Car Gear

There’s a New Lighting System That Will Help Deer Avoid Vehicles at Night

If you regularly drive in rural areas, where the possibility of hitting a deer is a nightly driving challenge, this bit of info might be of interest. There is a new type of lighting technology that has been substantially proven to reduce vehicular collisions with deer in low-light driving conditions. It’s not available yet, but hopefully, it will be coming soon.


Gear Diary’s Father’s Day 2020 Gift Guide and Giveaway

June 21st is Father’s Day. Let that sink in for a moment; we are already halfway through 2020. While it may seem like this has been the longest year ever, there are still six more months just waiting to spring their surprises on us — which is all the more reason to take a minute, slow down, and celebrate the fathers in our lives.


The Alpine Power Duo Is the Best Affordable Upgrade You Can Make for Your Car Stereo

The biggest upgrade you can make to your car stereo these days is adding Apple CarPlay or Android Auto functionality. Alpine’s ILX-W650 is a best-in-class in-dash digital multimedia receiver that is compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in a shallow chassis with a 7″ capacitive touchscreen. Paired with Alpine’s KTA-450 amplifier, the value and features can’t be beaten.


Last Minute Gifts That Will Arrive Before Christmas

With Christmas just a few days away, chances are you may need a few more gifts but don’t want to risk heading to the mall to stand in long lines. Here are a few products that you should consider checking out that will arrive even earlier than Santa expected.


Pitaka MagEZ Mount Qi Lets Your Phone Go Places

My new lease vehicle has Qi wireless charging built into the console; it works fine but requires the phone to be hidden away in the center console. There are, however, times when I need my phone within view for navigation, and there’s no better way to do that than with the new $49.99 Pitaka MagEZ Mount Qi Magnetic Car Mount Charger.


Keyport Modular Anywhere Tools Review

First things first: let me apologize to the fine folks at Keyport for my delay in writing this review. I received a set of Keyport’s Anywhere Tools all the way back in February. I put them on my keys, hoping to get some real-world use out of them before writing my review.




Vava Dash Cam Is a Svelte, Polished, and Screen-Free Addition to Your Car

Dash cams have been around for many years and up until recently, they have been very popular in other countries outside of the United States. Lately, the trend seems to be catching on locally with many products entering the market to meet consumer demand. The Vava Dash Cam offers its own spin by trimming down the size, removing the screen and relying on a smartphone app for everything.


The iOttie iTap 2 Wireless Charging Car Mount Lives up to the Hype

iOttie is a name I’ve trusted for years. I’ve used a number of their mobile phone car mounts in all of my cars as well as my wife’s car, so I was excited to hear about their latest car mount, the iTap 2 Wireless. It features wireless Qi charging with the convenience of a magnetic mount and retails for $54.95.


iOttie Announces Efficient New Magnetic Wireless Charging Car Mounts

iOttie, creators of best-selling smartphone mounts and a brand I’ve trusted for years, just announced their new iTap 2 Wireless Series of wireless charging mounts.  The new iOttie iTap 2 Wireless Series uses strong magnets to keep your phone secure while built-in Qi charging keeps your phone’s battery juiced.



Autowit MiniCyclone Sucks up All the Mystery Crumbs in Your Car or Home!

If you have children, you know that they can magically bend the laws of physics. More specifically, they can take a small amount of something, say, 2 crackers, and turn it into a pile of crumbs that cover the interior of an average sedan. There’s always the car wash vacuum and using up all your laundry quarters, or there’s Autowit MiniCyclone.




The Anker Roav Bolt Will Add Google Assistant to Your Vehicle

Anker has just introduced the Roav Bolt, yet another of their cleverly crafted mobile accessories. The Roav Bolt is essentially a multipurpose car charger that is designed to bring Google’s Voice Assistant directly to your car, so you’ll no longer have to say “Hey Google” to your smartphone while driving.




HeartKey Can Be a Wellness Watchdog and a Car Key!

You know how spy movies try to show how technologically advanced they are by using retina scanners? Well, apparently they’re behind the curve because B-Secur is pushing their EKG technology, HeartKey, as the ultimate algorithm to identify you as well as make sure that lifetime addiction to Dunkin’ Donuts hasn’t caught up with you yet.


Black Friday and Cyber Monday Are Here, and We’ve Got Deals for You!

There’s no need to run around like a turkey with its head cut off: there are plenty of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals available that don’t require getting up at the crack of dawn or standing in any lines — there’s no need to wrestle your chosen item from someone else’s arms, either. Just sit back, relax, and click.


6 Cool Smart Gadgets for Your Car

Cars are getting smarter. They now regularly come with various internet-connected features, and the average car of today has the computing power of about 20 personal computers. Companies are also testing self-driving vehicles. But what if you drive an older model, and your car isn’t up to date with all the latest tech trends? Don’t worry — you can still make your car smart by adding after-market gadgets like the ones listed below. 1. Heads-Up Display Some modern vehicles come…