Our cars have become an extension of our homes. We spruce them up not only to make them look nicer but also to make our ride more comfortable and safe.
This year’s top car gadgets are more than just fancy toys that will gather dust after you tire of them — these babies are true lifesavers that will earn a well-deserved spot your car.
1. Portable 11000MAH Car Jump Starter
Jumper cables are great in case you have to lend a helping hand. However, if you have engine problems somewhere isolated with almost a zero chance of another car passing by, then this portable self-powered jump starter from Bestek is what you need. For starters, this essential car gadget can jumpstart your car 15 times with the peak current of 500 amps. Engine trouble in the dark? It comes with a built-in flashlight. A flat tire? When fully charged, it can power the air compressor that will be enough to pump all four tires. Dead phone? Use it as a power bank for smartphones, tablets, laptops, and GPS because it delivers a fast charging speed that’s up to 2.1 amp. And it can also be used as an escape hammer.
2. Stinger USB emergency tool
Small as it may be, the stinger USB emergency tool from Ztylus can save you from a seatbelt or window jam — it can break a car glass window using a spring-loaded glass breaker with minimal effort and cut the seatbelt with its slim blade at the back.
The Stinger is small enough not to be intrusive even when it’s plugged into the car’s cigarette lighter at all times. Plus it has two USB ports you can use for fast charging.
Tile-Mate has made it possible to call your car keys when you couldn’t find them. Yes, call them. Tile-Mate is actually small Bluetooth tiles that you can attach to your car keys, remote control, and other things that you often misplace. By downloading their app, you can ring these tiles, and it will play a sound to help you locate it. A great bonus is that, if you lose your phone in your house but have your keys or other items with the Tile Mate with you, all you have to do is press the button in the centre and it will make your phone ring even if it is on silent mode.
4. Hudway Cast
While technology has made it safer for us to drive, it has simultaneously provided us with countless distractions. The creators of the HUDWAY Cast saw that it is dangerous for drivers to take their eyes off the road when they’re using the car’s navigation. As a solution, they created a portable clear display glass that can be attached to the dashboard and can be connected to phones that support Miracast, or Airplay to display whatever is on your phone’s screen. You can use apps like Waze, Google Maps, Sygic, and Baidu along with the one from HUDWAY at the same time.
5. Magnetic Vent Car Mount
Good things come in small packages, and the same could be said about the Cygnett MagMount Plus Vent. These little devices have adhesives that can stick to the vent, dashboard, and windshield. The mount has a magnet used in combination with a metal plate you put inside your phone case. It should be flat and not thicker than 1.8mm for it to work. Once it’s attached, you can adjust it the way you want to because it rotates 360 degrees. It has a metal finish that’s suitable for all car designs and a strong magnet that won’t make the phone fall off in bumpy rides.