Review of ToughTested Jolt All Purpose Jump Starter

If you have ever been in an area where no one is around and your car breaks down, you might need a device like the one I’m about to review. It’s called the Jolt by ToughTested, and it’s a flashlight that can charge your phone AND jumpstart your car!

Now, ToughTested makes a lot of products from chargers to Powerbanks, solar products and headsets + more. Their products seem to be geared to those who want heavy duty stuff. This flashlight is no exception. It’s very heavy duty- the metal strong enough to break windows.

The bottom of the flashlight opens to reveal an input(5V/2A) to plug in the micro USB cable(included). It has the output(5V/2A) to use to charge your phone/tablet/or other micro USB item. An led indicator lights up to tell you how much battery life you have left. It charged my Samsung Galaxy S7 fully and still had 40% left.


The 12V output is where you connect the included jumper cables. These items, and also a little USB car charger comes in a handsome carrying bag with two zippered compartments to separate all the items.

The jumper cables have instructions connected to the cable that say you need to have over 3 lights to jumpstart your vehicle, so you will probably want to make sure that it is charged every time you go out.

Doing this review, I learned a little bit about portable jump starters from this site which suggests that you don’t leave your portable jump starter in your vehicle- especially if it’s extremely cold. The article also suggests that the jump starter might not help you if your battery is completely dead, or has very low cold cranking amps. So it’s a good idea to bring this in out of the cold, and make sure that it is charged frequently. Maybe

We haven’t tested this out on a car battery, but will change the review when we have the chance to do so. So far, it’s been proven to be a nice bright flashlight with 1,000 lumen, and there is supposedly a waterproof level of IP63, however, the safety instructions say not to expose the product to rain or water.

Speaking of flashlight, I couldn’t figure out how to get the 5 different modes going (low, medium, blinding, seizure-inducer (or strobe), and SOS mode). My 14 year old figured it out for me, though. Just press lightly on the power button after you have turned it on, and it will rotate through the modes. I would suggest that the company send a little more detailed instruction book, but the jump starter cables do have good instructions on how to work them connected to the wire.

Here is a video showing the product at work…

All-in-all a nice product to have in case of an emergency. It does have a big price tag of $189.99, but the portable jump starter article that I linked does say that the best ones are more expensive, so maybe that’s a factor.

Disclaimer: ToughTested sent us this product for free to review in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.

Three Cygnett Products to Charge Your Devices

cygnett_chargeup_digital_6000It has been a while since we’ve reviewed Cygnett products, but the opportunity to do so has come to us again. Like the last time, we have a portable powerbank- the ChargeUp Digital 6000. We were also given a Lightning™ to USB cable, and a Micro-USB to USB cable.

The first item I’ll cover is the ChargeUp Digital powerbank. This particular one at 6,000 mAh is one of their mid-range as far as power goes. They also have similar products that are at 10,000 mAh, and lower ones at 4,000. This change is mostly reflected in the price. The super thin devices are black with your choice of blue, green or red accents. They have a nice digital display in the corner to let you know how much battery life is remaining.  *Note: On the box, it says it is precharged and ready to use. When I pulled it out, there was only 78% charge. Other reviews I have read seemed to have various percentages. One review said there was no charge. I’m guessing your mileage may vary.

It comes with a Micro-USB charge cable, and also works with Lightning™ to USB cable(not included). There are two USB ports on the powerbank, so you can charge two devices at once. The lithium polymer battery gives it the ability to hold more charge and to charge devices at a high speed. The 6,000 mAh ChargeUp Digital can be purchased on Cygnett’s site for $69.95.

Lightning-black_e2e579d2-060e-48d7-86c6-c7ee608e9893_1024x1024The Lightning™ to USB cable we received is a reinforced, braided cable made for iPods, iPhones and iPads. There is 13 ft/4 m of cable, which is a nice length to charge devices without having to be right on top of a USB port. You can buy as short a cable as 1 m, and that will reduce the price. This cable costs $49.95 if you buy it on the Cygnett site

And finally, we have a Micro USB to USB Cable. This one Cygnett sent to us to review is also 13 ft/ 4 m. As with the Lightning™ cable, it is also braided to make it durable. It provides rapid 2.1A charging. This cable is available for $29.95. You can also get the white PVC style cord for the same price. 

