Moshi brings vegan-leather battery packs, backpack, and headphones to CES 2016

Moshi has announced a wealth of new accessories at CES 2016, ranging from backpacks and a set of new headphones, to an array of sleek battery packs named IonBank. These join a selection of charging cables and related accessories already revealed.

There are three new IonBank battery packs — the IonBank 3K, IonBank 5K, and the IonBank 10K. Each number roughly equates to the size of the cell inside the pack, in milliampere hours, giving you an idea of how much energy it’ll provide your phone.

Moshi has used its SmartSense circuitry inside each one, a clever system that allows the battery pack to charge while your charging your phone, thus providing the exact amount of current needed to top off your mobile device while saving the rest for itself. It’s a considerable bonus that eliminates the need to decide which battery to charge if only one socket is available.

On-Ear Headphones Avanti (Burgundy)

Each bank features an anodized aluminum body outfitted with what Moshi calls “vegan leather accents,” which we can only assume comes from real vegans. The basic IonBank 3K has a 3,200mAh cell inside, and a built-in Lightning connector to provide 120 percent power to an iPhone 6S. The larger IonBank 5K touts a different design, a 5,150mAh cell, and support for fast-charging. The 5K version, along with the IonBank 10K  — which boasts 10,300mAh battery that’s large enough to recharge an iPad Air 2 — both have USB ports and retractable USB charging cables. All three will go on sale in February, and cost $65, $80, and $100, respectively.

Moshi has also used the same metal and leather design seen on the IonBank with the new Avanti headphones, which will go on sale this spring for $200. The closed-back headphones feature 40mm neodymium drivers, leather accents, and a stainless steel band. They’re essentially designed for anyone seeking greater portability without sacrificing sound quality.

Helios Series (Helios & Helios Lite)
Helios Series (Helios & Helios Lite)

Moving away from mobile, Moshi has also launched the Helios backpack. It comes in two sizes; the Helios for up to 15-inch laptops, and the Helios Lite for up to 13-inch models. Both utilize water-resistant materials and vegan leather, as well as a slew of padded compartments designed to protect your laptop and related accessories. Several other compartments, straps, and zippered pockets also allow you to safely stow all your belongings. The Helios will cost $150 and come in either black or brown, while the Helios Lite will ship for $120 in blue or gray. Both are slated for a March release.

Mobile

Leave the laptop at home, the iPad Pro is the travel buddy to take on vacay

The iPad Pro is a powerful tablet that's perfect for creatives and professionals. How does it fare when traveling with it as a laptop replacement? We took it on a two week trek in Japan to find out.
Mobile

Quirky smartphone accessories you never knew you needed

Looking for a few accoutrements to make your smartphone even better? If you, or someone you know, is a sucker for accessories, you'll want to check out our collection of quirky smartphone accessories you never knew you needed.
Home Theater

From soundbars to headphones, here are the best last-minute audio deals

Whether you're looking for a great new pair of headphones or a fantastic new soundbar to bolster the sound of your brand-new television, these are the best audio deals to be found this holiday season.
Product Review

AKG's signature studio sound goes straight to your head with these stunning cans

With gorgeous looks and great sound, AKG’s N700NC are a formidable entry into the wireless noise-canceling headphone race. We put them to the test to see if they can beat out the absolute best in the business.
Product Review

Meet Z6, the breakout star in Nikon's new mirrorless lineup

The Nikon Z6 is the sibling to the new mirrorless Z7 -- but for some photographers, the cheaper Z6 may be the better option. Read where the $2,000 camera beats the $3,400 one (and where it doesn’t) in our Nikon Z6 review.
Outdoors

Google Maps makes it easier than ever to find a Lime bike or scooter

Google Maps has added a new feature that helps you find a Lime bike or scooter in just a few taps. The feature currently works in 11 U.S. cities served by Lime, with more coming next year.
Mobile

Ditch your smartphone for a year and win $100k from Vitaminwater

Vitaminwater is willing to part with $100,000 if you're willing to part with your smartphone partner for a year. Could you last for a year armed with only a 1996-era phone? Here's your chance to find out.
Music

Here's our head-to-head comparison of Pandora and Spotify

Which music streaming platform is best for you? We pit Spotify versus Pandora, two mighty streaming services with on-demand music and massive catalogs, comparing every facet of the two services to help you decide which is best.
Deals

Walmart drops prices on Apple Watches and other fitness trackers

Smartwatches, fitness trackers, and wearable heart rate monitors from Apple, Samsung, Fitbit, and Garmin are popular gifts. Wearables are smarter and more capable than in earlier years. We found the best wearables deals on Walmart.
Wearables

The best Wear OS watches

There are a ton of different Wear OS watches out there, but which one's right for you? No matter what you're looking for from a smartwatch, here are the best Wear OS watches out there.
Emerging Tech

Capture app saves money by 3D scanning objects using iPhone’s TrueDepth camera

Capture is a new iPhone app created by the Y Combinator-backed startup Standard Cyborg. It allows anyone to perform 3D scans of objects and share them with buddies. Here's how it works.
Home Theater

How to master your equalizer settings for the perfect sound

You may know what an EQ is, but do you know how to adjust equalizer settings for the best possible sound? We go through the basics of the modern EQ and lay out some guidelines for how to achieve tip-top sound from your system.
Mobile

How to switch from iPhone to Android: The ultimate guide

If you've decided to bridge the great tech divide and leave Apple's walled garden for the unknown shores of Android, then you'll find all the tips and advice you need to begin switching from an iPhone to an Android device.
Smart Home

This device detects when your pet is at the door and opens it for them

Tired of waiting for your dog to come inside, or running home in the middle of the day to let your four-legged friend out? Wayzn automatically opens sliding doors for your dog and gives you remote control.