- by Bryan Veldboom - updated on 8/24/2021
Digital technology has become an essential part of vacation. As travelers, we rely on our phones to look up directions, research attractions and snap and share photos of our experiences. Planning a trip of your own? Here are our top picks for the most essential gadgets you need to bring with you on your next vacation.
Enjoy your favorite music at cabins, campsites, hotels and beaches with these portable speakers.
Cell phones get quite a workout on vacation. A few hours of snapping photos and looking things up on your map can drain your power pretty quickly. That's why it's a good idea to carry a power bank or portable charger along with you. Read up on how to find the best portable charger for your phone, then shop our selection of power banks and portable chargers.
Power inverters allow you to charge devices using the battery in your car or RV. You might be asking yourself, "Why do I need a power inverter in order to do that?" This is because vehicles give off Direct Current (DC) power, which is different from the Alternating Current (AC) used to power cell phones and tablets. If you apply DC power to your phone, you'll short circuit it. A power inverter will safely convert this DC power to AC power so that you can charge your devices safely.
We've talked an awful lot about how to keep your favorite devices powered, but that won't do you much good if your battery is bad. Cell phone batteries start to degrade after about two years, while a tablet battery starts to go after about three. If your device is older than that, it's a good idea to have the battery checked, especially if you're planning on leaving for a trip.
Batteries Plus tests cell phone and tablet batteries for free. We can also replace your cell phone battery or tablet battery for you if it's past its prime. Replacing a bad battery will have a noticeable impact on your device's performance. It's also one of the most affordable device repairs that we offer. If you've been experiencing sudden crashes, slow recharge times or a slowdown in performance, it's a good idea to have your device tested.
If you're heading out on a road trip, it's a good idea to get your vehicle battery tested. Our stores offer free vehicle battery testing and free car battery installation (on most vehicles at most locations) service. We also carry a number of additional automotive essentials in our online Automotive Center, including headlights, windshield wiper blades and portable jump starters.