Sam Young Excommunicated from the LDS Church for Protecting Children

Almost a year ago, I wrote a post about the #Churchtoo movement. Since then, a former bishop in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints(a.k.a. Mormon), has taken an active stance on speaking up about the abuse that has happened in the church. This has led him to where he was on Sunday, September 16th. Sam Young read his letter of excommunication to a crowd of people standing across from Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Why was Sam Young Excommunicated?

Sam Young has been taking an active stand to tell the LDS church that they need to stop the practice of asking sexually explicit questions to young people behind closed doors. This is a practice that has been happening in the church where a bishop asks a series of questions to youth as young as 8. It first begins when they are preparing for baptism to determine worthiness. When a young person reaches the age of 12, the interviews begin again to determine worthiness in males as they obtain the priesthood and perform baptisms for the dead in the temple. Females also go through the interviews at age 12 and older in order to be able to do baptisms for the dead at the temple.

It had been brought to the attention of Sam that some bishops had pressured youth to tell them all the details of any sexual impurity- including the act of masturbation. If a young person did not know what “keeping the law of chastity” meant, a bishop might explain it to them. It had also come to his attention that bishops had encouraged victims of rape to take on responsibility of what they might have done to encourage their perpetrators. The website, ProtectLDSChildren.org came about as a result. Now there are 809 stories of these cases compiled there.

These stories have been compiled into a book which was handed out to the higher up leaders in Salt Lake City. Sam went on a hunger strike for 23 days while sitting outside in Salt Lake. Each day for 12 days he invited a different apostle to come down to talk with him and some of the victims. None of them did. After that, he invited the victims to sit in the chair each day. There, he washed their feet, and apologized to them on behalf of the church.

September 9th- Sam is Tried in a Church Court

The Mormon church has a trial process for people facing serious church discipline. Usually these “Courts of Love” are reserved for serious sins like adultery and pre-marital sex. Apostasy is also a sin that is up there, and Sam was called to one after he had been publicly speaking out against the policies.

These trials have specific rules. Only temple-recommend holders can act as a witness on behalf of the person on trial. “The jury,” we’ll call them, is made up of upper-level priesthood-holding men.

According to the LDS Church’s Handbook 1, the purposes of its disciplinary councils are to:

1. save the souls of the transgressors;

2. protect the innocent; and

3. safeguard the purity, integrity, and good name of the Church.

Sam’s detailed account of what he said at his court can be found on his blog here.

He did not receive a verdict immediately. While most members find out the same day if they are excommunicated or not, Sam was told that he would receive a letter within a few days.

Sam Young’s Verdict is in

Sam opened the letter for the first time in front of a large crowd gathered in support of him on Sunday, November 16th at noon. He revealed that they had excommunicated him. It was not the verdict he had hoped for. Sam stated that he had great love for his church, and he only wanted the right thing to be done. You can see the results here on the Facebook live video.

Unhappy Members

While some people are still supportive of the leadership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, many were not happy today. QuitMormon.com is a site where members can use the help of an attorney for free to get their names removed. On a usual weekend, there may be 16 requests queued in the legal review column. As of 12:46 a.m. PST, here are the numbers:


My Personal Thoughts

I am not speaking here as a journalist, but I’m leaving my opinion here. This is not an attack on the LDS church, but this is a fault that tears apart Christianity in general. If there are grave issues that need to be dealt with in churches that bear the name of Jesus, leadership need to come down from their plush chairs and their platforms, and truly minister to their congregants. The LDS church isn’t the only church who has been caught up in sex scandals, but the way they have handled these cases is abhorrent, and more people should be saying something. The comments I’ve read on articles about Sam Young leave me saddened and wanting to further my separation from the label of Christianity. This is not what Jesus would do.

Yellowstone National Park Part Two: Mammoth Hot Springs

Our first day at Yellowstone National Park, we drove right up the hill from the Mammoth Campground, and started exploring Mammoth Hot Springs. The first place we stopped was the visitor center, where we picked up Jayden’s Disabilities Access Pass.

The visitor center had a small gift shop and an interactive exhibit with taxidermy animals.

By the way, we saw lots of elk, but none with antlers. Even with all of the signs telling people to keep their distance… well, people are not very bright.

There are a few places between the visitor center, and Mammoth Hot Springs. There’s a post office, Mammoth Springs Hotel, and the General Store- among others.  It’s a short walk, though from the visitor center to the lower terrace boardwalk. The parking around the lower terrace fills up fast, so if you’re just passing through, you want to get there early if you want to park close.

