Oct 01

TeknoRise 3000mAh Cell Phone Portable Charger ★★★★☆

TeknoRise 3000mAh Cell Phone Portable Charger External Battery Pack – [Apple Lightning Adapters & Case Included!] – High-Speed Charging Power Bank For iPhone 5 5S 5C 4 4S, iPad, iPod, Android Samsung Galaxy S4 S3 (This Version Not Compatible with S5), Note 4 3 2, HTC One M8, Most Other Smartphones and Tablets (Blue)

Right out of the box, I knew I had something sweet. The TeknoRise 3000mAh Cell Phone Portable Charger comes with a case – not a pouch, a case. It’s such a nice case, filled with all manner of accessories, like a micro USB cable, three connectors (Lightning, mini USB, and 30-pin), and a key ring. Combined with the lovely form factor of the power bank, it was love at first sight.

Yes, it performs. I used it to power my smartphones. It can give my HTC One M8 a 51% charge. I was expecting about 60%, so it got close.

One thing I’d like to see is a power indicator light. I can only tell if it has power remaining when I plug it in. A light will turn on then and it gets warm. Ooh, a little warmer than some other power banks. I find smaller power banks have more tendency to heat up than larger power banks.

It’s a pretty power bank – a fingerprint-free surface and elegant curves, small enough to fit in a pocket or purse.  Nice.

This product was provided for review by TeknoRise.

Oct 01

SSE 48″ High Grade Heavy Duty Extendable Handheld Monopod ★★★★★

SSE 48″ High Grade Heavy Duty Extendable Handheld Monopod Selfie Stick And Tripod Mount Adapter FOR GOPRO Hero 1 / 2 / 3 / 3+

The SSE Monopod is more substantial than any other monopod I’ve owned. The pole is thicker. The grip is padded. It’s not as compact, but it extends nearly 3 inches longer to 45 ½ inches. Instead of using mere friction to hold the monopod extended, this monopod uses locking levers.

I paired the monopod with a cell phone mount for my HTC One M8 – not for selfies, mind you, but it could be used for that. Not at all. I use the monopod to lift my smartphone above the sea of heads sitting in front of me at the gymnastics meets. My daughter’s videos are not filled with the back of balding heads and other people’s raised smartphones. We rise above, and I don’t have to block anyone’s view to do it. People tell me all the time: it’s brilliant.

FYI, the monopod will also hold my camcorder or any camera that can attach to a standard tripod. A Gopro mount is also included.

This product was provided for review by SSE.

Oct 01

Tronfy® “iWork” Mini4.0 Bluetooth V4.0 In Ear Earbud/Earpiece ★★★★☆

Tronfy® “iWork” Mini4.0 Minimal Sheltered Wireless Bluetooth V4.0 In Ear Earbud/Earpiece w/Mic Support Stream Music/Video/Audio For iPhone 6,6 Plus,5,5S,5C,iPad,iPod, MacBook Air,Sumsung Galaxy S5,S4,Note,HTC One(M8),Most Bluetooth Enable Device- Apple Andriod Smartphone,Cell Phone, Laptop,Tablet,PSP (Black)

The Tronfy® “iWork” Mini4.0 Earpiece is small enough for me to fear losing it. Yes, it still sticks out of my ear, but I could pull my hair over it and no one would be the wiser. It falls out of my ear more often than other ear pieces, though. Once, it fell and broke in two. Luckily, those two pieces snapped back together.

Pairing is easy and reconnection is automatic. Range is not very good. I can barely go to the next room without losing a connection.

Phone calls are surprisingly clear. I held an entire conversation with my son without anyone asking what was said. That was a dream compared to some other Bluetooth conversations I’ve had on other devices. Nice.

This product was provided for review by Tecklife.

Oct 01

3 Pcs YGDZ 6ft 2 Meter Micro USB SYNC Cable ★★★☆☆

3 Pcs YGDZ 6ft 2 Meter Micro USB SYNC Cable Cord Charger For Google Nexus 7, Google Nexus 10, Google Nexus 4, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Samsung Galaxy Note, Samsung Galaxy S3/S4, Nokia Lumia, and Most Android Tablets, Android Phones, and Windows Phones – White

Like their cousins, the 3 Meter Micro USB SYNC Cables, these YGDZ 2 Meter Micro USB SYNC Cables are also long and thick. When it comes to charging, they can deliver. The problem is they do not sync. Charge, yes. Sync, no. The computer sees my phone, but it can’t see the files. I tried another brand of sync cables to make sure nothing was wrong with the phone or the computer. No, it’s definitely these cables. Neither the 3 meter nor the 2 meter cables can sync.

This product was provided for review by YGDZ.

Oct 01

COUI SPF 30 Sunscreen ★★★★★

COUI SPF 30 Sunscreen for Face and Body – Advanced Protection for Youthful Skin. Rich in Vitamins, Antioxidants and Moisturizers – Easily Absorbed Like No Other Sunblock Cream – Broad Spectrum UVA & UVB (2.5 0z.)

My primary concern with facial sunscreen, especially those containing zinc oxide, is the white residue. Fortunately, it’s not a problem with COUI Sunscreen. It vanishes completely; and though it’s not marketed as a moisturizer, I can feel my skin hydrate.

