Review of Jabra Elite 65t

As always, it is difficult to give a negative review to Jabra, and we have another opportunity to bring a Jabra true wireless earbud review (the last one was of the Jabra Elite Sport). This review will be of the Jabra Elite 65t, one of several that they unveiled at CES 2018.

photo credit: Jabra

If you like to listen to music, and be able to take calls without being connected to pesky wires, these earbuds could be perfect for you.

The great news is you can listen even longer than with the Jabra Elite Sport. There is now up to 5 hours of battery life, and the sleek case that it comes in holds an extra 15 hours of charge.

These earbuds don’t drop wireless connection like others do, which is another great reason to go with these. The sound quality is good, and it has 4- microphone enhanced sound, so when you are taking a call and it’s windy outside, the noise of the wind is reduced. At 1:51- this YouTuber shows what it sounds like with wind blowing from different directions.

To get the full benefit of these earbuds, you should download the Jabra Sound + app. It allows you to adjust what you are hearing in your earbuds for both calls and music, activate your desired voice engine (Siri, Amazon, and Alexa), and more. You can also register your earbuds to get the 2 year dust and water-resistance warranty in effect.

If you want to buy these earbuds, they are sold at Best Buy for $169.99.

Disclaimer: As with most products we review, Jabra sent us these free earbuds in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.

God is not Missing from our Schools!

A friend posted on her Facebook page today:

“No one can remove God from schools.
You are in charge of God’s involvement in school, extracurriculars, holidays, or your job. If you believe – He’s there. If you want to pray- you can pray. No one is stopping you- the individual.
You don’t need a PA announcement to make it official. You don’t need a group to lead the prayer or a loudspeaker to make it a public event.
No one has taken God from schools without your permission.
If you feel God is missing- that’s on you – not the government, the school board or your neighbors.
If He is missing – where did you leave Him?”

There are many things about Christianity right now that get my hackles up. This is a major pet peeve of mine. In the aftermath of a tragedy, people are saying that things like this happen because “God isn’t allowed in schools.”

So what they are saying is that God isn’t omnipresent? Got it.

What they are really saying, though, is that they are upset that they can’t say a public prayer over the intercom or have the class read the Bible every day. These are the things that are supposedly keeping God out of our schools. They want coaches to lead prayers at football games and allow kids to tell their peers they are going to hell during lunch time, because that makes everyone want to become a Christian, right?

Let me pose this question: If God allowed all these bad things to happen in schools because supposedly he isn’t allowed in schools, then why did He allow 26 people to be shot in a Texas church? Was He not there, either?

People think that it’s all cute to pass around ridiculous memes like this, but all it’s doing is making Christians look more ridiculous.

If you want God to be in schools, then teach your kids how to give Christ-like love. God does not need a public speech or prayer to be included in our schools. For more on that, read my previous article about Praying in Public and the Stink it Causes.

 

The Simplehuman Foam Cartridge Sensor Pump

We’ve reviewed some items in the past from Simplehuman- including a rechargeable liquid sensor pump. This item that we’re reviewing today is similar, but different. This sensor pump is for foam soaps.

The stainless brushed steel is very elegant looking for a bathroom or kitchen. It actually comes in a variety of finishes. You can get brushed, polished, rose gold, and even Mickey Mouse(for an extra $10). The dispenser is rechargeable and will last up to three months on one charge.

The little disc pictured there is how it charges. The orange button pops out cartridges, which are easy to insert as well. It’s good to have the ability to turn it off if you aren’t going to be using it a lot during a certain time.

When the lid is down on top, the dispenser is waterproof, so you can easily clean it by running it under water.

The package comes with an included 10 oz. cartridge of foaming hand wash. The one we received was lavender, although there are other scents you can buy like cucumber, spring water, mandarin orange, fragrance free, and many more. You can get a single cartridge for $7, or save and get a 6 pack for $30.  There are also other brands of soap you can buy like EO, which is made with pure essential oil. The soap can be used for hands or dishes. You can get a six pack of the EO on the Simple Human site for $40. Amazon.com runs $72.90 for a similar six pack. Not sure why there is such a difference. There are more expensive brands as well.