Mammoth Hot Springs is a hill of travertine(a form of limestone). The shades of brown, orange, red and green are from algae living in the pools on terraces. 

Jayden’s standing in front of Devil’s Thumb. The terraces were somewhat dried out when we visited. I’ve heard that earlier in the year, there is more water in these. Jayden’s facial expression is due partly to the smell. If you’ve never been to Yellowstone, you might find the strong smell of sulfur to be displeasing in some areas. The kids weren’t very appreciative of the smell here, but it is a very interesting area visually.

The steam rising from the ground provided an added aesthetic.

Liberty Cap, named in 1871 for its resemblance to the peaked caps worn in the French Revolution, is probably the most prominent feature seen. It stems from mineral built up when the water used to spring to a great height.

I bribed the kids with ice cream a couple of times from the General Store. I was pleasantly surprised by the serving size- which is hard to see in this picture, but single scoop waffle cones only cost $3.50. The single scoop was more like a double scoop because they put a scoop to fill the cone, and then a scoop on top of that. The huckleberry ice cream is delicious.

Elk are found in abundance around Mammoth. They seem to be tame, which made stupid tourists ignore the signs to not approach. People were posing their kids right in front of elk- inches away. I was waiting for someone to try to sit their kid on them.

This was a random evening that I walked up from our campsite, and was met with thunder and lightning, but also a rainbow.

Noteworthy- Mammoth Hot Springs is one of the few places in Yellowstone that has internet. If you enjoy Pokemon Go, there are several stops in this area, and even two gyms by the terraces.

There are other places in the area I didn’t get a chance to explore, but hopefully this might be of help to those unsure of what to do in Yellowstone. Stay tuned for our next visit- the geysers and springs day.

 

 

 

Yellowstone National Park:Part One- Camping

Back in July, I took the kids to a place I’ve always wanted to go- Yellowstone National Park. Before we left, I attempted to do some research, but a lot of our trip was not planned. I could have used a little more personal experience. By writing this series, I’m hoping to let others know what to expect. This first entry will be about camping- specifically, at Mammoth.

Getting a Mammoth Campsite

Part of the reason we chose Mammoth to camp at is that the availability looked the best. It is a first-come, first-served campground, so you need to make sure and get there early, but it seems to be one of the last to fill up. When we entered the turn in for the campground, there was a line of cars. A gentleman gave us a little clipboard and had us fill out our information(name, license plate number, number in party, and how many nights) while we were waiting.

We waited a bit in our car as all others in front of us went through and paid and got their info one by one. I would say we were in line for about half an hour. The kids were still asleep, and fortunately it wasn’t hot yet. When it was finally our turn, I paid our $20. Note, they do accept credit and debit cards. They assigned us a campsite, told us about the rules, gave us a map, and sent us on our way.

Mammoth Campground Amenities

Our campsite was very close to the bathrooms. This was a blessing… and a curse. The bathrooms have electricity and flushing toilets. There is also soap and paper towels. No showers, but if you NEED a shower, you could go to Mammoth Hotel up the hill and use theirs for a fee. The only issue I had being close to the bathroom was that it was loud with people walking by at all hours. We were also close to a water pump. Tent platforms are made up of pea gravel. Definitely want a heavy duty tarp underneath, and take care not to damage the floor of the tent. Bear boxes are located in every site. The campground hosts told me that bears weren’t an issue, really, but elk were.

In reviews of Mammoth campground, people mentioned that they saw elk and other wildlife in the campground. We didn’t see much wildlife in the campground. Just up the hill in Mammoth Village, however, we saw lots of elk.

I was told that elk would try to break into tents to get at good smelling stuff, so bear boxes are really essential to storing food.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is the bear box in our campsite. There are firepits, and you can buy wood in the campsite. I think it’s pricey, though.

You might notice in the picture that there aren’t many trees around. Most of the sites do not have much as far as shade.

Other Nice Features of Mammoth Campground

We appreciated being able to get internet 4G service at our campground. There is an amphitheater in the campground with nightly ranger talks. There is also a PokéStop at the amphitheater. Above the amphitheater is a short trail that leads up the hill to Mammoth Village. I’ll do a whole other post on Mammoth Hot Springs and the village next. But I really enjoyed being close, and I found some other trails that I could go on next time I’m in Yellowstone.

Have I mentioned the views?

