In my mind the definition of a great gadget is useful and multipurpose. The SP-4003 six-in-one car charger from Secur Products is exactly that.
It plugs into the 12-volt (cigarette) outlet and charges tablets, phones or whatever portable USB device needs some power. That isn't a big deal in today's gadget world; it has a removable internal 2000 mAh battery, a 150 Lumen LED light that works as a flashlight or a flashing red emergency light.
Numbers five and six are additional safety features: a built-in seat belt cutter and window breaker, obviously for emergencies.
The internal battery powers the flashlight for four hours or 10 hours for the flashing red light.
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All of this is packed into a 4.5-inch long device with a diameter of 1.5 inches. It weighs just 3 ounces. It's from securproducts.com and costs $34.99.
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Transform your digital vacation photo into a work of "Aluminyzed" art. Aluminyze takes your digital image and with what the company calls an "innovative and revolutionary process" infuses your image into a sheet of aluminum.
You get your choice of silver or white surfaces. When ordering, the site offers recommendations for the best type of photos for each surface. You'll also have your choice of a glossy or matte finish.
The results are nothing less then stunning, with vibrant colors and clarity. You won't need to add a frame: it's delivered ready to be displayed.
The aluminum prints are waterproof and UV resistant. After ordering I got a confirmation, and two days later my "Aluminyzed" piece of art was on its way to me. You get your choice of desktop or wall hanging hardware on the back.
Choices of sizes include rectangle, squares, ovals, hearts and many more.
The finished product is outstanding. I have a feeling my holiday shopping will make a stop here.
The aluminyze.com price varies with sizes. A 16-inch-by-20-inch image with a back mount, glossy on white, is $142.90.
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The Tudia Klip is a fingernail-sized clip that reduces the strain on Apple Lightning and 30-pin charging cables. It attaches to the end of the cable and keeps it from bending, twisting or breaking apart.
The Klip is designed and sized to work specifically with Apple cables, not third-party charging cables. I tried it on some cables, and a few worked and some didn't.
Just snap the two-piece silicone and polycarbonate clip on the ends of the cable to reduce the strain by 80 percent, according to the company.
If you have a cable already on the outs, the Tudia Klip might just be what you need. Cables already frayed will get much needed support to keep them charging.
Order from www.tudiaproducts.com for $6.99 a pair, available in blue, gray, green, pink and yellow.
Gregg Ellman, gadget guru, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @greggellman.