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Trip report: 2014 New York Times Travel Show

on Monday, March 31st, 2014
Posted in: Articles, Travel Gear

Fellow gadgeteer and friend since college, Jackie Cheng and I recently went to The New York Times Travel Show here in New York City. We are both fans of traveling and see the sights, so we figured let’s check out the show and see what exhibits were on display.  We were also super excited toRead More…

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SCOTTeVEST debuts three new hoodies, including limited edition Knowmatic

on Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

Hoodies are all the rage these days, a standard of casual clothing just about everywhere. SCOTTeVEST has its own spin on this wardrobe staple, recently debuting three new products: The Hoodie-Cotton, The Hoodie-Microfiber, and the limited-edition Knowmatic Hoodie (pictured here), a collaboration with designer jeffstaple. While SCOTTeVEST previously had its Ultimate Hoodie Microfleece, these threeRead More…

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Flight 001 4-in-1 Adapter is simple, compact, colorful

on Friday, March 14th, 2014

I do a fair amount of business travel, which typically includes a few overseas trips every year. I’m constantly on the lookout for items that will help me reduce the size and weight of what I drag through airports, on and off planes and into and out of hotels. One of the items I haveRead More…

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ChargerLeash review

on Monday, March 3rd, 2014

It’s happened to me several times: I charge my device in a hotel room, disconnect in the morning to move to a different seat or go down for breakfast, come back, pack and leave, and abandon my cable under the nightstand. Now that we have multiple devices to charge, the likelihood that we’re going toRead More…

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SCOTTeVEST SeV Revolution Plus jacket review

on Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

I have always wanted to try a SCOTTeVEST article of clothing for myself. Julie has reviewed many of their creations over the years.  Jackets, vests, pants, etc…all designed to inconspicuously carry your gear with you, giving each article its own space to ride along in.  I finally get my chance, SCOTTeVEST sent me their SeV Revolution PlusRead More…

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Give your device some hold while on the road with the Kanex Foldable iDevice stand

on Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

We live in an ever-increasing mobile society, so I am always looking for items to help me function on the road. One item in particular is a decent portable stand for my iPad or iPhone. I have reviewed one stand here that is my current travel buddy, but it’s kind of big and bulky. Recently,Read More…

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Booq Boa Shift Laptop Backpack review

on Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
Posted in: Bags, Reviews, Travel Gear

My wife told me I had to get rid of it.  I have used this one backpack for every family vacation for the past 10 years and more trips than I can recall.  Half the zippers don’t work anymore, and there are holes in several of the pockets.  But it was my go-to bag, withRead More…

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Two times the charging ability from the Ventev utilitycharge 2100

on Friday, January 3rd, 2014
Posted in: News, Travel Gear

Oh, the woes of charging on the road! I am one of those souls who frequently finds themselves charging my smart device either in a car or in a hotel or ship’s cabin. And to that point, I often carry at least charging adaptors for my car and for a wall outlet. What if someoneRead More…

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The PowerPot V review

on Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

There are lots of people like me that like to bring gadgets with them while camping.  Although I try to disconnect a bit, it’s nice to bring my cell phone and a few battery packs with me.  Wouldn’t it be great to to use an item to charge my mobile devices while I cook atRead More…

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National Geographic celebrates 125 years by teaming up with Nokia

on Monday, December 23rd, 2013

It might be hard to believe, but National Geographic has been around for 125 years. To celebrate this important milestone, they sent one of their award winning photographer’s Stephen Alvarez on an incredible ten day 2112 mile journey across the American west. Stephen didn’t pack a collection of bulky cameras and lenses for this tripRead More…

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Skip the people mover and ride your luggage to your next gate

on Sunday, December 15th, 2013
Posted in: News, Travel Gear

Thought you’d seen everything right? Bet you’ve never seen someone riding their rolling suitcase through the airport before. Micro Luggage combines a hard shell carry-on bag with a three wheel scooter. Flip down the kickboard when you need to quickly get from point A to point B. This bag fits in standard-size overhead luggage compartmentsRead More…

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Saddleback Leather Co. Dry Bag review

on Friday, November 29th, 2013
Posted in: Bags, Reviews, Travel Gear

Several years ago, I reviewed Saddleback Leather Company’s Waterbag, an excellent piece of hardy luggage I use to this day. While I do not use it everyday, my wife and I often use it when going on weekend or overnight trips together. It is perfectly sized for a couple of days worth of clothes forRead More…

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Satechi Smart Travel Router

on Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
Posted in: News, Travel Gear, Wireless

