The increase in personal technical gadgets like smartphones, cameras, tablets, GPS devices, mp3 players and computers has been swift and immense. Personal devices offer immediate help and convenience in many different ways. With all the positives, there are a few not-so-positives (especially when it comes to your kids) that can be easily avoided. Check out the good and the bad aspects of technology in this list that we’ve compiled.
You know that sick feeling you get when your smartphone’s battery is about to die? I’d like never to feel that way again. Perhaps some day a company will make a smartphone with a good battery, but until then, we’ll have to learn to be prepared. If you can’t cope with a dead phone, here are six cool smartphone chargers and accessories for you to try!
Charge It Up with Built-In Batteries
The most fashionable and discreet way to charge your smartphone, the Plug Purse is a wristlet that features a built-in rechargeable battery. When fully charged, the Plug Purse’s battery holds enough juice to completely recharge your phone. Available in five different colors – black, teal, pink, red and brown – the Plug Purse features sleeves for credit cards and cash, as well as compartments for makeup, keys, sunglasses and more. Stay organized, fashionable and fully charged: get your Plug Purse here for $19.99 plus $7.99 shipping and handling.
Universal Gadget Wrist Charger
The Universal Gadget Wrist Charger from ThinkGeek.com charges more than just iPhones. Featuring a rechargeable lithium ion battery, this high-tech wristband comes with a variety of adaptors so you can charge anything from your MP3 player to your PlayStation Portable (a handheld gaming console, for those of you who were wondering). Featuring sleek black styling, this easy-to-wear wrist charger is the perfect battery back-up solution for those long days of work, school or travel when you don’t have access to a charger. Get it here for $29.99.
Be Prepared with Go-Everywhere Charger Cables
iPhone 4/4S/5 Bracelet Charger Cable
If you’re a gal (or guy) who’s both fashion- and tech-savvy, the iPhone Bracelet Charger Cable from Tanga.com might be right up your alley. Wear this fashionable bangle all day long, and when your phone’s battery starts to drain, simply plug your bracelet into any available USB outlet to charge it up. Choose from 14 different colors and patterns; whether you want plain blue, pink leopard, tiger, giraffe or polka dot, these fun and vibrant prints add style and sass to any outfit. Choose your USB bracelet here for just $8.99.
We understand that you’ve got enough cards in your wallet! But instead of getting another credit card that drains your bank account, why not buy a charge card that replenishes your battery? If you don’t want to wear a charger everywhere you go, ChargeCard is the answer. This ultra-thin smartphone cable works just like any other phone-charging cable, but it’s so small that you’ll barely notice it’s there – until you need it! Add a ChargeCard to your wallet: Get it for $25 at HelloNomad.com (free shipping if you buy two or more), or get it on Amazon.com (free shipping if you’ve got Amazon Prime).
Protect and Power with Phone Cases
Don’t rely on batteries or USB ports – harness the power of the sun to keep your phone’s battery full. The SLXtreme 4 Solar Case Charger for iPhone 4 and 4S can provide up to seven hours of talk time from a solar charge. This case, however, is much more than a charger. Its rugged style and rubberized grip are designed to protect your iPhone from bumps, drops and scrapes, and it’s completely waterproof up to six feet under water. Perfect for the adventurer in all of us, this phone is available in black, orange, yellow or tan from EarthTechProducts.com.
Mophie Juice Pack
Forget about lugging around your charger: Double your battery life with a Juice Pack from Mophie.com. These rechargeable battery cases protect and super-power your phone. They’re available for a variety of smartphone models including fourth- and fifth-generation iPhones, Samsung and HTC phones. The cases provide between 80–150% extra battery life, depending on the model, and range in price from $79.95–$149.95. This sleek, award-winning case comes in a variety of colors and patterns. Find yours at Mophie.com.
So, Zing readers, what do you think? Would you wear your USB cord? Is that wristlet the coolest purse you’ve ever seen? Have you ever tried any of these products? Chime in with a comment below!