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.

SimpliSafe, Portrait Pro, Julie’s favorite gear and more – Review updates

REVIEW – We have four review updates for you today. We think that you’ll appreciate these regular updates to our reviews that we have posted days, weeks, months, and even decades after the original was posts. Our updates let you know how a product stands the test of time. You’ll find the updates at the …

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You can eat your lunch with this multi-tool

NEWS – The Swiss Advance Chrono N5 Leather Knife is a multi-tool that has tools for most of your daily activities, including eating meals.  It features and OrbitKey type of design with individual Stainless steel tools that fan out for easy retrieval. The Chrono N5 includes a screwdriver, bottle opener, knife, fish scaler, wire stripper, …

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It looks like a keyfob but it’s really a multi-tool

NEWS – Although the Lever Gear BitVault looks like it might be used to start your car, this rectangular box is really a small storage case that transforms into a multi-tool. It’s available in black or grey, is constructed of a durable metal alloy, and features a built-in carabiner and pocket clip. The BitVault slides …

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This tiny multi-tool has a pry bar, box cutter, and more

NEWS – Multi-tools are a fantastic part of anyone’s EDC but do you use all their features? Maybe all you use your multi-tool for is to open boxes or tighten a screw. If that’s the case, check out the TaoBar from NexTool. This minimalistic multi-tool is small enough to fit in any pocket or keychain …

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This cat actually listens to your commands

NEWS – My cat ignores me most of the time, but this can’t hangs on your every command as long as you start that command with “Hey Google”. The Caat is a specially designed silicone case for your Google Nest Mini speaker. Available in White, Black, and Red, the Caat case turns the small round …

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Linedriver is a multi-tool for fishermen

NEWS – Fishermen and fisherwomen can use the Gerber Linedriver dual-ended multi-tool to help them quickly tie knots and clear eyelets while the other end of the tool features a crimper, hook threader, and dual serrated scissors. The Gerber Linedriver won’t guarantee that you’ll snag a big fish, but it will help you quickly tie …

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This multi-tool will hold up your pants

NEWS – The Survival Belt 2.0 from Slidebelts by Brit is not only designed to hold up your pants but the buckle is a 4-in-1 multi-tool. You might say that your Leatherman multi-tool is a better option for your EDC because it features more tools, and you wouldn’t be wrong, but the Survival Belt 2.0 …

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Here’s the fanciest Leatherman multi-tool you’ve ever seen

NEWS – Have you ever said “wow” when you’ve seen a multi-tool? You will when you check out this ultra-fancy Leatherman Charge+ Damascus multi-tool. It’s available in two versions. One with wooden handles like you see above and one with carbon fiber like you see below.   Both versions of this special Charge+ multi-tool feature …

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Mobvoi TicPods 2 Pro TWS earbuds review

REVIEW – I’ve been eagerly awaiting Mobvoi’s next version of the TicPods earbuds since reviewing their original TicPods Free earbuds back in 2018. I loved everything about the TicPods Free earbuds except for the audio/video syncing issues. Everything else about them was perfect so I was anxious to see if the new TicPods 2 Pro …

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This giant flashlight will jump start your car

NEWS – You’ve probably seen and might even have a portable jump start device for your car’s battery. I have one behind the backseat of my car that I reviewed years ago. The problem with a dedicated jump-start gadget is that you have to keep it charged and it just does one thing. The CarAIDE …

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You’ll be armed and ready to smoke with these gun-shaped butane torches

NEWS – Firearm collectors will want to add one of these gun replica butane torches to their collections. Available from Collective Carry, these refillable lighters are incredibly detailed models of a variety of firearms. They are made of a material called Kirksite which is a zinc-base alloy of moderate strength. The lighters can be refilled …

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This multi-tool won’t fit in your pocket but it may make your next hike more epic

NEWS – Multi-tools traditionally fit in your pocket, but the Zubin Axe Survival Stick is a little different. This multi-tool is modular and features 7 different tools that fit on the end of two-piece 52 inch aluminum walking stick. Made in the USA of the highest quality materials, the tools include an axe, compass, fishing …

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Tools that will keep your yard tidy without using gasoline

NEWS – LiTHELi (pronounced līte-lē) offers a line of powerful, eco-friendly yard tools that are perfect for avid gardeners, homeowners, or handymen and women. LiTHELi’s selection of yard tools are cordless and gas-free which makes them easier and cleaner to use than traditional gasoline-powered tools. LiTHELi offers a full line of outdoor tools that include …

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Earbuds, photography gear, and more – Weekly roundup

NEWS – It’s time to stop saying Happy New Year and to start making sure you’re always up to date on everything that we post here on The Gadgeteer. To make that as easy as possible, I’ve created a complete listing of all our articles, reviews, and gadget related news from the past 7 days. …

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