The dispenser retails for $50 on the Simplehuman site (the price is $20 cheaper than the one we reviewed about four years ago). It’s a great little gadget for those who don’t want to push down on a pump. There’s also a 2 year warranty, so make sure to register your product!

Simplehuman was nice enough to send us this product for free to review in exchange for an unbiased, fair review.

The iOttie Easy Smart Tap 2 and Wireless Fast Charging Car and Desk Mount

We have reviewed an iOttie product in the past, which was a selfie stick. Today we have the chance to review more from iOttie. The first product is the Easy Smart Tap 2 tablet mounting system. The other product is a car and desk mount for your smartphone.

Here is what we think about the Easy Smart Tap 2.

This device is useful. Each knob adjusts to help move the arm up and down, swivels your device slightly to each side, or tilts it up and down at different angles for optimal viewing. When you get it at just the right angle, you can tighten the knobs to help keep it sturdily in place.

Putting it together out of the box wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be. Most of it was pretty straight forward, and I didn’t have to read the instructions. There is a socket that connects that area where the 360 knob is to the tablet mount. In the socket, there’s a little tab that you have to pull out before trying to join them. I didn’t figure it out until I watched a video of someone else putting it together.

The button above that is the button you push to adjust the arms to fit around your tablet device. The device has to be at least 4.5″, and no bigger than 7.5″ to fit. There’s a nifty little guide on the side of the box that allows you to see if your device works.

I’ll let this video explain how to put the whole thing together. It’s somewhat complicated, and the instructions included are tiny and not easy to follow along with, and much easier to follow a video.

The video shows how to mount it on a surface. There is a sticky 3m pad that is suggested for use in mounting in a car, but many people say that it doesn’t work and they just use the sticky suction cup.

This mount retails for $44.95.

Moving on to a different mount for your cellphones. This one is great, because it has a wireless charging system so you can charge your phone while it is mounted to your dash or windshield.

The Easy One Touch Wireless system will mount to desks, dashboards and windshields, and then when you have reached your destination, you push those little side levers in with one hand and those surrounding arms pop open to release your phone. As long as that button is sticking out, when you lay your phone on it, the arms will snap right back on to your phone.

The Qi enabled charging cord is included, and will give a wireless fast charge to Qi enabled devices. Devices that are not Qi enabled can still be charged wirelessly. This is probably the best cell phone mount I’ve reviewed so far, and gets the GeekChurch stamp of approval. You can buy it on the iOttie website for $54.95.

Disclaimer- iOttie sent us these products to review for free in exchange for a fair and unbiased report.

A Review of Some Re-fuel by Digipower Products

Re-fuel by Digipower is a company which manufactures items like portable chargers, a lot of GoPro stuff like rechargeable batteries, protectors, and mics. They also make bluetooth speakers, and tripods/monopods, et. al. For this review, we have four different items that we’ll cover- the Powerbiner, the 24 hr Action Pack rechargeable battery for GoPro HERO4, 3+ and 3, another Action Pack rechargeable battery for the GoPro HERO6 and HERO5, and a rechargeable 13,000 mAh PowerBank called Juggernaut.

First off, we’ll review the Powerbiner.

This cool gadget can clip to your backpack when you are hiking, and with 3,000 mAh, it can recharge a phone a couple of times. While this Powerbiner looks like a heavy duty, giant carabiner, it is not meant for rock climbing, rappelling, or any other extreme outdoor activities. It says so on the box (well, on the back in small print).

It doesn’t have much juice included in it when you hook it up- not really ready to go out of the package, but you could juice it up with your own USB to USB-C cable (not included).

