Garry Kolb

After a successful 35-year career in information technology in mid-Michigan, I am now happily retired and living the dream life in The Villages, Florida with my fun-loving and very tolerant wife of over 37 years. When not playing golf, pickleball, or water volleyball, I like amazing our neighbors with our automated home and fiddling with new gadgets.

It’s not the Sun in your hand…but it’s close! – Imalent RS50 flashlight review

REVIEW – Flashlights are nice to have around.  Sometimes you need to light a dark area.  Sometimes, you need to search for something in the dark.  Sometimes, you need emergency lighting during a power outage.  Sometimes, you need to light up things that are far away. Imalent, a maker of a wide range of versatile …

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Baseus PowerCombo GaN 65W charger/power strip review – a nice multifunction charging solution

REVIEW – Baseus, a maker of accessories for audio, cell phone, and home, is changing the power accessory landscape.  We’ve seen power strips and we’ve seen chargers.  We’ve even seen big, clunky power strips with a couple of charging ports.  Baseus has just introduced the PowerCombo GaN 65W combination power strip and four-port, high-power charger, …

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Imalent MS08 flashlight review – the flashlight’s so bright, you gotta wear shades!

REVIEW – Over the years, we here at The Gadgeteer have tested a bunch of flashlights, including several from Imalent.  I’ve tested a few myself.  But nothing I’ve tested compares to this Imalent MS08 flashlight that I have in my hand in the photo above.  What makes this special? Its ability to produce light output …

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Pelican G5 RF Field Wallet review – safe EDC carry for your cash RFID cards

REVIEW – Hackers are always in the news.  One of the latest schemes is RFID skimming where an electronic reader in close proximity to an RFID-enabled card, like a credit card, reads the pertinent payment information from the card.  This allows the thief to perform contactless transactions as if they had tapped the physical card …

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VATID 600W portable power station review

REVIEW – We’ve written about a number of power stations here at The Gadgeteer.  The legions of gadget-faithful rely on power to keep the geeky goodness up and running, and in the event of a power outage, these power stations can provide those much-needed electrons for the nerd accouterments.  VATID jumped into the market with …

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Remi custom night guard home kit review – end the daily grind

REVIEW – The daily grind.  For most, that means going to work. For some, however, that means the nightly activity of grinding teeth.  Grinding can cause serious issues and even tooth loss.  Dentists will make bite guards for you, at a cost, and if you don’t have good dental insurance, that cost can be high.  …

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July Carry-On Pro review – a roll aboard suitcase, laptop sleeve, and charging combo

REVIEW – Carry-on suitcases are a dime a dozen.  Everybody makes one.  They all do pretty much the same thing – hold your junk and fit in the overhead bin on an aircraft.  Why should we care about any new ones that come on the market?  To be noticed in the fray, it would need …

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SteakAger Pro 15 beef dry ager review

REVIEW – If you’ve ever eaten at a high-end steakhouse, one of the things they regularly tout is dry-aged beef.  Dry-aging is a process to improve the quality of beef.  It takes a long time and a serious space commitment in a refrigerator, and therefore, costs more.  That’s why you typically only see it at …

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Use your tech to score custom fit swim goggles with TheMagic5

NEWS – If you’re a swimmer, you know how hard it can be to get swim goggles that fit the specific contours of your mug.  A little water leaking as you swim can quickly get annoying and ruin your workout. TheMagic5 has taken a unique approach to solving that problem, right from the comfort of your …

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Mojawa Mojo1 bone conduction headphone review – all the sound, none of the noise

REVIEW – I’ve been searching for the perfect headphones or earbuds.  My overly-sensitive ears typically reject earbuds, although I’ve tested some “acceptable” ones.  I had the opportunity to test something different – bone conduction headphones.  I’ve never tried anything like this, so let’s give a listen and see if this is the holy grail of …

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Build your own watch with a Rotate watchmaking kit

NEWS – Are you a maker?  Do you love watches?  Do I have a deal for you! Rotate Watches is a company that makes mechanical watch kits that you build yourself.     Priced from $195 to $225, the kits are complete watches that you assemble. It includes a watch movement. It also includes all …

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Tell time the old school way, but only during the day

NEWS – There are all kinds of cool watches out there.  Of particular interest to a lot of folks is the slew of solar-powered watches – those that don’t need battery replacements as they gather their power by being exposed to sunlight. One watch is taking that solar-powered business model old school – the Pandeia …

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Author Clock – a novel way to tell time

CROWDFUNDING NEWS – Are you a literary nerd? Do you love clocks and timekeeping?  Do I have a product for you!  Author Clock! Author Clock takes the idea of using words to display time and amps that up by presenting the time as quotes from classic novels.  Author clock claims to have a literary quote …

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ChefWave InterMix immersion blender review – the Swiss army knife of immersion blenders

REVIEW – If you’ve never used an immersion blender, you don’t know what you’re missing.  Being able to blend up a smoothie in the glass, or pulverize potatoes right in the pot without dirtying up another bowl can be a time-saver.  But, immersion blenders are kind of a one-trick pony.  ChefWave thinks they should be …

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