iPass, you will be guaranteed a secure login, secure authentication, and reliable connections.


Final Thoughts
The tech accessories that you use during your travels will determine your level of comfort, your productivity levels, and how well you can enjoy yourself. If you are travelling for business, it is essential that you give yourself the right tools to get your job done correctly. There is nothing more frustrating than trying to get your work done and not being able to because you lack the proper tools. Accessories such as battery packs, a dependable connection to a network, organizers, sturdy carrying cases, and power strips are all essentials that you should purchase immediately. If you mostly travel for pleasure, you will want to make sure that your flight and the rest of your vacation is enjoyable and memorable. If your phone battery dies, you canít block out annoying sounds on your flight, or you feel disorganized, you may end up having a hard time enjoying yourself. If you are going on a vacation that requires a long drive or a long plane ride, you will want to make sure that you are not miserable during this time. Purchasing accessories like a personal cinema system, noise reducing headphones, and a Powermonkey charger can help you to better enjoy your flight. Regardless if you are travelling for business or for pleasure, you will want to ensure that your mobile and portable devices are kept safe during your flight and while you are in your hotel room. Any of the security accessories that are listed will help you to have peace of mind and will eliminate the risk of having to track down your stolen devices.


 

 

 

 

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