March 3, 2024

You might not think that 50 dollars would buy you much in the way of electronics on Amazon – but you’d be very wrong.

From entertainment systems for cats to neon toilet lights and ‘smart eyemasks’, the online marketplace is brimming with weird and wonderful bargains you never knew you needed.

Who actually buys the weirder stuff here? It’s open to question, but many of these are described as ‘gifts’, so perhaps the recipients are just grateful they didn’t get socks.

Read on for the 14 best hi-tech gadgets on Amazon for under $50:

Bluetooth ‘smart’ eye mask ($26.99)

Will this really help you sleep? (Amazon)

Will this really help you sleep? (Amazon) 

Who doesn’t want to wear a glowing mask to sleep?

At $26.99, the Zumusen is an absolute steal.

The eye mask pairs with tablets or smartphones via Bluetooth for late-night listening of podcasts or music playlists.

It also has a 3D contoured design for light-blocking.

You can also use white noise and nature sounds to help you drop off with eight relaxing sounds built in.

Buy it here.  

Feed and chat to your pet from anywhere ($41.99)

This Wi-Fi-enabled KaloKen cat feeder connects to smartphones so you can set and monitor meal times while you’re away and talk to your cat.

You can record a 20-second ‘meal call’ which plays as food is dispensed.

Buy it here.  

Bluetooth garden torch speaker ($49.99)

Who doesn’t love garden torches? Who doesn’t love BlueTooth speakers? Who wouldn’t want a gadget which is an elegant combination of the two?

This Bluetooth torch speaker offers 10W audio and is iP65 water-resistant so you can leave it outside. 

The perfect way to tell them it's dinner time (Amazon)

It's both speaker and torch, rolled into one (Amazon)

This Wi-Fi-enabled KaloKen cat feeder connects to smartphones so you can monitor your pet’s food. Another device, a Bluetooth garden torch speaker, will blend in with your landscape 

Too much effort to lift a laser pointer? Amazon has your back (Amazon)

The force is strong with these (Amazon)

Too much effort to lift a laser pointer? Amazon has your back. You can also purchase lightsaber chopsticks on the site

It’s also a handy torch.

It can be hung up or planted in the ground via a stake.

Buy it here

Cat laser entertainment system ($16.03)

This cute automatic laser toy removes all the effort out of getting your cat to chase a laser pointer.

Start it up, and it aims the laser across the room for you, as your pet chases the point of light across the floor – endless fun.

Powered by four AA batteries, it has a 15-minute timer to ensure your cat doesn’t spend the entire day chasing the bolt.

Lightsaber chopsticks ($11.97)

These chopsticks are powered by camera batteries, and light up with red and blue LEDs – so they’re ideal for both Jedi and Sith lords.

Like hamburgers? Like phones?  It's perfect! (Amazon)

The motor drives a propeller so it can fly for 30 seconds (Amazon)

Hamburger phones are still all the rage, along with handheld airplanes that feature a motor to propel itself 

The BPA-free plastic sabers are food-safe, and turn on at the touch of a button.

 Buy them here

Hamburger phone ($15.87)

We’re not sure who the target market for this hamburger-shaped landline phone is, but it’s certainly eye-catching.

The functions are fairly bare-bones, with a redial button and an LED in-use light.

 Buy it here

Motorized paper airplane ($19.99)

Have you ever looked at a paper airplane and thought, ‘I wish there was a motor for that?’

If so, Amazon’s got your back.

The PowerUp 2.0 uses an electric motor and a propeller to offer up to 30 seconds of flying time.

Buy it here.  

Lights that come on when you clap ($21.99)

Who needs Alexa? The Clapper light system bills itself as the original home automation system – it’s a wall plug that comes on when you clap.

You can clap once for one appliance, twice for a different one – or set it to come on when it hears any sound (for example, when you are away from home).

Buy it here.  

Forget Echo speakers or Google Home, try The Clapper

It's got surprisingly decent specs for the money

The Clapper and  Pritom 7-inch tablet are also under $50

Pritom 7-inch tablet ($49.99)

You’re not going to get an iPad for this sort of money, but the Priton Tronpad 7-inch Android offers pretty good bang for your buck.

Running Android 11, it offers the Google Play Store for app downloads and has a battery which will last six hours.

Buy it here.   

Toilet lights ($13.88)

These toilet lights use a motion-sensor to add LED light to your night-time bathroom visits – with 16 LED color options.

And what home isn't complete without lights in the toilet?

These are proper Bluetooth wireless in-ears for under $50

Amazon offers LED lights for the toilet bowl and Bluetooth earbuds – all for under $50

The makers suggest you ‘add some fun and excitement’ with a color-changing mode.

The motion sensor offers 160-degree sensitivity, and they are fully water-resistant.

Zingbird Wireless Earbuds ($29.99)

There’s a surprisingly large number of earbuds under $50 on offer here – but don’t expect big brand names.

The Zingbirds offer up to 60 hours playtime (the earbuds go for about five hours) – with a battery display so you can see how long is left.

There’s wireless charging as well as charging via USB-C.

Buy them here.  

Levitating photo frame ($26.99)

 What better way to show you really love someone than to have their photo in your front room – levitating and bathed in LED light?

That’s the promise of this photo frame which uses magnets to levitate a single photo, as well as LED lighting.

Buy it here.  

Portable neck fan ($22.99) 

If you're feeling hot under the collar... (Amazon)

The collar gives you a location for your four-legged friend (Amazon)

If you’re feeling hot under the collar (left) or a collar that lets you find your furry friend (right)

Feeling a bit warm? Amazon can help with this USB-chargeable portable neck fan, which is battery-powered to offer fan cooling everywhere.

Bet sales dipped  bit during the pandemic (Amazon)

Bet sales dipped  bit during the pandemic (Amazon)

There’s three wind-speeds and it has a 2400mAh battery which offers up to 8.5 working hours between charges.

Cat tracker collar ($15.99)

It’s one of the great mysteries of life – what do cats actually do all day? Now you can answer it, by attaching an AirTag to your cat.

Using Apple’s AirTag system, you can track your cat’s location via BlueTooth – the collar is designed to it won’t fall off or dangle.

Buy it here.  

Beer can Bluetooth speaker

It might have been an unfortunate name during the pandemic, but this Corona beer speaker lets you listen to music while also endorsing the famous beverage.

It’s got Bluetooth plus an Aux-in cable so you can connect it to non-Bluetooth devices such as your PC.

Buy it here

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