Car Gear

aukey-quick-charge2-2ports

I currently have an Aukey two-port car charger with one Quick Charge 2.0 port. It charges my phone more quickly than conventional chargers and has been working wonderfully without problems. However, we have two phones in our family that support Quick Charge 2.0 so I have been on the lookout for an inexpensive dual port [...]

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Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Car Gear, News
magellan-mivue-658-1

Dash cams are one of those gadgets that you setup and forget about until something happens that makes you glad that you have one.  Why would you be glad to have a dash cam? They can be useful for insurance purposes if you have an accident. They might capture something that you would ordinarily never [...]

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Posted in: Car Gear, Reviews
infernal-mount-1

As I've said time and time again, I'm in a car a lot. A good portion of the gadgets I buy are to make life easier on me while in my car. One of my constant sources of frustration is where to keep my phone while driving. When cell phones first came out, you could [...]

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Posted in: Car Gear, Reviews
avantek-bt-1

I spend a lot of time driving, and I've grown tired of my local radio stations and the same 5 song set list. Fortunately, there are tons of apps that give me access to a variety of music and every vehicle I drive has an auxiliary input. Unfortunately, when using auxiliary inputs, simple things like [...]

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Posted in: Bluetooth Gear, Car Gear, Reviews

Garmin GDR33 dash cam review

garmin GDR33-01

Dash cams can be pretty useful, or even capture some interesting footage, but consumers are faced with a motley assortment of brands you've probably never heard of before.  Garmin is a name synonymous with quality GPS units, so this time I get to check out the Garmin GDR33 Dash Cam.  Does the Garmin name live up [...]

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Posted in: Car Gear, Reviews
gasbuddy-trip-calculator-1

If there's a tool available to help me save money, I'll use it. One of the tools I use is the Gasbuddy app. I've been using it for a while now and I love it. Anytime I need to fill up my vehicles, I search for the cheapest gas prices near me using this app; [...]

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Posted in: Car Gear, News
Tronfy 07

It wasn't too long ago that many Bluetooth headsets came with the protruding boom mic so that you didn't have to speak loudly and so that the person on the other end of the phone could hear you more clearly as you spoke. However, it was just a look I could not get used to out [...]

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Posted in: Bluetooth Gear, Car Gear, Reviews
A8 HUD-01

I love the idea of a heads up display, or HUD.  Jet fighters use them!  Fancy sports cars have them!  It's the stuff of the future, right?  I jumped at the chance to try out the A8 HUD unit with OBD connectivity. The A8 HUD unit consists of a flat, smartphone-shaped bar with a large [...]

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Posted in: Car Gear, Reviews
papago-gosafe-520-1

"But officer, he caused the accident, not me. Really, I swear!" Although you may be telling the truth, you need evidence to back up your claims when it comes to traffic accidents. One way to do that is with a dashcam. Dashcams are windshield mounted cameras that automatically record everything you see out of your [...]

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Posted in: Camera Gear, Car Gear, Reviews
revolt-dual

The 12V port in my MINI Cooper is occupied with a USB car charger for my dashcam. I love using gadgets in my car, but hate how large and ugly the power adapters can be. I've been on the lookout for a smaller one for awhile now and may have found one that ticks all [...]

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Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Car Gear, News
ClipSee - 01 (682x1024)

On July 1, 2015, New Hampshire became the fifteenth state to adopt a hands-free law that prohibits the use of hand-held electronic devices unless they are supported by a Bluetooth or other hands-free technology. Now, it’s hard to buy a car today without Bluetooth support, but what if you have an older car? Sure, waiting [...]

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Posted in: Car Gear, iOS, Reviews
koomus-roadpro-1

  There are a variety of device mounting solutions for vehicles including dash mounts, cup holder mounts, vent mounts, windshield mounts and more. I'm really picky when it comes to which ones I want to use in my car, because I will not use adhesives, I don't want to drill holes, I'm not a fan [...]

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Posted in: Car Gear, Reviews
magkey-1

I'm currently going through a minimalist stage where I am reducing my "stuff" down to just the items that I actually use on a regular basis. Case in point, this past weekend, I did a major gadget purge of my office (Gadgeteer HQ) and ended up taking four overflowing storage tubs of old review items [...]