A sealed compartment in the rubberized grip contains the USB ports. It doesn’t say if it’s waterproof, but at CES, they do keep these items in a display next to water. I would say maybe water resistant. I wouldn’t risk testing the waterproof capabilities. Usually the packages have an IP rating, but this one doesn’t.

It has short circuit and overcharge protection, which is pretty cool. It can hold up to 132 lbs, so you could use it to hang your backpack from a tree to keep it from bears, or something. Give us your uses for a carabiner in the comments below. If you like it, it retails for $29.99.

Next up, the 24 hr Action Pack rechargeable batter for GoPro Hero4, 3+ and 3. In one charge, you can have up to 24 hours of recording (with a fully charged internal battery on your GoPro). They also have 6 and 12 hr ones which aren’t as big and expensive if you don’t need the extra battery life.

It’s waterproof up to 131 ft, and dirt and dust proof so you can do those high adventure filmings- including in extreme cold and heat from -22F to 122F.

The little LED indicator lights on the side tell you how much battery life you have left with a simple tap or shake. A micro USB cable and USB wall charger is included.

This item runs for $129.99 on the Re-fuel site.

If you have a GoPro HERO6 or HERO5, you can extend your filming time as well with this Action Pack rechargeable battery. This one will allow you to film at 4K for 6 hours straight, at 1080P for 8 hours, and 720P for 9hours.

This one is also waterproof- only up to 33ft, but is also protected from dirt, dust and extreme weather (this one from 0 degrees to 110 Farhenheit) like the aforementioned product.

It has pass through power, so you can use it while it’s charging (though, not underwater). It is $59.99, if you’re willing to spend on this one.

Finally, we have the 13k mAh rechargeable power bank. They call this the Juggernaut. It’s one of the more powerful ones they sell- with the ability to charge devices up to 5 times per charge. It has double USB ports, so you can charge a couple of items at a time on it.

Easy to read LED indicators will let you know about how much juice you have left. It comes with a 1ft long USB to micro USB charging cord. This lightweight portable charger is a great deal at about $59.99 for those on the go.

iHome Bluetooth Headphones (iB90) and Color Changing Speaker (iBT76) Review

We’ve done many reviews of iHome products in the past. They’ve sent us a couple more more products for us to review, so we’ll do that today. We’re going to review the iB90 Bluetooth headphones and the iBT76 color changing speakers.

These lightweight wireless headphones with a long last battery (up to 43 hours of music and talk time) might not be of the same high quality as Beats or other more costly brands, but for what they do, they are well worth the money you pay.

Once you open them up, they are quick to hook up to any Bluetooth enabled device like iPhone or Samsung. From there, you can download an app called Melody which can be found in the App Store or Google Play.

Melody is a music assistant that will help you listen to songs without having to scroll through your phone. Melody works with Spotify, iHeart Radio and also NPR.

Here is a video on the Melody app:

As you can see, you can use this app with other iHome products, and with the headphones, you can simply tap the headphone to tell Melody what to play.

These headphones are also nice for answering calls, and you can use voice control to access Siri and Google Now. The have 40 mm drivers and enhanced bass response to provide a nice sound. Of course, the true audiophiles will probably disagree, but they are spending way more than $49.99 (on iHome’s site, or less on Amazon and other places).

Another product that works with Melody, and is very cool is the iHome Color Changing Bluetooth Rechargeable Speaker. This item plays your music like the headphones do, but this lets you share your music with all around you, AND… it changes colors!

Yes, my favorite part about the speaker is that the lights pulse to the music, you can make them fade slowly, change quickly, or keep it on your favorite color.

The speaker has an option to use as a speakerphone with echo noise cancellation. And if you have iOS 10, you can know when to answer a call, as it will announce the name of your incoming calls.

It’s really portable, and comes with an attachable strap, so great to take to parties or picnics. You CAN hook it up to a stereo with a 3.5 mm in-aux jack, but that is not included.

