12 Useful Tech Tools for $5 & Under

12 Useful Tech Tools for $5 & Under

How far can $5 go these days? When it comes to technology usually the answer is, "not very far," but that is something that we are trying to change with today's post by showing you the various tools you can make and buy that cost $5 or less. As an added bonus, many of these also make great inexpensive gifts.

12 Ways to Use $5

  1. Tablet Stand: For an inexpensive tablet stand you have two options, the $.69 plastic special from Office Depot or the wooden DIY stand.

  2. Colourful Cable Management: Get the wires and cords on your desktop in gear with Applecore cable managers ($1.99-$4.99) or the equally colourful multi-purpose cable clips ($1).

  3. DIY Solar Radio: Follow Instructables user Gotwind's instructions and use $5 to turn your run of the mill portable radio into a solar powered radio.

  4. iPlunge Phone Stand: Since it is just a hair over $5 at $5.99 we decided to include this funny and useful little smartphone stand.

  5. IKEA FIXA: At $4.99 this box of clips, binders, and fasteners will be sure to yield you more than your monies worth when it comes time to wrangle some cords.

  6. Credit Card Lightbulb: Small enough to fit in your wallet, this credit card sized flashlight is incredibly useful. You'll never have to scramble for a flashlight again if this is in your wallet. ($4.99)

  7. DIY Solar Battery Charger: Instructables user JoshuaZimmerman created this solar battery charging device for $4 by using easy to find parts like Tupperware-like containers.

  8. IKEA Antonius Cable Gutter: Create a cable gutter for under the desk with the $4.99 IKEA Antonius hanger rack.

  9. DIY Snowboard Helmet Headphones: Follow Instructables user Fefillo's instructions to create your own helmet headphones for less than $5.

  10. DIY Tablet Car Mount: Need to mount your tablet in the car? Check out this post where you can find a few ways to do this that all cost less than $3.

  11. DIY USB Mini Fridge: Always want a bottle of cold water near your computer? Follow Instructables user Babblin5's instructions and make a USB mini fridge for $5.

  12. DIY Camera Bike/Motorcycle Mount: Use $5 and make a camera mount for your sweet bike following Instructables user Spoonyfork's instructions.

What tech tools have you bought or made with $5?

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