Category Archives: ACCESSORIES

Accessories for gadgets including cases, lenses, bags, tripods and the likes.

wind-power to juice up your iPhone: iFan (for bicycle too)

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(image credit: Tjeerd Veenhoven) iFan for iPhone | US$tbc(concept) | www.tjeerdveenhoven.com

we have been lamenting about the poor battery life of iPhone, but then we have a solution by the way of portable chargers. but what if you portable chargers went out of juice? duh! not good at all. time to extract some power from Mother Nature in the form of wind. well, the poor battery life of iPhone prompted Tjeerd Veenhoven to design the iFan – no, it is not a fan powered by iPhone but rather, it is the fan that’s going to juice up your iPhone.

basically, iFan is a modified PC fan molded into a rubber iPhone case and Tjeerd said that it took him six hours to charge up his iPhone. sounds a little too long perhaps, but then again its free power and readily available… well almost. Tjeerd has plan to redesign the fan blades to make it more efficient in catching the wind but in the meantime, Tjeerd has something up his sleeves… an iFan for bicycle.

sounds cool, at least you don’t need to be running around holding up your iPhone with the iFan to get it charged up. you can just mount it on the bicycle and cycle for six hours… maybe not. i guess its not for a full charge kind of thing, just perhaps a boost to the depleting power that will be enough for you to make the last call for help to save your aching legs.

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another 2000mAh Super-Juice Power Case for iPhone 4

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(image credit: Dexim) Super-Juice Power Case | US$69.90 | www.dexim.net

every iPhone 4 users want to be able to use the phone all day long, however the poor battery life makes this wish almost impossible. the extend of its poor battery performance can be seen by the number of portable chargers for iPhone in the market, and a growing trend is brewing: a charger doubling up as a protective case (or is it the other way round?).

Dexim just added one to the record with the Super-Juice Power Case for iPhone 4. similar to the Mophie Juice Pack Plus, the Super-Juice Power Case boost a 2000mAh Lithium Polymer battery and touted the following stats:

– 6-hours of additional talk time
– 10-hours of additional video/gaming
– 40-hours of additional music playback

charging and syncing of your iPhone can still be achieved via the use of the included micro-USB cable. the Super-Juice Power Case is also a tough case with a built-in kickstand for handsfree viewing of video on your desk or wherever you fancy – as long as its a flat surface.

the Dexim Super-Juice Power Case comes in white and retails at $69.90, which is $30 cheaper than the Mophie item. there’s indication on how much bulk the case would add to your slim iPhone 4, though.

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Review: Hard Graft iPhone Fold Wallet – Lending the Italian class to your Gadget

(image credit: mike) Hard Graft iPhone Fold Wallet | €65.00 | www.hardgraft.com

Another new addition to Hard Graft‘s lifestyle accessory assortment is this Phone Fold wallet, designed for iPhone. Receiving the wallet in an origami inspired multifold package was a pleasant surprise. Such attention to the overall presentation was certainly appreciated. For a moment, I was actually at war with myself whether to open it at risk of ruining the envelope. My eagerness to check out the real deal eventually triumphed.

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the origami inspired packaging – to open or not to open?

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Mophie Juice Pack Plus adds 2000mAh to your iPhone 4

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(image credit: Mophie) Mophie Juice Pack Plus | US$99.95 | www.mophie.com

the battery life for iPhone was never good. the short battery life is made even more obvious with its endless applications available to user, hence we never have enough juice for both play and work. thankfully, we have good people like Mophie who devised cases with built-in battery to extend the iPhone’s battery life, so we can continue enjoy the phone for both work and play.

in comes the Mophie Juice Pack Plus for iPhone 4 which promises to add a whopping 2000mAh to your iPhone 4. as with the earlier incarnation for iPhone 3G/3GS, the Mophie Juice Pack Plus also doubles up as a protective case with shock-proof band. here’s a run down of what the juice pack promises:

