10 Handy Gadgets That Will Make Your Life Easier

Electronic Avenue/3P Experts/Lutikey/Limitless Innovations/Ninety7
Electronic Avenue/3P Experts/Lutikey/Limitless Innovations/Ninety7

Having the latest and greatest in tech is nice for bragging rights, but what you really want your gadgets to do is simply make your life easier. Whether you're looking for a wireless battery base for your Google Home, a UV-light sanitizer for your phone, or a non-toxic way to repel mosquitos, these products are all aimed at making your day-to-day a bit more pleasant.

1. LOFT Battery Base for Google Home (Carbon); $17

Google Home battery.
Ninety 7

Nothing complements nice weather better than your favorite music, and with this wireless battery base for Google Home, you'll be able to bring your smart speaker onto the patio or to the beach so you can cue up the perfect soundtrack for a summer night.

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2. Three-in-One Waterproof Bug Zapper Lantern; $25

Waterproof bug zapper
3P Experts

Spending all summer outdoors sounds great, until you look down at your arms and legs and realize you've been served up as lunch to a parade of mosquitoes. Keep those pesky insects away with this lantern that works triple-duty as a flashlight, camping lantern, and bug zapper.

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3. Super Shield Mosquito Repellent Electronic Watch Band; $17

Mosquito repeller watch.
SafeTouch

This 130-hour ultrasonic band is a unique form of bug repellent aimed specifically at people with an active lifestyle. It works by imitating insect sounds to drive 70 percent of mosquitos away, which means no toxic chemicals. The design is waterproof and tough enough to be wearable on jogs and long hikes.

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4. 25-Piece Flashlight Toolbox Set; $25

Tool set from 3P Experts.
3P Experts

Inside this unique toolbox, you'll find a T-handle ratchet driver and bit holder; nine interchangeable, slotted Phillips and hex bits; an eight-piece Allen wrench set; and a four-piece precision screwdriver set. When you're done, the box itself closes up and becomes a handy, high-beam flashlight.

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5. SaniCharge Phone UV Sanitizer (Black); $38

UV phone sanitizer.
Electronic Avenue

This is truly the phone charger you didn’t know you needed. While your phone is peacefully charging inside, the system uses UV-C light to safely kill bacteria and germs on your device. You can even use the case to disinfect keys, jewelry, and more. As an added bonus, the charger doubles as a diffuser for aromatherapy goodness.

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6. Crave PowerPack 2: 50,000mAh Battery Charger; $190

Crave Direct battery charger.
Crave Direct

This four-device battery charger is an overachiever. It will get your laptop, phone, and two more devices charged up at the same time, whether you're on a road trip, in the middle of commuting, or just don't feel like finding four available outlets in your house.

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7. Higher Objects© Sawyer Utility Bracelet; $25

Higher Objects utility bracelet.
Higher Objects

If you’re the MacGyver of your group, you probably have a multi-tool stashed away in almost every room of the house and even in the car. Consider consolidating your collection into one wearable piece. This stainless steel multi-tool includes a small screwdriver and pocketknife tucked into a stylish genuine leather strap.

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8. LutiKey Bluetooth Tracker Device: Two-Pack; $40

Lutikey GPS tracker.
Lutikey

This location tracker connects to an app that syncs your location to your desired contacts so everyone can have the peace of mind that their loved ones are safe. This device comes with features like separation alerts, last location, history tracking, and more, making it the ultimate emergency companion.

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9. Clutch Portable Charger; $39

Clutch portable charger.
Clutch

Portable chargers tend to be chunky, so while you can use them anywhere, you don’t want to necessarily carry them with you at all times. This model from Clutch fixes that with a design that's comparable in size to a credit card. It can be used with almost any Apple device, too, from iPads to Airpods.

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10. JumpSmart 37,000mWh Portable Vehicle Jump Starter Kit (Rose Gold); $120

Jumpstart kit.
Limitless Innovations

This single unit functions as a jump-starter, flashlight, and power bank to charge USB devices. Storing this in your car could save the day when you turn the keys in the ignition and hear the ever-dreaded sound of ... nothing.

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7 Top-Rated Portable Air Conditioners You Can Buy Right Now

Black + Decker/Amazon
Black + Decker/Amazon

The warmest months of the year are just around the corner (in the Northern Hemisphere, anyway), and things are about to get hot. To make indoor life feel a little more bearable, we’ve rounded up a list of some of the top-rated portable air conditioners you can buy online right now.

1. SereneLife 3-in-1 Portable Air Conditioner; $290

SereneLife air conditioner on Amazon.
SereneLife/Amazon

This device—currently the best-selling portable air conditioner on Amazon—is multifunctional, cooling the air while also working as a dehumidifier. Reviewers on Amazon praised this model for how easy it is to set up, but cautioned that it's not meant for large spaces. According to the manufacturer, it's designed to cool down rooms up to 225 square feet, and the most positive reviews came from people using it in their bedroom.

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2. Black + Decker 14,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner and Heater; $417

Black + Decker portable air conditioner
Black+Decker/Amazon

Black + Decker estimates that this combination portable air conditioner and heater can accommodate rooms up to 350 square feet, and it even comes with a convenient timer so you never have to worry about forgetting to turn it off before you leave the house. The setup is easy—the attached exhaust hose fits into most standard windows, and everything you need for installation is included. This model sits around four stars on Amazon, and it was also picked by Wirecutter as one of the best values on the market.

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3. Mikikin Portable Air Conditioner Fan; $45

Desk air conditioner on Amazon
Mikikin/Amazon

This miniature portable conditioner, which is Amazon's top-selling new portable air conditioner release, is perfect to put on a desk or end table as you work or watch TV during those sweltering dog days. It's currently at a four-star rating on Amazon, and reviewers recommend filling the water tank with a combination of cool water and ice cubes for the best experience.

