90758 The Best Gear: Car Accessories Gary Abel iPhone Life 1528-5456 2011-10-05 2011 Buyers Guide 3 6 41 Accessories Entertainment Navigation Travel iPhone iPod Touch

Car Chargers

Scosche reVIVE II


($24.99, scosche.com)

imageScosche is known for its quality, and the reVIVE II USB charger is no exception. It will accommodate an iPad and one other device.

PowerLine PowerCup


($29.95, Kensington.com)

imageThis charger is a bit unusual. Put the PowerLine PowerCup in your cup holder, plug in the cable, and you'll be able to use the USB connection and outlets to power your devices. The best part: totally caffeine free.

Powerjolt Dual Universal USB Micro


($29.84, griffintechnology.com) 

imageThis dual-port USB charger sits flush with the dashboard. It's a nice touch if you are concerned with the aesthetics of your car.

FM Transmitters

GOgroove Flexsmart X2


($59.95, accessorypower.com)

imageThis baby has it all and then some: wireless in-car Bluetooth FM transmitter with charging station, music control, and hands-free calling.

Coby CA-745 Wireless FM Car Transmitter


($17.95, cobyusa.com) 

imageThis great little unit really does the job. It locks onto the radio frequency and there is little interference. Good sound and performance for a small price.

Satechi Bluetooth Hands-free Car Stereo FM Transmitter


($69.00, satechi.net)

imageYou can make calls, listen to music, connect via Bluetooth and charge your iPhone from this device. The unit's small form allows it to fit just about any place in your car where you have a plug.

GPS Kits

TomTom Car Kit for iPhone


($99.95, tomtom.com)

imageThis dock for your iPhone enhances the GPS signals to provide more accuracy for your location. When combined with the TomTom app ($59.99, app2.me/245), you have a full-featured navigation system for your car.

Magellan Premium Car Kit


($99.99, magellangps.com) 

imageNavigation, enhanced GPS signals, and hands-free calling all in one device. It doesn't get much better than that.

Car Kits and Mounts

Macally mCup Adjustable Cup Holder


($19.99, maccally.com) 

imageIf windshield mounts are not allowed in your state, the mCup provides a good alternative. Just put it in a convenient cup holder and you're good to go.

Breffo Spiderpodium Stand


($19.99, breffo.com) 

imageWith its eight bendable legs, your iPhone will find a home in any car. This unique stand/mount/holder makes it easy to move your phone from car to car with no hassles. You'll find plenty of other uses for it outside the car as well.

IOGEAR Solar Bluetooth Hands-Free Car Kit


($49.99, iogear.com)

imageThis Bluetooth car kit recharges itself partly via solar panels. A clever solution and good quality sound combined.



($299.99, parrot.com)

imageWhen only the very best will do. This unit allows you to make calls and listen to your music. A remote attaches to your steering wheel so no reaching is necessary. It also syncs with your iPhone's contacts. It is top of the line.