Useful and inexpensive gadgets that are particularly good buys

I’m always on the lookout for tech gifts that are especially good buys,  Here’s a few that fit that category, with many great for travelers, as well. I’ve used them all and can recommend each one as a particularly good value. In fact, they were easy to compile by looking at my Amazon purchases over the year!

Screwdriver and Repair Kit– The Syntus 63 in 1 Precision Screwdriver Set has 57 magnetic bits to create a miniature screwdriver set to solve for all needs.  Great for repairing electronic products, watches, eyeglasses and other small items. Comes with a plastic case where everything is well-organized. It’s quite amazing how they can do this for the price of just $12.74.

Digital Food ScaleEtekcity Digital Multifunction Scale, Back-lit LCD Display, 0.04oz/1g Increment, 11 lb 5 kg, maximum. Made of food grade Stainless Steel (Batteries Included). An attractive scale with hundreds of uses around the home. Works much like those costing 3 times the price. $9.99. I purchased a look alike from an Austrian seller, but that’s no longer in stock.

myCharge HubMini Portable Charger is a 3300mAh external battery pack power bank with built-in Lightning and Micro-USB cables for charging a wide variety of cellphones, including all iPhones and Android phones having a USB mini connector.  Small enough to fit in a pocket or purse and no need to carry extra cables.  $50 from myCharge  or Amazon.

Home chargerThe RapidX X4 Home Super Compact 4-Port Charger has four charging ports that can go pretty much anywhere with its tethered wire. Consists of a power supply and a slender aluminum 4 port charging station. $35 from Amazon.

Travel gadget organizerElectronics Organizer/Travel Gadget slim folder Bag for cables, memory cards, flash drives, adapters and whatever else is likely to get lost. Well-designed with all sorts of compartments and holders for accessories of all sizes. $10.87.

Wireless chargerThe Yootech Wireless Qi-Certified 7.5W Wireless Charger is compatible with iPhone Xs MAX/XR/XS/X/8/8 Plus,10W and most Samsung phones. Works just like products costing three times the price from Belkin and Mophie. Has a large green ring light that confirms that it’s charging and then turns off, making it great for your night table. $15.

Leather Tech Pocket – This Waterfield leather zippered case can be used as a man bag as well as to stash tech gear or personal items. Padded pockets keeps cables, cords, adapters, dongles, and other accessories from bumping to each other. Also holds electronic devices like phone, tablet, Kindle, Nintendo Switch. Protects gear from nicks and scratches. Made in San Francisco.





by Phil Baker