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There is nothing like travel the stress of your gadgets (and maybe your patience). Gadgets that don’t quite work well, or that ruin your day when you have an important meeting in Atlanta you can’t miss it, make you even more irritated. That’s why I decided to stress test all these products on a trip recently, and to make sure that they actually work as planned.
1. Energizer PowerKeep Pro ($140)
A smart backpack to take along on a trip, this solar-powered laptop holder has panels on the outside – they will charge an iPhone at least four times. The solar backpack takes about 10 hours for charging a battery of the power bank by using direct sunlight. Note: The bag is equipped with solar panels, which means that you are a bit geeky.
2. Kwilt Shoe Box Plus ($89)
A portable drive for your phone or tablet, Kwilt shoe box Plus offers 1 gb of storage and fits nicely into any handbag. You can connect up easily with the help of one of the four USB ports, and it gives you more peace of mind than storage in the cloud. Note: A physical disk that is convenient and safe, but cloud storage is more flexible and often just as safe.
3. Wetti Design Beddi Charge ($30)
A smart way to protect your gadgets, this portable alarm clock has three USB ports. There is an atmosphere of light, a nightlight and an alarm that is growing louder in time. It is a much better bed accessory than the hotel alarm clock. Note: For $30, the price is reasonable, although Amazon sells even lower cost alarm clocks.
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4. My UK Sim Card ($40)
Insert this card in an unlocked phone like the Google Pixel 2 XL, I tested, and you can expect to have the service in the united states, most of Europe, and dozens of other countries. The sim card comes with 12 gb of high-speed data, 3000 minutes and 3000 texts. Note: You might be able to get by the use of Wi-Fi for Skype calls in a number of major cities.
5. Tumi Luggage Tag Powerbank ($60)
I found the use of this power bank to charge my phone, because it is so small and portable, with a weight of just less than a quarter of an ounce. There is a safe strap for attaching to your laptop bag. The capacity is sufficient for one charge; for more power, you need a larger portable power bank. Note: Good energy management, such as disabling wireless signals may deny necessary.
6. Ebags Fortis 30-inch Hardside Spinner ($150)
With rollers, which are running smooth at the airport, the Fortis-30-inch suitcase is the exact size of checked luggage on most airlines, and it is made of a durable polycarbonate material. In a test, this case took some bumps and bruises on a business trip with no problems. Note: I tested with a clear blue model that stood out in a crowd, and not always in a good way.
7. Copper Cow Tea ($15)
Not technically a gadget, but still innovative, the Copper Cow Tea kit contains five packets of Vietnamese coffee with condensed milk. You expand the packages and pour the water on, then squeeze the milk in. For those moments when the stale coffee does not do. Note: You can buy more Starbucks coffee for $15 than five packages.