Vibes Audio Baserox Modular Phone Case with Vibrox Sound Engine Bluetooth Speaker and Voltrox Power Bank

Today is a good day for a great review, and these products from Vibes Audio are something really fantastic. It isn’t every day that I see products that are very useful, but this is up there with the Fingerpow Magnetic Charger.

Vibes Audio Baserox Modular Phone Case

I believe that this particular device is called the Baserox because it is the start of a base to build your foundation on. The Baserox Modular Phone case is made with a particular large hole in back, but this is for a specific purpose. This hole is made to fit the Vibrox Sound Engine Bluetooth Speaker as well as the Voltrox Power bank, but I will go into detail about later.

I am not certain what kind of materials that the Baserox is made of, but it is made for drop protection in a thin form factor. What I really want to talk about is the giant hole known as the StickMount Adapter.

That Adapter is made so you can put in the Vibes Audio Sound Engine for a Bluetooth Speaker or the Voltrox Power Bank battery. I believe that this system is set up so you can swap out one for the other. Not only that, you can remove your Vibes Audio Bluetooth Speaker or Mobile Battery so you can share it with a friend.

You should be able to purchase the Baserox for the iPhone 6/7/8 (also for the Plus models) and the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S8 for a low price of $29.99 on the Vibes Audio site in black or white.

Vibes Audio Voltrox Power Bank

Okay, the Voltrox is a mobile battery, and by now you know the drill. You know, if your smartphone needs some juice, you just plug it into one of these. How many times have I reviewed one of these? Better yet, how many times have I mentioned that I have reviewed one of these?

The Voltrox Power Bank has the unique ability of clicking to the back of the Baserox. You can also just remove the battery to plug it into something else. The one I had was for a USB-C, but it is available for the Apple Lightning and USB Micro.

If this is something that you like, you can go to the Vibes Audio site and lay down about $49.99 for it, but you might not stop there.

Vibes Audio Vibrox Sound Engine

Again, this is a Bluetooth Speaker, and yes, I have reviewed these before too. Of course I am going to talk about how I have done this before, but how many Bluetooth speakers can fit snugly in back of the Baserox.

If you see the site, you can see the Vibrox has this unusual speaker that can make water ripple. I suppose that is to show off that the Vibrox is waterproof, and how its sound works. I found that after I had paired my phone with this speaker (who had a very seductive voice, if I might add), I was able to put this on the table and have an interesting amplification effect.

Not only can you attach this speaker to your smartphone with the Baserox, the Vibrox also comes with a detachable stand so you can really rock out. Oh, by the way, it has a built-in microphone, so you are capable for 2-way calling.

You can get the Vibrox on the Vibes Audio site for about $149.00 in black or white.

TomTom GO 52 Navigation Unit

I’m going to go back in time to about a decade ago. I rented a car for CES 2008, and for some extra money, I could get a GPS unit. This was back in the days before everyone had a smartphone, and the unit that I was using was quite huge, too big for the glovebox. This was the days when companies like Garmin and TomTom were making a killing, and I thought that had ended when Google put their Maps up for free. Clearly, this is not the case as I have recently reviewed TomTom’s GO 52.

Just opening the packaging really took me back, even though the GO 52 looked like your average smartphone. Granted, it was one with an easily reversible mount, but you can see in the image what I am talking about.

The GO 52 is set up for Wi-Fi, but if you don’t have one of those cars that is also a Wi-Fi hotspot, don’t worry. You can link your smartphone to the GO 52 thanks to the MyDrive app.

Not only will you get all the functionality of a GPS device, but this device will allow you to hear your text messages from your smartphone. This way, you can keep your eyes on the road and not on your device.

Oh, and if you want to access Siri or Google Now, you can do that. As it so happens, the TomTom GO 52 has a built-in microphone.

Now, just to let you know, this device only has one hour of battery life. I guess some cuts had to be made somewhere, but there is a charging cord and charger with your purchase.

You can purchase the GO 52 on the TomTom site for a price of $179.99.

The iRig Mic HD 2 High Digital Microphone from IK Multimedia

I have reviewed a lot of IK Multimedia products in the past before, and for some reason, I remember them for their microphones, particularly the iRig. In the past, I have reviewed the iRig Mic Sutdio, the iRig Mic Field, and the iRig Acoustic. But enough cross-references, let’s talk about the latest is iRig Mic HD 2.

Yes, apparently the iRig is an important brand from IK Multimedia, and they have created a great tool for audio content creation in the form of a mic. It is for the iPhone, iPad, Mc, and PC, and it has high definition audio quality up to 24-bit/96 kHz and a low noise preamp.

