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Our 8 Favorite Kickstarters Right Now
Kickstarter is crammed full of great projects. But it’s also full of pretty poor ones. And sifting between them to find the gems can be irksome and time-consuming. So we’ve done the hard work for you. Hunting down innovative, functional Kickstarters designed to make your EDC or travel carry just that little bit more enjoyable. Delve into our 8 favorite Kickstarters right now…
A bifold that’s as tough as body armor but chic enough to carry with a suit? The Stealth Wallet steps up to the challenge with its exceptionally tough, slim and understated design. It’s made from a material used in military body armor that is 15x stronger than steel, but remains razor-thin for easily slipping into a pocket. The wallet’s patent-pending Exo design utilizes your cards to provide structure so that extra internal layers aren’t required for structural integrity. So it remains incredibly thin even when full. Plus it won’t warp, stretch or lose its structure over time, and it’s super lightweigh too at just 3.9 grams. The wallet holds 8 cards and includes a ballistic bungee loop for cash. And it also offers RFID-blocking protection for added peace of mind.
Want the benefit of illumination without adding bulk to your EDC or travel setup? Meet the Malboro & Kane Sub Flashlight. Described as the world’s smallest flashlight, the Sub measures an inch long and weighs just eight grams. It comes with an IP67 rating and features a waterproof, fireproof and dust-tight build available in a choice of space grade aluminum or titanium. The Sub provides 40 lumens of illumination and is so compact you can store it just about anywhere, from keychains, bags or in a pocket, to secured on a jacket zipper, belt loop or a neck chain.
Laptops are a common addition to EDC and travel carry setups. But they can leave a lot to be desired when it comes to ergonomic user comfort. The MOFT laptop stand aims to change this. The slim, lightweight and durable design folds sleekly against your laptop until needed. When you do want it, the MOFT deploys quickly and can be set up in two different height positions depending on your preferences. Much easier to carry than traditionally bulky laptop stands, you can leave the stand attached to your laptop for all-in-one portability without it getting in your way. And if you do want to detach it, it won’t leave a mark on your laptop and can be easily reattached when required. The MOFT stand is exceptionally quick to open and close, measures only 3mm thick, weighs just 2.3 oz, and is strong enough to support up to 18 lbs.
Portable chargers are useful for keeping tech juiced on the go. But a lot of them take a long time to charge your tech and quickly exhaust their capacity. The Zendure SuperTank is designed to overcome these problems. The 27,000 mAh portable charger features dual USB-C PD (100W and 60W) and dual USB-A ports. The four USB ports offer a total maximum output of 138W and allow you to simultaneously charge up to four devices including laptops, tablets, cameras, phones, and more. The 100W output allows it to fully charge a 15″ MacBook Pro within 1.5 hours. Plus you can fully recharge the SuperTank itself within an hour. The battery also includes a digital display to indicate how much capacity is left and comes in an attractive, durable design that looks equally good in work, travel and play environments.
Ever struggled to get all your gear into your luggage? Maybe you need to pack a few extra layers or got a bit carried away with souvenirs? The Pacum is designed to come to the rescue. This handheld vacuum compressor lets you quickly compress items such as travel clothing in vacuum-sealed storage bags so they don’t take up as much space in your luggage. The Pacum vacuum compressor offers two modes, an Eco mode for compressing food storage bags and a Super mode for compressing a Pacum vacuum-sealed bag in approximately one minute. For added convenience it also comes with a Padaptor that works with most other brands of vacuum-sealed bags. The Pacum stops automatically after compression is finished and is compact enough to fit in a pouch or store easily in your luggage. Additionally, the Pacum can also be used to pump air into inflatable items such as balls or pool toys.
Travel adapters are important tech accessories when you’re globetrotting. But they can be bulky, heavy and offer limited suitability for different countries. The Evo was designed with the aim of creating the world’s smallest global travel adapter. It fits easily in a pocket or bag and weighs just 50g (1.76 oz). It works in over 150 countries and provides two USB ports for simultaneous charging of two lightning, Micro USB or Type-C devices. It’s also made with fire-resistant and cold-resistant material and designed to avoid short-circuiting and overheating.
A lot of pens are simply functional additions to your daily or travel setup. But there’s no reason you can’t have a little fun with that functionality too. And that’s what Magno-Ink provides. This elegant everyday pen features a multi-magnet propulsion system to extend and retract. And once you get a feel for that satisfying magnetic action, you’ll likely not want to put it down. Fusing beauty and practicality, the pen is made from aircraft grade aluminum and is both scratch-resistant and water-resistant. Plus it’s backed by a lifetime warranty. And it tucks another neat feature into its sleek form. An anti-roll design cleverly provided through an offset center of gravity.
Pens often incorporate multiple parts in their construction, which increases the chances that something might go wrong along the way. But the ManualPen is different. It’s precision CNC machined from a solid piece of metal with no mechanical parts. Available in a choice of copper, stainless steel and brass, it comes with a Fisher Space cartridge and a pen sleeve. Setting it up for writing involves a simple manual slide to remove the cartridge, then switch the cartridge round and reinsert it to write. The design holds the cartridge securely in place while you write but allows the cartridge to be smoothly removed when required. Elegantly minimalist and durable, the anti-roll design will hold up to a lifetime of use while looking stylish in any setting.