Editor’s picks: seven travel cables for charging and syncing devices on the go

Why travel in a tangle? Charge and sync your devices when away from home with these clever multifunctional gadgets

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 16 August, 2016, 1:46pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 16 August, 2016, 1:46pm

Oneadaptr Twist Plus+ World Charging Station

Here’s one for digital nomads travelling with an Apple MacBook. An adaptor (HK$328) that fits onto the MacBook’s power block to recharge the laptop using a twist-to-choose system for changing plugs, it adds four USB slots for refuelling other gadgets. Useful in coffee shops and in airports. Available at productpro.com.hk

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Verbatim 2 in 1 Sync & Charge

If you’re travelling with an iPhone or iPad, but you or a companion are also packing Android gear, a rechargeable camera or a portable battery, this USB-to-microUSB cable (HK$178) with an Apple Lightning ‘hat’ makes for a handy space saver. Available at yohohongkong.com

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Native Union TAG

This is ideal fit-and-forget way of travelling with an essential cable. A standard USB-to Apple Lightning cable that looks like a luggage tag, TAG (HK$450) can be attached easily to the outside of a backpack, with a small leather sheath shielding the connections. Available in black or tan leather. Available at nativeunion.hk

Belkin Audio Splitter

If you’re taking long journeys and travelling in a couple, you can use this simple splitter (HK$148) to share your music and videos, thus doubling your collective smartphone battery life. Sold at the Apple Store Causeway Bay, 500 Hennessy Road, tel: 3979 3100.

Nomad CLIP Carabiner

Much like the Native Union TAG, but available in separate microUSB and Apple Lightning flavours, this climbing-style carabiner (HK$281.99) is designed to be attached to the outside of a backpack, but also works well on a belt loop. Just don’t try to scale any mountains with it. Sold by Mobile Fun (hk.mobilefun).

mophie USB cable travel kit

When it comes to travelling light, you need to keep everything short. This 3-in-1 package (HK$248) does just that, offering 11cm-long Apple Lightning, microUSB and the old 30-pin dock cables in a protective carrying case. Available at apple.com/hk

Fuse Chicken Armor Charge

Here’s the complete opposite. This toughly made USB-to-Apple Lightning cable stretches an entire metre, which is handy for hotel rooms where the plug is a long way from your bedside table. Find it at expansys.com.hk