The order for these gadgets was done according to my personal preferences. Around 30 gadgets were considered in making this list, from different stores. Feel free to suggest in the comments other gadgets for under $10 if you know any cool ones.
10. Strobe-e Keychain Tuner
The Strobe-E Keychain Tuner has three roles: guitar tuner, bottle opener and flashlight. Nice gadget for those that enjoy playing the guitar and drinking a cold one before starting to practice. You can use it to check if the E string of the guitar is in tune by shining the Strobe-E over the string. You can find it at ThinkGeek.com for $6.99 (in silver) or $9.99 (in black).
9. Sudoku Handheld Electronic Game W/ Touch Screen
For those that enjoy a good game of Sudoku, you can now take it with you wherever you go. It’s got a large LCD, a stylus and 1,000,000 built-in puzzles that should be more then enough for you. Also, 3 difficulty settings, so everyone should enjoy it, no matter how good they are at it. This one normally costs $19.97 but it’s on sale right now for $9.97 so if you’re interested you can find it at X-TREMEGEEK.COM.
8. Utili-Key 6-in-1 Tool
According to them, it’s the most compact multiple tool ever created. It looks like a key and it’s also the size of one, you can attach it to any key ring and it’s got: semi-serrated knife blade, Micro Flat and Phillips screwdriver, Eyeglass screwdriver and also a bottle opener.
Price: $9.99 at ThinkGeek.com
7. Ninja Remote
At number 7 is the Ninja Remote, a tiny universal remote, that can control volume, change channels, mute sound or turn on and off a TV. You can attach it to your keychain and you’re ready to pick your next victim.
Price: $8.99 at ThinkGeek.com
6. Seat belt light
This one is very nice for anyone who plans to travel as a passenger in a car during night time. Sitting in the dark because the driver can’t drive with the lights on is not a problem anymore with this one. You simply attach it to your seat belt and it lights your map or book with 4 powerful LED lights and 2 brightness levels.
Price: $9.98 at firstSTREET.
5. iPod Video Privacy Screen Protector
Due to our curious nature, we tend to look where we’re we shouldn’t, like on the screen of our neighbors iPod in the train. Well, if you’ve been in this situation before, then you know you were embarrassed when he saw that you were watching porn. The iPod Video Privacy Screen Protector protects your screen both from scratches and from nosy people. You can see the screen only if you’re looking directly at it, as you can see in the pic.
Price: $9.99 at iStyles.
4. Crystal Keychain LED Bulb
Not that special, but I like the idea of having an unbreakable bulb shape LED keychain in my pocket. You can always light it when you have an idea if that sort of joke is your style.
Price: $6 at Gadget.Brando.com.hk.
3. The Annoy-a-tron
On number 3, is the Annoy-a-tron, a very nice way to annoy your boss or anyone else that pisses you off at work. You simply hide it somewhere (its small as you can see) and it begins to make a short and very annoying beep every couple of minutes. It’s got 3 sound choices, a magnet so you can attach it more easily, and it works for 3 to 4 weeks on a single battery. The sounds are made at different intervals, between 2 to 8 minutes, so the victim can’t time the intervals. A nice place to hide it would be in the server room I would imagine. It’s sure to make the admin go mad :D.
Price: $9.99 at ThinkGeek.com
2. Static Electricity Bulb/Human – Powered Light
This one is pretty cool to have if the lights go out at night. No need for batteries, it’s powered just by the static electricity from your body. Drag your feet on the carpet as you go and the bulb will light up using the static electricity from your body. Price: $4.95 at Edmund Scientific.
1. 30x Pocket Microscope W/ Light
Finally, my personal number 1 gadget for less then $10 is a pocket microscope with 30x zoom. It’s got a built in light and adjustable focus, and it runs on 2 AA batteries. You can satisfy your curiosities, teach your kid about nature, inspect your food, or anything else you can think off. All that for just $9.97 at X-TREMEGEEK.