Ventev powercell 5000 battery charger
Ventev combines a broad line of mobile accessories with a fun design sense -- particularly combining a slate gray look with signature orange accents.
These include cases and styluses, chargers and cables, and earbuds. The chargers include wall, car, and portable models, as well as powercases with built-in battery.
However, my favorite is the powercell 5000 battery charger. This is a dual USB design, with a 5 watt / 1 amp port for smartphones plus a 10 W / 2.1 A rapid charge port for tablets.
So you get 15 hours of backup power in a unit that is still quite portable at around 4 5/8 x 2 3/4 x 1/2 inches and 5.3 ounces. It's priced at $54.99 (around $34 street).
Plus there's the nice design, with the understated slate gray look with non-slip matte surface and gently rounded edges.
It's not often that you think about the feel of electronic devices -- but the smooth surfaces of the Ventev designs are particularly comfortable, and a nice match to the thoughtful functionality of these products.
For more color, the Ventev chargesync flat USB cables are available in 7 colors, from a matching gray to bright orange or pink.
These are 1 meter long, with a flat design that avoids tangling. They're suitable for both power charging and data syncing.
The chargesync USB cables are available for Apple Lightning for $24.99 ($20 street), Apple 30-pin for $19.99 ($13), and microUSB for $14.99 ($12).
See my Holiday Gadgets & Portable Accessories 2013 coverage for more on portable audio and other fun devices.