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Innergie Portable Charger
Power solutions firm Innergie might not be that well known in the consumer tech market just yet, but it surprised us this year nonetheless when it launched its very simple but very handy Pocketcell portable battery pack.
What's unique about the chocolate bar-sized Pocketcell isn't just that it has enough power in it once fully charged to restore an Iphone back to full health from zero percent, twice, but it also comes bundled with a "magic cable" that means it can charge a number of devices once they've run dead, including any Micro USB, Mini USB or Apple 30-pin connectors for IOS devices.
It measures just 90x28x20mm and weighs 70g, so is convenient enough to fit in your pocket or bag for those times when you need it most.
Retailing at £79.99, it's rather on the expensive side for a charging device, but the amount of times it will save your life when your mobile device runs out of juice and you really need to find those directions over GPS, it will definitely seem worth the cost in no time at all.
Humax YouView TV Box
The personal video recorder Youview launched in July this year, offering consumers a streamlined way of accessing free digital programming, such as seven day catch-up and on demand programmes from the content libraries of channels that are on the UK's Freeview service, without the need for a satellite dish or cable connection.
With Youview, you just need to plug in a traditional rooftop aerial lead and it's ready to go, tuning into the UK's Freeview digital TV service.
Competing with the likes of Sky+ and Virgin's Tivo, Youview also records programmes to a hard disk, with 500GB of storage to store around 300 hours worth of TV and radio shows. It's also possible record, pause and rewind live TV and take advantage of a backwards electronic programming guide (EPG). Users can also navigate the catch-up services by searching for a keyword or by browsing each service individually.
Backed by the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Arqiva, BT and Talktalk, the set-top box made by Humax will cost you £299.
Lifeproof Nuud Case for iPad
Nothing beats the strange sensation of being able to take your Ipad in the bath with you, and for that reason alone we think Lifeproof's Nuud case for Ipad deserves a place in our top ten gadgets rundown.
With Lifeproof's special case, you don't have to worry about getting the Ipad wet ever again because it is submergible up to just over six foot. But it's not only water that the Lifeproof case protects your Ipad from, it's watertight so that dirt, sludge and other particles can't get in there. It's also shock proof, meaning it frees up the Ipad to go on as many adventures as you do. Cook alongside it, use it as a GPS for your bike, shop online in the shower, and you don't have to worry about dropping it.
The watertight construction allows you to use the Ipad in the same way you do without it, made possible by the case's glass lens protector for the camera, a special headphones adaptor, and a protected plastic flap that covers the charge port.
At £150, it's nothing compared to the price it might cost you to replace the screen if it gets damaged from a drop, for example.
KitSound Audio Earmuffs
The Kitsound Audio Earmuff headphones allow you to keep your ears warm and cosy during the winter months while rocking out to your favourite tunes. Connecting to any device with a 3.5mm jack, they have an adjustable headband so that those with even the biggest of heads should be able to squeeze them on.
Though the Audio Earmuffs are only really usable for a few months out of the year, they are just £15, which isn't much more than your average set of audio-less earmuffs. They don't provide much noise cancellation, but if you don't mind every man and his dog sharing your musical guilty pleasures, these earmuffs are a great hybrid gadget for any music lover during these colder months. They are also surprisingly comfy too.
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