Just Mobile AluCharge USB Charger

Just Mobile’s latest “Alu” product, AluCharge ($50), is a multi-port USB charger. The aluminum-bodied charger has four USB ports, with 2.4A max charging per port, and a total max output of 6.2A. Though AluCharge looks like a battery — and is about the size of a battery — the svelte accessory is actually a plug-in charger for home and travel.

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Griffin Pencil Sleeve for Apple Pencil

Griffin’s Pencil Sleeve ($30) is a silicone sleeve for Apple Pencil. The non-slip sleeve fits snuggly around the Apple Pencil, and its triangular design prevents Pencil from rolling around. Pencil Sleeve also comes with a built-in cap, which essentially acts as a replacement for the easy-to-lose Pencil cap. Also, the sleeve’s cap has its own multi-touch compatible stylus tip on the end, adding extra functionality to Pencil. The sleeve comes in gray or clear versions.

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Nomad Vulcanized LSR Silicone Strap for Apple Watch

Nomad’s Vulcanized LSR Silicone Strap ($40) is a newer band option for Apple Watch, from one of the most interesting Apple Watch developers out there. The silicone strap is currently only available for the 42mm Apple Watch, though customers can choose from silver or black stainless steel hardware to best match their Watch color.

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Zivix AirJamz

Zivix, known mostly for its Jamstik MIDI guitar, recently introduced AirJamz ($50), a Bluetooth “guitar pick.” Using a free app, the pick lets users play air guitar like never before, as their strumming motions in the air are turned into music and sounds within the app. The app comes with 25 free downloadable tracks, and a few extra tracks can be purchased, too. You can switch through available instruments for each song within the app, and your Bluetooth pick will change sounds on the fly. Up to four players can play at once, and AirJamz gets 18 hours battery life from a replaceable CR2032 battery.

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Lutron Pico Remote Control for Audio

Lutron is expanding its home automation system beyond mere lighting and shade controls into the realm of audio with its new Pico Remote Control for Audio ($49) — a solution designed to allow Sonos users to tie their music into their Lutron system, unifying it with their lighting. Integrated with Lutron’s Caséta Wireless System, the new Pico audio remote pairs with the Caséta Smart Bridge, which also includes built-in Sonos integration, all using the standard Lutron app. It’s also compatible with Lutron’s RadioRA 2 and HomeWorks QS smart home systems.

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Crosley Cruiser Deluxe

Crosley’s Cruiser Deluxe ($90) is an updated version of the company’s popular retro “suitcase” turntable. This time around, however, the company has added Bluetooth, to give users another way to listen to music. Cruiser Deluxe can indeed be latched and carried like a suitcase. Two small speakers are built into the front of the case. Inside the case is the three-speed turntable, and next to that are a headphone jack, volume knob, pitch control knob, and the Bluetooth on/off switch. On the back of the case are ports for the AC adapter, stereo line-out ports, and another headphone jack. Turntables are generally not within our purview — we certainly wouldn’t feel right giving a full review of this product — but we figured we could at least give prospective consumers some insight regarding Cruiser Deluxe’s Bluetooth capabilities. We don’t currently see Cruiser Deluxe listed on Crosley’s website, but the product is already being sold on other sites.

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Beckmann of Norway Urban 30L Backpack

Beckmann of Norway has been making bags overseas for decades, and the company has recently brought their products here to the U.S. We’ve received Beckmann’s Urban 30L backpack ($120), a bag that contains three large pockets, two of which can easily house a MacBook and 12.9” iPad Pro. The lightweight pack features a number of leather details, including the zipper pulls. A rain cover in the pocket can be pulled over the rest of the bag. Urban 30L also comes in burgundy, gray, and navy.

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$120 | Bags

CaseCrown SlimPower Wallet

CaseCrown’s SlimPower Wallet ($30-$35) is a small, simple wallet, with room for cards and cash. But SlimPower wouldn’t be in our Gear section if it were just a wallet — a 2500mAh battery is tucked inside. The battery features a built-in micro-USB cable and Lightning adapter for charging, and also comes with a separate micro-USB cable for recharging the battery itself. SlimPower Wallet comes in genuine black leather for $35, with brown or navy synthetic leather and gray canvas options selling for $30.

