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Gear: Clock radio weighs 1 1/4 pounds, but it's no lightweight

Travel gear: A clock radio (with USB port) that won't add much weight to your luggage

Even if your cellphone’s alarm clock performs reliably, the newest Electrohome EEAC 475 USB Alarm Clock Radio may earn a place in your luggage.

Its 1.2-inch blue LED display has four dimming modes and allows you to view the time (or cycle through the time, year), month/day and indoor temperature. The 180-degree swivel projection function beams the time in bright red onto the wall or ceiling; a USB port can charge your smartphone.

The 3.5-millimeter audio input jack lets you listen to music from your phone using the clock radio's speakers.

Each of the dual alarms, which wake you up to a buzzer or the radio, can be set to go off at the same time every day, only weekends or to skip weekends.

At 7.5 by 3.1 inches by 3 inches deep, this is not the tiniest take-along, but it weighs in at just 1 1/4 pounds.

Info: Electrohome USB Alarm Clock Radio with swivel projection (EEAC475) costs $35.




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