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.

Outdoor Technologies for the Holidays, Part 3: Kodiak Plus 2.0 Portable Power Pack and…a Cuff Beanie Cap?

Okay, it is time to review the last of the Outdoor Technology products that I have been sent. In case you are wondering why I am reviewing a Beanie, well, it is because I have this issue about reviewing any product sent to me.

Outdoor Technology Kodiak Plus 2.0

Welcome to the Kodiak Plus 2.0, and here’s another great mobile battery review! Yes, I’ve reviewed a number of these in just the past month alone, so it seems appropriate to do another one.

So the only thing that remains is to explain how the Kodiak Plus 2.0 is different from other mobile batteries out there. Well, this rechargeable 10000 mAh battery is waterproof and shockproof, but that is like other mobile batteries, right? Well, it really should be.

Anyway, this one will fit in the back pocket pretty easily. It has dual USB ports with one being 5 Volts and 1 Amp, then another being 5 Volts 2.4 Amp. I’m pretty certain that a lot of mobile batteries have that, along with the red power indicator lights.

Now here is something that the Kodiak Plus 2.0 has that others do not, and that is a 6-LED flashlight. Now that is something that you can use, and since this is made by Outdoor Technology, you can probably take it outside.

You should be able to purchase the Kodiak Plus 2.0 on the Outdoor Technology site for about $79.95 in black, red, and camo.

Outdoor Technology Cuff Beanie

So, this is a Cuff Beanie. What can I say about this?

How about “this beanie will warm your head with fabric and warm your heart with the new love that it attracts”. Okay, that is simply a quote from the company, so seriously, what can I say?

Well, it is warm, and made to keep your head warm. It also has the cool Outdoor Technology logo on it. By the way, I think that is supposed to be Bigfoot in that circle.

I’ve heard that Outdoor Technology is tech that Sasquatch would use. I suppose that if he doesn’t have fur on his head, this Cuff Beanie would come in handy.

You can get the Cuff Beanie on the Outdoor Technology site for about $22.00 in black, blue, gray, or olive.

Cocoon Innovations, Part 2: TECH 16-inch Backpack

And now it is time to review another Cocoon Innovations product with the TECH 16-inch backpack. I will have to say that it is a small step up from the last product I reviewed, but that is good, right?

Oh yes, it is very good. In fact, I decided to show this particular image here for those who are unaware of what the GRID-IT system looks like. Those are those elastic straps I was talking about that hold your individual accessories, and that should make a lot of sense if it hadn’t before.

Unlike the soft briefcase that I reviewed, this product is a backpack, and it can hold laptops up to 16 inches. It also has a dedicated iPad compartment, but it doesn’t really have a furry lining or anything for it. The backpack does have a water-resistant ballistic nylon exterior, so I guess you can feel good about taking it in the rain.

You should be able to purchase the TECH 16-inch backpack for about $89.99 on the Cocoon Innovations site for $89.99.

Outdoor Technologies for the Holidays, Part 2: Buckshot 2.0 and Turtle Shell 3.0 Bluetooth Speakers

Once again, we have some more Outdoor Technology merch to review, and I’ve decided to write about two Bluetooth speakers with the Buckshot 2.0 and the Turtle Shell 3.0.

Outdoor Technology Buckshot 2.0 Bluetooth Speaker

The Buckshot 2.0 is clearly a Bluetooth speaker made like most these days. That is, it is rugged and made for portability, as it is shockproof and IPX6 rated dust and waterproof. The issue is that it is quite small, and it will fit in the palm of your hand. You see that clip, you can strap it to a bag and handlebars.

As for the playtime, it is good for 20 hours without charging. What is really interesting is the range. Most Bluetooth products are good for about 30 feet, but the Buckshot 2.0 is good for about 60 feet of range.

There are also some great controls on it, for changing tracks and some volume control. The Buckshot 2.0 is also great for some Siri action with a built-in microphone.

I’m not certain if this is a sale of some type, but you can purchase the Buckshot 2.0 for $27.95 on the Outdoor Technology site now. That price feels pretty small, so I’m wondering if it might go up, especially as it says “compare at $39.95”. It is available in black, chrome (with black), blue, gray, and red.

