Thursday, September 24, 2015

Portable Outdoor and Shower Speaker by AYL - Review

This is a great little speaker. It packs quite a punch for such a small size . It is about the same size as an AppleTV (but taller). The speaker has a 10 hour battery life which I have yet to actually run down to full drain! I have been using it on and off , inside at night (on my nightstand for sleepy music), I hang it on the light outside when grilling, hang it on hooks in the shower for some sudsy jams and my wife has brought it to work several times to jam out with the Kids by the playground ( She works at a preschool) I did test out the "waterproof"(IPX5) by running it under water in the sink for a a short period of time and it's still kicking and screaming loud and proud! The speaker has a nice power on tone, connect and disconnect tone and doubles as a wireless mic/speaker for your phone ( I haven't used this feature) I like that it also shows (on iPhone ) the actual battery power left on the device and connects and disconnects really easily. If you want to share the speaker you can simply go to your settings and select the device and hit "disconnect" and then the other person and pair easily and painlessly ( at least my experience on the iPhones and iPads). I will be using this device as much as possible and love the durability and heartiness it has. A nice little feature that this has too is a standard "Screw mount" on the bottom so you could mount it to anything that has a screw mount (bike mount , helmet mount , quadcopter mount "this one could be fun " ) Here is a quick breakdown of the good and the "needs improvement" in my opinion.

Pros: Small, lightweight but not "chincy", compact, waterproof (within limits), good sound quality, has mic, super awesome 10 hour battery life! , comes in multiple colors, comes with all cables and carrying case, durable and sturdy, fun fun fun, and screw mount on bottom!!

I received this product at discount in exchange for an honest review.
Cons: Volume gets "loud" but then becomes distorted (not uncommon with most of these type of speakers so not terrible) ...really that is all i can find wrong with this... For the price , its amazing the bass and sound that this puts out!

I have had other "name brand" speakers in the past and heard some 100$ ones that don't even stack up to this! These seriously will be great stocking stuffers !

Available via Amazon for $29.99 HERE

iClever 4.8A 24W Dual Travel Charger - Review

The iClever is the perfect replacement for the stock iPad or iphone brick that comes with the phone or tablet. I have been using this for last week or so and have to say it's perfect and solid! The box it comes in is nice and clean and easy to open. Also the cable it comes with is very nice . I used this to charge my iPad and iPhone at the same time which is nice (no more having 2 bricks plugged in) The USB port lights up so you can clearly see it and know where to plug it in. The device itself is solid, heavy (but not in a bad way) and feels like it is built to last. The cable is solid (maybe better than the original apple cable ) and I had no issues with ( Non certified accessory errors) . This is perfect for anyone who wants to have a better travel charger for all your 4.8a USB devices.

It is available on Amazon right now $19.99 HERE

I did receive this product for free in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

From the Manufacture:

Most Powerful Dual USB Output
24W/4.8A dual USB output lets you charge any two smart phone or tablet devices at top speed simultaneously.
Perfect for Travel
At 2.08x2.08x1.12in/2.9oz, this compact adapter has a foldable plug, you simply can slip it into your bag when you are out and about.
Apple MFI Certification
Apple MFi certification ensures complete charge and sync compatibility with your Apple device.
Optimum Length
With 3.3ft(1m) length, the cord is ideal for charging and syncing in home, cars, office, and more. Portable and impeccable for hard-to-reach USB ports.
- This USB wall charger is not compatible with iPod nano, iPod Classic, HP TouchPad, Dell Venue 11 Pro and Asus tablets.
- Input: AC 100~240V 50/60Hz
- Output: 5V/4.8A (each 2.4A max)
- Size: 53x53x28.5(mm)/2.08x2.08x1.12(in)
- Weight: 82g/2.9oz
Broad Compatibility
- Smartphones & Tablets: Kindle(Fire), Apple iPhone 6S 6S Plus, 6 Plus, 6 5S 5C 5 4S, iPad Pro/Mini/Air Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge S6 S5 S4 S3 Note 4 3 2, Tab, HTC One X V S M9 M8, LG G2, Optimus F3, Nexus 5 6 7 9 10, Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX, Blackberry and More
- Others: External Battery Pack, GPS, PSP, PS4 Controller, Bluetooth Speaker/Headphones, Mp3 Players, and USB Powered Devices
Package Content:
- 1 x iClever Dual USB Wall Charger
- 1 x iClever 3.3ft MFI Lightning Cable

