Andy Jacobs

Husband, dad, biomedical engineer, and a fan of gadgets for as long as I can remember. Also a fan of Star Wars, fitness, rucking (goruck.com), travel, pugs, coffee, beer and a few other things. Does that sum me up? Not even close, but it's a start. ;-)

Olight Perun Mini flashlight review – Tiny but bright EDC flashlight

REVIEW – Having a light source handy is part of any good EDC kit.  Because my daily needs are typically fairly light duty, I don’t opt for large, uber high-powered lights, but instead gravitate toward small, compact, powerful lights.  The Olight Perun Mini is one such light. Let’s take a look. What is it? The …

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WESN releases Microblade 2.0 knife with upgraded steel and new options

NEWS – Detroit-baed knifemaker WESN has recently released the Microblade 2.0, an updated version of their small but mighty EDC folding pocket knife.  The upgrades to their original Microblade include upgraded D2 steel blade material, and additional handle materials and colors. With its small size (only 2.25″ when closed), wide blade, and pocket clip, the …

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Kapacks Trooper Packs will help you look the part while chasing down those Rebel scum

NEWS – Despite their inability to hit a target with their blasters, stormtroopers are very popular characters to Star Wars fans and recognizable the world over.  Now you can join the ranks of the Imperial Stormtroopers (at least partially) when you strap on the Kapacks Trooper Pack. As seen in the photos above, the Kapacks …

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Trayvax Renegade Zipper Wallet holds cards, cash, coins and more

NEWS – Here at The Gadgeteer, we’ve featured and reviewed many products from Trayvax, best known for their innovative, minimalist, hard-framed wallets.  But the Trayvax Renegade is a bit different.  It’s a leather wallet with no metal frame that holds cards, cash, and other small items securely inside its zippered compartment.  The Renegade has dual …

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Aptly-named Plastic Bottle Rope Maker turns discarded plastic bottles into strong ropes

CROWDFUNDING NEWS – I’m a believer in acting to be good stewards of this earth we’ve been given, and reducing, reusing, and recycling products and materials that would otherwise end up in landfills can help make an impact toward this.  That’s what the cleverly-designed Plastic Bottle Roper Maker is intended to do. What is it? …

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mōte is a super slim, pocket-sized pill organizer

CROWDFUNDING NEWS – If you carry prescription or non-prescription meds and other small items in your pockets or purse on a daily basis, take a look at mōte, which just launched on a Kickstarter campaign.  It’s an updated version of the traditional pillbox. What is it? mōte is a slim case styled after the traditional …

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Alchemy Goods doesn’t just upcycle inner tubes anymore

NEWS – Back in 2013, we posted a News Article highlighting Alchemy Goods, a company that was upcycling reclaimed bicycle inner tubes into bags, belts, and wallets.  Alchemy Goods is not only still selling upcycled products, but they have also expanded to some new reclaimed and surplus materials, including selvage denim, vinyl upholstery, and waxed …

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Ladder 34 Rescued Goods are cleverly upcycled, ruggedly durable, and help support firefighters

NEWS – Ever heard the term “upcycled?”  Wikipedia defines it as “creative reuse…transforming by-products, waste materials, useless, or unwanted products into new materials or products of better quality and environmental value.”  And that’s exactly what Ladder 34 does.  They take used materials from fire stations around the country and transform it into cool-looking, useful, and …

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Nite Ize RunOff Waterproof cases will keep your gear dry

NEWS – Nite Ize is a gadget company in the truest sense of the word.  Their small but versatile and very useful products range from all sorts of small flashlights to phone accessories, to their S-Biner liner of double-hook carabiners that EDC fans love.  We’ve even reviewed quite a few of their products.  Venturing a bit …

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BIGiDESIGN Ti Mini Pen is short on size, long on function

NEWS – Despite so much of our information and data going digital, pens are still used by billions of people every day, and clever, cool-looking new pen designs are still being produced at a rapid pace.  When we here at The Gadgeteer see one that piques our interest, of course we share it with you.  …

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Northbooks are versatile, slim, and lay-flat

NEWS – I’ve become a fan of notebooks for work note-taking and journaling, and I’ve started to try to branch out from the brands I’ve typically used.  During a search for a new work notebook, I found Northbooks.  They are made-in-USA and have a few features that make them somewhat unique. As with many notebook …

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Matrix PowerWatch Series 2 review

REVIEW – Back in October 2018, I reviewed the Matrix Powerwatch X, the first smartwatch powered by the wearer’s body heat.  Since then, Matrix Industries has been developing the next generation of product and offered us the opportunity to review the PowerWatch Series 2.  Let’s check it out. What is it? The Matrix Industries PowerWatch …

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Bastion TPU Gel Slim iPhone XR Case review

REVIEW – I’ve had a case on my iPhone going all the way back to my iPhone 3GS.  Not only does a case provide some measure of protection from bumps and scratches, but it also allows you to express your individual style.  I’ve run the gamut from uber-protective, Iron Man armor type cases to ultra-minimalist, …

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‘Thousands of Masks’ – Help Allett save lives by buying + donating masks

NEWS – Many companies have changed over their manufacturing lines to produce goods in support of fighting the COVID-19 virus pandemic.  Allett, whose products we have previously reviewed here, is one of those companies, as they have transformed from making ultra-slim wallets to making washable, non-surgical masks intended to help protect from the highly-transferrable COVID-19 …

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