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5 Tech Products Under $50 Everyone Should Own

posted by on March 18, 2014 in Health and Home, Phones and Mobile, Travel & Entertainment, Guides & Reviews, Money Savers :: 7 comments

I get asked quite a bit what my favorite tech products are. And because I have access to all the best stuff for testing as a tech journalist, sometimes my choices are a little beyond the reach of most consumers, such as a $4,000 UHD TV set or a $1,500 dSLR.

But when I look at the stuff I’ve actually paid money for, the items are definitely more reasonable price-wise. That doesn’t mean they’re any less valuable, though. In fact, they’re often the items I use everyday and take wherever I go. And these are my top picks for tech products under $50 that everyone should own.

Digital Treasures ChargeIt Universal 3600mAh Power BankBackup battery charger

Anyone who owns a smartphone knows it can run through a battery in less than a day. So I carry a backup battery charger everywhere. The Digital Treasures ChargeIt Universal 3600mAh Power Bank ($29.99 on Amazon) has built-in Lightning, microUSB and legacy 30-pin Apple device cables, so you won’t ever forget yours. And its 3600mAh battery provides plenty of backup power for even the most power-hungry cell phones.

Sonicare Essence Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush

Sonicare Essence Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush

Electric Toothbrush

Electric toothbrushes work better than manual ones. Not only does brushing with an electric toothbrush leave your teeth feeling cleaner, according to a report by The Cochrane Collaboration Oral Health Group, it also reduces plaque and the risk of contracting gingivitis, an early stage periodontal disease that affects 50 percent of adults.

Not just any electric toothbrush will do, though. Go for a model with a head that rotates and oscillates, like the Oral-B Professional Deep Sweep Triaction 1000 ($39.97 on Amazon) or a sonic model like the rechargeable Sonicare Essence Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush ($49.95 on Amazon)

Cloud-based file storage

Imagine losing every picture, every video, every memento of the important events in your life due to a fire, flood or theft. And why risk it when cloud-based storage options are so widely available and cheap? One of the best bargains is Google Drive, which is free for the first 15 GB of storage and $1.99 per month ($23.88 per year) for up to 100GB. (You can also get 1TB for $9.99 per month or $119.88 per year.) You can use it to sync files between all of your devices and access your files from anywhere. We even trust it at Techlicious to store and share all of our business files.

Hamilton Beach Stay or Go Personal Cup Pod Coffeemaker 49990ZPod-based single serve coffee machine

Every minute counts during my morning rush, so I rely on a single-serve coffee machine to give me that initial jolt, with a minimal amount of effort. There are certainly fancier options out there than the Hamilton Beach Stay or Go Personal Cup Pod Coffeemaker 49990Z ($29.99 on Amazon), but for $30, you can get a very good cup of coffee in no time. You can buy pre-made Senseo pods or make your own pods, filling them with your favorite coffee or tea. The coffeemaker is built to accommodate tall travel mugs and has a built-in stand for regular cups.

Slime Safety Spair Instant tire repair

Changing a flat tire is messy, difficult and can be downright dangerous. With just the push of a button, though, the Slime Safety Spair ($38.97 on Amazon) injects a special sealant into your tire, plugging punctures up to a quarter inch, and quickly re-inflating the tire with its built-in compressor. All in 7 minutes…er…flat. There’s also a safety light for night use making it an essential part of your car safety kit. The inflator can also be used to top off a low tire or inflate sports balls without injecting the repair sealant.

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Android Charger

From Lee on March 19, 2014 :: 11:27 am

What is a good backup charger for an Android user who travels 70 percent of their time.  I am a travel writer so I am often on long trips with sometimes limited access to power for as much as a 48 hour period (usually not that long, but frequently extended periods)



The myCharge Hub 9000

From Josh Kirschner on March 19, 2014 :: 11:38 am

For frequent travelers, we love the myCharge Hub 9000. It recently won our award for the Best Portable Battery Charger, based on our testing. The myCharge has plenty of power (9000mAh), is reasonably compact and doesn’t require you to carry any extra cables.

It’s not the cheapeast unit out there, but for someone who travels frequently, we think it’s an excellent purchase.

You can read our full review of the myCharge Hub 9000 here:


WHAT is a pod

From John Werneken on March 19, 2014 :: 6:30 pm

And what the heck does “pod-based” mean, if anything?



Single-serve coffee pods

From Josh Kirschner on March 20, 2014 :: 1:50 am

“Pod-based” describes the single-serve coffee and espresso machines where the coffee comes in little presealed containers. Keureg, Tassimo, Nespresso are all well-known brands for pod-based coffee.

The Hamilton Beach coffee maker uses pods from Senseo.



From John Werneken on March 25, 2014 :: 4:39 pm

i’m afraid one cup would be like one kiss or one beer lol.



Slime Tire Repair

From RDW on March 25, 2014 :: 7:00 am

I think it is important to mention that sealants put in a tire will clog most low pressure sensors in vehicles. This, depending on your dealer, will void coverage for replacement.



That is helpful

From Josh Kirschner on March 25, 2014 :: 9:52 am

Slime claims to be TPMS safe. However, it’s possible that it could clog your TPMS, so it should only be used when you have a puncture and you require an emergency repair (e.g., you’re stranded on the highway or in the middle of nowhere). If your tire is merely low on air or has a slow leak, you can just use the built-in compressor to fill the tire and then go to a tire repair center.

Worst case scenario, if you do clog your low pressure sensor, you can buy a replacement for around $40, for most vehicles.


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