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The only thing you need to power this washing machine is a little elbow grease

on Thursday, March 6th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

The Laundry Pod Countertop Washtub doesn’t require electricity or water connections to run.  Add water to the tub with the clothes to be washed,  and you serve as the power to agitate your clothes clean.  There’s a hose to drain the water, so you don’t have to lift a heavy bucket of water to emptyRead More…

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Satechi Smart Travel Router

on Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
Posted in: News, Travel Gear, Wireless

The Smart Travel Router from Satechi works with the electrical prong layout used in about 150 countries, and it allows you to charge one device in an AC outlet and one in a 2.1A USB outlet.  Be aware that only the prongs are converted; you’ll need to make sure your device can handle the localRead More…

RAVPower FileHub RP-WD01 WiFi file hub, SD card reader, and power bank review

By: Leah Hallett
on Sunday, September 29th, 2013

Do you want to expand the accessible storage of your tablet or smartphone but can’t because they don’t have an SD/microSD slot or USB port to do so?  The RAVPower  FileHub RP-WD01 3000 mAh power bank is a portable, self-powered WiFi file hub that doesn’t require any physical connection to your device.  The FileHub can transfer files via 802.11b/g/n orRead More…

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Make the friendly skies friendlier with the Inflight Cup Holder

on Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Are you a regular flyer? Do you like to carry your coffee or drink onto your flight? Do you struggle with a place to put that coffee or drink during boarding or take off? If so, the Inflight Cup Holder by Hallere Design may be the solution you are looking for. The Inflight Cup HolderRead More…

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Nap comfortably anywhere with this pillow

on Friday, July 19th, 2013

The NapAnywhere pillow is a Kickstarter project developed by Ravi Shamaiengar, a medical doctor who was tired of the stiff, painful neck that resulted when he slept during travel.  He found those U-shaped pillows just didn’t offer the neck and head support that was needed for sleeping upright, so he says: “Using my knowledge ofRead More…

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Iron Man Power Pack review

on Thursday, June 20th, 2013

I am a gadget guy, so I am always in need of a power source.  I have gadgets of all shapes and sizes which of course need to be charged.  So my eyes are always peeled for a portable power source.  So when I spotted the Iron Man Power Pack (hereafter referred to as theRead More…

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Relive that golden age of air travel with the Pan Am 70′s Original Vintage-Style Tote Bag

on Wednesday, May 1st, 2013
Posted in: Bags, News, Travel Gear

I know there will be some folks out there who, like me, still remember when leisure suits were cool, disco was the rage, and Pan Am ruled the air. And like me, we long for the simpler times when flying was a pleasant adventure and not a mundane task. Those days may never be back,Read More…

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Henty Wingman review

on Monday, April 22nd, 2013

When you need to travel with a clean shirt or suit – whether it be by bike, walking or airplane – the big problem is keeping your clothes neat and pressed.  Whether I’ve folded them into a carry bag or put them into a traditional suit bag, my first job when I get to myRead More…

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TSA relaxes ban on knives and sharp sticks on planes

By: Paul Grunwald
on Saturday, March 9th, 2013

Though you still can’t carry your complete Zombie Apocalypse toolkit with you on a plane (my personal favorite, the Dead On Annihilator Superhammer is shown), as of April 25th, 2013, the TSA is changing the rules on small pocketknives, toy bats, ski poles, hockey and lacross sticks, pool cues, and golf clubs. Now, if IRead More…

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Henty Wingman – Roll your clothes

on Saturday, December 1st, 2012

Here’s the sort of stuff I like – equipment designed right here in my home town of Hobart, Tasmania.  Don’t you hate it when you have to  travel, and inevitably at the other end that shirt or suit you so carefully packed in your case, bag or suit bag needs ironing?  Well the Henty Wingman is  aRead More…

The Arctic Charger is a 4-port USB charger with international adapters.

Arctic Charger Pro 4 Rev. 2 review

on Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Power – it’s what runs a Gadgeteer’s digital lifestyle. Until solar power is everywhere or we discover a perpetual motion machine or invent the Mr. Fusion Home Energy Reactor that works on kitchen waste, I guess we’ll just have to deal with power plugs and wall warts. So, what about those who travel to otherRead More…

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Waterfield Designs Tablet Travel Case review

on Friday, October 19th, 2012

The Tablet Travel Case from Waterfield Designs is a small padded bag made to fit a small tablet and all the associated peripherals you need while you’re travelling. It’s rain-resistant and can easily be thrown into another backpack, purse or gadget bag.  It’s a way of keeping all your bits and bobs organised and closeRead More…

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Let Your Smartphone Help Plan Your Leaf Peeping

on Friday, September 14th, 2012

Are you a leaf peeper?  Do you plan vacations and weekend trips with the sole purpose of gawking at the colorful fall foliage?  If you do, the Leaf Peeper app from Yankee Magazine can help you find the best fall displays.  The app lets you make foliage reports, called Peeps, about the conditions in yourRead More…

