Car accessories

garmin-babycam

Dash cams have become very popular in the last few years, but now we have another type of camera for cars. No, it's not a back up camera, it's a backseat camera or a babycam. The Garmin babyCam connects without tools to the headrest of your seat and interfaces wirelessly with a variety of Garmin [...]

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Posted in: Camera Gear, Car Gear, News
yada_dashcam_6

About a year ago, I was in a collision caused by a driver who suddenly turned in front of me. I took a lot of pictures, one of which eventually proved that I was not at fault, but a dash cam such as the Yada Dash Road Cam HD would have given the insurance company [...]

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Posted in: Car Gear, Reviews
innova-car-battery-monitor

If you've ever been caught a situation where your car battery has died on you in an inopportune moment, then perhaps it is time to purchase the INNOVA 3721 Battery and Charging System Monitor. This device plugs into your vehicle's cigarette lighter of 12-volt negative ground systems' cars and will report the battery's voltage on the LCD [...]

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Posted in: Car Gear, News
drivemocion-led-car-sign

How many of you have wished that you could tell the driver behind you how you feel? Yeah, me too (hey, it could be a nice feeling too you know!). ThinkGeek has a gadget to do just that! The Drivemocion LED Car Sign is a 6.5" diameter circular car sign that hangs from your rear [...]

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Posted in: Car Gear, News
escort_max360-profile

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Escort Radar + Laser Detectors. All opinions are 100% mine. The majority of the driving I do is behind the wheel of a small, zippy sports car. Though sadly, I occasionally get dogged by my friends and family for driving it like a little [...]

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Posted in: Car Gear, Reviews
max-360_full-3

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Escort Radar + Laser Detectors. All opinions are 100% mine. A couple of weeks ago we were vacationing on Seagrove Beach, Florida. Jeanne usually does the driving and I am the navigator, but when she went to pick up our rental car at the [...]

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Posted in: Car Gear, News
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
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
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
aukey-qualcomm-quickcharge2-car-charger

Not all of us have the inexhaustible power of the Star Trek communicators, which is invaluable when you venture out on a five-year mission. Instead, we have to rely on chargers for our phones for the foreseeable future. We constantly demand more power and faster charging speeds, so engineers have provided us with the Aukey CC-T1 2-Port [...]

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Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, News
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
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
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
cupholder-charging-station-2

It's nice to have a place in your car to set your drink, but it's even nicer to have a place to keep your phone where you can see it while it's navigating for you or while it's charging.  With the Cupholder Charging Station, you can convert one drink holder in the center console into [...]

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Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Car Gear, News
a118c-dashcam-1

It's a cloudless night with a full moon and you're driving along a deserted road in the middle of nowhere with thick forest on both sides of the road. With the windows rolled down you can hear your tires crunching over the gravel as you drive slowly. The sound almost puts you into a trance but [...]

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Posted in: Camera Gear, Car Gear, Reviews
satechi bluetooth home button-03

Recently, Julie and I reviewed the iBolt Command Remote, a Bluetooth button that you can control various aspects of your smartphone.  It was okay, but had some shortcomings especially for the iOS version.  Today, I've got the Satechi Bluetooth Button Series (Home Button) to review. In the box, you get the remote, an adhesive pad, instructions, [...]

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Posted in: Bluetooth Gear, Car Gear, iOS, Reviews
lyfelens

Although I don't consider myself a dashcam expert, after reviewing three of these devices, I think I have a good idea which features make a dashcam stand out from the crowd. The LyfeLens dashcam looks to be the ultimate dashcam in terms of features. At least it looks great on paper. The LyfeLens features dual-facing [...]

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Posted in: Camera Gear, Car Gear, News
mophie-dual-wall-chargers

We know that mophie makes protective phone cases with built-in backup batteries, and they also make battery packs that you can carry in your gear bag or on a keychain to charge all your mobile gear.  Did you know that mophie also makes AC wall chargers?  They have two models that you can use at home [...]

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