 

 

 

Conclusion

I enjoyed our stay at Mammoth Campground. I would love to go back and try out other campgrounds. It’s a good spot in the northwest part of the park. It was a long time to get to other parts of the park- especially since we had to deal with road construction.

If you want a nice guide to all the campgrounds available in the park, here is a good link. Also, this site is what I used to find out what campgrounds filled up and when.

1 Voice Sleep Headphones/Eye Mask Review

Some of us like to listen to music as we fall asleep. The product that I’m about to review might be something you would appreciate if you are in this company. The Sleep Headphones/Eye Mask by 1 Voice could help you get a good night’s sleep.

We’ve reviewed a similar product to this called SleepPhones by AcousticSheep. The main difference between the products is that the SleepPhones wear around your head like a headband. The Sleep Headphones/Eye Mask is actually an eye mask that will cover your eyes as you sleep.

This eye mask is made with memory foam which makes it very comfortable on your face. It’s also covered with a satiny material to add to the luxuriousness. The speakers are covered by the memory foam as well, so there is no uncomfortable position. There is a stretchy jersey-type material that helps block out light across the bridge of your nose. The adjustable velcro strap will help hold it on your head. The satin cover is also machine washable.

I think there could be a problem if your ears were set further back on your head than average. One size does not fit all with this eye mask. Also, my kids could hear my music when it was louder. There is an adjustable volume knob on the wire of the sleep headphones. When I turned my music down a bit, they couldn’t hear it. I think it’s similar with the SleepPhones we reviewed. Maybe if the person you are sleeping next to is bothered by the noises coming out of your sleep mask, you could get them a pair as well.

Overall, I think this is a great product if you need to block out the world and fall asleep listening to music or white noise. You can purchase a pair for $49.00 on their website. They come in grey, pink, blue or black. If you want to avoid the cord altogether, there is a bluetooth option in blue and black for ten dollars more.

Disclaimer- 1 Voice NYC sent us these products to review for free in exchange for our fair and unbiased review. No other compensation was provided.

 

Back to School with Rocketbook Everlast

School is starting up again, which makes it the perfect time to review this product from Rocketbook. This company is known for its eco-friendly digital notebooks. We are reviewing the Everlast notebook today. If you are a technological-minded student, or know one, this would be perfect to buy.

photo credit:Rocketbook

The pages of this notebook are made of a polyester composite instead of normal paper made of wood. Writing on this specialized paper enables you to re-use the pages. This is made possible by wiping them with a moistened cloth.

What you get with the Everlast

The package includes:

    • FriXion pen- this contains the ink specifically needed to write on the notebook
    • Microfiber cloth- when used with water, will clean the pages perfectly
    • The Everlast notebook- available in black,red, blue or teal                 Executive size 6′ x 8.8′(36 pages)  or Letter size 8.5′ x 11′(32 pages)

This pen is included with the notebook

How to use the Everlast

Downloading the Rocketbook app will give you an easy way to upload your notes or drawings to your choice of cloud services like Google Drive, Evernote, Dropbox, iCloud, and more. After using a FriXion pen (which can be purchased in all shapes and colors) on the pages, scanning your work and marking the icon you have assigned to a destination, you’ll get it filed wherever you desire. Dampen the cloth when you’re done with the page, and easily wipe it all away.

Purchasing the Everlast

This notebook can be purchased on the Rocketbook site for $34.00. Other varieties can be purchased as well. The Wave notebook is similar, but to clear the pages, you microwave it! Don’t attempt to microwave the Everlast, though. If you want more colors of the FriXion, they are available at stores like Target and WalMart. These stores also carry the Everlast notebook. Amazon.com has them for purchase as well.

Thanks to Rocketbook for sending us this free product to test in exchange for our fair and unbiased review. No other compensation was given.

 

National Parks Free Access Pass for People With Disabilities

Sometimes having a disability can cost lots of money. Therapies and doctors costs, adaptive equipment costs, and not working so you can take care of your loved one- well, it can be quite costly. So here’s some good news for a way to save money while seeing the beauty in our national parks if you or a loved one has a lifelong disability. We’ll be talking about the free National Parks Access Pass.

 I think we’ve mentioned a few times here that our son, Jayden, has Autism. Although he’s not as severely affected as others, he has some limitations that impedes with his ability to do certain activities. I’m glad that he can have this opportunity to enjoy any national park for free now. It will open up more opportunities for us as a family, as well.

 

 

 

 

Who qualifies for a National Parks Access Pass?

