updated 05:20 pm EDT, Tue September 22, 2009
Kensington outs mobile accessories
Kensington on Tuesday announced the upcoming release of eight new accessories for mobile device users. Among them is the Travel Battery Pack and Charger for iPhone and iPod touch devices. The cable-free device doubles as a kickstand for hands-free viewing of movies in landscape mode. The battery pack has a built-in dock connector on one end and a USB connection on the other for recharging.
An LED battery gauge is built-in, and a full charge of the lithium-ion battery pack will provide 23 hours of music, 7 hours of video or as much as 5 hours of talk time to an iPhone 3G. The battery pack costs $70.
A USB Car Charger plugs into a vehicle's 12V power outlet and will charge any USB-powered devices, including BlackBerry smartphones. Tips for certain devices, including the mini USB port, are sold separately. The charger itself costs $10.
The USB Car Charger for iPhone and iPod includes a USB cable with iPhone/iPod dock connector. It can be used to sync the devices to user PCs as well. It is priced at $20.
The Car and Wall Charger for Mini and Micro USB Devices adds home charging capability to the car kit, along with a USB to mini USB cable with micro USB attachment. It costs $30.
There is also the Video Chat Light for Netbooks, which plugs into a USB port and helps to illuminate the user for clear images over video chat. Its flexible neck allows it to be adjusted as needed, and the light has a dimmer switch in addition to a power button. It costs $15.
The Mobile Hub for Netbooks) lets users add three more USB 2.0 ports to a notebook or netbook PC. The hub costs $15.
Finally, there is a pair of mice, including the Wireless Mouse for Netbooks and Wired Mouse for Netbooks. The former has a nano USB receiver that is so small, it can be left plugged in. Two AAA batteries are included. The mouse has a built-in scroll wheel for scrolling through web pages or documents. It costs $25, while the wired version uses a 2ft USB 2.0 cable instead, and costs $15.
The accessories are now available.
iPhone/iPod touch battery pack
USB car charger
iPhone/iPod USB car charger
Car and home USB charger
USB video chat light
Mobile USB Hub
Wireless USB mouse
Wired USB mouse