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Holiday Gift Guide | The Tech Guru
Are you the person who always gets asked about what phone, laptop, or camera to buy? From wireless audio to the perfect tech tote, these tech toys will keep you powered up, ready to go, and at the top of your game.
Charging cables are a necessary evil in our digital age, but not all are created equal. Fraying, melting, breaking are all relatively common occurrences for cheaper cables. That’s why we love the Otterbox Pro cables. This 2m (6.6 ft) long fast-charging cable is built to withstand demanding use courtesy of reinforced strain relief in weak spots and braided nylon over silicone insulation to combat fraying and tangling. It comes in a variety of connections (USB-C to USB-C, USB-C to lightning, USB-C to USB-A and so on!) A handy extra feature is the magnetic cable wrap and mounting button, making it easy to neatly charge devices in a variety of locations. You can trust this to keep your tech juiced over and over again.
If you find yourself on the move a lot, you’ll want one of these. Whether for aeroplane, Car Aux, or even a hotel media set up, this will allow you to use your own wireless headphones or speakers wherever you are, or connect your phone to an existing audio set up. This is one of those items that you don’t know you need until you use it! Its a favourite of ours for a reason–it makes tech on the go simpler!
Tinkering is an important past time for any tech fiend, and it’s it important keep your tools at the ready! The Hoto Tools Precision Electric Screwdriver Kit comes with a non-slip aluminum base with twenty-five S2 steel precision bits, so you can go from tweaking the smaller parts in your electronics to replacing bulkier widgets on your larger projects with one quick change of the screwdriver head. This is a great addition to any home, and takes up a fraction of the space of a traditional tool-box if you aren’t needing to do much heavy work!
The good folks at EVERGOODS always seem to knock it out of the park with their packs, and their first foray into accessories was no exception. It blew us away from our very first time with it, and while the design works best with one of their own home-grown packs, it seems to work in almost every bag we’ve come across. In our community we’ve seen it used in a whole multitude of situations, it is arguably one of the more versatile we’ve come across, and it’s a great gateway gift into the world of carry. This version is upgraded with hardy Waxed Cotton and leather pulls, after all your tech should travel in style too!
On the go and can’t afford to run out of juice for your tech? Goal Zero’s Sherpa 100PD Powerbank is a valuable addition to EDC and travel setups alike. While bulkier than some, the 25,600 mAh powerbank can charge a laptop twice, a smartphone eight times, and a POV camera or headlamp 19 times, making it a useful tool for both urban and outdoor use, you can easily survive a holiday family weekend with this! It has two USB-A ports, one USB-C port, and supports Qi wireless charging, while the durable aluminum construction and impact bumpers will endure daily carry with ease.
Not all totes are created equal, and the WPT is a smart city tote that stands out. Designed to keep your gear organized and protected, in a sleek, clean, and urban silhouette. Your tech essentials are right at hand in the quick access pocket, while laser-cut, locking zipper pulls help secure your gear and zipper pockets on each side are great for water bottles and umbrellas. Inside you’ll find padded and suspended magnetic laptop and tablet sleeves for 12” tablets and 14” laptops. A combination of CORDURA®’s new RN66 Velocity fabric and YKK® Aquaguard zippers provide the durable weatherproof construction that Black Ember are known for. This stealth tote is the perfect vehicle for your daily tech needs!