A car’s main purpose is to get you from A to B safely, but consider how much time you spend in it. Your car isn’t complete until it’s upgraded with some awesome gadgets. How are you going to use your Android tablet (Check Out the Sultan Solutions Nexus 7 Tablet Review) as a GPS? And how are you going to charge it? Make your commute better by adding some of these 6 great interior car accessories.
Today’s smartphones and tablets can do everything from play music, be your GPS, or tell Scotty to beam you up. It’s like the Swiss Army knife of technology. With all of that power in your pocket at all times, it makes sense to have a place for it in your car.
Try getting a smartphone holder. This car accessory makes your GPS easier to see, your music easier to access, and keeps your phone from getting lost between the seats. You don’t have to worry about hiding your GPS or mp3 player anymore either. Sultan solutions suggests Accessory Genie’s Universal Ready-Grip Cup Mount and Windshield Suction Car Mount Holder. Like the name says, it can be used in a cup holder or on a windshield.
We all know by now technology changes fast, super-fast. Your phone’s going to be out of date by the time you figure half of it out. That being said, for the last ten years or so, USB has become one of the most common buses available and standard for most things mobile, and that goes for the accessories you fill your car with.
Go get yourself a two port USB charger. You’ll be able to charge multiple devices at once, you won’t have to get a new charger every time you get a new gadget, and it’s pretty cheap. Buy two; put one in your kid’s Tonka so he can call his play date on his Fischer Price Mobile 4g. Sultan Solutions recommends PowerGen Dual USB Port 2A 10w (fast) Heavy Duty Ouput Car Charger. It’s sturdy, compact, and won’t hook on anything that’ll rip it out of your cigarette lighter.
Ever wanted to be pulled over by police at night? Me too… said nobody ever. Traditional license plate lights burn out quickly, and get dull enough to be “not visible.”
Get yourself a pair of LED lights. They’ll last you 50,000 hours, or about 6 years. Sultan Solutions recommends Lexen’s LED T10 5SMD white 2X licence plate tag light bulbs. You can choose from a variety of colors, just make sure they’re legal where you live. White’s usually a good choice.
Your car breaks down at night, and you have to change a tire, pop the hood, and check for damage. The two thoughts that’ll go through your head are “I wish I ate more carrots” and “I wish I had a flashlight.”
Eat the carrots at home and keep a rechargeable LED Flashlight in the glove box. There are innumerable situations where this convenient little car accessory can literally be a life saver. Sultan Solutions recommends the Coast 7575 Rechargeable Flashlight Auto LED. It’s extremely portable, charges in your cigarette lighter, and at 5400 lumens, is bright enough to light up the darkest spaces.
When looking for new car accessories, first look at the ones you already own. Be honest, does your tape deck serve any purpose? Do you even have a cassette anymore? Upgrade your media options and enjoy your drives more with a new In-Dash Car Stereo. Satellite radio, HD Radio, mp3 players and larger displays are great features to have.
You’ll always have something to listen to that YOU want. Sultan Solution suggests the Alpine iDA-X305. It has options for all of the above and is Bluetooth ready. Be aware though, it doesn’t come with a CD player, so load up your iPod before you go anywhere.
All these nifty gadgets won’t do much good if your car isn’t going anywhere. One of the most common reasons a car won’t start is because of a dead battery.
If you don’t want to be late for work, a date, or stuck in the Deep South, get a portable battery charger. It’s a great car accessory for cold environments and fits nicely in your trunk. Sultan Solutions suggests the Duracell DPP-600HD Powerpack 600 Jump Starter & Emergency Power Source with Radio.
It functions both as a battery charger and portable power supply for any other gadgets you keep with you. Charge it up, put it in the trunk, and it’s good. Be safe and bring an extension cord with you for emergencies.
Do you bring similar car accessories along for the ride? Post about your must-haves… did we leave any gaps open in our list?
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