We might intend to put our mobile phone aside more when we’re on a holiday, but we hardly ever leave it at home. It’s just too convenient in helping us find our way, telling us where the best restaurants are or capturing unique moments. Here are some ideas how to pimp your mobile phone and use it for even more things once you hit the road, relax on the beach or embark on a safari.
We’ve chosen products based on customer ratings and recommendations.
On the road
Of you’re on the road, your mobile phone is a great as navigation help, hands-free headset or entertainment system. Maybe you just need to charge it before your next stop. If you’re looking for a quick charger, Aukey currently offers the most sophisticated one. If it’s a smartphone mount you’re looking for, our customers recommend Kenu products.
Plug the Aukey CC-T8 Quick Charge 3.0 charger into the cigarette lighter port and charge two devices at the same time with Quick Charge 3.0 technology.
Kenu Airframe+ is currently the most popular car mount we have on offer. It was designed for smartphones between 4 and 6 inches and is securely mounted onto any vent with a rotating clip. This allows you to use GPS directions, stream music and make hands-free calls in a convenient and safe way.
We also have the Airframe+ (left) on offer in combination with a 2.4A power charger (middle). Our newest Kenu kit (right) includes the Airframe+, a power charger and a tablet mount – the Kenu Airvue. Airvue mounts to the headrest of your front seat and can be used, as an example, to attach a tablet for your kids. All these products are also available separately. Here’s a nice little promotional video of Olympic gold medallist Johnny Moseley talking about the Kenu set.
CHF 28.–instead of 34.901
This universal car mount was designed for smartphones between 4 and 6 inches. It’s extremely easy to install so you’ll be ready to use GPS directions, stream music and to make hands-free calls without fumbling searches.
In the past, you’d have had to find space for a socket board in your suitcase – today, all you need is an Aukey USB quick charger.
This is what Digitalkurt, one of our clients, said in his product review (originally in German): «Great piece of equipment. All I need now is this one charger for mobile phones, tablet and camera. I can even charge them all at once without it heating up.»
PA-T14 (3A, 42W, Quick Charge 3.0)
Charge your compatible device at up to 4x the regular speed thanks to Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 technology.
With the help of a power bank, mobile phones and tablets can be charged without needing a power socket.
Good to know: A 10,000 mAh capacity power bank allows 2 to 3 recharges of a smartphone or one charge of an iPad. Such power banks produce less than 100 Wh and can be carried as hand baggage without limitation. Power banks with 20,000 mAh capacity and 5 volt produce slightly more than 100 Wh. According to airport guidelines, not more than two such power banks may be carried as hand baggage (see below).
All airlines have their own guidelines, so you’re best off contacting the one you’re flying with or consulting their webpage before you leave. Zurich airport follows (these rules) when checking hand baggage:
Power banks or spare batteries with a performance of over 160 Wh are generally prohibited (in your checked baggage and hand baggage).
Power banks or spare batteries up to max. 160 Wh may be carried in your hand baggage only.
Max. two batteries are allowed, if the nominal energy of the individual battery exceeds 100 Wh.
This formula will help you convert milliampere hours (mAh) and volt (V) to watt-hours (Wh):
(mAh * V)/ 1000 = Wh
These can be carried as hand baggage «without limitation» (< 100Wh).
Solar panels are very handy, especially if you’ve found a sunny spot for the day and don’t want to leave your phone unattended while it’s charging.
SunPower panels have received the best reviews so far. They’re smaller than others and have more charging power. They also feature solar panels, two USB ports and 2A power output that allows charging a tablet. It’s also easy to mount the SolarBooster, as every corner of the panel has a loop which can be used to attach it to your tent, bike or rucksack with the included carbine hook.
According to the manufacturer, the SunPower panel can’t only charge your mobile devices, it’s also possible to connect and charge any Xtorm power bank. We have the 24 W and 12 W version in our shop:
This smartphone mount delivers ultra-smooth pictures and videos. It also features integrated Impulse Bluetooth trigger, allowing for perfect selfies and groufies. You can use the GripTight POV kit as mobile phone stand or bike phone holder and connect it to your GoPro Mount.
If you’re an iPhone user, can’t get enough of 360° shots and have a little money to spare, we have the right thing for you: The Insta360 Nano. This camera will turn your iPhone into a 360 ° spherical video camera in a matter of seconds. Truly a cool gadget to take videos of any party, holiday or adventure trip.
If your smartphone or tablet storage is bursting with holidays shots, there are a few gadgets that will make sure all your files are transferred to your notebook or PC quickly and easily. May the post-editing process begin.
From home automation to all IP to the latest phones and gadgets – there’s a lot happening in telecommunication and networking! Which rising stars are lighting up our smart multimedia galaxy? And what devices are not even worth mentioning? That’s what I try to find out when I’m at the office. When I’m not at my desk at digitec, there’s a good chance I’m at Gigathlon or Ironman Zurich (in a TEAM, not as a single contestant), cooking Indian food or travelling to exotic countries.