Electronics seem to keep getting smaller and smaller, and everyone has their own must-have gadgets that they never leave home without. You undoubtedly have a smartphone with you whenever you leave the house, but that’s not to say there couldn’t be a few more conveniences. If you’re in the market for some new tech or a few cool add-ons, we’ve rounded up a large handful of palm-sized devices to add to your EDC loadout. If you know where to look, you can get affordable prices on key finders, SD cards, car USB chargers, wireless earbuds, portable speakers, and more.
Below are some of our favorite portable tech deals going right now, from a folding keyboard to a cheap smartwatch. Not only do these deals fit in your pocket, but they’re also generally cheap enough that you can fit them into your budget, as well.
The one major drawback with cool tiny gadgets these days is that they can easily get lost. If you need some help keeping tabs on the small stuff, Tile Mate item finders are just the ticket. The keychain-sized Tile Mate is a diminutive 1.3 inches long and is just 0.2 inches thick. Simply attach a tracker to any item and you can use the Tile companion app to locate it virtually anywhere. Even without the app, you can still find nearby items by remotely making the Tile vibrate, flash, or ring.
A single Tile costs around $22, but this four-pack of Tile Mate trackers is available from Amazon for under $60 with free shipping. Also, be sure to take a look at some of the best Bluetooth trackers for more options.
This multi-tool combines several go-to tools into one handy, convenient sized device you can take anywhere with you. It is equipped with more than 16 functions including a metric and standard sized closed wrench and bit driver, TSA-compliant serrated edge and handy scoring tip, a bike spoke wrench, bottle opener, and more. The tool is made of durable stainless steel, lightweight, and fits onto your keyring.
If the palm-sized portable chargers whet your appetite for cool gadgets but you want something with a bit more juice, the Anker PowerCore 10,000 is another excellent pocket-friendly power bank. Its 10,000mAh battery can charge your iPhone multiple times, even though this PowerCore is barely larger in length and width than a credit card.
Like other Anker power banks, this unit also boasts Anker’s proprietary PowerIQ and VoltageBoost technology, which optimizes charging speed for different devices, ensuring that you’re not waiting around too long for your gadgets to recharge. This very practical charger rings in below $40 on Amazon.
SD and MicroSD cards are a cheap, portable way to move tons of data, but not all computers have slots to accept them, and even laptops that do typically only have one. Plus, if you only have a MicroSD card, then you need an additional adapter to use it with the SD card reader anyway.
The Anker USB 3.0 SD card reader can make your life a little easier. It has SD and MicroSD card slots that let you read and write both simultaneously on any computer. It’s compatible with all types of MicroSD cards, too, and will only set you back around $15 from Amazon. This is a great piece of equipment for photographers and on-the-go professionals.
Another great gadget from Anker isn’t necessarily one you’ll carry in your pocket all day, but it is nonetheless something you don’t want to leave home without: a speedy car charger. The PowerDrive Speed 2 USB charger plugs right into your car’s 12V outlet and features two high-speed USB ports that pump out 30 watts of combined power for juicing up your tech.
Anker’s IQ2 technology allows this handy charger to detect and automatically optimize the power output for compatible devices, letting it power many phones up to 80 percent in about 35 minutes. You can score the PowerDrive Speed 2 car charger for around $30.
A good pair of earbuds is invaluable if you’re frequently on the move and don’t want to be without your music and other entertainment, and when it comes to in-ear headphones, you can’t beat a classic: The Panasonic ErgoFit earbuds remain one of the best and most popular pairs you can buy, with more than 50,000 Amazon reviews. If you don’t want to dish out the cash for a pair of wireless earphones like the AirPods, these headphone earbuds are available in a variety of colors at around $9 on Amazon (and just a few bucks more for the model with an in-line microphone).
Gone are yesterday’s bulky, goofy-looking Bluetooth earpieces — a quality miniature Bluetooth earbud like this one from JLab is a simple, lightweight, and low-profile way to use your phone totally hands-free. Whether you’re on the road or just walking about and want to keep both of your hands untied, this handy mono headset lets you make and receive calls without even having to take out your phone.
The JLab Bluetooth earbud is a cheap portable gadget and the black model is available for under $40 from Amazon.
Earbuds are great to have on you, but having the cable become a tangled mess in your bag or pocket is no fun to deal with (and it always seems to happen no matter how neatly you tuck them away). The Tophome earbud holder and cord organizer, made of thick genuine leather, ensures you never have to deal with that hassle again.
