Dec 06

Mifine Mini Digital Portable Speaker AM/FM Pocket Radio

Mifine Mini Digital Portable Speaker AM/FM Pocket Radio

This radio may be small, but it has amazing sound quality. Frankly, that surprised me, because it has no visible antenna. Nice that the battery powered radio can be recharged with a mini USB cable (included).

PROS:

* small size
* crystal clear sound
* battery operated (battery included)
* rechargeable
* AM/FM scanning to preset channels
* mp3 player (micro SD card slot and flash drive)
* digital display
* headphone jack
* AUX port to turn this into a speaker

CONS:
* seriously none

This product was provided by Mifine

Nov 30

WOVTE Christmas Nesting Dolls

WOVTE Christmas Nesting Dolls

Christmas is here, so what’s a nesting doll set of Santas, snowmen, and a Christmas tree supposed to do? Sing, of course! When there’s a will, there’s a way, and there sure was plenty of will on my end.

I love these nesting dolls, even if they don’t really sing and dance. They brighten up the holidays without taking up much room for storage. All the pieces fit well without much effort to take them apart. The paint job is good and there’s even a little glitter.

This product was provided by Simtyso.

Nov 28

Shinngo 6700mAh Ultra Compact Power Bank

Shinngo 6700mAh Ultra Compact Power Bank

I want a small power bank that won’t weigh me down, and Shinngo fits the bill. This one comes with a super short micro USB cable and a drawstring pouch. There’s even a single-bulb LED flashlight built in. What a seriously great idea for a stocking stuffer.

Just remember, small battery equals lower capacity. If you want more, you’ll have to pay for it in space and load-bearing muscle.

This product was provided by Shinngo.

Nov 25

GRDE Solar Battery Charger

GRDE Portable Dual USB Solar Battery Charger

The GRDE solar power bank is listed on Amazon with a capacity of 15000 mAh. It’s about the size of a large smartphone but more lightweight than I expected. I real world tests, I found the capacity closer to 10000 mAh. That’s enough to charge a smarthphone several times or a tablet once, depending on the device. The charger has a flashlight with six LED bulbs built in, bright enough to light the way in a pinch.

Like many other solar power banks, the solar charging is to be used as backup only, perhaps to extend the life of the battery while outdoors. From my tests, I found that one hour of sun gives about 260 mAh, which is enough to give my phone a 10% charge. That’s impressive for such a small solar panel.

This product was provided by Greentimeszone.

Nov 16

LOPOO Air Inflatable Portable Sleeping Sofa

LOPOO Air Inflatable Portable Sleeping Sofa

I’ve seen people run with an inflatable lounger like it’s a giant kite, but that’s not necessary. If you don’t have a lot of wind in your area, just sweep it around a few times. It may not look full until you roll up the end, but that method words.

No matter how much I roll the end of the Lopoo lounger, air finds a way of escaping, but it stays up long enough to enjoy for a day at the beach. If you are worried about it blowing away, just tie down then end with the straps.

This product was provided by Lopoo.

Nov 13

Potensic F186WH Hover RC Drone

Potensic F186WH Hover RC Drone RTF Altitude Hold Mini Quadcopter UFO with 2MP WiFi Camera

This little drone has so many options: fly by remote controller, app controller, or gravity controller. It’s FPV all the way! Getting started with the app is easy but not intuitive. First, you have to bind the drone to the remote controller and also the drone to the smartphone via Wi-Fi. (I have an Android phone.) Before you press the ON button in the app, press the FUNCTION-SWITCHOVER button on the controller to get the propellers spinning. THEN, press the ON button in the app. You could always just stick with the remote controller if you don’t want to deal with the app.

Landing is not as simple as it is with other drones. The propellers don’t just stop spinning when you press the throttle all the way down. You have to cut power with the FUNCTION-SWITCHOVER button (gradual reduction in power), or push the left stick to the bottom left corner and the right stick to the bottom right corner at the same time. There’s also a button somewhere on the app I haven’t tried. In the event of an emergency, I don’t think I would be able to find that button.

The drone appears to be quite durable, as I have crashed it without any permanent gouges or cracks on the blades or body. The soft plastic blade guards do get bent, but I just bend them back.

If you want to take photos and videos, you will need to use the app. There’s no micro SD card, so the images will be stored on your phone. They are AVI files (I had to convert them to put them in my video). I am impressed by the quality of the video coming from the cam.

This product was provided by Potensic.

Nov 08

MengK Eye-Caring Table Lamp

MengK Eye-Caring Table Lamp with Color Bar

This is a nice little portable lamp, for when you need light but have no outlet. Just looking at the box, I thought the base was a solid painted color, but it actually lights up in any color of the rainbow. The neck bends into any configuration, making this a very versatile little lamp.

This product was provided by Big Corn.

Nov 02

MengK Bluetooth 4.1 In-ear Stereo Earbuds with Mic

MengK Bluetooth 4.1 In-ear Stereo Earbuds with Mic

The ultimate solution to peace with your roommates is Bluetooth earphones. These earphones paired easily with my HTC One M8. They stayed in my ears, no problem. Controls are not hard to find by feel. The sound would work for the average user. (Let’s face it. They’re not high-end.) My only problem was the shutter control, which did not work with my phone’s camera.

This product was provided by Big Corn.