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World’s Lightest Packable Electric Guitar

on Friday, August 31st, 2012
Posted in: Music Gear, News

Hammacher Schlemmer is offering what they call the World’s Lightest Packable Electric Guitar.  It weighs 3 pounds and is 28″ long overall, and it is a “full-scale length 24 3/4″ guitar with 22 frets, enabling accurate chord and finger placement without adjusting one’s playing style.”  The tuning pegs are placed inside the “body” of theRead More…

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Pre-Order Skooba Design’s New Laptop Weekender V.3 and Save 25%

on Wednesday, June 20th, 2012
Posted in: Bags, News, Travel Gear

Do you like to travel light, but find a laptop bag isn’t quite big enough to fit all your gear and your clothing and toiletries?  The new Laptop Weekender V.3 bag from Skooba Design looks like a normal duffel, but it’s designed to hold enough clothing for a couple of days plus your laptop andRead More…

Scrubba Washbag – Wash your clothes on the move

on Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

If you travel a lot, you’ll know that one of the biggest dilemmas is traveling light but still having enough clothes. In some locations, finding a laundry can be hard and expensive -  or if you’re further afield, impossible to find. Australian inventor Ashley Newland has come up with the Scrubba Washbag, a possible solutionRead More…

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Travelrest Makes Traveling More Comfortable

on Thursday, March 22nd, 2012
Posted in: News, Travel Gear

I never liked the idea of using those blankets and pillows they passed out on airplanes, but traveling with my own took up my entire carry-on bag.  Travelrest has a 4-in-1 Travel Blanket that fits into your carry-on without filling it up.  Use the 4-in-1 Travel Blanket as a head, neck, or lumbar pillow whileRead More…

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Tom Bihn Travel Money Belt Review

on Friday, February 10th, 2012
Posted in: Reviews, Travel Gear

Tom Bihn is known for smartly-designed, well-built, made-in-USA travel bags. But their passion for “Portable Culture” extends to travel accessories as well. Tom Bihn recently introduced several new items to make your travels a bit easier, among them the Travel Money Belt. Onward!

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Amazon Kindle 3 3G International Coverage – US vs International model

on Friday, February 3rd, 2012

In my article Amazon Kindle 3G-The Perfect Travel Companion, I talked about how useful I found my 3G Kindle while travelling overseas.  One of the comments left on that article pointed to a blog that said that Vietnam was one of the only places that the author couldn’t get any 3G signal.  This confused the heckRead More…

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Aviiq Portable Charging Station Review

on Thursday, October 13th, 2011
Posted in: Reviews, Travel Gear

Traveling with a lot of gadgets means traveling with a lot of chargers and cables.  All those chargers can add up to a bulky, heavy load to add to your already bulging gadget bag.  And being sure you take all of them – and bring them back home – can be difficult when you haveRead More…

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Crumpler All and Sundry Accessory Bag Review

on Saturday, October 8th, 2011
Posted in: Reviews, Travel Gear

Whenever we go away on holidays, as “Head Gadgeteer” in the house I”m responsible for making sure we have all the cords,cables  and power adapters required for the trip.  Now call me anxious or paranoid or OCDish but I don’t like putting these things in check in luggage in case the Airline loses my bag.Read More…

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Panasonic Lumix Phone 101P – Phone+Camera=Convergence?

on Friday, September 30th, 2011

In my last travel article I bemoaned the fact that the single convergence device was still not a reality. Is this one step closer? Panasonic along with Japanese provider Softbank has just announced the 101P in Japan ( due post November ). Using the 13.2 CMOS Lumix sensor found in their point and shoot cameras, and packing aRead More…

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Travelling with single convergence (divergence) devices – Still poles apart

on Tuesday, September 27th, 2011
Posted in: Gear, News, Travel Gear

“One Device to rule them all, One Device to find them, One Device to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.” ( Apologies to JRR Tolkien ) Having  just returned from a three week trip to Vietnam, I was putting away all my gear and was thinking, whatever happened to a single convergenceRead More…

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AViiQ Portable Charging Station Announced

on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011
Posted in: News, Travel Gear

Interesting take on the age-old gadgeteer’s problem of portable power. AViiQ (pronounced “a-VEEK”) has announced their Portable Charging Station, a 3+1 USB charging hub in a zippered carrying bag. Pockets for your cables, pass-through syncing with your laptop on one of the ports, and a single-slot AC adapter all show their attention to the designRead More…

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Traveling? Check out these Timbuk2 bags

on Tuesday, June 7th, 2011
Posted in: News, Travel Gear

Summer is nigh and travel season has already begun for many of us.  Whether you’ll be jet-setting to far-flung locales, concert road-tripping with your buds, or anything in between, have a look at Timbuk2‘s line of bags designed for pleasure or work travel.  Pictured left to right are the Copilot Roller (sizes S, M andRead More…