CAR AC­CES­SORIES

TOOLS FOR SAFETY, HEALTH & CON­VE­NIENCE ON THE ROAD

iPhone Life Magazine - - 2018 Best Tech Guide - BY LEANNE HAYS

Whether you have a road trip com­ing up, a long com­mute to work, or just a series of er­rands to run around town, it's nearly in­evitable that you'll spend some time every day in that home away from home: your car. No mat­ter what your des­ti­na­tion, there are a few car ac­ces­sories that can help make daily driv­ing for you and your pas­sen­gers con­ve­nient, safe, and pleas­ant. From iPhone and iPad cases to emer­gency as­sis­tance de­vices, this car-tech roundup will in­tro­duce you to six of our top picks for auto ac­ces­sories this year.

STM Grace Power­bank 5,000

mAh ($49.95) I've long en­joyed my STM com­muter back­pack, but this prod­uct was my first foray into STM's charg­ing prod­ucts, and I see a trend of high-qual­ity man­u­fac­tur­ing and ease of use here! This power­bank in­cor­po­rates a lithium-polymer bat­tery that can be at­tached to a car charger or USB power adapter and fully charged within four hours. Its com­pact, light­weight de­sign is per­fect for commuters, trav­el­ers, and road trip­pers alike, and it's also safe for air travel! When full, it is able to charge most iPhones three times be­fore need­ing to recharge it­self; you'll never have to go into Low Power Mode again. The STM Grace even fea­tures over-charge, over-heat, and power-surge pro­tec­tion to keep both it­self and your iPhone safe and ready to use when­ever you need them.

iOt­tie Easy One Touch Wire­less Fast Charg­ing Dash &

Wind­shield Mount ($54.95) Take my ad­vice; read the assem­bly in­struc­tions and fully mount your iPhone be­fore driv­ing! Af­ter mas­ter­ing all the fea­tures, I've con­cluded that this mount is a must-have for any­one who wants the con­ve­nience of charg­ing their iPhone even as it dis­plays maps, plays mu­sic, or takes a call on speak­er­phone. The best fea­ture? The safety of hav­ing a des­ig­nated place for your iPhone that keeps it us­able yet re­minds you to keep your hands off of it while you're on the road. Scosche Mag­icMount XL iPad Head­rest Mount ($29.99)

This iPad mount is a must-have for travel with kids. I'm not ad­vo­cat­ing keep­ing your child glued to car­toons for the whole of a fam­ily va­ca­tion, but be­ing able to turn on a movie when things get a bit over­wrought in the back seat is a bless­ing. This mag­netic mount is so easy to as­sem­ble that my 13-year-old opened the box and had our iPad mounted and play­ing in three min­utes—I timed her! And the mount is easy to move to a dif­fer­ent head­rest or even ve­hi­cle since there are no per­ma­nently af­fixed com­po­nents to undo. The Mag­icMount has kept our iPad se­cure and in place over the last three weeks of driv­ing, and that in­cludes travel over sev­eral coun­try roads and our own long, rut-filled gravel drive­way.

NOCO GB40 Boost+ Jump Starter ($124.95) If you're a mem­ber of an auto club like AAA, you al­ready have tow and jump ser­vice—but it can take lit­er­ally hours for a ser­vice ve­hi­cle to ar­rive. That's why it's such a good idea to have a backup jump starter. The GB40 Boost+ is a per­fect ad­di­tion to your ve­hi­cle's emer­gency kit. It's light­weight, com­pact, and packs 12 volts of charge in its lithium bat­tery. I left the lights on in my Chevy S-10 and then used the GB40 to jump­start it; it worked just like any other time I've needed a jump, ex­cept I didn't need to phone a friend for help! As a bonus, this de­vice acts as an emer­gency bat­tery bank for your elec­tron­ics. Sim­ply plug into the USB port and you can power your iPhone, iPad, or any other de­vices that need a top-off.

Air Oa­sis Mo­bile Air Pu­ri­fier ($249.99) I try to keep my car clean, but no mat­ter how I vac­uum, there's al­ways odif­er­ous ev­i­dence that I have two kids and three dogs, and that I al­low snack­ing in my ve­hi­cle. I've tried Fe­breze, but hate the ar­ti­fi­cial smell it leaves be­hind, and bak­ing soda sa­chets haven't done the trick ei­ther. What has worked, though, is the Air Oa­sis Mo­bile Air Pu­ri­fier! This unit, which can clean and san­i­tize an area up to 250 square feet, is about the size of a radar de­tec­tor and can plug into a stan­dard wall out­let or your car's ci­garette lighter, all while us­ing only 11 watts of elec­tric­ity. It fil­ters and elim­i­nates up to 99 per­cent of al­ler­gens, bac­te­ria, viruses, and mold spores from the air (as well as the sur­faces of your car). I de­cided to do a one-hour test in my stinky Prius, and when my younger daugh­ter and I re­turned to check the re­sults, we found it didn't smell at all. I'm go­ing to keep this por­ta­ble pu­ri­fier on ro­ta­tion through­out my home and ve­hi­cles from now on.

Ren­ogy E.Lu­men Multi-Func­tional Flash­light ($24.99) This so­lar-pow­ered flash­light has a so­lar panel in its handle that charges and runs its 2,000 mAh lithium-ion bat­tery for up to seven hours. There's also a mag­netic mount on the handle so you can place the flash­light un­der the hood while you work on the en­gine or in your car with­out wor­ry­ing about it rolling away. Un­like other so­lar-pow­ered flash­lights I've tested, the E.Lu­men shines a bright, pow­er­ful light equiv­a­lent to a bat­tery-pow­ered unit. There are sev­eral beam choices, in­clud­ing a side light with a rapid or slow red flash­ing light for emer­gency bea­con use. In ad­di­tion to so­lar charg­ing, the E. Lu­min in­cludes a USB port so you can charge it from a USB wall power adapter or in your car. This means you can also use this flash­light as a por­ta­ble bat­tery bank for small elec­tron­ics, in­clud­ing your iPhone. It also in­cludes a seat­belt cut­ter, win­dow smasher, and com­pass, mak­ing it a must-have safety ac­ces­sory for your ve­hi­cle.

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