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.

The Gadgeteer team’s top 5 review items that we’d buy again (Part 1)

TEAM ARTICLE – Do you ever wonder about all the products that we review here on The Gadgeteer? Which gadgets does the team enjoy using so much that we would spend our hard-earned money to replace? That’s what we’re going to tell you in an on-going series that starts today. Enjoy! Dave Rees Mission Workshop …

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Olight Warrior Mini Seasons flashlight review

REVIEW – A reliable flashlight is an important part of everyone’s EDC. But the downside of most flashlights is that their batteries always seem to be dead just when you need to use one. The Olight Warrior Mini limited edition flashlights solve this problem because you can recharge the battery while it’s still inside the …

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Black Friday deals hub – New deals added frequently

DEAL NEWS – It’s Black Friday week/month so this is the place to find deals that will help you save big on a variety of gear! Keeping checking back to this page as we add new deals. Vivint Standalone Doorbell Camera Pro (deal good through 11/30) Regularly priced at $249, Vivint is currently offering their …

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I’m all in with Apple – Julie’s gadget diary

ARTICLE – Multiple times over the years I’ve tried to switch from Android to an iPhone and it just never worked out. But recently I’ve made the switch in a big way and of all things, I have COVID to thank for it. How did a global pandemic make me switch back to an iPhone …

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Pitaka Air and MagEZ iPhone 12 Pro Max case review

REVIEW – Apple has gotten a LOT of my money this year. In May I decided to switch from my Hauwei P30 Pro to an iPhone 11 Pro Max and then just a week ago I received a shiny new iPhone 12 Pro Max. Despite their new frosted glass backs, iPhones are notoriously slippery. I …

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KIKR S1 dual wireless charging stand review – My new favorite wireless charger

CROWDFUNDING REVIEW – I’ve been a big fan of wirelessly charging my smartphone for years. I remember back in the day before it was built into most phones, that I hacked my Samsung Note2 to have that feature. The bulk of wireless chargers that we see on the market are flat slabs which don’t allow …

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LeCow custom leather Traveler’s Notebook cover review

REVIEW – I have loved notebooks, diaries, and journals since I was a young kid. As an adult, my fondness for stationery has gotten a little more refined. These days I don’t settle for a composition book and a Bic pen. I want my notebooks to feel AND look unique. One way to do this …

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Vivint smarthome security system, Julie’s favorite gear, Huel Savory meals, and more – Review updates

REVIEW UPDATES – Today we have another small selection of reviews/news that have been updated including one review that is over 9 years old! These quick updates will give you an idea of how the products that we review stand the test of time. Are they winners weeks, months, years, or even a decade after …

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Crazy Deal today only – OnePlus wireless earbuds for only $1

DEAL NEWS – Listen up! Today (11/18/20) might be your lucky day. OnePlus is celebrating OnePlus Day and is offering their fans a super sale on their OnePlus Buds and their Bullet Wireless Z earbuds. You can get a pair of either for only $1. Is there a catch? Yes. These deals are only going …

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TRING is a multi-tool that doubles as a grip for your phone

CROWDFUNDING NEWS – We’ve all seen phone grips like the PopSocket, but TRING takes phone grips to a whole new level of usefulness. They just started a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter today which I think will be pretty popular. What is it? TRING is a 6 in 1 multi-tool that has been milled from high-alloy, heat-resistant …

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This pocket comb is a multi-tool that you need for your EDC

NEWS – When I think about multi-tools, Leatherman tools are the first ones that come to my mind. But during one of my internet quests to find unique EDC gear, I discovered the carbon stainless steel Dango MT03 Comb & Clip multi-tool and wow. First of all, there’s a comb for your beard or hair, …

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EXLICON helps you draw perfect circles, ellipses, hexagons, and more – Notable crowdfunding campaign

CROWDFUNDING NEWS – Last year I told you about the successfully funded crowdfunding campaign for the Ddiin MAGCON drawing tool. This year they are back with the EXLICON, the multi-tool of drawing and design tools. What is it? EXLICON is a versatile multi-functional set of drawing tools that help you draw perfect circles, ovals/ellipses, hexagons, …

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This multitool has an adjustable wrench in the handle!

NEWS – If you’ve ever said that the one tool missing from a multi-tool is an adjustable wrench, then CRKT must have been listening. Their SEPTIMO multi-tool features 6 tools in a pocket-friendly form factor. It has a super sharp knife that has Veff Serration™ which allows it to cut through cord, rope, and straps …

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