How to Fix the Dreaded Charging Slowly Warning on Android

Owners of the most current Android phones may come across the Charging Slowly Warning after plugging in their phone.  It’s frustrating because when that warning splashes across your phone, it’s not merely charging at normal speed, it’s charging at sloth-like speed.  So slow that it might not charge at all.  Today, we discuss what causes this condition and how to fix it. So when you encounter a charging slowly warning similar to what is shown in the photo that accompanies this article, it means something isn’t working right.  First, try to do what the charging slowly warning message suggests.  Remove … Read more

Mounting a Blink XT Security Camera Outdoors

The Blink XT is a uniquely powered and unusually shaped security camera.  Many home security camera manufacturers introduce a successful indoor version of their camera only to miss the outdoor opportunity.  Blink introduced their outdoor version soon after realizing success with their indoor model.  The Blink XT Outdoor/Indoor Home Security Camera System is intended for outdoor or indoor use. Today, we’re going to discuss how to mount a Blink XT security camera outdoors.  The Blink XT comes with a mounting bracket that requires a screw to fasten it to a flat surface.  So we’ll talk about how to best position … Read more

How to Use a Smartphone as a Dash Cam

Those purchasing a dedicated dash cam for their car should consider using their smartphone instead.  The hardware quality and app capability combined with the raw computing power of most smartphones make it a good choice.  So, let’s look at how (and why) to use your smartphone as a dash cam in the car. Why Use Your Smartphone as a Dash Cam? The camera quality on your smartphone is many times better than that found on a dedicated dash cam.  Looking at the recently introduced top of the line Garmin Dash Cam 65W, it sports a 2.1 megapixel camera with 1080p … Read more

Alternative Mounts for the Arlo Solar Panel

The Arlo Pro HD Home Security Camera is a terrific device for monitoring your home.  What makes it terrific?  It’s battery operated.  What makes it less than terrific?  It’s battery operated.  Combined with the Arlo Solar Panel, the camera retains its terrific-ness. The issue with any battery operated camera is the batteries don’t last forever.  While the Arlo line of cameras have batteries that last longer than most, they will need to be recharged after several months of use.  When the batteries start to run low, the cameras need to be removed from their mount and then charged either by … Read more

Seneo Wireless Charger is a Vast Improvement Over the Others

Now that Apple has rolled out wireless charging, the majority of new higher end phone purchases will include this feature.  It’s a great feature which we discussed previously.  Wireless chargers come in a wide variety of reliability.  Today, we found one that works every time.  It’s called the Seneo Wireless Charger. The technology is known as Qi wireless charging.  We wrote a detailed article on this technology a few years back when it first came out.  Back then, only a few Samsung phones supported the technology.  Today, many phone manufacturers including Samsung, Apple and LG support Qi. Typical Wireless Charger … Read more

Alternative Mounts for the Arlo Pro HD Home Security Camera

The Arlo Pro HD Home Security System is a great example of you get what you pay for.  Sure, this is more expensive than other wireless cameras, but the quality is about the best we have experienced in a battery operated camera.  For those unfamiliar with Arlo, the company is Netgear’s home security camera division.  This article will examine some new ways to mount the Arlo Pro HD camera. Continuing the tradition of their magnetic dome-shaped mount, this camera includes the standard Arlo Smart Security Home Wall Mount. This mount has an adhesive backing and a dome on the front.  The back of the … Read more