Anyone who is a US citizen or permanent resident who has a lifelong, permanent disability. In order to get this pass, you need to prove citizenship/residency. You’ll also need to have a way to confirm the disability.

What documentation is needed to obtain a pass?

You will need documents proving citizenship or residency. This can be a US State or Territory issued Drivers License, ID, birth certificate, U.S. passport, or a Permanent Resident Card (Green Card). Also needed is proof of disability. For this, you can use a note from a licensed physician. A document issued by a Federal Agency would also work- for example, the Veteran’s Administration, SSDI (Social Security Disability Income), or SSI (Supplemental Security Income).

How do you obtain the pass?

I was unsure of what to expect when we arrived at Yellowstone National Park a few weeks ago. When I asked how to get the pass on their Facebook page, they simply said to bring the documents needed to any entrance of the park. We got to the park early because I was anxious about getting a campsite without having a reservation. I tried to hand my documents for Jayden to the lady at the gate, but she told us to go to any visitor center, and they would issue the pass card. When I did get to the visitor center at Mammoth Hot Springs, they issued the card quickly and easily. This is all done for free.

If you don’t want to show up to a National Park and wonder if they have a pass available, as some do not, you can order one using this application. This does require a $10 processing fee.

Other bonuses of the Access Pass

Not only will Jayden (and his carload) be able to get into national parks for free for the rest of his life, other amenities are provided at a discount. Camping in the park, for example is discounted. We camped at Mammoth campground, which normally runs at $20 per night. For us, it was only $10. Get your pass before you get to your campsite, though. We did not pick up the pass before heading to our campsite. Since we didn’t have a reserved site, and it was first come/first served, I wanted to make sure we had a site. Unfortunately, there was no reimbursement of our fees. At least we got our 2nd night discounted.

This National Parks Access Pass is going to be a great benefit to those who have a lifelong disability. A beautiful creation available for access to many who qualify. Maybe someday state parks will follow in the footsteps. If you have any questions that I haven’t touched on here, let me know in the comments. Stay tuned for more articles on our trip to Yellowstone.

The Geek Church is Changing!

(Warning: This post contains spoilers for the Disney movie Moana. Of course, the film is over a year old and ready to watch on Netflix, so if you haven’t seen it now, you probably never will.)

(Another Warning: This post contains a writer who is trying to make a meme out of something. It’s shameless, I know, but I like spreading good news.)

It’s been a while since I have posted, and that always means that I’m trying to figure stuff out when it comes to the site. For the past year or so, we have been doing our usual product reviews, but we want to really kick it up a notch. Several notches, indeed.

When I started this site about a decade ago, I wanted to create a site that brought the latest in tech to the Christian, church-going crowd. As my wife and I wrote about a year ago, we left the Christian church because we felt they had lost faith in what truly matters, accepting a culture readily available to them that does not embrace the biblical values they think it does.

I’m going to break this fourth wall of being writer more than I usually do in the majority of my reviews. The issue is that I embraced the conservative Christianity of the early nineties because I was sick of the negativity of the world. At the time, it was a great jump-start, but I see now that much of the Christianity has become part of the negativity, and this included myself.

Note I use that in the past-tense. About a year ago, I started a job in order rescue me from drowning in even more debt, even though it was a job I was reluctant to take. I’ll talk about that work in another post, but sometime I discovered the movie Moana.

This was a film that I didn’t want to see, and heard hardly anything about. (The fact that Frozen gets a whole lot of praise and no one talks about Moana is a horrendous crime, by the way.) I dismissed Moana as one of those films that I would see if I could watch it for free, and I found a way. I then found that once I started watching this film, I couldn’t stop watching it.

There was a good reason for this. In the film, Moana is about to become the new chieftain of her tribe, who live peacefully on some Polynesian island in some ancient time. Moana is constantly trying to see what is beyond the reef, but her parents know from experience that it is dangerous to go out too far into the ocean. Eventually, the plants and the fish in the village begin to die, and Moana can no longer accept the false safety of her island, and is forced to leave.

This leads to the typical hero’s journey adventure, and a big part of Moana’s realization of her identity is a symbolic stack of stones. In context of the film, this is how her island passes on their leadership, by placing a stone atop another.

The other day, while I was on the way to work, and I noticed some stacked rocks near the road. It is clearly not a natural formation, and I don’t know who took the time to create stacks of rocks like in Moana. Granted, they are not stacked as high as the one on Moana’s island, but I took advantage of it.

