There’s nothing worse than being away from home and the gadgets you rely upon while traveling — such as a cell phone, media player or camera — run out of juice, just as you need them. Instead, be prepared with the Duracell Rechargeable Powerhouse USB Charger ($59.99; duracell.com), a small USB male/female Lithium-Ion charger that can power up two items at once. Perfect for iPods/iPhones, BlackBerrys and devices with mini-USB ports, such as digital cameras.
Why drive around looking for a hotspot when you can bring your own with you? The Novatel MiFi 2200 (from $49.99/month for 5GB with Verizon and Sprint; novatel.com) is like your own personal, pocketable hotspot. It’s smaller than a bar of soap yet lets up to five nearby WiFi devices — such as a laptop, smartphone, iPod touch, Nintendo DS or Sony PSP — get online via 3G connectivity, anywhere life takes you. See, it’s ok that you bought the WiFi-only iPad.
iPhone or iPod touch owners planning a hiking, cycling or backpacking excursion this summer might consider the Surge (from $49.99; novothink.com), the only Apple-certified solar-powered battery pack. Now you can power up your device using the sun’s shining rays — via this solar panel on the back of the case — or charge it up by plugging it into a PC or electrical outlet. This hybrid charger can also be clipped to a backpack, purse or pocket, and it’s available in multiple colors.
Carry around your top-secret files in a place no one would suspect: your wrist. The ThinkGeek USB Hidden Flash Drive Watch ($49.99 for 8GB; thinkgeek.com) discretely hides the USB connector behind the face, ready for use wherever you stop into a cyber cafe and need to save your important emails, downloaded documents and irreplaceable photos. An extension cable is also included in case you don’t want to take it off your wrist before plugging into a computer.