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Erin L

Erin L

This time on CTV Tech Talk we looked at travel gadgets that are perfect for the holiday season, like smart luggage, a conencted travel mug and a device that’ll keep you entertained on the road.

Ember Travel Mug

ember travel smart mug reviewI’m often up hours before the sun and need my coffee kick to get me going. The Ember mug is a rechargeable insulated travel mug that promises to keep your beverage at what it calls the perfect drinking temperature for hours.

Don’t think of Ember as a heating mug. Instead it’s built for cooling and holding temperature. I initially thought it was going to keep my coffee at stovetop temperature until I was ready to drink it. Not so; the Ember mug is designed to let your beverage cool to a drinkable temperature you select then hold it there.

Read the full review and how-to.

Apple iPad Pro

One travel gadget I’m never without is my Apple iPad. It can hold hours of TV shows and movies, or a whole stack of digital magazines, meaning my carry-on is lighter.

With its 10.5″ Retina display and 10 hour battery life, it’s ideal for travel. Whether you’re doing work (the Apple iPad Pro is more powerful than some PC laptops) or relaxing on your flight or a long drive, the iPad Pro is the ideal travelling companion.

Away Smart Suitcase

I’ve recently been on the hunt for new luggage, and being the tech blogger I am, I was interested in learning what’s new in the baggage market. Smart luggage is all the rage, with features from charging, self-weighing, GPS tracking and more.  Luggage is also becoming better designed, lighter and easier to use. I recently had the chance to try a smart carry-on suitcase from Away Travel.

Away smart suitcase charging luggage review airline ban carry onThere are four ‘spinner’ type wheels on this suitcase and they’re super maneuverable.

There are two USB ports: a standard USB port with 1A output (designed to charge phones at standard speed), and a USB port with fast charging. Both USB ports can be used at the same time. The battery is a 10,000 MA battery, which generally speaking is capable of charging an iPhone up to five times.

To see what else sets Away apart, read the review.

G-Ro smart luggage

G-Ro is a soft-sided suitcase. The big difference with it is the wheels. The wheels on this suitcase are bigger, they’re more rugged, they’re on the side of the bag instead of the bottom and they’re designed to make the case both easier to pull, and easier to navigate obstacles like stairs and bumpy terrain.

The other big feature that sets this suitcase apart from basic baggage is the built-in charging. Two USB ports are hidden in the top of the bag under a rubber flap. You can charge gadgets up while you’re waiting for takeoff, or stash your tablet and other gadgets inside the bag, since there’s cabling that lets devices charge while they’re being transported.

There’s also a crazy amount of well designed pockets.

If you’ve ever lost a suitcase you’ll appreciate this: a Tile Slim tracker is included in the G-Ro package, just in case you check the bag. Tile uses crowd-sourced Bluetooth proximity tracking to find your bag using Tile’s free app.

Read more about G-Ro in my review.

Erin L

Erin L

I'm a journalist, tech blogger, writer, TV producer, silversmith& jewelry designer, foodie and world traveler. I blog, write for publications, and supply freelance writing services to Calgary, and the world.

88 Comments

  1. Ember Mug 2 review on November 15, 2022 at 2:09 pm

    […] clean it. The ember mug is not safe for dishwasher or microwave, and must be hand washed. Even so, Ember Mug 2 is IPX7 rated and fully submersible up to 1 […]

  2. Lisa on December 19, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    Would love to give the “EMBER” mug as a gift under the tree this Christmas!

  3. Ruth Longhurst on December 19, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    ember. What a wonderful brainy invention. It would be so nice to drink the coffee right away until finding it is the proper temperature about the time you arrive at your destination!!

  4. Cheryl Royston on December 19, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    EMBER!!! Great segment, great information! Thank you so much! I really want an EMBER mug!! That would be so handy!! Merry Christmas!!

  5. Douglas Orme on December 19, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    EMBER Need this mug for my daughter

  6. Darren Morrison on December 19, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    Nice EMBER mug!

  7. Ashleigh Langmaid on December 19, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    Love Starbucks mugs and would love to try out the new Ember mug. Keyword: Ember

  8. Erica L on December 19, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    Interested on how long the EMBER mug last. Thanks for the great segment!

