Are You on a Budget? Tech You can Grab for $25 or Less!
If you're under the impression that any good piece of tech is going to set your bank account big time, you'll be happy to know that this idea just isn't true! Sure, there are speakers, headphones, and other electronic accessories that easily cost hundreds (and sometimes thousands) of dollars, but this isn't always the case. We set a budget of just $25 for ourselves, and while it may not sound like a lot, we found a lot of truly great gadgets in this price range! After thoroughly reviewing our finds, we've narrowed it down to the ten best tech products under $25.
Budget Car Diagnostic Tool: BAFX Bluetooth Diagnostic OBDII Scanner
If you don't have one of these devices for your car, you should! This OBDII scanner can be used to monitor your car and analyze and potential issues. It essentially provides you with diagnostics without you needing to take your car to a mechanic to find out what's wrong, saving you money! Plus, when you do need to take your car to a mechanic for repairs, you won't be tricked into thinking there is another, more expensive problem because you already know the diagnosis. The OBDII scanner can also read and clear your Check Engine Light. Like most Bluetooth OBDII scanners, this one is not compatible with iPhones and iPads due to a block by Apple. Reviewers are overwhelmingly positive about this product. It is easy to use, and it works well to keep your vehicle safe and save you money!
Never Lose Anything Again: Tile Mate
We've all been in this situation before: you want to head out the door to get to work or a class at the gym or to meet a friend for dinner, but you just can't find your keys. Maybe it's your phone or wallet that you're perpetually misplacing. Whatever it is, Tile Mate is the solution for you. The Tile Mate is essentially a Bluetooth tracker with a small loop on one end that can be attached to keychains or purses. You can also use it with the Tile Mate adhesive (sold separately) to stick it to anything you'd like. Then, just open the app on your smartphone (compatible with iOS and Android) and the Tile Mate will ring if its nearby! You can also check the map for its last known location. The battery lasts for one year with no need to recharge. Afterwards, you can replace your Tile for a discounted price.
Photographer Tech: Mpow 3-in-1 Clip-On Smartphone Camera Lens Kit
If you are a budding photographer and want to take your smartphone camera to the next level, you should get this budget-friendly clip-on lens kit. It comes with three lenses that you can switch out to capture the gorgeous shots you desire. The Mpow 3-in-1 Clip-On Smartphone Camera Lens Kit can fit any device, whether mobile phone or tablet, where the distance between the center of the lens and the top edge of the device is less than 1.2 inches. The Fisheye Lens captures a 180-degree view. The 10x macro lens allows you to capture intense close-ups of small objects. Finally, the 0.65x Wide Angle lens results in photos that capture even more of the fantastic views you point your smartphone camera at.
Make Any Speaker Bluetooth: Logitech Bluetooth Audio Adapter
While the vast majority of us have smartphones with Bluetooth capability, not everyone has Bluetooth speakers yet. It's a shame too, since Bluetooth gives you so much flexibility! There's no need to be tied down and constricted by unsightly wires. That's where the Logitech Bluetooth Audio Adapter comes in. The Logitech Bluetooth Audio Adapter allows you to play music wirelessly to any speaker! All you need to do is plug your speakers into this small Bluetooth adapter, press the pairing button, and you're good to go! Reviewers like that you can pair it with your smartphone and tablet simultaneously and choose which one to stream music from.
Lightweight Tripod: Joby Gorilla Pod
The Joby GorillaPod is a magnetic, lightweight tripod that you can easily carry with you anywhere. The magnetic feet allow this tripod to not only stand upright, but you can also wrap its flexible legs around tree branches, poles, and more to achieve the perfect shot. The super strong magnets additionally allow you to attach this tripod to any metallic surface with ease. A lock ring keeps your camera attached securely to the tripod. Joby boasts that it can support cameras weighing up to 7x its weight, though some reviewers did note that it struggled to keep certain smartphones upright. Granted, however, this model is not intended for smartphones but rather for action video cameras and point & shoot cameras. Joby does offer other tripods, like this one, designed specifically for mobile phones. Once you get the photographs you want, you can remove your camera from the Joby Gorilla Pod via the quick-release clip.
