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.

WeatherFlow Tempest home weather system review

REVIEW – How hot is it outside? What’s the humidity right now? How fast is the wind blowing? How much did it rain last night? These are all questions we’ve probably asked at one time or another and we can find generalized answers by launching our favorite weather apps. But those apps don’t provide accurate …

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Huel bars, Shotbox, and more – Review updates

REVIEW UPDATES – The reviews from this week are all from me and are from products that I use every day or at least weekly. Just to remind you if you’re new here, we like to revisit reviews from the past weeks, months, years, and even decades after we originally posted them to update our …

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Save 50% off Keyport EDC gear for the next 48hrs!

DEAL NEWS – Today (and tomorrow) are your lucky days because you can save 50% off a Keyport Pivot key organizer with a special discount code just for Gadgeteer readers. This is the best discount that they’ve ever had for the Pivot. If you’re not familiar the Keyport Pivot, take a quick look at my …

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Think resistance bands are simple? Hyfit Gear 1 will change your mind

NEWS – Last fall when we had to move out of our house for a remodel, I wasn’t able to take my Total Gym with me for my daily workouts. Instead, I took a set of resistance bands and still use them from time to time in my workout sessions when I need to change …

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Relax on the beach without worrying that your umbrella will fly away and stab someone

NEWS – One of my favorite places in the world is Sanibel Island Florida. We usually go there once a year (not this year though <sniff>) and our favorite activity is sitting on the beach relaxing under the shade of an umbrella. But each year we deal with the problem of getting our umbrella planted …

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This cooler will keep things cold for up to 10 days without ice!

NEWS – QOOL Box is no ordinary cooler, my friends. This Germany engineered cooler will keep its contents at a constant temperature for up to 10 days without ice or power! How does it work? It uses special sealed vacuum insulation panels made of a Phase Change Material (PCM) that are installed in the walls, …

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Julie’s favorite gear, WORX cordless lawn mower, and more – Review updates

REVIEW UPDATES – This week we have three review updates from Michael Strange and I’ve reviewed my favorite gear page to reflect the changes I’ve made in the last 6 months since my last update back in January. I think one of the updates will be a surprise for many of you! So click on …

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Turn the back of your iPhone into a notepad or sticky note dispenser

NEWS – I love tech (duh!) but I also love using good old fashioned pen and paper just as much. That’s why the Paperback and Notepad from Ilovehandles caught my eye. What are they? They are two different ways to turn your iPhone (various versions) into a notepad. Paperback is a pad of yellow paper …

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Your Mac Pro will say yippee ki yay with the Gear Saddle

NEWS – Your Mac Pro will transform from a workstation to a workhorse with the Gear Saddle from WaterField Designs which is designed to keep all your extra computer gear neatly store right on your Mac Pro. Made of full-grain premium leather, this unique gear organizer fits over the top of the computer to provide …

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Wireless chargers, EDC bags, wallets, and more – Review updates

REVIEW UPDATES – Whew! For the past several weeks, we’ve been posting large batches of review updates from Andy Jacobs and we’re finally caught up! What are review updates? Just what you would guess they might be. They are quick updates that we do to reviews that we posted weeks, months, years, and even decades …

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Julie’s gadget diary – Now that home screen widgets are coming to iOS, I may finally switch to an iPhone

ARTICLE – Did you watch Apple’s WWDC (World Wide Developers Conference) keynote yesterday? Even though the iPhone and iPad haven’t been my primary devices in several years, I am always interested in everything new with iOS, iPadOS, and macOS (since my main computer is a MacBook). I was overjoyed to see that with iOS version …

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Powerbuilt puts a screwdriver and socket wrench at your fingertips – literally

NEWS – Here’s one for your EDC tool collection. It’s the Powerbuilt Finger Ratchet. What is it? It’s a tiny finger-powered socket wrench on one side that can accept 1/4 inch sockets (there’s a 3/8 inch version available too) and when you flip it over, there’s a bit driver socket. The Finger Rachet is made …

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