It has up to 16 hours of playback on a rechargeable battery. If this works for you, you can buy it for $49.99 on the iHome website, or at stores like Wal-Mart.

Thanks to iHome for sending us these products to review. As usual, we are not compensated for these reviews, but we were sent these review items for free in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

A Collection of Catalyst Products to Protect iPhones and Apple Watches

Catalyst is a company that offers a variety of protection for Apple products, and we get a chance to review some of them for you today.

This Catalyst waterproof case for the iPhone 8 (and fits the iPhone 7) is going to offer a lot of protection for your device. Not only is it shock and drop proof tested at an 810G MIL standard for drops up to 6.6 ft., it is waterproof up to 33 feet deep! You can do some serious scuba diving with your phone in this case.

They are snow, dirt, and sand proof, and you don’t have to take your case off for wireless charging, either!

This case runs for $79.99 on the Catalyst website. The same case is available for the iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus (will also fit 7 Plus). They both run for $89.99.

Image courtesy of Catalyst

Another product Catalyst sent us to review is the Impact Protection case for the iPhone 8 (fits iPhone 7). This case is not waterproof, but is drop proof tested up to 9.9 ft, so a bit more protection with the Impact Truss System, and also weighs only 29g. As with the above cases, you can charge your phone on a wireless charger, and it also has the rotating mute switch at the top.

As with the other cases, this case also comes in various sizes. The price on these are $49.99 for the 8+ and $39.99 for the iPhone X and iPhone 8 version. We were sent the black case to review (only the sides have color, the back is see-through). They do have other colors like blueridge/sunset, army green/black, and coral/black. The Wriststrap is included with this case as well.

Moving along to the Apple Watch Waterproof 42mm case for series 3 (but compatible with series 2). This case will let you go swimming with your Apple Watch with an IP-68, and has been tested to 330 ft. deep. It’s also strong and drop tested from 6.6 ft.
This one comes in black only for a price of $69.99. Catalyst has commented that they may look to make it in various colors in the future.

Last, but not least, we will include the tempered glass screen protector we were sent to review for the iPhone 8. This fits the iPhone 7 as well, and they offer these in many sizes- including for the Apple Watch. It is scratch and shatter resistant, easy to install, and bubble free. Always make sure to apply carefully after cleaning thoroughly in a dust-free room for $39.99.

Thanks to Catalyst for sending us these products in exchange for a fair and unbiased review!

Review of ToughTested Jolt All Purpose Jump Starter

If you have ever been in an area where no one is around and your car breaks down, you might need a device like the one I’m about to review. It’s called the Jolt by ToughTested, and it’s a flashlight that can charge your phone AND jumpstart your car!

Now, ToughTested makes a lot of products from chargers to Powerbanks, solar products and headsets + more. Their products seem to be geared to those who want heavy duty stuff. This flashlight is no exception. It’s very heavy duty- the metal strong enough to break windows.

The bottom of the flashlight opens to reveal an input(5V/2A) to plug in the micro USB cable(included). It has the output(5V/2A) to use to charge your phone/tablet/or other micro USB item. An led indicator lights up to tell you how much battery life you have left. It charged my Samsung Galaxy S7 fully and still had 40% left.

 

The 12V output is where you connect the included jumper cables. These items, and also a little USB car charger comes in a handsome carrying bag with two zippered compartments to separate all the items.

The jumper cables have instructions connected to the cable that say you need to have over 3 lights to jumpstart your vehicle, so you will probably want to make sure that it is charged every time you go out.

Doing this review, I learned a little bit about portable jump starters from this site which suggests that you don’t leave your portable jump starter in your vehicle- especially if it’s extremely cold. The article also suggests that the jump starter might not help you if your battery is completely dead, or has very low cold cranking amps. So it’s a good idea to bring this in out of the cold, and make sure that it is charged frequently. Maybe

We haven’t tested this out on a car battery, but will change the review when we have the chance to do so. So far, it’s been proven to be a nice bright flashlight with 1,000 lumen, and there is supposedly a waterproof level of IP63, however, the safety instructions say not to expose the product to rain or water.

