The BoostSolar splash-proof solar-powered backup battery pack from Etón provides power to hand-held devices with its interchangeable, rechargeable lithium battery (5000 mAh). The BoostSolar features an LED battery charge indicator, rugged rubberized and IPX-4-rated splash-proof exterior in addition to fastener holes and straps to hook to a backpack for portability. This solar charger can be fully charged in 16 hours via the sun, or in seven hours with the Micro-USB DC input. Once charged, it can be used to fully charge most smartphones 2.5 times. It also features a 5V/2A USB port for charging tablets. The interchangeable battery pack design allows you to charge multiple backup batteries in succession: simply snap in a removable battery pack and allow it to charge, and then immediately replace it with another to gain unlimited backup power. The Etón BoostSolar is available now for $99.99
If you dislike the greasy, sticky fingers that go along with eating BBQ ribs, wings, corn on the cob and other foods, consider using a pair of Trongs next time. Trongs are made of food-safe polypropylene and have been designed to help you grab food with your fingers, without actually touching it. These one-size-fits-all flexible grippers can be washed and reused. If you want to add a pair to your EDC, you can purchase them for $9.95 (2 pairs) or $24.95 (6 pairs). I think I’ll save my $$’s and stick with the old fashioned grab, eat and lick clean solution.
Since my review of the Dash Cam Dually in 2010, I’ve had my eyes open for a quality in-car video recorder that wasn’t so large. The Pittasoft BlackVue DR5000GW-HD car camera is a tube-shaped device that promises to be just that, and it’s packed with some interesting features.
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LogicBUY’s Deal for Sunday is the 30″ Dell UltraSharp U3014 LED-backlit IPS LCD monitor (successor to the existing U3011 model) for $1,249.99. Features:
- Anti-glare screen with 1000:1 typical contrast ratio, 350nit brightness, 6ms grey-to-grey response time, 99% Adobe RGB color gamut, 178-degree viewing angle
- Connectors: 4-port USB 3.0 hub, DisplayPort 1.2, mini-DisplayPort 1.2, DVI-DL (HDCP), HDMI
- DC power connector for Dell Soundbar (AX510)
- Height-adjustable stand with built-in cable-management
$1499.99 – $250 savings = $1249.99 with free shipping.
This deal expires May 12, 2013 or sooner. Check the above link for more details on this deal, and check the LogicBUY home page for other deals.
I have owned a bunch of portable speakers over the years. Ever since my first boombox in high school my love affair with portable music has led me on the quest for the perfect portable audio companion. My ideal companion must be small, have big sound, crazy battery life, cheap, high quality workmanship, and multiple ways to connect to my music sources. You can see now why I have been searching for years. Portable speakers have come and gone for one reason or another, but the bottom line is that most of them are crap. Cheap materials, grainy sound, and no durability. I did review a great portable speaker last year in the Boats-To-Go Boombox, and I still use that. The price and features are awesome, but the battery life isn’t great and there is no Bluetooth. So when I saw The Phoenix Portable Bluetooth Speaker by Beacon, I saw some hope. The specs look great, but could good things come in small packages? Let’s find out!
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Saturday’s LogicBUY Deal is the HTC First Smartphone with Facebook Home from AT&T for $0.99. Features:
- 4.3″ 1280 X 720 S-LCD 3 display
- Android 4.1
- 1.4GHz dual-core processor; 1GB RAM
- 16GB storage (non-expandable), 1GB RAM
- 5MP rear and 1.6MP front cameras)
- LTE, NFC, Bluetooth, GPS
- Facebook Home built in
- Available in Black, White, Pale Blue, or Red
$99.99 – $99 savings = $0.99 with free shipping.
This deal expires May 13, 2013 or sooner. Check the above link for more details on this deal, and check the LogicBUY home page for other deals.
Seagate and The Gadgeteer want to help you celebrate Mother’s Day by giving away a super skinny new Seagate Slim portable hard drive.
Today’s mom is busy, connected and looking for ways to keep everything balanced and organized. So this Mother’s Day, why not give mom something to keep it all together? With thousands of priceless photos, videos and other files that need to be kept secure, she needs a simple and FAST way to back up precious content. Seagate’s new storage product, the Seagate Slim, is a perfect gift for the job. It’s sleek and portable (just slightly larger than an iPhone 5 and as thick as a pencil), and comes with a software Dashboard that allows for one-click or scheduled backup and the added feature of back up for Facebook and Flickr albums.
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Guitar tuners, what can I say about them? They come in various shapes and sizes. They are digital and analogue. They have inline and audio versions. But what I can say about me and guitar tuners is, I can never find one when I need one. The Pitchclip from Korg helps solve that issue.
Korg has been in the music game for around 50 years now and has offered an array of musical accessories, everything from tuners to musical effects systems. I am proud to say that I still own an original Korg Pandora’s Box which still works great. When Korg offered to let us try their Pitchclip tuner, I was excited to give it a try.
