Giveaway! One-Year Membership to TripIt Pro

Cool Tools is giving away a one-year membership to the TripIt Pro (a travel organizing service, which we reviewed here) to one person who writes and submits a Cool Tool review between now and Thursday, September 12 at noon PST. It’s a $40 value. We’ll pick our favorite review (about any tool you love) and notify the person who wrote it. (I won’t send the physical card — just the redeemable gift code.)

If you write a review and you don’t win the gift card, don’t despair — if we like it we will run it here on Cool Tools. We pay $25 for each review we run. Please use our Submit a Tool form to send us your review.

-- Mark Frauenfelder  

TripIt Pro
$40/year



 

Giveaway! Inventables $50 Gift Card

Cool Tools is giving away an Inventables $50 Gift Card to one person who writes and submits a Cool Tool review between now and Thursday, August 29 at noon PST. We’ll pick our favorite review (about any tool you love) and notify the person who wrote it. (I won’t send the physical card — just the gift code you can redeem at Inventables.)

If you write a review and you don’t win the gift card, don’t despair — if we like it we will run it here on Cool Tools. We pay $25 for each review we run. Please use our Submit a Tool form to send us your review.

NOTE: If you got an error message when you submitted a review, rest assured that we received it. We’ve hopefully fixed the confirmation message.

-- Mark Frauenfelder  



Giveaway! Loctite GO2 Repair Putty

Cool Tools is giving away a couple of packs of Loctite GO2 Repair Putty to one person who signs up for the Cool Tools Twitter feed between now and Thursday, August 15 at 10pm PT. (Current Twitter followers are automatically included in the running.)

Manufacturer’s description:

Loctite GO2 Repair Adhesive Putty is a two-component, easy-to-knead epoxy putty adhesive that can fill, reconstruct and bond nearly all kinds of material. This technology was developed with Loctite Industrial expertise. It is fast curing, gap filling, with no shrinkage and can be sanded, drilled and painted. Dries white. GO2 Repair is suitable for both interior and exterior applications. Full cure strength reached in 24 hours. Loctite GO2 Repair Adhesive Putty is the ideal product to fill, rebuild and repair all types of materials such as wood, particle board, MDF, cork, metal, ceramic, terra cotta, tile, glass, stone, marble, concrete, brick and more.

-- Mark Frauenfelder  

Loctite GO2 Repair Putty
$3 at Home Depot



Giveaway! Smartstyle iPad Mini Case

Cool Tools is giving away a Smartstyle iPad Mini Case to one person who signs up for the Cool Tools Newsletter between now and Thursday, June 7 at 10pm PT. (Current newsletter subscribers are automatically included in the running.)

We’ll pick one newsletter subscriber at random to receive the giveaway. We hold giveaways every Friday, so if you aren’t selected this time, try again next week.

-- Mark Frauenfelder  

X-Doria SmartStyle for iPad mini – Herringbone
$30

Available from Amazon



Giveaway! Copy of Getting Started with Arduino

Cool Tools is giving away a copy of the book, Getting Started with Arduino* to one person who signs up for the Cool Tools Newsletter between now and Thursday, May 23 at 10pm PT. (Current newsletter subscribers are automatically included in the running.)

From the publisher’s description:

Arduino is the open-source electronics prototyping platform that’s taken the design and hobbyist world by storm. This thorough introduction, updated for Arduino 1.0, gives you lots of ideas for projects and helps you work with them right away. From getting organized to putting the final touches on your prototype, all the information you need is here!

Inside, you’ll learn about:

Interaction design and physical computing
The Arduino hardware and software development environment
Basics of electricity and electronics
Prototyping on a solderless breadboard
Drawing a schematic diagram
Getting started with Arduino is a snap. To use the introductory examples in this guide, all you need an Arduino Uno or earlier model, along with USB A-B cable and an LED. The easy-to-use Arduino development environment is free to download.

Join hundreds of thousands of hobbyists who have discovered this incredible (and educational) platform. Written by the co-founder of the Arduino project, Getting Started with Arduino gets you in on all the fun!

We’ll pick one newsletter subscriber at random to receive the giveaway. We hold giveaways every Friday, so if you aren’t selected this time, try again next week.

(* I am an editor at Make, a magazine that is owned by the company that published Getting Started with Arduino).

-- Mark Frauenfelder  

Getting Started with Arduino, by Massimo Banzi
128 pages
$8

Available from Amazon



Giveaway! One-year Subscription to TripIt Pro

Cool Tools is giving away a one-year subscription to TripIt Pro ($49 value) to one person who signs up for the Cool Tools Newsletter between now and Thursday, May 16 at 10pm PT. (Current newsletter subscribers are automatically included in the running.)

Here’s my TripIt review on Cool Tools.

We’ll pick one newsletter subscriber at random to receive the giveaway. We hold giveaways every Friday, so if you aren’t selected this time, try again next week.

