Cold winter days aren’t fun for anyone: you don’t like them, and your technology doesn’t, either. But as much as you might want to hole up in your cozy home until winter is over, hibernation just isn’t possible for humans. Fortunately, there are numerous tech gadgets on the market that can make your winter a little warmer. Here are some of the best.
Fingerless gloves There are two options for texting in the winter: one, you can take off your gloves to text, meaning your fingers promptly freeze. Or two, you just don’t answer your texts. But now, iGotTech has come up with a third option that’s the best of both worlds. These fingerless gloves—just $9—let you type in the cold without your fingers getting numb. The material of the gloves is soft, luxurious, and filled with “Touch-nology” so you can text all winter long.
Bluetooth beanie This $20 beanie made by Fulllight Tech allows you to listen to music while still keeping your ears toasty warm. The beanie works with most Bluetooth-enabled devices, and the transmitter can range up to 33 feet. The rechargeable battery lasts for six hours (and charges through a USB), the beanie is warm and washable, and the stereo speakers provide an excellent audio quality as you walk the cold city streets.
Portable phone charger Cold weather actually tends to drain your batteries faster: lithium batteries don’t do well in extreme temperatures, which is why you may have noticed your devices going down quickly in the wintertime. This is why it’s essential to purchase a portable phone charger. Anker puts out a PowerCore charger with two high-speed USB ports. For $35.99, it can charge an iPhone 8 five times. The charger is powerful but small and comes with a travel pouch that can easily be slipped into a purse or a pocket.
Heated mug Hot water is important—whether it’s in your Winnipeg water heater or in your coffee. This heated travel mug is made of stainless steel—it won’t break, spill, or leak—and plugs into your car’s cigarette lighter to keep your beverage warm for hours. The mug is dishwasher-safe, fits almost all vehicle cup holders, and could even be used to warm baby formula.