Gear

hook-it-sticky-notes-door-hanger

When I need to remind myself to do something that's not part of my normal routine, I leave a note on the front door.  I don't like taping things to the freshly painted door, and tiny little sticky notes can be overlooked or fall off during the night.  I usually write my reminder or to-do [...]

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Posted in: Gear, Miscellaneous, News
olight-h15s-1

Remember that time you were in a cave and your hands were all muddy, so you didn't want to touch your headlamp to turn it on? Yeah, me neither... But the NEXT time you do find yourself in a similar situation, make sure you have an Olight H15S Wave rechargeable LED headlamp on your head. [...]

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Posted in: Gear, Home, Kitchen, News, Outdoor Gear
RTG r-pal light 01

My son just entered Cub Scouts not too long ago, and that got me thinking about camping lights... or just any light.  I grew up with bulky steel flashlights that never lasted long, or fidgety gas Coleman lights that some unlucky adult was constantly pumping up.  How does a modern LED lamp, such as the [...]

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Posted in: Gear, Outdoor Gear, Reviews
microlock

The Safe+ Microlock is a very small 2 digit combination lock (the combination comes preset and as far as I can tell, can't be changed) with a 2.17ft (66cm) long wire cable that can be used to secure your belongings. When it's not being used, it wraps up into a compact package that will easily [...]

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Posted in: Gear, News
picnic-time-reflex-travel-couch-2

It hardly seems possible, but it's only a few weeks until my daughter leaves for college - and that means football and tailgating season isn't far behind.  And of course, it's still summer, so it's still camping season.  Why should you have to rough it while participating in either outdoor activity when you can take [...]

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Posted in: Gear, News, Outdoor Gear
SOLKOA-survival-kit

This survival kit is expensive, but it has 25 life-saving items inside a box that you can even use to cook in.  The SOLKOA Survival Kit for Best Made is stored in an 18.75-cubic inch box machined from a single block of aircraft grade 6061 aluminum.  The box can be used for cooking or for boiling drinking water. [...]

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Posted in: Gear, News, Outdoor Gear
m48-first-aid-kit-2

M48 is known for tactical and survival gear, and part of your survival gear should be a good first aid kit.  M48 has created a First Aid Kit, and ThinkGeek has them.  They've packed 56 necessities, like hand sanitizer, gauze and bandages, elastic bandages, antibiotic, gloves, sterile sponges, and more, into an 8" X 5.25" [...]

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Posted in: Gear, Health, Fitness, Sports
Screenshot 2014-07-16 22.21.04

If you visit certain Home Depot stores in California, Illinois, or New York in the next few months, you may notice something new on sale that could prevent you from having to go back there for little widgets and such: they will be stocking three models of MakerBot 3D printers in those states soon! For Gadgeteers, [...]

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Posted in: Computer Gear, Gear, News
foldgo13

  There are many types of stands for tablets. Some are a single angle, built for either reading and movies, or for typing and heads-down work.  Others (such as those from Apple and the kickstands on Microsoft's Surface) mandate that you cannot change the orientation - it's horizontal (usually), and that cannot be changed. But [...]

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Posted in: Gear, Reviews, Tablets, Ultra Portables
biking-glowes-kit-2

Bicycles don’t usually come with lights on them, and the add-on kits are usually either reflectors or lights that just alert drivers that someone is cycling in front of them.  During the day, you can use the hand signals you learned in driver’s ed classes to indicate when you will be making a turn, but [...]

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Posted in: Gear, Health, Fitness, Sports, News
goody-microfiber-brushes-2

Drying and styling your hair will be quicker with these new QuikStyle Brushes from Goody.  Instead of natural or plastic bristles, these brushes incorporate microfiber "bristles" with some stiffer, detangler bristles.  The microfiber bristles are antimicrobial to keep the brush fresh and free of mold and musty smells.  The brush is lightweight and the handle is [...]

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Posted in: Gear, Health, Fitness, Sports, News
blackout-buddy-review-2

We live in a high-rise condo building, and the main hallways and stairways are all interior and windowless.  The building does have emergency lighting, as we found out during a recent power outage, but those are only in the public areas of the building.  Most of the rooms in our condo have floor-to-ceiling windows, so [...]

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Posted in: Gear, Home, Kitchen, Reviews
scottevest-rfid-vest

If you've read The Gadgeteer for a while, you've surely seen a review of a SCOTTeVEST product.  Their clothing is designed to look sleek on the outside while storing a plethora of tech gadgets and the other gear you need for the day hidden in interior pockets.  Their new RFID Travel Vests are designed with the [...]

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Posted in: Gear, News, Outdoor Gear
MBI HF-1

  I would think it is fair to say that we have done our fair share of flashlight reviews at The Gadgeteer. We get them in all shapes and sizes, so for me to do a review on one it has to be unique or have an unexpected feature. The MBI HF from Match Box [...]

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

Now I know what you may be thinking, wow another flashlight and you may be right. The Capsule Task Light from Striker caught my eye not only for its design, but the accessories included with it. The Capsule Task Light operates on three standard AAA batteries, has an LED array that produces up to 60 [...]

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Posted in: Gear, News, Outdoor Gear
star-wars-lamps

We have lava lamps, anyway.  ThinkGeek has a pair of Star Wars Motion Lamps that look like the hilts of light sabers.  One looks like the hilt of Luke Skywalker's ROTJ hilt with blue lava-like wax; the other looks like Darth Vader's Empire hilt with red lava-like wax.  Each is 18" tall, with a 4 3/4" diameter base.  Because they [...]

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Posted in: Gear, News
eton-blackout-buddy-2

Several years ago, a terrible storm in Greensboro knocked down a pine tree across the street from us.  The pine took down the power lines, which lit the tree on fire and caused the most incredible noises as the line arced and jumped around.  I knew just where my flashlight was, but was dismayed to [...]

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Posted in: Gear, Home, Kitchen, News
k9labs_tks-keys

I love the concept of Kickstarter, enabling those with ideas to bring them to life and put them out there for the world to see.  If others agree, they put their hard earned money down to fund the creation of something new and (hopefully) innovative. Occasionally, the Gadgeteer gets to tryout Kickstarter projects before their [...]

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Posted in: Gear, Pocket Gear, Reviews
lego-lunchbox-2

You can't actually build with this giant LEGO, because the bottom lacks the indentations to join up the blocks, but you can use it as a very cool lunchbox.  The LEGO Lunchbox is shaped like a traditional 2X4 LEGO brick, but its top lifts off so you can store your lunch inside.  It measures 3.9" X [...]

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Posted in: Gear, Home, Kitchen, News
umbrella-usb-charger-1

You've got a full day of travel ahead of you, and your phone is beeping to let you know its battery is nearly dead.  You start looking around the airport terminal for a charging station to give the battery a shot of power while you're waiting to board the plane.  Have you heard the warnings [...]

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Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Gear, News