Headed to high school, going back to college, studying abroad or shuttling kids to practice? Check out these must-have back to school tech accessories.
High Tech Add Ons for Your Phone
Aukey 4-Port Car Charger with AiPower
Plug this multi-port charger into your car’s outlet to keep the whole family’s devices ready to use. This is perfect for driving to class, on the way to practice or on road trips.
Jackery Bar 6000mAh Portable Charger
This budget-friendly charger can keep your phone charged up to 3 times, plus has a built-in flashlight, perfect for hunting in your backpack for your charging cable. Jockery claims a 24-month warranty and 24/7 customer service.
Anker PowerCore+ Mini
The Anker PowerCore+ Mini is shaped to slide right into a small pocket in your bag, so you always know exactly where it is. This portable charger has PowerIQ technology, which helps your phone charge faster.
Mophie PowerStation XL
Charge your phone (or any other device with a USB cable) up to 3 times with this 10,000mAh pocket-sized powerhouse. There are two USB ports so you can power both your phone and tablet simultaneously while on-the-go.
Biolite SolarPanel 5+
While this portable solar charger is designed for venturing into the wilderness, it’s also great for a quick, eco-friendly charge on the quad. Use the Biolite SolarPanel 5+ to charge anything with a USB cable.
Must-Have Accessories for Your Computer
Seagate Backup Plus Slim Portable External Hard Drive
You can never have too many backups of your most important files. If there’s one back to school tech item you buy, this should be it. Get 1TB of portable memory for $60 on Amazon, or upgrade to 2TB for another $9.
Logitech MX Master
Your standard mouse is just fine – until you experience how comfortable and easy this upgraded technology is. Plus, it’s rechargeable and there’s no need for a mouse pad. This is one device you should definitely buy on Amazon; it’s more than 35% off Logitech’s online price.
Evoluent VerticalMouse 4
This computer mouse is full of options, including scroll speed, two thumb buttons, and an adjustable optical sensor. A serious, high-tech upgrade from the standard laptop scroll pad. Evoluent also offers mice for smaller hands and left-handed users.
Gadgets For Your Semester Abroad
Loop World Adapter Plug 3.0
Power your devices no matter where your travels take you. This international power adapter offers the ability to charge your tech in almost 100 countries, including the US, Japan, France, Australia and more. A USB plug is included for even more versatility.
$60/year subscription + $30/additional tag
Reaching for your phone is a sticky situation can be difficult, which is how Wearsafe came to be. Pushing the tag alerts friends, family and even emergency responders via the Wearsafe app. Your first tag (which can be worn on your person or clipped to a bag) is included with your subscription.
Smart Armor Cube
$79.00 (currently available for pre order)
This smart lock uses Bluetooth, so you can lock and unlock using the Smart Armor app. It’s easy to mount with double-sided tape or screws and will keep snooping roommates or questionable neighbors out of what matters most.
Back to School Entertainment Accessories
Simply plug the IntelliPLUG into an outlet in your home and sync to the CNCT app to control the outlet with your phone or tablet. The IntelliPLUG can also be controlled with an Alexa skill and Google Home for voice-free power.
JBL Clip 2
Need a speaker that can go from your backpack to practice to the pool, and everywhere in between? The rugged JBL Clip 2 is compact and waterproof with Bluetooth technology so it goes where you do.
Watch all your favorite shows for less with the Roku Express. You can stream in HD, search for shows and movies, use the Roku app and connect to dorm WiFi. Log in to your Netflix account, or watch free channels.
Google Chromecast Audio
Make any speakers wireless with Google’s Chromecast Audio. Just plug this affordable add on into your speakers’ AUX input and listen to whatever you’re playing on your phone via WiFi. Pandora, Spotify and iHeartRadio are all compatible.
Fujifilm Instax Mini 9
The Instax Mini 9 and the instant photos it prints are both Instagram-worthy back to school technology! Capture this year’s best memories and instantly share the images, with a surprising amount of control over focus and exposure.
Amazon Prime Student
50% off Amazon Prime
Take advantage of a free six-month trial from Amazon Prime with your college student email. Access Prime Video, free shipping (on everything from apartment necessities to new accessories) and exclusive deals with your membership.