ZAGG Holidays 2017, Part 2: Invisible Shield Glass+ and Glass Curve Collection of Screen Protectors

I’ve been doing a lot of work with ZAGG products, and it seemed very likely that I was going to do some work with Invisible Shield. If you are not familiar with Invisible Shield, they make this screen protectors, and they may have been doing it before screen protectors became a thing. I had a chance to review five of their screen protectors.

Unlike some of the other leading brands of screen protectors that I will be talking about later, this Glass+ protectors have 3 times the shatter protection vs. an unprotected screen. Part of it is the new Ion Matrix technology, which the company boasts as the most advanced impact and shatter protection available for resistance against scratches.

As far as the other parts are concerned, it is full of layers including a smudge resistant layer, some scratch-resistant tempered glass, then the Ion Matrix impact protection, followed by the final layer of bubble-free application adhesive.

It is worth noting that these particular screen protectors are pretty easy to install, and they are smudge resistant and easy to clean. This is because of the EZ Apply tabs, and the company’s boast of “watch as Glass+ does the rest” is true.

Yes, it is all very good, and the Glass+ for the iPhone X is available on the ZAGG site for $39.99. For those that want the one for the iPhone 6/6S/7, just go to the ZAGG site here. I’m not certain if it is compatible with the iPhone 8, but I will have to check. Then there is the Glass+ for the Apple iPhone 6 Plus/6S Plus/7 Plus, go here to the ZAGG site.

Well, as you can see by the above links, there isn’t really much difference between the Glass+ for individual models. Fortunately, I got a little variety when I tried out the Glass+ for the Google Pixel 2, and it is available on the ZAGG site here. All Glass+ is available for $39.99.

Now it is time to talk about the Glass Curve, as I had a chance to review the one for the Google Pixel 2. This is some interesting protection, as it is curved so it fits the design of Google’s phone.

The Glass Curve is made with an all-clear adhesive in order to fit solidly on the phone, and it is also made to be very touch sensitive as well. In short, it is quite the great screen protector for the scratch protection.

You should be able to get the Glass Curve for the Google Pixel 2 XL on the ZAGG site for $49.99.

myCharge AdventureUltra and AdventureMax

So, it has been quite a while since I reviewed a myCharge product. In case you are not aware, they make a lot of mobile batteries, you know, those things that you need when you need power to your mobile device. I feel good to review the AdventureUltra and the AdventureMax.

The myCharge AdventureUltra

The first thing that I have to say is holy…cow. Normally, when reviewing a mobile battery, I have very little to say, as they are all alike. However, the AdventureUltra is like a mobile battery on…yeah, I’m not going to say it.

The rechargeable battery is a 13400 mAh job, but it doesn’t just have a few USB ports. Okay, it has three with 2 built-in USB A ports and a built-in USB-C port. That isn’t bad, and an acceptable tech spec for any mobile battery. However, you can see something very grand as it has an AC power
plug-in.

Yeah, that’s right, you can actually plug in something here. Now, I want to give a little disclaimer because there is a a warning that it can charge anything up to 45 watts. That’s good for a laptop, even if you have to close the screen to charge it. I have been told that it is also good for powering a 42-inch television for up to three hours.

All that is required is to plug in a device and hit the power on button. It can rapidly recharge and hold its power for about a year.

It is really great to have, and I am going to recommend it, especially for the holiday season. It is available on the myCharge website fro $129.99.

The myCharge AdventureMax

Okay, now for another king of mobile batteries with the AdventureMax, as it is a 10500 mAh portable charger, but this one fits well in your pocket. I should have probably mentioned that the AdventureUltra was a bit larger, and would only fit in your pocket if you have a big pocket.

Now, this might not have a plug-in, but it does have two USB ports that are good for charging just about anything like smartphones, tablets, Bluetooth headsets, Bluetooth speakers, and pretty much anything else that runs on USB (and isn’t that just about everything?)

Not only is there a great charger, but it is splash resistant, drop resistant, and drop proof. So it is really is great for on the road, and you can see it has a built-in carabiner clip for the belt loop.

If this sounds good to you, you can get it on the myCharge site for $49.99.

