This clever device by Prong costs only $69.95, but can multiply its benefits in time savings and work convenience easily. The PocketPlug for iPhone 5/5S features a hard-case frame that serves as protection for your smart phone. It is lightweight and impact and scratch-resistant.
More uniquely, however, it features a power plug built into the back of the case allowing you to plug the phone case directly into the wall without needing a charging cable. The two prongs fold back inside the case to create a smooth service when they are not in use. The case has a matte finish that slides easily into your pocket as needed.
On the front, there are convenient ports for the speakers and microphone plus an outlet for an earphone cord. Also included in the box is a USB to micro-USB cable.
While the case itself is not a self-charging device for the phone, it does make it easier to plug in wherever you go. Another great feature is not having to worry of someone stepping on your phone on the floor or for it to fall of a ledge while charging it in an airport.
For those that like to work on their phone while it is charging, this device may prove a bit challenging as the phone remains flush to the wall outlet when charging. Without the cable, it cannot extend up to a table for continuous use. It also makes it difficult to use your phone as an alarm clock since you cannot easily reach it while sleeping from a nightstand.
Still, it is a great tool for those that simply need easy-access charging capability. It makes a great gift for the forgetful road warrior that wants to worry about one less thing to lug around or the business traveler who already has everything. It is available on Prong’s website and also on Amazon for just under $70.
Named after the Ethiopian capital city Addis Ababa, this Oliberte Adibo boot hits close to home for me since I head to that city quite often for work. My favorite feature of this new shoe is that it doubles as both a casual and business-use shoe, which makes my packing experience much easier.
The soft sole is able to endure long city touristy walks, but is not that informal to be considered a leisure shoe if worn to a business meeting. This low chukka boot is handcrafted in Africa from premium, hand-picked leather, and lined in soft, breathable, moldable goat leather for a personalized feel. A removable OrthoLite has the soft cushioning and moisture management keeps constant use impressive (which for me is important since I am often hitting the pavement exploring hotels for work).
It is important to spray the surface of the shoe with a leather stain repellant as it appears that, like other shoe fabrics, water or liquids could leave their mark. The lace-up shoes look very professional although they do add a few extra minutes to my routine when passing through airport security.
This design makes it easy to walk about town, and it continues to look professional whether being worn with jeans or khakis. It has a rubber-slip resistance that makes it even more easily usable, and the company’s community-focused ethos is commendable. Oliberte supports workers’ rights in sub-Saharan Africa by creating respectable jobs for people helping to develop a thriving middle class. Also, from the sale of each pair of shoes, a portion of the proceeds goes to support environmental efforts around the world.
This comfortable shoe not only looks good, but it makes you feel good for helping others too. The price tag of nearly $150 is comparable to other similar boots; it is available on Oliberte’s website and comes in a variety of colors and styles. Amazon fans will also find it for sale in similar styles and price points and it’s also available at Planet Shoes.
The Penclic Bluetooth Mouse from Prestige International takes some getting used to, but its stylish look and more comfortable position in my hand made me a fan in no time. We are all resistant to change, but part of the reason so many people are suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome these days is the way that we position our hand to hover over a traditional computer mouse.
It can be used with a desktop or laptop computer. This device operates with Bluetooth technology, which frees up a USB port for those that need to use it for something else. I have had trouble using Bluetooth devices in the past with the signal being spotty, but this mouse remained connected perfectly throughout the past two months of using it.
I travel with it often, and it is fun to watch how other people stare at it wondering what I am doing with it. It looks like a pen, but does not produce any type of mark since it is being transmitted directly to your computer screen. The scroll wheel rolls very smoothly and can operate on a variety of surfaces. I even tried to use it on the wall, and it continued to transmit to my computer screen without interruption.
It has the standard right and left click buttons that a normal computer mouse would have, and it is easy to manipulate them without much movement of your finger. To move the page forward and back, you use your thumb, which was the most awkward movement to me. It took some getting used to, but eventually it became a habit.
True, the Penclic is larger than a standard mouse and slightly heavier and bulkier meaning it takes up more precious space in my carry-on bag. However, the tradeoff comes with more comfort for my wrist and hand.
It comes with its own charger, stand, and spare battery (it uses a standard AAA battery, which means no searching for obscure accessories when on the road). The Penclic costs under $100 and is available at electronics retailers or on Amazon.
From the moment I unpacked this 100% Austrian wool Ibex Kombi Loden jacket, I knew I would like it. Upon first impression, it has the style and look of a North Face jacket albeit at a slightly more affordable price. It serves as a double jacket protecting against chilling wind, but it also resists water with its shell exterior on the shoulders, sleeves and collar where rain is most likely to hit you first. To me, it initially appeared to be a style decision to have the slick surface there. I admit, I thought it looked cool.
But, after wearing it in Iceland in the beating rain and chilling wind, I realized those are the first places to get wet and have your body noticeably feel the dampness. I had a lighter-weight jersey that I wore first, which immediately became drenched, heavy and chilly. When I switched to this jacket, the insulation proved invaluable. I noticed that the water-resistant top part dried quickly while the bottom part did not become wet on the inside of the jacket from a moderate rain. I appreciated the quick-dry texture, and there was no noticeable damp smell that remained following multiple exposures to the elements (important if always on the go and having to store outerwear in luggage).
It also boasts hand warming pockets and a chest pocket for other items like your iPhone, museum tickets, or cough drops. Yes, I used it for all three. Patriots will appreciate that the jacket was made in the USA as most Ibex products are.
Another nice feature was the stylish fit of the jacket. One thing that I cannot stand is wearing a balloon-type jacket no matter if it is for business or leisure. This Ibex jacket hugs your body where appropriate and has adjustable ties to bring it closer or more loose. It stretches just to the hip meaning that it is not too constraining, but certainly enough to keep you warm.
It retails for $300 on the Ibex website or on Amazon.
This external Astro 3 battery pack and electronics charger by Anker is powered with 12000mAh of power, enough to charge most smart phones 6 to 7 times. The pack is lightweight and slim enough to fit into most laptop or messenger bags, which has always been my primary concern for dragging one along with me in the first place. I appreciate the extra power provided, but I am always concerned about the weight factor (remember: many foreign airlines weigh your carry-on bags).
The lighted indicator lets you know your charging capacity and remaining battery life in 25 percent increments, and the standard charging source to the battery is a USB port making it globally useable.
Speed is important when traveling for business, and fast layovers are especially irritating to me if I have to charge electronics. Ironically, I sometimes schedule longer connection times just so I can charge my devices to their fullest for use later in flight. This speedy external charger will save me both time and efficiency with its ability to fully charge in a shorter time period.
It also severely reduces my concern over questionable power outlets in some overseas airports that worry me over causing an overcharge or excessive electrical charge to my laptop or smart phone. When it comes through this intermediary device, my concerns are reduced.
It comes with a convenient storage pouch for the cable and attachment. It also features a smart port that detects USB pin signals to identify your device’s manufacturer (Apple, Android, or Samsung) and effectively give it a full, appropriate power charge. It also features two additional ports for other items that may need a power boost; it is nice to charge my iPhone, laptop, and iPod simultaneously. To see the power level, all it takes is a quick physical shape to display the relevant information.