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Just as the title says, you can turn almost any empty bottle into a USB-powered LED table lamp with this kit from Satechi. The Touch USB LED Lamp allows you to save two ways: by recycling a bottle for the lamp base and by using LED lights that consume only 1.2W of power. They don’t tell us how many LEDs are used or how many lumens are produced, but the entire lamp is contained in what seems to be a small, white lamp shade. Power the lamp using either a USB port on your computer or a USB wall charger. The lamp is available at an introductory price at Satechi at the above link or at Amazon for $24.99.
I’m serious when I say I need the lamp made from the Crystal Head Vodka bottle. (Click the image for a bigger view of the skull wearing his jaunty “hat”.)
Friday’s LogicBUY Deal is the configurable 15.6″ Dell Inspiron 15R Special Edition 1080p laptop, starting at $781.99. Features:
- Core i5-3230M 2.6GHz Dual-core “Ivy Bridge” CPU
- 8GB 1600MHz RAM
- 1TB 5400RPM hard drive; 8-in-1 card reader
- Four USB 3.0 ports, HDMI v1.4a
- 1920 X 1080 resolution LCD panel; 2GB Radeon HD 7730M discrete graphics
- HD webcam
- Waves MaxxAudio 4; Skullcandy speakers
- Windows 8 (64-bit)
$970.99 – $139 instant savings – $50 coupon code = $781.99 with free shipping.
This deal expires May 14, 2013 or sooner. Check the above link for more details on this deal, and check the LogicBUY home page for other deals.
If you own a dog, this scenario is probably quite familiar to you: coming home to a dog just itching to get outside, unable to wait for you to get together all of the doggie essentials; in your haste to get him outside, you forget the all-important treat or, worse, the waste bag. And the neighbor is watching.
The “smart” dog leash is an all-in-one, grab and go solution that has built most common needs directly into the leash itself. It features an ergonomic handle with plastic bag dispenser, LED flashlight, treat compartment, pop up water bowl, and a clock. Aside from the snazzy add-ons, it’s a basic 16′ length retractable leash and recommended for small and medium dogs only.
The Smart Dog Leash is available online through Fred Flare for $26.
Staples is the first major US retailer to announce they’ll be selling 3D printers. In June, Staples will begin offering the Cube 3D Printer from 3D Systems in some select stores, but you can order a Cube 3D from Staples online now. They are offering the printers for $1299.99. The printer is “ready to use right out of the box, features Wi-Fi, is compatible with Mac or Windows, and comes with 25 free 3D templates designed by professional artists, with additional templates available online. With its ultra portable design, the Cube® fits easily in the office, classroom or living room, making it the perfect 3D printing device for designers, small businesses, students and kids.” You can read the entire press release here.
LogicBUY’s Deal for Thursday is the Netgear GTV100 NeoTV Prime with Google TV for $99.99. Features:
- 1080p HD streaming
- 5.1 surround
- Built-in Wi-Fi
- HDMI input,
- Google TV allows you to watch live TV, access thousands of apps and Google Play, and use the Google Chrome browser and Google Searc
- Bluetooth remote with touchpad and keyboard
$129.99 – $30 savings = $99.99 with free shipping. This is the best price currently found by LogicBUY.
This deal expires May 9, 2013 or sooner. Check the above link for more details on this deal, and check the LogicBUY home page for other deals.
Imagine gliding across the water, peering down into the crystal-clear depths directly below you without anything in your way. Instead of having to crowd on a glass-bottomed boat, pushing and shoving other people for a better view, what if you were able to recreate that magic in your very own canoe?
Oceans aside, I watched two giant 50lb snapping turtles from the safety of the shoreline at my lake this weekend, and that’s about as close as I’d ever want to be to them. But to each their own! For the adventure seekers there is now a transparent canoe–or rather a Transparent Canoe Kayak. The craft is made from a transparent polymer and is the same material that is used in the cockpit canopies of supersonic fighter jets. The occupants are able to sit lower in the boat for better stability and balance, and the maximum combined weight for passengers and their gear is 425lbs. Hammacher Schlemmer carries the two-person Translucent Canoe Kayak for $1,900; this price also includes adjustable front and back seats, two fixed estuary paddles, a water bailer, two paddle leashes, and two flotation devices.
My family, like so many others these days, got rid of our landline a few years ago and rely solely on our cellphones. That saves us some money, but it does introduce some aggravations. My husband and daughter both tend to miss calls because they don’t remember to take their phones off silent when they get home. With the Renny Bluetooth Home Ringer from Olens Technology, they wouldn’t miss calls. The Renny connects via Bluetooth to two cellular phones and rings and announces who’s calling when either of them receives a call – even if the phone is still on silent or in another room. The Renny also acts as a speakerphone, so you don’t have to make a mad dash to find your phone before your caller hangs up. It’s available as a pre-order now for $129.95.
Since many of us carry around mobile devices such as smartphones, iPhones, handheld games, digital cameras, MP3 player, and the like, having emergency backup power is almost a necessity when it comes to preventing your device from shutting down when a power outlet is out of reach. Powerstick+ from Ecosol is a portable charger that can keep your devices charged. But I like gadgets that do more than one thing, because that’s what makes them unique. The Powerstick+’s unique feature is that it is also a USB flash drive. [click to continue…]