Six must-have travel gadgets

Six must-have travel gadgets

Summary: Here are a handful of gadgets that can make travel - both business and for leisure - less stressful and help keep your gadgets safe and charged up while you are away from your home or office.

TOPICS: Hardware, Mobility

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  • ChargeKey

    Cables have a way of getting lost, tangled, and damaged. The idea behind the ChargeKey is that you have a small cable that you can attach to your keys so you never have to leave home without it.

    The ChargeKey comes in two flavors – a Lightning connector for the new iPhone and iPad and a Micro USB for pretty much everything else.

    Price: $29.

    (Image: Nomad Goods)

  • Satechi Smart Travel Router

    The Satechi Smart Travel Router is two devices in one – it's a travel adapter that works in over 150 countries  that features a 2.1A USB port, and it's also a travel wi-fi/Ethernet router capable of the following modes:

    - Router: Functions as a typical router, connecting to the internet provided by your ISP and broadcasting a wireless signal, enabling you to create your own network.

    - Repeater: Connect to your existing network and amplify it. This enables you to extend the range of your wireless network – invaluable if you have a weak connection in a room far away from your router.

    - Access Point: Create a wireless connection from a wired source. If only an Ethernet port or Ethernet cable is available, the router can connect to the wired connection and broadcast a wireless network that all your devices can connect to.

    - Client: Connect to a device such as a Smart TV or video game console via an Ethernet cable. The Smart Travel Router can then be used as a wireless adapter, enabling the connected device to connect to the internet wirelessly.

    Price: $45.

    (Image: Satechi)

  • Anker 2nd Gen Astro3 12,000mAh External Battery Pack

    Carry a whopping 12,000mAh of power – enough to recharge the iPhone six times according to the manufacturer – in your pocket with the Anker Astro3. This battery pack doesn't have any buttons, and all you need to do to start it charging or to check the power levels is to give it a shake.

    Price: $50.

    (Image: Anker)

Topics: Hardware, Mobility

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  • Very cool

    Love this article. Lots of very nice ideas.

  • Great article, but I had to laugh

    You like the notebook case even though it is cheap plastic (ala Samsung) I would have thought you would have wanted something in aluminum. Seriously, that is a great looking case. I loved the cube that could be a repeater. Thanks for sharing these cool gadgets.
  • Hmm

    Well how do you suspend your tablet be it's port to charge it? Also the Lug Loc costs $25!!! for each trace. Not $3. Better off to buy a TK102 and stick a truphone or Lycamobile sim in it.
  • The Anker 2nd Gen Astro3 Battery is that good!

    I have the Anker 2nd Gen Astro3 battery and it is every bit as good as stated in the article. Small and powerful, it handles cell phones and tablets with ease.
  • Gallery,

  • Cool Ideas

    I agree with other reviewers. These are cool ideas but definitely not 'must have'. I'd be willing to wager of all the well heeled travelers out there nobody has all of these gadgets. You could make an argument none of these are must have because I certainly don't have these and I get along fine.

    The only item that is a must have is the battery charger for mobile device and the one Hughes lists is huge. A battery pack that large surely is designed for a laptop? No, it will just charge your iPhone/iPad as many times as you could possibly ask in a day.

    I use an Anker lipstick sized device which suits my purpose just fine. Will recharge my iPhone from empty to full twice which is plenty for anyone's needs.
  • Nice article/list

    I am just unfamiliar with image 3/7, likely something for a Mac I'm guessing? Suggestion, not a complaint: A small description would be helpful.