Top Gadgets From Amazon Launchpad to Check Out This Black Friday

November 21, 2017

2:30 pm

Thanksgiving week isn’t just for being thankful during a food coma: It’s also the kickoff event for the holiday shopping season, Black Friday. If you’re not a fan of shopping, you’ll want to get it all done this weekend, so you can rest easy across December. And if you are a fan of startups, you’ll want to check out the “Launchpad” section of, which is centered on the new tech and innovative gadgets from startups across the world.

This week, you’ll see some of the best deals all year. Here’s a look at the gadgets you might be the most interested in.

Tile Key/Wallet/Item Finder, $60

This four-pack of “tiles,” when combined with a free downloadable app, will allow you to easily locate your keys, wallet, or any other personal item that you’ve attached it to. It’s a great gift for anyone who’s either constantly misplacing things or just constantly worrying they will. Sixty dollars is a good deal for that extra peace of mind.

DayOne Response Waterbag, $80

A great gadget for the constant backpacker: This 2.5-gallon/10-liter unit will purify water within just 30 minutes, letting you hike freely wherever you can find natural water sources. And if you’re worried about any natural disasters in your area, you’ll truly be prepared.

Lifepack Solar Powered Anti-Theft Backpack, $200 

But maybe this is an even better gift for a backpacker: It’s a backpack. Specifically, it’s a solar-powered one that can charge your phone. It’ll charge one phone hour per four hours of sunlight, and comes with a solar bank that stores six smartphone charges. And the built-in Bluetooth speakers will run for 96 hours on their battery. Plus there’s a security lock and a laptop pocket.

Bellabeat Leaf Nature Health Tracker, $120

This health tracker monitors your steps, distance moved and calories burned during the day, and monitors your sleep quantity and quality during the night before waking you with a “soothing” vibrating alarm clock function. And it looks good while doing it.

que Collapsible Water Bottle, $25

When you’re not filtering your water, you’ll want an easy, eco-friendly way to carry it around, right? This water bottle is collapsable, saving room in your bag, and it’s made with food-grade silicone, which is really the only kind of silicone I’d want my water bottle made out of.

uKeg 64 Pressurized Growler, $150

Here’s the perfect gift for your beer snob friend: While everyone else is out filtering their water and solar-powering their phones, the uKeg 64 will sit at home, keeping craft beer fresh, cold, and carbonated for two weeks at a time. The stainless steel jug comes with a pressure gauge so that you can feel appropriately steampunk as you enjoy the beer.

iOttie Universal Phone Holder, $20

Car-mounted phone holders are becoming a must as more states begin revisiting their car safety laws to tamp down on a nationwide reliance on smartphones. But if you share a car with an Android fan, not every car mount will do. Enter the universal phone holder, which can handle the iPhone X, 8/8s, 7, 7 Plus, 6s Plus, 6s and 6, as well as the SE Samsung Galaxy, S8 Plus, S8, Edge, S7, S6, Note 8 and 5.

Stay tuned for the rest of our guides throughout the season. We’ll be covering holiday guides for Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality, the DIYer, cannabis, entrepreneur, STEM, and various others.

Read more reviews on smart home gadgets on TechCo

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Adam is a writer with an interest in a variety of mediums, from podcasts to comic books to video essays to novels to blogging — too many, basically. He's based out of Seattle, and remains a staunch defender of his state's slogan: "sayWA." In his spare time, he recommends articles about science fiction on Twitter, @AdamRRowe

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