Category: Travel Essentials

Here’s a new one in portable chargers: It backs up your data, too.

I recently found myself caught out there without portable, backup battery power. I mean, I had a Plan C — my iPhone charger in my purse — which was more like a Plan E, because trying to locate a conveniently-placed wall outlet at a massive blogging conference where every other attendee needs it too, is not a smooth move. I vowed to never wind up in that position again. Plus, I’m a tech writer! This is not how we do things. Which is why I was eager to try out Imation’s new LINK Power Drive. Related: Our 5 essential portable...

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Peri GoCharge: A mobile charger that’s strong enough for a man, but made for a woman.

When I think of a mobile charger that’s made for a woman I think, why?  What does it do differently? (Don’t answer that question, Kristen.)  And then I checked out the gold GoCharge from Peri and I totally get it. Related: Our 5 essential portable chargers The beautiful little GoCharge is designed specifically to fit into a clutch or small purse, which means this thing is thin. As in like, whoa…that’s thin thin. Only 6.5 mm wide, in fact, so you can see why I’m pretty blown away. As much as I love my Jackery, it definitely weighs down my handbag,...

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A smart little MacBook cable organizer for those of us familiar with the term, cord spaghetti.

Hi, nice to meet you. I’m one of those people whose cord always somehow slips off my laptop adapter in my bag, making me that person next to you in the airport lounge or the business meeting, pulling out the big, embarrassing handful of cord spaghetti, and trying to untangle it without one iota of grace. So these MacBook power adapter cable managers? Let’s just say they are calling my name. Related: The cord accessories with the best names that could finally get you organized. The premise is simple: PowerPlay is a handmade leather accessory attaches with elastic, to keep the charging cable wound neatly...

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The Parrot Minikit Neo 2 HD: One smart way to prevent texting and driving.

Like we always say, the safest way to use your phone while driving is to not use your phone while driving. Duh, right? And it’s something that’s really top of mind for us this holiday weekend, when cops are out on the roads full force, and the anti-texting and driving PSAs are blanketing the radio. As we all know, it’s distracting and has the potential to be very dangerous. That said, I know that sometimes there is an urgent need to take a quick call while you’re behind the wheel, in which case using a hands-free speakerphone is still your best and safest...

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Charging on the go just got way more stylish

We’ve featured no shortage of portable chargers here on Cool Mom Tech, in fact, we probably have a couple in our bags right now, but I think the new Vince Camuto portable chargers are definitely the most stylish ones we’ve seen. If you’re like me, a portable charger has become as essential to your everyday life as your smartphone, but they can often be so clunky, and yes, I’ll say it, ugly. But that is not that case at all with these gorgeous options. The vintage floral and the polkadots are by far my favorites, but hey, I’m a sucker for gold too, all of which will...

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BOLT reinvents the travel charger, beautifully

As a frequent traveler, I’ve come to terms with the fact that I carry a big pouch around with way too many cords, accessories, portable chargers, and backups to the portable chargers. Even so, I’m always looking for ways to lighten the load so I really love the idea of the BOLT by FLUXMOB. (Capitals are THEIRS just in case YOU WERE WONDERING.) It’s a beautifully designed portable battery charger and wall charger in one; essentially the prongs plug directly into the wall outlet for charging, then they collapse down so you can pop it in your bag and charge your phone with a...

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Our 5 essential portable chargers: Don’t leave home without one. Or more.

I have become a total battery power junkie, never leaving home without at least two portable chargers. Well, that’s including my charging case, to be fair. Partly it’s the dreaded iPhone battery drain that I’ve experienced more than I’d like, and partly it’s that I get twitchy just thinking about being out and about with 6% power left on my phone and hours left in my day. So for years, I’ve been testing and trying and playing around with numerous portable phone chargers and now, with all the holiday travel you may have coming up, it seemed like  a great...

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One very cool night light

As my kids get older, we are just aging out of the night light market. But sometimes in a new place, like a hotel room or a cousin’s guest room this holiday, it can help. So I started poking around and came across this awesome night light switch at Kikkerland, from Korean designer Ilmo Ahn. Or should it be called a night light light switch? As you might think, you simply flip the switch to turn it on and off; even a young child could figure that one out. The small LED light runs on 3 AAA batteries–no worrying about what essential...

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A travel charger you’ll never lose because it’s attached to your keys. Oh wait.

I’ve seen a many a travel charger, but none of them have been as handy–or stylish–as the tassel charging cable keychain I spotted at Cool Mom Tech fave Photojojo. Don’t they look like something you’d find at Coach in the accessories department? If you’re anything like me, you’ve left your house way too many times without a charging cable, which then means dead smart phone. But with this one, you can attach it to your keychain or your bag (fun accessory!) so you’ll always have it with you. Just plug the usb end into your computer (or plug) and the other...

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Juiceboxx: For your MacBook, not your lunch box

Back in the day — which is, like, basically five years ago — we had to settle for standard-issue grey, black or plain old white when it came down our power cords, accessories and important tech hardware. That was then, and now with things like the soon-to-be-released, snazzy Juiceboxx MacBook charger cases, it’s not just orange that’s the new black. Blue, Red, Magenta, and Teal are also in the mix as well. The shell is not just about style though. While it does give Apple’s regular white, square charger a shot of color, it also protects the actual cord from fraying...

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