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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 kiddos [...]

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posted in Car Gear, Reviews

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 the [...]

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posted in Car Gear, News

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 two [...]

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posted in Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Car Gear, News

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? The [...]

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posted in Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Car Gear, Reviews, Travel Gear

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 12 [...]

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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 a [...]

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posted in Car Gear, Reviews

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 reaches [...]

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posted in Car Gear, Home, Kitchen, News, Travel Gear

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're [...]

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posted in Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Car Gear, Reviews

Last month I posted a short gadget diary entry about my new gadget transport system. Andy Chen suggested that the whole team should do a "What's my ride?" series of posts similar to our "What's in your bag?" and daily use apps posts. I'm up first with my brand new 2013 MINI Cooper S hardtop. Note: [...]

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posted in Articles, Car Gear

A few days ago I posted a short news article about an auto safety tool called the ExiTool by CRKT. I thought it looked like a handy tool to own, so I ordered one for myself. It arrived a few days ago and although I haven't had the opportunity to use it to help me escape [...]

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posted in Car Gear, Reviews

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 mobile [...]

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posted in Audio, Video, TV Gear, Bluetooth Gear, Car Gear, Reviews

We've covered a few vehicle escape tools in the past and they all suffer from the same problem - the tool probably isn't close by when you actually need it. Although I haven't needed to use one, I do carry one in my gear bag. But if I was in an accident and trapped in [...]

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posted in Car Gear, News

Once again ThinkGeek arrives with the perfect thing that you never knew you needed until you see it.  This little keychain fob with the quick-release is actually a 6-in-1 Tire Pressure Gauge Multi-Tool.  It has a tire pressure gauge and color-coded depth gauge.  The depth gauge can also be used as a bottle opener and [...]

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posted in News, Pocket Gear

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 pretty [...]

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posted in Camera Gear, Car Gear, GPS, Reviews

I recently spent three days in Detroit, Michigan, as one of 200 guests at Ford Motor Company's annual Trend Conference.  The event was a showcase of several Ford products, but more importantly, it's a look into the future direction of technology and environmental concerns for Ford and the auto industry as a whole.   It [...]

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posted in Articles, Car Gear

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 a [...]

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posted in Car Gear, News

Are you still trying to figure out what to give your dear old Dad for Father's Day? If he's a coffee or tea drinking commuter, the ThinkGeek Hot Rod Heated Travel Mug might be a good option. This insulated mug features a 12-volt DC adapter that you can plug into your car's power socket to [...]

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posted in Car Gear, Home, Kitchen, News

If you've been keeping up with my recent gadget diary posts, you'll know that I've been interested in wirelessly charging my Samsung Galaxy S3. After a couple different cradles and a custom ROM, I'm happily charging without wires using the Qi wireless charging standard. That's why my interest was piqued when I heard the news that [...]

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posted in Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Car Gear, News

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. (Click on any image for larger size) [...]

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posted in Camera Gear, Car Gear, GPS, Reviews

It's been almost a year since my last test drive, so I've really been missing that new car smell. Lucky for me, I was offered an opportunity to do another test drive a couple weeks ago. This time it was for a fully loaded 2013 Kia Soul. It was delivered to me with a full [...]

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posted in Car Gear, Reviews