Although technology can often be expensive, there are a lot of great tech items under $25. Upgrading your daily life with a few pieces of useful tech doesn’t have to put you out hundreds of dollars.
Some of the items on this list are practical, like a phone mount for your car or cable protectors. Others are more fun, like a ring light for your phone to make your pictures look better or LED strip lights to make your space look cooler. But all of these tech items will make your day-to-day easier, more productive, or just cooler, and they all cost less than $25.
You use your phone every day, using it to scroll through social media, enhance your workouts, stream videos, or for a million other tasks. Check out these cool gadgets you can use with your phone either on the go or while chilling at home.
- Bluetooth Selfie Remote: You can use a Bluetooth selfie remote to take pictures from a distance without having to hold and tap your phone shakily. The Xenvo Shutterbug is a great option that’s compatible with most modern Apple and Android devices. It connects to your phone in seconds and lets you know it’s ready for picture taking when the indicator light turns blue. And with its 30-foot range, you can set your phone down from quite a distance and snap pictures with minimal lag.
- Ring Light: Make your selfies and video calls instantly look better by using a ring light that attaches to your phone. This one from LVYOUIF has 36 LED lights and three cool-white lighting modes: low, normal, and high. It has a rechargeable battery, fits into the palm of your hand, and easily clips onto the top of your phone. If you prefer a larger tripod option for use at home, try out this ring light from UBeesize that comes with a Bluetooth remote.
- Workout Armband: If running is your workout of choice, this clever armband is a great companion. It can fit most modern smartphones and their cases, though you might need a larger size if you have a really thick phone case. There’s an adjustable elastic band (for ensuring the perfect fit for your arm), a built-in key pocket, and a water-resistant screen cover. Plus, it’s easy to answer phone calls, change your music, or even text while your phone is secured in the band.
- Wireless Charger: Plugging your phone into a charger is easy, but setting your phone down on a wireless charger is even easier. Anker’s wireless charger is compatible with pretty much any device that supports wireless charging. It provides a 10W output for Samsung Galaxy devices, 7.5W for iPhones, and 5W for other phones or wireless earbuds. And if you have a case on your phone, you don’t have to worry about taking it off to charge it unless you have a magnet or metal on your case or it’s super thick.
- Screen Magnifier: If you frequently stream media on your phone, this screen magnifier makes viewing easier and more enjoyable. It pretty much doubles the size of the screen you’d usually be watching stuff on. It’s super easy to set up, doesn’t require a battery, and you can even use a wireless keyboard with it if you want to use it for gaming or work.
With the amount of time you spend in your home, adding a few neat tech pieces here and there will make your life easier. Here are a few options that are inexpensive and will make your home feel smarter instantly.
- Smart Plug: When it comes to buying cool new tech, a smart plug might not be the first thing that comes to mind. However, smart plugs are actually handy, and with their low price point, they’re an easy upgrade for your home. This two-pack of Kasa smart plugs can be controlled through Kasa’s companion app (Android/iOS) and work with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. Using the app, you can turn devices off and on, even remotely, or set schedules.
- Smart Bulb: These might not sound exciting, but they’re super useful. Wyze bulbs connect to your Wi-Fi network and can be managed using Wyze’s mobile app (Android/iOS). It’s a 9.5W LED bulb, equivalent to 60W, and you can change the white color temperature and turn bulbs off and on from the app.
- Bluetooth Speaker: For under $25, you won’t get a wildly impressive Bluetooth speaker, but you can get a pretty decent one. The LENRUE Bluetooth speaker is small and has a durable metal design. It has a 1000mAh Li-ion battery that can last up to 10 hours (roughly 60 songs). Although you probably won’t ever be this far from it, the speaker supports a range of up to 33 feet. This Bluetooth speaker from INSMY is also great if you want a waterproof option for the shower or water sports like kayaking or boating, as it has an IPX7 rating.
- Wi-Fi Extender: If you have any dead spots in your home where you get little to no Wi-Fi coverage, a Wi-Fi extender can help. The TP-Link N300 Wi-Fi extender supports a maximum of eight devices and provides up to 800 square feet of coverage. There are two external antennas with MIMO technology and an Ethernet port. You can manage the extender through the TP-Link Tether app (Android/iOS).
- LED Strip Lights: Everything looks cooler with LED strip lights! The Govee Smart LED strip lights connect to your home Wi-Fi network, work with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, and can be managed through the Govee Home app (Android/iOS). The 16-foot strip has 5050 LED beads that can be synced to your music and create a dancing light show. They’re not waterproof, so you can’t use them outside, but you can put them anywhere within your home for a stunning visual effect.
- Power Strip: You’ll never run out of available outlets if you have a good power strip at the ready. This power strip from Alestor has built-in surge protection, with a minimum of 2700 Joules of energy-absorbing capacity. There are 12 available outlets, four USB-A ports, and built-in smart charging technology. If you want a more compact power strip, try out the Anker PowerPort Cube.
