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ALLPOWERS™ Ultra Compact 16000mAh Power Bank with Fast Charging Technology 3 USB Outputs Fast Charging Portable External Battery Charger Backup for iPad, iPhone, Asus, Samsung Galaxy, Android Windows Smartphone, 5V Tablets and More(White+Orange)
ALLPOWERS™ Ultra Compact 16000mAh Power Bank with Fast Charging Technology 3 USB Outputs Fast Charging Portable External Battery Charger Backup for iPad, iPhone, Asus, Samsung Galaxy, Android Windows Smartphone, 5V Tablets and More(White+Orange)
Offered by ALLPOWERS-CA
Price: CDN$ 79.99

5.0 out of 5 stars AllPowers 16000 mAH External Battery: A First Look, March 30 2015
Length:: 1:09 Mins

This is a great battery.

It has all of the things that I was looking for in an external battery:

* A “Smart Port” which the circuitry recognizes the Android or iOS device and charges at the appropriate output.

* Three port: One for Android, Apple and a lower consumption device like a bluetooth headphone.

* 16000 mAH—enough to recharge a single phablet for 4 full cycles, considering that the reserve charge held back by the battery pack.

* Handsome, outer cover with a 4-light system. (I would have preferred a numeric battery indicator as opposed to a light system.)

***

Like all lithium ion batteries, each batter pack must be conditioned which is to completely drain the battery, fully charge the battery to 100% without using it and then repeat the cycle for 5x.

This process strengthens the battery to function at its fullest.

Orbit Pro II Easy "Plug 'n Play" Selfie Stick/Monopod For Non-Techies - For iPhone 5/5s/5c/6, Samsung Galaxy S3/S4/S5/S6 Edge, Note 2/3, Google Nexus 4/5, LG G2, Sony Xperia Z1/Z2 & All iOS 5.0+/Android 4.0+ Compatible Cellphones - Built-In Remote Camera Shutter - 1 Year Warranty
Orbit Pro II Easy "Plug 'n Play" Selfie Stick/Monopod For Non-Techies - For iPhone 5/5s/5c/6, Samsung Galaxy S3/S4/S5/S6 Edge, Note 2/3, Google Nexus 4/5, LG G2, Sony Xperia Z1/Z2 & All iOS 5.0+/Android 4.0+ Compatible Cellphones - Built-In Remote Camera Shutter - 1 Year Warranty
Offered by Neewer Direct Global
Price: CDN$ 37.79

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5.0 out of 5 stars Selfie World’s Bluetooth and Manual Monopods (Orbit Pro 1& 2): A Critical Review., March 22 2015
Length:: 4:13 Mins

Selfie World just released two new monopods or “Selfie sticks”: a Bluetooth version, “Orbit Pro 1” and a manual version, “Orbit Pro 2”.

Both selfie are very good and portable sticks that would that for most people would make a great edition to their mobile accessories.

Each sticks extends beyond 36” and when collapsed is about 12”.

Over the course of a couple of weeks, I’ve had a chance along with a few co-workers to test out each of the sticks. We used an old, 4.3” HTC Evo 3D as well as a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 measuring at 5.7”. Even with the protective phone (orange) cap, the phones were held securely.

*** Orbit Pro 1/ Bluetooth

To pair the stick with a phone, it’s necessary to first turn on the selfie stick BEFORE you attach the phone to the pole. We had adjust a couple of phones to the pole first without the phone recognizing the stick.

There’s also another small issue which has to do with the rubber handle-- it easily moves and in the case of the bluetooth version, the picture button is easily misaligned.

*** Orbit Pro 2/ Manual

With the OP2, there a cable that extends from the top of the pole. This cable is to plug into the audio jack of your smartphone.

It works with the current phones that we used, the Note 4 and the S5 but it didn’t with the S3. Does this have to do with the Selfie or with the phone’s hardware? I don’t know.

But, if you have a current device, this stick will work with it.

*** Both Sticks

I mentioned that most people would find either of these sticks useful but monopods have a camera mount. I wouldn’t put a regular, full size DSL with either of these sticks: the weight of such a camera, I don’t suspect would be able to be carried.

For less than $15 at the time of this writing, this is a steal and among the best of the Selfie Sticks out there.

