Our Review of the Soundcore Flare+ by Anker

The last time we reviewed an Anker bluetooth speaker was back in January, when we reviewed the Soundcore Boost. We’ve been given another opportunity to review a bluetooth speaker from the same company. This one has an LED light party and 360 degree sound. We’re reviewing the Soundcore Flare+.

Soundcore Flare+ Specs

Size- 3.9 x 3.9 x 7.2 inches

Weight- 1.88 pounds

Waterproof rating- IPX7(fully waterproof and immersible)

The Flare+ has a playtime of up to 20 hours. This is up from the playtime of the original Flare speakers of 12 hours. That’s some impressive time without having to charge! Also helpful is the ability to charge your phone through the speaker. It also is a bit taller and wider, plus it has two extra tweeters over the original. The sound quality is even more superior than the high-rated original. Another difference is the built in Alexa and the ability to use the speaker as a power bank.

What Comes in the Soundcore Flare+ Package? How is set-up?

The Soundcore Flare+ device and the micro USB Cable are included in the box, as well as the instruction book.  The Soundcore app can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play. Once downloaded, the app is easy to connect and manages the Flare Plus with ease.

There are 5 color themes and 5 adjustable patterns that gives a fun vibe with the beat of your music. This all can be controlled by the app as well. Bluetooth 5.0 makes these super easy to pair with your phone.

Other Features of Soundcore Flare Plus

These speakers are able to pair with other Soundcore Flare speakers, so you can use them in matched playing mode to increase the sound in the room. You can also adjust them as left and right speakers to give a dynamic surround sound as well. The BassUp technology intensifies your experience in the bass end of your music.

At $99, the price is right for this great speaker. The sound is great, and these speakers have received a high rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon.com. I encourage you to check it out for yourself!

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

 

Anker’s Roav Dashcam S1 Review

We’re going to continue in our review of Anker products with the newest DashCam by Roav. The Roav S1 is the 6th in their series. It came out within this month, so this is a pretty new product on the market.

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Roav DashCam S1 Features

The dashcam has great definitition with HD 1080p and NightHawk Vision that allows a clear picture even in the dark. It uses a high-sensitivity Sony Starvis sensor. A 4-lane wide angle lens helps get the whole picture. A shock sensor will activate the camera if the car is bumped.

You download a dedicated app to help track your route. The app will give you an organization of your videos, and you can use it to quickly share your videos on social media. It also gives another way to control your device(there is a wi-fi connection), although you can also shift through the menu on the camera.

This product is pretty simple to install. A sticker mount for your windshield is easy to attach. A long cord will connect to the USB 2 port charger, and a tool comes with it to help hide the cord in the trim of your vehicle. This video is for the C1, but the S1 is similar, so you can see how to install it.

What you get in the ROAV S1 Package

  • Roav DashCam S1
  • 2-port car charger
  • Micro USB cable
  • 32GB microSD card
  • trim removal tool
  • two 3M sticker mounts
  • user manual
  • happy card
  • 12-month product replacement warranty

Comparison of other ROAV DashCams

As you can see, there isn’t much difference between the C1 and S1. The sensors are different, there is GPS logging in the S1, and a micro SD card is included with the S1.

Final Words on the ROAV S1 Dashcam

This dashcam can be recommended for those needing extra security while traveling, or to catch those hit and runs. It has a decent price tag of $89.99 on Amazon.com.

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

PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition by Anker Review

Anker is a popular company for charging gadgets, and we’ve done many a review of their products. We talked about a PowerCore product back in February. Here’s another PowerCore product by Anker specifically for the Nintendo Switch. This is the PowerCore 13400 charger.

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PowerCore 13400 Specs

The 9.2 ounce, 3.8 x 3.1x 0.9 inch device runs on a lithium ion battery. It has a capacity of 13400 mAh. The Anker website suggests making sure that the latest version of Nintendo Switch is installed before using the PowerCore charger. It recharges in about three and a half hours and charges 1.7 times. You can also charge your Nintendo Switch while the battery is charging.

