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The summer travel season is literally right around the corner. Here at Tingo, we've been busy researching the latest travel technology trends. Without further ado, here are the 12 hottest gadgets that need to make it into your suitcase this summer.
PowerSkin PoP'n, $79.99*
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There is nothing worse than being on the go and receiving that dreaded "10% battery remaining" message. The PowerSkin PoP'n prevents that from happening. This sleek, lightweight external battery sticks onto the case you already have on your phone. The device is made for Apple phones, but it can connect to other phones via USB. It can charge your device anywhere, and you can keep the cute stylish case you already own.
*Order through the PowerSkin website, enter "TingoPoPn" at checkout, and save $16 now through 6/22.
iBattz Battstation Tough Dual Pro, $49.95
The mobile Battstation solves all your on-the-go charging problems. This external charging device can boost the battery of two devices at once! It can also charge tablets and iPads. It's definitely something to throw in your carry-on, just in case.
Timbuk2 Command Laptop TSA-Friendly Bag, $139
The Timbuk2 Command Bag will be your best investment when you find yourself rushing through airport security to make your flight. This TSA-compliant, durable laptop bag makes it easier to pass through airport security because it unzips to lie flat, so you don't have to empty out the contents. It also has an internal organizer and separate padded compartments for an iPad and other electronics.
Divoom Bluetune Solo Speaker, $49.99
This speaker is perfect for on-the-go listening. It can play music clearly and wirelessly from up to 10 meters away, and it even has a built-in microphone for hands-free phone calls. The rechargeable battery lasts up to 8 hours, so it's perfect for a day at the beach.
Canon PowerShot D20, $349.99
The PowerShot D20 is our favorite camera to take on adventures. This all-terrain camera is waterproof at depths of up to 33 feet, temperature resistant, shockproof, and it even has a GPS tracker. No matter what type of outdoorsy adventure you are going on, this camera is tough enough to be able to record all of your memories!
Phiaton PS 210 Wireless Noise-Cancelling Earphones, $159
These wireless noise-cancelling earphones will block out the sounds around you when you just want some time to yourself. (Trust us, we get annoyed by screaming babies on planes too.) These comfortable earphones produce fantastic sound quality, and they're Bluetooth capable.
Kindle Fire, $159
The Kindle Fire is a must-bring for all your vacations. This e-reader/tablet is convenient and lightweight, so you can throw it in your bag and take it with you anywhere. Download travel guides for the places you'll be visiting ahead of time—that way, you won't have to lug around hard copies of multiple books.
Sensu Brush, $39.99
For those artistic Kindle owners, the Sensu portable artist brush can be used with drawing or painting apps. It also works on other tablets and smartphones as well. The brush has two tools: an artist brush and a rubber stylus, making it that much easier to create the masterpiece you had in mind. It's portable too, so you can bring it with you anywhere!
Playstation Vita, $299
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The Playstation Vita is one of the latest gaming systems and is perfect for keeping children busy on road trips. It's entertaining, compact, and fun. Plus, it has all kinds of capabilities, like downloading games and apps—it can even access the Internet!
DeLorme InReach SE, $299.95
The InReach SE two-way satellite communicator will keep you connected no matter where your adventure brings you. It has GPS and texting capabilities along with global coverage, so you will never end up lost. This gadget is perfect for people who like to explore outside of their hotel. Venture away!
GoPro HERO3 Black Edition, $399.99
The GoPro camera allows you to video your adventures, regardless of how crazy they may be. This wearable high-definition camera can be strapped to your body, your surfboard, or anywhere else you choose, and it can film your escapades. We like the GoPro app compatibility: It allows you to take full control of the camera from your smartphone.
Y-cam HomeMonitor Indoor, $199.99
With HomeMonitor, you can install a wireless Internet camera in your home, sign into your account, and access the video feed from anywhere using a computer, tablet, or smartphone. The video quality is super and you can receive email alerts when any movement is detected. It gives you peace of mind that your home is safe, even if you're halfway around the globe.
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