Review of Phone Cases from Man&Wood

A company in Korea called Man&Wood sent us some lovely phone cases to review, so we’ll cover the four different ones we received today. We’ll also throw in a review of the iKins case we received in the same package- also Korean made.

The first one is called MilkyWay, and we received one for the Galaxy S8.

The Man & Wood cases are all made out of wood, or maybe it’s wood products. This one has a smooth, epoxy surface with the Milky Way galaxy on it. It seems pretty flexible and a bit rubbery to be made out of wood. The jury is out on this one. There are some ridges on the side for a good grip. The case covers the buttons on the Samsung Galaxy S8, but even though they don’t protrude as much as buttons like we’ve seen on other cases, you can still easily manipulate them.

The next case we are reviewing is one for the iPhone X. This case definitely includes real wood- it actually has the feel and smell of wood. It also has a sketch of my favorite bridge on it.

This one, called the Strato, also has the feel and smell of wood. I should add that these cases have a poly-carbonate lining. The tops and bottoms of these iPhone cases are open, they do not encase the phone all around. It makes the phone easy to access in the case, but some users might want something that surrounds their phone. There is no drop-proof claim to any of these cases, but they are nice if you want to protect the back of your phone while being stylish at the same time.

Our final case, which is branded by iKins, is named Pearl Skin Mondria, and this one was for the iPhone 8/7. The iKins are carried by the Man&Wood company, and their cases are made out of various materials like metal, fabric, pearl and leather. I would say this one is a pearl material. It has a sleek geometric design that is also luminescent.

Man&Wood has a website with these cases and many more, but at this time, we can’t find prices for the cases, so we can’t give those details out yet. We’ll update when we find out more.

We do not have a sponsored relationship with this company, but thanks to Man&Wood for sending us these cases for free to review. This review is our honest and unbiased assessment.

Merge VR Goggles and the Merge Cube Review

Today we’ll review a pair of Virtual Reality(VR) googles from Merge.

By now, everyone knows what VR goggles are, right? This particular pair are a nice alternative to a more pricier pair like Samsung Gear. These goggles might not have as many bells and whistles, but if you’re looking to save some money, and maybe get a step up from your Cardboard VR Glasses, then let’s talk about the details.

The Merge goggles are compatible with most phones. There is a cushion that holds your phone in place. Phones that are in the 123mm to 158mm range will work, and you can use Android or iOS phones as well.

The casing is soft and flexible. These goggles are great for kids because they are lightweight and durable, and will protect your phone if the goggles get dropped. They also are easy to wipe clean as well.

The adjustable headstrap make these goggles easier to wear than a regular pair of Cardboard glasses. It’s nice not to have to hold them up to your face, and your hands are free to use the left and right input buttons on the top.

There are fun apps for kids you can download off the app store. Many free ones.  We found some to work with the Merge Cube that we were also sent to review.


The Merge Cube is a 2.75 in. black and silver foam cube that can be turned into its own little VR device to go along with the headset, or you can use it without a headset. Not as cool, but still decent.

One thing we would say if you get this is to remember to keep the box. The box is reusable as a phone stand and stand for the Merge Cube. It also has an activation code in it. Yeah, I think we got rid of the packaging. We were still able to use it. Parents will need to set up an account for their kids.

One fun game we found was a little like Minecraft where you can build a 3D world on your Cube. It’s called Dig, and this video gives you an idea of what it looks like.

So, on the Merge website, you can buy the VR goggles for $49.99. I’ve seen them much cheaper at Wal-Mart and other places. The website offers them in many different colors, though. The Merge Cube is listed at $14.99 on their website, but they are going for $1 at our local Wal-Mart. I guess they aren’t very popular, and here’s a picture in case you don’t believe us.

Dang. Anyway, our verdict- a fun set of VR items for beginners.

Merge sent us these items for free to review in exchange for our fair and unbiased opinion.

Anker PowerCore Fusion 5000 and PowerLineII Lightning Cable

We have some more Anker products to review. Seems like we just did review some, but there are many other products from “America’s Leading USB Charging Brand.”

The main product we’ll cover is the Anker PowerCore Fusion 5000.

This small device looks like one of those USB wall chargers, and it is, but it also converts into a portable charger when you are not near a wall outlet. The plug folds inside, and you can carry this small(1.2 x 2.7 x 2.8 in) charger in your pocket and charge a tablet, iPhone, Samsung phone and many more with up to 5,000 mAh capacity. That should charge most phones at least two times before needing to be charged up again. It takes about two and a half hours to charge itself, but while it’s charging you can also charge 2 other devices at the same time, and that can come in handy.

How do you know that your PowerCore Fusion has enough juice? There are little LED blue lights on the side that will give you an idea of how much power you have left.

All-in-all, a good little gadget that sells for $21.49 on the Anker website. You can also get it in three different colors- red, black and white.


The 2nd item we’re reviewing is a PowerLine II- 6 ft lightning cable. There isn’t a whole lot to say about a lightning cable, but this one claims to be the world’s most durable, and that is a big claim when it seems like you have to go through many cords sometimes. It’s strength tested to hold up to 175 lbs, and can handle bends over 12,000 times, so go ahead and swing off your cord if you want to.

