[Contest closed: the winner is Lesli Richards!]

I love gadgets: cool, techy things that either enhance my productivity, my life, or are just plain fun. Recently I’ve tested three which now feel indispensable to me—the PUNK wireless speaker and RELAYS in-ear headphones from Sol Republic and the AwoX StriimLIGHT mini, an LED light bulb with an integrated Bluetooth speaker.

Leave a comment at the bottom of this post for your chance to win a PUNK speaker and a set of RELAYS headphones!



AwoX StriimLIGHT Mini

At first I couldn’t wrap my brain around a bluetooth speaker within a lightbulb. Will it burn out? No. The Striimlight mini is LED, different than a standard lightbulb. It’s perfect for smaller fixtures, like my nightstand lamp, and easily pairs with my iPhone.

I’ve played podcasts and listened to music while wrapping gifts with my AwoX StriimLIGHT mini bulb, but mostly I’ve used it with the light turned off (you can do this with the remote control), playing soft music to filter out other sounds at night. My house never sleeps!

Features include:

  • Plays audio right from your Bluetooth music players, including computers and numerous types of smartphones and tablets
  • Infrared remote control for light on/off, sound volume setup and mute
  • Bulb: LED, 110-240v, fits standard E26 or E14 socket
  • Speaker: 3 Watts, 200Hz-20KHz
  • Includes remote control for volume and light.

If you’re looking for a bigger AwoX light/speaker combo, check this out:

AwoX StriimLIGHT 8W E26 LED Light Bulb with Integrated Bluetooth Speaker


RELAYS In-Ear Headphones

I’ve never owned headphones as nice as the RELAYS in-ear headphones from Sol Republic. They come with four different-sized pairs of rubbery ear tips that fit on the earbuds. Find your size—I need the smallest ones—and the custom tip ensures a comfortable, secure fit in your ear.

I dropped the rubbery tips a couple of times while trying to determine my size, so honestly, I worried that they would be easily lost. But once I found my size and left them attached, I haven’t had a problem. They remain secure going in and out of my ears and come with their own carrying pouch. Fancy!

If you’re interested in a full-sized pair of headphones, Sol Republic currently offers a 100-day money back guarantee on their Tracks Air wireless bluetooth headphones.


PUNK Wireless Speaker from Sol Republic

The PUNK wireless speaker entered my life at the same time I developed an addiction to podcasts. How have I missed them until now?! I carry the PUNK in my purse so I can listen to audiobooks or podcasts or music from my phone while in the car; it comes with a cord that plugs easily into the base of my phone’s car charger, so I recharge on the go.

I love the PUNK’s rubbery feel and portability. I pulled it out and sat it on the table one night at Moe’s to demo for friends. I can use it in class when I teach music history this spring. How cool to carry a portable speaker I can whip out when needed! We’ll know I’ve developed a problem when my own, personal soundtrack fills the air around me at the grocery store. It could happen.

Leave a comment for your chance to win a PUNK speaker and a set of RELAYS headphones!

Do you listen to podcasts? What are your favorites? {I’m hooked on Serial, This American Life, and Stuff You Should Know.}

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