Outdoor Technology Turtle Shell 3.0 Waterproof Wireless Speaker

This particular type of Bluetooth Speaker is one that I have actually reviewed in the past. This article here was the last time, and I actually believe that this is the third time that I have reviewed this Turtle Shell. So that means that I actually have reviewed the 1.0 and 2.0 versions of this product, which might be the first time that I can say that about anything.

Believe me, I always love the shape of this speaker, something that I can only describe as “like a gem”. I mean, look at the cut of it, it is simply fantastic. I’ll go into the details of what’s up as this version of the Turtle Shell has 20 hours worth of play time.

It is rated at IPX7, which is good for rugged enough to protect against dust, shock, and water. I mean, this Turtle Shell 3.0 can float on the top of the water, like a real turtle.

In addition to its ability to be a Bluetooth Speaker, it is also a powerbank, a 3600 mAh capacity battery, where you can connect your devices. Oh, there is another unique feature because you can connect to more than one Turtle shell thanks to the power of wireless pairing.

You can purchase the Turtle Shell 3.0 Waterproof Wireless Speaker on the Outdoor Technology site for $99.95 in black, electric blue, gray, red, and camo.

Cocoon Innovations, Part 1: Graphite 15-inch Brief

There is one thing that I like, and that is Cocoon Innovations. They were the pioneers of the GRID-IT system that I wrote about before here. I was fortunate enough to write about two other great Cocoon Innovations products, starting with the Graphite 15-inch brief.

From the description, you can tell what it can carry with 15-inch laptops, accomodating up to the 15-inch MacBook Pro. When you open it up, their are lots of pockets. One of them is the faux-fur for the laptop, which has some real soft fur on the inside. Then there is a faux-fur pocket good for a tablet like an iPad, a smaller one.

There is a zipper pocket on the inside, but that almost makes me want to say “who cares”. I’ve already mentioned that this particular guy has the GRID-IT inside, and if you are not familiar with it, here is what that is: it is a bunch of elastic straps made to hold a whole bunch of things.

Yes, these straps allow for you to store cables, chargers, and…hey, is that a GoPro on that? Yes, it is, which means you are capable of a carrying a lot, and you don’t have to worry about shuffling through your bag to find anything.

On the whole, I would recommend it, and it can be purchased on the Cocoon Innovations site for about $89.99.

Outdoor Technologies for the Holidays, Part 1: Rhinos Rugged Wireless Headphones and Tags 2.0 Wireless Earbuds

It’s pretty great that there is a company that makes a lot of terrific electronics for the outdoors with an appropriate name like Outdoor Electronics. I’m going to be reviewing six of their products in the next few days, and I am going to start with two audio products with the Rhinos Wireless Headphones and the Tags 2.0 Wireless Earbuds.

Outdoor Technology Rhinos Rugged Waterproof Wireless Headphones

I suppose that the company named these Rugged Waterproof Wireless Headphones the Rhino because that particular animal is just so tough. I suppose that if a Rhino was a pair of headphones, it would have 40 mm drivers, right? I definitely associate this animal with being IPX6 Waterproof and shockproof, which means they can be dunked in water, and they will even float. Now I didn’t want to give them that particular test, but I am told that you just have to shake off the excess the water.

Since this is wireless I should probably get the stat of the playtime out of the way. It has 8 hours worth of playtime, and there is an ODT Audio application for iOS and Android that works with it.

I’m sure that I don’t have to say this, but there is a built-in microphone with controls for adjusting the volume, changing tracks, play/pause, and answering calls. Something that I did see that was different is that there is a walkie-talkie function, a button that allows to communicate in a private group of up to 99 people.

In short, I’m going to recommend the Rhinos for the holiday season, and you can find them on the Outdoor Technology site for about $129.95.

Outdoor Technologies Tags 2.0 Wireless Earbuds

Okay, let’s talk about some audio that is a little smaller with the Tags 2.0. Unlike the Rhino, I am not certain why it is called the Tags. I’m guessing that is the second version, hence the 2.0 label.

