Seven in-car gadgets for your next holiday road trip
Rent a car abroad and you never know what vehicle you’ll get. Keep navigating and keep safe with a charged-up phone, wireless entertainment and more thanks to these clever pieces of travel kit
The satnav era is over. Most travellers already navigate using Google Maps, which now offers downloads so it can work offline, but where do you put your phone when driving? This lightweight device (HK$187.99) is easy to travel with, and clips to the slats on an air vent in any car. Sold by Mobile Fun (hk.mobilefun.com).
A versatile three-in-one for car journeys, the JumPack (HK$764) is a battery that can both refuel a phone and jump-start a car in an emergency using positive and negative clips (included). It also has a built-in LED flashlight. Available at PruBuy (prubuy.hk)
Strontium Mobile WiFi Cloud
If you’ve kids in the back and a long car journey ahead, this media hub (HK$395) can store films and music that can be wirelessly streamed to up to five devices nearby. It’s also a great place to back up holiday snaps. Available from expansys.com.hk.
Transcend DrivePro 520
When driving abroad you’re at the mercy of unpredictable local driving habits. This dual dash cam (HK$1,450) records in Full HD what happens inside as well as outside of the car, and can send videos to a smartphone app. Sold by A1 Digital, 2nd Floor, 274-275 Nathan Road, Kowloon, tel: 2758 8908
Olixar Clip & Talk
A Bluetooth hands-free kit is a must in any car if you plan to talk and drive. This visor-mounted device (HK$187.99) can link to two smartphones simultaneously, and be controlled easily by voice commands. Available at Mobile Fun (hk.mobilefun.com).
Thule Excellence XT
If you’re headed off with loads of gear and luggage, this roof box (HK$13,000) is one of the best around. It weighs 28kg so you won’t be taking it on the plane, but for domestic road trips its 470 litre capacity might be tempting. Available from Bikecity, Shop A, G/F, 118 Sha Tsui Road,Tsuen Wan, NT, tel: 2778 5585
XPower CC4Q car charger
This four-way USB hub (HK$188) that runs off the 12V cigarette lighter socket in any car is perfect for keeping devices refuelled, with Qualcomn 2.0 Quick Charge an extra reason for Android phone owners to invest. Find it at yohohongkong.com