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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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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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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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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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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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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…

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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 aRead 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…

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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’reRead More…

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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 mobileRead More…

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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 prettyRead More…

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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 aRead More…

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Pittasoft BlackVue DR500GW-HD Car Camera review

on Sunday, May 12th, 2013

Since my review of the Dash Cam Dually in 2010, I’ve had my eyes open for a quality in-car video recorder that wasn’t so large.  The Pittasoft BlackVue DR500GW-HD car camera is a tube-shaped device that promises to be just that, and it’s packed with some interesting features.

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Travel light with the RichardSolo Wall and Car Combo Charger Pro

on Tuesday, April 16th, 2013
Posted in: Car Gear, Gear, News, Travel Gear

RichardSolo has a great addition to your travel gear.  Their Wall and Car Combo Charger Pro looks like a regular USB wall charger.  It has a single USB port that provides up to 2.1A for fast charging of tablets as well as phones.  It takes 100/240V input, which means you’ll be able to use it internationallyRead More…

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AutoAnything Bracketron Universal USB Power Dock Pro Flex review

on Wednesday, April 10th, 2013
Posted in: Car Gear, Reviews

The Bracketron Universal USB Power Dock Pro Flex (from AutoAnything) is a 12-volt power adapter/device holder for most any car. The dock itself can hold devices up to 5.25″ high by 3″ wide. The long neck and sturdy base, along with standard USB port with high capacity 1.5A power, will support and charge just about anything, from anyRead More…

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SuperTooth HD Voice In-Car Speakerphone review

on Saturday, March 30th, 2013

Not too long ago I had a few Bluetooth earpieces that I mainly used  while driving. I had a few Motorola ones like the H700, plus I have still been using the Plantronics Voyager that I reviewed some time ago that I really enjoy. However, my problem was often that I didn’t have the earpieceRead More…

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Livio Radio’s Bluetooth Internet Radio Car Kit for iPhone review

on Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

I’ve tried Bluetooth kits for hands-free calling in my car.  I’ve also tried FM transmitters that plug into my iPod/iPhone to playback music through my car stereo.  I’ve never tried any device that could do both until I tried the Bluetooth Internet Radio Car Kit for iPhone from Livio Radio.  Plus, you’ll notice the wordsRead More…

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Y-Charge turns your car’s power outlet into a dual charging station

on Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

If you travel with multiple USB-chargeable devices in a car with only one power outlet, you may find yourself having to make a difficult decision – which device do I charge?  With the Y-Charge from TYLT, your decision will be easier because you can charge two devices at once.  The Y-Charge plugs directly into theRead More…