Last Updated onTo survive and thrive in the urban jungle, one has to have the right tools. In our disposable society, the value of a good tool is often overlooked because most tools are only used by specialists who are never farther than one phone call away. But there are still some tools whose value is so great that everyone should consider carrying them. When reading our list of the best urban EDC gadgets, remember that one small tool is often enough to save the day. EDC community centered on the issue of carrying a knife versus a multitool. The pro-knife people often bring forward the facts that knives are typically much lighter than multitools, are made from better steel, are more affordable, and are more minimalistic. The pro-multitool people point out how much more versatile multitools are, and they also like to remind the pro-knife people that carrying a knife in public isn’t socially and legally accepted in all parts of the country. Of course, there are some individuals who carry both a knife and a multitool, but a much better solution is something like the Leatherman Skeletool, which is a lightweight multitool with a large blade, excellent pliers, a handy screwdriver, and not much more besides that. Without being much larger and heavier than most pocket knives, the Skeletool is tremendously more useful, and it comes with Leatherman’s 25-year limited warranty. Get it here. Yoobao L25 is surprisingly inexpensive for what it does. It has a bright LED light with three modes—normal, torch, and SOS—and can charge the latest iPhone to full capacity thanks to its 2,500 mAh battery. The flashlight contains an intelligent charging circuit that protects your devices against over-charging, over-current, over-voltage, short circuit, and other potential hazards. Get it here. Wired. Unless you’re willing to wear a hazmat suit, carrying a small bottle of hand sanitizer is the next best option how to protect yourself against germs. We recommend this variety pack of travel-sized bottles of PURELL’s hand sanitizer, which contains ethyl alcohol and promises to kill as many germs with a single squirt as two squirts of any other national brand. Get it here. Apple Airpods have single-handedly redefined on-the-go music listening by perfecting the concept of truly wireless earbuds. Even though the Airpods have been designed with iOS devices in mind, they also work with Android smartphones and tablets over Bluetooth. It’s just that Android users can’t take advantage of the effortless pairing process and Siri integration, which were made possible by Apple’s W1 chip. But the good news is that the Airpods sound great regardless of which mobile device you pair them with, and they last up to 5 hours on a single charge. And when you need more power, you can just put them in their case for 15 minutes, and you’ll get 3 hours of listening time. In total, the charging case holds multiple additional charges for more than 24 hours of listening time. Get it here.
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