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Power Pearl PROBIOTIC Review

Let's talk about regularity! Ok, maybe we wont get too into it , but I do want you all to know how my experience with PowerPearl Probiotics from (Provided to me at no cost in exchange for an honest and unbiased review). So these little guys are pretty cool looking and pack quite the powerful punch ( in the good way) They are small, easy to swallow and very effective.  I have been taking them for about 2 weeks and have been taking them 1-2 a day.  I have seen an increase in "regularity" (in case yall don't know what that means I poop better) I haven't seen any adverse effects but have seen all the positive effects.  This is just some of the things that these little guys offer:

✿ 15x BETTER THAN CAPSULES: Capsules surrender their ingredients too soon or too late. Our patented probiotic 'pearls' will surely deliver all of its power to your tummy! 

✿ SUPPORTS IMMUNE SYSTEM: When your gut flora is healthy, your immune system can do what it's designed to do: keep you at the top of your game!

 GLEE AND ENERGY AGAIN: Power Pearl Probiotic is specially designed to encourage the microenvironment your gut needs to absorb nutrients so you can enjoy life again!

✿ TAMES TUMMY TROUBLES: Power Pearl Probiotic works gently. Each pearl's power is released gradually so you won't have to deal with bloating, diarrhea or gas that can occur with other probiotic products. 

✿ HELPS LOSE EXTRA POUNDS EFFORTLESSLY: When your gut gets its groove on, studies indicate that your metabolism will, too. So you may even find those extra few pounds melting away!

✿ SAFE FOR EVERYONE: They are are vegetarian and contain ZERO sugar, preservatives, GMO, nuts, wheat, gluten, lactose, chemicals, yeast, soy, iron, artificial colors.

✿ SUITABLE FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY: Mommy, Daddy, Granny, Granpy and even your little ones can take them and have a happy tummy again! 

They are available on Amazon right now here :

Wink Connected Hub - Review

        With the rise of home automation, there has been an onslaught of products and devices that claim they can achieve the futuristic home we all have desired since we first saw The Jetsons on TV as a kid. Home automation is not a "new" thing , in the sense that it has been around for more than 20 years but up until recently, it has moved from a single home based system that was specific only to manufactures , to a cloud based internet of "things". With that has brought , z-wave, Zigbee, bluetooth, wifi connected devices. Within the last year a company called Wink has come out with a device (Hub) that communicates on all of the above mentioned communication frequencies(z-wave, Zigbee, bluetooth, wifi) About a year and a half ago I had purchased TCP Connected bulbs which had their own hub and used them for a bit but bulbs were expensive if you had a light fixture that had 10 + bulbs so I put it away , that is until I purchased a Schlage Connected door lock (more on that in another blog) . I realized I had a few devices that would now communicate and started looking at different devices/hubs. I was at HomeDepot and decided to take the $50.00 dive ( also available on Amazon ) So for the part you all really want to know about. Does the devices stand up to its promise of working with all the devices that are out there and is it easy to use/setup ?  Well, I wish it was a simple yes or no but it's really not.  This is my experience.

