In-car gadgets for the next time you rent a car abroad
Maps? Whatever – I’ll use my phone! Even when you’ve figured out to use Google Maps offline in remote areas, keeping a phone charged-up and on display requires gadgets.
01 – Thule Excellence XT
A roof box is handy if you’re off on a fishing, hunting or gear-heavy road trip. This one weighs 28kg and takes 470 litres.
Where do you put your phone when driving? Clipping-on to the AC slats in any vehicle, the AirFrame+ Car Kit includes a Dualtrip, an ultra-fast USB charger that attaches to the cigarette lighter slot.
03 – Cobra JumPack
This portable charger for a phone doubles as an emergency jump-starter for a car, and also has a built-in LED flashlight.
04 – Transcend DrivePro 520
Going somewhere with bad drivers? This dual dash cam records what happens inside as well as outside of the car – and in in Full HD video – then sends it to a smartphone app.
05 – XPower CC4Q car charger
This four-way USB hub keep all kinds of devices refuelled by using the 12V charger. It even has Qualcomn 2.0 Quick Charge, which recharges Android devices double-quick.