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Treo Accessories | Travel Gear Essentials

Having moved between four hotels and friends’ places since arriving in California I have become deeply aware of the ton of ‘gear’ that I have been schlepping around.

Leaving aside all the non-Treo related stuff that I’m carrying around and which would likely make me a true ‘digital warrior’, I thought that this might be a good opportunity to run you through all of the Treo accessories that I have with me to help you think about what you might similarly need when travelling.

I have already written individually about most of the items below to the exception of the Sync & Charge retractable cable and the travel charger but this is my first post with a complete ‘travel solution’.

Treo Accessories Essential Travel Gear

(Items below are listed from top left above and run clockwise)

palmOne Compact BT Wireless Headset
Notwithstanding the fact that I consider this Bluetooth handset to be among the best around from a functionality perspective it is also among the lightest particularly when you consider the fact that you will not be able to carry a separate charger as would be the case with all other headsets since you can use a standard Treo charger…  In this respect, this is by far the best ‘travel’ headset.

Full review: New Treo Wireless Headset in Hand

palmOne Treo 650 Unlocked GSM
Where would I be or go without my beloved Treo 650…

Full review: Treo 650 _IS_ the Best Smart Phone in the World

3M Microfiber Lens Cleaning Cloth
Easy enough to keep in my pocket to clean my Treo as well as my sunglasses on a regular basis this combined with screen protectors is one of the most straightforward and useful accessories to keep the Treo screen protected and sparkling clean.

Full review: Dealing with the Oily

palmOne Extra Battery
When travelling I’m typically busy going from meeting to meeting and with little time to recharge my built-in battery so it makes sense to have a spare fully charged one about.  The only thing that I wish ‘someone’ would come out with is a very simple portable battery charger like the one that I have for my Casio digital camera but which could be charged with a standard Treo charger…

palmOne Wireless Infrared Keyboard
Having evaluated the available Bluetooth keyboards I have decided to stick with this one even though it is some 50 grams heavier because I don’t have to fuss with additional batteries (AAA for the keyboard) nor about the additional Treo battery drain from using Bluetooth.  As I mentioned before though, I do wish that palmOne would soon release an updated portable keyboard that incorporates the new Treo 650 connector + power point to charge the Treo while typing…

FoofPod Case
My whimsical super rich purple premium Kimono polyester Foof case originally designed for the iPod but which I’ve now adapted for use with my Treo and protects it against scratches when in a suit or jacket pocket.

Full review: A Treo 650 Case of Cases for All Cases

Travel Charger
Although I could charge my Treo with the Sync & Charge cable (see below) the fact is that it’s often more hassle to pull my laptop and its charger out than to simply use this extremely lightweight travel charger.

SD Cards
Although the LifeDrive is now out sporting a 4GB built-in microdrive the fact is that I quite happily already carry 5GB with four SD cards which only weigh a fraction of this and are among the most robust pieces of storage you can get…

Full review: Finally, 5GB on my Treo (Sort of...)

SanDisk SD Card Reader
There’s really not much point having all of the above memory cards if I don’t happen to have a card reader for them so I chose one of the smallest that I could get my hands on.

Full review: Reading all my Cards

Seidio Retractable Sync & Charge Cable
An essential accessory whether you’re travelling or not, this retractable Sync & Charge cable which now finally also comes with a built-in Hotsync button is something that I typically have connected to my laptop’s USB port at all times and I would be extremely annoyed if I happened to misplace it.

Seidio 2–in-1 Retractable Headset
There are three things that make my retractable headset special.  1) it has a 2.5mm plug so no separate adapter is required; 2) the retractable cord is ‘heaven’ because I detest messy cables and 3) you can listen to music and still reiceive a call.  Since the Treo is my preferred mp3 player it’s only natural that this headset follows me wherever I go…

Seidio Shield Holster
It’s not much to look at but I have grown increasingly fond of my Seidio Shield holster which I was using throughout much of last week’s conference and also now since I did not bring my Covertec case.  It’s light, robust and easy to store which makes it ideal to carry during my trips.

Full review: A Treo 650 Case of Cases for All Cases

Headphone Adapter (Not Shown)
I forgot to picture it but I also carry a 2.5mm to 3.5mm headphone adapter which I need for my amazing Bose Noise Cancelling Headset (which has fast become my most trusted plane and train travelling companion and which I will review fully separately).

New Feature! You can now add one or all of the products listed below directly to your shopping cart in the Treonauts Store (you can always remove them later) thus hopefully saving you a lot of time in the process:

palmOne Compact Bluetooth Wireless Headset
3M Cleaning
palmOne Extra Battery
palmOne Wireless Infrared Keyboard
Travel Charger
SanDisk Mobimate Portable SD Card Reader
Seidio Retractable Sync & Charge Cable
Seidio 2-in-1 Retractable Headset
Seidio Shield Holster
2.5mm Headphone Adapter
Screen Protectors

Treonauts like to be fully geared up

Posted by Andrew on June 2, 2005 at 10:08 AM

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by e40 | Jun 2, 2005 9:06:48 AM

the Seidio 2-in-1 link is broken...

by Tony | Jun 2, 2005 11:20:49 AM

the link for the Bose headset is broken, I currently use a Sony headset without noise cancelling and have been trying to find an ear bud style that has it. I also checked Bose's site and can't find anything similar.

by Brian | Jun 2, 2005 11:59:50 AM

While I agree it is a pain to pull out the laptop to charge your Treo, I still don't carry the travel charger with me. Instead I combine my Seidio retratractable sync/charge cable with a BoxWave VersaCharger (http://www.boxwave.com/products/versacharger/index.htm), allowing me to charge my Treo in my hotel room or in the car.