I got the Wink Connected Hub and 2 Connected GE Link Bulbs along with a GoControl "Home Security " kit (also more to come on that in another blog) Got home and pulled the Wink Hub out and read the instructions.  Simpe enough it seemed.  The Wink Hub is a Wifi only device so you must have wifi connection to use it  ( no ethernet) .   I got it connected to my wifi and setup in a matter of minutes(which seemed great) .  Then I went to Add my Schlage Connected Door lock and was prompted to install and update to new firmware (this is where it all went to crap).  I let it update, but it kept saying it still needed to update.  I was not able to add any devices or use it at all until it updated the firmware. For the next hour , I kept trying to update it to no avail.  Finally I called customer support and they walked me through several steps from moving the hub around the house (literally every room) to as far away as possible while still being within the walls of my home.  They "pushed" the firmware update each time (yes they have access to your Hub and can see if it's online or not) but again still had the same issue....Did this for nearly another hour to have the Rep tell me this was a "known" issue and that up to 70 other people were also having the same issue.  He told me he would keep "pushing" the update and for me to keep moving the device around and that I may just have to wait and call back.  I did this but became inpatient and an hour later , called again and went through the same steps with another rep for another hour and just gave up at the frustration of having just spent a decent amount of money on different products that I can't use.  I left home and returned in the evening and tried once more to move the hub and let it connect and much to my surprise it finally updated to the appropriate firmware (hooray!!) It was late so went to bed and waited till the morning .
In the Morning I got everything together and much to my surprise again, it all synced up perfect and quickly.  So for me my experience was less than savory on the initial setup but once the firmware was pushed and updated, everything went smoothly.

Pros: Cheap, easy to setup (assuming you don't have the same issue I had), lots of different devices work with it, great API and APP interface, easy to use , works with other non z-wave devices (tcp connected, honeywell thermostat), they have live person (American ) support

Cons: Can be a hassle to setup in some circumstances, has only wifi connection (only 2.4ghz ...DOES NOT SUPPORT 5GHZ) , Has limited support for some items , no ethernet

All this said, great product for what It is, the app is well put together, the hardware is robust but lacking a bit, I believe they will improve further as the tech catches up.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Fovii iPhone 6 Battery/Case - Review

This battery case by Fovii is a solid piece of equipment.  This is not for feint of heart! I received this product for no charge in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.  I used this charger for about the last week and it has actually been quite nice.  The build quality of this case is really quite stand out! It has a very secure/solid feel to it that feels nice in your hand.

Pros: Solid, Apple Certified, Sleek design,micro usb charging port, great price , easy to use

Cons: Heavy!

 Available HERE:

Fovii's iPhone 6 Battery Charging Case doubles your possibilities.
- Adds 16 extra hours of talk time, 12 hours browsing time
- Charges simultaneously, alongside your phone
- Apple MFI Certified. Works on iOS 5/6/7/8+ future upgrades
- Features sync-through technology - Instant 100% battery life.
There's NO RISK for you at all - you're backed by our 100% SATISFACTION, 100% MONEY BACK GUARANTEE.
- Protect your phone from bumps, shocks, and scratches
- Enhance your iPhone 6 experience
- Never worry about losing power again, when you most need it

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

10 Foot Long iPhone iPad Charging Cord For iPhone - Review

This iPhone Cable is awesome! It is 10 feet long so you know you will have plenty of room to move around with it plugged in.  The construction is very high quality and in my opinion 10x better than the original Apple cable my phone came with .  I used this with my iPhone 6 and Ipad Air 2 .  The packaging is really simple and clean without all the extra stuff that other cables come with .  I am actually really surprised at the quality of the cable itself , as it feels like a high quality piece of rope and fits nicely and charges as expected.  The only thing I can note is that when plugging in my ipad air 2 into my pc with this cable I got a "not certified error" but seemed to only be on the ipad and only when plugging into the pc which is ok because I don't think I ever charged my ipad on my pc before ( I always use the special Power brick that came with the iPad)  With this cable you will be able to plug it in behind your bed and have plenty of room to set it on your night stand or plug it in the back power connection in your car .  I will be getting more of these cables for sure and can honestly say that I am quite impressed! Thanks ReachCables !

This is available via Amazon PURCHASE HERE

I received this product in exchange for an unbiased and honest review

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