Andy Jacobs


Do you work in a harsh environment, participate in extreme sports or just happen to be extra clumsy with your devices (like me)?  If so, you deserve a portable charging solution that is as tough as your demands. Check out the myCharge All Terrain series of portable chargers. This IP68 rated, military-grade charger is designed [...]

Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, News

I travel outside the USA for work several times per year and one thing I am a bit paranoid about is carrying my passport with me everywhere I go. I even take it to the hotel gym with me. However, I also always carry my iPhone with me and often I want my wallet as [...]

Posted in: News, Travel Gear, Wallets

You've put in a full day of snowboarding or an extra long running session, and your footwear is quite damp. Instead of waiting perhaps days for the insides of your boots or shoes to dry, slip in a pair of DRYSUREs and your footwear will be dry by the next morning. Patent-pending DRYSUREs consist of an [...]

Posted in: Health, Fitness, Sports, News, Outdoor Gear

Are you a guy (or gal) who has a bit of trouble keeping your shirt tail where it belongs: tucked into your trousers? Magnetuck shirt stays might be a solution, using the power of Neodymium rare earth magnets. Each set includes two dome pieces and two flat pieces each molded in silicon rubber. The flat pieces [...]

Posted in: Miscellaneous, News

A light source seems to be an essential part of nearly everyone's EDC, and many prepared folks tend toward the small-but-powerful variety. SureFire has a been a leader in the light source industry for many years and I recent ran across their SideKick Ultra-Compact Variable-Output LED Flashlight. It's a small flashlight with a Li-ion battery that can [...]

Posted in: News, Pocket Gear

Do you have one of those dogs that seems to be able to Houdini its way off its leash? Well, I do. And that's him, pictured above. Boba the Escape Artist. Oh, he looks innocent enough, but he's clever, fast and ornery.  He's also somehow managed to unlatch his leash from his harness quite a [...]

Posted in: Pet Gadgets, Reviews

I generally like things simple, functional and cool-looking. I am also a fan of bags for carrying all my gadgets and gear.  I've tried out a lot of bags for various purposes over the years and I'm sure I'll try out many more. Although used messenger-type shoulder bags for many years and have recently switched over [...]

Posted in: Bags, Reviews

A light source is touted by many as an indispensable item, not only from an emergency survival standpoint, but also from an everyday utilitarian one. While many of us (incluing yours truly) would like to carry a powerful light source with us every day, it just may not be practical. With flashlight technology improving every year, [...]

Posted in: Pocket Gear, Reviews

Look, I like big ol', voluminous backpacks for hauling my gear as much as the next Gadgeteer. But sometimes you only need to carry minimal gear and want to be subtle and stealthy, like a gear ninja. For those missions, the crowdfunded Betabrand Under-the-Jack Pack might be essential. Betabrand designed this ultra-slim backpack to literally [...]

Posted in: Bags, News
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With Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens breaking records daily, the popularity of that Galaxy Far, Far Away is at an all-time high. So what better time for Betabrand to introduce their crowd-funded Smuggler's Jacket. Inspired by the jacket worn by everyone's favorite scruffy-looking nerf herder in Star Wars: Episode VI - The Empire [...]

Posted in: Miscellaneous, News
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What if you could add not only a layer of protection to your iPhone, but also a set of invisible buttons to help you use your iPhone more efficiently.  That's what Boxwave promises with their ClearTouch SmartButtons screen protector.  Made from tempered glass, it boasts two invisible "buttons" at the bottom of the iPhone's face [...]

Posted in: iOS, Reviews

Preparedness seems to be on the minds and hearts of an increasing number of folks these days. Whether you are a "prepper" getting ready for the doomsday scenario, a back-country hiker or a suburban warrior, an entire industry has been built around survival and preparedness. It's not always easy to carry survival gear with us, [...]

Posted in: Gear, News
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PatchPALS review


Velcro®-backed patches have become very popular in some circles, especially within military and related communities where they are often called "morale" patches. Additionally, clothing, backpacks and other soft goods designed for military, police or similar occupations include strips of webbing that can be used as modular attachment points for the customized addition of pouches and other accessories. [...]

