The old saying that every man should own a watch seems somewhat irrelevant in the day and age of smartphones, smartwatches, and smart-, well, everything. If that’s really the case, are there any gadgets that modern men should own? As every other month, we’ve come up with a list of five cool gadgets for men —some more essential than others.
Slow cookers are not a new invention, but they really took off only when they were reintroduced under the name “Crock-Pot” in 1971 by the Naxon Utilities Corporation of Chicago. A basic slow cooker consists of a lidded cooking pot—typically either stainless steel or ceramic—and a base with a cooking element.
Some slow cookers have a digital display for the precise adjustment of cooking temperature and time, but most only have a basic dial with four settings: Off, Warm, Low, and High. The simplicity is exactly what makes the slow cooker such an excellent cooking appliance.
For example, to cook a delicious pork roast in a slow cooker, all you need is to season the roast with salt and pepper to taste and brown it on all sides in a large skillet over high heat. Then place the roast in your slow cooker and add the soup mix, water, carrots, onion, potatoes, and celery. Cover the slow cooker with a lid and cook on Low for up to 10 hours.
The Crock-Pot SCR300-SS is perfectly sized for three people, which means that it allows you to cook food in bulk as part of your meal prep routine. For just $20, there’s simply no reason not to own this incredibly handy cooking appliance.
Only men who need to look professional every day for work know how much effort it takes to keep the shirt tucked in the pants tight. Some give up and resort to complicated straps and clips, but others look for a better solution, preferably something that’s easy to use and inconspicuous.
That’s exactly where these magnetic shirt stays from Magnetuck come in. Magnetuck shirt stays work by magnetically attaching to your shirt right below your waistline, and they can keep your shirt tucked in without damaging it using super strong Neodymium rare earth magnets molded in silicone rubber. Installing the Magnetuck shirt stays is effortless, and they work with all types of shirts and pants.
Modern cars are complicated and full of sensitive electronics, which means that there are literary thousands of things that can break or go wrong. Nothing feels worse than seeing the engine light turn on without knowing what’s wrong and having to visit a car mechanic knowing the bill could be outrageously high. To make the whole situation even more unbearable, car mechanics aren’t exactly known for their honesty, and they can spot a helpless car owner from a mile away.
The good news is that all the complicated electronic sensors and computers in modern cars make troubleshooting very easy, at least in most cases. If your car was made in 1996 or later, it supports the OBD-II standard diagnostic connector. OBD systems give the vehicle owner or repair technician access to the status of the various vehicle subsystems.
To connect to your car’s ODB system, all you need is an ODB reader such as this Bluetooth one from BAFX. Connect the reader to your car’s ODB port, fire up a diagnostic tool on your smartphone, and let your car tell you what’s wrong with it. You may not learn how to fix the issues, but at least you will have a general idea of where the problem is.
If you often repair or disassemble portable electronic devices, you’re probably sick and tired of having to manually screw in and out all the tiny screws that hold them together. Well, why not buy this high-precision electric screwdriver with four levels of speed adjustment and a small OLED status display and make your life easier?
The CHPOWER ES120 comes with several replaceable bits, and it can supply up to 2.5 kgf.cm of torque. Inside the screwdriver is a 300 mAh battery, which can be charged with an included micro USB cable.
Mustaches and beards may still be enjoying their comeback, but some men prefer to be cleanshaven all the time. For those men, Panasonic designed the ES-LV81-K electric razor, which is packed with innovative features that deliver a remarkably close and comfortable shave every time.
The Panasonic ES-LV81 is equipped with 5 nanotech blades that are honed at an acute 30-degree angle. The Multi-Flex active pivoting electric razor head allows the shaver to glide uniformly over the chin, and the 4,000 cpm linear motor drive system eliminates all tugging and pulling. Included with the razor is an automatic cleaning station that keeps it pristine and fully charged.