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4. Juscool Portable Air Conditioner Fan; $56

Juscool portable air conditioner.
Juscool/Amazon

This tiny air conditioner fan, which touts a 4.6-star rating, is unique because it plugs in with a USB cable, so you can hook it up to a laptop or a wall outlet converter to try out any of its three fan speeds. This won't chill a living room, but it does fit on a nightstand or desk to help cool you down in stuffy rooms or makeshift home offices that weren't designed with summer in mind.

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5. SHINCO 8000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner; $320

Shinco portable air conditioner
SHINCO/Amazon

This four-star-rated portable air conditioner is meant for rooms of up to 200 square feet, so think of it for a home office or bedroom. It has two fan speeds, and the included air filter can be rinsed out quickly underneath a faucet. There's also a remote control that lets you adjust the temperature from across the room. This is another one where you'll need a window nearby, but the installation kit and instructions are all included so you won't have to sweat too much over setting it up.

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6. Honeywell MN Series Portable Air Conditioner and Dehumidifier; $400

Honeywell air conditioner on Walmart.
Honeywell/Walmart

Like the other units on this list, Honeywell's portable air conditioner also acts as a dehumidifier or a standard fan when you just want some air to circulate. You can cool a 350-square-foot room with this four-star model, and there are four wheels at the bottom that make moving it from place to place even easier. This one is available on Amazon, too, but Walmart has the lowest price right now.

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7. LG 14,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner; $699

LG Portable Air Conditioner.
LG/Home Depot

This one won't come cheap, but it packs the acclaim to back it up. It topped Wirecutter's list of best portable air conditioners and currently has a 4.5-star rating on Home Depot's website, with many of the reviews praising how quiet it is while it's running. It's one of the only models you'll find compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant, and it can cool rooms up to 500 square feet. There's also the built-in timer, so you can program it to go on and off whenever you want.

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10 Wireless Chargers Designed to Make Life Easier

La Lucia/Moshi
La Lucia/Moshi

While our smart devices and gadgets are necessary in our everyday life, the worst part is the clumsy collection of cords and chargers that go along with them. Thankfully, there are more streamlined ways to keep your phone, AirPods, Apple Watch, and other electronics powered-up. Check out these 10 wireless chargers that are designed to make your life convenient and connected.

1. Otto Q Wireless Fast Charging Pad; $40

Otto Q Wireless Fast Charging Pad
Moshi

Touted as one of the world's fastest chargers, this wireless model from Moshi is ideal for anyone looking to power-up their phone or AirPods in a hurry. It sports a soft, cushioned design and features a proprietary Q-coil module that allows it to charge through a case as thick as 5mm.

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2. Gotek Wireless Charging Music Station; $57

Gotek Wireless Charging Music Station
Rego Tech

Consolidate your bedside table with this clock, Bluetooth 5.0 speaker, and wireless charger, all in one. It comes with a built-in radio and glossy LED display with three levels of brightness to suit your style.

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3. BentoStack PowerHub 5000; $100 (37 percent off)

BentoStack PowerHub 5000
Function101

This compact Apple accessory organizer will wirelessly charge, port, and store your device accessories in one compact hub. It stacks to look neat and keep you from losing another small piece of equipment.

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4. Porto Q 5K Portable Battery with Built-in Wireless Charger; $85

Porto Q 5K Portable Battery with Built-in Wireless Charger
Moshi

This wireless charger doubles as a portable battery, so when your charge dies, the backup battery will double your device’s life. Your friends will love being able to borrow a charge, too, with the easy, non-slip hook-up.

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5. 4-in-1 Versatile Wireless Charger; $41 (31 percent off)

4-in-1 Versatile Wireless Charger
La Lucia

Put all of those tangled cords to rest with this single, temperature-controlled charging stand that can work on four devices at once. It even has a built-in safeguard to protect against overcharging.

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6. GRAVITIS™ Wireless Car Charger; $20 (31 percent off)

GRAVITIS™ Wireless Car Charger
Origaudio

If you need to charge your phone while also using it as a GPS, this wireless device hooks right into the car’s air vent for safe visibility. Your device will be fully charged within two to three hours, making it perfect for road trips.

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7. Futura X Wireless 15W Fast Charging Pad; $35 (30 percent off)

Futura X Wireless 15W Fast Charging Pad
Bezalel

This incredibly thin, tiny charger is designed for anyone looking to declutter their desk or nightstand. Using a USB-C cord for a power source, this wireless charger features a built-in cooling system and is simple to set up—once plugged in, you just have to rest your phone on top to get it working.

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8. Apple Watch Wireless Charger Keychain; $20 (59 percent off)

Apple Watch Wireless Charger Keychain
Go Gadgets

This Apple Watch charger is all about convenience on the go. Simply attach the charger to your keys or backpack and wrap your Apple Watch around its magnetic center ring. The whole thing is small enough to be easily carried with you wherever you're traveling, whether you're commuting or out on a day trip.

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9. Wireless Charger with 30W Power Delivery & 18W Fast Charger Ports; $55 (38 percent off)

Wireless Charger from TechSmarter
TechSmarter

Fuel up to three devices at once, including a laptop, with this single unit. It can wirelessly charge or hook up to USB and USB-C to consolidate your charging station.

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10. FurniQi Bamboo Wireless Charging Side Table; $150 (24 percent off)

FurniQi Bamboo Wireless Charging Side Table
FoneSalesman

This bamboo table is actually a wireless charger—all you have to do is set your device down on the designated charging spot and you're good to go. Easy to construct and completely discreet, this is a novel way to charge your device while entertaining guests or just enjoying your morning coffee.

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