With some help from over the road truck driver Jamie Hagan, here’s the list of our favorite gadgets for truckers. If we somehow missed your favorite OTR gadget, leave a comment at the bottom of this page letting us know what it is.
- Garmin dezlCam GPS nav
- BlueParrot BT350-XT headset
- PowerDrive PD3000 inverter
- Trucker Tough QI phone charger
- Drive 4G-X OTR cell phone signal booster
- BONUS GADGET – Hydrofask
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Garmin dezlCam GPS nav The Garmin dezlCam is a professional truck navigator with a set of tools designed specifically for over the road professionals. Some of the features we love are the adjustable dashcam, the capability to connect a backup camera and your phone to the unit, and the availability of custom routes based on your trailer size, weight and load, just to name a few.
The dezlCam also tracks your mileage and warns you in advance of any potential violations. It will also log your service records and export them to your computer or other device for easy entry into logbooks. dezlCam includes detailed maps of North America and free lifetime map updates. It also gives you warning of potential hazards like sharp curves, low bridges, special weight limits and steep grades. And for convenience it has a directory of truck and trailer services as well as restaurants and coffee shops, all highly rated by truck drivers.
BlueParrot BT350-XT headset This noise-canceling headset features the industry’s best noise canceling and sound quality so the audio on your calls will be clear and easy to understand. It also features the new Parrot Button which can be customized for various functions. The BT350-XT is comfortable to wear for extended periods and gives you up to 24 hours talk time on a single charge. It syncs with your phone or GPS unit to send calls, streaming music or driving directions to the headset. You can use it with two cell phones or a phone and a computer (or tablet) at same time.
PowerDrive PD3000 inverter For AC power, we like this powerful 3000 watt inverter. It features 4 AC outlets plus two USB ports to charge phones, tablet or computer. When paired with the free PowerDrive app you can monitor status, change settings, power the unit on and off and more all from your smartphone making this a great gadget for our list! We really like the detachable LED display that you can mount on the dash to keep an eye on wattage output, even if you’ve stowed the PowerDrive unit out of the way.
Trucker Tough QI phone charger This wireless phone charger/phone mount is a great gadget to keep your cell phone secured and within easy reach on the long haul. The cradle is strong and stays put where you need it. You can adjust the QI to any sized phone easily, and getting your device in and out of the cradle is a breeze. Not only does it hold your phone securely but will automatically charge the battery of any wireless-charge smartphone when it’s placed in the cradle – no need to plug the power cable!
Drive 4G-X OTR cell phone signal booster The weBoost Drive 4G-X OTR cell phone signal booster will keep you connected on the road with strong, reliable cell signal even in areas with spotty coverage. This unit picks up weak cell signals, amplifies them and distributes the amplified signal in your cab. You’ll be able to make calls from areas where you never could before get a signal. Not only will you be able to call and text in more places, but with better cell coverage comes faster uploads and downloads. No more worry about dropping calls or slow data transfers. The Drive 4G-X OTR is easy set up. Flexible antenna options make it ideal for every truck model. Boosts signal for all cell service providers in the U.S. and Canada.
BONUS GADGET – Hydrofask I know we said five gadgets, but this one is too good to leave off our list. Hydroflask is the 21st century’s answer to the old Thermos bottle. These hydration bottles will keep your drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for six. Made of stainless steel, these bottles will take a beating and still work great! We like the 32-ounce Hydroflask, but they come in sizes from 12 to 64 ounces so you can keep any size thirst quenched all day. The double-wall construction means no condensation ever on the outside.
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