SwitchLight transforms your light switch into a night light

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Night lights can be handy, particularly if you’re one who stubs their toes finding furniture in the dark. The challenge with night lights is most need plugging in and even if they happen to be app enabled you’d always have to keep your smartphone on your hip. So SnapPower Products created the SwitchLight which instantly transforms your nearby light switch into a convenient night light.  Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

3 new or novel last minute tech gifts

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There’s always someone looking for a last minute cool or novel gift, so I couldn’t resist adding three more to the holiday gift list, two of which are hot of the press. Now it may be too late for Santa to get them under the tree, so lets consider them early Boxing Week ideas. Either way, they’ll certainly be enjoyed.

Nano guitar amp allows you to play anywhere

If you find it hard to find a gift for that mobile musician, then chances are he or she doesn’t have one of these – the new iRig Nano Amp by IK Multimedia, an ultra-compact standalone amp for the times they need just a little amplification for practice or rehearsal and don’t have a lot of space.

It has a built-in 3″ speaker with a 3-watt amp powered by three standard AA batteries (included).  It has both a 1/4″ guitar input and speaker output along with separate volume and gain controls plus a bright sound enhancement switch. If they don’t want to use the built-in speaker, there’s a standard 3/8″ jack option to plug in a set of headphones for monitoring or alternately output the sound to a 4×12 external speaker cabinet. It also has a little built-in kickstand to prop it up. Read more…at Canoe Tech blog.

PompAdapter can double your charging speed

6_ullfivWhen you plug your smartphone or tablet in for recharging, you might not know how fast it’s really charging and if it’s doing so at its proper or even maximum speed, particularly if you are not using the original cable or charger. PompAdapter is a new little adapter that’s trying to come to market that will possibly boost the charging as much as 200% and even tell you how fast it’s charging.   Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Apple voluntarily recalls select international AC wall plug adapters

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Apple has taken a pre-emptive strike, voluntarily recalling certain two-prong Apple AC wall plug adapters for Mac and iOS devices as well as the Apple World Travel Adapter Kit after determining that in “very rare” cases, handling them could result in a possible electric shock.

In the announcement Apple clarified the recall is limited to adapters designed for use in Continental Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Argentina and Brazil. Adapters designed to be used in Canada and other countries such as China, Hong Kong, Japan, United Kingdom, and the U.S. as well as Apple USB power adapters is not affected. Regardless, owners of the Apple World Travel Adapter Kit who may have purchased the travel adapter in one of the non-affected countries should still verify that it’s not part of the recall.

The potential hazard is not limited to new products; it affects products shipped over a 12-year period, from 2003 to 2015.  Read more…at CanoeTech Blog.

Braven powerbank that’s smart, rugged and Bluetooth enabled

Braven BRV-BankAs the weather heats up this summer and people pack up the car and head out to connect with nature, they still want to stay connected and that means keeping their gadgets charged. One cool gadget that can help do that and more is the rugged Braven BRV-BANK. It’s more than just a battery and like a good bank, it offers an array of “services” you would expect from a bank and a few more. Surprisingly, it’s Bluetooth 4.0 enabled and can be remotely controlled.

As for power, it features a rechargeable lithium-ion 6000mAh battery that can recharge two 5V USB enabled gadgets at a time. Port 1 is configured to output 5V/1A for recharging typical gadgets like smartphone accessories and Port 2 outputs 5V/2.4A suitable to recharge power-hungry devices like the iPad. Once drained, it can be fully juiced up in 4-5 hours via its micro-USB charging port. READ MORE at CanoeTech Blog.

PowerSkin announces ONE CENT Cyber Monday Promotion & Black Friday Deals

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If you live in the continental US and are looking for a portable charging solution, then for one day only – Cyber Monday  – December 1st, you will be able will be able to purchase the popular PoP’n battery pack for only a penny, plus $7.99 for shipping & handling.  The battery packs are available for Android phones and iPhone 4 & 5 and currently sell for between $49.99 and $59.99.

