My Blue(tooth) heaven
Just when you think we've shown you every possible Bluetooth-enabled iOS accessory in existence, we've found even more. And chargers and lenses and filters, oh, my.
The $70 Prong PocketPlug Charger + Case for iPhone 5/5s (pictured) is an iPhone case with an integrated plug that lets you recharge your handset by plugging it directly into a wall outlet. When the charger is not being used, the plug prongs fold flat into the case. Adorama is also selling the $199 Impossible Instant Lab for iPhone, which attaches to the phone and prints Polaroid-style photos from it.
A Bluetooth speaker small enough—and rugged enough—to carry on your belt? The $50 Voombox-Travel even comes with a carabiner to attach the speaker to your waist or pack and blare tunes while you hike through through the vast wilderness. The splash-resistant Travel offers six hours of playback on a single charge, and it comes equipped with a microphone just in case you need some speakerphone time on your travels.
This company has announced its new Justin line of chargers and batteries for your mobile devices. The line includes a 5,200-mAh Power Bank with LCD Display (pictured); a 6,000-mAh Power Bank with Built-In Stand; a 10,000-mAh Power Bank; A 5,200-mAh Power Bank with Built-In Connectors; a 3,000-mAh Rechargable iPhone Case; a 2,200-mAh Round Power Stick; a 2,200-mAh Power Stick Travel Pack-Up; and a 2,000-mAh Power Bank with 12V Adaptor. The products are expected to hit the market in May; the company says they’ll be priced as much as 60 percent cheaper than comparable competitors.
The $50 X100 Mini Bluetooth Speaker features five-hour battery life, comes in five “bold” colors,” and is small enough to slip into your pocket.
If you like applying effects filters to your iPhone photos, but don’t care to let Instagram or any other app do the work for you, the $30 Holga iPhone Lens is a nifty little accessory. It features nine different lenses on a rotating dial that attaches to your phone; those lenses include color filters, macro lenses, and multi-image lenses. Best yet: Because the lenses fit over your phone's camera lens, you can preview the effects on your screen before taking the picture.
The $60 Bolt is a backup iPhone battery that can charge directly from a wall socket. “Just plug it into the wall to store up a charge, then put it in your bag for when your phone runs out of photo-taking power,” the company says. The Bolt holds enough backup power to fully charge two iPhones.
The $49 Rocki is a dongle that attaches to your old speakers, transforming them into a wireless Bluetooth speaker system. It works by directly connecting to your speaker system's 3.5mm or RCA audio connectors.
This company’s Cera wireless portable speakers are available as a $90 standalone version or as a $200 three-pack. Each speaker weighs just 5.5 ounces, and it comes in either white, black, or red.
The $45, 5-in-1 Photo Lens Combo Set includes zoom, fisheye, and telephoto lenses, along with a small tripod and a travel bag to carry all the items with you for quick access anytime you want to turn your iPhone 5 or 5s into a makeshift DSLR camera.