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Secur Six-in-One Car Charger (Review)

March 17, 2016 Comments off

Secur Products SP-4003 Six-in-One ChargerSIX-IN-ONE CAR CHARGER
MODEL NUMBER: SP-4003
Secur Products
$34.99 Free Shipping

The first thing I need to tell/warn you about is that you should NOT purchase this from Amazon. On Amazon, it’s $29.99 plus $21.00 for shipping. Purchase this from the Secur Products web site for $34.99 and free shipping. I’ve reviewed other Secur products on The Frugal Networker and I’ve never been disappointed with any of them. They always do what they say they’ll do and the build quality is superior. None of the Secur products that I’ve tested have ever failed or broken–even after multiple years of use. The SP-4003 Six-in-One (6in1) is no different. It is a superb product that does more than just charge your mobile phone when plugged into your car.

The 6in1 is a must have device for anyone who travels any distance at all on a regular basis. It is an emergency tool and you can keep your mobile phone charged on the way. It has a flashlight, an emergency flashing beacon, a seatbelt cutter, a window breaker, and a USB port. If it also functioned as a wallet, you wouldn’t need anything else.

  • Car Charger: Gives You a USB Outlet from Your Cigarette Lighter
  • Power Bank: Removable 2000 mAh Power Bank
  • High Power LED Flashlight
  • Flashing Red Emergency Light
  • Emergency Window Breaker
  • Emergency Seat Belt Cutter

The 6in1 is so good that my videographer, Joseph, “borrowed” it and then gave it to his daughter to take with her on her drive to school in California. He felt that it would make her safer on the long trek halfway across the country. Good dad. Bad reviewer. Hence we have no video review of the product. However, the fact that he took the device from the review queue and gave it to his daughter says something about how good the product really is. In fact, here is Joseph’s statement about the 6in1 after it hit the “next in line” in our review queue:

My daughter and I have been using this product for the last month. She just drove from Oklahoma to her college in LA. As a dad, this was the perfect item for her to have in her car at all times, because I knew if she had any troubles she could cut off her seatbelt quickly. Also, she did not have a reason she could tell me her battery was dead on her cell phone.

As she drove cross country, she was able to utilize the charger for her phone while she was navigating the highways from Oklahoma to California. While driving, we could use the flashlight and not turn on the overhead light in the car which would cause distraction to the driver. We were able to find change that had dropped on the floorboard much quicker.

Once the phone was dead it took the normal amount of time to recharge the phone from the device. The other feature that’s available on the charger also put me at ease is the window breaking tool, which we did not test, but I know she has that it if she were to get trapped. She carries the 6in1 in her Coach handbag. One other feature I liked being a dad, was that it has an emergency red blinking light.

I feel better knowing she has this device on her person while she is living in California away from me here in Oklahoma. She rides the bus, trains, and Uber, so I know she can get a quick charge on her phone and use it to get herself out of harm’s way if needed. The 6in1 does not take up much space in her hand bag; it fits perfectly next to the can of mace I gave her.

There you have a testimonial from a happy customer.

Technical Information:

  • 12 Volt cigarette lighter charger
  • 1000 mA USB charging port
  • 2200 mAh lithium battery power bank
  • 150 Lumen LED flashlight – 4 hours with full charge
  • Flashing red emergency light – 10 hours with full charge
  • Green LED four level battery power level indicator
  • Shock resistant case
  • 1.5″ x 4.5″ x 1″ diameter
  • 3 oz

Why it’s Frugal: The Six-in-One Charger is frugal because it is a multifunction device for the same price as many single function chargers on the market. For $35, you can have peace of mind and a charge for your mobile phone, no matter where you are. The peace of mind alone is worth far more than $35. Just ask Joseph.

I’m not sure that I can say more than Joseph did in his testimonial. But to summarize, the 6in1 is a safety device and a charger. You can charge your mobile device while driving or while walking, watching a football game, or taking a bus ride. And you can find your keys in the dark, cut your way out of a bad situation, or break glass in case of whatever. I’d say that the 6in1 is a premium device that is well worth the money.

Rating: 10/10

Recommendation: Buy one for yourself and for anyone you care about.

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EasyAcc 2nd Generation Brilliant 10000mAh Power Bank

March 10, 2016 Comments off

EasyAcc 10000mAh Power BankEasyAcc 2nd Gen. Brilliant 10000mAh Power Bank
EasyAcc
Amazon $17.99 (Prime)

The EasyAcc 2nd Generation Brilliant 10,000mAh Power Bank (10K PB) is a portable, high capacity USB charger for your smartphones, tablets, and other USB-chargeable devices. Weighing in at eight ounces, it is a lightweight, go anywhere charger that provides multiple smartphone charges, one full large tablet charge, and power for multiple devices at once. Never be without power for your devices again with the 10K PB.