PoP’n is not a battery case, it’s a hybrid. Its unique design allows for quick, on the go power, only when needed. Press PoP’n right onto the back of a smooth surfaced smartphone or case, charge the phone up, pull PoP’n off and it’s ready to go!

PoP’n’s slim design easily fits in a pocket, any bag, clutch, or purse and adds a bold dash of color to a phone should you want to accessorize and show your own personal style.  The PoP’n chargers feature a 10mm case and lightweight design, weighing only 3.03 ounces and have a respectable 2000 mAh battery.

You need to visit PowerSkin’s PoP’n page and use the codeword “penny” at the checkout. The offer runs Cyber Monday, Dec 1 from 12:00-11:59 ET and again, you must live in the continental U.S.

Of course, quantities are limited. There is a limit of one unit per email address and the offer is for all “PoP’n” packs with the exception of the PoP’n 2.  The chargers are available in a variety of colors including white, black, red and pink.

LATE ADDITON: BLACK FRIDAY DEALS

All weekend consumers will receive 45% off their ENTIRE PowerSkin purchase, all products are eligible including the top-rated PoP’n 2, the ONLY battery pack on the market for the iPhone 6/6plus – makes a great stocking stuffer for anyone with an iPhone 6.  The code “45OFF” must be entered at checkout (not case sensitive).  The offer is available to consumers in the continental United States with free shipping and 30-day guarantee on their purchases.  Products range from $7.99-$69.99.

via PowerSkin

World’s smallest battery pack jumpstarts your car and your phone

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You can never have enough battery power for your gadgets but to be able to have a small compact lightweight device, that can also jumpstart your car in the rare case you need to do so and usually at the most inopportune time, is an incredible bonus. That’s what JUMPR by Juno Power is designed to do in a form factor that’s not much bigger than a couple of iPhone 6’s stacked on top of each other.

“We all know what it feels like to get caught with a dead car battery; you could be stuck waiting around for hours for a tow truck or friend to arrive. The JUMPR is a simple to use solution that gets you back on the road in minutes,” says Juno Power CEO, Dennis Lee.

Under its hood, pardon the pun, is a 6000mAH lithium polymer battery with a 12 Volt 150-300 AMP output designed to jumpstart a dead car battery. It has a two-pronged proprietary input to connect the positive and negative jumper cables as well as a 12V volt connector, which allows you to recharge with through your car’s cigarette lighter.

Read more…At Canoe Tech Blog

Living Plug Inlet redefines electrical outlet

 

E0 Inlet Before and AfterDMONTON, AB, Jul 25, 2014/ Troy Media/ – With all of the innovations in telephone communications, home entertainment and computers over the last 500 years, there’s one thing that hasn’t changed – the electrical outlet.Until now that is. Thanks to San Francisco-based Living Plug and its Inlet, the outlet will never be the same.

 Now, we’re not talking about modifying or rewiring an existing outlet. That would require a major overhaul and a change to electric standards around the world.

Instead, the Inlet gives the outlet a simple but very useful makeover. It comes in the form of a 5” x 5” x 1 1/2′” square housing that fits over the outlet plate and plugs into an existing socket. It moves the two room-facing sockets to a safer location – the bottom of the Inlet, making it safer for children. (There’s also an additional safety screw that you could use to secure Inlet to the actual outlet so the kids can’t pull it out of the wall.) They’ve also added a third tamper-proof outlet, rotated 90 degrees, making it a triplex outlet.

READ FULL ARTICLE at Troy Media

 

Bracketron robust SmartLantern charges and lights

There are a number of high capacity external battery charging packs on the market that are ideal for a camping trip or emergency preparedness kit.  If you’re looking for a robust solution that also helps you light the way, then it might be worth giving the SmartLantern by Bracketron a look.

Read more…at CANOE TECH Blog

Lightsaber Power Bank charges from the dark side

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How Darth Vader charges his iPhone

You might have an interesting time, or not, at some airport security scans these days, but cast your worries aside. This interesting looking device despite its appearance is not a real weapon from the future, but rather a Star Wars licensed portable battery charger or more formally, The STAR WARS Darth Vader Lightsaber Power Bank.

Read more…At Canoe Tech Blog