The VersaCharger is smaller than a travel charger and more versatile too!

by Matt | Jun 2, 2005 1:00:26 PM

How does the Bose headphones sound on the Treo? I use them on my iPod and they sound amazing.

by Geo | Jun 2, 2005 6:33:32 PM

The article with the essential items is great....what about the best options for carrying all this stuff around without breaking it, or being too bulky?


by Andrew | Jun 3, 2005 1:00:29 AM

Thanks e40 & Tony - the broken links are now fixed...

Tony - I have now tested five different noise cancelling headsets but not yet an in-ear one...

Brian - thanks for that link. I had actually forgotten that I have one back home!

Matt - as I mentioned I will do a more in-depth review of the Bose headphones but I can tell you that these are by far the best that I've had.

Geo - now that you mention it I am looking for a nice little bag where I can put all of this stuff... At the moment I haven't found anything better than a small plastic bag...

Cheers, A.

by Geo | Jun 3, 2005 7:57:39 AM

Well, I will look forward to an article comparing some various options when you figure out what to carry it all in! I am a technician, so I usually carry a laptop and used to carry all my stuff in that. Problem is, often it gets damaged and since I got the Treo 650, the times I need the stuff is when I am NOT carrying my laptop.

Anyhow, thanks!

by blue212 | Jun 3, 2005 7:14:45 PM

Love the article - one question: which foopod case do you use? - the one for the 3g or the 4g ipod - the website sells both - I was wondering which one would fit my Treo the best

by pilgrim | Jun 4, 2005 3:47:27 AM

refering to: Seidio Shield Holster
Andrew, I'm about to order a holster which is not that easy in old europe. the seidio shield holster seems the best to me but I'm worried that it might be too easy for someone else to grab my precious Treo whilst I carry him in the seido shield holster.

by Andrew | Jun 4, 2005 1:16:17 PM

Pilgrim - funny that you should ask that as I had exactly the same worry to start with. I can categorically state that for someone to run away with your beloved Treo while it is in the holster they'd have to take your trousers as well... ;-)

Cheers, A.

by Buzz Bruggeman | Jun 6, 2005 12:31:56 AM

I use my ER-6is from Eytmotic with my Treo 650 from time to time, but I have found the iPod shuffle to be so simple to use, etc. that I have really gone away from using my Treo as a player....

by Chris Swan | Jun 10, 2005 5:32:34 PM

Tony - Sony do earbud style noise cancelling headphones - the MDR-NC11 (available at Amazon etc.). They're not quite as confortable as the Bose headset for long journeys (especially not for quiet while sleeping), but they're a little bit better at keeping external noise out.

I also drop the SD reader from my own travel kit, as this can be done with a software driver that uses the Treo itself as an external drive via USB (using the sync/charge cable).

by Wouter | Jun 13, 2005 9:59:40 AM

Which foofpod did you order? Will those dimensions fit my Treo 600? (guess so) Oh, and how did you custom fit it for your headphones? I was thinking of just inserting it upside down. :-) Could you mail me your answer?

Thanks in advance,


by James Adkins | Jun 22, 2005 1:28:00 AM

I just wanted you to know that this article was a godsend to me. I just bought my Treo the week that Verizon came out with it, and even though I've been using various Palm products for the last few years, suddenly all of my hardware doesn't work.
Finding Treo specific hardware is almost impossible except on the web as most brick-and-mortar stores don't carry anything except the most generic items.
I just spent $250 at the treonauts store and that should arrive by the end of the week.
Thanks again.

by James Adkins | Jul 3, 2005 9:39:11 PM

Here's a great bag to carry everything: http://www.pdaskins.com/products/org_horiz.html
It carries my new headphones, S and C Cable, SD Cards, BT headset, and can be worn on your belt, a shoulder strap, a fanny pack or just about any other way you can think of.
I originally bought it for my T2, but the outside pocket fits the T650 so perfectly, I just had to let you know about it.

by David Bodman | Aug 2, 2005 12:44:34 AM

Am a long-time PDA user, anticipating getting into a Treo in the next few weeks...looks real good..
One thing I ran into just this week. A local drug store chain, CVS, just started selling plastic cases for SD cards, the case will hold 4 cards at once, and has a clip to attach it to keychain, purse strap, or belt loop. Can't seem to find it on CVS web site, but nice and useful..SD cards all in one place!
Keep on Palmming!

by John | Nov 3, 2005 9:50:41 PM

Purchased the Seidio 2-in-1 headset from Treonauts in June. About 2-weeks ago the headset started crackling and has progressively gotten worse. Sent an email today to Treonauts and was told they only have a 90-day warranty.

If you are in the market for a headset you should think twice about the Seidio 2-in-1.

by Andrew | Nov 3, 2005 10:00:12 PM

John - sorry to hear of your experience.

I have personally not had any issues with it and actually consider my Seidio 2in1 to be an absolutely indispensable accessory for my Treo which makes it all the more disappointing that you've had an issue with it.

I suggest that you contact Seidio directly as they may be able to provide you with further assistance.

Cheers, A.

by Paul | Jan 17, 2006 5:21:31 AM

what is the best gps navi to use for the treo 650? i see there are different types like the tom tom and others, which one is better?

by david | Jun 6, 2006 4:35:22 PM

RE: seidio 2 in 1, ditto. same problem. Had mine for maybe 2-3 weeks, loved it, until it started to fall apart! I was using it a lot, but I take very good care of my electronics, so it was very disappointing. I've been thinking about calling seidio (it wasn't cheap at around $40!) but I have a feeling I'll be left out to dry...I'm definitely bitter!

I think the product is probably better without the retractable component. Too much wear on both sides of the cable.

by Randy | Jul 20, 2006 5:40:05 PM

Does anyone know where we are on blackberry connect ?

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