The video showcases both the 10,000mAh Power Bank and the 20,000mAh Monster Power Bank.

Features:

  • Capacity: 10,000mAh x 3.7V=37.Wh
  • Battery type: Li-polymer rechargeable battery cell
  • Input: DC 5V 2A
  • Output: DC 5V 2.4A (max)
  • Size: 5.67 x 2.95 x 0.58 inch / 144 x 75 x 14.8 mm
  • Weight: 7.97 oz / 226 g

It’s hard to remember a time before smartphones. It’s even harder to remember a time before cellular technology for most of us. And now to continually use a smartphone without access to extra power is going to be hard to remember in a couple of years. You can get the jump on those fading memories with a portable charger and the 10K PB fits your budget and your travel gear perfectly. At only $17.99 from Amazon (Prime), you can have it in two days (or less), and have all the power you need in every location and at every event from now on.

Why limit yourself to a few hours of smartphone usage during the day when you can have power any time you need it and anywhere you need it? You don’t have to turn off your phone or run it on power save mode anymore. Enjoy full access to cellular, WiFi, app stores, and the Internet with all the power you’ll ever need.

What is Included:

  • 1 x EasyAcc Power Bank 10000mAh
  • 1 x Micro USB Charging Cable
  • 1 x User Manual
  • 18 months warranty and provide friendly, easy-to-reach support

Just remember to plug in the 10K PB at night, using the included microUSB cable to replenish your portable Power Bank.

I’ve used the 10K PB for a couple of months now and can tell you first hand that it does what it says–it provides a lot of power in a small package. I’m never without mine. I’ve used it at events. My wife has used it to power up her ever-present smartphone. My daughter has used it to power her iPad mini and her smartphone multiple times.

The 10K PB can recharge a device multiple times–so many in fact that I forget that my daughter has it. And then days later she brings it to me to be recharged. So, the 10K PB is a wife-approved, teenager-approved USB charging unit. No complaints from them means the product scores major points.

Why it’s Frugal: The EasyAcc Power Bank 10,000mAh is frugal because it provides something that you can’t get at any price when you don’t have access to an AC power outlet. Plus, its capacity allows you to power up multiple devices or one device multiple times. You can take it anywhere and use it. It’s well made and perfectly priced for any budget. Frugal.

EasyAcc Monster 20000mAh Power Bank

EasyAcc Monster 20000mAh Power Bank PB20000MS

The EasyAcc Power Bank 10,000mAh and it’s big brother, the EasyAcc Monster 20,000mAh Power Bank ($35.99 Amazon (Prime)) are both must have devices. When you can’t be without power and you also can’t be tethered to an AC outlet for hours, then you need portable power and these two will do the job with no complaints.

Rating: 10/10

Recommendation: Buy one or more immediately. You gotta have the power.

The myCharge RazorMax 6000mAh portable charger

April 6, 2015 Comments off

myCharge Razor Max RZ60G-ARazor Max RZ60G-A Portable Charger
myCharge
$69.99

I’ve reviewed so many portable chargers that sometimes I feel like saying no to the next pitch for one, but the myCharge Razor Max RZ60G-A 6000mAh portable charger (RZ60G-A) caught my eye. It caught my eye because it has not one but two USB ports for charging and it’s extremely thin. In fact, it’s just a little larger, heavier, and thicker than my iPhone 5.

The RZ60G-A is made of anodized aluminum that’s rugged and lightweight. Its dimensions are a diminutive 4.4 in x 2.6 in x 0.5 in and 0.38 pounds (6 ounces), which is perfect to stash into a purse, back pocket, any pocket, tote, or in your car. After seeing and using this charger, my days of lugging around brick sized chargers is over. It’s so small and lightweight that I actually I thought that I hadn’t brought it along in my camera bag on a recent video shoot.

Charging iPhone and iPadIt powered my iPad 4 and my iPhone 5 simultaneously all day long without issue. I never ran out of power for them. When I returned home, I plugged it in and I still showed two lights, which means that I only used about 50 percent of its capacity. 6000mAh is a lot of power. The charger’s two built-in USB ports deliver a combined 2.4A output–enough for a lot of charging.

Notable Features:

  • Smart-sense: ensures complete device compatibility
  • Max-power: maximum power transfer from powerbank to device
  • Power-stay: maintains battery power for up to 1 year
  • High-density battery: the smallest and lightest powerbank
  • Safe-cell: provides the highest level of battery safety
  • Pass Through Charging: will charge the powerbank and connected device simultaneously

Why it’s Frugal: The RZ60G-A charger is frugal because it’s small, but it packs a huge amount of power. 6000mAh is enough to power multiple devices (up to two at a time) for at least an entire day. For $69.99, it’s a little pricey, but it delivers exactly as advertised.