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Posted in: Car Gear, Pocket Gear, Reviews
evenflo-carseat

Walmart and Evenflo have teamed up to announce a new baby car seat that has built-in technology to alert the driver when the child's harness clip becomes unbuckled and when the child is still in the seat after arriving at their destination. Last summer it seemed like each week that passed we were hearing about [...]

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Posted in: Car Gear, Kid Gadgets, News
iclever-icf33-1

As a police officer, I spend a significant portion of my day in a vehicle, patrolling. While on patrol, I enjoy having something to listen to in the background. In the past I was satisfied listening to terrestrial radio, but more and more I find I'd rather listen to streaming radio or podcasts. None of our [...]

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Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Car Gear, Reviews
satechi-universal-cdmount-1

We Gadgeteers carry our phones everywhere. Even using wearable tech, we still want a phone with us, especially when we're driving. The GPS/Mapping apps and constant connectivity your phone gives you can be the difference between sitting at a confusing intersection, trying to unfold that stupid gas station map and breezing through, confident of your [...]

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Posted in: Car Gear, Reviews
qualcomm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRy6uTpyAvw Whether you are interested in wireless charging, remote control cars or Formula E race cars, you'll have to admit that this video promoting Qualcomm's Halo wireless charging technology is very cool. The video shows driver Lucas di Grassi in a Formula E race car racing against a tiny remote controlled replica that uses Qualcomm's [...]

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Posted in: Car Gear, News
hammacher-parked-car-finder

The shopping malls around here are always busy, and sometimes they are so jammed you're lucky to find a parking place.  After a few trips around the giant lot looking for an empty space, and it all starts to look alike.  If you don't make a concerted effort to find a landmark, you may find [...]

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Posted in: Car Gear, News
xport E1-01

You can't have too many USB charging outlets when traveling, I say.  Today we look at the XPower E1, a rather unique take on the 12V to USB accessory with 3 ports, a built-in voltage display and a long power cord. Published Specifications: Input:  DC12V/24 V Max Output current:  7.1 A Blue USB port output [...]

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Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Car Gear, Reviews
tylt ribbn 01

I love flat charging cables.  Ever since I came across the flat micro USB cable that came with the Logitech Ultimate Ears Boom speaker, I've been snapping up flat cables if there's a choice.  Now, there's a car charger with a flat cable! The TYLT RIBBN comes in red, yellow, blue or black in both [...]

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Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Car Gear, Reviews
myq01

Have you ever driven down the road and wondered if you closed the garage door when you left?  Unfortunately, it happens to me a lot, and then I'm in the situation where I can worry about it until I get home or drive back to check.  Sometimes I'm 150 miles away when I think about [...]

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Posted in: Car Gear, Reviews
caseco-core360

The Caseco Core 360° is a car mount that will put your smartphone right where you need it without a lot of unsightly plastic holders, Velcro or unreliable suction cups. The mount is made of an anodized aluminum alloy and features a neodymium magnet that keeps a secure hold on your device. The mounting part [...]

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Posted in: Car Gear, News
BlueDriver-Monitor-1

Cars have become more advanced, and along with the new computer and emissions controls have come the warning indicator lights or "idiot lights" that will go off if the computer detects something wrong with a system in your vehicle. Thankfully, a standard port for accessing that information in the car's computer system was developed, called [...]

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Posted in: Car Gear, Reviews
automatic-automatic-1

Car adapter maker Automatic just announced version two of its car adapter plug as well as its new Automatic App Gallery. The Automatic adapter plugs into the standard diagnostics (OBD-II) port hidden under the dash in most cars since 1996 and helps users diagnose their own check engine lights and gathers data on driving habits. [...]

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Posted in: Car Gear, News
MM11

I've been searching for ways to attach my phone and tablet to the dash of my car.  Up until now, the options have been either destructive to the dash or I had to use a device that extended from the windshield.  Neither of these were satisfying, so the MagicMount from Scosche seemed to be a [...]

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Posted in: Car Gear, Reviews