Black & Decker announced a couple of new automobile power inverters recently, but the one pictured above caught our eye. It’s small, plugs right into a forward-facing 12V outlet (which means no cables strung around the cockpit), and it includes a USB jack for device charging. At 100W rated output, this inverter would easily power a small laptop — and charge a phone at the same time.
I picked up a (sadly, much larger) inverter a few years back and threw it in the car glovebox. It’s been great for times when on a long trip I want to get some work done from the passenger seat when it’s not my turn to drive. I don’t use it all the time, but it’s nice to know it’s there when I need it.
These aren’t on shelves quite yet, but MSRP is $30. Expect street pricing to be less.