Best New Travel Gadgets for 2013
New tools for your favorite devices.
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iBattz Mojo Hi5 Power Bank Case
Hot off the presses for the iPhone 5, the Mojo Hi5 case is a two-part protective case that features a detachable 2500mAh aluminum battery to keep you powered up on the go. The battery is thin, lightweight and smartly complements the iPhone 5’s minimalist design. The 2500mAh battery effortlessly attaches to the case for charging when you’re out and about and is removable for charging other USB-enabled devices. Includes the 2500mAh battery, matte black and gloss white cases and USB-to-Micro USB charging cable. $79.90.
GearPower Mobile Power Station
This handy portable power pack from IOGEAR lets you revive tuckered-out tablets, smartphones, cameras and other USB-powered devices through the power station’s USB 5V 1A power port. Slim and lightweight (only 0.25 pounds), the rechargeable external battery pack includes adapter tips for devices from Samsung, Sony Ericsson and Nokia, as well as Micro USB and Mini USB connections. An LED power capacity indicator displays the current power level; unlike some charging pad solutions, there is no threat of overheating connected devices, thanks to the integrated short-circuit and overcharge protection and temperature control technology. Includes a protective carrying case. $39.95.
Did you know that, in any public WiFi hotspot, an enterprising hacker can view any information you’re sending or accessing? Firewalls and antivirus software can’t stop it, but Private Wifi can. The service protects your identity and secures your sensitive information by encrypting everything you send and receive, including website traffic, emails, attachments and IMs, making it invisible to hackers on any public network, anywhere in the world — plus it masks your IP address for an added level of security. The service uses industry-standard 128-bit encryption, the same technology banks and credit card companies use. PC and Mac compatible; coming soon for iPhone, iPad, Android and Kindle Fire. $9.95/ month or $84.95/year.
Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad
An ideal example of form and function, the sleek, lightweight Ultrathin Keyboard Cover from Logitech is one of the cooler iPad accessories on the market. Its double duty as a sturdy cover and Bluetooth keyboard means you’ll always be ready to type without resorting to the onscreen keyboard. The Ultrathin is perfect for those who take their iPads wherever they go. Easily type virtually anywhere — the magnets in the iPad snap the cover into place to create a groovy stand. Available in black, white and red. $99.99.