This week's roundup of accessories for your iOS devices includes items that will help you use your iPhone in the wilderness, or even when Mad Max is ruling the world.
The $80 SmartLantern has a 7,800 mAh battery that can provide up to 48 hours of light, or multiple charges for your iPhone, while you’re stuck out in the wilderness. For the latter, just plug your phone’s USB cable into the lamp’s USB port, and you’ll soon have enough power to call in the helicopters to rescue you from the grizzlies.
The $170 Braven 710 is a portable Bluetooth speaker that offers up to 12 hours of playback on a single charge. It’s splash-proof and water-resistant, but unlike myriad other portable Bluetooth speakers out there, you can pair two of the Braven 710 to create true stereo sound.
The Slope tablet stand comes in two sizes: a $55 version for the iPad mini and a $60 model for full-sized iPads. A large suction pad anchors your tablet to the stand; the same type of “microscopic suction” pad holds the tablet firmly in place on your table or desk for worry-free, hands-free tablet viewing.
The $15 MonkeyOh can serve as a desktop iPhone stand that allows hands-free use of your device, but it can also plug into a wall outlet and provide clutter-free phone-charging power via a USB port. The MonkeyOh is stylish, coming in four different color combinations that will all be familiar to fans of the White Stripes.
The $100 Moto TC Rally is a toy car that you can control using an app on your iPhone. You can bump and run, trading paint with competing cars, or you can flat-out race against them. The Moto TC Rally is compatible with most devices running iOS 6.0 or later.
The $40 iGrillmini is a meat thermometer that can transmit data to your iPhone about your roast’s core temperature, so you’ll be able to get the perfect brisket every time. The device ships next year, but you can pre-order it now.
Now you can use your iPhone to open wide and say ahhhhh! The Kinsa smart thermometer plugs into the audio jack of your phone; stick the other end under your tongue, and it immediately relays your vital health information to an app on the phone. Kinsa hasn’t yet released pricing or shipping information.
The $24 LifeLink is an ultrathin USB cable, designed to connect your iOS devices on the go and then slip unobtrusively into a wallet or pocket, where it can sit unnoticed until the next use. The device ships this winter, but the company is taking pre-orders now.
Someday the apocalypse will come and we’ll all eke out a Mad Max-style existence, roaming the desert wasteland while fending off large, angry Australian punk-rockers. It’s then you’ll want the $149 PowerPot V, which lets you charge your iPhone by filling a pot with water, placing the pot over a heat source—such as an open fire—and letting the resulting steam generate electricity to charge your phone.
The $50 E6300 is a thin, wireless keyboard designed to be used with the iPad. The keyboard, which is available at Wal-mart, includes iOS-specific special-function keys, and it offers up to one month of use on a single charge.