I absolutely love looking through the online gadget collections, the ones that spout off about the coolest tech gear to hit the market in the next few months. There’s really only one problem with those: if I had an extra $5,000 lying around, I wouldn’t spend it on a set of interchangeable lenses for my two-models-ago iPhone. The money thing is kind of why I’m still using a two-models-ago iPhone.

So here is the world’s briefest list of eight (mostly) affordable gadgets that really do stand to make your life easier, cooler, or just more fun.

Powerline PowerCup Inverter

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This handy device fits in your car's cupholder and powers itself off your cigarette lighter, converting that plug into a set of typical two-prong or three-prong outlets. At around $25, it's a great backup plan for power on the go.

Image via Powerline