Speaking of flashlight, I couldn’t figure out how to get the 5 different modes going (low, medium, blinding, seizure-inducer (or strobe), and SOS mode). My 14 year old figured it out for me, though. Just press lightly on the power button after you have turned it on, and it will rotate through the modes. I would suggest that the company send a little more detailed instruction book, but the jump starter cables do have good instructions on how to work them connected to the wire.

Here is a video showing the product at work…

All-in-all a nice product to have in case of an emergency. It does have a big price tag of $189.99, but the portable jump starter article that I linked does say that the best ones are more expensive, so maybe that’s a factor.

Disclaimer: ToughTested sent us this product for free to review in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.

Onanoff BuddyPhones WAVE Wireless Headphones are Safe for Kids


Even kids are really into technology products these days, and as parents, we want to protect them in every way- including their hearing. These headphones not only provide safe levels for kids to listen to their media, they have some great features, which we’ll cover in this review.

We’ve reviewed similar kids’ headphones in the past. The difference in these ones are that they max out at 94dB as compared to the 108dB of the Kidz Gear headphones. The KG headphones also don’t appear to be as durable as BuddyPhones. These WAVE headphones are also waterproof- just in case your kid forgets to take them off before jumping in the pool.

Other features of the BuddyPhones include a 24 hour battery life, different listening modes for toddlers, kids, travel mode and study mode- which allows kids to hear voices more crisply while still protecting their hearing. Your kids can be 30 feet from the devices they are using, or they can connect the buddy wire to listen with up to four siblings or friends (who would also need to be wearing Buddy Phones, of course). The wire also contains a built-in mic.

There are four different colors/designs to choose from. BuddyPhones sent us the blue version of the WAVE with the robot to review. There’s also a green jungle theme with a monkey on the side, a pink unicorn theme with a rainbow head pad, and a yellow bumble bee theme.

You can currently buy these headphones for $79.99 USD on their website and here’s their video:

RHA MA750 Wireless Headphones Review

We’ve done a lot of reviews of wireless, in-ear headphones or earphones, but this one is one of the more high-end ones we’ve been sent to review. So we appreciate the opportunity RHA gave us by sending these to us in exchange for an unbiased and fair review.

These headphones are not TRUE wireless. They do have a neckband that holds all the components, but for those who don’t like being physically connected to their phones while working out and listening to music, these are very reasonable and well designed to feel like you aren’t wearing anything.

The silicone rubber neckband will comfortably rest around your neck, and the ear pieces secure around the top of your ears to help keep them in place. The casings are high-quality looking magnetic metal so when you are not listening to music, you can take leave them hanging around your neck without getting them all tangled.

Many different choice of earphone tips- including COMPLY- come in a nifty little holder that might keep them all together, but I can see the potential of them falling out and rolling all over. I think a better case to contain them all might be a good thing for RHA to implement in the future. At any rate, it’s nice to be able to get the perfect fit for the good noise isolation quality these headphones are designed to provide.

Included in the package(Carrying case, USB-C charger, earphone tips

The sound quality seems good to us, but I have read mixed reviews, and there are people who are more of an audiophile.

MA750s seem to be in competition with the Apple Beats X earphones. These earphones, though, have a 12 hr battery life- 4 more hours than Apple’s. I’ve also read they have a better sound quality. I have not had the chance to review those personally, so I cannot compare.

A 3 year warranty will give you the comfort of mind to know that RHA takes pride in their product and believes it to last. They are also splash and sweatproof- which is great if you use these to exercise- as I’m sure most users would.

Overall, I think this is a great product, and would recommend them for people who want to spend $169.95 (the price listed on their website), or about $157 on Amazon.com.