Nomad-ic Christmas, Part 2: Hex Case (iPhone 7/8 Plus), Leather Folio (Samsung S8), Leather Folio (iPhone X), Clear Case (iPhone 7/8 Plus), Clear Folio (iPhone X), and Wallet Case (iPhone X)

Okay, as I said in my last Nomad review of the chargers and cables, I said that they make a whole lot of awesome cases. Today, I’m going to be reviewing six of them for the iPhone 8, iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone X, and Samsung Galaxy 8.

Nomad Hex Case for the iPhone 7/8 Plus

I believe that this has been referred to as the “Rugged Case”, but it is more like the Hex case. I am assuming it is called that due to its hexagonal shapes on the polycarbonate and TPU rubber construction. I like the hexagonal shapes because they really make the case stand out, and I am not certain why I like it so much.

What is interesting is how it gives protection to the iPhone 7/7 Plus, and it will give protection for a 2 meter drop. It has all the proper holes and the raised edges to protect the iPhone screen.

It comes in the Black and Smoked Gray, and you can find it on the Nomad site for $39.95.

Nomad Leather Folio for the Samsung Galaxy 8 (S8)

This particular case is one of those cases that allows it to close like a book. Not only that, it has the slots made for 3-6 credit cards, driver’s license, and whatever else that you have. By the way, there is a pocket for the cash too.

I have reviewed cases like this before in the past. The issue that I have with these types of cases is that if you are using your phone, you have to flip the cards to the back. Then you are giving everyone a view of what credit cards that you own, and that flap thing becomes like a book that you break the spine on.

There is a bonus that is uses vegetable tanned Horween leather, and then elegant construction for the Dow Dupont polycarbonate frame. You can get it on the Nomad site in rustic brown for $39.95.

Nomad Leather Folio for the iPhone X

Okay, there is hardly any difference between the Folio of the Samsung Galaxy 8 (S8) and this particular Leather Folio for the iPhone X. It has the spot for 3 credit cards as well as a cash pocket, but this is compatible with wireless charging, which is something that I didn’t mention last time when I reported on it in the last section.

I have already stated what I liked about the leather folio, and it has that Horween leather look. By the way, it has a rich patina look after extended use. That means that it changes to a darker color of brown later. It actually looks pretty dark brown already.

You should be able to purchase the Leather Folio for the iPhone X as $49.95 on the Nomad site.

Nomad Clear Case for the iPhone 7/8 Plus

As you can see in this image, the Clear Case is kind of a hybrid or a Two-Face version of the leather and clear cases that Nomad puts out. The end result is the some new kind of aesthetic that I like a lot, and will be imitated.

It has that vegetable tanned Horween leather with the Dow Dupon polycarbonate frame, and they are somehow fused together. It also blends together with raised edges to protect the iPhone screen, as well as giving the iPhone 7/7S/8 Plus protection for 6-foot drops.

Oh, this is quite the awesome case, and if you have that version of Apple’s smartphone, this is great. You can purchase the Clear Case for the iPhone 7/7S/8 Plus for about $39.95 on the Nomad site.

Nomad Clear Folio for the iPhone X

Okay, now it is time to talk about another mixture between vegetable tanned Horween leather and Dow Dupont polycarbonate frame with iPhone X. There seems to be a lot of this on these Nomad cases, and honestly, that is kind of refreshing, really.

Yes, I would love to talk about its features, but I have talked about them already with the other cases. It has 3 credit slots, and there is also a cash pocket. I guess people are using their cases for wallets now, which means that the wallet market is about to be phased out.

Now, if you want to purchase this particular case, you should be able to purchase the Clear Folio for the iPhone X on the Nomad site for $49.95.

Nomad Wallet Case for the iPhone X

So, here’s this last case that is made of vegetable tanned Horween leather, not like there is anything new about this. I suppose there are also great features like 6 foot drop proection as well as the ability to hold 2-4 credit cards. Oh yeah, it develops that rugged patina look after a while.

So yes, nothing new here, but I suppose that the takeaway from this is that you should always bet on Nomad. I mean, they make a lot of great cases, as well as chargers. Yeah, there’s no way I’m going to say anything bad about Nomad.