What you get in a PowerCore 13400 Package

Along with the PowerCore 13400, you get a nice little travel pouch, a USB-C to USB-C cable, and a welcome guide.

Other PowerCore 13400 Features

This portable device, smaller than a phone, will charge said phone through the 2nd USB charging port. You get up to 10 hours of extra playtime. An LED indicator on the back tells you how full the charge is at increments of 25 percent, 50 percent, 75 and 100 percent.

Our Final Review of the PowerCore 13400

At a cost of $69.99, this product is definitely something for the more serious player. You are getting the Nintendo Switch licensing and the Anker quality brand for that price, though. It is very helpful to those on the go- maybe for that long ride to Grandma’s in the car. If this sounds like a deal to you, the PowerCore 13400 can be found on the Anker site. You can also buy one with 15 hours of battery life for a bit more.

Thanks to Anker for sending us this free product in exchange for our unbiased and honest review. No other compensation was given, and our opinions are strictly our own.

Anker PowerWave 7.5 Stand for Quick Wireless Charging

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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.

Anker PowerCore Fusion 5000 and PowerLineII Lightning Cable

We have some more Anker products to review. Seems like we just did review some, but there are many other products from “America’s Leading USB Charging Brand.”

The main product we’ll cover is the Anker PowerCore Fusion 5000.

This small device looks like one of those USB wall chargers, and it is, but it also converts into a portable charger when you are not near a wall outlet. The plug folds inside, and you can carry this small(1.2 x 2.7 x 2.8 in) charger in your pocket and charge a tablet, iPhone, Samsung phone and many more with up to 5,000 mAh capacity. That should charge most phones at least two times before needing to be charged up again. It takes about two and a half hours to charge itself, but while it’s charging you can also charge 2 other devices at the same time, and that can come in handy.

How do you know that your PowerCore Fusion has enough juice? There are little LED blue lights on the side that will give you an idea of how much power you have left.

All-in-all, a good little gadget that sells for $21.49 on the Anker website. You can also get it in three different colors- red, black and white.

 

The 2nd item we’re reviewing is a PowerLine II- 6 ft lightning cable. There isn’t a whole lot to say about a lightning cable, but this one claims to be the world’s most durable, and that is a big claim when it seems like you have to go through many cords sometimes. It’s strength tested to hold up to 175 lbs, and can handle bends over 12,000 times, so go ahead and swing off your cord if you want to.

This cord is MFi Certified for iPhone X / 8 / 8 Plus/ 7 / 7 Plus / 6 / 6 Plus / 5S, and is actually a decent price for a phone cord- especially given it’s durability. The cord sells for $10.19 on the Anker site. This cord could be color coordinated with the PowerCore Fusion, and you could also get it in blue.

As with most products we review, these two items were sent to us free of charge by Anker, and we give honest and fair reviews in exchange.

 

Anker SoundCore Boost Bluetooth Speaker

For those who like portable sound, or just want to have some good sound for their blue-tooth enabled devices, Anker has given the answer in this SoundCore Boost Bluetooth Speaker.

The size of the speaker makes it nice and portable, and it’s comparable to similar speakers like the JBL flip. There are semi-raised buttons to help you navigate in an easy, tactile manner.

If you need a little more bass in your life, the BassUp™ button will intensify your bass. The range on the boost is 66 feet without walls. If you are separating your device from your speaker, it might start skipping at 56 feet if you’re in a different room with walls in between. That’s still an impressive reach!

Most important, of course, is sound quality, and the sound is very good. I enjoyed the comparison of sound on different portable speakers that this YouTuber did, so here you go:

Some other good features of the SoundCore Boost is that the battery lasts up to 12 hours. Included in the box is a micro USB cable, but no charging adapter, so you will need to have one already. It does not support Qualcomm Quick Charge. The included cord is also a short one, so you have to charge your speaker pretty close to the charging source.

It uses Bluetooth Version 4.2, which makes pairing with devices pretty simple. It is water resistant, and that’s a nice feature if you’re taking it out and about. The cloth wrapping around the outside might attract a lot of dust, though. I’ve heard that it’s not the sturdiest speaker, so you should be careful not to drop it. Anker does have good customer service, though.

