2014-08-18 07:17:53 - Are these electronics essential? More electronic gadgets,more fun.
Your swimsuit and your sunscreen are in the luggage, and your boarding passes are all printed out.
But did you remember your gadgets and chargers? Did you download enough entertainment? Do you know where you're going?
In my travels, I've come across a number of products and services worth bringing along:
— KEEPING YOUR GADGETS CHARGED:
Duh. You'll need not only the charging cord, but also the unit for plugging into the wall outlet. Bring a power strip, too, if you're sharing a room. Otherwise, you'll be fighting for the few outlets that aren't hidden behind furniture or dangerously near a sink. If you're going abroad, bring adapters and make sure your chargers will work with the voltage there.
Also consider ways to keep
your gadgets charged during the day. If you're driving, bring a USB charger that plugs into your car's cigarette lighter. There are also portable chargers you can plug gadgets into. Some phone cases also serve as spare batteries.
One product that stands out is Mophie's Space Pack for the iPhone 5 and 5s. It not only doubles battery life, but also gives you additional storage for photos and videos. A 16-gigabyte version retails for $150, while a 32-gigabyte one costs $180. A 64-gigabyte version starts selling next week for $250.
With it, I get about two full days of general phone use. It's clunky to use, though. The iPhone uses its own power first, and you recharge the iPhone battery by switching on the Space Pack's battery. If you forget to switch it off, the pack's battery will continue to drain, even after the iPhone is fully recharged. The pack itself also takes a while to recharge—typically about four hours in my tests.
You need Mophie's free Space app to copy photos and other content to the Space Pack's storage. You then delete those files from the iPhone. It's like having an external hard drive and having to manage what goes into it. Once I move photos to the pack, I'm not able to view them through the phone's Photos and iPhoto apps.
Because of these constraints, and the fact that the case is bulky and heavy, I'm better off with a regular, unpowered case when I'm near chargers. The Space Pack is good for trips and other times I know I'd be draining the battery or filling up the phone's storage faster than usual.