You can purchase the Nomad Wallet Case for the iPhone X on the Nomad site for $39.95.

Energizer PowerKeep 12 and 36 Solar-Powered Charger

It would appear that I am reviewing a lot of Energizer’s PowerKeep products, made for solar charging. Today, it will be the Energizer PowerKeep 12 and 36, and they are some quite useful products.

Energier PowerKeep 12 Multi-Bay Battery Charger

The PowerKeep 12 is a solar powered panel that includes a micro-USB cable. You will need that micro-USB cable when you spread out the solar panels and absorb some good energy rays from Mr. Sun. These solar panels are very light for easy travel.

What you can do then is take that energy by attaching the micro-USB to the solar panel and then attach that to the four Energizer NiMH rechargeable AA batteries. You can see the box thing that holds the batteries, and there is a AAA battery adapter.

You can connect this battery-charging box to a USB port, or even an AC plug. This comes in really handy when it comes to charging just about anything.

You can go to the Engergizer PowerKeep site for more information, and here’s a link to Amazon where it can be purchased for $151.25.

Energizer PowerKeep Solar 36 Portable Solar Battery Charger

The PowerKeep 36 also has the portable flexible 4-panel solar powered panel. It doesn’t have a battery box that can recharge batteries, but it does have a compact 10,000 mAh power bank which 2 output ports.

It has a micro-USB cable, and you can charge the 10,000 mAh power bank at home using a USB port, in case that the sun is not out. So, it is again very handy to have around.

So, if you are looking for more information, head to the Energizer site. You can purchase it on Amazon for $169.88.

Nomad-ic Christmas, Part 1: Powerpack, USB 3 Port Hub, 4-in-1 USB-C, Universal Cable, and Battery Cable

Since I will be reviewing a lot of products for this holiday, I am very glad to review some great Nomad products. It feels like I have been reviewing their product for a while, and they usually make some great chargers and cables. Sometimes they combine the best of both worlds, like the Leather Charging Wallet for the iPhone. I will be reviewing both in the next few days, so I will start by reviewng the chargers and cables.

Nomad Powerpack

The Nomad PowerPack boasts an “ultra-rugged construction.” Under that assertion on the box, it states, “mortise and tenon” joints. 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 Dow Dupont polycarbonate frame and TPU rubber exterior. 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.

Nomad USB Hub – 3 Port

I’ll start with this USB Hub – 3 Port, and yes, that is an odd name for it. However, everyone probably needs one of these.

The circular disk with soft matte rubber top and polycarbonate housing has 3 USB ports with one high output 2.1A and two standard 1 A UB ports. These ports are located underneath so you can plug in three USB devices, and then plug in the device into the wall.

Yes, it has some LED charge status indicators, with an ambient light sensor that dims the LEDs at night. I would have to say that I will applaud its handiness and how it can do three devices at once. I would love it if future versions of this device have some kind of Qi magnetic charging thing on top.

You should be able to purchase the Nomad USB Hub – 3 Port for $39.95 on the Nomad site.

Nomad Universal Cable USB-C

Now, the Universal Cable USB-C is quite an interesting charging cable. Each end has two types of connectors, with a USB C at both ends. I honestly don’t know any reason to go USB-C to USB-C, but hey, it could be used on…something.

On one end, with the USB-C is a male USB A plug, and on the other end, also with the USB-C, is a Micro USB device. This means that if you have a micro USB device, you can charge it in many ways. What was funny is that I have a Bluetooth headset that I attached to my HTC 10 (which has a USB C port), and I believe my phone was charging my Bluetooth. I don’t think I’ve ever done that kind of charging before.

The cable is a braided ballistic nylon cable that looks really ultra strong, and I would trust my weight with it. As a data cable, it carries a USB 2.0 data transfer, and is well-set for fast data-charging. Oh, it is quite long at 5 feet (1.5 meters).

You can get this Universal Cable USB-C for about $29.95 on the Nomad site.

Nomad Universal Cable

The Nomad Universal Cable looks to be made of the same material as the Universal Cable USB-C, but it is a lot shorter at 0.3 meters. Again, I would trust my weight on it, and it is 10K Mil-spec flex tested. I am not certain what that means, honestly.

