Favorite electronic Gizmos(Not your phone)

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Some electronics are just an improvement over the past. And I guess a gizmo is very specific and specialized - everybody’s got a phone! Also, I’m not going to suggest any Microsoft or Mac computer tech since I’m no expert, but I do like an iPad. Here are some of my favorite non lighting gizmos I use around the house and for travel:

Panasonic bq-cc87 usb battery charger and power bank with eneloops. Also like cheap single 18650 holders from China with your choice of battery(flat tops fit best) and they make easy gifts. The xtar double 18650 power bank also looks tempting.

Brennan b2 cd ripper. Awesome storage and easy play of cd collections.

Olight usb single battery charger. So easy and light.

Cottonpickers li ion battery meter. Is there anything out there that’s this easy and portable?

Any reliable stud finder. Any decent battery powered drill with new bits.

Gene Cafe coffee roaster. Yeah, I really like caffeine!

Ok, one app! Spotify and a portable tribit max blue tooth speaker. Sounds pretty good to me but I grew up with crappy am/fm radios.

Maxus digital scale. Tiny and cheap with aaa batteries.

Griot’s Garage air pump and rechargeable battery jump starter. Discount jump starter brand works fine in temperate zone. Cold weather? I’d pay more.

Uniden radar detector. Pays for itself.

Look forward to hearing about your favorites.
 

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My puter.

Mahr digi. calipers, my GPS watch, my battery charger, timegrapher. My induction stovetop. I have a nice laboratory scale but im not using it. I dont use that much digi apart from that. But my computer a lot.
 

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Garmin Inreach Explorer+ for when I'm solo in the back country.

Satellite text messaging. SOS that triggers SAR. Position tracking that I can share every 10 minutes with the wife and others. Navigation with maps and waypoints. All with absolutely no cell coverage.
 

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I use a network tester at work that has a time domain reflectometer function in it. Plug it into one end of a network cable or co-ax and it will tell you how long it is by sending a pulse down the wire and measuring how long it takes for the reflection to come back from the other end. It's sort of like radar for cables. CAT-5/6 cables have a length limit of 100 meters (328 feet) so this is a lifesaver in terms of finding cable runs that are out of spec. It also tests for correct pair mapping and other stuff.
 

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My Garmin Edge Explore cycling computer coupled with the Garmin Varia RTL515 Rearview Radar. Not only can I see where I’m going but it warns me of vehicles coming from behind me and displays how fast they are approaching. It has saved my butt a couple of times when I was about to make a left turn and didn’t see the approaching cars in my rear view mirror.
 

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I use a network tester at work that has a time domain reflectometer function in it. Plug it into one end of a network cable or co-ax and it will tell you how long it is by sending a pulse down the wire and measuring how long it takes for the reflection to come back from the other end. It's sort of like radar for cables. CAT-5/6 cables have a length limit of 100 meters (328 feet) so this is a lifesaver in terms of finding cable runs that are out of spec. It also tests for correct pair mapping and other stuff.
Nice tool! Does it also test bandwidth? At one time I used a Validator for stuff like that.

My best electronic device is probably my Fluke network tester that allows me to tone live data cables without disrupting the data on the switch. My Fluke multimeter is another great tool. Aside from that, what gives me the most Fun is my Carrera slot car track and all necessary tools to fix and maintain the cars. I also fly RC helis and have two 1:5 scale on-road cars that I used to race - those are fun toys and filled with electronics.
 

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Wow! Very cool slot car set up and selection of cars. Reminds me of a write up in R&T magazine on a builder who makes slot tracks based on actual race tracks and of the actual period - usually 60’s and 70’s - and with crazy authenticity. Guys were basically artists.
 

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Nice tool! Does it also test bandwidth? At one time I used a Validator for stuff like that.

My best electronic device is probably my Fluke network tester that allows me to tone live data cables without disrupting the data on the switch. My Fluke multimeter is another great tool. Aside from that, what gives me the most Fun is my Carrera slot car track and all necessary tools to fix and maintain the cars. I also fly RC helis and have two 1:5 scale on-road cars that I used to race - those are fun toys and filled with electronics.
It does not do bandwidth tests. I think you and I are using the same Fluke instrument though. :) What a great little tool.

I have an older pair of Fluke network test gadgets that can test up to 100mb and it could do certifications, check for near-end crosstalk, all sorts of things. Sadly it's become obsolete now that 1gb networks are so common in business.
 

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Thanks @ledbetter for the compliment! I think I know who you're talking about... the name escapes me atm though...

I almost forgot to mention the trickest network tool I have... it's a Fluke LinkSprinter 200. You connect the small simple device to an ethernet cable that you want to find the other end of. It sends you an email with all the details: voltage of the POE connection, performs a switch test and tells you what switch port your connected to, confirms DHCP and pings a web address that you can specify, then emails you the report page.
 

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Thanks @ledbetter for the compliment! I think I know who you're talking about... the name escapes me atm though...

I almost forgot to mention the trickest network tool I have... it's a Fluke LinkSprinter 200. You connect the small simple device to an ethernet cable that you want to find the other end of. It sends you an email with all the details: voltage of the POE connection, performs a switch test and tells you what switch port your connected to, confirms DHCP and pings a web address that you can specify, then emails you the report page.
That is pretty cool. I'm going to look into that tool.
 
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