Tacoon Qy7 Mini Lightweight Wireless Stereo Sports/running & Gym/exercise Bluetooth Earbuds Headphones Headsets W/microphone for Iphone 5s 5c 4s 4, Ipad 2 3 4 New Ipad, Ipod, Android, Samsung Galaxy, Smart Phones Bluetooth Devices
Tacoon Qy7 Mini Lightweight Wireless Stereo Sports/running & Gym/exercise Bluetooth Earbuds Headphones Headsets W/microphone for Iphone 5s 5c 4s 4, Ipad 2 3 4 New Ipad, Ipod, Android, Samsung Galaxy, Smart Phones Bluetooth Devices
Offered by Neewer Direct Global
Price: CDN$ 62.98

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4.0 out of 5 stars Tacoon “QY7” Bluetooth Stereo Earbuds: A First Look, March 22 2015
Length:: 1:19 Mins

Although a bit on the large side, the “QY 7” stereo earbuds are very comfortable and lightweight.

The Tacoon “QY7” features:
* Bluetooth ver. 4.1
* Extra earpiece
* Micro usb charging cable
* Standby time: 1 week
* Charging time: 2 hours

One of the noticeable things—and a benefit— are the large buttons. This makes it easy to answer calls, advance or back track.

The overall sound is not as pristine as I would have like. The speakers are loud but bass-heavy music sounds distorted.

On the upside, call quality is very good and battery life is very good.

The fit is very good and if you’re going to the gym or doing a lot of physical exercise, this is a good choice.

***

If high-fidelity audio (music) quality is the primary concern, these may disappoint, but if acceptable audio and call quality is primary—these are a good choice.

Grade: C+/ B- (3.5 stars)

Symphonized NRG Premium Genuine Wood In-ear Noise-isolating Headphones with Mic (White)
Symphonized NRG Premium Genuine Wood In-ear Noise-isolating Headphones with Mic (White)
Offered by SeventhContinent Canada
Price: CDN$ 29.99
7 used & new from CDN$ 29.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Symphonize “NRG” Wired Headbuds/ W Mic: A First Look, March 22 2015
Length:: 1:37 Mins

Features:

* 8 mm Neodymium drivers
* 18Hz to 22KHz frequency response
* <3dB of Total Harmonic Distortion (“THD”)
* 3.5mm jack
* Phone
* Extra silicone earpiece
* canvas earbuds bag

The sound of the “NRG” is absolutely great. The wooden headpiece does a great job of isolating exterior noise while protecting the signal from the source.

The only drawback from wood headphone, in general, is that they don’t mold to the ear canal. If you have smaller ears, you can’t wear them as long as a standard polycarbonate pair.

The NRG is amongst the best all-around wired earbuds around and a great “consumer” grade headphone.

iPhone 6 Plus Battery Case, ZVOLTZ ZT6+ iPhone 6 Plus Battery Case (5.5 Inches) [Black/Black] - 4000mAh External Protective iPhone 6 Plus Charger Case / iPhone 6 Plus Charging Case Extended Backup Battery Pack Cover Case Fit with Any Version of Apple iPhone 6 Plus (a.k.a iPhone 6 Plus Battery Pack / iPhone 6 Plus Power Case / iPhone 6 Plus USB Juice Bank / iPhone 6 Plus Battery Charger)
iPhone 6 Plus Battery Case, ZVOLTZ ZT6+ iPhone 6 Plus Battery Case (5.5 Inches) [Black/Black] - 4000mAh External Protective iPhone 6 Plus Charger Case / iPhone 6 Plus Charging Case Extended Backup Battery Pack Cover Case Fit with Any Version of Apple iPhone 6 Plus (a.k.a iPhone 6 Plus Battery Pack / iPhone 6 Plus Power Case / iPhone 6 Plus USB Juice Bank / iPhone 6 Plus Battery Charger)
Offered by Cessna Sales CA
Price: CDN$ 107.43

5.0 out of 5 stars Zvoltz Battery Case iPhone 6+: A First Look,, March 20 2015
Length:: 1:29 Mins

I have no clue as to why any smartphone manufacturer would not allow their phone to have a removable battery.

If you use your smartphone for anything more than calls or minor web browsing, you’ll need to either have an eternal battery for recharging the OEM or you should have a battery pack installed.

Zvoltz battery pack for the iPhone 6+ is one of several that have just been released and it is as good as many of the more well-known brands out there. The only brand that I think clearly makes the strongest batteries ahead of everyone else is ZeroLemon.

Having said that, this battery works well and is well made.

