Hex Leather iPhone Case and Infinity Patrol Backpack Review

Hex is a company we’ve done reviews for in the past. They create attractive phone cases and backpacks made to carry laptops and other devices. This review will cover two Hex products. They are different in nature, but you could use one inside another, so… why not? We will review the HEX® black leather shield wallet for the iPhone XS Max, and then we’ll cover the Infinity Patrol backpack.

HEX® Black Leather Shield Wallet for iPHONE Xs Max

photo credits: Hex

This case is something that will add a nice look to your phone. The black leather is premium, and covers a poly-carbonate case. There are three pockets in the back that are RFID protected- meaning you can put your credit cards in those pockets, and no one can steal the info on them. There is also the Hex brand label on the back.

The buttons and ports on your phone are not covered completely, but still have some protection. The case has the edges that wrap around with bezel edges, so you could place your phone face down without scratches. This case is available for other phones, and also in other colors in styles. $54.95 is the retail price for this particular one on the Hex website.

If you have other things to carry along with your phone, you could put them in this backpack:

HEX® Infinity Patrol Backpack

This stylish backpack looks like you’re ready to go on Safari. The exterior is a Tarpaulin material- which is a heavy duty, waterproof cloth. The camouflage zipper pulls are actually genuine leather.  With plenty of large, padded pockets- including the ones in front for tablets, you can carry laptops/MacBooks, phones and other items in style and protection.

The back is nicely padded and as with all Hex brand products, there is quality stitching.

Dimensions are:

19.5″L x 11.5″ W x 4.75″H and holds 17.5L.

There’s also nice organizational pockets inside.

This is a beautiful backpack, and will run at $119.95 on the Hex website.

Our Review of the UnbelievaBrella from ShedRain

I review a lot of great products here, but this would be the very first time that I have reviewed an umbrella. I’m guessing that umbrella technology hasn’t changed much in the past…however long umbrellas have been around. This UnbelievaBrella is a step in the right direction.

You can see in the image how this umbrella looks like it has been blown away by the wind. I’ve had some umbrellas turn inside-out before, but the UnbelievaBrella opens in reverse on purpose. So what sort of purpose could a reverse-opening umbrella serve?

Well, the website says that the water will stay away from you by funneling into the umbrella when it is closed. It does create a very beautiful blooming effect when you open it.

Too bad it doesn’t have that push the button and it opens feature. It has that button that you have to push to keep it open, and sometimes, it takes a moment before it catches. That’s so far is the only drawback, and I haven’t the chance to try it in the rain.

In addition to its unique opening feature, it also has a handle that is not a U-shape, but a C-shape. In case you are wondering it has this for a reason, and that is because it allows for hands-free usability. Basically, you need to put your hand in the C shape and let the umbrella pole rest on your shoulder. Heck, that is a feature to sell the UnbelievaBrella, and it is available on the ShedRain site for $20.00 in many different colors.

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.

Review of Etón Multi-Powered Emergency Weather Radio with Bluetooth®

frx5bt_img1Outdoor lovers will appreciate this item I am reviewing now- especially those who might need to charge their phones or tablets while outdoors. This would also be useful in case of a storm when the power has been knocked out. Today I’m talking about Etón’s FRX5-BT Emergency Weather Radio with Bluetooth®. 

In the past, we reviewed a similar radio from Etón- the SolarLink FR360.  I can’t find the review we did for that, but I’ll say that it worked okay for us, and we have taken it camping. The cell phone charger on it is not reliable unless you want to crank it for a while, and then you might only get a few minutes to call. This new FRX5, though, is a vast improvement.

For example, the FRX5 has a big solar panel that covers the whole back of the device, instead of the small panel on top of the handle. Where the solar panel was on the SolarLink handle, you now have an ambient light panel- in addition to the LED flashlight and emergency beacon on the side. After you turn off the flashlight or light panel, the strips around them will glow. The charging of cell phones/tablets seems to work much better on the FRX5.  I didn’t have to crank anything to charge my phone this time.

FRX5_lightSideThis product has Bluetooth capabilities in addition to being able to play tunes off the radio. In addition, you can get NOAA weather alerts and S.A.M.E. alerts.

There are a few ways of charging- with the solar panel on the back, by turning the crank, or charging through the included USB cable. The first two methods are going to come in really handy in situations where the power is out, or you are out camping. Cranking won’t give you much time for your effort, so hopefully you will have some sun to help out.  Or you can make sure it’s fully charged before you go. There is a handy little display on the front that will show you how much battery it has.

With this emergency radio being splashproof (not waterproof), and drop-proof from a height of 3.3 ft (depending on drop situations according to the website), I think this would make a great addition to camping supplies, and emergency prep kits.

You can buy it for $99.99 on Amazon.com.

Our Review of Thermacell Mosquito Repellers and Lanterns

Thermacell Mosquito RepellentI had a chance to try out Thermacell Repellents, and the company is a leading manufacturer of area mosquito repellent products. I got to try out two products, and I will start with the Scout Camp Lantern.

The Thermacell uses a non-topical technology in order to create a 15 x 15 zone of protection that works like a shield. The Thermacell uses some kind of cartridge of a repellent that is a natural insecticide found in chrysanthemums, with no strong odor and requires no open flame.

The version that I reviewed has a 220 Lumen light, but there are models that are stronger like the Trailblazer Camp Lantern with 300 Lumens. The 220 Lumens costs about $39.99, and it has 4 light settings and up 10 hours of run time on High setting. By the way, it comes with a butane cartridge, but not included are the 4 AA batteries.

Thermacell ThingThis product is another Mosquito Repellent, but it doesn’t seem to have any batteries. It comes with a butane cartridge and like the lantern, it is good for camping, hunting, fishing, and other kinds of outdoor activities.

What I had a chance to try out with these two particular products along with the lantern and this repellent was this holster with clip. It is a way of transporting the Thermacell with a 360 swivel clip, and attaches to your belt as well.

You should be about to get the lantern as many other types here, and the repellers can be found here for a price of $24.99. The clip that I mentioned earlier costs about $12.99 and is available here.