As you can see, the iRig Mic HD 2 has the handheld form factor of a microphone, and it has all the cables and accessories, even the tripod seen here. I am told that it is “iPhone ready”, which is made Apple certified MFi hardware for iDevices, plugging right into the Lightning port.

By the way, the iRig Mic HD 2 comes with over $170 of software and apps, and that includes Ableton Live Lite, a Digital Audio Workstation app, T-RackS Classic collection of audio processing plug-ins, as well as Mic Room, virtual models of the most desirable microphones of all time.

You can find out more about the iRig Mic HD 2 on the IK Multimedia site, and it costs about $129.99. Get it now for the holiday season, and I hope to review another IK Multimedia product here soon.

J5Create Part 3: JUA 365 USB 3.0 to Dual HDMI Multi-Monitor Adapter, JCA 379 USB Type-C HDMI and USB 3.0 with Power Delivery, and JUC 100 Wormhole Switch

It’s time once again to re-visit one of my newest favorite companies with J5Create, as they make some high-quality and useful computer accessories.

JUA 365 USB 3.0 to Dual HDMI Multi-Monitor Adapter

I would say that the JUA 365 has a function that you can easily see from its image, and I would be right. All you need to do is plug in the Dual HDMI monitor into a USB 3.0 port, and you have two HDMI ports ready for two monitors.

In fact, it feels similar because we recently reviewed a product similar to it with the JUD 380 USB 3.0 Mini Dock. This is because the JUA 365 comes with three viewing modes like: 1) Primary, with individual applications open on each monitor 2) Extended mode, to allow you to extend your desktop across multiple displays, and 3) Mirror mode, for cloning one screen to another.

In today’s world, where it seems every household and business computer needs more than one monitor, the JUA 365 is welcome. By the way, this is good for 4K UHD playback up to 3840 x 2160. It can be purchased on the J5Create site for $79.99.

JCA 379 USB Type-C HDMI and USB 3.0 with Power Delivery

Here’s an interesting device with the JCA 379. This particular device is made for the USB-C port.

Go ahead and plug this in to the MacBook, Chromebook, or other USB-C compatible device. Then you will need to plug the JCA 379 into the wall, and you have two ports. One of them is for the HDMI and the other is for the USB.

Not only does this device provide power delivery as well as extra connectivity with 5 Gbps transfer speed, but it can also support 4K HDMI. In short, it is a very excellent device, and it can be purchased on the J5Create site for $49.99.

JUC 100 Wormhole Switch for Windows and Android

This last device from J5Create is the JUC 100 Wormhole Switch. That sounds like something from science fiction, but it is quite something.

It feels like something that I have reviewed before, but that would be the JUC 400, as far as I can tell. The JUC 100 is made to plug into a USB port, and you can plug the other end into something else. It is compatible from Windows to iPad, Windows to Android, or just plain Windows to Windows.

The JUC 400 is what you need to transfer files for copy and paste procedures. Yes, it is very good at what it does, and it is available from the J5Create site for $24.99.

BodyGuardz Trainr Pro Case with Unequal Technology for the Apple iPhone 6/7/8

I’ve been reviewing a lot of BodyGuardz products lately, and this company does really provide quite a bit of protection from your smartphone. I was very interested in reviewing the BodyGuardz Trainr Pro Case, which I am told is compatible with the Apple iPhone 6/7/8.

The Trainr Pro is a smartphone case made for those that are active, and it has a hashtag of #saynotocracks. It has this sport grip thing going on along with its “battle-ready composite padding”. Yes, this another great review of a product that gives great protection to your iPhone.

There is also this terrific armband that is one-of-a-kind. Yes, I took these descriptions from the website, but I will testify that this is the first time I have seen a smartphone case made for an armband. This armband had these clips that somehow fit into the indentations of the smartphone case.

You should be able to purchase the Trainr Pro on the BodyGuardz site for $49.99 in Gray/Mint or Black.

Fingerpow Magnetic Charger is Quite Unique

Although we report on many Kickstarter projects, it isn’t often on this website that we report on something that just achieved its funding. This is the case for the Fingerpow, and it is a recharger for mobile devices unlike any other.

Actually, something tells me that other companies are going to look at this design, and copy it. What you are seeing there is a white charging platform, and those four tiny batteries (or “fingers”, if you will) will lock into them magnetically.

As you might have guessed, you connect the recharging station to a USB port, and you can then charge these individual fingers. Then, when you need power to your mobile device, you connect the appropriate tip to the finger and insert it in.

Yes, your device gets a little bit of juice. How much? I am told that a full finger worth of power will charge the iPhone 8 about 25 percent. Considering that this comes with four fingers that are easily pocket-sized, it’s like having another battery for your iPhone 8 in your pocket.

