I hope everyone had a productive fall season, and enough time to recover after the Single’s Day sale. It’s been a while since the last cheap electronics collection, and I think you will appreciate the new one. In this post we will see 15 different electronic gadgets from AliExpress for $5 or less.
15 Electronic Gadgets for $5 or less
Spaceman USB light
If you sold all your bitcoins before you could reserve your ticket to space from Virgin Galactic from Mr. Branson, and if Elon Musk didn’t pick you for the mission in February – not to worry, because you can still make friends with an astronaut. This adjustable LED light that plugs into your computer’s or power bank’s USB port can make you feel afloat for a reasonable price of $3.99. Don’t miss out!
Product link: http://ali.ski/Ndo9eE
For those who are clumsy, which is probably most of us, there is a waterproof silicone keyboard. We have seen it before, some people have reported that it doesn’t work very well on soft surfaces, which is understandable because it is a membrane-type keyboard, but I still think it is a good purchase at only $4. It’s a flexible keyboard that does not get damaged by water. What more do you expect, right?
Product link: http://ali.ski/AOudr
USB drink heater
The winter is coming, and the comfort levels are increasing. Some cities in Russia and Northern Canada have seen a few snowfalls, while for others it is just approaching. Despite the fact that the show has turned to complete horseshit, Sheldon had a point – that hot beverages are comforting. This USB-powered heater will keep your cocoa or tea at a warming temperature even if you forget about it while waiting for it to cool down before consuming it.
Product link: http://ali.ski/RLwSeW
Sweat resistant earphones
If you know people who sweat so much that their earphones stop working, you can make their day by gifting them with these fancy things that are not only resistant to sweat, but also come with a microphone and additional buttons to turn the volume up or down, and answer or drop calls without touching the phone. But wait, there is more: they also have magnets in the opposite to the speakers sides so it’s harder to lose or drop them when they are not in use.
Product link: http://ali.ski/nLrcwJ
And since the colder times are ahead of us, but we still live in that awkward age where not all gloves can be used with touchscreen phones, here is a pair that does. All 5 fingers have special tips that can be recognized by smartphone screens. And so that you don’t forget what they are, there is a reminder on the side. I also want to take another moment to appreciate the glory of the artistic photoshoot with the cherries and shells.
Product link: http://ali.ski/k_K8rD
This card reader supports the most popular card types, and it comes in different color options. Did I mention it costs less than $1? How they manufacture it, send it to you for free, and still end up making profit is beyond me.
Product link: http://ali.ski/Mfm5j
Microscope lens attachment
For the people who have an interest in micro-biology, here is a small thing to help you better understand the world around you. This smartphone lens attachment can tickle your inner scientist with a 60x magnification, and to make the things more visible, there also is a built-in LED light that is powered by batteries that are included with the purchase.
Product link: http://ali.ski/OnXxB
And the last item is an intro-level virtual reality headset. My bet is that VR will become a lot more widely acceptable in the next 3 to 5 years. I don’t think that this is just a fad, it already is steadily going through the stage of early adoption among gaming enthusiasts, and will enter early majority when the A-Frame-based web-applications gain more traction. If you think about it, it is the next logical step in terms of visual entertainment. Many brands are already adopting virtual and augmented reality in their marketing campaigns, and the game developers and movie companies adjust their promotional activities around it. A cardboard player is a very cheap entry-level VR player which will work with any smartphone with a display of a maximum of 5.5”.
Product link: http://ali.ski/ghonx
An LED bear… Yes, an LED bear. I honestly don’t know what to say. It’s a plush toy. There are lights inside of it. I seriously have no idea how far it will go or where it will stop. China just keeps making stupid things and we keep buying them. A positive moment here is that I guess there is one thing that it won’t do, and that is steal your food, not only because it is a toy, but also because it is stuffed.
Product link: http://ali.ski/IN4m_0
The next thing is a Bluetooth mouse. Never thought that I would need a backup mouse, but sometimes the wires wear off, and you are left alone during a heated LAN party. This particular one kind of looks like the mouse from that famous company named after a fruit that I’m not sure that I can say out loud. But its minimalism really has something attractive about it.
Product link: http://ali.ski/CPLn_5
If you want to pimp out the sound on your phone a little, here is a small speaker to help you do that. It is pretty lightweight, and it for what it’s worth, it actually does sound better than the native speaker on my smartphone. But as any cheap speaker it sounds much better at about 80% of the maximum volume. As far as I understand, there are two smaller dynamics on each side, and it works off 2 AAA batteries. There is a string coming on the back that makes it much easier to open the back compartment where the batteries are stored, which is something that I have never seen before.
Product link: http://ali.ski/IEpCCO
Tire pressure gauge
Even though that tires that are partially deflated lave more grip in off-road conditions, they provide less traction at higher speeds, make the tire wear faster, not to mention that they generally pose a safety hazard for a number of other factors. So a tire pressure gauge is a good thing to have. I have one of these and I find it fairly accurate.
Product link: http://ali.ski/6z3TUq
While Boston Dynamics is making jumping robots, AliExpress is providing us with the gifts of robotic fish. Yes, you heard correctly, robotic fish – it has a moving tail, and it runs off a small round battery. You can think of it as a sort of a compromise between a real pet and a tamagotchi. Suitable for people who have long working hours.
Product link: http://ali.ski/sy2BCK
Watch/pedometer/heart rate monitor
Did you ever want to know how many steps you are taking every day? With this pedometer you won’t have to wildly guess anymore. In addition to the somewhat inappropriately-sounding name, it also measures your heart rate and blood pressure, and shows time. You can call it a Xiaomi Mi Band for common folks, a thing that is too plain simple to spy on you.
Product link: http://ali.ski/OY-ZX
The next product is a lint remover. It costs just around $2, and works off 2 AA batteries. The lint is stored in this blue compartment, which is removable for cleaning. There are 3 blades inside that trim the excess lint from the clothes,making them look more new and fresh.It does a great job trimming the lint on synthetic shirts, and not a very good job with arm hair. Of all the cheap things that I bought online, this is definitely one of the ones that I've been using the most.
Product link: http://ali.ski/Vs60ca