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Everyday Carry: Downgrade

Though the global internet serves a valuable purpose — to connect us to the rest of the world and put a near-infinite amount of information at our fingertips — it’s also rife with seemingly-purposeless distractions. From a nigh-endless stream of clickbait ads to mind-numbing video games to toxic and often misleading social media interactions, it can be easy to get lost in the maelstrom of it all. Thankfully, however, there are some ways you can curb the internet’s often negative influence — like carefully choosing the tech you use on a day-to-day basis. That’s what this week’s everyday carry pocket dump is all about: finding small ways to disconnect from all the static, so you can go about your day in a more positive, productive manner. Nolite te bastardes carborundorum, as they say.

Anker PowerCore 5000 Portable Charger

Roughly the same size as a disposable lighter and with enough juice to fully power up an iPhone X and then some, Anker’s PowerCore 5000 portable charger is one of the best everyday carry chargers around for those who are frequently on-the-go and/or limited on space. And that’s only bolstered by the fact that it comes with quick-charge capabilities.

Purchase: $15

Foursevens Preon P1 MKIII Flashlight

Measuring up at just 3.4″ in length and 1 ounce, the Foursevens Preon P1 MKIII flashlight it one of the most pocket-friendly non-keychain torches around. And that’s only further solidified by its solid anodized aluminum body, 100-lumen maximum output, six possible lighting configurations, up to 45h runtime on a rechargeable NiMH AAA battery, and an IPX8 waterproof rating.

Purchase: $50

VOID Watches V01MKII

A minimalist, modern, stylish take on the seemingly-outdated technology that is a digital timepiece, the VOID Watches V01MKII comes with a sturdy and eye-catching stainless steel case, a sapphire crystal, and a beautiful Italian leather strap. For those that want a unique wristwatch with a retro-futuristic flare, go no further.

Purchase: $265

Light Phone II

Smartphones are a standard piece of everyday carry for most folks these days. However, some of us find them unnecessarily distracting and loaded with seemingly pointless features. The Light Phone II, by contrast, gives you all the necessary elements of a traditional smartphone — the ability to make calls, send texts, call ridesharing vehicles, play music, etc. — without the extraneous bits.

Purchase: $350