We’re approaching the holiday season, and while you get to ignore it for another few months, I’ve been getting buried in products to feature throughout the past few months.
We review a ton of products from different companies throughout the year, and the holiday season is when marketing departments and PR agencies go crazy, sending free products out to all of the journalists and influencers to get their products featured far and wide.
Here are our picks from the PR pile for handy gadgets to pick up this fall. The theme is road trips.
Geko Gear’s Orbit 530 Is a Great Aftermarket Dash Cam
Dash cameras don’t just let you see behind you while backing up (although that’s a handy feature). Today’s dash cameras are Wi-Fi and Bluetooth-enabled, and have smart features to recognize road signs and keep track of where you’re headed. They can also save you money on your car insurance.
I found Geko’s dashcams particularly useful in legally protecting myself from my sex worker ex. They also proved particularly useful while driving for Postmates and Uber. While not as powerful as some of its brethren in the Geko Gear lineup, this is a strong one.
Geko Gear’s Orbit 530 dash camera is a 1296p Super HD camera using Sony’s Starvis sensors to provide a variety of features. It can pair to your mobile device with an app that enables even more control over recording options.
It supports a 64 GB microSD (16 GB card included) and monitors your headlights, drive time, and even has a wide-dynamic range to detect any possible problems on the sides of the roads. Jut use the included suction cup to stick it to your windshield, connect your phone, and go on with your day.
Anker’s PowerHouse 200 Is a Powerful Beast
If you know me, you know I LOVE everything Anker. I use their sound bar, USB chargers, and other products often. Their marketing department loves me too, and they sent the PowerHouse 200 (along with a few other things) to review.
This 57600mAh/213Wh device has outputs for 2.45A DC power, 100W AC power, and USB-A/USB-C ports to charge anything you need on the road. You can even plug the Anker Roav Alexa-enabled car charger into it and charge it with solar.
It’s small, reliable, rugged, and the perfect powerbank for remote workers to keep on hand. Each button corresponds to a specific port, and the bright LED screen is large enough to be read from far away, without draining too much power.
It’s a bit slow to charge and only provides about 5-6 hours of full-drain connectivity, but that’s plenty enough to get you through an emergency situation.
Accell’s Wireless Chargers Are Fully Functional
Accell is another USB startup with mobile charging solutions. Its D08B-040K is a wireless charge pad with 5 USB-A ports, 2 of which are optimized for Apple devices, two for Android, and one universal. It also has 2 standard 12V AC outlets and Qi wireless charging that’s compatible with everything Apple and Galaxy.
Meanwhile, the D233B-001B is a 3-in-1 fast wireless charger that supports AirPods, Apple Watch, and Apple and Samsung mobile tablets and smartphones.
Either charger can be plugged into Anker’s PowerHouse to add a ton of charging options for an entire shipwrecked party. It’s unfortunate that the show Shipwrecked won’t be returning to TBS this fall, but we have a ton of great stuff airing as we speak, so check out the site to find out about your favorite shows on cable and streaming services.