If you have seen the film, then you know that Moana doesn’t put a stone on the stack, but a shell. I remember when I first saw that, I thought: “Now no one can put their rock on that stack of leadership”. Then I realized that this is the point.

The truth is there are times when it is necessary to stop a tradition, and yet still honor it. Yes, putting a shell on top of the stack of rocks stops the tradition right there, but it is a necessary change. There comes a time where you need to embrace the danger, or neglect will take you over completely.

For me, I happened to have a seashell. I honestly don’t remember where I got it from. I think we picked it up at the beach years ago, and I believe my daughter was going to throw it away. Needless to say, I’m attempting to jump-start a meme with it:

Therefore, I’ve decided to dedicate this site to telling positive news. We are going to still do product reviews, but you are going to find a lot of commentary about just about everything. The point is, I’m going to really do a lot on this site, and it is going to lead to some massive growth.

All I can say now is stay tuned, or subscribe, and stuff.

Grocery List for Solo: A Star Wars Story (Possible Spoilers Ahead)

At this point since the Star Wars Disney buyout, is it easier to just say you are a Star Wars fan in spite of the prequels and newer films/spinoffs, or just say that you are a Star Wars fan up to the ending of the original trilogy? In the case of Solo: A Star Wars Story, I am not really excited about it, I wasn’t too thrilled at the trailer, and I’m not certain that the story is needed.

The issue is that much of Solo’s solo story has really already been told, or at least enough so the viewer can figure out what Han’s past is. I believe that the same thing applies to Obi-Wan Kenobi, and seeing some of the things he went through in the prequels felt…unnecessary, like showing us information that we have already been told.

For those that haven’t figured it out, I’ve compiled a list of what you will see in the new Solo movie, and you can check them off.

__ Open with Han being raised by the Corellian Pirates as a child. Chances are, he had a Dad that didn’t pay much attention to him, and a mother who, I don’t know, gets killed, maybe both parents at once. Seems like newer Star Wars characters like Rey and Jyn Erso have this orphan backstory, so why not an older one?

__ At some point in time, he meets the Wookee Chewbacca, who hopefully does not have a wife and kids like he did in the Star Wars Holiday Special (which is still canon, right?)

__ Han and Chewie become mercenary smugglers, always struggling to make it.

__ Han meets Lando, and form a decent friendship.

__ Han and Lando have some kind of gambling contest, and, because of the “fair and square” agreement, Han gets the Millennium Falcon all for himself (and Chewie).

__ Han and Chewie do the Kessel Run in under 12 parsecs. It will finally be explained how he did that, because parsecs are units of distance. Yeah, that joke has been done to death amongst Star Wars fans.

__ Han and Chewie meet Jabba the Hutt and make a deal with him that is quite risky with a smuggling operation.

__ While on their smuggling operation, the Millennium Falcon sees an imperial freighter and dumps his shipment. He does it because he is bored at that time, and he didn’t have a choice.

__ The film ends with Han and Chewbacca arriving on Mos Eisley, dodging and escape pod from a starship (the escape pod has C-3PO and R2-D2 in it, in case you are missing this point), because why not set this up? Maybe Han will say something like: “Whoa, who’s flying that thing?”

I honestly hope that I am wrong about these predictions, but they feel so obvious that you don’t have to be Ron Howard to direct a film like this. Whatever the case, hopefully Solo works.

Controversial: Boy Scouts of America Announce New Name

The announcement was made in October 2017 that girls would be welcomed into the Boy Scouts of America. Since then, people have wondered what changes that would bring about. Many questioned if the name would change, and what that might look like. The answer to that question came today, and we’re going to discuss it here.

Scouts BSA is the newly announced name for the older program for youth age 11 to 18. This program isn’t slated to start until February 2019, but the Cub Scout program(still called Cub Scouts) has already had some early adopter Packs sign up some girls this year. The BSA has created new brochures to draw in families, and they are going with the welcoming slogan:

Of course, not everyone is feeling the love for the changes BSA is making to the program, and I wanted to address some of the things I’ve seen on various sites today.

“What about Girl Scouts?”

Naturally, we’ve seen this question asked a lot. As someone who has youth in both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, I’m going to address this from what I’ve seen. Not all programs are alike everywhere, and your mileage may vary. I have seen my daughter start in Girl Scouts as a Brownie. She was enthused to have a place to meet with friends, make crafts, sell cookies, and even learn to cook. Our experience in this troop has varied over the years, and now she is a 1st year Senior. They become Seniors in 9th grade. Her current Troop leader works really hard at putting things together for the girls, and Kyrie learned many things under her guidance- including how to sew.

