Technology is becoming more about convenience for those who live a large portion of their lives out and about. That’s most of us these days.
Thankfully, there are some nifty tech gadgets that have been specifically designed to make life easier no matter where you are. It’s pretty amazing what you can find online, for a minimal amount of money.
Here are 15 useful, portable gadgets under $50 that you can use to improve your daily life while you’re on the go.
Anker 2-in-1 USB 3.0 portable card reader
Speed, convenience and compatibility make this little gadget your new best friend. It allows you to read and write on two separate cards at the same time. So, you can put an end to the constant slotting in and out. This is a great tool for mobile professionals like photographers.
As far as speed is concerned, you can’t do any better. With a SuperSpeed transfer rate of up to 5Gbps, you can spend less time syncing and more time doing what you love. As an added bonus, there are no drivers required for Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or Mac OS 10.2 and above.
RavPower luster mini power bank
The market is flooded with portable chargers these days, but none come better than the RAVPower luster mini portable power bank. Often referred to as the lipstick power bank, due to its size and shape, the RavPower is a perfect tech accessory for charging your phone when you’re out and about.
Its compact size and versatility for charging both iPhone and Android smartphones make the RavPower Luster mini among the most popular portable chargers in recent memory. With a solid power capacity of 3350mAh (Milliamp Hours), this is a smart choice for everyone to use every day.
Jelly Comb Folding Bluetooth keyboard
This one not only looks cool, it is cool. Jelly Comb’s foldable Bluetooth keyboard is a great option because it’s lightweight, easy to stow away when folded and is nearly full-sized while it’s open. It also uses similar keys to Apple’s previous generation of laptops. Also, because it connects through Bluetooth, the keyboard is compatible with any Mac, PC, iOS and Android devices.
ATECH Multifunctional pen
Smart technology comes in all shapes and sizes, but if you can fit it all into one of the world’s most-used utensils, even better. Well, ATECH did it.
Their multi-functional tech pen comes with seven useful functions. This device is fitted with a ballpoint pen, stylus, a mini flat head, Phillips head screwdriver, metric/inch ruler, phone stand and even a bottle opener. Pretty cool, huh? Luckily, you don’t have to stroll down to Q-branch to get this 007 type gadget.
Tile Slim wallet finder
Phone — Check. Keys — Check. Wallet — Uh oh. How many of us have been there? Well, say goodbye to that with the Tile Slim wallet finder.
This is a Bluetooth tracker that easily slips into your wallet, passports and anything that has a thin profile. If you happen to misplace anything that the tile is in, you can open the app and ring it if it’s somewhere close to you. You can even check the map for its last location, or get someone else within the Tile community to help you locate it.
Each tile is smartly designed to as small and thin as possible. It comes fitted with a custom power source that is able to last one full year and with no upkeep needed.
You’ve heard of padlocks, combo locks and steering locks, but you probably haven’t heard of a charger lock. Until now.
This nifty little gadget will ensure that you never have your charger stolen or moved again. With the iCharger lock, you can secure your charger to an electrical outlet. You can even lock your USB cord to the charging block, so no one else can tamper with your connection while your battery charges.
Quirky egg minder smart egg tray
This one may seem a little odd, but well worth it for anyone whose ever forgotten if they need eggs or not while they’re in the grocery store. Sound familiar? This smart egg tray works by connecting it to your Wi-Fi network and using the app that comes with it.
This allows you to track how many eggs you have left while you’re out shopping. It can even track the freshness of your eggs by referring to the original date that they were placed in the tray. Furthermore, there’s an LED light next to each egg that will indicate which eggs you should use first.
ADDTOP portable solar power bank
Fitted with four separate solar panels, coupled with a solid electricity conversion rate, the ADDTOP power bank charger combines traditional power bank functionality with solar power recharging ability. This gadget makes backpacking convenient and helpful if you plan on spending a long period of time outdoors.
As soon as sunlight is converted, it can be stored as an energy charging unit, which can be used to charge phones, tablets, cameras and other mobile devices.
Fred & Friends USB fan
Keep things cool when things get a little heated in the office. Especially in the summertime. Fred’s Little Big Fan is portable, but can also be plugged into the computer or a USB outlet at your desk. You’ll see that this little fan dishes out a strong breeze and can be taken with you where ever you go throughout your day in the office.
Belkin Wemo mini smart plug
Smart plugs like the Wemo mini have established themselves as some of the simplest and smartest devices you can have connected in your home. By plugging the Wemo into any outlet and then plugging another device into it, you’ll have the power to turn that device on and off from your phone.
Or, you can set it up to automatically turn itself on and off at a specific time. It is great for turning on/off lamps, space heaters, or desk fans while you’re away.
Bluetooth Wahoo RPM sensor
If you’re a regular bicycle rider, you’ll love this one. With the Wahoo RPM sensor, riders have the ability to measure and capture your cycling data, like speed, through your iPhone and Android devices. It’s great if you’re looking to improve your performance and endurance while you ride. The sensor mounts securely to the front wheel hub. It can be used on any bike.
On the go? Make an espresso. The Minipresso is truly one of the best portable espresso machines you can buy.
It resembles that of a small thermos, only it operates a little differently. It houses six parts that allow you to make a flavorful cup of hot espresso. Compact, lightweight and versatile, you can use a wide variety of different beans and roasts. This will give the opportunity to try new blends and flavors. Enjoy anywhere, whether you’re in the office or on a mountain top.
Rocketbook Everlast Fusion
You may have seen this one on Shartank or Kickstarter. Rocketbook is best known for a notebook called the Everlast. It’s a notebook that wipes completely clean with a damp cloth after use.
Each notebook comes with a FriXion pen, which allows you to write. The beauty part is that it connects to an app on your phone which allows you to save your notes. Once you’re finished and want a fresh page, simply take a wet cloth and wipe it clean. Your notes will come off and you can start a new page.
Turtle shell 2.0 Bluetooth speaker
The name is actually a perfect descriptor. This rugged, water-resistant Bluetooth speaker is perfect for your next big outdoor adventure or regular camping trip. The turtle shell is tough and isn’t shy when it comes to unleashing greater volume, increased Hi-Fi audio and extended battery life.
Marathon USB clock charger
This isn’t your average alarm clock. No, this a sleek, smartly designed alarm clock that features two front charging ports. Chances are you’ve seen something close to this in your travels on hotel nightstands. So, you can charge your phone and other devices while you sleep and be fully charged by the time you wish to be woken up the next morning.