Nomad Powerpack Charges Your Device in a Rugged Way

Nomad PowerpackWe’ve reviewed many a powerpack here at The Geek Church. Many of them have their own claims to set them apart from the others.  Per their website, Nomad is a company that brings products “designed for adventure.” From their multiple products, we were sent the ultra rugged PowerPack to review.

The Nomad PowerPack boasts an “ultra-rugged construction.” Under that assertion on the box, it states,”mortise and tenon.” I had to look up what that was, and apparently it is a type of joint that is one of the strongest in wood-working, and apparently used in the construction of this product. It is also created with overmolded rubber, and boasts a 1.2M drop protection under the Military Spec. The construct on this product is pretty grippy, though, and it would not be easy to drop.

There is a feature on this device that I can really appreciate. I have some external battery chargers to assist in charging our family’s devices on the go. The problem lies in always being able to locate them when I need them. The answer to this is an app called Tile® that works with Bluetooth tracking, and as long as you have your phone, you can ring up your Powerpack- being able to hear it from other room, or buried in a deep pocket in your backpack. If you have Apple(iOS 8.1 and up) or Android(4.4 and up), you will be able to use this app on your device.

There are two different Output ports- USB C and USB A. The USB-C charging works with high-density Panasonic li-ion cells, and makes for some fast charging. There are 3 indicator dots on the end that will tell you how much battery life is in your PowerPack. 1 dot = 1-33%; 2 dots = 34-66%; three dots = 67-100%. There is also a sensor that will detect the lighting in the room so it will dim the LEDs at night, which is a nice touch. An iPhone 7 will be able to charge 3.5 times off a fully charged pack.

The Nomad PowerPack is pricey at $119.95 on their website, but for something that has these great features- especially the ability to track and find missing devices, it could be well worth it for someone looking to charge in style on the go.

 

 

Earin True Wireless Earbuds Review

Only_Buds_front-620x400With all the activity we do, it’s great to not to have to be tied down to something. Many earbuds have you hooked up to a line trailing down your arm, neck , back, or leg. There’s an option, though, for those who don’t want strings to hold them down. We were sent these wireless EARIN earbuds to review, so here we go.

Coming from a Swiss startup, these Bluetooth- enabled earbuds come in a nice package. The box that holds them looks like a cardboard box, but it opens and closes magnetically, and the magnets also attract the earbuds so that they don’t fly out when you open the box. We still recommend that you carefully open the box because there still is a chance for them to fly out, and those little guys are miniscule and round, and they roll.

The box contains the wireless earbuds, a charging capsule reminiscent of the flashy-thing in the Men in Black movie, a micro USB cable to charge the flashy-thing, stabilizers to make extra sure they won’t come out of your ears with heavy activity. There’s also the Comply foam tips that give a tight seal, or if you would rather, there are Silicone tips.

The case, or flashy-thing, will hold the earbuds as they charge, and you had better be sure to put these earbuds in the case when you aren’t using them, as that is the only way to turn them off. If you just put them in your pocket, the battery will drain on them, so it’s best to keep them in the case. It will likely be a safer place to keep them anyway. A simple light will turn on while it’s charging the earbuds, another light on top indicates that the case is charging itself.earin-true-wireless-earbuds-with-charging-case-and-aweni7-5

There are complaints that sometimes the right ear bud will cut out, and there is sometimes lag when watching videos. The left ear bud is the one that connects to your device, and the right one is a slave, so it’s not always as reliable as the left.

Other wireless earbuds on the market might run less expensive on price, but we haven’t been able to compare the sound quality of them. We have reviewed the Jabra wireless earbuds, and they are about $100 more, though the Earins used to be the same price, and the Jabra had the addition of being able to take calls because of the microphone. You can’t take calls on the Earins. You can also check your heartrate with the Jabra pair.

Earin does have a special app that you use on your phone to control the bass boost, the balance of volume in each ear, and you can see how much battery life you have left in them. Speaking of battery life, there is about 3 hours of battery life in them, and you can charge them up to 3 times in a fully charged capsule.

