6 travel gadgets for 2014 that we have been looking into.
Doubles the battery life of your iPhone and it doubles the data storage—up to 32 gigabytes worth—creating enough space for all your media, be it movies and tunes for a 19-hour flight to Sydney or tons of vacation snaps. A companion app integrates seamlessly with iTunes and photo gallery, allowing you to access and manage any file you may have downloaded from an email, from text documents to movies. Available March. $150; mophie.com
2. The Canon PowerShot N100
Feeling left out of photos? The Canon PowerShot N100’s nifty Dual Camera mode cribs from the smartphone playbook (see: Samsung Galaxy S4, iOS Frontback app) to shoot images using the front and rear cameras simultaneously, then sticks your selfie into the main portrait. A Story Highlights Mode also automatically compiles a chronological collection of your images and video, so you don’t have to. Better than a smartphone, a bigger sensor means higher-quality images, and a pivoting screen allows overhead and underhand shooting with precision and ease. Available May. $350;
3. GALAXY Camera 2
Do more than ever with the Android-powered GALAXY Camera 2, now upgraded with the latest version of Jelly Bean: 4.3. Powered by a 1.6GHz quad-core processor—and featuring numerous camera and social networking apps—it does what conventional cameras and smartphones cannot. Like capturing brilliant images, even in low-lit settings, and saving photos to your PC and smartphone without having to use an SD card. Plus you can edit right on the display, and wirelessly upload to Facebook and Instagram.
4. Opti SteriPen
With safe drinking water anywhere, take your adventure to the extremes with the opti SteriPen. Hydro–Photon, Inc.’s line of SteriPEN portable water UV purifiers are the industry standard for delivering safe drinking water on the trail, traveling abroad or in an emergency. SteriPEN harnesses the power of deep ultraviolet light (UV-C) to make water safe to drink. It’s the same technology used by leading municipalities around the world to purify their public water supplies. Now available at Urban Peak and Adventure HQ.
5. Heys Lightweight Pro Hardside Spinner Luggage – Set of 3 pieces
Lightweight gets a whole new meaning with the Heys Lightweight Pro Hardside Spinner Luggage set. Made from a combination of 100% polycarbonate and dynamic components, this luggage set is designed with uncompromising durability and functionality, coupled with high impact resistance and strength properties.
AED1, 497 – available on Tejuri.com
6. Beurer Luggage Scale LS10
The Beurer Luggage Scale is a handy little travel gadget, especially if you’re one of those people who struggles to travel light. The compact scale, complete with a built-in torch for emergencies, allows you to weigh anything from large suitcases to parcels or boxes up to 50kg.
AED139 – available on Tejuri.com