PureGear DualTek Case for iPhone XR

If you found a new iPhone under your tree this Christmas, or were simply able to take advantage of some nice post-Christmas shopping deals, the next thing on your list should be a good protective case, and if you’re looking for something durable that’s still stylish and won’t break the bank, PureGear has you covered with its new DualTek extreme shock case. Available in arctic white or matte black, it’s a rugged case that will keep you safe from most everyday fumbles, while still being lightweight and comfortable in the hand.

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Pelican Shield for iPhone XS Max

Pelican may not be one of the first names you think of when it comes to rugged iPhone cases — but it really should be. The company has a long and solid history of making rugged and protective equipment cases that are used in everything from field photojournalism to military and law enforcement, but many people may not realize that the company also makes a line of iPhone cases that bring the same quality and durability the company is known for to your mobile devices. Pelican’s Shield for iPhone XS Max is the company’s flagship example of this — it’s a five-layer case that’s goes well beyond the “military grade” drop protection that most companies advertise, promising to be up to three times strong than the MIL-STD 810G spec.

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Pelican GO G40 Personal Utility Case

Pelican is best known for its line of ultra-rugged cases for transporting items such as high-end cameras, surveying equipment, and computers, and now the industry leader has taken it to a more intimate level with its nw line of Personal Utility Cases (PUC), beginning with the GO G40, small but tough case designed to protect your iPhone and other valuables when out in the field. Measuring 7 by 3.5 by 1.6 inches on the inside, the G40 is available in six different colors — Lime, White, Surf Blue, Slate, Blush, and Anthracite — and is IP67 rated to withstand all of the elements, from dust, dirt, and sand to submersion in up to 1.5 meters of water for up to 30 minutes.

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Anki Create with Cozmo Book

It’s no secret by now that we’re big fans of Anki’s Cozmo, the adorable little robot that’s rolled his way into our hearts, and when it comes to interactive educational toys, Cozmo still has a wheel up on its younger sibling, Vector, with a more accessible set of tools that provide a great way for kids to learn the basics of coding. Now, Anki is taking this a step further with a new printed, hardcover book, Create with Cozmo, that will help younger kids get a start on learning to code projects for their robotic sidekick.

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Scosche PowerVolt 3.0 USB-C Fast Chargers

With all of Apple’s recent iPhones now supporting fast charging over USB-C, more companies are getting into the game of providing chargers that can juice up an iPhone at maximum speed, and Scosche joins the party with its PowerVolt 3.0 USB-C Fast Charger ($35) and PowerVolt 3.0 USB-C Charger for Cars ($25). Not content just to provide USB-C charging, however, Scosche’s pair of PowerVolt 3.0 adapters also include a 12-watt USB-A port so you can also deliver double the standard power to a second device while also charging your iPhone at maximum speeds from the 18-watt USB-C PD port. You’ll still need to add the appropriate USB-C to Lightning cable to take advantage of the full charging speeds, but the good news is that we’ll very soon be seeing new cables appearing from third-party MFi partners as well.

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$25 / $35 | Power Management

Toffee Folio Organiser for iPad

Although we’d like to imagine a world where the iPad is the only device you need to carry around, the reality is that a lot of busy professionals on the go still need to make room for notebooks, pens, other papers, business cards, and more. This is where Australian premium case company Toffee comes in with its new Toffee Folio. It’s a classic yet elegant folio design inspired by the venerable executive folio design of the 90’s, updated to take modern technology into account, with room for even a full-sized 12.9-inch iPad Pro along with dedicated pockets for your iPhone and Lightning cables too, in addition of course to the more typical card and pen holders.

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Twelve South PlugBug Duo

Once upon a time, charging a MacBook and an iPhone was enough for most people, but with the advent of AirPods, and Apple Watches, and iPads, and Apple Pencils, one USB port often just doesn’t cut it anymore. That’s why Twelve South has released PlugBug Duo — an updated version of its 2014 PlugBug World travel adapter kit that doubles the number of USB ports of the previous model, providing two USB-A ports that can delivered a combined 12 watts of power for charging any standard USB device while you’re also charging up your MacBook.