-- Mark Frauenfelder  



Giveaway! 5 Rolls of Gorilla Tape Camo

Cool Tools is giving away 5 rolls of Camo Gorilla Tape to one person who signs up for the Cool Tools Twitter feed between now and Thursday, May 9 at 10pm PT. (Current Twitter followers are automatically included in the running.)

From the manufacturer’s description:

The toughest most rugged tape on planet Earth. Ideal for applications in the field including duck blinds, tree stands, tent repairs and so much more! All of the same attributes that make Gorilla Tape a must-have product around the house, make Gorilla Tape Camo a “Can’t Live Without” product in the field, along the trail and through the stream. No other camo duct tape on the market offers the pattern clarity, depth, and matte surface finish like Gorilla Tape Camo.

Matte Finish — for hunting, fishing, camping, and backpacking applications

9 yard roll — more than enough to get the job done, but light enough to carry into the field

Permanent adhesive layer — stands-up to rugged, all-terrain situations

Outer shell is both UV and and wate-resistant thick fabric layer– gives the tape strength and durability, yet easily tears by hand

Sticks to smooth, rough, and uneven surfaces — brick, stucco, concrete, metal, fabric and more Available in 9 yard rolls.

We’ll pick one Twitter follower at random to receive the giveaway. We hold giveaways every Friday, so if you aren’t selected this time, try again next week.

-- Mark Frauenfelder  

Gorilla Glue 601131B Extra Thick Camo Tape Roll, 12 yards Length, 1-7/8″ Width
$20/roll

Available from Amazon



Giveaway! Travelsafe 100

Cool Tools is giving away a Pacsafe TravelSafe 100 to one person who writes and submits a Cool Tool review between now and Thursday, May 2 at 10pm PT.

From the manufacturer’s description:

The Travelsafe 100 portable safe folds small and is easy to take with you whenever you need to lock and leave smaller valuables such as a passport, cash, a point-and-shoot camera or an iPod. The Travelsafe 100 is especially handy for securing your valuables in your hotel room, suitcase, vehicle, or even at home. The Travelsafe 100 won the prestigious ILM-award in the category “Best Intelligence” at Summer 2009 International Luggage Show in Offenbach, Germany. The jury appreciated the winning performance of the Pacsafe Travelsafe 100 for innovative anti-theft products.

We’ll pick our favorite review (about any tool you love) and notify the author. We hold giveaways every Friday, so if your review isn’t selected this time, try again. (Search Cool Tools to make sure your review is for a tool we haven’t previously reviewed.)

Please use our Submit a Tool form to send us your review.

– Mark Frauenfelder

-- Mark Frauenfelder  

Pacsafe TravelSafe 100
$44

Available from Amazon



 

Giveaway! Illuminated Multipower LED Binohead Magnifier

This is an inexpensive an useful head mounted illuminated magnifier. I’ve used it to remove splinters, solder small components, check my kid’s hair for lice, remove gunk from a USB port and lots of other tasks. They are more powerful than reading glasses, and the LED illumination is excellent.

Cool Tools is giving away an Illuminated Multipower LED Binohead Magnifier to one person who submits a cool tool review in the form of a video between now and Thursday, April 18 at 10pm PT.

If you would like to submit a video please watch the above example. We are going to call these videos “Show & Tells.” Here are the guidelines:

  • Announce youself.
  • Show the tool you are recommending.
  • Describe how you use it.
  • Explain why you love it.
  • Include the price and where you got it.
  • Include a brief written review of the tool.
  • Keep the videos short (under 2 minutes).
  • Defy the Wadsworth Constant (“an axiom which states that the first 30% of any video can be skipped because it contains no worthwhile or interesting information.”)

Please use our Submit a Tool form to send us a link to your review. You may upload the video to YouTube and give me the link, or email me (editor@cool-tools.org) and I’ll give you a link to a Dropbox folder where you can upload the video.

-- Mark Frauenfelder  



Giveaway! Housebuilding for Children

Cool Tools is giving away a copy of the book, Housebuilding for Children, to one person who writes and submits a Cool Tool review between now and Thursday, April 4 at 10pm PT.

From the book’s description:

“A favorite of kids and parents since the 1970s, Housebuilding for Children offers step-by-step illustrated instructions for building six different houses with a description of the necessary tools and equipment. Youngsters will learn the joy of buying and using their own tools, setting up their own workshop, and building any one of seven wonderful houses. More than 100 black-and-white photographs and 150 illustrations and diagrams teach children and parents how to set up a workshop, get started using basic carpentry tools, and finally building their very own wood-frame house, factory-built house, glass house, post-and-beam house, junkyard house, tree house, and now an A-frame house.”

We’ll pick our favorite review (about any tool you love) and notify the author. We hold giveaways every Friday, so if your review isn’t selected this time, try again. (Search Cool Tools to make sure your review is for a tool we haven’t previously reviewed.)

Congrats to Jeff Robinson for winning the giveaway!

Please use our Submit a Tool form to send us your review.

-- Mark Frauenfelder  

Housebuilding for Children
$13

Available from Amazon