The next featured gadget in our 2011 Holiday Gift Guide is the Twelve South PlugBug. It's a device that's so simple that it's hard to believe no one has come up with this until now. The PlugBug snaps onto your MacBook, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air wall charger, giving you a powered USB port in the process. The results? You can then charge both your Apple notebook, and a USB device (like an iPhone or iPad) at the same time, using just one outlet. Genuis! This means that when you're on the go, you can carry one less charger, and you'll have one less outlet to try and find. You can get the PlugBug on Amazon for $34.
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StrapYa doesn’t just make lovable kewpie dolls and neon balls for dangling from your cell phone. This Solar Power Charger can be attached to your clothing or phone and takes about 6 to 10 hours for a recharge during fair weather. It also comes with an AC adapter for winter (or if you have to have it now) that takes only three hours. There is an LED to let you know when it is ready. It takes about 20 minutes to fill your phone completely and is good for about 500 charges total. The device carries a MSRP of 1,900 Yen (~$18.00) if you purchase this week.
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Being a gadget-geek occasionally has its downside…such as keeping track of all your “toys” and making sure they’re always charged. Brookstone’s Charging Valet can certainly lend a hand. It’s a handsome, wooden storage unit with a hidden power surge and can hold up to six devices. Just plug their adapters (which also remain hidden) into the surge and Voila! You’ll have an elegant display for your gadgets—while simultaneously charging them. Holds MP3 players, PDAs, digital cameras, portable game consoles and more and measures 13 7/16"L x 8 7/16"W x 5 5/16"L. Available for $75 USD.
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If you’re a gadget geek, chances are you’re overrun with a seemingly endless amount of AC adapters (and wires, headphones, storage cards, wireless keyboards and gotta-have-it accessories). If you’re the type that needs all this when traveling, we suggest the aptly-named “Take Charge” bag, with compartments to keep all your chargers gadget swag in one convenient location. The tote measures 10 ½“L x 3”H x 4”H and is reasonably priced at $12 USD. If you’re looking at the accompanying photo and saying “Gee, I could’ve invented that myself,” you’re not alone, my friend.