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Who needs a fly swatter when you have the Bug-A-Salt shotgun?


House flies are nasty insects that spread disease by vomiting on your food, laying their eggs and defecating more than 10 times an hour. Yuck! I might feel a tiny bit guilty when I squish a spider or an ant, but I don’t feel bad when I kill a fly. When I saw the Bug-A-Salt shotgun, I had to know more. Basically it’s a plastic gun that uses ordinary table salt as ammunition. That’s right, no toxic chemicals. When you pull the trigger, it sprays out a dash of salt that kills flies on contact. The Bug-A-Salt has an accuracy range of about 3 feet and can shoot up to 50 times before needing a reload. Even better is the fact that the gun doesn’t require batteries and is equally effective on mosquitos.

If you’re ready to declare war on flies you can buy a Bug-A-Salt for $39.95. Visit for more info.

Take your Mac Pro everywhere with WaterField’s Mac Pro Go Case


Did you buy one of Apple’s beautiful, but insanely expensive Mac Pros? Of course you did. And now you want to take your precious with you everywhere you go so everyone will know just how awesome you are. The Mac Pro Go Case from WaterField Designs has been designed especially for you – and your Mac Pro. It’s made of padded ballistic nylon and has room for the Mac Pro, a power cord, a mouse and even an Apple wireless keyboard. Now all you need is $129 to buy one.

For more info about the Mac Pro Go Case, visit WaterField Designs.

Cooking with pressure, checking your pressure and measuring the wind – Weekly roundup

Did you miss any of our reviews or news posts this week? We covered a variety of topics from Andy’s review of the Wolfgang Puck Pressure Oven, to my review of the Withings Blood Pressure Monitor and Mark’s review of the WeatherFlow Wind Meter. Check out the full list of articles after the jump.
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LINKS-IT Pet ID tag connector helps you keep your pet safe


Our pets are important members of our families and we want to do the right things to keep them safe. One way to keep them safe is to make sure that their ID tags are always up to date. Hopefully you take your dogs and cats to their yearly check up at the veterinarian. Typically the vet gives you new ID tags after each early visit. How many of you don’t change the tags on your pet’s collars because it’s too much of a hassle to deal with split rings or s-hooks? Yeah, me too. If you’ve ever wished for a better way to attach tags to collars, here it is. It’s the LINKS-IT. Made in the USA, the LINKS-IT is available in a variety of colors and can hold up to four tags. Its patent pending locking mechanism makes it very easy to change and add tags without any special tools. The only downside to the LINKS-IT is the price. At $7.99 each, it is very spendy. If the price doesn’t dissuade you, visit for more info or to order.

These new USB flash drives from Leef are pretty as a penny


Leef Technology, known for making a variety of very stylish USB flash drives, have just announced some additions their product line that follow their style conviction. Their new Copper Edition Flash Drives are encased in a unique copper skin and offer the fastest data speeds with features that include water, dust and shock-proof storage and embedded LEDs.

The Copper Edition Flash Drives include their Magnet USB 3.0 Drive which features a magnetic cap and speeds up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0. This drive is available in 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64GB capacities and starts at $19.99. The tiny Surge USB 2.0 Drive starts at $14.99 and also comes in 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64GB capacities. The Surge is a very small drive that is waterproof, shockproof, and dust proof. And last but not least, we have the Ice USB 3.0 Drive. This drive has a methacrylic resin base that creates a unique optical experience. It’s available in 16 GB, and 32 GB capacities and starts at $18.99.

To purchase or learn more about these new flash drives, visit

Sidekick 3D printed journal pen holder review

sidekick-1The Sidekick is a journal pen holder that is made in the USA eight at a time from starch based plastic using a homemade 3D printer. The Sidekick sticks on to most any hard covered notebook or journal from popular companies like Moleskine, Rhodia, Leuchturm and many more. It adds a convenient holder for your favorite writing instrument so you’ll always have a pen ready when you need to jot something down. This product is currently being offered on Grand St. as a beta product. It’s sort of like a Kickstarter campaign minus the waiting. Unlike Kickstarter, if you order a Sidekick now, your order ships in about four days.

