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JENNIFER DUDLEY-NICHOLSON Padacs, $59.95 padacs.com ★★★★ Students who received an iPad Mini for Christmas could appreciate this powerful accessory. The EnduroMini looks like a typical folio case, albeit slightly thicker. The iPad Mini clicks into one side of the case, with rubber corners to keep it in place, while the other side of the case contains an 8000mAh lithium-ion battery. To charge the case, you connect it to a computer, with charging taking about five hours. When your iPad Mini or iPhone (or any other device that can be charged by USB) runs down, you plug a USB adapter into the case and use your device’s cable to connect the two. One downside is that you still need to carry your iPad Mini’s USB cable. It will charge up your Mini in about three hours, although you can use it while it’s charging. This case adds some bulk and about 500g to your iPad Mini, but the benefits will outweigh that for many people. Cygnett, $139.95 au.cygnett.com ★★★★ A pair of decent headphones can help high-school students stand the commute to school and these Cygnett PurePhonic headphones have a lot going for them, including buttons to navigate tracks, volume controls and a microphone to answer phone calls. You can link them via Bluetooth to your smartphone, tablet or MP3 player and enjoy up to 17 hours of use on one charge. They have a wireless range of about 10m and you recharge them through a USB connection. The PurePhonic cans are comfortable, with generous padding around the ears and your head. One attraction for those who will carry them in a school bag is that they fold up into a hard case for transport. They are also simple to use with only one button to turn the headphones on and off, connect them to a Bluetooth device, answer a phone call and end a phone call. They come with an optional cable, so you can still use them when they need recharging. Crumpler, $95 crumpler.com/au ★★★★ Not a story for studious teenagers, but the original Crumpler bag was designed to be strong enough to carry a slab of beer on a bike. They are tough and keep on keeping on. Instagram could learn a lot from Crumpler about terms and conditions: ‘‘If your Crumpler bag fails as a result of defective materials or workmanship under normal use while you: a) draw breath and b) remain the bag’s owner, we’ll repair or replace the part(s) in question, no questions asked.’’ The Private Zoo backpack has had a recent update with the Confetti Print on the back pocket, against a black bag, the latest colour option. This simple but functional 17L backpack is made to cope with the tough life of a school bag. The main compartment has a padded sleeve that will fit a 15-inch laptop and the front pocket is surprisingly large. Those after lots of compartments might find it too basic, but it’s made of a tough, waterresistant material with strong hooded zippers. Logitech, $149.95 www.logitech.com/AU ★★★★ Meet one keyboard to rule them all. The feature that helps this Bluetooth keyboard stand out from the crowd is its versatility. You can link this keyboard to three devices, such as an Apple iMac, iPhone and iPad, by assigning each device to a key marked one, two or three. Typing on your iMac, for instance, might involve hitting the number 1 key. Hit the number 2 and suddenly you are typing on your iPad. The keyboard has the Mac keys you expect which can be used to control music playback on your iOS devices, screen brightness and menu controls. The black strip across the top is a light-sensitive charging pad. Charge it up under sunlight or artificial light and Logitech says there will be enough charge to use the keyboard in total darkness for three months. Not that we spent 90 days in a box to test this. It is heavier than the Apple wi-fi keyboard but with the extra weight comes convenience and flexibility. Belkin, $29.95 www.belkin.com/au/ ★★★★ This slick desktop dock is surprisingly simple to set up and ensures your iPhone remains in plain sight. Users can run a Lightning cable through this dock by clipping the magnetised plastic cover off and running it through a channel. The dock’s cable connector sits surprisingly high, although that’s a good thing because it makes this dock compatible with most iPhone cases. The Charge+Sync Dock also has a 3.5mm audio plug to plug into your phone in case you want to connect it to desktop speakers. The audio plug folds down out of the way if you don’t want to listen to music while charging. Sadly, this dock doesn’t come with a Lightning cord and it can be fiddly unplugging your phone when it rings. Overall, though, it’s a great way to keep your iPhone or iPod Touch (5th generation) charged.