A walk down any tech wholesale market such as Lamington Road in Mumbai will be peppered with stops at the road side hawkers. These hawkers are similar to any other commodity or food stalls so commonly found here, except that the stuff they sell are compact, and more often than not super innovative, and most importantly cheap, tech gadgets.

They are all powered by USB too, which provides between 4.75-5.25 volts. We took a stroll last weekend and had a look at these cool little gadgets. Besides USB powered ones we also looked at cheap accessories available.

USB powered Light: Rs 70

This nifty little device connects to a USB and shines enough light for your keyboard typing needs, especially useful at night when the room lights need to be off. This particular one has 3 LEDs, there are other kinds with different LED arrangements.

USB Powered Fan: Rs. 70

If there is a light, there should be a fan right? This cousin of the aforementioned light, connects to the USB and provides some cool air to your face in case you are out of an AC environment, or you want to look geeky in the train.

USB Powered Notebook Cooler: Rs 110

This product is an extension of the USB fan. It actually is 3 fans cast in transparent hard plastic pad with rubber stands at the 4 ends. It's meant to be kept under your laptop, and cools the stuff under the hood when in use. Cooling is essential to the healthy life of your internal electronics.

USB Hub: Rs 60

At times 2 or 3 USB ports are not enough. One needs more, and for low powered devices, a Hub is perfect. Connect an extra numpad, or a attach more flash drives.

Publish date: January 25, 2010 4:00 pm| Modified date: December 18, 2013 6:01 pm

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