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Justin 2,200mAh Power Travel Pack review

By: Greg Carter
on Saturday, September 20th, 2014

For those of us old enough to have noticed, it’s amazing how quickly phones have transitioned from stationary devices to portable toys for the rich-and-famous to in-case-of-emergency gear to essential, inseparable extensions of ourselves. Along with that dependency, we’ve developed a primal fear of, running down our life-giving phone batteries. One of the many companies providingRead More…

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Volkswagen 2015 eGolf test drive

on Sunday, August 31st, 2014
Posted in: Articles, Car Gear

One of my dreams is to own an all-electric vehicle, but I’ve never actually driven one until my recent trip to attend Volkswagen’s Full-Line Press event in Middleburgh, VA.  I, along with two dozen other bloggers, were invited to attend this event and hear about VW’s plans and get a preview of several of theirRead More…

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Cobra Drive HD Dash Cam with Wi-Fi (CDR 900) review

on Monday, August 18th, 2014

I don’t know about where you live, but where I am in Columbus, Indiana, people have horrible driving skills. I constantly see people run red lights and cut in front of you with little to no time to brake. I’ve often thought that I should consider buying a dash cam to use an insurance policyRead More…

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Your refreshments will be assimilated by the Borg

on Monday, August 4th, 2014

This cute little Borg Cube can keep your food or beverages at the proper temperature.  It has a temperature switch, so you can refrigerate or warm the contents.  It measures 11.5″ in each dimension on the outside, and the storage area inside is 6″ x 7.5″ x 8.25″.  It’s more like a desk-top fridge than aRead More…

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Julie’s gadget diary – How I set up handsfree media control in my MINI Cooper

on Thursday, July 24th, 2014

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 itRead More…

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Kenu Airframe+ portable car mount review

on Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014
Posted in: Car Gear, Reviews

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 whenRead More…

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Turn your sun visor tactical with the MOLLE Visor Panel from Zulu Nylon Gear

on Sunday, July 20th, 2014
Posted in: Car Gear, News

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, itRead More…

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Kinivo BTC450 Bluetooth Car Kit review

on Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

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 bellsRead More…

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Qi wireless charger + Car = I want

on Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

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 modsRead More…

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Julie’s gadget diary – Nexus 7 powered car mods

on Friday, June 20th, 2014

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 wasRead More…

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Papago GoSafe TPMS Tire Pressure Monitoring System review

on Saturday, June 14th, 2014
Posted in: Car Gear, Reviews

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.  ProbablyRead More…

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Put your phone front and center with this steering wheel mount

on Sunday, May 11th, 2014

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 itRead More…

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#ad Faveable lists best car cleaning products

on Friday, May 9th, 2014
Posted in: Car Gear, News

When you invest money in a car, you want to maintain the appearance both on the exterior and the interior. But keeping your car clean is no easy task. Of course, you can let the professionals take care of it, but it that is expensive and will cost you well over $100 for complete detailingRead More…

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Now your smartphone’s backup battery can jump start your car too

on Thursday, April 24th, 2014

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” xRead More…

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Four port USB charging hub for your car

on Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

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 asRead More…

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NKMOS Ultima S car mount review

on Thursday, April 10th, 2014

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 hasRead More…

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NKMOS Ultima car mount review

on Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

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 forRead More…

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Kenu Airframe portable car mount review

on Monday, March 17th, 2014

“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 myRead More…

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You don’t need to be a magician to use Scosche’s magicMOUNT

on Friday, February 7th, 2014

Scosche has recently announced their new magicMount magnetic mounting system. The magicMount system has a cradle-free design that uses high-powered magnets to hold/secure your device where you want/need it. The magicMount was a finalist for the “Best of Show” at CES this year. It is available in surface ($15), car dash/desk ($20), window ($25), and poweredRead More…

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Putting you in the driver’s seat: the NAIAS Ford Blogger Experience

By: Ryan Chapman
on Tuesday, January 21st, 2014
Posted in: Articles, Car Gear

Last week I was lucky enough to attend the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) as part of the NAIAS Blogger Experience with Ford. Now, you may wonder what an auto show has to do with The Gadgeteer, but if you look at how much our electronics have been integrated into our vehicles, it doesn’tRead More…

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ThinkGeek Star Wars Family Car Decals review

on Saturday, January 18th, 2014
Posted in: Car Gear, Reviews

A Star Wars fan, I am. A ThinkGeek fan, I am as well. A great match, this is! Ahem. Well, you’ve all seen the little white stickers that adorn the rear window on so many minivans. Typically stick figures, there will usually be one for Dad, one for Mom, one for each of the kiddosRead More…

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Gift idea – Never find yourself stranded with a flat spare again

on Friday, December 13th, 2013
Posted in: Car Gear, News

You’re out in the car when you get a flat tire.  You have the tools and the skills, so you pull out the spare to change it yourself only to find that your spare is flat.  Now you’re stranded until AAA or someone you call can make it out to you.  If you had theRead More…

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R2D2 is my co-pilot – and my power source!

on Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

This is rather expensive for a USB car charging station, but could it be any cuter?  The R2D2 USB Car Charger from ThinkGeek sits beside you in a drink holder;  his arms adjust so that he will fit in most holders.  Plug him into your car’s power outlet, and he’ll be able to charge twoRead 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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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 12Read More…