MiLi iData Pro Smart Flash Drive for iOS/Android/PC

mili-idataproThis is my second and last review of a MiLi product this week, and I have actually reviewed MiLi products before with the iData Flash Drive. I got a chance to review what I believe is the follow-up with the MiLi iData Pro.

The MiLi iData Pro that I got to try is a Smart Flash Drive wtih about 16 GB of storage. There are models that have more storage, but I will get to them later. The Smart Flash Drive is made for importing photos from a smartphone or tablet.

I honestly have to say that I forget how the first iData Flash Drive works. I seem to remember it coming with a Lightning connector and it is just a backup drive for your iPhone/iPad. The MiLi iData Pro can connect with just about any device, provided it doesn’t have USB C charging, like my HTC 10.

So, you got yourself a backup drive for just about any device, and the 16 GB will cost you $69.90 on the MiLi Site. It is available in silver, gold, and rose gold, and it has storage for 32 GB ($99.90), 64 GB ($129.90), 128 GB ($189.90), and 256 GB ($269.90).

ChargeHub X7, a 7-Port USB Universal Charging Station

chargehub-1Now that we are into the holiday season, there are a lot of people clamoring for the ultimate gift. I will have to say before I get into it that the ChargeHub X7 will make a perfect gift for just about anyone.

The reason why is because everyone now has a whole bunch of electric devices, and everyone needs some way to power them. The ChargeHub X7 is a 7 Port USB Universal Charging Station is a place where you can just plug it in and plug in your smartphone, tablet, Bluetooth headset, Bluetooth earbuds, and anything else you want to do.

In fact, this particular device is so simple to use and so useful, I am not certain if I should even write about it anymore. I have actually tried this out once before, and even remember meeting the founders of Limitless Innovations at an early time, when their booth was nothing but a table at a CES.

I do admire how the ChargeHub comes in a circle or square shape, and when it is plugged into the wall, it exudes a lovely glow. You should be able to purchase the ChargeHub X7 for $59.99 on the company website, and it comes with a Micro USB CableLinx.

Matias Ergo Pro Keyboard

Matias Ergo ProThis isn’t the first time that I have reviewed a Matias product, and after I saw them at CES 2016, I was pleased that they developed an ergonomic edition of their “quiet mechanical” keyboards with the Ergo Pro.

So, this would be my first time typing on one of these ergonomic keyboards. Seriously, I have actually not tried this. I realize in this day and age, it sounds like I am telling you that this is the first time that I am using a touchscreen. I believe that I am actually doing as fast as I would if I were typing on a regular keyboard, so this is a bonus. So far, the only problem I have had is that I am used to typing the number “6” with my left hand, but I have to use my right with this one. Nice to know that there is a quick learning curve with an ergonomic keyboard, at least with me.

I have said before in my review of the first Matias product that my laptop keys are quieter, but I will give points to the Ergo Pro for making some metal keyswitches on this guy.

The lists of the bonuses on this keyboard are numerous. I am assuming that this is better for your wrists, and there are a pad on each side to rest the wrist. There are also some foldable legs on it, but they work like tripods. I don’t know if I am using them correctly, but using the legs on their highest height makes the keyboard sides buckle a bit.

There is also 3 extra USB 2.0 ports on this guy, which comes in handy, because you will lose a USB port on your computer. There are also some dedicated keys for Cut, Copy, Paste, and Undo, that that really comes in handy.

The only drawback is the cords. The one tying the two keyboards together is kind of bulky, but the micro USB/USB cable is just right, and for some reason, and extra is thrown in. It also took a while for my computer to recognize the new keyboard, but it did.

Overall, I’m going to give this keyboard a high recommendation, and if you want to have it for yourself, head over to the Matias site and pay about $200.00.

SKROSS World Adapter MUV USB

Skross World Adapter USBI have to admit that I never really heard of SKROSS before, but this device is more than useful. What you are seeing here is some interesting slots so you can create a plug for pretty much every country.

Okay, maybe not every country, but darn it, it is set up for Euro, UK, USA, Australia/China, and Japan. That is just the input side, and I am not even going to discuss the outputs as yet. By the way, the slots are made to hold very well, with a button for release.