I slather this on, especially for those days when my son has a tennis match. No burns yet, even in near 100 degree heat. It doesn’t run down my face and sting my eyes, either.

I usually use a sunscreen stick for my face, but I think I’ll switch over. The COUI saves my face from that waxy feeling and protects me all the same.

This product was provided for review by COUI.

Oct 01

Encust 5.2A / 26W Three USB Port Rapid Portable Car Charger ★★★★★

Encust 5.2A / 26W Three USB Port Rapid Portable Car Charger For iPhone 6, 5s, 5c, 5, 4s, 4, iPad Air , iPad 5 4 iPad Mini, Samsung s5, s4, s3, Note 3, Note 2, Galaxy Tab 10, 7, 5, LG G3, Optimus, HTC ONE X M8, Motorola Moto G, Moto X, Bluetooth Speaker, GPS, External Battery Charger and ALL USB-Powered Mobile Devices – Black (Black)

One of the nicest things about the Encust Car Chargeris the arrangement of the ports. With two 2.1 amp ports sit side-by-side, while one 1 amp port lies on top. This helps tremendously with identifying which ports are which at a glance.

Can we use all three ports at once? Yes! I did just that yesterday, driving all over town with the dash cam, phone, and power bank all plugged in. Charging is quick, especially with the 2.1 amp ports. I reserved the 1 amp port for my dash cam.

So far, so good. Great port placement, Encust. Funny how something so simple can win me over.

This product was provided for review by Encust.

Oct 01

Sabrent 40 Watt (8 Amp) 4-Port Family-Sized Rapid USB Wall Charger ★★★★★

Sabrent 40 Watt (8 Amp) 4-Port Family-Sized Rapid USB Wall Charger. Smart USB Charger with Auto Detect Technology for iPhone 6 5s 5c 5, iPad Air mini, Galaxy S5 S4, Note 3 2, the new HTC One (M8), Nexus and More [White] (AX-U4PW)

I’m always so happy to have a smart charger. What’s a smart charger? A charger that will optimize charging for specific devices, like iPhone, Samsung, etc. No longer do I need to hunt for the port that says “Apple.”

The Sabrent Family-Sized Rapid USB Wall Charger is even better. It gives a total of 8 amps split among four ports. That’s 2 amps per port, if need be. I can have fast charging for four tablets, except that I don’t have four devices that need 2 amps. Most chargers only have a one or two ports dedicated to 2 amps. The rest are usually 1 amp.

Smart charger, indeed. I plugged four devices in last night and it handled them like a champ. It’s only drawback? The prongs don’t retract. That’s not so great for travel, because exposed prongs tend to rub holes in things, or they get bent from banging around.

For home use, this is a great USB wall charger.

This product was provided for review by Sabrent.

Oct 01

YGDZ 9ft 3 Meter Micro USB SYNC Cable ★★★☆☆

2 Pcs YGDZ 9ft 3 Meter Micro USB SYNC Cable Cord Charger For Google Nexus 7, Google Nexus 10, Google Nexus 4, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Samsung Galaxy Note, Samsung Galaxy S3/S4, Nokia Lumia, and Most Android Tablets, Android Phones, and Windows Phones – White

YGDZ 9ft 3 Meter Micro USB SYNC Cables are some serious micro USB cables. They look like the type of cables that belong behind the computer. They are thicker and longer and very heavy duty. I see them as more of a permanent fixture. They aren’t something I’d want to carry with me in my purse. They make short, thin cables for that.

No sir, these are cables that live in an IT environment in a place that needs cables – long, thick cables.

The problem, though, is they are advertised as sync cables. They charge everything just fine, but they do not sync. I tried a couple with my HTC One M8, but it was a no-go.

This product was provided for review by YGDZ.

Oct 01

aLLreli Premium 4 Port v1.4 HDMI Switch ★★★★★

aLLreli Premium 4 Port v1.4 HDMI Switch – Support PiP (Picture-in-Picture) | 4 Hd Input 1 Output | Ver 1.4 Certified with Full Ultra HD 4K/2K 1080p & 3D Resolutions for PS3 / Xbox 360 (slim) / Sky HD / Freesat HD / Virgin + / Bluray Player / DVD / HD Camcorder / HTPC / Laptop

We have a television with three HDMI ports. We have three devices which use those three HDMI ports. We don’t need more HDMI ports, so I often passed on these HDMI hubs. Little did I know what I was missing.

The beauty of the aLLreli HDMI Switch is that we no longer have to fiddle with the television input modes when we switch devices. Turn on the TV and satellite box – watch TV. Turn on the Wii – play the Wii. Turn off the Wii – it switches right back to satellite. Wow.

What if I have three devices all going at once and I want to switch to another device? There’s picture-in-picture so that I don’t have to guess which port goes to what. No need to toggle the switch.

What if I ever lose that handy remote? There is a button on the HDMI switch to manually toggle, not that I think I’ll ever need to toggle again. The automatic switching has me spoiled.

Never have I been so excited about a new discovery. My son told me I need to keep this one. I will.

This product was provided for review by aLLreli.