Face facts: the go-to accessory of the modern human isn’t a shoe or a piece of jewelry. It’s the phone, or the tablet, or whatever other piece of gadgetry they can’t live without. In a world that is defined by consumerism, we update our tech accessories collection at a furious pace. So what are the pieces that should be in every collection, be you a devoted iFan or a Softie, or just someone who likes new toys? Here’s a list that covers your bases with both general and specific go-to tech accessories.
Six Must Have Tech Accessories
1) Universal Travel Adapters
Universal travel adapters are a must-have for travelers. Improper voltage nightmare? And let’s not even get started on those weird sideways receptacles over in Europe, right? Stay prepared, stay charged, and stay happy. The best part? The universal travel power adapter is not even expensive.
2) Portable battery charger
These are made for nearly any phone; they are available in greatest variety for the iPhone. Simply put, they’re a spare battery that plugs into your phone and gives you up to an extra three hours of talk time. Great for those days when you’ve forgotten your charger or can’t find an outlet.
Nothing is worse than breaking a new gadget or phone before it’s lived its life. Well, okay, lots of things are worse, but it still bites when you get that cracked screen. To protect your devices, there are lots of options, but one of our favorites is this inexpensive, latchless cover for iPads.
4) USB Drive
Think about this: in the 1970’s, a 250 MB (that’s right, MEGABYTE) external hard drive weighed a few tons and took up most of a large room. Today, you can have many times that storage on your keychain. USB keyfobs are simple, highly useful tools that won’t break the bank, and if you’ve got a USB input on your radio, they make a great music storage system.
5) Headphones/Ear buds
If you’re listening to music in public, odds are you’d rather not share your secret Spice Girls obsession with the world (it’s okay boys, no one is judging you). A good pair of headphones is key, and most people own several. This is a fun area to splurge. Get comfortable ear buds for the gym or jogging, and a big, colorful headphone set for travel and flying.
6) Screen Protection
Most people sign two-year contracts when purchasing or upgrading their phone. That’s a pretty big commitment, isn’t it? So why skimp on the $20 or so required to protect those fancy touch screens from scratches and cracks? I know you tell yourself that you will be careful, but accidents happen. Pony up the extra greenbacks and protect your smartphone from the keys and change in your pocket, and from the inevitable day you drop it on the sidewalk.
That’s it. Six tech accessories without which your gadget collection is incomplete. Happy hunting!