It features:

* Hardcover, outer case
* softcover, inner case
* 4000 mAh lithium ion battery (built into the case)
* screen protector
* easily accessible outer button tabs

I won’t repeat the manufacturer’s spec’s because they’re usually exaggerated. This case, I can say, doubles the capacity for your phone.

And, since this is a lithium ion battery, you have to fully drain the battery and recharge it without using the phone midway until it hits 100%. Repeat this cycle for 4x times. This conditions the case’s (not the phone’s) internal battery to function at its highest capacity.

With this case, once the battery is fully conditioned should give you at least a day and a half to two days of good use without needing to recharge.

[Lifetime Hassle-Free Warranty] Gear Beast Case Compatible Sports Armband For Otterbox Commuter / Defender Cases For Apple iPhone 6 Plus (5.5 Inch), Samsung Galaxy Note 4 / 3 / 2 & Galaxy S5 Active & More (Black)
[Lifetime Hassle-Free Warranty] Gear Beast Case Compatible Sports Armband For Otterbox Commuter / Defender Cases For Apple iPhone 6 Plus (5.5 Inch), Samsung Galaxy Note 4 / 3 / 2 & Galaxy S5 Active & More (Black)
Offered by Cessna Sales CA
Price: CDN$ 36.77

5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Tech Products of 2015: GearBeast Armband For The Note 4: A Critical Review., March 15 2015
Length:: 1:17 Mins

I reviewed 3 or 4 armbands/ pouches last year for the Note 3 and the 5S. In both cases, I could only fit the phone itself inside the pouch. The problem I’ve always had and expressed to the manufacturers is that there’s a large population of smartphone owners, especially phablet owners like myself that have replaced the manufacturers OEM battery with a larger, more powerful “Extended” battery.

This presents a logistical problem because with the larger capacity size battery also comes a bigger AND heavier battery.

None of the armbands would accommodate the Note 3 with the ZeroLemon battery that I had installed. So, I’ve had to swap out that battery for the OEM when I wanted to wear the armband.

GearBeast has done what others haven’t: they’ve made a high-quality armband that can accommodate a phablet (in my case) with either an extended battery case (like Anker), a hardcase only (like Otterbox) or a dual hardcase and extended battery (like the excellent ZeroLemon.)

The size of the Note 4 with the extended battery on (excluding the belt clip) is 6.5” x 3.5” x .75”—The GearBeat comfortable holds this behemoth phone without a problem.

If you own any larger size phablet and you have some kind of larger covering over it—this is THE case to own.

5 stars. Period.

New Trent Trentium 6S Case for the Apple iPhone 6 with 4.7 Inch Screen [Black/Silver/Gold Interchangeable Back Plate Included].
New Trent Trentium 6S Case for the Apple iPhone 6 with 4.7 Inch Screen [Black/Silver/Gold Interchangeable Back Plate Included].
Offered by idealpoint
Price: CDN$ 35.95

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5.0 out of 5 stars New Trent’s “Trentium iPhone 6" 3-color Hardshell case: A First Look, March 8 2015
Length:: 1:52 Mins

This is a beautiful and practical three-color interchangeable backing for the iPhone 6.

It’s marketed as a hardcase but although it’s good coverage, I’d have to say it’s in between a softcover and a hardcover. It’s not as thick as, say a Otterbox but not as flimsy as those cheap plastic, vanity covers.

The case set features:

* Soft outer frame
* Hard inner case
* 3- color, polycarbonate back plates
* Scratch-resistant screen protector
* Easily accessible phone buttons.

In addition to making the appearance of the phone versatile, I REALLY appreciated that New Trent didn’t use excessive packaging. Modest packaging and a great product.

And, you can’t be this for $20!

5-stars.

iPhone 6 Battery Case, ZVOLTZ ZT6 iPhone 6 Battery Case (4.7 Inches) [Black/Black] - 3100mAh [Apple MFI Certified] - External Protective iPhone 6 Charger Case / iPhone 6 Charging Case Extended Backup Battery Pack Cover Case Fit with Any Version of Apple iPhone 6 (a.k.a iPhone 6 Battery Pack / iPhone 6 Power Case / iPhone 6 USB Juice Bank / iPhone 6 Battery Charger)
iPhone 6 Battery Case, ZVOLTZ ZT6 iPhone 6 Battery Case (4.7 Inches) [Black/Black] - 3100mAh [Apple MFI Certified] - External Protective iPhone 6 Charger Case / iPhone 6 Charging Case Extended Backup Battery Pack Cover Case Fit with Any Version of Apple iPhone 6 (a.k.a iPhone 6 Battery Pack / iPhone 6 Power Case / iPhone 6 USB Juice Bank / iPhone 6 Battery Charger)
Offered by Cessna Sales CA
Price: CDN$ 81.74

5.0 out of 5 stars Zvoltz iPhone 6 Battery Case: A Critical Review, March 8 2015
Length:: 1:11 Mins

This is among the best in the crowded field of battery cases for cellphones.

