The AnyVolt DC-DC converter is small, powerful, and very useful for applications needing efficient voltage switching. The guys as Dimension Engineering know their stuff!
Sometimes, voltages collide. When you have parts that expect/speak at different voltage levels, you have to build a mediator to smooth things out. This SparkFun BOB-10403 uses PCA9306 two-channel bidirectional voltage-level translator on a nice, small breakout board.