  9. Sampath W on December 19, 2017 at 9:53 am

    EMBER mug looks great. Love your tech segment on morning show.

  10. pearson on December 19, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Would be interested to see how long the EMBER mug will last.

  11. Jennifer McAlpine on December 19, 2017 at 9:31 am

    This mug would be awesome on my desk at work! I love the ability to keep my coffee hot throughout the day! Keyword: Ember

  12. Geneva Ross on December 19, 2017 at 9:31 am

    Great segment today! Would love to win this smart travel mug! EMBER 🙂

  13. Elaine D on December 19, 2017 at 9:10 am

    Enjoyed your segment this morning. Ember

  14. Kevin Eisler on December 19, 2017 at 9:02 am

    The Ember mug looks cool (hot), finally an end to pouring out the last bit of your coffee cold!

  15. Sheila McNaughton on December 19, 2017 at 8:55 am

    Fantastic segment this morning! Loved all the travel technology but especially the EMBER travel mug. I would really love if Santa brought me one :)). Wish I had seen this segment before I finished my Christmas shopping!

  16. Angie on December 19, 2017 at 8:27 am

    Always look forward to reading your reviews. Hopefully this EMBER mug could be under our tree?

  17. Denise Kerr on December 19, 2017 at 8:23 am

    Loved your segment on CTV this morning. The ember travel mug would be perfect for a busy, working mom who is always on the go (aka ME!)

  18. Denise Kervin on December 19, 2017 at 8:21 am

    All of the items you show are terrific. I always look forward to your segment. I would love an EMBER mug!

    • Joan Earl on December 19, 2017 at 9:51 am

      Loved all of the cool travel stuff. Great stuff. Would love to own an EMBER mug

  19. Dave Watson on December 19, 2017 at 8:09 am

    Love your show some really cool stuff.
    Keyword: Ember

  20. Sonia on December 19, 2017 at 8:07 am

    Love my coffee hot Awesome mug

  21. Grant Henneberg on December 19, 2017 at 8:06 am

    The Ember mug seems like a great product for people who like to keep a cup idling all day.

  22. Barbara Fiselier on December 19, 2017 at 7:59 am

    I would love to give this a gift EMBER

  23. Troy Jackson on December 19, 2017 at 7:52 am

    Great reviews.. especially the EMBER mug..

  24. Evan Brothers on December 19, 2017 at 7:50 am

    When I’m busy at work my coffee always gets cold before I can drink it… that wouldn’t happen if I had the EMBER mug!!

  25. Patricia Posyluzny on December 19, 2017 at 7:46 am

    I enjoyed your tech segment on CTV news today. The EMBER travel mug shown was very cool/hot!

  26. Earl Schultz on December 19, 2017 at 7:45 am

    I am not a young guy anymore but I love to keep up with technology. I also love my coffee. The EMBER travel mug is a fantastic item for me. Call it a toy or not, coffee at just the right temperature is a pleasure I would like to enjoy. Thanks for doing this.

  27. Vern Lalonde on December 19, 2017 at 7:44 am

    The EMBER travel mug would be perfect for the office. Great review!

  28. David Axford on December 19, 2017 at 7:44 am

    My mother always told me that you could tell who was the real coffee drinker – they would be the one that drank the last of their coffee that they forgot about hours earlier. This is the one thing that I am in absolute disagreement with. I like mine hot and the Ember would ensure that.

  29. Nadina Alves on December 19, 2017 at 7:44 am

    I would love to gift the ember mug to a wonderful boyfriend who has been beyond supportive after my lay off and helping me stay positive. So deserved.

  30. Jessica Todd on December 19, 2017 at 7:39 am

    Thanks for the awesome info this morning; the EMBER mug sure is something else. 🙂

  31. Nuno Silva on December 19, 2017 at 7:39 am

    The large wheels on the blue suitcase are perfect for climbing stairs, because they are wider than the small wheels. Only an EMBER mug would be better than that suitcase! 🙂

  32. Rosalind on December 19, 2017 at 7:38 am

    The perfect mug! Ember

  33. Reg Pitt on December 19, 2017 at 7:38 am

    ember. Can the batteries in the mug be replace? Can you buy the luggage locater shown in the first suitcase separately to use in other suitcases?

