Gadgets

Double battery life and storage for your iPhone

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From the May 2014 issue of Columbus CEO
  • Photo courtesy mophie.com

Mophie Space Pack
$150 TO $180
mophie.com

Mophie has been making iPhone cases that double as a backup battery for the phone for the past six years. A couple months ago they introduced the Mophie Space Pack, which not only doubles your battery life but also doubles the storage capacity of an iPhone 5 or iPhone 5s.

For $150, you can add 16GB of storage to your phone. For $180 you can add 32GB of storage. That’s 16,000 more photos or 9,000 more songs or 40 hours of more video that are immediately accessible on your phone but which actually reside within the 2.8-ounce case that surrounds it.

The true versatility of this iPhone gadget comes from its companion Space app that is free to download from the App Store. You’ll be able to manage and organize any file type. You’ll have access to these files without a WiFi or cellular data connection. This case/app combination allows you access files that can’t normally be saved to an iPhone. And files can be shared via Facebook, Twitter, email, AirDrop, AirPlay or opened in such supported apps as Dropbox or Google Drive.

The app gives you a window into the storage capacity and battery usage of your smartphone. Connect your Space Pack to a computer and you can charge the unit while also synching your iPhone or using the Space Pack as an external drive to move and add files from your PC or Mac.

If space is at a premium on your iPhone, you can record videos or snap photos directly to your Space Pack rather than to your iPhone.

Space Packs come black or white.

Bedphones
$55
grandst.com

If you’re the kind of person who likes to listen to music as you fall asleep, but your partner doesn’t, try Bedphones. Lightweight and less than a quarter-inch thick, these headphones lie flat against your ears. A companion smartphone app is available that will shut off the music once you fall asleep.

Rideye
$150
rideye.com

Avid cyclists now have a black box-type gadget they can attach to their handlebars or under their seat to record 2.5 hours of ride history video. Should a rider get side-swiped or involved in some other type of mishap, Rideye will have a record of what took place and who was at fault.

Phil Pikelny is vice president of Dispatch Digital and chief marketing officer of The Dispatch Printing Company.