Kensington Mini Battery for iPhone, iPod

A few years ago I was traveling with my buddy Tim in Laos; on our first night there, in Luang Prabang, we got a bit carried away listening to tunes on the deck of our hotel and burned through the iPod’s battery.

Panicked (no tunes for two weeks? Say it isn’t so!), we wandered the streets until we found a fellow backpacker who offered to charge it up for us. With judicious playing, we managed to make the music last through the majority of our visit. It finally gave on the last night of our visit to Bokeo Nature Reserve in our magical treehouse. Instead of groovin’ tunes, we were forced to listen to the chilling, barking deer (true story) all night.


easily attaches to bottom of phone or ipod

Since this unfortunate incident, I’ve vowed to never travel without proper backup (and an extra iPod to boot.) To the rescue comes the Kensington battery. Provides an extra 30 hours of music, or 6 hours of video, or 3 hours of chatting (iPhone) in a small package. Must be charged via a USB source. I’ve used mine several times and the performance is excellent.

Music to my ears. From Amazon. Aprox. $33.


Phonofone Speaker

Albeit, this is on the high price-point side (because there’s loads of speakers out there that would provide you with an extra, if not superior, sound output for less money) but on looks alone, this mp3 speaker from Tristan Zimmermann wins.



From Charles & Marie. $500.