If you travel in your car, you probably take an MP3 digital music player (such as an iPod), a personal digital assistant (PDA), and a mobile phone (such as an iPhone) wherever you go. The biggest problem with relying on so many devices is that they often run out of power at the worst possible time. While you could carry each device’s charger with you so you can plug into a convenient electrical wall outlet, you may not always have access to such a power outlet. As an alternative, you can turn your car into a power source with USB Fever’s car charger.

This device plugs directly into your car’s cigarette lighter socket, but unlike similar devices, it actually includes a cigarette lighter socket so you no longer have to choose between having an accessible lighter socket or plugging in a charging device.

Besides the lighter socket, this item includes four USB ports so you can plug in an iPod, iPhone, or any portable electronic device that can recharge from a USB port. Now you can recharge all your devices as you drive and when you park, they’ll be ready to go with you without the risk of losing power.

Besides recharging portable devices like iPods or iPhones, you could also use this device to power one of the many portable printers. Just plug a portable printer into a USB port, connect the printer to your laptop, and you can print documents right in your car.

To use this device, you’ll need to bring (or buy) USB cables for each device you want to recharge. On the rare chance that four USB devices draws too much power, this item includes a fuse to prevent any damage.

If you spend more time in your car than inside where you can find an electrical wall outlet, this low-cost car charger will be the best investment you could make. Plug it into your cigarette lighter, and then plug in up to four USB cables to charge your portable devices. Other than the fact that the company only sells this device in one color (black), there’s little reason not to use this car charger to insure you’ll never run out of energy again (unless, of course, you forget to bring your USB cable with you).

Car Charger with 4 USB Ports and 1 Cigarette Socket is available here for $23

Wallace Wang