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Spin Chill turns a warm beverage into a cold beverage in only 60 seconds


When you’re hot and thirsty, the first thing you think of that will fix the situation is a cold drink. Maybe an ice cold soda or a beer… But what if the only beverages available are at room temperature. Sure, you can pour them over ice, but that usually results in a watered down flavorless drink – ick. Two young guys from Florida with a mechanical engineering background decided to solve the problem by creating the Spin Chill. The Spin Chill is a battery operated “drill” that attaches to the top of a soda can, beer can, or bottle. You then set the beverage in a container of ice with some water and turn it on to start the spinning. Sixty seconds later you have a cold drink through a process called convection. And no, the can or bottle won’t explode when you open it to take a sip. The Spin Chill uses 4 AA batteries for easy hands free operation and is priced at $29.99.

For more info or to order a Spin Chill, visit

Sponsored video: The all wireless workplace – designed for #GenMobile

This BiT Busters video features a shoot out between an Aruba access point and a Cisco access point to see how well they compete when adding device after device to both APs. The loser gets shredded. Can you guess who ends up in pieces? This is an interesting video because I keep thinking about what I can do to improve my own home network. Even with just two of us using it, throughput will come to a grinding halt if one of us is watching a video or downloading a file. There might not be a lot I can do since I only have T1 speeds to share between the two of us.

This scooter will let you travel 500 miles on $1 worth of “fuel”

If I lived in a large city with crazy traffic, and insane parking space rentals, I’d seriously look into buying an alternative vehicle like the e-Scooter from EcoReco. This is an eco-friendly electric scooter with a quiet motor that outputs zero exhaust and no CO2 emissions. The scooter’s high-capacity Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP) rechargeable battery allows you to travel at a top speed of 20 mph for up to 23 miles per charge on flat ground. The scooter weighs 34 lbs and has an all metal frame that can fold up for super easy transport. Just carry it back to your apartment at the end of the day. No parking spot required. The scooter doesn’t require a special power station for “refueling”. It can be charged via a standard electric outlet at home, at work or at a coffee shop. The battery charges to 85% capacity in only 2.5hrs.

The only downside is that the EcoReco will set you back $999. But that’s significantly less than the price of a car and way more economical to maintain and fuel.

The EcoReco scooter is now available through


#ad Faveable deals: Save on an Acer Tablet, Ninja Wallet Multi-tool & Samsung SSD


The folks over at Faveable are back with another set of great deals on the latest tech and men’s gadgets. Today we have three deals. To kick off the list, we have a 7.9-inch Acer Iconia A1 16GB Android 4.2 Tablet for just under $150. It has sleek looks, silver body color and a sharp IPS display. Other features include stereo speakers, metal back cover, over 7 hours of battery life and it only weighs .83 pounds.  Read More →

Drop protection for your iPad minus the case


Two of my favorite things about the iPad Air and iPad mini are their size and style. Even though I’m more drawn to Android devices these days, I still really prefer the way Apple products look and feel. No one does product design like Apple. That’s why I never can figure out why you would ever want to cover up such a great looking product with a bulky (ugly) case. Don’t get me wrong, I understand that protecting your premium device from everyday abuse is important to a most people because no one enjoys discovering that first scratch on their iPad or even worse, a shattered display due to a drop. But there has to be a better (looking) way to protect an iPad without making it three times as thick and heavy as it is without a case. Maybe there is… Introducing iCorners (yeah, I hate the name too), specially designed injection molded stick-on corner protectors for the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display that will protect the tablet from drops and scratches. Made of Makrolon® polycarbonate, which is the same material used to make items such as safety goggles, helmets and riot shields, iCorners are virtually unbreakable, impact resistant, lightweight corner standoffs with glass-like transparency. They even enhance the use of Apple’s own Smart Cover.

iCorners are a new Kickstarter project that is currently seeking $10,000 of funding. Pledge levels start at $12 and go up to $19 for one set of iCorners for either the iPad Air or iPad mini with Retina display. The project ends on June 18th with product shipping expected for June and July.