  34. Matt B on December 19, 2017 at 7:38 am

    Still not sure whether airports/airlines allow the smart luggage, after some talk about them falling out of favour online. However, the ‘Ember’ mug would be great. Not something I would buy, so it is a great giveaway Erin 🙂

  35. Trevor Robertson on December 19, 2017 at 7:38 am

    Great reviews on CTV TechTalk this morning Erin. Loved the Ember mug idea!

  36. Ted Dougall on December 19, 2017 at 7:38 am

    I really enjoyed your feature on tech travel stuff and especially the feature on the Ember mug.

  37. Kate Kami on December 19, 2017 at 7:38 am

    Fascinating mug … a must have for sure! EMBER
    First time seeing your show – really on point!

  38. Ken Horovatin on December 19, 2017 at 7:38 am

    I always enjoy your segments on CTV Calgary, Erin. You always provide useful insights to the products you review.
    I am intrigued by the EMBER travel mug today: it would be a great gift for my wife, who complains that her tea or coffee is cold by the time she finishes it!

  39. Keith Berry on December 19, 2017 at 7:37 am

    Hello Erin, always love your segment on CTV morning, the key word is ‘Ember’, Thank-you very much and Merry Christmas.

  40. Kerry Richichi on December 19, 2017 at 7:36 am

    I am never disappointed…ember.

  41. Stian on December 19, 2017 at 7:36 am

    Loved the smart suitcases! Some great planning had obviously gone into them. I use power banks to charge my devices while away, but still feel a little nervous about having them in the hold of an airplane. It’s probably remnants of memory from the whole Samsung Note battery fiasco, but there is a lot of electrical potential in those lithium batteries that are exposed to possible physical damage. The suitcases appear to have extra protection near the batteries however.

    Now… about the ember!!!! I had a look at them at Starbucks. Pretty high price tag, but I could totally use one of those! I lead meetings for support groups that deal with people suffering from drug and alcohol addiction. These meetings can go on for hours, so to have an optimal beverage temp at the 2nd hour would be GREAT!!!

    Ember ember ember ember!!!!!!

  42. Randy Patrivk on December 19, 2017 at 7:34 am

    Loved the EMBER mug. What a great Christmas gift!

  43. Jacqueline Oulton-Bell on December 19, 2017 at 7:34 am

    Love the idea of the ember travel mug ! Would love to fill it with Starbucks coffee !
    Love hearing what you’ve got to say in the mornings Erin !

  44. Melanie Heidecker on December 19, 2017 at 7:33 am

    Great segment; great travel gadgets. I would love the ember travel mug!

  45. Courtney on December 19, 2017 at 7:33 am

    Smart suitcases are brilliant!!
    EMBER

  46. Dianne on December 19, 2017 at 7:32 am

    Thanks for the great segment today Erin!
    Keyword: ember

  47. Ramona Mills on December 19, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Your segment today gave me some gift ideas for the hard-to-buy-for person in my life. The Ember mug was pretty cool.

  48. Marissa M. on December 19, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Great segment today Erin, especially love the smart suitcases and interesting to learn about the EMBER mug!

  49. Sharon Pelech on December 19, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Ember
    What great travel ideas – I had never known about the smart suitcases, thanks for sharing!

  50. Wendy Girletz on December 19, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Love all the techy gadgets you highlight on your segment, especially the Ember coffee mug.

  51. Sheri Peterson on December 19, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Love learing about the lastest,cant live without tech items!

    Ember

  52. Jonathan Hasiuk on December 19, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Great Tech Talk this morning! Great EMBER mug!

  53. Bruce Tanner on December 19, 2017 at 7:31 am

    I always enjoy your reviews, especially the ember mug. Great Job!

  54. Pam on December 19, 2017 at 7:30 am

    Love it and thank you for everything.

    • Pam on December 19, 2017 at 7:34 am

      Opps forgot to type EMBER

  55. Kim Randall on December 19, 2017 at 7:30 am

    Great mug! Ember

  56. Lyndon Chubbs on December 19, 2017 at 7:30 am

    Can’t wait to use the EMBER mug.

  57. Aly Janmohamed on December 19, 2017 at 7:30 am

    Awesome segment for travel tech! The Ember Mug is an awesome touch. Thanks for sharing, your segments in the morning really help us to keep up with all the new tech available To make our lives easier! Thank you!

