I love gadgets, particularly for travelling. Why? To make my journey more enjoyable! Here are some gadgets I love to take on my trips to France (and elsewhere):
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My Favourite Gadgets:
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I have to write about this case first. It’s so cool as it not only protects my iPhone, but it also holds credit cards or business cards. One less thing to carry!
One MUST have this if you are travelling from North America. In France, the electricity is different.
The good news is that MOST electronics nowadays have built in converters (ie. hair blowers, Apple phones, iPads, etc), so you don’t need a VOLTAGE CONVERTER (which would convert the voltage), you just need an ADAPTER, which has 2 prongs which will fit into the outlet.
Check your power charger device to see if it automatically adjusts the voltage. It will read something like this:
“Input: 100-240V-0.45A (0.45A) 50-60 Hz”
If you get to France and forgot your adapter, many stores, such as BHV in Paris, carry them. There are also two Apple stores in Paris and in major cities in France.
Belkin Mini 3AC Multi Charger
- 3 AC outlets and 2 USB outlets.
- a built-in surge protector
- a 360-degree rotating plug.
1.I read some reviews from people saying it would not charge their iPhone or iPad. I plugged mine in and it looked like both were being charged.
2. This charger does NOT have a built in converter, (ie it is only 120V) so while it will be fine in North America, I think I’m going to have to plug in my Apple device into an Apple charger and THEN into the Belkin charger.
Anker 2nd Gen Astro 6400 mAh Portable Charger Battery Power Bank
Long name, great device! When my iPhone or iPad is running out of battery power and I am not near an electrical outlet, I just plug this baby in and in a short period of time the device is back to 100% battery power.
- it’s small, light, and can probably charge my iPhone twice with 6000 mAh.
- comes with a charging cable but you’ll still need your device cable (with USB) to charge your device.
- will charge the iPhone 6S, 5S, 5C, 5, 4S, iPad Air, mini, Galaxy S5 S4 S3, Note 4 3, Tab 4 3 2, PS Vita, and most other phones and tablets.
LOVE it! LOVE it! Takes great pictures (12 MP) and I now have 8 times the memory: 128GB) so I should have NO problem storing lots of apps, pictures, podcasts, and music. And, when it is unlocked I can simply add a SIM card and roam at much lower rates than if I used my Canadian provider. (Check out my website about SIM cards: Going Digital )
Check out my list of apps that I use.
I sold my iPad 2. It was many years old and was not only slow, but it was heavy. If I still had it, I would not just bring my iPad 2 and keyboard on a trip expecting to publish my blogs. It is too limiting and the whole process is too complicated compared to using a laptop. The slow internet and the lack of responsiveness of WordPress made the experience very frustrating. For bloggers who use WordPress, the iPad limits your options when you are in the dashboard. Even with the WordPress app, blogging is more complicated for inserting images and adding in SEO information. I am still debating whether I will even buy another iPad.
For non-bloggers and travellers who just want to watch a video, do emails, or store their images, the iPad is great, but keep in mind, to use your iPad as your photo back up could be limited again as your iPad (like my ipad2) did not have enough storage space. I took 3000 photos and was only able to store about 900.