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OneAdaptr Twist+ World Charging Station

If you frequently find yourself hopping between Europe, North America, and elsewhere in the world, you’ll know what a hassle it can be to juggle all of the necessary bits and pieces to plug in wherever you happen to land. While Apple sells a nice collection of plugs in its world travel adapter kits, it’s just more stuff to carry around, or lose, or forget. This is where OneAdaptr’s Twist+ World Charging Station comes in — it’s a single adapter that connects onto your existing MacBook or iPad power adapter and gives you all of the power connections you’re likely to need.

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Logitech Keys-To-Go Portable Bluetooth Keyboard

Logitech has long been one of the main players in the portable keyboard market for iOS devices, and while each year a new slate of iPads brings a new slate of keyboards, sometimes it’s the company also makes noteworthy iterations on some of its classic products as well. Such is the case with Keys-To-Go, a portable Bluetooth keyboard that we reviewed four years ago that’s still going strong enough that Logitech not only continues to sell it, but recently added a new slate of colors, while still providing the same three-month battery life, tactile typing feel, and dust and spill protection.

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TaoTronics LED Desk Lamp with Wireless Charger

Now that wireless charging is all the rage with the latest iPhones, companies are coming up with some interesting new ways of combining wireless charging into everyday items. TaoTronics’ LED Desk Lamp is yet another example of this, incorporating a Qi-compatible wireless charger into a fairly nice LED desk light.

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PureGear USB-C PD Car and Wall Chargers

While PureGear is best known for its lineup of cases and screen protectors, like many iPhone accessory makers, the company has diversified in recent years, surprising us last year with an impressive HomeKit smart plug, and now the company has just released a pair of USB-C power adapters that fully support USB Power Distribution (USB-PD), making them great options for charging your iPhone at the fastest possible speeds while on the go.

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Vinpok Duo 2 Cable Lightning Splitter

While Apple’s modern iPhones pack a lot of battery power, some users still have a valid need to both charge and listen to their iPhone at the same time — something that’s been trickier with Apple’s recent removal of the headphone jack. While adapters have been available for a while that split the Lightning port in two or provide a Lightning and 3.5mm audio jack, Vinpok’s new Duo 2 Cable takes a more interesting approach; rather than simply providing the ports and requiring you to supply your own Lightning cables, the Duo 2 Cable is a three-foot USB to Lightning cable for charging your iPhone that simply provides an inline Lighting port so you can connect your headphones or headphone adapter.

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$59 | Cables

Sylvania Smart+ Soft White Filament Light Bulb

While LED bulbs have pretty much become the standard, especially among smart bulbs, we can’t help but appreciate the retro look of a old-school filament bulb, so we think Sylvania’s new A19 Soft White Filament Light Bulb is a pretty cool solution if you’re looking for something different for your HomeKit lighting.

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$32 | Spring 2018 | Home Automation

Thought Out PED5 Grand iPhone Stand

Venerable stand maker Thought Out is back with another iteration in its product lineup, the PED5 Grand for iPhone. It’s a classic Thought Out stand design, made from solid steel and weighted and balanced for stability. This isn’t your typical lightweight aluminum stand — it’s got a serious heft to it, but we think that’s a good thing for something that you’re going to want to stay in place on your desk or kitchen counter.

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Native Union Eclipse USB Charger

If you’ve got more than one iPhone to charge in your household, you’ve probably discovered that cable management can sometimes be a challenge, and although the 2017 iPhone lineup aims to solve some of this with wireless charging, this doesn’t help you with iPads, older iPhones, or other USB-powered devices. This is where Native Union’s Eclipse comes in — it’s a three-port high-speed USB charger with a very unobtrusive, and some may even say elegant, design that looks much better on a coffee table than most USB charging hubs we’ve seen.

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