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Cocoon Urban Adventure 16" Messenger Bag

Cocoon’s Urban Adventure 16” Messenger Bag ($80) is an affordable messenger bag with a water-resistant, waxed canvas exterior. As you might expect, the bag can store up to a 16” laptop, meaning it’ll fit all current MacBooks. The bag features additional interior pockets, and a dedicated tablet compartment, which can even fit a 12.9” iPad Pro. Notably, the Urban Adventure bag has another pocket which contains a built-in version of Cocoon’s Grid-It accessory organizer. Grid-It, which sells for at least $20 on its own, is an organization system which features rubberized woven bands to keep cables and small accessories in place.

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$80 | Bags

Booq Daypack

Booq’s made many of our favorite bags over the years — durable, attractive bags with a lot of storage space — but the company’s packs haven’t always fit into the price range of many customers. Booq’s new Daypack ($80) is the company’s most affordable backpack yet. Daypack has a surprising amount of space, and will fit any MacBook size. The cotton canvas exterior is water-repellent, and polyester lines the inside. We received the white “cream-dream” color option, but there are also gray, navy, and tan “clay” versions of Daypack, all with their own unique inner lining colors.

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$80 | Bags

BeON Home BeONhome Key Fob

BeON Home has released a new key fob accessory for controlling its Home Protection System that we looked at late last year — a set of three Bluetooth LED smart bulbs designed for home security and protection that goes a bit beyond simple lighting applications. The BeONhome Key Fob uses Bluetooth Smart technology to allow you to easily set your BeON Home lighting to “Away” and “Home” modes with a single button press, rather than having to reach for your iPhone app, basically letting you enable your security lighting schedule when you leave your home and return to normal when you arrive. A single long press of the “Home” button can also be used to turn on all of your lights at once.

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Belkin Case + Stand for Apple Pencil

Apple Pencil is a well-regarded peripheral for iPad Pro, so most criticisms of Pencil end up being questions of where you should keep the thing when it’s not in use. Companies have introduced accessories to this end, and some of our favorite iPad Pro cases also offer a holding place for a Pencil. In the same vein, Belkin has introduced Case + Stand for Apple Pencil, which is meant to be an all-in-one solution for Pencil users. Case + Stand does exactly what it claims to do — it’s a storage case for Apple Pencil which doubles as a vertical stand for the peripheral. The case is made of white plastic and gray matte silicone, the latter of which is also found in the recessed tip holder of the stand.

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Hex Focus Case, Icon Wallet + Solo Wallet for iPhone 7/7 Plus

Hex has brought a number of its cases to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, including the Focus Case ($30-$40), Icon Wallet ($50-$60), and Solo Wallet ($30-$40). The $10 price differences represent a gap between the iPhone 7 cases and iPhone 7 Plus cases. We’ve already reviewed the Icon Wallet and Solo Wallet for iPhone 6, and the Focus Case is basically Solo Wallet without any card slots — the latter two cases are shell cases, and don’t really warrant a full review. (Solo Wallet’s fit is now better than it was two years ago.) Icon Wallet’s design hasn’t really changed, either — refer back to the last review for further details.

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$40-$60 | Cases + Covers

ToughTested 8' Pro Armor Weave Lightning Cable

We know how handy it is to have at least one extra-long Lightning cable around, and ToughTested’s 8’ Pro Armor Weave Cable ($28) definitely fits the bill. ToughTested has included a five-year warranty with the MFi-certified cable. Pro Armor Weave is 2.4A rated, and ToughTested has done its best to make the cable durable. The cable is covered with a woven polymer jacket, and both ends have aluminum tips.

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$28 | Cables

MyCharge PowerGear Sound Charging Case for Earbuds

While Apple’s recently introduced AirPods wireless earbuds will come with a charging case, there’s certainly nothing new about that concept in general. MyCharge has introduced its own charging case for wireless earbuds, PowerGear Sound ($40). While the case will work with any smaller-sized earbuds which recharge using a micro-USB cable, PowerGear Sound specifically includes a tray designed to fit Beats’ PowerBeats earbuds. The hard carrying case contains a 1000 mAh battery that should charge PowerBeats up to 10 times — we’re guessing the case will deliver comparable performance to similarly sized earbuds.

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