The RZ60G-A’s capacity is 22.2Wh, with input at 5VDC and 0.7A to 2.1A, and output at 5VDC and 2.4A maximum.

RZ60G-A Portable ChargerOne interesting feature of the charger is that you can simply shake it to make the LEDs light up to tell you how much power you have left. Clever. That feature was an unexpected surprise for me. The RZ60G-A comes with its own mini USB charging cable and a Quick Start Guide. The unit comes with a one year limed warranty and is fully charged when you receive it.

In all, the Razor Max RZ60G-A Portable Charger delivers a powerful punch of on demand power where ever you take it and for any device that you can plug into a USB connector/charger.

Rating: 8.5/10

Recommendation: Buy it for all your charging needs. It’s portable and powerful.

Justin Power Bank and Power Stick (Review)

September 30, 2014 Comments off

InnovativeTechnologyJustin Power Bank and Power Stick
Innovative Technology
Power Bank: $29.99/Power Stick $14.99

The list of Justin power products is long. You can find power products to meet just about any need. The two products that I’m reviewing here are the Justin 2,200mAh Power Stick and the Justin 6,000mAh Power Bank. This review is a bit different because it covers two products instead of just one. They serve the same function so that’s why I’m combining them here.

You can find Justin power products at several retail stores including Kohl’s and Staples. I mention those two because they popped up first in a Google search for the manufacturer ID for each product. Prices vary among retailers, but the ones I’ve given are pretty standard.

I’ve review several portable charger products on this site and there are two things to remember with any of them: You have to recharge your charger and you have to bring your USB charging cable with you, as well as the charger, or the charger won’t do you any good at all.

Justin_SticksThe Justin 2,200mAh Power Stick (Stick) comes fully charged out of the box and will provide you with at least one full charge for your phone or tablet. The unit is small enough to fit into any pocket or purse. The Stick comes in several standard colors: black, silver, blue, purple and red. I think there’s also a camo version available in some stores, so if you’re into camo, search for it at Kohl’s.

My daughter loves the blue Stick and takes it everywhere with her. She drops it into her backpack and away to school it goes. I don’t think she will ever be without it again. Texting, YouTubing, playing music, and using a camera burns a lot of battery, so it’s no longer an option not to have spare power available.

The Justin Power Bank and the Justin Power Stick would make great giveaways or prizes at trade shows and conferences.

My wife loves the Justin 6,000mAh Power Bank (Bank). No, she has no clue what 6,000mAh is, but she does know that a fully charged Bank provides at least three full phone or iPad mini charges for her. What else does she need to know? I’m the tech guy. She simply receives the bounty of her own personal tech sla–professional at her disposal.

Justin_BankThe Bank isn’t really pocket friendly, but it is purse friendly and certainly is desk friendly. In fact, my wife usually keeps it in her purse for when she forgets to close all 15 apps on her phone or on her iPad mini. Yes, I did teach her how to close them, but alas, she cares little for such annoyances, especially when there’s the Bank to save her from her folly.

The Bank, when sitting on a desk or some surface, provides you with a stand onto which your phone rests. The stand slot gives it just the right amount of tilt so that you can face time or type comfortably on it without contorting your hands or peering over it like an old newspaper guy typing on a Royal typewriter. The Bank is for people who either have multiple devices or who have one that they use a lot.

You don’t have to own Apple devices to use Justin’s Power Bank or the Power Stick. They’re compatible with any device that uses a full-sized USB connector on one end of its charger cord. One of the best things about Justin’s products is that they’re ready to go right out of the box*. You don’t have to take the charger home and plug it in for 12 hours. Buy it, open the box, connect it to your phone, tablet, or whatever, and charge away.

Why it’s Frugal: Charger products are frugal by design. Justin’s power products are frugal because of what you get out of them: a lot of power for the price. At $14.99 for the Stick and $29.99 for the Bank, they’re very frugal choices.

I like Justin power products because they’re obviously well designed, well made, and well-priced. And you know that I don’t mind complaining about product pricing if I feel that it’s too high or not justified. These products are appropriately and competitively priced. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for keeping your Justin power products healthy and happy, so that they’ll last longer. My feeling is that you can buy Justin power products with confidence and without buyer’s remorse. Small, powerful, and frugal. What else do you want?

Rating: 9.5/10 for both products.

Recommendation: Buy them for yourself or as a most appreciated and practical gift.

*The products come partially charged, not fully charged.

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