This particular Cable has a USB A on one end, and the other is a three-part guy with a MFi Lightning tip, Micro USB, and USB Type C. You can see in the image how each port somehow can overshadow the other, which is a really good design.

It is a good deal for something that everyone needs, and it really does accomodate a lot of devices. It is billed as “one cable to rule them all”, and I have to admit that it deserves its epic tagline. The Nomad Universal Cable is for sale on the Nomad site for $29.95.

Nomad Battery Cable

I’ll talk last about another cable that I was sent to review, the Battery Cable. Unlike the other cables, this one has a 2350 mAh battery. Since this is a battery cable with a Lightning connector, that means it will give you a good charge for your iPhone 7 or iPhone 8.

As you might have guessed, the battery cable/battery is a pretty great product to have. Honestly, I usually don’t see a charging device that is this small and can curl up like a little whip.

The Battery Cable is quite a great gift for the holiday at $49.95 on the Nomad site.

Energizer PowerKeep Wanderer Backpack

Two years ago, I had the chance to review some EnerPlex products (also known as Ascent Solar), and one of them was the Commuter and the Executive backpacks. I was hoping to review their products again for the holiday season, and I found out that Energizer has acquired the use of Ascent Solar products. Now Energizer has a great solar-powered product with the Powerkeep Wanderer.

This solar-powered backpack has a 10,000 mAh battery that is detachable and is capable of absorbing the sun’s rays for the sake of power to your mobile devices. In fact, it has two output ports on its power bank so you don’t have to worry about your smartphone or tablet losing power at a crucial moment. By the way, the PK10K power bank can be charged from the sun, AC, or a USB charging port.

Now, most solar backpacks have that feature, and it really is what you need for life on the go. Not having power when you need it can be terrible, and yet the PowerKeep wanderer takes it another step. It has an interior hydration pocket with a BPA-free reservoir and drinking hose. Oh, and it also has a waterbottle holder as well.

So what you have here is a backpack that you can take camping, and you will have lots of power as you are wandering, hence the term Wanderer. Honestly, if you are going to be away from civilization, and you still want to be in touch with all things digital, I will recommend the PowerKeep Wanderer.

You can find out more information about this product on the Engerizer website. It is available on Amazon for about $187.77 in red, green, and a really cool camo style.

Giveaway Time: Wireless Earbuds by Moxyo

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ZAGG Holdiays 2017, Part 1: Rugged Messenger for the Apple 10.5 inch iPad Pro and Apple 9.7-inch iPad

It has been a few months since I have reviewed a ZAGG product, and I will have to say that I always look forward to it. This particular brand not only makes the popular Invisible Shield, but it also makes some decent headphones with iFrogz. Today’s review will focus on a wireless keyboard and durable, detachable case with the Rugged Messenger.

ZAGG Rugged Messenger for Apple 10.5-inch iPad Pro

I will have to admit that I am not certain if this is a Folio Case, but that usually implies a keyboard and case that fold up together, like this Rugged Messenger. It certainly has that back that can fold up, and then magnetically lock in place so you can view it in landscape mode only.

What you can’t see here is how the case is detachable, and this is also done with magnets. I found that the keyboard and case locked together incredibly well, and yet it is still easily detachable.

Speaking of things that are strong, I should discuss the case itself. It has some tough polycarbonate construction, and it can withstand drops of 6.6 feet. I find that the case has this big “X” on it that would make it feel home in an X-men film. For some reason, I say that a lot about cases.

As far as the keyboard is concerned, it is easy to pair and you can toggle it between two devices. It has a laptop keyboard so the keys are spaced out, and it also has a backlit with blue light or six other colors.

You should be able to purchase the Rugged Messenger on the ZAGG site for $99.99.

ZAGG Rugged Messenger for the iPad

Okay, I am just going to say it, but there isn’t really anything different from this particular Rugged Messenger for the iPad than the one for the iPad Pro. Oh yeah, it is a little bit smaller, and I probably should have mentioned that the one for the iPad Pro has a holder for the apple Pencil.

