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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Jabra Journey Bluetooth Car Speaker Review

on Saturday, March 31st, 2012

It has been a relatively long time since I have reviewed a Bluetooth hands-free device. Washington State has been really cracking down on drivers talking on their cellphones while going down the road. It is now a primary offense, and you can be pulled over and ticketed for no other reason. As the story goes,Read More…

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Monaco 3.1 AMP Extreme Charge Car Power Adapter Review

By: Elizabeth Daugherty
on Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Extreme is right!  The Monaco Extreme Charge Car Power Adapter, simply put, is the best money you’re going to spend for car charger.  And you’re not going to spend that much. WirelessGround sent one of these chargers to The Gadgeteer for review, and you’ll find that their price of $14.95 isn’t going to break theRead More…