This is the perfect gift for anyone who hates tangled cords, and is currently under $10 from Amazon, so it’s a smart purchase for traveling techies.
Need a light? Electric lighters like this one put a whole new spin on old-school designs. Fluid lighters can be messy and can run out of fuel quickly — the famous Zippo, while an all-American classic, is notorious for this — not to mention that lighter fluid and butane canisters are an extra expense. The Tesla Coil arc lighter, on the other hand, uses an internal rechargeable battery to project a windproof electric arc that is produced instead of a flame. The design is environmentally friendly and delivers up to 300 lights on a single charge.
When it needs more juice, simply plug it in and power it up via the included USB charging cable. No wicks, flints, fluid, or gases to fuss around with. You can score this unique tech gadget for just $17 from Amazon.
If you love to take pictures with your phone but find the camera’s capabilities a little bit limiting, then this top tech gadget is for you. The Amir clip-on camera lenses feature sturdy aluminum-and-glass construction. The bundle contains a 180-degree fisheye lens, a 0.4x super wide-angle lens, and a 10x macro zoom lens for detailed close-up shots. The metal housing is also water- and dust-resistant.
The universal clip-on design works with most popular brands of Android phones as well as the latest Apple iPhones. The Amir smartphone camera lenses come in at under $20 on Amazon. With most smartphones already sporting a high-resolution camera, this awesome attachment is a great piece of EDC gear for any burgeoning photographer — though it’s not that good for selfies.
A good RFID wallet provides an extra layer of security for the digital age, keeping your credit and ID cards safe from remote readers. You don’t have to sacrifice style for function, however, thanks to the leather Travelambo wallet.
This minimalist wallet is made of genuine leather lined with RFID-blocking material. It has six card slots, an ID window, and a compartment where you can tuck away a few bills. Best of all: It’ll only set you back $10 to $15 from Amazon depending on your color choice (there are a ton), making it a pretty smart purchase for security-conscious individuals.
It never hurts to have a bit of extra storage (especially when you’re frequently on the move), and now you can replace those bulky thumb drives with this super-compact MicroSD card from Samsung. The Evo Select MicroSD card offers a lot of space and speed for the money, with 95MB per second read and 20MB-per-second write speeds. It even comes with an SD adapter (or you can use it with the Anker card reader if your computer lacks an SD card slot).
The Samsung Evo Select MicroSD card with SD adapter can be yours from Amazon for under $10 for the 32GB model.
Many of us have flashlights on our phones, but they aren’t always convenient to use or the best option. This nano torch from Streamlight, one of the best flashlight makers around, is the perfect addition to any keychain. This powerful and compact flashlight is perfect for navigating small, dimly lit spaces or just providing LED light where it’s needed the most.
The Streamlight 73001 keychain flashlight is available for around $5 on Amazon, and makes the perfect night light when you need it most.
These folding keyboards are nothing new, but most of them — even fairly compact models — aren’t very pocket-friendly gear. This folding wireless keyboard from MoKo is the perfect solution, giving you a miniature set of QWERTY keys that folds down to roughly the size of a large smartphone for easy storage. Its metal and polymer construction is both durable and light, weighing in at roughly seven ounces.
The MoKo folding wireless keyboard is compatible with any Bluetooth-capable iPhone, Windows, or Android phone or tablet, and is available for around $30 from Amazon.
The Bellabeat Leaf health tracker is the fitness tracker that she’ll actually want to wear. This fitness accessory can be worn as a necklace or bracelet without looking bulky or obtrusive, and syncs with both iOS and Android to collect activity metrics via the companion app.
The Bellabeat tracks steps taken, calories burned, sleep quality, stress levels, menstrual cycles, and more. You can pick up this perfect hands-free tech gift for as low as $78 right now, and check out our review to see why we love the Bellabeat family of stylish health trackers.
Wireless speakers are arguably the most popular implementation of Bluetooth technology today, allowing you to take your music virtually anywhere. Most of these speakers won’t easily fit in your pocket, but this one from Momoho is an exception. This tiny, cool tech gadget packs a two-hour battery life, delivering great sound from a package that fits in the palm of your hand.
Measuring the same size as a quarter, the Momoho speaker can be your pocket party companion for as little as $17 from Amazon. It may not come with Alexa like the Amazon Echo hub, but it’s a great way to bring your music with you.
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