A Great Tech Project for 2017: Make Your Gadget Kit
We’ve heard of the Kikay or the Gwapo Kits but in today’s digital age it’s equally important to have a “Gadget Kit”. It’s basically a pack, pouch, or small bag that contains all of your everyday essential and emergency electronics. If you don’t have one yet it might be good to make your own this coming 2017.
The video above is the gadget kit that I personally put together 2 months ago. It’s Carlo’s Gadget Kit V1.0 and I should be making a Gadget Kit V2.0 soon (lol). Note that you don’t have to spend too much money on making this. You can get more affordable alternatives to the gadgets in the video above.
For everyone’s benefit, here’s the list of gadgets in the kit.
LowePro CS60 (Php1,500)
This is the “gadget kit” pack. It’s weather and shock resistant so it can take a beating, especially since I just throw my bag around. What’s great about it is that it’s modular. There are velcro separators which allow you to custom build the spaces. There’s also a top compartment which is fantastic for cables, adapters, and dongles.
Cheaper alternative? Go shop in Beabi, Make Room, or Halo. They have a ton of packs that sell for less than Php1,000. Some are even below Php500.
Logitech X50 Wireless Speakers (Php1,200)
It’s colorful, portable, and it just works. It’s also loud. In my line of work it’s important to always have on-the-go portable speakers for sudden presentations. A more affordable alternative is the Elliot Audio Speakers which sells for Php850.
Twist Plus (Php1,200+)
Connects to the Magsafe charger of the MacBook and gives it universal outlet capabilities. Apart from that it also has 4 USB ports for charging mobile devices. It’s a fantastic all-around charging accessory. Can’t live without it especially since I travel a lot.
Any Nice Powerbank Php500-Php3,000
Your choice of powerbank. My personal choice are the smaller 5,000mAh-7,000mAh powerbanks so it saves space. I use an iPhone 7 Plus which has pretty good battery life already so I just need a top-up at the end of the day if I didn’t get a chance to plug my phone during the afternoon.
By the way, there are now a lot of multi-purpose powerbanks out in the market. Here’s a quick video that we made showing you several options:
Cleaning Kit (Php50-Php500)
It can be as simple as a piece of microfiber cloth and a cleaning spray or it can be more complex like the cleaning solution in the video above (which sells for Php470 in Power Mac Center). What’s important is that you have something that you can use to wipe and clean your screen, especially when you’re going to share the view of your laptop or phone for presentations to clients. Imagine what it tells them if your laptop screen is smudgey as hell.
Presentation Laptop Clicker (Php850-Php2,000)
I give a lot of presentations. This is simply a must-have for me. My brand of choice is Genius since the ones I got from Targus before kept on dying on me. Another good alternative are the clickers from Logitech.
A Lot of Dongles and Adapters
I use the new MacBook Pro with the Touchbar and the 4 USB-C ports. It’s no wonder that I have a lot of friggin dongles and adapters. It’s the dongle life if you’re using Apple’s newest machine. No wonder Consumer Reports issued a “Don’t Buy” warning for it. We wouldn’t recommend it to you guys as well (the new Macbook Pro with Touchbar).
And that’s it! Hope you guys enjoy making your own gadget kits for 2017. Will post Carlo’s Gadget Kit V2.0 sometime in January. 🙂