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Outdoor Gear, Reviews

Music is everywhere these days, thanks to its digital portability and instant availability on iPods, smartphones and other devices the world over. But the tiny speakers aboard these devices aren't exactly suited to rocking out loud.  That's why the portable speaker market has boomed (pun intended) the past several years, with wireless Bluetooth connectivity one of the [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Bluetooth Gear, Reviews

Have you ever been out for a night on the town, or even just in your own living room, had a drink or several and wondered just how many sheet to the wind you actually are? Breathalyzers have been around for many years, but have mainly been used by law enforcement and related professions more [...]

Posted in: Health, Fitness, Sports, Reviews

Elliot Havok Watch review


What makes a great dress watch? Slim and lightweight, elegant simplicity, classic looks? I'd say all of the above. I've read that wristwatches are on the decline due to the proliferation of mobile phones with clocks which everyone seems to be carrying everywhere these days. But I happen to believe there is still a place for wristwatches [...]

Posted in: Reviews, Watches and Clocks

I'm a big fan of Casio's G-Shock watches; I've worn them for years and can vouch that they are some of the toughest watches in the world and packed with useful features. The latest G-Shock GB400 models include some new features that caught my eye. Bluetooth Smart enables linking between the watch and a phone for remote control [...]

Posted in: News, Watches and Clocks

One of the latest crazes in the fitness world is "functional fitness" (strength, mobility and endurance training for real-world use rather than very specific gym-type exercises) and one of the tools that is growing in popularity for functional fitness training is the humble sandbag. Sandbags can be made in varying weights and sizes, plus they are [...]

Posted in: Health, Fitness, Sports, News

I'm a big fan of rucks (AKA backpacks), bags, pouches and other gear that utilizes webbing for customized, modular attachment. And since I'm also a big fan of Velcro-backed morale patches, PatchPALS by RuckWorks caught my eye. Elegant in its simplicity but clever in its function, it's basically a strip of Velcro with four wing-like tabs [...]

Posted in: Bags, Gear, News

In the worlds of rucking, backpacking, hiking and travel, there is an axiom: "Ounces become pounds." This is loosely translated as, "Even small, lightweight items can add up to a lot of extra weight when walking around carrying that weight for miles."  That's one reason why absorbent microfiber towels have become popular among folks who participate in [...]

Posted in: Outdoor Gear, Pocket Gear, Reviews, Travel Gear

I use my earbuds daily: at the gym, working at my desk, mowing the lawn, and on and on. But sometimes I'd like to listen to my podcasts, tunes and other audio without having to deal with that annoying cable. I'd been wanting to try a pair of Bluetooth-based wireless headphones on the market today, so when [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Bluetooth Gear, Reviews

Good protection for your smartphone can be difficult to find, depending on your criteria. Some folks go more for style, some for protection and some for a combination or for other factors. The bumper style has been popular for few years now, and X-Doria now produces two "bumper" style cases that offer both style and protection. The [...]

Posted in: Cases and Covers, iOS, Reviews

Steven Elliot is at it again with a crowdfunded Kickstarter campaign for his newest wallet design, the Dash 4.0. It retains the quick-access thumb slot for a frequently-used card and the coated, synthetic Saffiano "leather" front from previous versions. It also builds on the previous three Dash wallets with several improvements including a flexible 4-way stretch elastic back for expansion [...]

Posted in: News, Wallets

I'm locked in a constant struggle with my earbuds--they just fall out of my ears. I've lost count of how many aftermarket earbuds with all sorts of tips I've tried out over the years. Evidently there are others who struggle with similar issues, because Comply Foam Tips makes a variety of earphone tips for people [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, News

Handcrafted, American-made products seems to be increasing in popularity in recent years, alongside military and firearm-inspired products and gear. High Caliber Craftsman sits at the nexus of this space, producing writing instruments and other items that are hand made from actual ammunition casings. With various calibers, finishes, coatings, colors and materials such as cerakote, carbon fiber, nickel [...]

Posted in: News, Pocket Gear