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Just Mobile Highway Max dual USB car charger review

on Sunday, October 13th, 2013
Posted in: Car Gear, Reviews

Mobile devices are among the most useful, fun and ubiquitous of all our gadgets.  But the one task they can’t perform (yet) is generating their own power.  For that, we need accessories like chargers and cables suited to various locations where power is available.  The Just Mobile Highway Max is a charger with a 12 Read More…


Pawtec Signature Mini USB Dual Car Charger review

on Monday, October 7th, 2013
Posted in: Car Gear, Reviews

Mobile devices are great.  They help save us time, enable us to communicate and entertain us, and so we take them everywhere.  But their batteries sure don’t last long enough, do they?  While we’re on the road we need a way to charge our mobile devices and preferably to charge more than one at a Read More…


Tailgate in style with these cooking appliances

on Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Whether you want to have a nice spread for your tailgate party before the big game or travel in an RV, you’ll appreciate these Max Burton appliances.  They plug into a car’s 12V power outlet and prepare a meal as you travel.  The Digital Stove to Go (top, left) has a 1.5-qt capacity and reaches Read More…

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Belkin Dual Car Charger with Lightning to USB Cable review

on Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Getting power on the go used to mean carrying a bag-phone the size of a large loaf of bread and a power port plug to keep it juiced. Nowadays, we have much better battery chemistry, but for us power-users, the battery in a gadget may not last through a full day of use. If you’re Read More…

OnStar Technology Makes GM Vehicles Smarter (Sponsored)

By: Guest
on Wednesday, September 25th, 2013
Posted in: Car Gear, News

It’s good to know that we live in a day and age where technology is increasingly making our lives safer. When you’re out on the road, OnStar keeps you ready for anything with services like Stolen Vehicle Assistance and Automatic Crash Response. OnStar is a powerful built-in technology available in most GM vehicles that connects Read More…


iOmounts iOauto Pro car mount review

on Monday, September 9th, 2013
Posted in: Car Gear, Reviews

Even before I took delivery of my MINI Cooper, I knew that the first modification I’d do it, would be to add a smartphone mount. There are many options on the market that use different mounting methods like Velcro, suction cups, cup holders and sticky tape. None of those appealed to me, I wanted something Read More…


Keyport Slide 2.0 keychain review

on Saturday, September 7th, 2013

About 3 years ago, Jackie reviewed the original Keyport Slide and liked it so much that he ended up buying a second one and then he helped fund the Kickstarter project for version 2.0, which I’m going to show you today. The Keyport Slide 2.0 reinvents the everyday clunky bulky keychain into something more compact and Read More…


What’s my ride? – Julie

on Friday, September 6th, 2013
Posted in: Articles, Car Gear

Last month I posted a short gadget diary entry about my new gadget transport system. Andy Chen suggested that the whole team should do a “What’s my ride?” series of posts similar to our “What’s in your bag?” and daily use apps posts. I’m up first with my brand new 2013 MINI Cooper S hardtop.

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Pittasoft BlackVue DR550GW-2CH dual dash cam review

on Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Not too long ago I tested the cylinder-shaped, wifi-enabled Pittasoft BlackVue DR5000GW-HD dash cam.  Now there’s a new model that adds a secondary camera for those rear-facing shots.  Pittasoft calls it the BlackVue DR550GW-2CH, available September 2013.  Let’s take a look.


Infini-Key Clip could be a cure for split ring haters

on Sunday, August 25th, 2013
Posted in: Car Gear, News, Pocket Gear

If you love split rings as much as I do, and by “love”, I mean hate, I may have found a possible solution. It’s the Infini-Key Clip from Niteize. It’s made of stainless steel and won’t cause you to utter curse words like you might when you jam the tip of a split ring under Read More…


CRKT ExiTool review

on Saturday, August 24th, 2013
Posted in: Car Gear, Reviews

A few days ago I posted a short news article about an auto safety tool called the ExiTool by CRKT. I thought it looked like a handy tool to own, so I ordered one for myself. It arrived a few days ago and although I haven’t had the opportunity to use it to help me escape Read More…


eleMount – premium car and camera mount for iPhone and iPad

on Monday, August 19th, 2013

The eleMount is a premium CNC machined all-aluminum mount for smartphones and tablets that can adhere to a multitude of (smooth) surfaces without the need of suction cups or sticky pads. It began as a Kickstarter project that, at the time of writing this article, has already been funded nearly six times its initial goal of Read More…


Cobra AirWave Bluetooth Music Receiver and JoyRide 2.1 Amp Intelligent Car Charger review

on Sunday, August 18th, 2013

The Cobra AirWave Bluetooth Music Receiver can transform any non-Bluetooth audio playback device with a 3.5mm aux port or RCA inputs into a Bluetooth enabled audio receiver. Add the JoyRide 2.1 Amp Intelligent Car Charger and you can power either the AirWave or just about any other mobile device in your car. If your mobile Read More…


