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May Must Haves: Road Trip Edition

May 1 2013 - 12:43pm

Hop in! This month, with school wrapping up and the weather showing off, we're taking a road trip: destination unknown. Pack up gadgets to keep music blasting and devices working, and don't forget some crafty geek resources to ward off endless highway boredom. Start planning your journey with our essentials for a Spring getaway.

TYLT Y-Charge Car Charger

It's about time we were able to share the road trip lifeline that is the car charger! TYLT's Y-Charge + Syncable Set [1] ($30) includes the dual head Y-Charge with two USB ports, plus a two-foot long Syncable cable USB to micro USB cord. Just make sure friends (and iPhone users) pack their own charging cord.

—Kelly Schwarze, associate editor

Beats Pill Special Edition

Weighing less than a pound and just slightly bigger than your average smartphone, the Special Edition Beats Pill Pink [2] ($200) can go wherever the open road leads you. It packs a lot of sound into its less than a pound frame. Touch the big Beats button in the front to easily pair with Bluetooth, or sync to a NFC-enabled phone with a tap of the device. Though the battery is said to last seven hours, the included USB cord could be plugged in to that TYLT dual charger to keep the songs going longer.

—KS

Star Wars: Mega Models

This month, may the fourth, er, Force be with you and your car-bound comrades. When the scenery turns to tumbleweeds, stave off boredom with Star Wars: Mega Models [3] ($9), an all-in-one-kit for creating 3D paper models of Boba Fett's bounty hunter helmet, Yoda, Anakin's light saber, and more.

Each project comes with step-by-step instructions, and a round tool like a pencil and tape might be useful for the smaller bits.

— Nicole Nguyen, editorial assistant

Envelope

Libson, Portugal-based studio Anve created the Envelope iPad Sleeve [4] ($143), a lightweight, fine lambskin slip with a glove leather lining for your precious tablet that's as chic as a clutch. Just what you need for toting around your iPad across the country!

The design, which comes in white, turquoise, lilac, black, tan, and natural, is simple and sweet. Plus there's a matching envelope card holder [5] in an array of amazing colors for your business cards.

— NN

Polarizing Filter

Glare is a smartphone camera's nemesis. Thankfully the Photojojo Polarizing Clip On Filter [6] ($20) cuts any reflection you might get from snapping pictures from behind a car window, plus boosts color at the same time. So that endless, bright blue sky seen on your travels will look as dreamy in pictures as it was when experiencing it.

— KS

uNu EcoPack Snap-On Case and Battery

For long, all-day excursions, make sure your mobile partner-in-adventure has enough power to last you the day. uNu's Ecopak Battery System [7] ($80) doubles your iPhone 5's battery life and features a standard USB port to share juice with other devices. Plus, you can detach the extended battery when your battery is full and cut down on weight. Among all of the bulky black battery packs out there, this Tiffany Blue case is a site for sore eyes!

—NN


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