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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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What’s my ride? – Julie

on Friday, September 6th, 2013
Posted in: Articles, Car Gear

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.

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CRKT ExiTool review

on Saturday, August 24th, 2013
Posted in: Car Gear, Reviews

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 escapeRead 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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CRKT ExiTool keeps you prepared for vehicle emergencies

on Saturday, August 17th, 2013
Posted in: Car Gear, News

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 inRead More…

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This multi-tool lets you pop open a soda while you check your tire pressure

on Friday, August 2nd, 2013
Posted in: News, Pocket Gear

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 andRead 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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Go Further with Ford 2013 Trend Conference

on Saturday, July 13th, 2013
Posted in: Articles, Car Gear

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.   ItRead 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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Keep your coffee hot during your morning commute

on Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

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 toRead More…

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The 2014 Jeep Cherokee and Toyota Prius will offer in-vehicle Qi wireless charging

on Thursday, May 16th, 2013

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 thatRead 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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2013 Kia Soul Test Drive

on Wednesday, April 24th, 2013
Posted in: Car Gear, 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 fullRead More…

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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…

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Automatica vehicle audio content device review

on Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

If you’re like me, you probably listen to music or podcasts when riding in your vehicle.  While I’ve never found it particularly difficult to aggregate my content to use in the car, the folks at Inrete think they have a better way to do it using their Automatica device.  The device requires a USB portRead More…

Decrease your energy costs by up to 50% by converting your existing fleet vehicles to hybrids with the EchoDrive system

on Wednesday, February 6th, 2013
Posted in: Car Gear, News

This post brought to you by Echo Automotive. All opinions are 100% mine. Even if environmental factors don’t enter into your equation when purchasing vehicles, the continually rising cost of fuel surely does.  When buying a new vehicle, it’s easy to find a fuel-efficient or even a hybrid or electric vehicle that meets your needs.Read More…

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Automatica automatically syncs with the cloud to provide you with mobile tunes

on Tuesday, December 18th, 2012
Posted in: Car Gear, News

  If your vehicle has a built in USB port, the Automatica might become your next favorite gadget. The Automatica USB device is a small computer that emulates a USB mass storage device connected to your car and constantly updated by an Internet WiFi connection. It syncs with cloud storage services such as Dropbox, GoogleRead More…

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Cobra JoyRide – Intelligent car charging system for Android smartphones

on Monday, December 10th, 2012

The Cobra Joyride is a 2.1 amp rapid charger that plugs into a 12V power socket in your car and helps make your phone interaction safer while driving. It automatically configures the phone for in-car usage by signaling the companion Android app when you get in and out of your car. A button built intoRead More…

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Griffin Announces the PowerJolt SE car charger for new Lightning-equipped Apple iOS devices

on Monday, November 19th, 2012

If you bought any of Apple’s newest iPods, the iPhone 5, or an iPad mini or iPad with Retina display, you’ll need to replace your old 30-pin accessories with new Lightning connector accessories.  Griffin has your car charger needs covered with the PowerJolt SE with Lightning connector.  The low-profile charger has a permanently-attached, coiled cordRead More…