Using your Tablet on Your Next United Airlines Flight

So I was sitting on a United Airlines flight to Florida the other day.  I learned that United Airlines is outfitting their entire fleet with wireless access.  I remember reading an article about this a few years ago.  My initial thought was that this is another way for airlines to extract an extra $10 off their passengers that want to do email while in flight.  However I did not think about what United may have been thinking when they first made the announcement.  It turns out that United is rolling out a service called In-flight Wi-Fi and Entertainment.  You can … Read more

Swinging a Golf Club with a GPS on Your Belt

You are on the course with your new golf GPS from Callaway, SkyCaddie, Golflogix or any of the dozen manufacturers that make golf GPS devices.  Swing the club, come around for the perfect shot.  Your club just hit the darn GPS! We couldn’t figure out why some of these manufacturers though the belt clip was a good idea.  In addition to difficulties swinging the club, it’s inconvenient to remove the GPS from your belt whenever you want to check your distance to the pin.  Fortunately many of the latest golf devices abandoned the rear belt clip and acknowledge that putting … Read more

Car and Motorcycle Mounts for an Otterbox Case

We love Otterbox Cases.  Best cases made.  They are available for tablets and smartphones.  These cases deliver the best protection for your device but at the expense of bulk.  They will definitely add weight and size to your device.  It will feel bulky at first but you will quickly get used to it.  One additional benefit is the phone will no longer just slide out of your pocket on its own.  That is because the Otterbox has an exterior made of non slip rubber.  And don’t forget the greatest benefit of all.  Your phone will not break if you drop … Read more

Mounting a Radar Detector Anywhere BUT the Windshield

Did you know that in some states it is illegal to have anything stuck on your windshield?  It you are in California or Minnesota and we hear it is starting in Florida, you will receive a ticket for having it attached to your windshield and you can read more about that here.  They don’t mind you having the detector, it’s where you put it.  Although, be aware, some states do mind if you have one of these, so be careful that you are using a detector where it is legal. While we find some radar detector manufacturers (like Escort) typically … Read more

Using EZ-Pass M-Tag IPASS or Smart-Tag on a Motorcycle

Not every state has toll roads, but for those that do, the EZ-Pass, M-Tag, IPASS or Smart-Tag is a huge time saver.  For those unfamiliar with this technology, it’s a small box that allows you to drive through the toll instead of sitting in long lines waiting to drop quarters into a bucket or hand dollars to a collector.  The box emits a signal that is picked up as you drive through the toll which is equipped with a reader.  Normally, you get a discount when using these versus cash.  You load them up with credits ahead of time and then … Read more

Garmin TomTom & Magellan GPS Charger and Power Cable Options

We get a lot of questions regarding this topic so figured it was time for an article on the topic.  A GPS charger comes in three different flavors:  AC, DC and hardwired.  We will cover all three but first a discussion about the types of adapters. Most GPS units manufactured over the past five years use a Mini USB ending on the charger (the most popular line which is the Garmin Nuvi has used Mini USB for over five years).  Now before you go and purchase a cheap cable made for an older mobile phone, be aware that Mini USB … Read more