The Smart Travel Router from Satechi works with the electrical prong layout used in about 150 countries, and it allows you to charge one device in an AC outlet and one in a 2.1A USB outlet.  Be aware that only the prongs are converted; you’ll need to make sure your device can handle the localRead More…

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Just Mobile Highway Duo car charger review

on Sunday, November 17th, 2013

iPhone car chargers, cannot live without them, good quality reliable well made ones are often hard to come by. And, when you do find a good one to use you have to supply your own cable to use with it. And, what happens if you need to charge another device while charging your iPhone? TheRead More…

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Roving Power Professional Power Pack review

on Friday, November 15th, 2013

I have become a huge fan of the portable battery backup solutions.  I have reviewed numerous ones here on the Gadgeteer and purchased numerous ones for family members.  In fact I have 3 backup battery solutions right now among the items in my daily gear, so I am a fan.  But all those solutions onlyRead More…

3D Printed Concepts D180 Folding Pen

Your friends may flip-out when they see the D180 Folding Pen

on Sunday, November 10th, 2013

Do you find that you never have a pen handy when you need one? Do you find that when you do carry a pen it is either too big to fit in your pocket or too small to use comfortably? The D180 Folding Pen, a Kickstater project from 3D Printed Concepts, hopes to change that.Read More…

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This portable USB charging hub includes a battery

on Thursday, November 7th, 2013

A couple of years ago, I reviewed the Aviiq Portable Charging Station (see related posts).  This was an $80 gadget that kept your charging cables organized in the same pouch that carried a powered USB hub that let you charge multiple devices simultaneously from a single wall outlet.  This was nice, but it lacked anRead More…

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Never miss the beverage service again on your flight with the Total Eclipse Whiteboard sleep mask

By: Ryan Chapman
on Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

Do you love to sleep during the long hours of a flight, but hate that you have to keep one eye open for the drink cart? With the Whiteboard sleep mask from Total Eclipse, you can jot down a quick message to the flight attendant and make sure you get that drink you desire. TheRead More…

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Addalock increases your security when you travel

on Thursday, October 24th, 2013

I’m still researching home security and door locks, and I stumbled upon the Addalock at Amazon.  The Addalock fits between the door and jamb and prevents the door from opening easily.  It’s made of chrome-plated carbon steel, and it’s for use with any door that is hinged and opens inwards.  It’s designed to increase theRead More…

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Eco Vessel BigFoot Triple Insulated 45 oz. Bottle review

on Sunday, October 20th, 2013

The BigFoot Triple Insulated Bottle from Colorado based Eco Vessel is a water bottle that will allow you to stay hydrated all day. It holds 45 oz (1300 ml) of liquid and will keep that liquid cold for a crazy long time. We’re talking up to a day and a half – 36 hours. If hot drinksRead More…

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Biaggi Contempo 28″ Expandable 4 Wheel Spinner Upright folding luggage review

on Tuesday, October 15th, 2013
Posted in: Bags, Reviews, Travel Gear

The worst thing about traveling is packing your bags before you leave and the worst thing about getting back from a trip is unpacking and storing your luggage. We’ve been using the same set of crappy luggage that we bought from JC Penneys 20 years ago. Since we only travel a couple times a year,Read More…

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If Tiny Tim needed a screwdriver he would choose the Teeny Turner

on Monday, October 14th, 2013

It never fails when I am on a trip or out shooting pictures or videos, I run into a need for a screw driver. But not just any size screwdriver, I always need one to fit small screws. I do carry a few loose mini type screwdrivers in my camera bag, ones that I thinkRead More…

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Altego 17″ Polygon Sunfire Backpack review

on Thursday, October 3rd, 2013
Posted in: Bags, Reviews, Travel Gear

A laptop backpack is a laptop backpack is a laptop backpack, right? So, how do you distinguish yourself from the pack? I mean simple design and materials do not cut it anymore; you need to have useful features and things that make folks say “that’s a great idea” or “why didn’t someone think of thatRead More…

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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 reachesRead More…

RAVPower FileHub RP-WD01 WiFi file hub, SD card reader, and power bank review

By: Leah Hallett
on Sunday, September 29th, 2013

Do you want to expand the accessible storage of your tablet or smartphone but can’t because they don’t have an SD/microSD slot or USB port to do so?  The RAVPower  FileHub RP-WD01 3000 mAh power bank is a portable, self-powered WiFi file hub that doesn’t require any physical connection to your device.  The FileHub can transfer files via 802.11b/g/n orRead More…