This weekly roundup takes a look at the practical and sometimes quirky aspects of tech products.
A clever way to juice up your devices
The famous Vaudeville comedian W.C. Fields, who loved to take a nip, would have loved this thing if he were living in the era of USB devices. Yes, my little chickadee, a company called Digital Treasures has come up with a charger called the PowerFlask. As the name suggests, it looks like a flask but actually contains a 13,000-mAh rechargeable lithium-ion battery to give your tablets and smartphones some juice. Wrapped in leather with an aluminum finish, the portable device can charge up to three USB devices at once. It also has two flashlight LEDs that can help you see in the dark. Priced at about $90, the power bank includes two 30-pin connectors, a USB-to-micro-USB charging cable, a USB-to-dual-micro-US charging cable and a USB power adapter.
Envisioning new earphones
Listen up: NuForce just upgraded its line of NE-700 earphones, with an eye on providing clearer sound. The lightweight aluminum buds fit snugly into your ears and are designed to minimize vibration and resonance with the help of titanium-coated 8mm drivers. The result? The earphones deliver audio with realistic sounds that mimic the feel of a live performance. Just use care when you put the earphones away as the cables can quickly become a tangled mess. Available in bronze or silver, the NuForce NE-700X costs $65. The NuForce NE-700M, which also includes a built-in microphone that lets you accept incoming calls, costs $75.
Traveling? Better get organized
Whenever you leave the house or jump on a plane, you probably go through a mental checklist: Charger? Yep. Passport? Uh-huh. You get the picture. Well, the Universal Electronics Travel Organizer from Monoprice helps you organize your items and keep them in one handy place. Made of heavy-duty ballistic nylon, it has enough elastic loops and mesh compartments to hold 17 items, including cables, chargers, pens and batteries. Plus, there’s an external pocket where you can stash a boarding pass, photo IDs and other documents. It costs about $15…
Read More: usatoday.com