Anyway, these guys are good for 5 hours on a single charge, and it has some good sound too with a built-in microphone. It also has some inline controls similar to the Rhino like the volume and play/pause, on the wire and not the earcup.

What is interesting is that the cord is made thick so it will not tangle up. Also, the Tags 2.0 have a feature where you can snap them together when not in use. Then you just wear them like a necklace, and I should probably let you know that they are sweat and splash resistant.

You should be able to purchase the Tags 2.0 on the Outdoor Technology website for about $39.95.

Black Friday Holiday Gift Guide 2017

Well, Black Friday seems to come earlier every year, and so I felt that I had to write this on Thanksgiving. If you are one of those that believes he/she can get his/her shopping done early, then here is some advice, particularly for those who go online.

How about Headphones?

Let’s start with Beyerdynamic’s DT 770 Studio.

You might want to get some when you sleep with the Soft-Tones Pillow Speaker. You can also try the SleepPhones by Acoustic Sheep.

There are models that are wired and wireless from ZAGG’s iFrogz.

You can get some great earbuds from 1More with the Dual Driver LTNG ANC In-Ear Headphones.

Need a pair of Bluetooth earbuds?

I would suggest the Jabra Elite 25e for wired action. For wireless action, check out the New Elite Sport, also from Jabra.

The SleepPhones have a wireless version.

Oh, did I mention the iHome Fit (iB71), because that exists too.

Then there is the MOXYO Mission Wireless Earbuds.

There’s a Computer Accessory for you!

I recommend the IOGEAR Compact USB-C Docking Station with PD Pass-Thru and the Thunderbolt 3 to Dual 4K DisplayPort Adapter.

Then there is the OWC Thunderbolt Dock 3.

J5Create has several types that you can read about here and here.

You should see what Accell is making.

Need a Case for your Smartphone/Tablet?

UAG has some great ones like the iPhone 8/7 like the Monarch and PYLO, as well as the iPhone X.

Go with brands like Patchworks!

Now Toast gives you some good cover as well!

Catalyst also has several of them for the iPhone X and Apple Watch.

There are also some great ones from X-Doria. This might not be a case, but I recommend Armpocket for when you take your phone out on the road.

Oh, you should also get yourself a screen protector, like the type made by Invisible Shield.

Then there are the ones from Nomad.

There are also some from Bodyguardz.

If you want a Folio case for your iPad, check out these two from ZAGG.

Looking for a gift for a gamer?

There is the Crusher Wireless from Skullcandy.

There is the Custom Game for Beyerdynamic. Then there is always the SteelSeries Rival 110.

There is also the Logitech G433, a 7.1 Wired Surround Gaming Headset.

Chargers are always needed!

There are ChargeHub X3 and X5.

It is similar to the Nomad 3-Port Hub, Powerpack, and the Charging Cables.

Check out the RapidX DualX and X5 Rapid Car Charger.

Then there is the myCharge AdventureUltra and AdventureMax.

You can also go solar with the PowerKeep 12 and 36, as well as the Powerkeep Wanderer.

The M-EDGE Packlight, Tech Sackpack, and 8000 mAh Power Bank are also worth it.

Then there is the Bobine Flexible iPhone Dock.

Need to Boost your phones’ reception?

I would recommend the Wilson Drive Sleek Signal Booster for cars.

How about a Bluetooth speaker?

There is the iHome iBT77 Speaker as well as the iBT374. Then there is the iAVS1 for the Amazon Echo Dot. There is also the iPLWBT5 for the Apple Watch and your smartphone.

Need a keyboard?

Check out the Matias Wireless Aluminum Keyboard with Backlight.

Cherry also has the MX Board Silent and the G80-3850 MX Brown 3.0.

Like taking pictures with your smartphone?

Get yourself an Olloclip Pivot!

How about something for a biker?

No problem. Get the SmartHalo.

Want something for the kitchen?

Look no further than the Gourmia GTA1500 Digital Electric Air Fryer, Griller, and Roaster.

Traveling for the holiday?

I recommend the eGee Touch TSA Smart Travel Lock.