So, yeah, I don’t mean to be lazy, but if I wrote about it, it would be just getting repetitive. You can purchase this Rugged Messenger on the ZAGG site for the same price of $99.99.

Gourmia GTA1500 Digital Electric Air Fryer, Griller, and Roaster

I was honestly surprised that I hadn’t heard of Gourmia before, but I have to say that this company has a definite mission to bring cooking technology that helps people cook meals easier, faster, and healthier. I was more than pleased to try out the Gourmia GTA1500 Digital Electric Air Fryer, Griller, and Roaster as evidence of their vision.

At first I thought that the GTA1500 was some kind of deep fryer, but I quickly discovered that no cooking oil or fat is required. That alone is going to make my arteries happy, and it works by circulating hot air around the food, which is more than enough to make food crisp and juicy.

In addition to being an air fryer, the GTA1500 also functions as a grill, steamer, convection oven, air saute and rotisserie. Yes, that is a lot, and the list of foods that it can prepare is just as numerous with pizza, grilled fish, beef kabobs, steamed rice, and a whole lot more, including brownies, for crying out loud.

The GTA1500 comes with accessories for cooking such as a classic rotisserie spit and spit forks. As you might have guessed, they are made for spinning the food so you can have that fresh rotisserie chicken from the get-go. There is also a frying tumbler that is good for stir-fry foods and French fries, without all the yucky grease. Then there is also a high/low rack for grilling, barbecuing, and frying.

Much of the recipes can be done in 15-25 minutes, which makes cooking rather quick. It is also pretty easy with a programmable lid, and you can see inside. Just to let you know, there is a vent for the steam. As for cleanup, it has a removable cooking pot that can be removed very easily.

All and all, I’m pretty pleased with this, and I’m wondering if I can review more of them. In the meantime, if you want to get on the Gourmia train, this GTA1500 is available for $199.99. It is available for a cheaper price on Amazon.

J5Create Part 2: USB Type-C Multi Adapter, USB 3.0 Mini Dock, and 5-Port USB Super Charger

Okay, it’s time to review some more J5Create products, and today I am looking at these docks/adapters. I’m not certain that this is a good way to organize “Tomorrow’s Products Today” but hey, I really like their slogan and should have mentioned it in my first article.

J5Create JUD380 USB 3.0 Mini Dock

Okay, so let’s say that you want some kind of external dual monitor for your PC or Mac, so you should just use the USB port. The JUD380 has that 3.0 plug, and then there are a lot of ports like two USB, one for the firewire, an HDMI port, and a VGA. Also, there is an optional Micro 8 DC in 5V.

The whole thing is very good at what it does, which is made for plugging in an adapter without some crazy expensive video card. All that is required is that you use the JUD380 to load the drivers, plug the adapter into the USB port, and then plug in the VGA or HDMI port.

It 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.

Sound like something that you like? Head on over to the J5Create site and pay $79.99.

J5Create JCA374 USB Type-C Multi-Adapter

The JCA374 is very similar to the JUD380, but it is a USB Type-C Multi-Adapter with HDMI/Ethernet/USB 3.1 HUB/PD 2.0 ports. It provides extra connectivity from your computer with 5 Gbps transfer speed.

As stated before, you might notice that the ports are similar, almost exactly alike when compared to the JUD380. However, this one has that USB-C, which J5Create says is the new standard for connecting desktops and laptops, but I am not certain if it “will eventually replace all current USB cables and connectors”.

I have a USB port on my HTC 10, and I love how fast it charges. so there’s a great powering and it has fast data transfer rates of up to 10 Gbps. Oh it is also good for 4K video, and has some surge protection.

You should be able to purchase the JCA374 USB Type-C Multi-Adapter for $79.99 on the J5Create site.

J5Create JUP50 5-Port USB Super Charger

This last product of the JUP50 40W 5-Port USB Super Charger is pretty simple. I mean, who doesn’t want an extra 5 ports for just about anything?

In this case, the JUP50 has Intelligent Identification technology, allowing you to detect devices and give them a great charge. Each one has 2.4A, which is good enough for some surge protection as well.

So, if you want to get in on this, head on over to the J5Create site and pay $29.99 for it.