We share a lot of cool gadgets around here, but there are a few tech essentials we think should be in every geek’s laptop bag. Here are the 9 coolest (and most useful) gadgets you should always have with you.
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9. Cable Shorteners
8. A Space-Saving Wallet
7. A Thumb Drive For Your Key Chain
6. Touch Screen-Friendly Gloves
5. Mini USB Cables
4. Lenses That Power Up Your Phone’s Camera
3. An Emergency Battery Charger
You can also grab something like the Mophie case for your smartphone, which contains a built-in extended battery to keep power flowing to your device.
2. A 3G Or 4G Hotspot
Wi-Fi is nearly everywhere you go these days, but you don’t want to rely on it for data connectivity — after all, there seems to be some law of physics that says it’s never there when you need it most. If you’ve jailbroken your iPhone, you can use MyWi to tether it, or tether your Android phone with PDANet. Of course, tethering has its downsides, so be aware of those before you go that route.
1. The Grid-It Organiser
Many of these products can be found pretty cheaply on sites like staticICE, so be sure to do some Googling to find the best price before you buy.