CRKT ExiTool keeps you prepared for vehicle emergencies

on Saturday, August 17th, 2013
Posted in: Car Gear, News

We’ve covered a few vehicle escape tools in the past and they all suffer from the same problem – the tool probably isn’t close by when you actually need it. Although I haven’t needed to use one, I do carry one in my gear bag. But if I was in an accident and trapped in Read More…

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Beanco Mobile Home Bluetooth Siri Remote review

on Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

So your car has built-in Bluetooth for your iPhone, but how do you activate Siri without fumbling for your handset?  Until all cars get Siri integration, the Mobile Home Bluetooth Siri Remote from Beanco might just be the solution.


Julie’s gadget diary – check out my new gadget transport system

on Friday, August 9th, 2013
Posted in: Articles, Car Gear

How’s this for the ultimate “gear bag”? After years upon years of wanting one, I finally decided to just go for it and bought a 2013 MINI Cooper S Hardtop. I’ve been driving it for a little over a week now and I absolutely love it. I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed driving a car Read More…


KEEO Keyholder is a keychain alternative with a Bluetooth to your smartphone

on Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

The KEEO Keyholder is a German designed Kickstarter project for a keychain alternative. Made of stainless steel with a glass-fiber reinforced housing, the KEEO features a switchblade type mechanism that will flip out your desired key with a touch of a button. The KEEO also utilizes Bluetooth technology to pair with your iOS or Android Read More…


Lukas LK-7500 FHD CUTY Dash Cam review

on Thursday, July 25th, 2013

I’ve been experimenting with different car dash cams since I discovered that the GoPro cameras don’t feature an auto-record-upon-power-up function.  The last dash cam I reviewed was the Pittasoft BlackVue DR5000GW-HD, and before that, the DashCam Dually in 2010 (see related links for reviews of these products).  I thought the BlackVue DR5000GW-HD did a pretty Read More…

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PanaVise PortaGrip 15504 Universal Phone Holder review

on Friday, July 19th, 2013

I don’t use a phone holder in my car anymore.  I just can’t seem to find one I like.  I also needed a way to keep my phone within easy reach at my desk.  Maybe the PanaVise PortaGRIP 15504 Universal Phone Holder will do the trick!  Let’s take a look.


Go Further with Ford 2013 Trend Conference

on Saturday, July 13th, 2013
Posted in: Articles, Car Gear

I recently spent three days in Detroit, Michigan, as one of 200 guests at Ford Motor Company’s annual Trend Conference.  The event was a showcase of several Ford products, but more importantly, it’s a look into the future direction of technology and environmental concerns for Ford and the auto industry as a whole.   It Read More…


Every car can be the Millennium Falcon

on Tuesday, June 18th, 2013
Posted in: Car Gear, News

Okay, this is a little hokey, but it’s perfect for the die-hard Star Wars fan.  This Plasticolor 003700R01 Star Wars Accordion Sunshade keeps your car cooler, and it makes it look cooler, too!  The accordion-fold sunshade is made of plastic, so the colors are more sun-fast than those cardboard sunshades.  It’s $21.99 at Amazon.  That’s a Read More…


Magellan Roadmate 9250T-LMB GPS review

on Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

The Magellan Roadmate 9250T-LMB GPS is one of the latest Roadmate dedicated GPS products from Magellan. It’s got a large 7″ touch display, live traffic, spoken road names and landmarks, video inputs for an optional rear view camera (not reviewed), Bluetooth supporting hands-free speakerphone, lifetime map updates, and more. In other words, it’s got more Read More…


Keep your coffee hot during your morning commute

on Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Are you still trying to figure out what to give your dear old Dad for Father’s Day? If he’s a coffee or tea drinking commuter, the ThinkGeek Hot Rod Heated Travel Mug might be a good option. This insulated mug features a 12-volt DC adapter that you can plug into your car’s power socket to Read More…


Zetta Intelligent Security Z12 Camcorder review

on Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

I’ve always been on the hunt to make my own at-home security camera.  I’ve fiddled with low-res webcams and my Raspberry Pi, which have given me interesting results.  When I recently got the opportunity to review a small form-factor security camera, I jumped at the chance.  Let’s take a look at the Intelligent Security Z12 Camcorder by Read More…


The 2014 Jeep Cherokee and Toyota Prius will offer in-vehicle Qi wireless charging

on Thursday, May 16th, 2013

If you’ve been keeping up with my recent gadget diary posts, you’ll know that I’ve been interested in wirelessly charging my Samsung Galaxy S3. After a couple different cradles and a custom ROM, I’m happily charging without wires using the Qi wireless charging standard. That’s why my interest was piqued when I heard the news that Read More…