Adapter for Globetrotters: LOOP World Adapter Plug
The LOOP World Adapter Plug is perfect for globetrotters, allowing you to charge your devise in 150+ countries. It includes US, UK, EU, and AU/CN plugs. What is perhaps the most beloved aspect about this adapter is the ability to simultaneously charge three devices. This means that you don't need to make a choice between purchasing more than one travel adapter or simply charging your electronics one at a time. It features a Universal 8 Pin AC plug socket and dual USB charging ports. Reviewers note that because of this product, less time had to be spent at the hotel recharging electronics one at a time, since they could instead take care of everything all at once! This is not a power converter, so it won't work with high power electrical appliances such as hairdryers, though it may be ok with travel hairstyling devices. It's made from fire-resistant materials and includes a spare fuse, safety shutters, and safety plug lock.
The Most Convenient USB: Nomad Key for Mirco USB
Have you ever needed to charge something but realized you don't have your USB with you? It's one of the most annoying experiences, resulting in either you needing to ask people you may not even know if they have a charger you could use or else your mobile device dying. Fortunately, Nomad had come up with an easy and convenient solution. The Nomad Key is a charging cable and keychain in one. Unlike traditional charging cables, this one is quite small and portable, only about the length of housekey. It's great for emergencies or those who don't have the space in their bag for a USB charger. It's made of a durable polycarbonate frame and a flexible, TPE rubber middle section. The metals are scratch-resistant so you can toss this keychain in your pocket or backpack without needing to put a cap on the end first.
Powerful Portable Charger: Anker PowerCore 5000 Power Bank
The Anker PowerCore 5000 is a compact yet powerful 5000 mAh external charger. It actually contains enough power to charge most smartphones twice! Typically, these high capacity chargers are large and unwieldly, however the Anker PowerCore 5000 has a small, tubular design that you could easily fit into your pocket. It measures 1.3 inches by 1.3 inches by 4.3 inches and weighs just 4.7 ounces. The PowerIQ technology is designed to identify the connected device so that this power bank can provide the optimal, high-speed charge. You can recharge the external battery via either the USB or a wall charger, with recharge time taking about 2 to 3 hours. LED lights indicate the PowerCore's remaining power. It will automatically turn off once your device is fully charged, so you don't have to worry about draining power. Likewise, when recharging the PowerCore, the LED indicator lights will turn off once it is fully charged to signal to you that it's ready to use.
Tiny Bluetooth Speaker: Anker SoundCore Nano Bluetooth Speaker
While Bluetooth Speakers can cost hundreds of dollars, we still set our sights on finding one up to our standards that cost under $25. The Anker SoundCore Nano Bluetooth Speaker was the one to make our final cut! Don't get put off by this speaker's tiny body: it still produces sound that you can appreciate! In fact, because it's so compact, it is also super portable. You'll get four hours of battery life from the Nano Bluetooth Speaker before you need to recharge. Reviewers found that while this speaker doesn't produce a ton of bass, the vocal quality is quite clear. It features a 3W audio driver. It also conveniently features a built-in microphone, so you can enjoy hands-free calling. It pairs easily with smartphones that have Bluetooth connectivity.
Water-Resistant Bluetooth Headphones: iClever Bluetooth Wireless Headphones
The iClever Bluetooth Wireless Headphones offer a wireless experience that allows you to enjoy your music anywhere. While many budget headphones result in lackluster audio quality, reviewers have overall been pleased with these headphones. The CVC6.0 noise reduction technology reduces the amount of unwanted background noise, thus enhancing your audio experience. This technology also works by providing automatic gain adjustment, self-adjusting volume control, echo reduction, and to change the frequency and decibels to target underused levels of human hearing. In other words, it's something you definitely want in your headphones! These headphones are water-resistant and sweat-proof, so you don't have to worry about using them when you run in the rain. Reviewers love that it comes with multi-sized ear-tips to ensure a snug and comfortable fit.
When it comes to living in such a high-tech world where the biggest, latest, most expensive technology is constantly highlighted, we often forget how much we can get for a budget-friendly price. While the occasional splurge is certainly ok and even healthy, we also want to exert some control and save money for the future. That's why we came up with this list of the top ten gadgets that you can grab for $25 or less! We've proved that no only is it possible, but there are a lot of amazing tech products out there. Whether you're a world traveler, a music lover, photographer, or simply drive a car and exist in today's world, there is hot, budget-friendly tech that you're going to love!