Julie Strietelmeier

I created The Gadgeteer in 1997 as a fun way to share my passion for gadgets which began when I was a little kid. Some of my other interests include ukulele, photography, productivity hacks, and minimalism. Learn more about me and my favorite gear.

SOUNDPEATS Truengine2 TWS earbuds review

CROWDFUNDING REVIEW – Just when I think I’m done reviewing TWS earbuds, I get offered another pair and I just can’t say no because I’m always wondering if there is another pair out there that sound better, feel more comfortable, etc. That’s why I said “sure!” when the folks at SOUNDPEATS asked me if I’d …

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GameShell is a DIY kit to build your own Gameboy style handheld

NEWS – Holy handhelds Batman! Prepare to part with some cash, because I have what looks like the coolest DIY kit I’ve seen in a long time. It’s called the Clockwork GameShell and it’s a modular kit that includes all the parts needed to build your own pocket-sized gaming system that looks strikingly similar to …

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LIFESABER is a multi-tool for the outdoor Jedi

CROWDFUNDING NEWS – Can you believe that I’ve NEVER been camping – EVER? Well, there was that one time when I was probably 7-8yrs old and our neighbors put up a tent between our yards and invited us to sleep in it one night. My 5yr old sister started crying within 15mins and that was …

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PockeTool mini multi-tool review

CROWDFUNDING REVIEW – When you are choosing EDC gear, what criteria do you use? Does the tool have to be small enough to fit your pocket? Multi-use functionality? Rugged? Easy to use? Today I want to show you the PockeTool which is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter. This little tool ticks all those boxes. Let’s …

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WORX 40V Hydroshot Power Share portable power cleaner review

REVIEW – Have you ever needed to wash your car or the outside of your house but don’t have access to an outdoor water spigot? The WORX 40V Hydroshot Power Share portable power cleaner can solve that problem by letting you take a sprayer and water right to where you need it. Let’s take a …

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Withings Steel HR Sport hybrid smartwatch review

REVIEW – I try to walk at least 7000 steps a day for a minimum level of activity and to earn points for insurance incentives for my day job at Cummins Inc. The app I use tracks steps by using the sensors in my phone, but I always seem to leave my phone sitting on …

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Ceramic skulls for your fire pit or fireplace – because people are strange

NEWS – Turn your fire pit into something equal parts creepy and unique with these ceramic skulls. Available in a variety of styles, from human to zombie, alien, demon, and more. These skulls are made of same the material NASA uses to test rocket engines so they can withstand high temps. Prices start at $19.50 …

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Keep your baby sleeping with the Rockit Rocker

NEWS – The Rockit Rocker is an attachment for your baby stroller’s handle that vibrates the handle while the stroller is stationary to mimic the same vibration that happens while pushing the stroller. Why would you want this? Apparently, babies fall asleep while you push them in a stroller and with the Rockit Rocker, you …

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The Tape Light is an extendable string light for outdoor or indoor adventures

NEWS – The Tape Light from N.BX is a portable and rechargeable 2-in-1 EDC light that you can hang from your backpack. It’s available in several colors and features LEDs around the edge and it also has an extendable strip of LEDs that you can pull out like a tape measure. The LED light string …

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The Nitecore LC10 is a backup power source, flashlight, and battery charger all in one

NEWS – If you like products that serve more than one function, the Nitecore LC10 is a cable that should pique your interest. When you attach the magnetic contacts to the ends of a rechargeable lithium-ion battery (battery not included, check list on Nitecore’s site for compatibility) you can charge the battery by plugging the …

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Hohem iSteady Mobile Plus 3-Axis Stabilizing smartphone gimbal review

REVIEW – For most of us, our phones are our point and shoot cameras and our video cameras. We use our phones to document our lives and we improve the built-in camera by using accessories like clip-on lenses and selfie sticks. But when it comes to selfie sticks, they just hold the phone at a …

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