Gadget Guru: This device helps to protect yourself from assault

The defense alert device (D.A.D.) from TigerLight.
The defense alert device (D.A.D.) from TigerLight. Handout

You can’t plan when you or someone you’re with might be attacked, which is why you might want the defense alert device from TigerLight ($129.99) within reach.

The D.A.D. device easily fits in a purse, computer bag or the palm of your hand, and is handy while taking a nighttime run or any other situation you feel it might be needed.

With the press of a button, instantly release military-grade pepper spray and send an alert with your GPS location to family, friends or other contacts via the D.A.D. app (Android or iOS).

The alert reads “I’m in Danger.”

An LED 150-lumen multi-mode flashlight – that means it’s blindingly bright – is built into the device.

The slim unit weighs 4.4 ounces and is water resistant with a polycarbonate body and includes one AA battery for the general operation and a long-life lithium battery for the built-in Bluetooth.

One test canister and one spare canister are included with each purchase; additional canisters can be purchased at $9.99 for the spray and $4.99 for testers.

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Portable battery

It’s so simple that is doesn’t need instructions, but it might be the most-useful powered gadget you own.

It’s the Ventev powercell 6010 plus portable battery ($49.95) that doesn’t need a cable to charge itself, nor do you have to have an iOS lightning cable to charge an iPhone or iPad with the battery.

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The Ventev powercell 6010 plus portable battery. TNS Handout

That’s because both are built into the battery. Folding AC prongs tuck away when they aren’t needed or fold out to plug directly into a standard AC power outlet. Or you can connect a micro USB cable for charging.

A lightning cable is attached to the battery on a 3-inch durable cable, which tucks inside the battery when it’s not in use.

If you need to charge a non-iOS device, you’re still in luck. Just plug your own USB charging cable into the universal USB output port. Both the cable and port can be used simultaneously.

A powercell 6010 plus is also available with a type-C cable option.


Bluetooth speaker

The iClever BoostSound (BTS-09) Bluetooth speaker ($49.99) is built with a stylish aluminum-alloy finish and sits upright for a nice directional sound.

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The iClever BoostSound (BTS-09) Bluetooth speaker. TNS Handout

It’s a rounded speaker, but if you replace the front metallic speaker grill with a mirror, it would look like a vanity mirror on a stand.

Inside each bass-filled speaker are a pair of 10-watt dual drivers and a rechargeable battery good for up to 12 hours of playtime. Connect non-Bluetooth devices via the aux port and use it for hands-free calls.

A background LED illumination light is built in with everything controlled by a row of buttons on the top.


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