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    17 Underrated Gadgets That People Swear By

    "As good as Beats and Bose, just a whole lot cheaper."

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    We recently asked the members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us the best cheap gadget they've ever bought. Here's what they said.

    1. Jackery Mini External Battery ($13)


    This lipstick-sized battery pack can fully charge your phone in about two hours. According to the Jackery website, the pack holds a little over one full charge for an iPhone 6 and 0.8 of a charge for the Galaxy S5. A much larger battery capacity is available for $20.

    "I paid $13 on amazon for a Jackery external battery for my phone. Holds a full charge and a half for my Note 5. No regrets." —Ashleigh Day, Facebook

    Get it here.

    2. Mee Audio Sport-Fi M6 ($20)


    These wrap-around, over-the-ear-fit earbuds are rated "IPX5" for sweat and water resistance (in conditions like rain and splashing).

    "I got mine for less than $20 on Amazon and they work just as well as super expensive ear buds. Also, they stay in while I’m running!" —sarahk4546f6cf2

    "Sound as good as a $150 pair of Shure or Westone buds, for about 25 bucks. Had mine for years and they are still going." —michaelm4dc6bd7e4

    Get it here.

    3. Anker Powerline 6-Foot Charging Cable ($8)


    This extra-long charging cable has a 4000+ bend lifespan, which means it's super durable.

    "It charges really fast, is not broken yet (six months), and I can reach it from the wall to my bed :)" —mrandmrs

    Check out why you should get a super long cable here and get this Anker cable here.

    4. Google Chromecast ($35)


    This hockey puck–sized gadget plugs into your TV's HDMI port to stream content from services like Netflix, YouTube, and Google Play to the big screen.

    "I have them on all my TVs and I give them as gifts. My kids & I use it all the time to cast from our phones/iPads to the TV." — karens4b6bfba6a

    I love it too! Check out my BuzzFeed review and get it here.

    5. Cord Taco (5 for $29)

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    These leather accessories will organize your earbuds or small cables.

    "Real leather with strong snaps that keep all my cords organized. Amazon has a variety of cord tacos." —judithf46009c74f

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    6. AmazonBasics Nano Bluetooth Speaker ($15)


    This seriously tiny speaker offers up to six hours of playback. It's splash-resistant, and it can connect to any Bluetooth-enabled device up to 30 feet away.

    "I bought that AmazonBasics Portable Nano Bluetooth speaker (the round one with the hang strap) for $13. I was really impressed with the sound for such a small speaker." —imabandit

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    7. Amazon Fire tablet ($50)


    This 7-inch tablet runs on a special version of Android, called Fire OS 5. You'll get seven hours of reading and browsing on its 1024x600 pixel display.

    "The thing is an amazing versatile gadget for $50 ($33.33 on Prime Day). And if you don't like Amazon you can root it and have a very capable Android tablet at an incredibly reasonable price." —Ross Dayhoff, Facebook

    "My sister’s Kindle Fire is fantastic, and less than $100! Netflix runs like a champ on it." —Betherick85

    Get it here.

    8. RAVPower 3.0 Charger ($20) and Anker Cables for Micro USB ($5) or Lightning ($10)


    The RAVPower plug can charge two devices at once and can charge certain devices (including the Nexus 6 and Galaxy S7) to 80% in under 30 minutes. iPhones are not compatible with the quick charging feature. Anker's cables are wrapped in tangle-free nylon cord.

    "My Ravpower 3.0 charger and Anker USB cables. Best $30 I have ever spent ($20 for charger, $10 for cables). The cables are awesome and seem indestructible, and the charger is incredibly fast and well built." —d4990af6f8

    Get the charger here and Anker cable here.

    9. DKnight MagicBox II Bluetooth Speaker ($33)


    The speaker has a built-in microphone for conference calls and 10W total acoustic drivers for heavy bass while listening to music. It should last up to 10 hours on a single charge.

    "It's the second model of the original and I was super skeptical about buying it but it ended up being the greatest cheap gadget I've ever bought. It is the key component of my dorm room. Loud, compact, fast charging, simple, sleek, sexy, — all around goodness." —Chris Bohorquez, Facebook

    Get it here.

    10. TeckNet Pro Mouse ($9)


    This ergonomic mouse will give your hand some relief. It also offers cursor precision over many surface types.

