Tech Kit You Need for Your Car
February 6, 2017 (No Comments) by Annabel Hynes

Just as we’ve all updated our kitchen appliances, phones, and even jewellery, the car should receive a similar treatment. There are plenty of gadgets and accessories for your car that can vastly improve your driving experience on a daily basis. Here are some of the things you’ll need to make that commute to work or trip across the country a whole lot easier on yourself.

Dash Cam

There are a number of reasons to invest in a dashboard camera, most of which involve maintaining your safety and the safety of your passengers. Dash cams record everything that happens on the road, which will be an asset in the case of accident or roadside incident, allowing you to solidly back up your version of events. They can also be used to lower your insurance premium. Besides that, their more recreational uses can include recording your midnight drag-racing or documenting family road trips. Hopefully not at the same time.

Recommended Product: Nextbase Dash Cam 312GW

Where to buy: Halfords

Price: €119

nextbase-dash-cam-312gw

Car Freshener and Ionic Air Purifier

Quite aside from all the smells the people inside any given car might generate, car air purifiers and ionisers are a smart purchase for health reasons. Studies have shown that matter from brakes and aromatic hydrocarbons arising from interior components can affect your health in the long term. Opening a window to alleviate this can just allow other pollution inside the car.

An ionic air purifier on the other hand will emit negative ions, the aim of which is to make particles of odorous materials stick together, rather than spread throughout the car. They aren’t miracle-workers, but they might just improve your long commute.

Recommended Product: Sumbay Car Air Purifier

Where to buy: Amazon

Price: £16.99 (about €20 without delivery)

car-freshener-and-ionic-air-purifier

Car Headrest iPad Holder

There shouldn’t need to be an explanation for this one, especially if you have children. Obviously you’re not going to want any disruptions when you’re driving, and that can be a difficult thing to achieve with someone kicking the back of your seat in transit or just generally screaming their heads off. This could of course be a useful piece of apparatus for someone who’s frequently the designated driver on nights out, and you just need everyone to be quiet and watch Peppa Pig. It’s the perfect asset on long journeys in particular, although make sure to keep the volume down!

Recommended Product: Okra 360° Degree iPad Headrest Holder

Where to buy: Amazon

Price: £8.99 (about €10 without delivery)

okra-360-degree-ipad-headrest-holder

USB Car Charger

Something that’s happened to all of us at one point or another is leaving the house with a phone that’s on 13% battery, or an iPad in its case but sans charger. Charging your phone overnight can be a waste of energy after all – or maybe you just forgot.

Either way, there’s the sad prospect of waiting until you get to college or work to charge up, normally requiring you to wait beside it as you scroll, ensuring it doesn’t die on you. With a USB charger, all those problems go away. Simply plug in your device, be it a phone or tablet, and allow it to power up while you drive, ready for mobile usage once you arrive at your destination.

Recommended Product: RAVPower Dual USB Car Adaptor

Where to buy: Amazon

Price: £6.99 (about €8 without delivery)

ravpower-dual-usb-car-adaptor

Bluetooth Car Locator

With the aid of an app, this device links to your phone and effortlessly locates your vehicle on a virtual map. Never get lost again, as your smartphone leads you directly to your car in moments; especially useful when you’re out somewhere new or have had to park far away, such as at an away match or a concert. Bluetooth car locators can also charge your phone with a USB port, and tells you whether your phone is in the car with you at any time – you will know immediately if it’s fallen out of your pocket or been left behind by beeping and blinking a red light. It’s the perfect device for those of us with scattered minds and really is a piece of tech kit you need for your car.

Recommended Product: VuPoint 3 in 1 PinGo Smart Car Locator

Where to buy: Amazon

Price: £9.90 (about €11.45 without delivery)

vupoint-3-in-1-pingo-smart-car-locator

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Tech Kit You Need for Your Car
February 6, 2017 (No Comments) by Annabel Hynes

Just as we’ve all updated our kitchen appliances, phones, and even jewellery, the car should receive a similar treatment. There are plenty of gadgets and accessories for your car that can vastly improve your driving experience on a daily basis. Here are some of the things you’ll need to make that commute to work or trip across the country a whole lot easier on yourself.

Dash Cam

There are a number of reasons to invest in a dashboard camera, most of which involve maintaining your safety and the safety of your passengers. Dash cams record everything that happens on the road, which will be an asset in the case of accident or roadside incident, allowing you to solidly back up your version of events. They can also be used to lower your insurance premium. Besides that, their more recreational uses can include recording your midnight drag-racing or documenting family road trips. Hopefully not at the same time.

Recommended Product: Nextbase Dash Cam 312GW

Where to buy: Halfords

Price: €119

nextbase-dash-cam-312gw

Car Freshener and Ionic Air Purifier

Quite aside from all the smells the people inside any given car might generate, car air purifiers and ionisers are a smart purchase for health reasons. Studies have shown that matter from brakes and aromatic hydrocarbons arising from interior components can affect your health in the long term. Opening a window to alleviate this can just allow other pollution inside the car.

An ionic air purifier on the other hand will emit negative ions, the aim of which is to make particles of odorous materials stick together, rather than spread throughout the car. They aren’t miracle-workers, but they might just improve your long commute.

Recommended Product: Sumbay Car Air Purifier

Where to buy: Amazon

Price: £16.99 (about €20 without delivery)

car-freshener-and-ionic-air-purifier

Car Headrest iPad Holder

There shouldn’t need to be an explanation for this one, especially if you have children. Obviously you’re not going to want any disruptions when you’re driving, and that can be a difficult thing to achieve with someone kicking the back of your seat in transit or just generally screaming their heads off. This could of course be a useful piece of apparatus for someone who’s frequently the designated driver on nights out, and you just need everyone to be quiet and watch Peppa Pig. It’s the perfect asset on long journeys in particular, although make sure to keep the volume down!

Recommended Product: Okra 360° Degree iPad Headrest Holder

Where to buy: Amazon

Price: £8.99 (about €10 without delivery)

okra-360-degree-ipad-headrest-holder

USB Car Charger

Something that’s happened to all of us at one point or another is leaving the house with a phone that’s on 13% battery, or an iPad in its case but sans charger. Charging your phone overnight can be a waste of energy after all – or maybe you just forgot.

Either way, there’s the sad prospect of waiting until you get to college or work to charge up, normally requiring you to wait beside it as you scroll, ensuring it doesn’t die on you. With a USB charger, all those problems go away. Simply plug in your device, be it a phone or tablet, and allow it to power up while you drive, ready for mobile usage once you arrive at your destination.

Recommended Product: RAVPower Dual USB Car Adaptor

Where to buy: Amazon

Price: £6.99 (about €8 without delivery)

ravpower-dual-usb-car-adaptor

Bluetooth Car Locator

With the aid of an app, this device links to your phone and effortlessly locates your vehicle on a virtual map. Never get lost again, as your smartphone leads you directly to your car in moments; especially useful when you’re out somewhere new or have had to park far away, such as at an away match or a concert. Bluetooth car locators can also charge your phone with a USB port, and tells you whether your phone is in the car with you at any time – you will know immediately if it’s fallen out of your pocket or been left behind by beeping and blinking a red light. It’s the perfect device for those of us with scattered minds and really is a piece of tech kit you need for your car.

Recommended Product: VuPoint 3 in 1 PinGo Smart Car Locator

Where to buy: Amazon

Price: £9.90 (about €11.45 without delivery)

vupoint-3-in-1-pingo-smart-car-locator

Annabel Hynes
Lifestyle and entertainment writer with an interest in politics, despite the groans it incites at the dinner table. Sci-fi obsessive.

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