The gadget market is as vibrant as ever as the craze for the cutting edge continues to fuel innovation. It does not seem like it is about to slow down either. So how is that relevant to the traveller?
A number of ground-breaking gadgets geared towards making the traveller as comfortable as possible have hit the market. Here I, share 3 game-changing ones that I highly recommend every traveller going on a safari to pack.
1. 150-Country Travel Adapter and Converter
The 150-Country Travel Adapter and Converter begins our journey. The adaptor is a lightweight, compact device that automatically detects incoming voltage, converts it to 120-volt AC power and provides plug adaptation for over 150 countries throughout Europe, Africa, Asia, the Americas and Caribbean and Australia.
The plug configures to fit a variety of international sockets, and has a built-in USB port that saves you the hassle of having to carry chargers for your cell phones, digital cameras, iPods, and other devices at home, not to mention the risk of losing them and not being able to get an original replacement.
The device allows simultaneous AC and USB connection to charge more than 1 device at once. An integrated surge protector protects electronics from potential power spikes.
Price tag USD39.95 (approximately KES 3,395.75)
2. Wenger knife
The second in my list is the giant 8-inch Wenger knife which is truly giant. Weighing 0.95 KG and measuring almost 9 inches long, it boasts an amazing 87 tools with a staggering 141 functions! It is the biggest Swiss Army Knife in the world and currently holds the Guinness World Record for most functions on a penknife. Did I mention that the price tag is equally large?
Price tag USD2,150 (approximately KES 182,750)
3. OffGrid Solar Backpack
The OffGrid Solar Backpack, developed by New York-based Voltaic, besides charging all your other hand-held gadgets, has 1,500 cubic inches of storage space, a padded laptop sleeve, an integrated phone pouch and plenty of other pockets for your creative mind.
The solar pocket is removable and can be attached to other bags or anything else as it charges. When fully charged, the 4 watts of solar power can provide up to 19 hours of talk time or 48 hours of music playback.
Price tag USD225 (approximately KES 19,465)
Armed with these tools, there is no device that will blow up, no canned food unopened and no light unlit! Enjoy your safari and do tell us of more gadgets you come across.