  • up to 8 additional hours of talk time on 3G (16-hours on 2G)
  • up to 7 additional hours of Internet use on 3G (11-hours on WiFi)
  • up to 44 additional hours of audio playback
  • up to 11 additional hours of video playback

with the juice pack on, users can still charge and sync the iPhone via the included USB cable. there’s a standby/charging switch which allows toggling between standby or charging mode so users can choose to use the battery pack when requires. a 4-light LED status indicator at the bottom of the case lets user how much juice is left with a touch of a button and it also doubles as an indicator for charging status. a function reminiscent of the MacBook battery indicator.

if you’re feeling pinched by the price tag of $99.95, perhaps you will feel more comforted to know that this juice pack is more than just a battery pack and a case. it also features an ‘acoustic sound enhancement’ which means that the case design acts as a virtual speaker box by redirecting sound from the bottom of your iPhone4 to the front, resulting in a richer, fuller sound quality.

i’d say this could be a great juice pack if you are constantly demanding for power. currently, only black is available but a few other colors should pop up soon.

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finally, flash for your old iPhone with the iFlash External Flash

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(image credit: Gadgets and Gear) iFlash External Flash | US$29.95 | www.gadgetsandgear.com

if you are still holding on to your trusty old iPhone but wishes that it has flash like its younger sibling, then your wish may have just came true. iFlash is an external module with built-in LED light that attaches to the iPhone 2G/3G/3GS and even iPod Touch, enabling flash-aided photography on those devices.

it attaches to the device via the 30-pin port, much like what you will do with a external portable charger for iPhones. the iFlash has an on/off button so you can use the LED light for photography or as a flash light for getting around in the dark. the flash module draws its juice from the iPhone battery – which, in my opinion, will be pretty taxing to the already poor battery life of iPhones.

when not in use, you can plug the 3.5mm plastic lug into the iPhone’s 3.5mm jack so it will remain handy when you need the flash again. though i am not sure if this 3.5mm plastic lug will work on the old iPhone 2G. at $29.95 you can give a new lease of life to your older iPhone, well, at least on the photography aspect.

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from materials of trucks and cars: FREITAG F48 HAZZARD Backpack

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(image credit: FREITAG) FREITAG F48 HAZZARD Backpack | approx. US$325 | www.freitag.ch

with so many shiny gadgets to lug around, we definitely need a bag that is tough enough to lug them around. new from the Switzerland company, Freitag, is the F48 Hazzard Backpack which promise to deliver storage for your electronic gears with diligent toughness. judging in the promo video, we believe this bag was designed with cyclist in mind.

the F48 HAZZARD Backpack is made from used truck tarpaulins and the straps are of used car seat belts. both are tough materials which has been proven by their use in automotive industry. seat belts? well, i guess you can’t get any safer than that, unless you want an airbag to go with it.

FREITAG expects the square design would suit “business use without losing uniqueness” and it comes in a variety of design prints and colors. the bag can be easily converted to shoulder bag carrying too. i don’t quite agree with “business” unless you are in the creative field. i am not so sure if you would want to bring this to a big corporate meeting.

being unique (and square) will set you back at $325. i’d say that’s pretty pricey for a backpack but if being unique is what you are into, then the F48 HAZZARD might be just for you.

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a table of speakers: La Boite Concept Laptop Dock

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La Boite Concept LD 120 | US$1,300.00 | www.laboiteconcept.com
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we are probably familiar with sound dock for iPhone and iPod. how about your laptop? sure you can get any of those puny speakers that probably don’t do much good to your ears, or you get the La Boite Concept Laptop Dock LD 120. basically, the LD 120 is an elegant looking table stuffed with speakers and a bunch circuitry that promise to turn your laptop in to a high-fidelity music player.

if you are those that demand more from your laptop musically, then this 120 watts RMS, 7 drivers equipped table might be your weapon of choice. the LD 120 has a built-in Burr Brown Digital-to-Analogue converter (DAC) (USB sound card) and requires only one wire to get you going. you must be wondering where are the 7 drivers? well, a pair of two-way drivers are located upfront, another two are designed to face the wall and a down firing subwoofer goes underneath the desk.