Whether you use your computer or laptop for gaming, school, or work, adding some cool tech into your setup is always a good thing. Even something as simple as an upgraded wireless keyboard or computer mouse can be affordable and extremely useful.
- Wireless Keyboard: Having a wireless keyboard for your computer or tablet gives you the flexibility to move it around while you’re working and not have to deal with the messiness of a cable. This option from Arteck has seven different LED backlight colors with two brightness level options. It has a rechargeable lithium battery that could last up to six months between charges, depending on how often you use it and whether you have the backlight turned on.
- Computer Mouse: The Redragon M711 gaming mouse is a great option whether you’re a gamer or not. There are five DPI levels you can switch between to change mouse speed and seven different buttons that can be programmed with custom functions. Plus, it has RGB LED lighting with over 16 million colors to choose from, which is always fun. Likewise, if you want a keyboard and mouse combo that’s under $25, try out the Logitech MK270 duo.
There’s not a ton of tech you can buy for a car that won’t break the bank, but two awesome, affordable items include a phone mount and a Bluetooth transmitter. These two items may not sound that fancy, but they will definitely upgrade your driving experience.
- Car Phone Mount: If you don’t have a phone mount in your car, you’re missing out. Whether you use your phone for maps, phone calls, or just music while you’re driving, having a phone mount makes it so much easier and safer. The iOttie Easy One Touch 2 phone mount attaches to your windshield or dashboard and has a telescopic arm that rotates to make it easy to view your phone from multiple angles.
- Bluetooth Transmitter: If your car doesn’t have built-in Bluetooth functionality, a Bluetooth transmitter is an easy, affordable way to get it. As long as your car has an FM radio and a cigarette lighter, this LIHAN Bluetooth transmitter will work. In addition to playing music over a Bluetooth connection, you can also use the transmitter to answer phone calls and charge devices with the built-in 3.1A USB port and a 1.0A USB port. Plus, there’s an LED display that’ll show you battery voltage and frequency.
All of these items come in handy for multiple devices, most of which you probably use daily. From blue light glasses that shield your eyes while staring at a computer all day to wireless earbuds you can use anywhere, all of these tech products make your daily life easier.
- Power Bank: If your devices are constantly running out of battery, a power bank is a necessity. The PowerCore Slim from Anker is a 10,000mAh battery that can deliver up to a 12W charge. It comes with PowerIQ and VoltageBoost tech to help your devices charge faster and prevent overcharging. Plus, it’s super compact and can easily fit in your pocket or bag.
- Blue Light Glasses: Looking at screens all day can increase eye fatigue. Blue light glasses, like these from Cyxus, can block blue rays from your phone, computer, and other electronics and prevent eye strain. There are a ton of different styles and colors to choose from.
- Cable Protectors: Chances are, you’ve experienced a frayed cable at some point in your life. With time and use, cables are bound to get bent in weird angles, affecting their charging ability. These cute cable protectors fit onto your cables and cover the parts that most frequently get bent. This pack of cable protectors comes with cute animals and fruits, including a turtle, a penguin, french fries, and an avocado. Plus, with a cable protector on your cable, it’s easier to find the end of the cable and plug it into your device.
- Device Locator: If you’re constantly losing your phone, a device locator like a Tile Mate can come in handy. You can use a Tile Mate for more than just your phone, like your bag or your keys. Just stick a Tile Mate onto the device you want to keep track of and use the Tile app (Android/iOS) to find it. If it’s within 200 feet of you, you can ring it with the app; if it’s further than that, you can use the app to view your Tile’s most recent location. Alternatively, if you mainly misplace your keys or want more device locators for less money, try out these from Key Finder.
- Wireless Earbuds: There are certainly more expensive wireless earbuds that offer more features and better sound, but these Kurdene wireless buds are still pretty great. They connect via Bluetooth 5.0 tech and connect as soon as you take one out of the case, as long as your device’s Bluetooth functionality is turned on. On a single charge, these earbuds can last you up to six hours; the charging case it comes with can charge them up to four times. Plus, they’re waterproof, with an IPX8 rating; the case even has an IPX6 waterproof rating. The Skullcandy Dime earbuds are another great wireless option; these are IPX4 sweat- and water-resistant and have a 12 hour total battery life.
- Headphones: Again, as with wireless earbuds, headphones under $25 aren’t going to be the best of the best. But you can still get a pretty decent pair if that’s all you can or want to spend. The TUINYO over-ear headphones have Bluetooth as well as a 3.5mm cable connection. They have comfy memory-protein foam leather earmuffs, stereo Hi-Fi sound, and a 450mAh battery that lasts up to 14 hours in between charges. Plus, it comes with a protective case you can use for travel. Or, if you want a gaming headset, try out this pair from Beexcellent.