Blynk lets you take your own time-lapse photos so you can review your vacation in minutes. (Handout / MCT)
Most of us are walking around with hundreds of dollars of portable electronics. This week we review a number of items that are designed to help you get the most use out of your gadgets, and to protect them — and your ears.
Kinivo BTH240 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones (Kinivo)
Wires, wires, everywhere, and no one knows where they go or how to untangle them. The solution? Go wireless. With these Knivo Bluetooth headphones — which work on almost any device — there'll be no more accidentally dragging your music player off the table or having someone trip over your wires and yank your ear buds out. And for kids watching a movie or playing a game, no more wires to fiddle with or gnaw on. But be warned. Once you go wireless, you'll never go back. $35 on www.Pure-Gear.com.
DualTek Extreme Shock Case for Samsung Galaxy S5 (PureGear)
If you've got a Samsung Galaxy S5, chances it you paid plenty for it (or made a long, long commitment to your cell carrier). So it's worth investing a bit more to protect it from the daily bumping and scratching you put it through — and from the drops and dings your kids inflict on it. The new DualTek case fits like a glove, doesn't get in the way of taking pics or making calls, and takes a real beating. The corners — the weak spot on most phone cases — are specially designed to absorb impact and vibration. Available in yellow, white, and black. $35 at www.pure-gear.com.
PureGear Roll on Screen Shield Kit (PureGear)
Even the best cases have trouble keeping the screen from getting scratched. If you've got any iPhone 5 or a Galaxy S5, the PureGear Screen Shield kit is for you. The patented roll-on applicator makes applying the screen protector a breeze, and completely eliminates those annoying bubbles. The protector itself reduces glare and besides resisting scratches, it keeps your screen safe from the dirt, grime and fingerprints from little hands. $25 at www.Pure-Gear.com.
This tiny, hands-free camera is specially designed to take time-lapse photos. Just set the interval — one shot every second, minute, hour, day or longer — and you're ready to go. Blynk then puts all those photos into a single movie (or saves them as individual JPEGs). Now you can condense a week-long adventure into a few minutes, create your very own 30-second video of flowers blooming, or marvel at how quickly your baby (or your puppy) is growing up. Available in pink, blue and black. $129 on www.lyfeshot.com.
Paick Power Bank (Paick)
There's nothing worse than being out with the family, seeing something amazing, and discovering that your battery is at 5 percent. You can solve that problem with a Paick Power Bank. Charge it up before you leave your house or hotel and you've got a sleek, portable power source that will help you squeeze a few more hours out of your phone, tablet, or other device. Power Banks come in a variety of capacities. The one we tested was 6000mah, which essentially doubled the available talk time. $59 and up at www.Paick.com.
Sun Power 6000 Charger (Secur)
But what if your plans take you someplace where there's no electricity at all? If you've got a little sunshine, all you'll need is the Secur Sun Power 6000. The fold-up solar panel charges your phone, tablet, or other device no matter where you are. It's durable, light, easy-to-use and water resistant, which makes it a must-have for beach- or camping trips. Dual USB ports let you charge two phones or devices at once. $129 at http://securproducts.com.