Oh, there are other tips available besides the Apple Lightning, including USB C and micro-USB. I’m not certain how well they will work on tablets and stuff.

It is really the concept behind this that I like, and these fingers can lock themselves together in your pocket. When I tried it out, I believe that these fingers were actually charging each other.

So yeah, I’m giving this device very high praise. The only sad part is that I don’t know if this is even available for purchase. I could only find Fingerpow due to its Kickstarter site, and nothing more. That is such a shame, because it would make a great gift.

TapHanger Makes It “Fun to Hang Picture Frames”

Okay, generally, I don’t really review hand tools, but this is because there are so little change of them. I don’t think the hammer has changed much since whenever it was invented, except maybe that claw thing. The TapHanger is made to challenge how you hang pictures.

Here’s how it works. The TapHanger comes with these double nails that you insert in this TapHanger tool, which looks like the holding end of a screwdriver. Then you hammer in one of the pointed sides into the frame of a picture, like in the corner. Then you just push in picture into the drywall.

So you know those pictures that you can’t hang straight? Well, if you mess up, you can just pull it out, and then put it on again. I put a video below so you can see how it works.

This TapHanger Picture Frame Hanging Kit comes with 80 of these TapTacks, and it can be purchased on sites like Amazon like $12.99. You can find out more information about the TapHanger here.

myCharge AdventureJumpStart, another mobile battery, but for your car!

One of the things that I like about myCharge is their ability to branch out. Normally, I see companies like this creating mobile batteries produce the same product that I review again and again. So the myCharge not only can create a mobile battery with a plug-in with the myCharge Adventure Ultra, but the AdventureJumpStart can be used to jumpstart a car.

Seriously, this is a 6600 mAh AdventureJumpStart (all one word, apparently) has a 400A peak jump start current and 200A jump start current. You can jump your car or some other vehicle battery. It comes with detachable jumper cables so you can do this.

So, if you aren’t jumpstarting your car with this, you can be charging your tablet or smartphone, thanks to the USB port. Also included is a carbiner clip so you can put this on your backpack, belt, or harness. It really is a great thing.

I’m going to recommend this particular product for the holidays. Oh yes, I am going there, and it is available for purchase on the myCharge site for $99.99.

Our Review of the Sengled Classic Kit A19

After reviewing that Sengled Pulse Solo stereo light bulb, I was anxious to see what the company also had. I had a great time reviewing the Sengled Element Classic Kit A19, and I’m going to tell you all about it.

In fact, there is a funny story behind this. I asked to review the A19, which is a light bulb that you can take control of with your smartphone/tablet. Unfortunately, all I got was the light bulb. Seriously, that happened.

Yes, as you can see in this illustration, the Element Classic Kit A19 comes with two smartbulbs and this white square with rounded edges. What you need to do is hook up that white square to your router, and this allows you to take control of the light bulbs.

What you need to do is download some kind of application after you plug in the white square. I found that it was pretty easy to set up with the included light bulbs. If I wanted to set up with another lightbulb, it is pretty simple to set it up, provided you can get your smartphone/tablet to scan the QR code on it.

The application allows you to turn your lightbulbs on and off, and you can adjust the brightness as well. It was a shame that the basic kit didn’t have a way to adjust the colors, because that would be quite cool.

It is worth getting this particular kit, as you can purchase the kit on the Sengled site for $49.99. Additional light bulbs can be purchased for $9.99.

Our Review of the Mophie Wireless Charging Base

Oh man, it has been way too long since I reviewed a Mophie product! The last time was the Outride, and this company has been making some great stuff for a long time! Today, it something that I am very familiar with, the Wireless Charging Base.

I’m sure that name should give you a more than adequate description. If you are somehow unfamiliar with a wireless charging platform, they have this Qi technology that allows you to just put your mobile down on it, and suddenly, you can charge your device. You can do it pretty quickly at up to 7.5W.

So, I had the chance to try it out. It says that it is good for iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, and other Qi-enabled devices, but I tried it out on the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S8. The S8 worked fine, and it even had a case on it. As for the S7, I found that I had to lay it on the Wireless Charging Base in a certain way to get it to work. What really surprised me is that I was able to wirelessly charge my LG G6. I had no idea that it was capable of that.

So, I guess the moral of this story is if your smartphone isn’t set-up for wireless charging, then it probably actually is. Yeah, I’m just hoping that all smartphones are capable of wireless charging eventually. It used to be that you had to buy something like a Powermat and get some weird contraption for your phone.

As of now, you can purchase the Wireless Charging Base from the Mophie site for about $59.95.