Friday, May 23rd, 2014
The Lightning connector divided opinion upon its release with the iPhone 5. On the one hand, it was a smaller, more convenient connector that was reversible. On the other, it meant that Apple’s long-standing 30 Pin connector was obsolete, a move that sent millions of accessories to the grave – from cheap charging cables to expensive speaker systems. Whatever your opinion on the matter, Lightning is here to stay so you may as well make the most of it! In that spirit, let’s take a look at ten of the best accessories for the now ubiquitous Apple connector.
1. Dexim Universal Dock Station (iPhone & iPad with Lightning Connector)
Our first Lightning accessory is this dock from Dexim. The dock is rare in being outfitted for both iPad and iPhone, allowing you to connect either device as required. The 2.1A output ensures all devices will charge rapidly, and the adjustable connector allows for cases to be kept on while charging.
2. Qi iPhone 5S / 5C / 5 Wireless Charging Receiver
Qi is a popular wireless charging standard in Android world, but don’t expect it to appear on an iPhone any time soon. Thankfully you can get this wireless charging receiver which plugs into your phone’s lightning port, then can be tucked into a case of your choice. Then you’ll have the convenience of wireless charging when you want it, in a package that’s compatible with all Lightning iPhones and a wide range of cases.
3. Griffin Wired Keyboard for Apple Lightning Devices
If you want to get some work done on an iPad or iPhone, then a full-size keyboard is quite helpful. One option is a Bluetooth keyboard, but these are expensive and require recharging. A good alternative then, is this Griffin Wired Keyboard, which plugs directly into the Lightning port and works immediately.
4. Genuine Lightning Digital AV Adapter
Want to show your iPhone, iPod or iPad content on the biggest screen in the room? This Digital AV adapter lets you easily connect your Lightning device to HDTVs, monitors and projectors. Again, everything is plug-and-play; just connect up the relevant cables and away you go. Perfect for screening HD movies, showing off photos and playing music. Definitely one of the most helpful Lightning adapters for the iPhone 5.
5. KitSound X-Dock 2 Lightning Clock Radio Dock for iPhone 5S / 5C /5
This clock radio dock is a powerful piece of kit, with room for an iPhone 5S, 5C or 5 next to a digital display. This is the ideal accessory for your bedside table or desk, allowing you to keep an eye on the time, charge your iPhone, set alarms and listen to the radio. You can wake up to your favourite FM station, your favourite iTunes songs or even the standard ‘bzzz’ alarm clock sound.
6. Kit: Lightning to Micro USB Adapter – White
This simple adapter ensures that you don’t always need a Lightning cable around all the time. Instead, you can use the rather more numerous microUSB cables and accessories to charge and sync. And since the adapter is so small, there’s no excuse not to bring it with you!
7. High Power Lightning Car Charger with USB Port – Black
Car chargers are brilliant, particularly if you’re trying to entertain your kids in the back seat with an iPad or navigate with an iPhone. This one offers 2.4A of charging power, allowing an iPad – or two iPhones – to be charged at full speed. That means even if you’re draining a lot of power from playing movies or using GPS navigation, you’ll still end up with way more battery life than you started with. An integrated USB port allows other devices to be charged too.
8. Kit 4-in-1 Connection Kit
This tiny box is one of the most useful accessories you can own for the iPhone or iPad. Plug the Lightning connector into your device, and then you can plug in a USB device (like a keyboard or flash drive) as well as SD cards. That makes it really easy to get stuff on or off your iPad, or plug in a full-size keyboard for a better typing experience. There’s even a Lightning port, so you can keep charging your device while everything else is connected.
9. Kit Magnetic Battery Case for iPhone 5S
This clever case includes an battery pack which allows you to recharge your phone on the go. The battery is magnetically attached to the rest of the case, and can be used in situ or removed from the case as necessary. With 2800 mAh you’ll have three times the battery life, and that makes a big difference.
10. iMee Sync and Charge Lightning to USB Cable – Gold
Our final Lightning accessory is also the simplest: a stylish Lightning cable in Gold. This is a great fit with the Champagne Gold iPhone 5S, but looks great with other colours as well. Otherwise, this is just the same as your Apple Lightning cable, offering charging and syncing at full speeds.
OK, so these are our selections! We hope you’ve found this blog helpful, and be sure to let us know if you have any questions or comments below!
Wednesday, April 30th, 2014
Here’s a cool new iPhone accessory that’ll appeal to any picture taker, from the most casual selfie snapper to the most serious iPhone photog. It’s called the Impossible Instant Photo Lab, and it’s essentially a Polaroid-style printer for your iPhone.
It works like this – just select a picture on your device, place it on top of the Instant Lab. Pull the shutter slide out, push it back in and hit the eject button – within seconds, your photo will be printed out. Then, you can watch as the photo develops in the palm of your hand. This immediacy is quite spectacular, and feels futuristic and retro at the same time.
