Dressing Up Your IPod for Travel
The simple protective carrying case supplied with some iPod models is just not as styling as the myriad accessories that you can get for dressing up your iPod for travel. You can find different types of protective gear, from leather jackets to aluminum cases, in many different styles and colors. Some are designed primarily for protecting your iPod from harm; others are designed to provide some measure of protection while also providing access to controls.
- On the extreme end of the spectrum are hardened cases that are ready for battlefields in deserts or jungles. The iPod Armor by Matias Corporation (www.ipodarmor.com) is a sturdy case that fits all models of iPod and offers possibly the best protection against physical trauma on the market. Your iPod rests within a hard, resilient metal exoskeleton that can withstand the abuse of bouncing down a flight of metal stairs without letting your iPod pop out. Of course, the very same feature that prevents your iPod from popping out also makes the iPod Armor difficult to open to get access to it.this is not a case to use while listening to music.
- Business travelers can combine personal items into one carrying case. The iPod Leather Organizer from Belkin is made from fine-grain leather that even Ricardo Montalban would rave about. The case holds personal essentials, like business and credit cards, in four convenient slots. A handy mesh pocket keeps earphones easily accessible, and a billfold holds money and receipts.
- On the sporty side, MARWARE (www.marware.com) offers the SportSuit Convertible case with a patented belt clip system offering interchangeable clip options for use with the MARWARE Car Holder or with an armband or belt for jogging or working out. The neoprene case has vulcanized rubber grips on each side and bottom for a no-slip grip and plastic inserts for impact protection, offering full access to all iPod controls and connections while the iPod is in the case. There’s even space inside the lid to store earbud headphones.
- If you like to carry a backpack with everything in it, consider the very first back pack ever designed to control an iPod within it: The Amp Pack from Burton (www.burton.com/Burton/gear/products.asp?productID=731) lets you switch songs on your iPod by pressing a button on the shoulder strap.
Constructed from ballistic nylon, the Amp Pack offers a secure iPod storage pocket, a headphone port located on a shoulder strap, an easy-access side entry laptop compartment, and padded ergonomic shoulder straps with a soft, flexible control pad built into a strap. Perfect for listening to Lou Reed while hanging onto a pole in a subway car, or the Hollies while navigating your way to the back of the bus.
Using Power Accessories
- If you want to charge your iPod battery when you travel abroad, you can’t count on finding the same voltage as in your home country. However, you still need to plug your Apple power adapter into something to recharge your iPod. Fortunately, power adapters are available in most airports, but the worldly traveler might want to consider saving time and money by getting a travel kit of power accessories.
- i found several varieties of power kits for world travel in our local international airport. Most kits include a set of AC plugs with prongs that fit different electrical outlets around the world. You can connect your iPod power adapter to these adapters. The AC plugs typically support outlets in North America, Japan, China, the United Kingdom, Continental Europe, Korea, Australia, and Hong Kong.
- One way to mitigate the battery blues is to get an accessory that lets you use replaceable alkaline batteries — the kind that you can find in any convenience store. The Backup Battery Pack from Belkin (www.belkin.com) lets you power your iPod with four standard AA alkaline replaceable batteries even when your internal iPod battery is drained. Discreet suction cups secure the unit to the back of your iPod without marring your iPod finish. A charge level indicator tells you when your batteries are running low.