Review of the World Adapter MUV Micro USB Plug and Buzz 2 in 1 Charging Cable from SKROSS

Review of the World Adapter MUV Micro USB Plug and Buzz 2 in 1 Charging Cable from SKROSS

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World Adapter MUV Micro USB
Pros…

Can be used in over 150 countries and accept inout plugs from all these too. Adapter plug plus a dual USB charger.

Cons…

2A max output so can’t charge smartphone plus an iPad simultaneously at full power

Buzz 2 in 1 Charging Cable
Pros

Use for Apple Lightning and Micro USB charging.Lets you know when device fully charged, theft deterrent.

Cons

Can’t switch off alarm feature so poor choice for overnight charging

 

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When you travel internationally it is important to have the right tools to charge your smartphone, tablet and accessories whatever corner of the globe you are in. As a frequent traveller I am always on the lookout for products that will make my life easier when traveling and on a recent trip to Europe I tested the World Adapter MUV Micro USB Plug and Buzz 2 in 1 Charging Cable from SKROSS.

 

World Adapter MUV Micro USB Plug

This adapter plug has slide out prongs of varying shapes and sizes which allow you to use it in over 150 countries! It is very simple to use–just slide out the correct lever when you want to use it, for storage you press the large black button on the side and you can then slide the prongs back safely inside the adapter. The input plug has a variety of different slots so it can accommodate plugs from the same range of countries. As well as acting as a plug adapter it also comes with a 2 port USB charger. This can be used by simply plugging it into the MUV Micro adapter plug. As an added bonus if you are in the UK or Ireland it can also be plugged directly into the wall socket, leaving the MUV Micro adapter plug free to be used for another device. I used this extensively on my recent visit to the UK and Ireland and loved that it did double duty- I had 2 devices charging via the USB charger plugged directly into the wall at the same time as using the adapter for my regular Apple charger. In other countries I could still use the USB charger by plugging it into the adapter. The one downside of the USB charger is that it has a maximum output of 2A- so you can use it to charge 2 smartphones at once or an iPad but it won’t charge a iPhone plus an iPad simultaneously at full power. The MUV Micro USB costs approx $35 and is available from Skross.com, Amazon and many travel shops.

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Buzz 2 in 1 Charging Cable

As someone who travels with both Apple and Android devices,one of my a must have travel accessories is a charging cable that can be used for both. I carry this in my hand luggage or daypack and know I’ll always have the right cable for whatever needs charging, without the need to carry two cables. I’ve used many different brands of dual charging cable but the Buzz 2 in 1 cable has a feature I haven’t seen before – a built-in alarm. This small device puts out a loud alarm anytime that it is plugged in but no charge is flowing through the cable. This gives it 2 practical uses. It lets you know when your device is finished charging- which is useful if you are juggling charging multiple devices with a limited number of chargers. I’m regularly juggling chargers when traveling with 3 kids- each with their own iPad plus my phone, tablet, backup batteries and more. Its other application is as an anti-theft device when charging your phone or tablet in a public place such as a coffee shop or airport terminal- you immediately know if anyone unplugs your device to steal it. This is a useful enough feature that I’m using this cable for charging when I’m out and about back in the USA too. The one downside of the cable is that  it isn’t a good choice for overnight charging, unless you want to be woken in the middle of the night when your device is fully charged! The cable costs approx $40 and is available from Skross.com, Amazon and many travel shops.Buzz.1

 

NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.

 

 

Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).
iPhone 6/6s Resurgence Power Case by Otterbox – Review

iPhone 6/6s Resurgence Power Case by Otterbox – Review

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What we love…

semi-protective case which charges your iPhone and makes sure you do not have the dreaded low battery or worse dead iPhone

What we’d love to see…

protective screen cover and some sort of rubberized edges to protect it as well as the ability to use a lightening cable instead of micro USB

Summary

Semi protective case that ensures you never have the dreaded “dead battery” or “low battery”

Our Rating

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The iPhone 6/6s Resurgence Power Case by Otterbox is a semi-protective case that protects from the dreaded dead iPhone.  As my iPhone gets older, the battery life is decreasing a bit.  As much as I try to close apps in the background and conserve battery life, this isn’t always possible for me.  The Resurgence Power Case will give you the “boost” you need to ensure that your phone has a charge for those moments you need it most and don’t have access to power.  You simply slide your iPhone into the cover and make sure to line up the lightening port and you are ready to start using it straight out of the box.  To charge it, you simply tap a button on the back which lights up showing that your device is charging – the LED will show the charge level as you turn it on to charge your device.

I liked the sturdy feeling of the case for the back of my iPhone as well as the ability to charge my phone and prevent the dreaded dead iPhone. I also liked that it would stop charging as my phone got charged even if the battery had extra power left.  I found I could get multiple charges from the case in between my regular charges and it charged quickly.  It also featured an “auto stop” which allowed you to save the charge for later.

In terms of enhancements, I’d like to see a protective screen cover – the case itself is protective for the back of your iPhone but on the front if it drops “wrong” then you could crack your screen. I’d like to perhaps also see a rubberized gasket on the front of your iPhone to help protect it from falls and drops – having two kids who do use my device I made sure to keep my phone in my hands or hand it over a soft surface to help protect it.  I’d also like to see a lightening cable be used to charge the case – right now you have to carry both a lightening and a micro USB cord if you are using the case.