Visit for more info and their Kickstarter page if you want to pre-order a set.

#ad Faveable lists top 2014 cooking gadgets for a healthier lifestyle


Welcome back to another edition of partnered content from Faveable. This time around the editors at Faveable have turned their attention to cooking gadgets which help you to get  healthy and hopefully stay that way. Everyone knows that diet plays a very important role in your healthy. So it’s only fitting that you invest in the right tools that will help you prepare healthy food in the easiest way possible. This Faveable article covers the 16 top product choices in kitchen gadgets like blenders, food processors, slicers, smart food scales, steamers, grills, electric cookers, and more. The featured item in the image above is the Ozeri Ultra Thin Professional Digital Kitchen Food Scale which helps you weigh portions of your food while looking great on your counter with the easy to clean stainless steel surface. It looks like it should cost a lot, but it’s surprisingly affordable at just $22.50.

Check out: Best 16 Cooking Gadgets for a Healthier Lifestyle

Keep your HTC One M8 warm and juiced with this Power Jacket from Brando


If you find that the battery in your shiny new HTC One M8 Android smartphone won’t get you through a long day of tweeting, texting and selfie snapping and you don’t have a convenient way to charge nearby, consider the Brando Power Jacket. The Power Jacket is a two-piece case that protects the back and sides of the phone while also providing a built in 3200mAh battery that can be used when the phone’s own built in battery becomes depleted. An easy to access power switch allows you to turn the battery on and off as you need it. There’s also a handy flip out kickstand on the back of the Power Jacket that will let you to prop the phone on a flat surface without the aid of a separate stand. The HTC One M8 Power Jacket is available in white or black versions and is priced at $30.

For more info visit Brando.

Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor review


High blood pressure (hypertension) can be a silent killer that sneaks up on you with a POW! One minute you feel fine and then next minute you’ve had a stroke, a heart attack or kidney failure. To prevent these problems, it’s best to be proactive and check your blood pressure on a regular basis. But how do you do that you ask? You can go to your doctor, the nurse’s station where you work, or to the local CVS, Walgreens or Walmart to use one of their free machines. Or you can use your own personal blood pressure monitor like the Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor from Withings. Withings is my favorite fitness gadget manufacturer, so I was happy to accept when asked if I’d like to review their wireless BPM. Let’s see if my numbers are in the right range.

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#ad Faveable deals: Kindle Fire HD 4G LTE Tablet, 15% off Haworth chairs and Cosmos DVDs


Hope you all had a nice weekend and are ready to start a new week with some great deals from Faveable on leading men’s gear and technology. This time we have info on a special one day sale from Amazon on their Kindle Fire HD tablet, %15 off of snazzy desk chairs from Haworth and 50% off of the soon to be available Cosmos TV series Blu-ray DVDs.

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RUNNUR – a shoulder bag for your gear minus the bag


I’m getting ready to go on a vacation / road trip and you know what that means when you’re a gadgeteer… It means it’s time to figure out what gear to bring on the trip. Which computer to bring, tablet, notebooks, cameras, and of course, which bag to carry it all in. I already have the main gear bag choice nailed down, but I’m still trying to figure out which bag I want to use when we’re out seeing the sites. I’m not a backpack person, and normally carry a small-ish messenger bag or other shoulder bag large enough to carry just the bare essentials like my phone (currently a Samsung Galaxy Note 2), Field Notes notebook, pen, lip balm, mints, possibly a small camera and my wallet. While surfing for gear bag ideas, the RUNNUR Hands Free Carry-All caught my attention. The RUNNUR is an ergonomic cross-body pack that organizes everyday essentials along a comfortable, accessible strap featuring over eight compartments. There are pockets for cash, ID/credit cards, phone, camera, glasses, water bottle, and tools; plus a secret pocket for a passport or valuables and a carabiner for keys or an extra water bottle.The RUNNUR also meets all stadium and theme park bag size requirements, which makes is perfect for all events where larger bags are no longer allowed.

