What's New, What's Hot: February 2014

By Joe Rosen
What's New, What's Hot is Travel Weekly's look at useful and fun travel gadgets, edited by Joe Rosen. Click here or on the image to open a slideshow of all of the featured products for February.

Puku S8 Charger: Compatible with the vast array of devices that charge via a USB cable, the Puku portable charger is powerful enough to provide up to five full charges per use for smartphones and between 50% and 100% for tablets. The charger, which is so small it can be carried in a computer bag or purse, offers at least 900 hours of standby time, 36 hours of talk time and 153 hours of media play time on one charge of its 8,000 mAh battery. As attractive in its minimalist design as it is practical, the Puku S8 comes in six colors -- purple, turquoise, red, lime, blue and gray -- and comes equipped with two USB ports and a Micro USB cable. $70; www.gotpuku.com.  

Javelin DaypackJavelin Daypack: This well-thought-out backpack can accommodate up to a 17-inch laptop (a removable foam spacer can fit smaller laptops) while providing a fleece-lined pocket for stowing a hand-held device or a pair of eyeglasses. A "quick-pass" system that allows for passage through TSA checkpoints without the need to unpack your laptop helps make air travel just a bit easier. Other features include a mesh-back panel, zippered beverage/utility pockets, padded tablet pocket and front zippered pocket for passport and ticket. The Daypack, which comes in gray or black, measures 18.4 by 12.13 by 7.1 inches and weighs 2.7 pounds. $129.99; www.ec-bc.com.  

Rapoo Wireless Keyboard: Just the thing for the business traveler, this Bluetooth-enabled keyboard, Model No. E6300, is only .22 inches thick while still sporting 80 full-size alpha-numeric keys as well as 156 iPad hot keys, such as homepage, search, picture frame mode, play/pause, mute, lock/unlock, copy and paste. No longer will users have to struggle with tablet touch-screen typing. The keyboard's built-in lithium battery lasts up to one month on one charge with its included cable. Other vital statistics: The keyboard measures 8.1 by 0.5 by 3.2 inches and weighs 8.8 pounces. One note and one caveat: The E6300 is designed for use with an iPad but should be compatible with most Bluetooth-enabled devices; also, this model does not include a wireless mouse (other Rapoo models do). $49.99; www.rapoo.com.  

Magellan's Toiletry Kit: Magellan's, the "everything store" for travelers, has a folding, or rather an unfolding, toiletries holder that makes perfect sense for the man and/or woman on the go in that it can lie flat amid packed clothing in luggage or be zippered shut as a kit. A strap lets you hang it anywhere. Constructed with a tough, water-resistant coating, the kit has a double-zipper pull that provides easy accessibility from either side to three transparent interior pockets and six elastic loops that keep toiletries handy, visible and organized. In addition, there is a front-zippered pocket for extra storage. Open, the kit measures 20 by 18 by 2 inches, and 12 3/4 by 7 1/2 by 3 inches folded; it weighs 11 ounces. $42; www.magellans.com.  

Beats Studio Wireless Headphones: This already popular line of headphones has now been freed up with wireless technology, an improvement that makes a top-of-the-line travel accessory even better. Still featuring the all-important (for travelers, certainly) Adaptive Noise Cancelation, the Beats Studio phones have the ability to take calls, skip songs and adjust volume. Moreover, travelers who only want to use the headphones to cancel ambient noise from, say, jet engines will find the ANC-only, no-music mode automatically increases the level of noise cancellation. Powered by a built-in rechargeable battery that lasts 12 hours used wirelessly (and up to 20 hours with an included 3.5 mm audio cable that can connect with airline entertainment systems), the headphones can be charged by an included USB power adapter via a micro USB cable. A hard-shell case is part of the package. $379.95; www.beatsbydre.com.  

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