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. ;-)

Knockaround Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary “Rodger Dodger” Fort Knocks sunglasses review

REVIEW – Rule #1 is “Always look cool.”  And what better way to look cool when the temps outside are hot than a pair of cool shades?  Knockaround Sunglasses is keen to this; they’ve been doing cool shades since 2005, and for one of their cool brand collaborations check out these Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary …

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Renogy 10,000mAh Solar Panel Water Resistant Power Bank review

REVIEW – Voice in your Head: Here we go again, another portable charging solution.  Me: Ah, but this one has a bit of a twist.  The Renogy 10,000mAh Solar Panel Water Resistant Power Bank has not only a solar panel for backup charging, but is also water-resistant.  Other products may offer one or the other of …

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AIKO 10W Fast Wireless Charger Stand review

REVIEW – Since Apple (finally) threw its hat into the wireless charging ring with its latest iPhone 8/8 Plus and iPhone X models, wireless charging products have been multiplying in the market like rabbits.  One of the latest that we’ve had the opportunity to evaluate here at The Gadgeteer is the AIKO 10W Fast Wireless …

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RAVPower 10,000mAh 5W Wireless Portable Charger review

REVIEW – All these personal devices make our lives easier, but they demand the juice, don’t they? Enter the portable charger, the market for which has exploded (thankfully figuratively, not literally).  I own and/or have reviewed a handful of portable chargers and I’ve been fairly happy with most of them, but the RAVPower 10,000mAh 5W Wireless …

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Baron Fig Card Sleeve fits with simple, minimal style

I’ve been a fan of Baron Fig’s products since reviewing their Confidant Hardcover Notebook a while back.  Their products have a simple, minimalist style while beginning functional a durable.  Their successful leather notebook covers provided a natural segway into the wallet world, and their first product in this space is the Card Sleeve, a slim, …

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Mission Workshop Axis Modular Waist Pack review

We all love our gadget and gear hauling bags, but sometimes we don’t want or need to lug around that full-sized backpack or messenger bag.  I’ve seen several smaller alternative options pop up over the years, but many of them either looked like a strange purse, a European man-bag, or just plain weird.  The Mission Workshop …

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The future is NOW: MATRIX PowerWatch runs on body heat!

I’ve been a daily watch wearer for over 30 years now, and one thing I’ve always wished for has been a watch that never needs a new battery (or a recharge, in the case of today’s smartwatches).  The clever folks at Matrix Industries, Inc. may have finally made that dream a reality.  Their MATRIX PowerWatch …

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CHOETECH Wireless Charging Pad review

While wireless phone charging is certainly not new (Android phones have this capability for some time), it has exploded in popularity in the past several months due, arguably, to the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X having incorporated the wireless Qi charging standard into their newest feature sets.  With this has come a …

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Bastion Braza Bro EDC folding mini-knife review

One of the much-debated yet virtually universal axioms of EDC philosophy is that you need at least two items in your EDC kit: a flashlight and a knife.  While some prefer or even need to carry flashlights and/or knifes that are on the more powerful or larger end of the product spectrum, there are some …

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Knockaround G. I. Joe Premiums are real American eyewear

As a Child of the 80s I grew up watching such animated TV classics as The Transformers and Thundercats. But due to its roots way back in the early 1960s, one show transcended them all and became an American pop-culture icon—G. I. Joe: A Real American Hero! I was totally stoked to stumble upon these …

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Off Grid Tools Survival Companion Pro multitool review

I’m a big fan of gadgets that pack several (or many) uses into a single, small device.  And with survival products being a huge market these days, when I saw the Off Grid Tools Survival Companion Pro multitool, I was immediately interested.  It’s the size of a largish pocket knife, but includes 21 survival-type tools—such …

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Moleskine rolls out Transformers Limited Edition Notebooks

We’re big fans of Moleskine here at The Gadgeteer (check out our many past reviews of their products), and as a child of the 80s, I’m a HUGE fans of the original “The Transformers: Robots in Disguise” animated series from the latter half of that glorious decade. Moleskine has released two notebooks bearing the classic …

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Bomber & Company B-2 Nano Blade looks adorable yet serious

Look, I don’t know if it’s actually possible to look both adorable and serious at the same time, but Bomber and Company might just have pulled it off with their tiny but mighty B-2 Nano Blade knife. In a fully jet black color scheme with angular edges, this keychain-sized folding knife’s appearance was inspired by the …

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