The RUNNUR is available in six sizes and a variety of colors. It can be purchased on for $45.

Folditure introduces the Maya folding chair


Earlier this year, I told you about the uber cool and equally uber expensive folding tables and chairs from Folditure. This is furniture that can fold up for easy storage – even by hanging in a closet. Folditure’s first tables and chairs were made of metal and looked very futuristic, meaning that they might not fit into the design aesthetics of most homes. Folditure’s latest offering is the Maya folding chair. The Finnish made Maya chair is constructed of Birch plywood with a sturdy outdoor mesh seat and will be available in 4 colors. Unlike Folditure’s other furniture, the Maya is priced “better”. The chairs will be priced at $360 each and will be available July 1st.

For more info about the Maya folding chair and other folding furniture, visit Folditure.

Dyson keeps you cool, KeySmart increases your key’s IQ, Citizen Eco-Drive keeps you on time and more – Weekly roundup

This has been a busy week for The Gadgeteer. We’ve covered a luxury desk fan from Dyson that takes coolness to a literal level, an Android gaming tablet from Brando that lets you map physical controls for more enjoyable game play and a very nice watch from Citizen that would make a nice graduation or Father’s day gift for that favorite guy in your life. Make sure you didn’t miss anything important by checking out the full list of posts.

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#ad Faveable puts you in the air with their list of the best RC drones


What do you think of when you hear the word “drone”? Do thoughts of unmanned flying aircraft and covert military spy copters come to your mind? Not all drones have been designed for those sorts of activities though. There are also drones for people like you and I that have much tamer uses in mind. You can use these consumer grade drones for aerial photography, roof inspection and more. The editors at Faveable have compiled a list of the best consumer drones available in the market today. Their list of 10 drones features flying copters from the inexpensive UDI RC U816A UFO Quadcopter which lets you get started without spending a lot, all the way up to the Flying Fire Breathing Dragon from Hammacher Schlemmer that costs a whopping $60,000!

Check out: 10 Best Remote Control Drones for 2014

Nutrition becomes easier with the Prep Pad smart food scale

If it’s time to get serious about what you put into your body, consider the Prep Pad from The Orange Chef Co. The Prep Pad is a smart food scale that pairs with your iPad and the Countertop iOS app to show the nutritional breakdown of food in a simple, easy to understand way. The video I’ve linked to above does a a much better way of explaining and showing how it works, so be sure to hit play.

The features of the Prep Pad that are useful for diet management include the ability to:

  • Set up a personalized nutritional goal profile based on physical characteristics, activity levels and dietary needs.
  • See a real-time breakdown of the caloric intake, macro- and micro-nutrients, minerals and vitamins by food item and entire meal with weight accurate to the gram. Track nutritional intake on a daily and weekly basis.
  • Confidently know how closely meals match up with nutritional goals via a Balance Score. Save meals that meet nutritional goals into a personalized archive, where the meal card can be easily accessed and the meal’s ingredients reviewed.
  • Gain access to a database of over 350,000 food items, and growing, in addition to a cloud-based application that consistently updates features based on user needs.

The Prep Pad is available for $149.95. For more info visit The Orange Chef.

#ad Faveable deals: Outfit your office with these PC products


Is it past time to upgrade your tired old laptop, backup drive and external monitor? Today’s deals from Faveable include three products from Lenovo, HP and Dell that will save you almost $300 if you buy them all, or about $100 each. First there’s a Lenovo 1TB backup drive that has a built in wireless router that will allow you to stream files to other computers, tablets and phones. Then there’s the Windows 8 certified reclining touchscreen monitor from HP that will give you 23 inches of screen real estate. It’s been designed so you can tap, slide, and swipe to your heart’s content. And last, but not least, we have the Dell Inspiron 15″ laptop that features a 500GB hard drive and Windows 7 Home Premium.