The Zvolt has all of the standard features you’d expect like:

* Fully accessible buttons.
* 3100 mAh lithium ion battery
* Built in Lightning connector
* LED indicator
* Screen protector
* Micro usb charging cable
* Audio Jack cable (pass through jack)

This particular case’s distinguishing features are:
+ Soft, textured body (makes gripping the phone very easy)
+ Easy to assemble and disassemble

The manufacturer’s stated battery stat’s:
- 60 hours of audio playback or
- 13 hours of video playback
- 13 hours of web browsing
- 12 hours of game play
- 17 hours of talk time
- 288 hours of standby

It’s been my experience and after having this battery for the past 10 days that the manufacturer’s claims are (like all manufacturers of such batteries) are overstated.

This battery like the better battery packs will – double—the time and usage that you have when compared with Apple’s own OEM.

This battery will slightly improve in retaining a charge for about 30- 40 minutes for about 6 months until it starting to get “old.” This is due to the lithium ion battery being conditioned.

***
This is one of the finer of the battery cases out there for the iPhone 6 and 6+.

VINOMIO Wine Chiller- Best Single Wine Bottle Chiller -For White, Red, Sparkling Wines and Champagnes - A Favorite Gift for Connoisseurs -Stainless Steel For Durability.
VINOMIO Wine Chiller- Best Single Wine Bottle Chiller -For White, Red, Sparkling Wines and Champagnes - A Favorite Gift for Connoisseurs -Stainless Steel For Durability.
Offered by InnovateMe
Price: CDN$ 21.45
2 used & new from CDN$ 21.45

5.0 out of 5 stars Vinomio Wine Chiller-Dispenser., March 8 2015
Length:: 1:35 Mins

I like this product. This is one of those products that you didn’t know existed that just makes sense.

This is a wine chiller and dispenser. The manufacturer’s directions are clear.

* Wash and place chiller in the freezer.
* (when ready) Open the bottle of wine and pour out about an ounce—to make space the chiller.
* Place chiller in the mouth of the bottle and fastened securely

***

The wine chiller raises the wine (or liquid) a few degrees. The manufacture suggests keeping a few wine glasses in the freezer and a bottle in the fridge as well.

This chiller is really when you want to stave off the wine rising to room temperature too soon.

This, essentially, keeps the wine cooler, longer.

Mpow® Swift Bluetooth 4.0 Wireless Stereo Sweatproof Sport Headphones Earbuds w/ Mic Hands-free Calling, AptX for iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 5 5C 5S 4S iPad, LG G2, Samsung Galaxy S5 S4 S3 Note 3 and Other Android Cell Phones - Suitable for Jogger, Running
Mpow® Swift Bluetooth 4.0 Wireless Stereo Sweatproof Sport Headphones Earbuds w/ Mic Hands-free Calling, AptX for iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 5 5C 5S 4S iPad, LG G2, Samsung Galaxy S5 S4 S3 Note 3 and Other Android Cell Phones - Suitable for Jogger, Running
Offered by Patec
Price: CDN$ 29.99
2 used & new from CDN$ 29.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars MPow “Swift” Wireless Sportsheadset: A Critical Review., Feb. 8 2015
Length:: 1:15 Mins

The “Swift” is one of several similarly looking wireless bluetooth headsets I’ve seen in the last 30 days.

And, like the others (perhaps made in the same Far Eastern factory?) these “consumer-grade” headphones are very good, not great, not “high fidelity” but a decent set of wireless headsets that appropriate for working out in a gym setting or if you’re a runner.

The headset is light to wear and its not hampered by that annoying vibrating hanging cord that so many headsets suffer from.

The “Swift” has a bluetooth 4.0 radio installed, micro usb charging cable and quickstart guide.

The sound reproduction is good, bass-heavy and has extra ear plugs and ear wedges.

A decent set of stereo headphones.

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