28 Low-Tech Hacks For Your High-Tech Gadgets

    It doesn't have to take your life savings or a soldering iron to make using all those fancy electronics so much better.

    1. Use inexpensive ear plugs to replace a busted earbud.

    2. Keep your charger from breaking so easily with a spring from a pen.

    3. Take selfies using your earbuds!

    4. Turns out anything can become a smartphone stand, like a cassette case.

    5. Or a gift card.

    6. (Gift cards also make easy earbud holders.)

    7. Back to stands: You can use a wallet.

    8. A hairclip.

    9. Or a toilet paper holder.

    10. Make a tablet stand for 50 cents from a scrap of wood.

    11. Or use Legos.

    12. Suspend your tablet over your bed with coat hangers.

    13. Everyone's heard of the toilet-paper-roll-iPhone-speaker, but adding Solo cups can really amplify the sound.

    14. Make a solar charger out of an Altoids tin.

    15. Create a charging station so all your gadgets don't get tangled.

    16. Cut out a cheap and easy charging holder from cardboard.

    17. Or make a pretty one from an old lotion bottle.

    18. Make a TARDIS charging station.

    19. If you don't need your GPS anymore*, use the stand to hold your sunglasses.

    20. Use a binder clip to make a car stand for your phone.

    21. Make a quick jogging band for your music out of a sock.

    22. Meet your new best friend, Sugru.

    23. Sugru can also cushion a sharp MacBook Air edge.

    24. Use a binder clip to keep your earbuds neat at your desk.

    25. Or, if you have a MacBook, stick them to the screen.

    26. Make an iPad cover out of a composition notebook.

    27. If you happen to have both a busted earbud and a stethoscope, today is your lucky day.

    28. And if the stress of your plugged-in, modern life gets to be too much, crack open a cold one and call it a day.