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Best tech accessories for less than $25
Anker USB 24W / 2.4A + 2.4A Car Charger
Cnet rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
The good: This unobtrusive car charger packs two high-speed USB charging ports into a device the size of a standard single-port charger. Dedicated Android and Apple ports ensure maximum charging speed for tablets and large smartphones and can be used simultaneously.
The bad: Users who want, for example, to charge two iPhones will be stuck trickle-charging one of them. The white color scheme stands out in most cars interiors.
The cost: $12
The bottom line: If you find it at a discount, the Anker 24W USB charger is an excellent option for powering multiple smartphones or tablets while on the road.Panasonic ErgoFit RP-HJE120-K
Cnet rating: 4 stars out of 5
The good: These headphones are really inexpensive and sound decent for their measly price. They also offer a comfortable fit.
The bad: The thin cord has a tendency to tangle easily (especially if you stick the headphones in a pocket). They dont seem incredibly durable, and theres no integrated microphone for cell phone calls.
The cost: $3 to $13
The bottom line: For the price, youll be hard-pressed to find in-ear headphones that sound better and are more comfortable than the Panasonic ErgoFit RP-HJE120s.NuForce NE770X
Cnet rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
The good: The affordable lightweight design and comfortable fit lend a rich sound to these earphones.
The bad: Theres no integrated microphone for making cell phone calls, and the polycarbonate housing makes the earphones look cheap.
The cost: $16 to $18
The bottom line: The impressive-sounding NuForce NE-770 earphones are a solid value at the suggested price of $49, and are now available for considerably less.Lepai LP-2020A+
Cnet rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
The good: The ultra-cheap mini amplifier offers 20 watts per channel, two inputs, and bass and treble controls.
The bad: Theres no remote control, and the blue illuminated ring surrounding the volume control is glaringly bright in a dark room. The amp is so light (if not fastened down) that it slides around when the controls are used.
The cost: $17 to $37
The bottom line: As long as youre realistic about the capabilities and limited features of the Lepai LP-2020A+, you cant go wrong with this little amp.
The following Cnet staff contributed to this story: associate editor Antuan Goodwin, executive editor David Carnoy, Cnet Blog Network author Steve Guttenberg, and senior editor Laura K. Cucullu. For more reviews of personal technology products, visit

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