This cord is MFi Certified for iPhone X / 8 / 8 Plus/ 7 / 7 Plus / 6 / 6 Plus / 5S, and is actually a decent price for a phone cord- especially given it’s durability. The cord sells for $10.19 on the Anker site. This cord could be color coordinated with the PowerCore Fusion, and you could also get it in blue.

As with most products we review, these two items were sent to us free of charge by Anker, and we give honest and fair reviews in exchange.


Save Your Memories With the Kwilt Shoebox

You have so many pictures and videos on your cell phone that you’ve run out of space for them all? What can you do about it? The Kwilt Shoebox may be the perfect solution to your photo storage problems.

photo credit- Kwilt

Kwilt is a great alternative to paying for the Cloud, or running out of room on Dropbox. Instead of a monthly subscription that is required for the Cloud, you can buy the Kwilt Shoebox for $59 on It retails for $69 if you buy it off the Kwilt website.

Opening the box, you will find your Kwilt Shoebox, a power cord, a USB adapter and an HDMI adapter. It’s pretty easy to setup for the first time. You will need to download the app made for iOS or Android. You will connect to the Kwilt wifi before trying to transfer your pictures, but once connected, you’ll be able to transfer your photos whether you are at home, or away.

Now, the Kwilt doesn’t have unlimited storage on the actual shoebox. You’ll eventually transfer photos to a USB drive or your hard drive or whatever, but it is a really affordable way to be able to keep your originals photos in high res size. You can also save your photos to your hard drive from anywhere with the app.

The HDMI adapter also allows for easy viewing on your television, which is a great feature!

Here’s the video to show how easy it is to set up:

As a family who loves to take pictures on our phones, we would recommend this product for others who love to do the same.

Disclaimer- Kwilt sent us this product for free in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.

Review of Omnicharge 20 USB-C Power Bank

This USB-C power bank by Omnicharge is the answer to your charging needs when the most basic of power banks aren’t going to cut it. Omnicharge, originally an Indiegogo project has grown and blossomed through a few changes, and it’s pretty amazing.

If you are on the go, and are going to be somewhere an outlet is not, this 5 x 4.8 x 1.1 inch device that weighs slightly over a pound is a great travel companion. It will charge anything from  Macbooks, handheld gaming devices, speakers, tablets, phones, etc. It has two USB C and two USB A ports, and has a 20,100 mAh capacity.

Not only does it charge your devices, you also can actually see on the OLED display (seen next to the power button in the above picture) exactly how much of a charge you have left (percentage and time), what capacity you’ve been using the electricity in the Omnicharge, the temperature of the battery, and more. If you need to give your power bank more battery life, you can plug it in while it’s charging other things because of it’s capability for pass-through charging.

This item contains a smart DC output that can be programmed to your device’s particular output needs. There is an overcharge protection, and we think that is really beneficial. No one likes damaged batteries from items being charged too much.

Besides being able to charge to USB C devices, you can also use the 2nd USB C port and two USB-A ports to transfer data from a smartphone, flash drive, camera, or other standard USB device.

There is a similar device by Omnicharge- the Omni 20 which has a place to plug in actual AC/DC cords. That one is officially on the market- being sold at for $299. This particular device that we are reviewing is still in the Indiegogo phase. Shipping already started in December of 2017, but at the time that this article is being written, you can still get in on the Indiegogo price of $179 plus shipping.

You could also get one with the protective case for $209. We were not sent one with the case, however. You should get in on the low price soon. It will regularly retail for $249 when it leaves Indiegogo. If we were in the market for a high-end Power Bank, we would suggest this one.

Disclaimer- Omnicharge sent us this model to review free of charge in exchange for an unbiased and fair review.

The BACtrack Scout Breathalyzer Will Help you Drink Responsibly

Techno_Mark and I don’t do a lot of drinking, but we strongly encourage those who do to do so responsibly, and that includes knowing when you’ve had too much to drink before driving.

We’ve reviewed other BACtrack items in the past, but this one is a bit different from others we’ve reviewed.  The other ones have worked with your cell phones, but this one is its own device. It’s of high quality, though. “Police-grade accuracy” is the touted claim, using XtendⓇ Fuel Cell Technology.

The BACtrack Scout is easy to use- ready to be blown into after a touch of the button. It’s small and lightweight, and would fit in a pocket easily. It does have a carrying pouch that comes with it, so you can store it with a mouthpiece in your pocket or purse. It comes with six mouthpieces so other people can use it if needed as well.

This device does meet DOT/NHTSA Standards, but it cannot determine the exact blood alcohol concentration (BAC). The company has told us that a breathalyzer – any breathalyzer – ours, a police unit, etc. only provides an estimate. The only way to get a person’s exact BAC is with a blood test. You also want to make sure to get it calibrated every once in a while to make sure it stays precise.

The small print does say that you shouldn’t rely on results to determine your level of intoxication or how safe it is to drive or operate heavy machines. So even if the estimate comes up in the safety zone, it’s really up to you to determine how inebriated you are. Also make sure not to eat, drink or smoke 20 minutes before using it, as that can throw off results or damage sensors.

In conclusion, we would suggest that you can use this device, but know your limits, call a cab (Uber, Lyft, or whatever mode of transportation you have available to you these days) or have a designated driver with you. Remember, buzzed driving is drunk driving. Stay safe everyone!

Oh, if you want to purchase the BACtrack Scout, go to the company website and buy it for about $84.99, which is an apparent (and possibly temporary) markdown from a $99.99 price.

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. 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.