Car Gear

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I love everything about my 2013 MINI Cooper except the stereo system which is pretty lame by most gadgeteer standards. When I ordered the car, I opted not to go full tech and buy the premium connected package because it was an expensive upgrade and the sales person at the dealership talked me out of it [...]

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Posted in: Android related, Articles, Audio, Video, TV Gear, Car Gear
kenu-airframe-plus-1

Back in March I reviewed the Kenu Airframe portable car mount.  To say I love the device is probably an understatement.  It goes with me everywhere.  Everyone I have shown it to has envied it.  And I have to keep a close watch on my wife for fear that she will steal it.  So when [...]

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Posted in: Car Gear, Reviews
zulunylongear-mollevisorpanel

Not enough spaces to organize and store the essentials in your urban (or rural) assault vehicle? Maybe you'd like to keep a glass breaker, seat belt cutter, small flashlight, pen or other tools within easy reach. Check out Zulu Nylon Gear's MOLLE Visor Panel. Designed to wrap around and adjust to your car's sun visor, it [...]

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Posted in: Car Gear, News
keyport-pen

Yippee! Keyport, my favorite key organizer, just announced the availability of a new ink pen insert. That's a tool I've been waiting for. Available in black or blue ink, the Pensert as they are calling it fits in an open Keyport slot and provides you with a handy writing instrument that's available when you need [...]

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Posted in: Car Gear, News
kinivo-bt450-2

A few weeks ago I posted an article about two of my Cummins co-workers who had integrated a Nexus 7 tablet into their vehicles. I was really impressed by their ingenuity and was inspired to inject a little more tech into my 2013 MINI Cooper. You'd probably think my car would have all the tech bells [...]

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Posted in: Android related, Bluetooth Gear, Car Gear, Reviews
keyport-limited-edition-colors-1

Jackie Cheng reviewed the first version of the Keyport all-in-one high-tech keychain a few years ago, and he loved it so much that he bought another and then backed the Kickstarter for the second model.  Julie reviewed the Keyport Slide 2.0 when it was released last fall, and she still uses her Keyport every day. [...]

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Posted in: Car Gear, News, Pocket Gear
brando-carqi

Last week I posted an article about two of my Cummins Inc. co-workers who had integrated a Nexus 7 tablet into the dash of their vehicles. Since posting that article, I've become a little obsessed with figuring out a solution for my MINI Cooper that doesn't involve replacing the stock radio or any other extreme mods [...]

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Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Car Gear, News
nexus-car-1

I was at work the other day (Cummins, Inc), when someone walked up to my desk to ask for some help with his laptop. As I was talking to him, he happened to notice the Nexus 7 in the Zagg Auto-fit keyboard case next to me on my desk. He asked me which laptop it was [...]

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Posted in: Android related, Articles, Car Gear, Do-It-Yourself, How-To
gosafe01

Despite knowing better, I rarely check the tire pressure in my vehicles.  I rely on the TPMS (tire pressure monitoring system) in my newer car to let me know when I'm below a certain level, but in the case of my 2005 vehicle and motorcycles, I don't worry about it until they go flat.  Probably [...]

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Posted in: Car Gear, Reviews
MPOW 10

I really like the convenience and features of a hands-free Bluetooth headset, however, when I wear them I can't  get passed the stigma of the hands-free headset sticking out of my ear like a small USB thumb drive.  Nevermind the ones with a boom mic  protruding down the side of my face towards my mouth. Don't get [...]

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Posted in: Bluetooth Gear, Car Gear, Reviews, Wireless
allputer-steering-3

If you like to use your phone's GPS capabilities to help you navigate to your destinations, here's a universal steering wheel mount from Allputer.com that looks easy to use. This mount uses a rubber strap that wraps around your steering wheel and offers a clip with jaws that open a max of 75mm, allowing it [...]

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Posted in: Android related, Car Gear, iPhone, iPad, iPod, News
jumpr-1

Here at The Gadgeteer we have seen and reviewed more than our fair share of portable backup batteries for smartphones and other USB devices. But we've never seen a smartphone sized backup battery that can also be used to jump start a car. That's right, the Junopower JUMPR is a 7 ounce 5.5” x 3” x [...]

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Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Car Gear, News
richard-solo-quad-power-hub-1

USB charging hubs are everywhere, but this is the first one I've seen that's designed for use in the car.  The Quad USB Power Charger from RichardSolo supplies 2.4A per port, so you can charge four power-hungry tablets simultaneously from your car's DC outlet.  RichardSolo says charge times are the same using this hub as [...]

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Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Car Gear, News
nkmos_ultima-s

One of the perks of being a Gadgeteer is occasionally receiving (aka getting our grubby tech-loving hands on) a prototype of a product before the rest of the world. In this case, NKMOS has sent me one of their new all aluminum universal car mounts to give a try even before their Kickstarter campaign has [...]

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Posted in: Car Gear, Reviews
nkmos_ultima-1

There are countless cheap plastic mounts designed to hold your smart device while driving in an orientation that enables your device to function handsfree while keeping both hands on the wheel. Many of these mounts work just fine and fulfill their intended purpose. But when I can avoid plastic, I do and typically look for [...]

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Posted in: Android related, Car Gear, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Reviews
PowerAll-1

The PowerAll is a handy 12,000 mAh portable lithium ion battery charger used to charge your portable devices AND jump start your car. It has two 5V / 2.1A USB ports and is capable of charging two devices at the same time, after which it will go into sleep mode to preserve power. In addition, [...]

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Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Car Gear, News
kenu-airframe-featured-pic

"Slip sliding away.  Slip sliding away. You know the nearer your destination, the more you're slip sliding away."  Paul Simon wasn't singing those words about how your cellphone acts inside your car when you are driving, but they couldn't be more apropos.  I have lost track of the number of times I have placed my [...]

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Posted in: Car Gear, Pocket Gear, Reviews
spytec-sj1000-01

Recently I had the chance to review the SpyTec SJ-3000 action cam.  It was good for the price.  Today we're looking at the 3000's sibling, the SpyTec SJ-1000 Full HD Action Camera which features auto record on external power for use as a dash cam. 1080P 30 FPS HD Video & Audio Recording Includes Waterproof Casing and [...]

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear, Camera Gear, Car Gear, Reviews
papago-p2pro-01

In my seemingly never-ending quest for a decent dash cam, I had the opportunity to review the Papago! P2Pro Dash Cam.  It may seem like another dash cam with an LCD screen, but the P2 Pro includes GPS, Lane Departure Warning and Collision Warning as well.  How do they do that? I was a little [...]

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear, Car Gear, GPS, Reviews
SpyTec SJ-3000-01

Tiny digital action cams seem to be everywhere, from bike handlebars to snowboarder helmets.  Even if you're not the extreme sport type, you'll probably find a use for one at some point.  The Spytec SJ-3000 1080P Full HD Action Camera promises to rival the ubiquitous GoPro at a third of the price. The SJ-3000  1080P Full [...]

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV Gear, Camera Gear, Car Gear, Reviews