The normal price for this speaker is $79 on the website. You’ll find it for the same price on Amazon.com.

Anker PowerCore II Slim 10000

Another review of an Anker product. They are a top company dealing with chargers, and this product is another great way to charge on the go.

This is the PowerCore II Slim 10000. The slim, portable charger is helpful for the people on the go, or people who play Pokemon Go. No, I’m serious. The portable charger might be the best thing for fighting gym battles and participating in the new community events.

Here is what you want to know about this external portable battery. The 1st generation of the PowerCore was small- about the size of a credit card. The PowerCore II is longer, but slim- comparable to the thinness of a phone- as pictured here:

The PowerCore II has a quick recharge- that is, if you buy a Qualcomm Quick Charge wall charger. Not included. Same issue as the wireless charger I reviewed the other day. It’s nice for sure. I don’t know why they wouldn’t include the item that you need for fast charging, but at least there is an option. It only takes 4 hours to recharge with the quick charger, as opposed to others that take 5 to 6 hours. It will take 5 to 6 hours to recharge if you use a 5V/2A Charger.

The good news is that once it’s charged, you can charge an iPhone 7 up to 3.4 times(according to their internal testing). That could be helpful if you are going to be away from a plug-in for a while.

If you’re interested in buying this product- it is listed at a price of$37.99 on their website.

 

Review of Anker Power Port Qi 10 W for Wireless Charging

There are many wireless charging devices out there, and we have another chance to review one of them. This one is the PowerPort Qi 10W from Anker.

The Anker PowerPort allows for 10W fast charging. This one charges Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Note 7, S7/S7edge, and S6 edge+, but I’ve seen reviews for iPhone X as well. If it’s a device with wireless charging capabilities, Anker has your back. You’ll know if your device isn’t compatible if you lay it on the charger and get a rapid blink on the LED lights around the edge.

When I attempted to charge my phone, I noticed that it didn’t charge as fast as I thought it would. I then read that you need a Quick Charge adapter (not included) for Fast Charge 10w mode. I mean, it works if you plug it into a USB port, but don’t expect spectacular speed. Also to note that if you use your device while it’s charging, it might overheat.

The nice features of the charger is that it is small and relatively slip-proof. The dim blue LED lights around the edge will tell you the status of your charge. There is a thermoplastic elastomer coat on top and the foot pads on bottom to prevent slipping of the phone and the surface you place it on.

All-in-all, it’s a device that will simplify the charging of your device, and it has the benefit of being compact.

The listing price on the Anker site is $25.99. You can get a Quick Charge adapter with a single USB port for about $16 on Amazon.com.

Anker TC930 Bluetooth Keyboard Cover

Anker TC930I have tried out Anker’s products before, like their 6000mAh mobile battery. Yes, I have used products like that before, but I have seen products like this Bluetooth Keyboard Cover before.

This does not mean that Anker’s TC930 isn’t very cool. It is made for the iPad Air, and it has a hinge to hold the iPad tablet in place. It is made so when you open the iPad, it turns on the tablet and the keyboard. Closing it turns both devices off.

In addition to having a typewriter, there is another great feature of a long-lasting battery life. It has a “super-sized battery” that means it will go for six months in between charges.

You can find more information about the TC930 on the Anker site here, and buy it at a low price of $29.99 on Amazon here.

Anker 6000mAh Portable External Battery

AnkerOkay, I honestly will tell you that this is the last mobile battery that I will review this week. This time, it is the Anker 6000mAH Portable External Battery.

So, what can I say about this one, besides the mAh? Let me say that this is one of the first mobile batteries that I have reviewed that does not have the four lights on it. I swear, that has to be some standard, or someone is just imitating whoever did this first. This one has a cool circular thing that shows how much juice is on it.

I will have to say that this is the most minimalist design. It has just two ports, and they are a micro USB port and USB port. Input on one end, and output on the other. No button to indicate how much power is on the battery, and no flashlight. Awww.

You should be able to purchase this product on Amazon for about $29.99, and more information here.