Not too long ago, having a Bluetooth player in your car was a big deal. Technology has come leaps and bounds since that day, and Gadgets decided to take a look at the essential tech everyone should keep in their car.
A camera continuously rolling while you’re driving? This shouldn’t need any explanation. Everyone (supposedly) has car insurance, but having a dash-cam is the insurance to your insurance. How can you say no to something that can provide concrete proof? Our pick is the Xiaomi Mi Dashcam 1S, a reliable and affordable gadget, guaranteed to bail you out should the need arise.
We love an environmentally friendly gadget. For all those petrol station receipts, chocolate wrappers, and pastizzi bags, these mini-bins prevent the accumulation of trash, and allow you to dispose of your waste responsibly. A friend of the environment is a friend of ours.
Portable Battery Charger
Forgetting a light on and coming back to find your car drained of battery is a rite of passage for all car owners. If it’s never happened to you, then the clock is ticking and it’s always better to be prepared. This 12V portable battery charger is guaranteed to bail you out of a sticky situation, without having to make that embarrassing phone call to emergency services. Just remember to keep it charged.
Ok, seriously, if you need us to tell you that you should have a charger in your car you need to take a good look at yourself. Heading out and your phone is low on battery? This USB charger comes with high-speed charging, meaning you won’t have to spend half an hour waiting at home for your phone to power up. Just plug into your 9V output and you’re good to go. Just don’t forget to take your wire with you.
Magnetic Phone Holder
We all had those clunky, clip-on phone holders that break over time. The alternative to those were the holders which stick onto your windscreen, but glue on glass doesn’t take too kindly to the Maltese sun. Instead, we opt for this magnetic holder. Simply stick a tiny magnet onto the back of your phone and it clips on effortlessly. While it works well, you should still always keep your eyes on the road.
This nifty little gadget connects into the cars 9V power supply to let you know a ton of stuff about your car. Connect it to the app and you’ll never forget where you parked your car. It shows how well your car battery is doing, as well as informing you of whether your tires need inflating. Talk about a smart car.
Hopefully, you’ll never have to use this, but it doesn’t hurt to be prepared. This inexpensive device is ideal to break your car window should you get stuck in an accident. It also comes with a tiny blade on the end, ideal to cut through a seatbelt which may be pinning you in place.
Mini Air Compressor
We know the stereotypical time you’ll get a puncture – first day on the job, the date you set up pre-COVID, it’s raining…you get the picture. In any case, as we said before, it’s best to be prepared, so chuck this mini air compressor into your luggage boot, and just know that it’s going to be there for you when you need it most.
What other cool car gadgets did we miss out on? Let us know in the comments!