The next time you go off the grid, consider taking a Renogy Phoenix solar powered generator. Housed in a briefcase sized package, the Phoenix converts the sun’s rays into easy-to-use backup power for mobile devices, small appliances, laptops, lamps, and more. This lightweight battery backup system features two 10 watt monocrystalline solar panels and can expand up to 120 watts with additional PVs (Photovoltaics). In addition to sunlight, the Phoenix’s internal 16Ah battery can be charged through a regular home 120v outlet or a 12v lighter outlet in your car. Once charged, hook up your devices using the 4 USB ports, 110V outlet or 12V outlets. Use it for camping, travel, and emergencies.

The Renogy Phoenix solar powered generator will be selling through Amazon for $588.46. For more info visit Renogy.

 

Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear

I don’t normally use a case with my smartphone, but every time I see cool cases for iPhones, it flips a switch in my brain that makes me consider crazy thoughts of switching to an iPhone. It’s just not fair that the iPhone gets all the cool cases and accessories and smartphones like my Nexus 6P get left out in the cold. Yeah, I know, supply and demand… but darn it!

The newest iPhone cases that have me whining are the new Defense Lux line of cases from X-Doria. These new cases for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus feature an anodized machined aluminum bumper that surrounds and protects the edges of the iPhone, with a real bamboo or walnut wood back cover. So pretty!

The Defense Lux cases for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are available now for $39.99 at XDorialife.com and you can find other versions of these cases at Amazon.

Posted in: Cases and Covers, iOS, News

It’s time to get up to date with The Gadgeteer! Click through to see a full listing of all the news, reviews, and articles that were posted this week.
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I watch Shark Tank every week because I love seeing new products and the people behind them. It’s also really cool when a company goes on the show who I’ve actually talked to before. If you also enjoy watching Shark Tank, you might want to check out The Pitch. The Pitch is a “show” that’s similar to Shark Tank, but it’s an audio podcast that is in its second season. The show features a group of investors who listen to pitches from companies trying to raise capital for their products and services. Each show focuses on one company and you get extra info from an announcer that helps you understand what’s going on. Head over to thepitch.fm and check out an episode.

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We’re still a few weeks from spring time here in Southern Indiana, but it will be here soon and when it does, we usually get a few house flies in our house. Every year they get in the house and are very annoying and disgusting. The Fly Sword from Animi Causa is a cute way to rid the house of those pesky pests while having a swashbuckling good time doing so. The Fly Sword is a cute red, blue or green plastic fly swatter in the shape of a sword. At $14.99 each, it’s not the most economical fly swatter on the market, but it’s got to be the most fun one I’ve ever seen. Check out Animi Causa for more info.

Posted in: Home and Kitchen, News

Are you ready to bring more tech into your bedroom? And no, I don’t mean THAT kind of tech! I’m talking about PONS high-end sleep products like their bed frame which has built-in USB ports to charge your phone and cool (literally) tech built into the mattress. [click to continue…]

Posted in: Home and Kitchen, News

While I travel a great deal within the US, I don’t often go out of the country and thus I rarely need my passport. But my wife has plans for the Gadgeteer Kid and me before he goes off to college and beyond. We are currently planning a nice long trip to the British Isles for the G.K.’s graduation followed by regular overseas trips in retirement. Being the good strategic planner I am, I thought it would be smart to start trying a few passport wallets to carry my identification, credit cards, money, and of course…my passport. Well, the Buffalo Jackson Dakota leather travel wallet seemed like an excellent place to start looking.  [click to continue…]

Posted in: Reviews, Travel Gear, Wallets

So many people seem to be sporting fitness trackers on their wrists from popular makers like Misfit and Fitbit. These trackers help you keep track of your daily activity (steps, running, calorie burn, etc)  and some even track your heart rate. The LifeTrak Zoom HRV goes even further by tracking your HRV which stands for heart rate variability. LifeTrak claims HRV is a better broad indicator of overall fitness. Let’s take a closer look at the LifeTrak Zoom HRV.
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Posted in: Health, Fitness, Sports, Reviews

I seem to switch my everyday carry bag about once a year.  In early 2017, I decided to make a switch from shoulder bag to backpack.

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It’s time to revisit six of my past reviews to see how well the products are continuing to work for me (or not). Click through to see a list of my updated reviews and then scroll to the bottom of each review to read the dated updates. [click to continue…]

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Watching video in a large format usually requires a huge TV or a projector. LED projectors have brought the price of a projector far down from what it was just a few years ago. We were offered the ELEPHAS 1200 Lumens LED Mini Video Projector to test, and I won the office pool to get it. I was super excited, because I’ve wanted to use a projector for video games, movies, and such for a while now. [click to continue…]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Reviews

I have recently updated some of the items in my everyday carry bag (purse/gadget bag). In the past, I’ve carried a small purse because I like to carry as little as possible, but with all the gadgets I have accumulated over time, I needed to upgrade a few years ago to a larger bag. So, here are my EDC items: [click to continue…]

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When you ask Alexa to read you the news, she’ll provide a flash briefing which is a selection of short sound bites from the top news headlines that she will read along with your local weather. What if you want to hear news about a specific topic? You can’t say “Alexa, read me news about The Walking Dead” and expect to hear news about the best TV series ever created. Instead, you’ll get the same flash briefing that you get when you ask for the latest news. But if you add the new AudioBurst Newsfeed Alexa skill, you’ll be able to get news about almost any topic just by saying “Alexa, ask news feed for the latest news Richard Hatch”, and you’ll be rewarded with short updates called bursts from news outlets, radio stations, and podcasts along with the time they were created. Depending on the topic you request, the selected bursts may not be totally about the desired topic, but it usually works pretty well especially if it’s a trending topic. If you want to check it out, head over to the Alexa skills page to add AudioBurst’s Newsfeed skill to your Amazon account.

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This week we have five Kickstarter campaigns that include two travel products, two home products, and an accessory for your phone. Click through to read this week’s list of crowdfunding projects that have caught my eye. [click to continue…]

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One can never be too rich, too thin, or have too many USB charging options. I think that’s a real saying. If not, it should be. Choetech thinks it is and has created the Q3-5U multiport USB charger to address the glaring need for more ports.

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Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Reviews