Earin is coming out in the future with the M-2 earbuds. These look to be more advanced with a microphone and a way to control them with touch interface on the earbuds. The question will be whether they are comparable in price and quality to the other wireless earbuds out there. Still, at $149, the M-1 might be what you are looking for.

Secure Protection for Your Phone With the Urban Armor Gear PATHFINDER Series

GLXS8_PATHFINDER_RST-MAIN.1006_grandeUrban Armor Gear has protection available for many devices- laptops, tablets, and phones, and we have reviewed many of them here at TheGeekChurch. The case we’re reviewing today comes from the PATHFINDER series.

The case we were sent to review is specifically for Samsung Galaxy S8, but you can also get them for iPhones. The PATHFINDER series cases come in black, white, and rust- which is the color we got. It looks more orange, and brighter than what you might think rust would look like, but still a very nice, sporty color.

This case has many of the same characteristics that other UAG series cases have- like being feather-light, impact resistant, anti-scratch, and having the same great access to charging ports, and the camera/flash. I currently have the Composite case on my phone(Galaxy S7), and it feels very similar. In fact, the descriptions on the UAG website here and here are pretty much the same- with the exception of things unique to the S8- like being “compatible with Samsung Pay and Samsung Fast Wireless Charging Convertible.”

As with all of their cases, the Pathfinder series is drop tested according to military standard of 810G-516.6, which is assuring to those who want to protect their phones in case they drop. If you can appreciate this quality of case for your phone, they sell for $34.95 on the UAG site, or you can buy them at other places like Amazon, Best Buy and Wal-Mart.

 

 

Protect Your HUAWEI P10 and Mate 9 with UAG Plasma Series

We’ve reviewed many excellent phone cases from Urban Armor Gear. These cases that we’ve been sent to review from the company are from the popular PLASMA series. They are for the HUAWEI phones like P10 and Mate 9.

Ice for the Huawei Mate 9

                         Ice for the Huawei Mate 9

The PLASMA series for other phones like Samsung Galaxy S7 have come in different colors like Ash (which is dark grey in color), Magma (red), and Cobalt (blue). There is even a Citron(green)- in addition to the other colors for an iPhone. From what we can tell, if you want a PLASMA case for the Mate 9, it will come only in Ice- which is the clear case. The P10 has the option of Ice and Ash. So there isn’t as broad a variety of colors for these phones, but color can be overrated anyway.

These cases have it where it really counts, though. There is the three layer protection- which consists of an armor shell, shock cushions, and impact resistant rubber. The case is feather light, while still providing the quality that you need to protect your phone. As with all the other UAG products, the cases have been drop-tested to Military Standard of 810G–516.6.

The P10 comes in Ash and Ice

                  The P10 comes in Ash and Ice

Each case has the sturdy, rubberized grip that helps those of us with butter fingers. Also, there is easy access to the ports for charging, headphones, and an opening for the camera, as well as access to the fingerprint sensor on the HUAWEI Mate 9 located below the camera. The power button and volume button is covered and protected, but still work just as well.

Overall, this is a great product that we trust to protect our phones, and if you want the same protection, you can purchase one for $39.95 on the UAG website for the Huawei Mate 9 here and the P10 here.

30th Anniversary Edition Street Fighter Pixel Pals

chun-liPixel Pals™ are an officially licensed collection of light-up, pixelated iconic characters brought to you by Performance Designed Products. Such characters include Mario, Luigi, Link, and Vault Boy from Fallout 4. We have been given the new 30th Anniversary Edition Street Fighter Pixel Pals™ to review.

Chun-Li is number 11 in the Pixel Pals™ series. Fans of Street Fighter II will recognize her as the first female fighter. She became a playable character in the game in 1991, and now is one of the most popular characters of the game. Now her fans can have a little 8 bit Chibi form that glows with the addition of two AAA batteries- not included.