Then you have the twin USB charger ports, directly integrated to the SKROSS travel adapter for the first time. The dual USB port is good for connecting and charging two devices at the same time. By the way, you can connect 1 unearthed plug.

For those that want to get this, you can find it on the SKROSS site for about 39.95 EUR, and I’ll let you do the conversion.

Yubico YubiKey Gives Serious Protection

YubiKey-4-1000-444x444It is interesting to see Yubikey at a recent conference (CES 2016, in case you didn’t figure that out). Developed by Yubico, it looks to be some serious kind of authentication key, in the highest degree.

Basically, it plugs right into the USB port and it can get your password in instantly. So if you are at a computer that you don’t know, have trouble remembering your password, then you can just pop in the Yubikey in the USB port and get that password on. Considering all of the passwords that have to remembered, that just makes a lot of sense. It is made to be portable like on a keychain, and there is a tiny button to recall the passwords.

Some kinds of Yubikey can use NFC, which means that a smartphone or tablet can interact with it. I’m going to recommend this product as well as the Yubikey Nano, which fits into the USB port completely and stays there.

The Yubikey 4 is about $39.99, and the Yubikey 4 Nano is about $50. Both of these products are available on the Yubico website.

MiLi iData Flash Drive

MiliSo, now that I have been back from CES, I can finally write about all of the cool stuff that I saw there. It is going to take all year to write about, honestly. This is the iData Flash Drive from MiLi,and I have been wanting to review it for a while.

Simply put, the MiLi iData is essentially a thumb drive for an iDevice. As you can see, it has a Lightning connector and it has some gigabytes on it so you can download photos,videos, and music on it. That way, if you need to free up some space on your iPhone or iPad, and can’t get to a computer for downloading, there it is.

So how much can it hold? Well, the one that I tried out has 16 GB, which is good for 8,000 photos, 7 Hours of video, and 4,500 songs. The iData also comes in 32, 64, and 128 GB models, so you can do the math to see how much those versions will hold of music, video, and songs.

Another bonus with the iData is the data within is safe and secure as there is no data sent through a 3rd party service like a cloud, where it can be hacked!

As I mentioned before, the MiLi iData comes in different models, but I found the 16 GB version is about $58.99 on Amazon. More information can be found on the MiLi site.

Our Review of the Orbit Wireless Mobile Trackball from Kensington

Kensington Orbit WirelessI had a great time reviewing another fine Kensington product with the Orbit Wireless Mobile Trackball, and I have to admit, it is a pretty fine product.

Personally, I am more of a mouse person myself, as I need to move something around the desk. The Orbit takes your mouse and use it like a trackball, kind of like the controller on Centipede, the arcade game from 1981. Yeah, that might be a reference a lot of people don’t get.

The left and right click buttons are on the sides, so speaking of things that people might not get, it might take me a while to get used to this. Of course, that’s me, the mouse guy. I can’t even do a trackpad very well.

Set up for the Kensington Orbit Wireless Mobile Trackball is pretty easy as plugging in the 2.4 GHz wireless dongle and the drivers happen. Then the mouse needs 2 AA batteries.

If this is something that you want, feel free to head over to the Kensington site and lay down $59.99 for it.

Audio-Technica AT-LP60-USB LP-to-Digital Recording System

audio Technica LP turntableI’ll be honest when I say that the Audio-Technica AT-LP60-USB LP-to-digital recording system is definitely for a niche crowd. I think it is just plain odd that I got into cassettes back in the early eighties, and then when the nineties happened, I was doing CDs. I think that the rest of the world was with me on this, so those who still have vinyl albums will love the AT-LP60-USB.

I think it is strange that vinyl is still a working format, when I will have to scrounge to find a new album on cassette or 8-track. Fortunately, the AT-LP60-USB allows for a direct connection to the computer with a USB output. From there, you can put your tracks on an MP3, and the AT-LP60-USB also has a built-in switchable phono/line preamp that allows connection to a stereo system equipped with either a phono or line-level input.

To help out getting the your tracks as digital files on your computer, there is some Mac and PC compatible Audacity software. I’m not certain what more can be said about the AT-LP60-USB other than vinyl enthusiasts will love it. In fact, there are reviews of it on the Audio-Technica site that are positive, and I like it to. If you are a vinyl enthusiast yourself, you can get for about $149.95.