A lot of us have been spoiled by HomeKit, because how awesome is it to control things in our home with just our voice? But what about when we need to travel? Believe it or not, there are some HomeKit accessories that are geared for travel, so you can take the comforts of home with you wherever you go. These accessories can work without a Wi-Fi network too, which makes them even more convenient. Here are the best travel HomeKit accessories that we've found so far.
Eton's Blackout Buddy Connect is a HomeKit accessory that combines a battery pack with a motion sensor, flashlight, and nightlight, making it the perfect travel companion. It has 2 USB-A ports onboard, ready to top off your iPhone at any time. Plus, Wi-Fi connectivity makes the motion sensor and nightlight available in the Home app for automations and scenes.
The Philips Hue Go is a portable LED lamp that you can take with you anywhere, including camping. With the cozy candle setting, the battery on the Go can last up to 18 hours. If you go with dimmed, ambient lights, then you should squeeze about 10 hours out of it. Colored scene lights last for five hours, and soft white reading light will last two and a half hours. You can cycle through the settings with the built-in button in case your phone isn't handy.
The FlowerBud Diffuser is the only HomeKit accessory on the market that aims to keep your climate at the optimal humidity levels. When traveling, this diffuser can help calm some of the chaos by providing your room with moisture levels that you expect at home, great for extended stays. HomeKit provides you with easy to use controls, colors, and nightlight.
Eve's Button is a compact and simple device that controls other HomeKit accessories that you may have. Since it uses Bluetooth, you do not need to connect it to Wi-Fi for it to work, providing you with the ability to toggle things on and off while on the go. This is great to have by the bedside, acting as a quick and easy way to turn off lights at night if you have the right gear.
The Sylvania Smart+ HomeKit Plug also uses Bluetooth for a direct connection to HomeKit, allowing it to work with accessories such as the Eve Button even when you are not at home. Even if you don't connect it to a button, this plug is still nice to have around as it instantly makes anything smart, like a lamp or fan. This plug's compact design and low price make it an accessory that you can leave in your travel bag, ready at all times.
More than motion
Even though it has just a motion sensor in the name, the Onvis SMS1 Smart Motion sensor also gives you temperature and humidity readings from whatever room it resides in. This smart sensor uses Bluetooth 5 for fast, direct, connection to other HomeKit accessories like a lamp or plug, and readings appear in seconds within the Home app. The SMS1 also runs on 2 AAA batteries, so you don't have to worry about keeping it charged.
Journey smart with the best travel HomeKit accessories
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A great way to keep up with the conveniences and routines that you depend on while at home is by bringing along the best travel HomeKit accessories. There are tons of HomeKit accessories that work without a network connection thanks to Bluetooth, keeping you in control without the hassle of logging into Wi-Fi. This allows you to simply unpack and enjoy the familiarity, even in unfamiliar places.
We love the Eton Blackout Buddy Connect (opens in new tab) for its ability to cover several functions in one compact accessory. This jack of all trades device has a motion sensor, nightlight, flashlight, and a built-in battery that keeps your devices charged through 2 USB ports.
Want a portable light that can withstand the elements for your next camping trip? Then look no further than the Philips Hue Go (opens in new tab). This majestic lamp is completely wireless, giving you access to hours of portable lighting, so you're never left in the dark. We also appreciate the VOCOlinc Smart WiFi Aroma Diffuser (opens in new tab), because maintaining a healthy humidity level can do wonders for your health.
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Christine Romero-Chan was formerly a Senior Editor for iMore. She has been writing about technology, specifically Apple, for over a decade at a variety of websites. She is currently part of the Digital Trends team, and has been using Apple’s smartphone since the original iPhone back in 2007. While her main speciality is the iPhone, she also covers Apple Watch, iPad, and Mac when needed.
When she isn’t writing about Apple, Christine can often be found at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, as she is a passholder and obsessed with all things Disney, especially Star Wars. Christine also enjoys coffee, food, photography, mechanical keyboards, and spending as much time with her new daughter as possible.
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