Number 12 in the series is Ryu. I would think that he would come before Chun-Li, but ladies first, eh? Ryu, of course, was a main character in the very first Street Fighter game- which premiered in 1987. His character is wearing ryu1the classic gi, black belt, hachimaki(headband), and sparring gloves.

The plastic, pixelated, glowing characters stand at almost 5 inches tall, and a little over 4 inches wide. If you have a long shelf, you could line up all the 8-bit characters from your favorite game classics and have a little lighted parade!

We’re told that the next release will be announced shortly. What game character would you like to see from Pixel Pals? Leave your favorite in the comments below, and go purchase the other characters for $14.99 on their website, or at Amazon.com. They are also available in Best Buy, Walmart, and GameStop stores.

TYLT Flipcard Portable Power Pack

TYLT FlipcardLet’s consider this a sequel to the Flipstick Portable Power Pack that I reviewed yesterday. Yes, this is another review of another mobile battery back, but it is quite something.

I have to admit that I really like the Flipcard. While it may not be small and compact as a credit card, it is a little thick because it is made for 5,000 mAh. That’s good, because you can get 2 full charges on a regular smartphone.

Much of what is on the Flipcard is on the Flipstick, with the LED battery level indicator lights and made for micro-USB, Lightning, and Type-C connector. This is one of the issues with mobile batteries, is they tend to be all alike. Oh wait, there is something different as the Flipcard has a 2.4 Amp output.

Okay, it really is quite a product, and you need to get in on this if you want a great mobile battery. You can purchase it on the TYLT site for about $49.99.

TYLT Flipstick Portable Power Pack

TYLT FlipstickSo, most people now have one of these mobile batteries because most smartphones can’t go a few hours without needing a charge. I suppose that we are to blame for what we put our phones through. I have reviewed so many that I have lost count, and today it is the Flipstick from TYLT, another company whose products that I have reviewed.

There is brand known as PocketJuice that it very cheap and does its mobile battery job. I don’t know if this is by design, but TYLT’s Flipstick has a similar shape.

I can’t remember what the stats are for a typical PocketJuice, but the Flipstick has a 3,350 mAh battery, as well as an input/output for 1 Amp USB port. Most mobile batteries have a USB port, and the Flipstick has that, plus some connector for the Micro, Type C, or Lightning Connector.

So what else does it have? Well, it has the typical LED battery level indicator lights, and it has a 3 hour charge time for the internal battery. I’m told that it provides about 1 full charge to the smartphone.

The Flipstick will be available on the TYLT site soon in colors of blue, white, and black for the micro-USB, Lightning, on USB Type C Connector.

Turtle Beach Ear Force Recon Chat Review

ReconChat-PS-PackagePhoto-1200x1200For the video gamer looking for a simple way to chat while playing on their PS4 Pro, PS4, Xbox One, or even mobile device, Turtle Beach has a relatively inexpensive answer: the Ear Force Recon Chat.

This product would primarily be used for chatting during a game. If you want to include your family and friends in the room with you during the game, this would definitely be the ideal way. Anyone can still hear the volume coming into/out of the ear cup. The description on the box says that this “Open ear-cup allows you to hear game audio in both ears.” Likewise, you can reverse what side you have your ear-cup on.

The shape of the earcup is unique to allow it to fit over glasses. That might be a bonus to many gamers. There isn’t a lot of padding to the headset, but it does feel reasonably comfortable. There’s not really a fair comparison to other Turtle Beach headsets that are more expensive. They aren’t bad for the price. You get what you pay for. Some gamers might prefer the non-bulky experience of this headset to the heavier ones that weigh you down after a while.

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The mic does make your voice heard clearly, and it is adjustable, as well as having the toggle on the wire for volume control, or to mute the mic. This gaming audio product is not yet available in the U.S., but you can pre-order one on the Turtle Beach site for $19.95. It is anticipated to ship starting May 15th. You can either get blue for PS4, or green for XBox.

Disclaimer: Turtle Beach sent this free product to TheGeekChurch in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was received, and this review is not influenced in anyway by the company.