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    24 Inexpensive Tech Products You’ll Probably 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 Urban Outfitters for $6 (available in 17 varieties and 2 for $10).

    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??

    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 $9.95 (available in green, light grey, and dark grey).

    3. A set of camera lenses so you can transform your little old phone into a fancier one that takes great pics because the newest iPhone is expensive and this will help you take the same quality pics for a fraction of the cost.


    Promising review: "This is the coolest thing I've ever bought! These lenses make taking pictures on your iPhone so extraordinary, especially for those who can't afford and HDSLR camera. For such a low price, I couldn't be more impressed with the quality. The lenses come with a tiny bag that doubles as a cleaning rag, and once you get used to fixing it onto your camera, it's very user-friendly." —Amazon Customer

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $10.99.

    4. 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.

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


    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.

    6. A PopWallet+ designed with your best interests in mind so you don't have to choose between having a way to hold your phone and keep it steady or having a place to store your credit cards. This little thing does both. *chef's kiss*


    Get it from PopSockets for $25.

    7. 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.


    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 $24.99.

    8. 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.


    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 three sizes).

    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!


    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 $14.97+ (available in seven 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!


    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: "I ordered this for my iPhone 8 plus, and it works great. I have the Otterbox defender case on it, and it charges great. I had read reviews about not charging through cases or it has it to be placed correctly. I have not found that to be true for me. I love this charger." —sharon Z.

    Get it from Amazon for $21.50.

    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+ (available in three styles).

    12. 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.


    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 $12.99+ (available in black and blue).

    13. A flexible tripod to help you get the perfect group pic when you want everyone to be in it so you *finally* have a pic of your dad with the rest of the family because it's getting a little weird that he's not in your family photos cuz he's always the one who volunteers to take the picture., Amazon

    Promising review: "I purchased this for my son to use with his cell phone (Galaxy S9) to take pictures and since he is taking a photography class in school. The remote worked easily with his phone. The tripod is sturdy and very flexible. I really like how the flexibility of the legs allow you to use the tripod in many different mounting positions compared to a firm leg type tripod. I also like the fact that we can use this with our good camera as well. I haven't tried that yet, but know it is sturdy enough to easily hold that as well (which is a Panasonic Lumix DMC camera). Definitely recommend this product." —B. Kaplan

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

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


    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 $24.99 (available in blue, green, and black).

    15. A three-in-one charging stand designed so all your products can charge at the same time so you don't leave home and realize that your phone is charged but your headphones are dead...again.

    Promising review: "This makes charging my phone and watch so much easier because they always stay together. No one borrows the charger because they are connected to the stand. It has a great design that goes with everything and fits on the nightstand, in the office, or on the kitchen counter." —JackieK

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    16. A shower beer bluetooth speaker perfect for anyone who enjoys a cold one *and* music in the shower...because you can (and should) do both.

    Urban Outfitters

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $30.

    17. A three-way splitter that works on phones, tablets, and computers so multiple people can listen/watch the same thing at the same time.


    Promising review: "I had an old previous wire splitter that would get tangled up in everything. This is so clever and simple. I clip it on my bag and have it super accessible. This is a serious life saver when traveling, and I want to share a movie on an iPad." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $12.34.

    18. 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.


    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 $23.99+ (available in four styles).

    19. 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!


    Promising review: "These work perfect. I put these on both of my laptops (one for work one and one for personal). I have an Alienware and an HP 8570p, and these things fit perfectly on them. I used to put electrical tape on mine, but every now and then I do use the webcam on my laptops, so I didn't like having to get another piece of tape every time I use it. This makes it so you don't have to, and they are fairly cheap." —Spec

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $9.65.

    20. A dual-USB charging station with a wedge-shape design to fit in between cushion so you can easily charge your phone and watch tv at the same time. Game changer, if I do say so myself.

    The Grommet

    Promising review: "This is a simple, low-tech tool that keeps my tablet fired up and ready to go at my favorite spot on my couch. It stays put and is easily re-located. Solved a problem I didn't even know I had." —Elaine

    Get it from The Grommet for $14.95.

    21. 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.


    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).

    22. A wireless finger mouse that allows you to move the mouse and type at the same time so you can be productive as possible.


    Promising review: "It works perfect. It slides on any surface, and you can still use your fingers to type. Everything is right on your three fingers. It took me like ten seconds to get used to it. It should beat any other mouse in the market. Well done." —Fabian

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    23. A tablet mount so you can watch the latest season of Mindhunter while lying down in bed and have the ultimate lazy day because we all need that every once and a while., Amazon

    Promising review: "I LOVE this!! I decides not to have a tv in my bedroom, but sometimes missed being able to binge watch shows on lazy days. This tablet mount was the perfect solution! The neck is very strong and holds whatever position you put it in. The grip piece has an easy to use twist style tightener that make it a breeze to put up or take down from the head board. It is very strong and holds my 9 inch tablet securely. Overall, just a great product! I will definitely purchase more of these come Christmas time!" —Random

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99 (available in black and white).

    24. 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.


    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 $6.99+ (available in 10 Amp and 16 Amp).

    Me throwing my money at all these cool little things:

    Red Granite Pictures

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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