    "We’ve recently bought a second one so no more sharing with the laptop and desktop. Five stars, would totally recommend." —kellyc61

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    11. Anker PowerCore 20100 Portable Charger ($40)


    This portable charger holds a 20,000 mAH battery, which is equivalent to six iPhone 6S charges or five Galaxy S6 charges.

    "I literally never leave my house without it. Charges two devices at once and can charge an iPhone fully up to seven/eight times. I never have to worry about my phone dying, ever! It also charges it super fast, so It’s my main source of charging my phone. I travel a lot and it has been a relief knowing my phone will never be dead (have to Instagram all those pics). Best $40 bucks I ever spent! They also make smaller versions if you don’t need that much power in your pocket." —caitlinw48d7aa030

    Get it here.

    12. Panasonic ErgoFit Earbuds With Mic ($13)


    These simple earbuds include an integrated inline switch and microphone. There is also a version without the mic/controller for $11.

    "Panasonic makes these $10 earbuds that are honestly the best ones I’ve ever owned. Great sound, decent noise cancelling, and they don’t fall out of my ears!" —toril4a7e53dd6

    "They’re my absolute favorite earbuds and I always have a backup, in case I lose the ones I’m using. The pair I’m using currently have lasted over a year of regular use. They’re really comfy and fit my ears that tend to be uncomfortable in other earbuds. I’ve also lent them to other people and everyone’s liked them. The sounds good and they’re super inexpensive." —emilylaine333

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    13. Yurbuds Inspire 300 ($40)


    The Yurbuds Inspire 300 feature a "twist lock" method that helps the buds stay in your ears. The backs of the earbuds have magnetic clips, designed to reduce tangling. There's a microphone and music control button as well.

    "They are perfect for exercising and the sound quality is amazing. Just as good as Beats and Bose, just a whole lot cheaper. They also come in different colors and sizes, even ones for women because we have smaller ears." —rebeccam43922a1a2

    Get it here.

    14. Urbanears Plattan ($49)


    These headphones are collapsible and include a port that lets listeners share music with a friend.

    "Not horribly expensive compared to others, but are amazing and extremely durable. The cable wire accidentally got caught in my car door and was dragged on the street for miles, but still work perfectly, not to mention I’ve had them for over four years. Definitely worth the money; I recommend to everyone!" —rachelm4ee83c544

    "Agreed on the Urbanears! They also fold up to take less space, and they have a nifty little audio out socket so you can plug another set of headphones into them and share the tunes." —mcmolls

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    15. Nite Ize 6-Inch Gear Ties (2 for $3)


    "It’s not really a gadget. It’s more of an add-on. I have been loving gear ties (flexible twist tie things) to keep everything in my life organized. Specifically. I need a long cable to charge my phone without sitting two feet from the plug, but I also like to tie up the extra cord so it doesn’t wrap around every item in my purse or trip me when I get up.

    "I originally bought bigger ones for camping but I find myself using them for pretty much anything!" —tina100

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    16. Toshiba Chromebook 2 ($300)


    If you just need a computer that connects to the internet, a Chromebook that runs Google's Chrome OS is a good option. It's perfect for those who email, web browse, and use Google Docs. The 2015 Toshiba Chromebook 2 has a high-res 13-inch, 1920x1080 IPS screen and 4GB of RAM. At 2.95 pounds, it's light and delivers eight hours and 30 minutes of battery life.

    "Spent a lot of time researching this one before buying! I needed a fast computer with long battery life for under $300 that I can use at school. This thing is amazing. Starts up immediately, is about the same dimensions as a MacBook Air, very bright screen, loud speakers, and the battery life lasts me between six to 12 hours depending on what I’m doing. If most of what you do is online based, then this laptop is perfect!" —brid49c87c89a

    "I got this too and I love it. The screen is amazing." —alexthegirl

    Get it here.

    17. HP Stream 11 ($218)


    Editor's Note: A new version of the Stream 11 became available on Aug. 24 for $199, and the Stream 14 is available on Sept. 17 for $219. You can get them both at This ultra-portable 11-inch, 2.6-pound laptop runs Windows 10 with 2GB of RAM memory. It has a solid state drive, so it's fanless and very quiet. The battery life is up to 10 hours and 45 minutes.

    "I bought an 11” HP Stream laptop when my MacBook crapped out on me. It’s purple, runs Windows 10, and is super lightweight. Best part is that it was under $200." —maddisonmccauleyh

    Get it here.

    Hope you enjoy not spending all your money on great gadgets.

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