Overall, this case is functional and useful.  I really liked that I could charge my phone on the go without having to carry cables or a alternative power source.  Semi protective case that ensures you never have the dreaded “dead battery” or “low battery” and ensures your phone will work when you need it.

Available from Otterbox and Amazon with prices ranging from $35-$60.


 

NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.

Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.
Performance Mouse MP230L  by Kensington – Review

Performance Mouse MP230L by Kensington – Review

What we love…

uses batteries that you can easily change, works for both left and right handed users, works on almost any surface, good range

What we’d love to see…

bag or something to hold the mouse and USB plug in – currently you pull the back off the mouse to store it

Summary

Easy to use mouse with great battery life, works on almost any surface, very comfortable in your hand.  Perfect as an everyday and a travel mouse.

Our Rating

 

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Kensington Introduces MP230L Performance Mouse for Wireless Freedom and Precision TrackingI cut the “mouse cord” several years ago and am always hunting for the best cordless mice.  I tried the Kensington MP230L Wireless Performance Mouse and was surprised at how much I liked it straight out of the box.  The mouse includes batteries and once you plug in the USB nano receiver you are ready to go in less than 3 minutes from opening the package.   It uses a 2.4 GHz Wireless connection meaning you can move the mouse without the cord using the nano receiver and it automatically installs once you plug it in for the first time.  It is universal and works with both Mac and Windows and easily switches between computers.  It also features two side buttons which you can use when browsing the web as well as DPI adjustment which allows you to fine tune how fast or slow the cursor moves while using it.

Wireless mice these days often don’t come with batteries, which means that your brand new tech is forced to sit in the box while you go out and purchase batteries.  I loved that this one had batteries right in the box.  It’s got an amazing battery life – and goes to “sleep” when not in use or you can switch it off on the bottom.  I also liked the ergonomic shape and ability to use it either left or right handed.  The best feature by far is the fact it works on pretty much any surface I tried including glass, a patio table with bumps, a wooden desk, and even a notebook cover.   I liked it for both my everyday desk mouse as well as a travel mouse – the size is small and it fit easily in my travel bag when I needed to use it.  I also liked the DPI adjustment because I could use it to scroll fast when I was skimming a webpage or slow it down when I was looking for more specific content.

In terms of enhancements, I’d like to see a bag for the mouse as there were a few times I went to put the receiver in it and didn’t latch the cover fully which left me digging in my tech bag for the mouse and receiver.  I’d also like to see some sort of a “battery alert” if your batteries are getting low, because I don’t always carry backup batteries (even though I should).  There is no charging port, but you can use it with rechargeable batteries and just charge them in a separate location.

Overall, this is an easy to hold wireless mouse that works on both Mac & PC as well as being easy to use and install within moments.  Features fantastic battery life, very ergonomic and works with both left and right hands.  It is priced at $35 49.99 on Kensington and Amazon.  Easy to use mouse with great battery life, works on almost any surface, very comfortable in your hand.  Perfect as an everyday and a travel mouse.

 Dimensions

  • Height: 132mm / 5.2″
  • Width: 84mm / 3.3″
  • Depth: 38mm / 1.5″

NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.

Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.
Review of the Urban Armor Gear (UAG) Composite Case for the iPhone SE

Review of the Urban Armor Gear (UAG) Composite Case for the iPhone SE

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Summary

The UAG iPhone SE case is a protective yet light everyday case. It looks good, gives good access to camera, ports and buttons, provides dual layer protection against drops and weighs a mere ounce. A great everyday case for the iPhone SE, iPhone 5 or iPhone 5s.

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I recently had the opportunity to test out Urban Armor Gear (UAG)’s new composite case for the iPhone SE. As the iPhone 5/ 5S has the same dimensions, it can also be used on these as well as the SE. The case is designed to be tough and protective, yet lightweight. UAG states it meets military drop standard MIL STD 810G 516.6.

It comes in a choice of 5 colors – Black, Ice, Ash, Magma (red) and Cobalt (blue). The case has a dual layer design with a hard outer shell and soft, rubberized impact-resistant core. The 2 layers are fused together with the shell being the outer layer on the back and long sides of the case, and the rubberized core being the outer layer on the corners, short edges and around ports.

In Use

The UAG iPhone SE case is very light, weighing in at just one ounce, and although it isn’t a slimline case it doesn’t feel too bulky in use. It fits easily in my jeans pocket. All the ports are easily accessible with large cutouts around them that make it easy to use accessories such as headphones and charging cables. The only interference I found was when trying to use it in a docking station. With the iHome Dual Charging Clock Radio, the case stopped it from charging in the docking station, but you could still easily charge via a cable. I like that the case comes in a variety of striking colors but that it is also translucent so you can see the style of the iPhone beneath. The volume control buttons are large and flexible, making them easy to use. The case feels comfortable to hold, and isn’t slippery in the hand or on a hard surface.

The case does not come with a screen protector, though you could use one with it. The front has a slightly raised bumper to stop the screen hitting the ground if you drop it face first. The case is very easy to put on but a little trickier to remove, I’d recommend starting from the flexible material by the button covers and working out from there.

Overall, I really like this case for a protective yet light everyday case. It looks good, gives good access to camera, ports and buttons, provides dual layer protection against drops, and weighs a mere ounce. If you want a waterproof case or one with a built-in screen protector this isn’t the case for you, but if you don’t need those features it is a great everyday case for the iPhone SE, iPhone 5 or iPhone 5s.

Available from UrbanArmorGear.com MSRP: $34.95

NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.

 

Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).

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