  58. Ronda Sabourin on December 19, 2017 at 7:30 am

    I cannot get over the new gadgets! Especially the Ember mug. We just broke our coffee travel mug so I will have to look for one. Thanks!

  59. Deb on December 19, 2017 at 7:30 am

    Love the mug! Ember

  60. Cynthia Collins on December 19, 2017 at 7:29 am

    Hot begs, so cool! EMBER is key

  61. Paul Charlier on December 19, 2017 at 7:29 am

    Love all your tech gadgets!! 😀

    • Paul Charlier on December 19, 2017 at 7:31 am

      Oops! EMBER

  62. Jolene Huenison on December 19, 2017 at 7:29 am

    Loved your segment on CTV morning! The keyword is “ember”.

  63. Julie Fitzsimmons on December 19, 2017 at 7:29 am

    Great tips on the smart suitcases and love the smart mug! would love an “EMBER” travel mug for the office.

  64. Gail Gould on December 19, 2017 at 7:29 am

    What a wonderful idea!, I love that I can finally keep my morning coffee warm while I watch the CTV news in the morning. And I can take it with me to the barn where I train with my horse every day. My coffee will stay warm while I ride.

  65. Lisa Phillips on December 19, 2017 at 7:29 am

    Love this technolgy. Thanks Erin. EMBER is the contest word

  66. Gary Lee on December 19, 2017 at 7:29 am

    That EMBER mug is so ho it is cool. Good segment

  67. Heather Jobe on December 19, 2017 at 7:29 am

    Love all you’re great tips and tricks!!! I had no idea Starbucks sold Ember mugs! So cool!!

  68. Valerie Bota on December 19, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Always love watching this segment on CTV. Would love the EMBER mug

  69. Siobhán McKenna on December 19, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Such an interesting segment always. Thank you! EMBER

  70. Ryan on December 19, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Awesome gadgets. Really like the smart suitcases and the EMBER mug.

  71. Cindy on December 19, 2017 at 7:28 am

    An ember mug would be awesome to keep my coffee warm throughout the day!

  72. Jen on December 19, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Enjoyed your reviews. The Ember mug looks great!

  73. May on December 19, 2017 at 7:27 am

    Great segment on CTV. Ember

  74. Minaz Janmohamed on December 19, 2017 at 7:27 am

    EMBER cup seems like a great xmas gift. Thanks for letting me know about it.

  75. Carly McLuskey-Kemp on December 19, 2017 at 7:27 am

    Keyword: ember.

    Erin! I love when you’re on CTV morning! You always have then coolest stuff! Those smart suitcases are the next thing on my shopping list.

    I won’t lie tho, the blue one with the big wheels looked like a vacuum to me before you said anything about it! 🤣

  76. Gwenyth Luxen on December 19, 2017 at 7:27 am

    Thanks for such a great presentation of new tech products. Love the Ember mug.

  77. Alex Chan on December 19, 2017 at 7:27 am

    The EMBER is a genius solution to a common problem that a person like me has who likes to sip my coffee over the course of a morning.

  78. Ashley Bourassa on December 19, 2017 at 7:27 am

    Good morning!
    Thanks for all your techy news! LOVING the EMBER mug, had my eye on it for a while. Amazing

  79. Wayne Siegel on December 19, 2017 at 7:26 am

    ember

  80. Blaine on December 19, 2017 at 7:26 am

    Something nice, EMBER

  81. Karen Helland on December 19, 2017 at 7:26 am

    Cool stuff this morning! Ember

  82. Dana Hutton on December 19, 2017 at 7:25 am

    So Cool/Warm/Hot that EMBER travel cup.
    Keep up the great work Erin!
    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

    • Wendy Lee on December 19, 2017 at 7:30 am

      Love to have an Ember mug

  83. Terry Biccum on December 19, 2017 at 7:24 am

    Love following you Erin.. always very interesting reviews.. especially the EMBER mug..

    • Christina Jensen on December 19, 2017 at 7:34 am

      The EMBER mug is fantastic for work or on the go!

    • Brenda Hall on December 19, 2017 at 8:02 am

      Love love love your techie segment Erin. Two of us would share this mug, my daughter in her early morning transit on the Deerfoot. I would bust it on weekends at my job. Magic word: Ember

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