all these awesome goodness of hi-fi quality audio are beautifully clad in piano lacquer finish and natural leather for the desk pad (which is insulated agains the vibration from the sub-woofer). the LD 120 also lets you charge other devices via its two auxiliary inputs and outlet within the storage compartment. time to give yourself a perfect excuse such as “i have ran out of desktop space to put my laptop” and get this hi-fi quality table. how i wish. except that i don’t even have space for another table…

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yet another keyboard case for iPhone 4: Nuu Mini-Key Keyboard Case

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(image credit: Mobile Fun) Nuu Mini-Key Keyboard Case | £69.95 | www.mobilefun.co.uk

last week we featured a duo of keyboard case for iPhone 4, now we have one more to add to the rank of keyboard case for iPhone 4. introducing the Nuu Mini-Key Keyboard Case for iPhone 4. similar to the ThinkGeek TK-421 and the Boxwave Keyboard Buddy, the Nuu Mini-Key spots a protective case and the a slide out keyboard but that’s where the similarity ends. Continue reading yet another keyboard case for iPhone 4: Nuu Mini-Key Keyboard Case

its no AirPrint but this Photo Printer lets you print direct from your iPhone

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(image credit: Mobile Fun) Bolle BP-10 Photo Printer | £119.99 | www.mobilefun.co.uk

the latest iOS 4.2 software update supports AirPrint, but what if you don’t have a wireless printer to take advantage of this features? if its just photo printing you’re looking for, then Bolle BP-10 Photo Printer might be just the gadget of choice. the BP-10 concept is similar with the Canon Selphy Photo Printer, but dedicated to iPhones rather than any other digital cameras. it is compatible with all iPhone and it doubles up as a charging dock for your iPhone.

the printer provides full size 4 x 6 inch photo printing. however, it requires the Bolle app which is available free from the iTunes store. the app facilitates user to select photos from the iPhone album or take a fresh photo for direct printing. operations is simple enough: dock the iPhone on the printer, select the desired photo and hit the print button. other print options include printing multiple photos on one single page and multiple copies printing (up to four copies each time).

is there really a market for dedicated iPhone photo printer? does the resolution of the photo taken with the iPhone justify for a £120 dedicated printer? i don’t know. i am skeptical about printing out hard copies of photo taken with my iPhone 4. then again, i am probably stuck in time with the impression that iPhone camera quality is less than ideal. but i guess the fun and novelty factor are there.

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nature meets technology with Koostik iPhone dock

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(image credit: Koostik) Koostik iPhone Dock | from US$85 | koostik.com

technology advancements really gets to our head and we started going on some unstoppable buy-buy-buy spree, adding more advanced gadgets to our already burgeoning gadgetry arsenal. its an addiction. but isn’t it time to take step back from those expensive designers electronics and get back to basic? well, you can start with the low-tech KOOSTIK iPhone dock.

the KOOSTIK is a sound dock that amplifies your iPhone by 2 to 4 times – hardly an exhilarating performance comparing the sound docks out in the market but it was never meant to be a performance sound dock to start with. for a start Koostik is all natural and doesn’t use any form electronic for sound amplification. amplification sounds is via channelling of the docked iPhone to the left and right hollowed out ‘speakers’.

no electronics involved means that no power is required to use the KOOSTIK. however, it also won’t be able to charge your iPhone while your are spinning your tunes. accordingly to the designer, this beautiful crafted sound dock is not a replacement to electronically amplified item but its more intended for intimate vocals and instrumentals sound in relax settings. well, we heard you KOOSTIK. we saw the video demo and we are totally impressed.

KOOSTIK is hand made entirely out of solid wood in America and is available in six different solid wood combinations. good news for those outside of the USA, KOOSTIK ships internationally too.

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