It’s not just your own camera photos that work with the Photo Lab either. You can print out screenshots, images downloaded from websites and shots taken by your friends too. In fact, if you can see the image on your device, you can print it out on the Instant Photo Lab.
The Instant Photo Lab is compatible with colour, black-and-white, gold / silver framed and colour framed Polaroid film, so you’re free to experiment and find the best combination for each photo you want to print. These one-of-a-kind tactile and tangible photographs stand out from the crowd, and bring a whole new dimension to your subject.
The Instant Photo Lab a cool gadget that’ll appeal to anyone who enjoys taking and sharing photos – just writing this article has made me want one!
For more information on the Instant Photo Lab – including live price and availability information – check out the product page linked below.
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Tuesday, November 19th, 2013
The best thing about iOS 7 for gamers is that it finally offers a universal standard for game controllers. The first gamepad to support that new standard is the Moga Ace Power, which comes from the same guys who made the well-received Moga Pro controller for Android phones.
The form factor of the Ace Power is quite cool – your iPhone sits inside the controller, with controls on either side of the screen. You get a pair of thumbsticks, four face buttons, a D-pad and a pair of triggers, so console-style gaming is within your grasp!
I think that the Moga Ace Power is essential for iOS 7 gamers: you get the tactile feedback and comfortable style of a true controller and even more battery life for your phone. If you’re not convinced, read on!
Touch-screen gaming has come a long way, but everyone agrees that using a physical controller just feels better. Buttons, thumbsticks and triggers give tactile feedback that just isn’t possible when you’re tapping on glass, and you’re able to be a lot more accurate as well. Whether you’re racing supercars, jumping from platform to platform or gunning down zombies, you’ll be able to do with comfort and precision using the Moga Ace Power.
More battery life
The second big feature of the Moga Ace Power is its integrated battery pack. At 1800 mAh, you’ll be able to more than double your iPhone’s battery life and keep gaming for longer. That’s great, because with the Ace Power you’re definitely going to be spending more time gaming!
An ergonomic, portable experience
The Ace Power has a contoured design with a tactile grip, so you can keep gaming comfortably for as long as you like. The extending design that allows the iPhone to sit inside the controller also keeps the Ace Power small when it’s out of use. In fact, it’s compact and portable enough to fit in your pocket, making it convenient to bring with you whenever you want to try gaming on the go.
The Moga Ace Power controller is brilliant for gamers on iOS, and should definitely be worth a look! It’s compatible with the iPhone 5S, iPhone 5 and iPod Touch 5G, so if you’ve got any of those then check out the product page below:
Friday, July 12th, 2013
Wouldn’t it be cool if you could control your house from your phone? Turn on your air conditioner before you got home? Turn on your coffee machine from bed? Turn off your oven without turning around?
With the Belkin WeMo Home Automation Switch, you can do just that. All it takes is one of these magic switches and an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Just plug your Belkin between your appliance and the plug socket, connect to your wireless network and you’re ready to go. Download the free WeMo app to your phone, and identify what’s plugged into the Belkin. Then you can turn the appliance on and off from the comfort of your iPhone.
What’s more, this app doesn’t just work when you’re at home. The Belkin uses your home internet connection to get online, so you can control your appliances using your mobile internet or WiFi no matter where you are in the world.
You can also take things a step further by setting schedules – turn on your radiators at the same time each day, or ensure that your iron is off before you go to bed.
The app supports an unlimited number of switches too, so you can control multiple appliances separately – you could have an entire smart home!
With its easy setup procedure, one touch operation and perfect results you’ll definitely be pleased with your Belkin WeMo.
For more information, check out the product page linked below or this review of the product by 9to5Mac!
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Friday, June 21st, 2013
It’s easy to forget to bring a charging cable with you, and it gets harder the more different devices you need to charge. That’s why we introduced the OneCable, a cable that packs three common connectors into one tiny USB charger. Now, we’re introducing a more modern OneCable that offers the latest Apple connector: Lightning.
So on the older OneCable we had Mini USB, Micro USB and Apple 30 Pin connectors. Mini USB has all but disappeared from modern smartphones – whether Android, BlackBerry or Windows Phone – so we decided to remove the Mini USB connector and replace it with Apple’s new Lightning connector, which will be used on all iOS devices going forward – including the iPhone 5, iPad 4, iPad Mini and iPod Touch 5G.
As well as providing connectivity for pretty much any smartphone or tablet you can imagine, this cable has a few other tricks up its sleeve. The bulk of the 70 cm cable is wound around a spool near the USB connector, ensuring you never have to deal with tangles ever again. It also means you can adjust its length to suit, so you don’t have wires dangling all over the place unnecessarily. The cable’s made flat too, which reduces its tangling potential even further.
So if you’re looking for one USB charger to rule them all – including new Apple Lightning products! – then this is the OneCable for you.
For more information on the handy-dandy OneCable, in both Lightning and Mini USB varieties (with Micro USB and Apple 30 Pin on both cables!) then check out the product pages below:
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