Mpow CD Player SmartPhone Car Mount Review

Thanks to smartphones with Bluetooth connectivity coupled with lots of on-board storage or apps like Pandora or Spotify, a CD player’s usefulness is somewhat diminished.  For those that no longer use their CD player, why not use it as a mount point for your smartphone?  The Mpow CD Player SmartPhone Car Mount is what we’re looking at today. There are a few things to check out before picking this mount for your car.  First, and most obvious is you need to have a CD player.  We have been seeing manufacturers eliminate this feature as a standard option in some cars.  For example, … Read more

My Experience with the Otterbox Alpha Glass Screen Protector

I recently tried the Otterbox Alpha Glass Screen Protector for a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.  This product, made by Otterbox, is designed to work with their line of cases.  The fortified glass custom fit protector is made to help protect an expensive smartphone from screen damage. A photo of the Otterbox Alpha Glass Screen Protector for a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge retail package accompanies this article. There are a lot of companies that make tempered glass, albeit not as any for a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.  So how is Otterbox Alpha Glass different from the rest? What sets Otterbox Alpha Glass from … Read more

My Quest for Wireless Charging with an Otterbox Ended with a Company Called Youshares

My recent migration to a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge had me all excited about the prospects of wireless charging.  Right after selecting an Otterbox Defender as my day to day case, my excitement abated slightly as I remembered how thick this case was.  Thankfully I found the Youshares Halo Wireless Fast Charging Pad. The Youshares Halo Wireless Fast Charging Pad sits on my dresser.  That’s what you see in the photo that accompanies this article.  This is one of three that I have deployed. Settling on the Youshares charging pad was no easy feat as I tried several other brands.  The … Read more

Arkon RDMET01 Radar Detector Mount for Escort and Beltronics Review

You purchase a new Escort Passport 9500ix radar detector for hundreds of dollars.  The box it arrived in is substantial reminding me of the feeling you get when opening the box to a new Apple iPad (it probably costs as much).  Everything is there that you need to use your new radar detector.  Take a look at the mount.  It’s a small unsubstantial mount with tiny suction cups.  That’s where the Arkon RDMET01 Radar Detector Mount comes into play. Arkon has been making mounts for a long time.  My first exposure to them was with an XM satellite radio.  They … Read more

Aukey PB-N15 20000mAh 3.1A Portable External Battery Product Review

The Aukey PB-N15 20000mAh 3.1A Portable External Battery holds a series of lithium batteries to deliver up to 20000mAh of power to your devices.  I own several brands of external batteries and really enjoy using these.  I purchased this Aukey battery because I needed one with more power storage than the others that I have. The battery measures 3.15 x 6.1 x 0.93 inches and weighs about one pound.  A little larger than my others, but this carries a lot more power. The Aukey battery comes professionally packaged with a rather extensive user manual. The Aukey PB-N15 comes with a short micro … Read more

Square Jellyfish Jelly-Grip Car Air Vent Mount Product Review

The Square Jellyfish Jelly-Grip Car Air Vent Mount has a strange name to be sure but don’t let the name fool you into avoiding this well made mount.  We took some time this weekend to evaluate this mount and were happy with the outcome.  So while, it’s fresh in my mind, here’s a review. The mount comes professionally packaged in a retail box that reminded me of something purchased at the Apple Store.  A thorough instruction pamphlet is included in the box.  The pamphlet tells you how to attach the Jelly-Grip mount to the air vent.  There are also instructions for … Read more