Before you buy another bland-looking car charger for your iPhone, check out the TYLT Band Car Charger ($40). The flat ribbon cable gives you a more aesthetically pleasing (and tangle-free) method of keeping your phone juiced up while you are on the road. It also has a universal USB port, so you can charge two devices at once.
Our friends at Yellow Jacket have come up with what is likely the most radical iPhone case we have ever seen: the Stun Gun iPhone Case ($100). This iPhone case contains a 650K volt charge to ward off any attacker you might come in contact with. The case fits both iPhone 4 and 4s models, and it adds an additional 20 hours of standby battery life to your phone. Help our friends out, click here to help them reach their $100,000 goal on IndieGoGo.
The latest genius product to emerge from Kickstarter: ChargeCard ($20+) an iPhone or Android charger cord that fits in your wallet. On one end, the ChargeCard has either an iPhone or Android fixture, fold out the middle to reveal a usb fixture on the other end that fits into your computer, your car dock, or any other standard USB input. The card body is made of ABS plastic, the USB arm is flexible thermoplastic elastomer, and at 0.1″ thick, it will fit comfortably in just about any wallet you choose to carry.
Some guys need a more sophisticated iPhone case than the rubber one they bought at the store. EXOvault iPhone Cases ($79-$400) are certainly worthy of a second look. We assume the name is a cross between an “exoskeleton” and a “vault” for your iPhone. These iPhone 4 and 4s cases come in a variety of metals, including aluminum, brass, titanium, gold plated brass, all with wooden inlays and the option to add an engraved design. EXOvault iPhone cases are also hinged with a metal clasp, letting you access your phone quickly and painlessly.
If you want to use your iPhone to take pictures or video in the water, we suggest you put a case on it. If you want to go scuba diving with your iPhone (!), we suggest you use the TAT7 iPhone Scuba Case ($84.95). This waterproof iPhone case let’s you use your iPhone while swimming, snorkeling, and even scuba diving to 30 m (100 ft). Now you can get a close-up of Jaws right from your iPhone.
When it comes to everyday-carry, minimal is good. The Tuch Wallet for iPhone ($50) takes minimal to a whole new level. This iPhone sleeve/wallet combo is made from one continuous piece of kangaroo leather. It is designed to hold three credit cards and a couple of bills of cash in the wallet sleeve, and the iPhone sleeve lets you charge your phone without removing it from the leather.
It’s no secret that the iPhone is an amazing gadget. The 4s has an 8 megapixel camera, which is pretty incredible when you think about how far cameras have come in the past decade. So when your iPhone makes your digital camera obsolete, you make your iPhone your digital camera. And if you are into the nostalgia of pressing a button on your camera, then you need the POPA iPhone Camera Button (~$78). This iPhone add-on has a metal body with a leather grip, a tripod feature on the bottom, and a big red button that let’s you know exactly where you need to press to take a picture.
If you are the type who clips everything to his belt loops, you have no doubt been aggravated by having to pocket your iPhone over the past few years. Get rid of that iPhone pocket bulge and get the iPhone Carabiner Clip ($30), compatible with the iPhone 4/4s. The rugged attachment was design for heavy iPhone use, and you can charge your phone without removing it. No more missed calls due to those tight jean pockets.
If you are like us, you have lost your smart phone to the tragic depths of a roadside puddle. Or you have spilled a drink on your phone at lunch, only to find that soaking it in a bag of rice overnight doesn’t necessarily make it as good as new. Clumsy people everywhere can now rejoice! Liquipel ($59-$79) is an incredible new service that applies a waterproof coating to your smart phone in the event that it comes in contact with water. Just don’t go swimming with it.
If Nikolai Tesla were still alive, he would have invented the Powermat ($50+). This incredible product speaks for itself, just set your phone (or other electronic device) down on the mat and watch it charge. No cords needed. The mat uses inductive coupling for energy transfer, making your charging experience as pain-free as it gets. What’s next? A hoverboard?