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    Updated on Jan 30, 2019. Posted on Nov 28, 2018

    20 Inexpensive Tech Products You’ll Wish You’d Known About Sooner

    "Wow, I need all of these." —me, writing this post

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    1. Some too-cute-for-words cable charms that actually protect your cords from fraying and breaking so you don't have to get a new one every three months.

    Urban Outfitters

    These are meant for iPhone chargers, but they also work on other cables, such as laptop chargers or headphone jack adapters.

    Promising review: "I like this little thing! It keeps the top of your charger from getting bent and damaged. I have one on my phone charger and MacBook charger. Love em!" —ElisaR

    Get them from Amazon for $5.35+ (available in 19 varieties) or a similar style from Urban Outfitters for $6 (available in 19 varieties).

    2. A Cableyoyo to prevent your headphones or charging cable from getting tied in a huge knot every time you put them in a bag. (Seriously, how does this happen every time??)

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is a great product. I carry this in my book bag to work, and it prevents my headphones from getting tangled all the time. Of course, I could use a velcro tie or rubber band, but what's cool is this is quick and easy as well. The center is a magnet, so my earbuds stay put. I'm glad I bought this at a fair price." —Latinshopper

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in green and grey).

    3. A 9-foot extension cord with outlets at 3-foot intervals so you don't have to feel constrained by the plugs in your home and can put lights and power wherever you need it.

    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "This looks very nice and is such a smart idea!" —Smart Homie

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $13.

    4. An air vent car mount with a strong magnetic hold so you can follow directions without touching your phone while you drive.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I bought myself one and loved it so much I bought my husband one too. He loves it. The mount connects to your car vent. There is a super-strength magnet that attaches to the back of your phone like a sticker. The mount can also be used to prop your phone on your desk/table and is super stable. I would recommend buying two at one time so you can leave one mount in the car and keep the other mount near your desk or nightstand." —Carmen Solis

    Get it from Amazon for $9.88+ (available as a one- or two-pack).

    5. A Bluetooth speaker that'll look great planted anywhere in your home (though your friends may be startled when they hear music playing because they won't know where it's coming from).

    Urban Outfitters

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $20.

    6. A remote attachment for the Amazon Fire TV Stick so you can control your whole TV with one remote and not spend 20 minutes trying to remember which remote does what.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is a great little accessory for your Amazon remote. I was tired of always getting my TV controller out to change the volume or input or turn the TV on or off, but this little addition does it all and attaches right to the fire TV remote." —TDS

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    7. A USB charging cable bracelet that looks super chic but is actually quite practical: Just take the bracelet off and use it to plug your device into a portable battery.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Wow, this bracelet is very nice! It has a nice design and is very fashionable. And then when you need it, you can take it apart to charge your phone. I’ve tried this with iPhone 5s, 6 Plus, 7, and 8 Plus, and it was all compatible. I will be purchasing more!!" —khesayc

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in two sizes).

    8. A charging dock that helps to prop your phone up against the wall while it gets some juice, so you don't have to leave it on the ground and risk it being stepped on.

    Uncommon Goods

    Promising review: "This is more of a bobbin that you use in conjunction with your charger. The block goes in the center whether you are storing or charging, while your lightning cable is wound around. It is very functional since it cradles your phone as you charge. I use it with the lightning cable that came with my device and though I also have a 10-foot cable, i think that would be too long to store on my Orbit. I use my Orbit at home and plan to bring it on my next trip soon." —BusyLady

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $15.

    9. A cozy headband with built-in speakers, so it's super easy to keep your ears warm and listen to music when you go for a run in the colder months — or even while you sleep!

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is such a great solution for those of us who like to listen to music while sleeping! I hated using earbuds — I could only ever use one at a time as a side sleeper. This product is comfortable and I'm able to listen to both speakers. I love that it doubles as an eye mask as well! You won't be disappointed!" —Nap Queen- Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $17.97+ (available in four colors).

    10. A wireless charging pad because I can't be the only one who has forgotten to actually plug my phone in when I tried to charge it. All you have to do with this is set your phone on it!

    Amazon

    This charges two times faster than regular chargers and works with iPhone 8, 8 Plus, X, Nexus 5, 6, 7, Galaxy S8, S8+, S7, S7 Edge, S6 Edge+, Note 5, and a number of other devices.

    Promising review: "We have three of these around the house and love them. No matter how thick the phone's case is, it will still charge." —TBKHomeworld

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99.

    11. Necklace headphones with magnets to connect the earbud and audio jack so you can wear your headphones around your neck and never worry about them tangling again.

