Get the power whether you’re at a festival or camping with One For All’s chargers

So Glastonbury is over for another year and you’ve got the muddy boots to prove it, but there are still plenty of other events where you might be stuck in the middle of a field suffering from gadget withdrawal symptoms. But fear not, for there are yet more gadgets that can help you keep connected.

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And of course they’re not only good for festivals – if you’re camping this year (or even glamping if you go in for that kind of thing) and are concerned about keeping yourself online, on your phone or maintaining your poker-straight hair –there is help at hand…

The folk at One for All have come up with a veritable plethora of charging implements to keep the watts (or is it amps?) flowing…

First up is the One For All car charger (£16.99), which turns your car cigarette lighter into a charging station and comes complete with seven tips for charging up your mobile phone, MP3 player, PDA, digital camera or game player.

If you want to use your laptop (or get at your barnet with the hair straighteners) you’ll be shelling out £29.99 for the One For All in-car power socket, which converts the cigarette lighter into a 220V mains power point. Also handy for hair dryers (and with the British weather what it is, that could be really useful!).

If you’re not a car owner and will be combining cycling or walking with camping, or indeed have got the train to a festival, there’s also a charger for you. The One For All Universal Travel Power Pack has a 1050 mAh battery which, once pre-charged, gives up to 100 hours of extra power (standby time) when the device’s own battery has run down. It costs £29.99. More on these devices at http://www.oneforall.co.uk

Finally if you need to charge up your phone or iPad quickly, then you might consider the TomTom high-speed multi-charger, which has a 1.2 amp USB charging port for mobile phones or MP3 players, plus a 2.1 amp port to speed-charge high power USB devices such as an iPad or iPhone. It also features a third port for powering 12V in-car devices such as DVD players, and costs £19.99. More at http://www.tomtom.com

TomTom release Webkit enabled next generation GO LIVE 1000 satnav

If there were an agency tasked with preventing the extinction of old technologies, its endangered list would look like this: the floppy disk, the CRT monitor, the standalone SatNav. Due to poaching from the Smartphone navigation sector (headed by Google Navigation and Nokia Ovi), the indie SatNav is slowly being wiped out. However, TomTom is staging an audacious conservation effort with a new evolution of the personal navigation device – the Go Live 1000.

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The latest incarnation of the company’s flagship device boasts a capacitive touchscreen and is a Webkit back-end, making the device smarter, more responsive and more advanced than previous versions. It is also a bit slimmer.

The capacitive touchscreen, hailed by the creator’s as bringing about “a whole new generation of navigation devices”, is only the second personal navigation unit to feature such technology (the other being the recently released Garmin product), and brings the touch input hardware in line with smartphones, providing the user with a much more pleasant touch-experience.

The user experience also benefits from a Webkit-based interface (the same engine that powers Google Chrome and Safari), meaning speedy browsing between the numerous options and settings that come as standard on a Tomtom device.However, the unit’s speed doesn’t just come from these new innovations – there is some serious hardware backing it all up. A 500Mhz ARM11 processor, as well as 128mb RAM and 4GB of storage all add to the device’s pace.

The benefits of this speed include instant route planning and re-planning – the fastest in the industry. Although independent tests recorded an eight second reroute time on a prototype, TomTom assures users that it will be near instant on final models.

Other nifty features include the automatic volume adjustment, which raises and lowers the speaker volume depending upon the ambient noise level, and the Sim card slot, for putting in a Sim card (they are really taking on those Smartphones now.) This slot is probably to allow large data-downloads, as TomTom HQ’s back-end server systems have been completely redesigned to allow delivery of rich content and downloadable applications over the air (although the traditional cable still works, too).

The device covers over two million kilometres of road and addressable locations across 45 European countries, as well as a 12 months free access to the TomTom Live service – giving traffic information, petrol prices, service, weather alerts across 33 countries (and speed camera alerts across 16).