The thing about Girl Scouts is that much of the activities are done with what the girls are interested in. It doesn’t seem to me that the girls in our area are interested in high adventure activities, camping, backpacking, or building fires. When my daughter turned fourteen, she was allowed to join Venturing- the co-ed, high-adventure program for youth ages 14 to 21. Our Boy Scout troop that I was involved in with my son has invited them along on many adventures- rock climbing, skiing, backpacking, and more. My daughter has really enjoyed those activities, and Girl Scouts hasn’t kept up with her interests like Venturing.

Girl Scouts is a great program, but it seems like the Boy Scouts programming may have more of a draw. The Eagle award seems to be more prestigious than other awards in other programs. I’m not certain as to why that is. I always hear about Eagle awards, and I very rarely hear about Girl Scout Gold awards. I doubt that girls joining Boy Scouts will make the Girl Scouts program go away. There are many girls who enjoy what they do in Girl Scouts.

“Boys need to be taught to be boys”

What does that even mean? Girls have been coming on troop activities with us for many years, and our boys are not less boy because of it. BSA isn’t focused on teaching boys how to be boys anyway. They teach leadership skills, team work, and overcoming obstacles.  These are things both boys and girls can learn. They also learn life skills- things like cooking, first aid, personal management, physical fitness, and more.

Girls are going to be their own troops, though, so I don’t see that they’ll be interfering with the safe spaces of boys. On our backpacking trips that have the Venture crew girls along for the ride, the girls do their own thing, and no boys have had to carry their stuff for them(a ridiculous argument I heard today).

My daughter’s first backpacking trip

“Why would you let your girls go camping with boys?”

People seem to think that some bad things are going to happen when you put members of the opposite sex in tents in the wilderness. Let me start by saying that girls and boys aren’t sleeping in tents together. I’ve been on several trips with Boy Scouts and girl Venture crew members. They slept in separate tents in different areas with leaders nearby. I kept a watchful eye out. Again, girls did their own thing and stayed away from the boys for the most part. Two deep leadership in Venturing requires at least one adult(over 21) female to be present. There is no hanky-panky going on. Scouting is co-ed in most countries, with the U.S. being one of the last to get on board, for many years. All the abuse stories I hear seem to come from the U.S., and always involving men. Yet, girls joining scouting seems to be the problem that is signalling the end of times to some.

I, for one, am looking forward to the new changes, and I hope that I’ve shed some light on why this isn’t a terrible thing. Please feel free to leave comments or questions on this controversial issue. Respectful comments will be approved by us, so please remember the Scout law that includes “friendly, courteous and kind.”

Anker PowerWave 7.5 Stand for Quick Wireless Charging

Photo credit:Anker

Here we go with another product review from the company that is popular in charging of mobile devices. I recently reviewed a different Anker wireless charger, and  Anker has given us another great product on the market that will charge multiple types of phones quickly and conveniently. This is the Anker PowerWave 7.5 Stand.

What’s Inside

When you open up your box, you’ll find the items in the image above- the 7.5 stand, a USB to micro USB 3.0 Quick Charge cable, and the 3.0 Quick Charge wall adapter. This adapter is what I was looking for in the last wireless charger we were given, as it truly brings speed to your charge.

What’s to Like About PowerWave 7.5 Stand

The design of the stand puts your charging device at an angle for easy viewing- whether you want to place your phone vertically or horizontally. This is particularly good for the iPhone X with it’s facial recognition, so you don’t have to pick up your phone to look at the screen. There’s also a PowerWave 7.5 Pad, which might not be as convenient.

The PowerWave 7.5 will work for multiple types of phones that are able to be wirelessly charged. It charges up to 7.5W for Apple devices, and 10W for Samsung. The charging speed is about as fast as the charging cord that comes with Apple phones. A little faster for Samsung devices, though. Still good if you don’t want to be dealing with wires constantly.

The base has an internal cooling fan to prevent overheating which isn’t too loud, but you might hear a slight whirring noise. I think one would have to be extremely sensitive to sounds to be annoyed by it.  It also delivers a powerful current able to charge through cases- even thick ones like OtterBox.

Want to buy the PowerWave?

The price tag for this product is about $49.99, which is a pretty good price for what you get. The Anker page directs you to buy at Amazon.

Thanks to Anker for sending us the product to review for free in exchange for our fair and unbiased review. No other compensation has been given.