Andy Jacobs

I'm a husband to a great wife, a dad to two awesome teenagers, and a mechanical engineer for a biomedical device company in my day job. And as an engineer I've been a fan of gadgets for as long as I can remember. I'm also a fan of Star Wars, fitness, hiking, travel, coffee, beer and a few other things. Does that sum me up? Not even close, but it's a start. ;-)

Bellroy All-Conditions Essentials Pocket review

REVIEW – For a while, I’ve been searching for a product that will carry and help me organize me some of my essentials while traveling (and maybe on a daily basis, too).  I wanted it to hold and organize my wallet items and travel documents and have room for some other items as well.  Maybe …

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The wandrd Travel Journal is packed with useful features for travelers

NEWS – We’ve been very blessed to have taken some nice family vacation of varying duration and in different parts of the world.  Two aspects of these trips that would have been nice to have a good place to record information are the planning prior to the trip and journaling during the trip itself.  I …

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Aircork The Wine Preserver is an ingenious way of maintaining your wine’s flavor and aroma

NEWS – When my wife and I enjoy a bottle of wine and we don’t finish the bottle right away, it would be nice to have a better way of preserving the flavors and aromas of that elegant beverage than a mere cork or even a stopper, neither of which will effectively prevent the air …

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GORUCK Rucker backpack now available in 15L, 20L, 25L

NEWS – GORUCK, builders of bullet-proof gear and better Americans, has recently expanded their Rucker line of rucksacks (AKA backpacks).  Adding to their previous 20L size, after a long hiatus they have re-introduced their larger 25L size and a brand-new, smaller 15L size.  Made from 1000D Cordura and manufactured in the USA to Special Forces …

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NOMATIC Notebook and Planner have useful added features

NEWS – We’re big fans of notebooks, journals and planners here at The Gadgeteer, especially ones that have unique, extra features, like the NOMATIC Notebook and NOMATIC Planner.  Both of these notebooks are 5.5 x 8.75 inches and include whiteboard paper, three bookmark ribbons, dual elastic straps, pen holder (see photo above), back pocket, perforated …

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SnapCap lets you securely hang your cap almost anywhere

NEWS – As I’ve shared previously, I’m a fan of caps—I have several of them that I wear in heavy rotation and many of mine are either fitted or elastic-fit, so they don’t have that adjustable strap in the back.  For my fitted or elastic-fit ones, I often wish I had a way to attach …

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Bellroy All-Conditions Essentials Pocket will help you carry, protect, and organize, for travel or EDC

NEWS – Most of us gadget fans carry several items on our person at nearly all times.  There are quite a few pouches, pockets and packs to help organize your smallish EDC or travel essentials, but here’s one that looks great, will protect from moisture, dust and bumps, and can help organize several of your …

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Tactikey is a close-at-hand self-defense device

NEWS – Some of the main principles of self-defense are vigilance, self-awareness, and readiness, and having a personal protection device close at hand helps facilitate this readiness.  Tactikey was developed for just this purpose.  A simple patented device in design, build and use, it is a single piece of molded TPE plastic material weighing on …

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All Passport Covers has you covered with several cool themes

NEWS – I travel outside the USA for work a few times per year, and though I typically just shove my passport into my pocket, I’ve found myself wishing I had some sort of cover for my passport to protect it. Unfortunately, this has resulted in the edges of its cover fraying quite a bit, …

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Helikon Baseball Folding Cap literally fits in your pocket

NEWS – I wear baseball caps a lot, and sometimes I wish I could just stuff my hat into my pocket without destroying it.  The Helikon Baseball Folding Cap appears to have been designed and built just for this purpose.  Made of ripstop 60% Cotton, 40% Polyester in multiple colors and with a one-size-fits-most Velcro closure …

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Griffin Pocket Tool puts up to 16 tools on your keychain

NEWS – ‘Round these parts, we’re big fans of small, multi-purpose gadgets.  That’s why the Griffin Pocket Tool is appealing: it packs 16 tools into a single item small enough to fit on your key chain.  Griffin has a wide range of Pocket Tool models/sizes, ranging from the Mini (9 tools), to the Standard (11 …

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Bluffworks Horizon Quilted Vest review

REVIEW – I’m a big fan of Bluffworks.  Several of their clothing items have become part of my office and especially travel staples.  For example, their dress shirts and pants are super comfortable, have just the right amount of stretch, and are nearly impossible to wrinkle, and the same goes for their jacket and slacks.  …

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Fillit Pocket is a stick-on, reusable pocket for tablets, laptops or just about any smooth surface

NEWS – Does anyone else wish they had a way to carry or store just a small item or two on their oft-used devices?  Then have a look at Fillit Pocket.  It’s a reusable, adhesive-backed storage pocket that can be attached to laptops, tablets, or just about any flat, dust-free, lint-free, smooth surface to give …

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Hex Brand Ranger Clamshell DSLR Backpack review

REVIEW – Smartphone cameras may have overtaken point-and-shoot cameras as the most ubiquitous photography equipment today, but the powerful and feature-rich DSLR systems will be around for a long time to come.  With that in mind, many companies are continuing to produce well-designed and durably-built bags and packs to carry a DSLR plus its accessories …

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