Lenovo F800 1TB Multi-mode Wireless Storage w/ Wireless Router & 4,000 mAh PowerBank for $149.99 with free shipping (normally $249.99 – use coupon code: USP1MA536171).

HP Pavilion 23tm 23″ 1080p Fully-reclining Touch Monitor for $247.49 with free shipping (normally $349.99 – use coupon code: ACE8477).

Dell Inspiron 15 Dual-core Windows 7 Laptop for $359.99 with free shipping (normally $449.99).

These deals can expire at any time, so don’t wait too long if you’re interested…

Add 3 programmable hardware buttons to your Android phone


Back in the day, the most important feature of any mobile phone was its buttons. Now that we have touch screens, physical buttons have all but disappeared. If you are like me and wish your phone had a real buttons that you could press to do tasks like send a quick text, call a specific contact, control your music and more, you might be interested a new Kickstarter project for the Cliq. Available in a protective case or or a thin skin, the Cliq uses Near Field Communication (NFC) technology to add 3 physical buttons to the back of your Android smartphone. Using the free app, each button can be customized to add a command to a short or long click of each button. The Cliq case and skins are currently only designed for Samsung Galaxy S4, S5, Note 3, Moto X, LG G2 and the Google Nexus 5 Android smartphones. The crowdfunding project is seeking $40,000 in funding. Pledges start at $20 and go up to $30 for one case or one skin in your choice of 5 colors. For more info visit or Kickstarter to pledge. If the Cliq project is fully funded, the cases are scheduled for shipping in August of this year.

WaterField Designs takes the wraps off their new Outback Duffel bags


I always get excited when an email comes into my inbox that has a title that starts with “WaterField Designs announces…” because I know I’m going to see a great looking new leather bag that I’ll want to try out. That was the case this morning when I learned about WaterField’s latest US made Outback Duffel bags. Available in two size options, there’s a smaller Duffel Daily with room for your everyday gear and the Duffel Weekender with room for even more gear. Each size also comes in two versions with either two main compartments or one main compartment. The Duffels come in a choice of waxed canvas or black ballistic body with full-grain leather accents in black, chocolate or grizzly. I love the blocky rustic style and hope to be able to review one soon.

The Duffels are priced at: $219 to $279 and are available now. For more info visit WaterField Designs.

Snag a copy of “Best Fitness Tracker Bands of 2014″

Best Fitness Tracker Bands of 2014 is a free 64 page guide that covers a diverse group of activity trackers. They compare quite a few trackers that we’ve already reviewed here on The Gadgeteer like the Withings Pulse, Jawbone Up, Misfit Shine and others. But then they also talk about several trackers that I’ve never even heard of like the Bowflex Boost, Polar Loop and Garmin Vivofit. Since I really like this gadget genre, I found the info very useful. If you’ve been trying to decide which fitness tracker you should buy, this guide should help you make up your mind by comparing 16 different devices.

There are a few hoops to jump through to get this guide, but it helps The Gadgeteer to earn some some affiliate fees that can help us to bring you more cool product reviews.

#ad Faveable deals: 50% off best-selling Logitech mice, keyboards, webcams and more

Tuesday deals from Faveable: If you’re in the market for new computer peripherals, this one day sale on Logitech accessories at Amazon should interest you. They are offering up to 63% off best-selling Logitech keyboards, mice, webcam, speakers and headsets. Most of the items have hundreds of positive reviews at Amazon and are built to last for quite a long time. Most of the Faveable editorial team have been using Logitech products for over a decade and swear by them. Their best picks from today’s deals are listed below:

I personally have used a Logitech mouse for probably the last 10 years. The one I’m using currently is a V470 Bluetooth Cordless Laser mouse which isn’t included in Amazon’s deal but I don’t think you could go wrong with any Logitech mouse. They seem to hold up forever.