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January 14, 2019

The Best Mobile Games That Don’t Need Wi-Fi or Internet

Here at Gear Primer, we enjoy being constantly on the go whether it’s exploring a new city, enjoying the great outdoors, or traveling to our favorite international destinations. For anyone who’s traveled anywhere however, you’ll know that there’s always a ton of car, bus, airplane, airport, or train time, and unfortunately Wi-Fi or mobile internet connections are always spotty at best. If course working, reading or watching movies are all great ways to stay busy while on the road, games is quite possibly one of the funnest ways to pass the time until you reach your destination.

As mobile internet has become relatively ubiquitous thanks to the [...]

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December 19, 2018

Watch Tesla’s Gigafactory 3 Shanghai in New Drone Video

Earlier this year, Tesla announced that they would be building their third Gigafactory, or Gigafactory 3, in Shanghai’s Lingang New City near Shanghai’s free-trade zone in the Pudong District. Gigafactory 3 would not be a joint venture with a Chinese company as typically required by the Chinese government, but rather a wholly owned factory of Tesla’s. Estimates on construction peg Gigafactory 3 about two years to complete and it looks like work is already being done to get the site prepped and ready to break ground.

According to a recent video posted on YouTube, it appears that personnel, fencing, and heavy machinery has already been dispatched to the [...]

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September 1, 2018

The Best Travel Wallet of 2018

Ask any seasoned traveler and they’d tell you the worst possible thing to do when traveling especially out of the country is keep all your money in your high end Italian leather Burberry wallet. In countries where your wallet could be worth months of someone’s salary, this could potentially lead pick pocketing or even worse, armed robbery. To prevent this, it’s recommended to buy either one, or in higher crime areas, two wallets just for travel purposes with both wallets carrying half your cash and cards just in case the wallet is lost or worse, stolen.

Here are what we think are the best travel wallets available today.

 

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August 26, 2018

Tesla CEO Elon Musk Confirms Company Will Stay Public

In a saga that started with Tesla CEO, Elon Musk tweeting that he was considering taking Tesla private at $420 a share, it has come to a close after almost two weeks of drama as Mr. Musk recently published a blog post on Tesla confirming that he is now no longer considering the move. According to the post, Mr. Musk decided to keep Tesla public due to two major reasons.

The first is feedback from existing shareholders who did not want the company to go private. Many of Tesla’s shareholders are institutional and retail investors that won’t be able to invest in Tesla if the company goes private. This sentiment was most clearly outlined in ARK Investment [...]

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August 24, 2018

Nest Hello Review

Nest’s Doorbell is the Best, but at a Cost

If you’re thinking of making your home a bit smarter and a bit more secure, one of the best first upgrades to make is to install a video doorbell. Not only do video doorbells help you feel a lot more secure in your home, they also have the added benefit of reducing crime in entire neighborhoods as thieves are more easily identified and subsequently caught.

One of the newest video doorbells is the Nest Hello, which was recently launched by Google’s Nest team back in March of this year.

 

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If you’ve installed a video doorbell before, Nest installation should be very [...]

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August 23, 2018

The Ultimate Vacation Packing List

If you take a look at Instagram, it seems like everyone and their moms are on vacation and traveling to some awesome places. While traveling seems easy on Instagram, the reality of getting everything planned out, packed up and ready to actually go is actually an incredibly tiring and stressful process. To ease this pain, we’ve compiled a complete vacation travel packing list to make packing a simple “check the box” affair.

 

Vacation Packing List Bags and Packs Bags and Packs Description Qty Packed Backpack or Personal Item (Carry-on) Suitcase or Rolling Duffel (Carry-on) Suitcase or Rolling Duffel (Checked) Travel [...]
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August 21, 2018

Gear Primer: Knife Steel Type Guide

When buying a new knife, there’s generally three major things to consider. The first is the size/type of the knife. Depending on whether you’re planning to use it for EDC, hunting in the woods, or whatever else, it’s important to first determine the size of the knife and whether it’ll be a foldable knife, fixed knife, or some other design. After picking out the type of the knife, then it’s important to figure out what type of blade you want for the knife. Some common blade types include drop point, clip point, tanto, and more.

Once the knife size/type along with the blade type has been figured out, then the next step is to decide on what [...]

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August 21, 2018

The Best Cordless Drill of 2018

Whether you’re a professional contractor or just a typical homeowner, it’s important to have a drill around since you never really know when that weekend IKEA trip suddenly turns into a project to build a brand new cabinet or that trip to Best Buy turns into a project to install a new video doorbell. Of course, you could always screw in everything by hand, but do you really want to suffer a sore wrist the next week after a tiny project? No, of course not. That’s why you need a cordless drill.

Now, if you’ve never bought power tools before, it’s actually a lot tougher than it looks. Home improvement stores have countless models of tools out there [...]

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August 21, 2018

MKBHD Tours Tesla’s Fremont Factory with CEO Elon Musk

Popular YouTuber MKBHD recently visited Tesla’s Fremont Factory to interview Tesla CEO Elon Musk and it looks like they scheduled in a tour of the factory as well. In the factory tour, MKBHD and Elon Musk walks through the Model S/X manufacturing line discussing the various parts of the line in much more detail than we’ve seen before.

During the tour, Elon Musk discusses a lot of the challenges Tesla faced with automation as well as solutions they’ve employed to help solve those challenges. In the video it’s very clear to see just how involved Elon Musk is in his factory as the entire tour was a constant barrage of new ideas as well as ideas [...]

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August 20, 2018

How to Get a Ham Radio License

Believe it or not, up until several years ago, I didn’t really know anything about ham radios or what it would take to get licensed. I knew it was an important skill to have in emergency scenarios, but I had always thought ham radios were expensive and required a ton of knowledge to operate. You can attribute that to Hollywood where they always show a crazy engineer who would spend days finding parts and testing electronic circuits to use his radio, but in reality I’ve discovered things are much different.

I stumbled onto learning about ham radios relatively recently after making an off the cuff decision to purchase a BaoFeng UV-5R. These are cheap, [...]

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August 20, 2018

Cool Gadgets for Men (Updated for 2019)

Here at Gear Primer, we geek out hard when it comes cool gadgets and gear and this year, there’s without a doubt some really cool gear that was released. If you’re a guy with a couple bucks to burn to level up your EDC setup or you’re planning to give a very lucky guy a really cool gadget, you’ve come to the right place. Without further ado, let’s check out the coolest gadgets that a man could possibly own!

 

Garmin Tactix Charlie

One of the most stylish and utilitarian accessories a man could possibly have is a watch and while a nice it’s nice to have a classic Swiss watch such as a Rolex or Omega, none of that has [...]

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August 20, 2018

The Best Minimalist Wallet of 2019

If you’re reading this, it’s because you’ve realized that your wallet is too big, too bulky, too heavy, and you’re carrying way too much stuff in it. I get it. This was a problem I had years ago before switching to a slim minimalist wallet, which ultimately made me re-evaluate exactly what was necessary in my wallet and what was just extra junk I was carrying for no reason and believe me when I say I was carrying a lot of junk.

So, if some of you are preparing to make the jump to a minimalist wallet, today we’ll be presenting you with what we think are the best minimalist wallets the market has to offer.

 

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