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15 must-have portable tech gadgets you shouldn’t leave home without

Electronics are getting smaller and smaller, and we all seem to have our own special must-have gadgets that we never leave home without. You probably already have a smartphone with you just about everywhere you go, but if you’re in the market for some new portable tech, we’ve rounded up a handful of great palm-sized devices.

Below are our 15 favorite portable tech deals going right now, from a pair of wireless headphones to a new smartwatch. We’ve also thrown in a couple fun gadgets for you to express your geeky side. All of these items are currently available at discounts of up to $100 off, making right now the perfect time to buy.

Star Trek TNG Isolinear Chip USB Drive

It never hurts to have a bit of extra storage (especially when you’re frequently on the move exploring the final frontier), and now you can replace those boring black and gray thumb drives with this Star Trek-inspired one from ThinkGeek. This 8GB USB stick resembles an isolinear chip from Star Trek: The Next Generation and lights up when its plugged in, taking you back to the iconic engine room of the USS Enterprise.

The Star Trek isolinear chip USB drive can be yours from ThinkGeek for $15 after a $5 discount.

KeySmart Nano Torch

We all have flashlights on our phones, but they aren’t always convenient to use or the best option. The KeySmart Nano Torch is a perfect addition to any keychain. This powerful and compact flashlight is perfect for navigating small, dimly lit spaces or just providing light where it’s needed the most.

You can pick up this keychain flashlight for just $20 on Amazon.


Freehawk 7-in-1 Keychain Multitool

You never know when your going to need a tool to get the job done, but carrying around a tool bag with you everywhere you go is both impractical and unfashionable. That’s why the Freehawk keychain multitool is one of the most useful gadgets on our list. It comes with an LED flashlight, a bottle opener, two screwdrivers, a knife, and more.

Pick up this must-have 7-in-1 multitool for just $8 on Amazon.


Star Wars Astromech Droid Mini Backpack Keychains

Need a backpack for your backpack? These little Star Wars keychains function like regular backpacks – albeit very small ones – with zip-up compartments where you can store your other portable tech gadgets. It’s the perfect place to tuck that Star Trek USB drive.

This mini backpack keychain comes in two flavors – R2-D2 and BB-8 – with both of them ringing in at $15 from ThinkGeek after a 25 percent savings of $5.

R2-D2 BB-8

iClever Folding Bluetooth Keyboard

Bluetooth keyboards are nothing new, but most of them — even fairly compact models — aren’t very pocket-friendly. This folding wireless keyboard from iClever is the perfect solution, giving you a miniature set of QWERTY keys that folds down to roughly the size of a large smartphone for easy storage. Its aluminum construction is both durable and light, weighing in at just over six ounces.

The iClever keyboard is compatible with any Bluetooth-capable iPhone, tablet, or Android device, and rings in at $33 from Amazon.


Bellabeat Leaf Tracker

Your significant other has probably mentioned to you many times that she wants to be healthier. The Bellabeat Leaf tracker is the perfect way to give her something she wants while still giving her something she can put in her jewelry box. This fitness accessory can be worn as a necklace or bracelet without looking bulky or obtrusive.

You can pick up this perfect gift for $140 on Amazon.


Tile-Mate Item Finders, 4-pack

The one major drawback with portable tech is that these tiny gadgets can easily get lost. If you need some help keeping tabs on the small stuff, the Tile Mate item finders are just the ticket. Compared to the larger Tile Slim, the Mate is a diminutive 1.3 inches long on all sides and is just 0.2 inches thick. Simply attach it to any of your gadgets and use the Tile companion app to locate it virtually anywhere. Even without the app, you can still find nearby items by remotely making the Tile vibrate, flash, or ring.

A single Tile Mate costs $20, but a 4-pack is available on Amazon for just $50, saving you $30. You can also take a look at our other favorite Bluetooth trackers for more options.


8BitDo Mini Zero Bluetooth Gamepad

If you grew up with a Nintendo Game Boy, your younger self probably would have never believed that one day we’d be carrying around pocket-sized computer phones capable of playing 3D games. Now, you can level up your portable gaming even further with this compact gamepad from 8BitDo.

This keychain-sized SNES-style controller features 12 buttons and a Famicom-inspired color scheme. Simply sync the 8BitDo mini gamepad with your phone or tablet via Bluetooth and get playing. The 8BitDo Mini Zero rings in at just $17 from Amazon.

GoPro Hero5 Session 4K Action Camera

There is an ocean of action camera makers cashing in on this burgeoning market, but GoPro is still the king of the hill, and the excellent Hero5 Session is one of the best tiny wearable cams that money can buy. This pocket-sized camera is one of GoPro’s premier models, with the ability to record 4K video at 30 fps, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, and a rugged waterproof body. It also comes with a few adhesive mounts.

GoPros are fairly expensive, so a discount is always welcome: Normally $300, the Hero5 Black is now available for just $200 on Amazon for a limited time, giving you a tidy savings of $100. You can also check out our review for more info.


HaloVa USB Rechargeable Lighter

Need a light? Electric lighters like this one put a whole new spin on traditional designs. Fluid lighters can be messy and run out of fuel quickly — the famous Zippo, while an all-American classic, is notorious for this — not to mention that lighter fluid and butane canisters are an extra expense. The HaloVa arc lighter, on the other hand, uses an internal rechargeable battery to project a windproof electric arc instead of a flame. The design is environmentally friendly and delivers up to 300 lights on a single charge.

When it needs more juice, simply plug it in and power it up via the included USB charging cable. No wicks, flints, fluid, or gases to fuss around with. You can score this unique portable tech gadget for just $17 from Amazon.