    The Grommet

    Promising review: "I bought a Loopit mainly to overcome tangle challenges. The jewelry aspect was secondary, but I really appreciate both aspects. After ordering a Loopit and using it for months mainly in my office or around town, I bought myself a second Loopit to keep at home. Sometimes the magnet clasps attract certain metal earrings. This is not a problem for me; I just pay attention to ensure the magnets don't remove or loosen earrings inadvertently." —ATBW

    Get it from The Grommet for $25.97.

    12. An iPhone adapter that lets you charge your phone and listen to music at the same time because that's one of the most annoying features about newer iPhones.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "A solution to a teenager's problem. My daughter recently got an iPhone 7 and quickly became frustrated because her battery would run down while listening to her music. I came across this adapter and figured we would try it out. She is in love with it because now she can have it charging while listening to her music, and we now we don't have a dead battery. It is super easy to use and well worth the cost. I definitely would recommend!" —Glorybound68

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95+ (available in white and silver).

    13. A cellphone magnifier so you never have to crowd around one tiny phone to watch a video again — this makes the display two to four times bigger.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I didn't expect this device to work as well as it does. It's perfect for magnifying videos from a smartphone for viewing by more than one person. I use it during my tutoring sessions to display Khan Academy and Crash Course videos." —Miss T. Denton

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in four colors).

    14. A screen cleaner that not only removes pesky fingerprints, but also kills bacteria, because you DON'T want to know how many germs are on your phone.

    Amazon

    Each pad can be used up to 300 times.

    Promising review: "What a great invention! This works great cleaning off my phone screen, and it is much easier to use and carry around than a cloth or wipes. It also works great on my Kindle screen. I love it!" —Golden1

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in nine colors).

    15. A CableDrop to keep your cables all in one place so they don't fall behind your desk and get lost in the abyss.

    Urban Outfitters

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $10 (available in black and white).

    16. A portable and waterproof Bluetooth speaker to turn your shower time into concert time without worrying that you'll ruin your phone.

    Amazon

    This has a 10-hour battery life and pairs with all Bluetooth devices. I have a similar one I took on a camping trip with friends, and it was THE BEST. We listened to music on a boat, in the water, and didn't have to worry about ruining our phones.

    Promising review: "Where has this been all my life?!?! Seriously, I love this powerhouse portable speaker. I was concerned because it was super reasonable (like cheap) in price that it would be cheap, and I'd end up throwing it into the bathroom or something just for an extra speaker and then having to order a better-quality (more expensive) speaker. I was so wrong! This thing is awesome. I will likely order several more and give them as gifts!" —Mandie

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in blue, green, and black).

    17. A charging station with six USB ports so you can charge all your devices at the same time and make your life about five times easier.

    Amazon

    I have a similar one to this and LOVE it. I use it every night because it keeps all my cords together and one place. Plus, you can charge multiple devices at once. I also always travel with it because then I don't have to worry about the hotel having enough outlets.

    Promising review: "This six-port USB charger works as advertised. I can't believe I didn't order one of these a long time ago. It makes life so much easier My wife and I were always competing for outlets around our bedroom to charge all of our devices (phone, Bluetooth headsets, fitness watches, tablets, etc.). I have also started traveling with this, as hotel rooms don't always have access to the needed outlets. I highly recommend this device." —Walt002

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in black and white).

    18. A sliding webcam cover that protects your privacy (hello, Black Mirror) and gives you peace of mind while using your laptop. Plus, it's super easy to slide off when your parents FaceTime you!

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I bought this so I'd easily be able to choose whether or not to have the webcam on my computer exposed. I used a Post-It Note to cover it, which gummed it up. I love this little thing! It was easy to stick on, and it stays on. It's so thin that it doesn't affect the computer closing. I have a MacBook Pro.

    It's definitely worth getting." —Andrea R.

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $9.99.

    19. A pair of Earhoox designed specifically for Apple EarPods and AirPods so they don't fall out when you're exercising or, you know, just walking down the street.

    Amazon

    The set includes one small pair and one large pair. Plus, they're sweat and water-resistant.

    Promising review: "These are great. When I heard that iPhone 7 was going to change the earbud connectors, I knew that I would have to do something. Those iPhone earbuds will not stay in my ears for more than about five seconds. These Earhoox work beautifully, which is nice because the iPhone earbuds are of good quality." —CL

    Get them from Amazon for $9.99 (available in white, blue, and black).

    20. A Wi-Fi smart mini plug that will stop you from ever questioning if you turned your curling iron off. All you have to do is check the app or ask Alexa to make sure it's off.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This item was SO EASY TO SET UP! It worked exactly like I wanted it too. It's super easy to connect with my Amazon Echo to control my floor lamps. I will be getting more of these soon! Plus, it's a much better price than comparable products." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95 (available in 10 Amp and 16 Amp).

    Oh great, now I'm thinking about how many germs are on my phone!

    Broadway Video

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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