Travel smart tech saver essentials


As Aussies we either hit the European summer or our local or neighbouring ski slopes, undoubtedly our favourite tech gadgets travel with us.

Sure I do love the thought of owning the latest and brightest, but is the worth the worry. The last thing you need when travelling is to be worried about your phone, which these days to replace your phone can hit the $2000 mark.

Alcatel has released 3 and 1X and the price point is on the mark for a reliable phone and still be connected to social media.

The Alcatel 3 (AUD $279) has the power to keep up with all your shenanigans with a long-lasting 3500mAh battery and radiant design, that will surely impress. It has an impressive 5.9” HD+ Super Full View Display with Alcatel’s new “U Notch” design which makes the screen perfect for viewing, streaming and sharing. Boasts a dual rear camera (13MP + 5MP) with AI and AR technology, including the “real-time bokeh” feature for portrait style shots, and 8MP front facing camera with LCD flash for selfie fanatics. Introducing more advanced security features into the low-end smartphone market, the Alcatel 3 also features Face Key and a Fingerprint scanner for added peace of mind.

The Alcatel 1x (AUD $179) boasts an immersive 5.5” FullView HD+ display with an 83% screen to body ratio, giving you a great screen with crisp visuals, for your viewing pleasure. The Alcatel 1x’s dual 13MP + 2MP camera allows you to embrace your inner photographer, with the ability to refocus and emphasise the focal point of images after they are captured or use real-time bokeh to give photos true depth with its depth of field sensor. For added security, the Alcatel 1x offers Face Key technology, which delivers safe, immediate access in 0.7 seconds using high-precision facial key points.

Heading on a roadtrip? This could be lifesaver, the Belkin Wireless Charging Vent Mount (AUD $99.95). Stay charged and connected while using your GPS, take hands-free calls and more. The secure arms grip the phone, so it maintains proximity to the wireless charger for consistent and reliable fast wireless charging. Compatible with Apple and Samsung fast wireless charging capabilities.

Pack the Belkin Pocket Power 15,000mAh (AUD $79.95) on your next journey. This lightweight Pocket Power bank fits easily into your pocket or bag and it’s the number one travel essential needed. With the ability to recharge your smartphone up to 5 times before needing a recharge itself, the Belkin Pocket Power 15K is one of the most powerful portable batteries available. The additional Dual USB ports will allow you to charge two devices at the same time, so you can watch movies on your tablet and stay connected on your phone and never have a flat battery! Offering a safe and secure recharge, the serious punch that the 15K Pocket Power packs means Belkin has built its batteries with sensors to monitor heat, voltage and circuitry so the device won’t overheat or surge.

For the back seat drivers, try out the Belkin Road Rockstar (AUD $59.95). Charging is no longer limited to the front seat with the Road Rockstar. Designed with a 6ft cable, and 4 USB ports, you can seamlessly charge 4 devices simultaneously while on the go. 2 front seat USB ports charge smartphones at optimum speeds with shared 2.4A, while the extendable hub allows backseat passengers to charge 2 tablets simultaneously at 2.4A per port, perfect for watching movies on long road trips.