September is "Emergency Preparedness Month," but you can be left without power at any time, which is why the JOOS Orange personal solar appliance is a must-have, particularly if you rely on your smart phone, tablet, or other portable electronic device.
The easy-to-carry solar charger is super-durable, waterproof, and claims to charge devices up to 3.5 time faster than other portable solar chargers. Furthermore, it takes being dropped, kicked, or crushed in stride. A promotional video shows it working even after being shot with a .22 rifle!
Built-in adjustable legs make pointing it toward the sun a breeze. The JOOS (pronounced like "juice") Orange will charge in less-than-ideal lighting conditions, including rainy days or in the shade. Inside is a 5,400-milliamp-hour, replaceable lithium-ion battery capable of holding its charge for years.
Downloadable free software for Mac or PC provides precise power metrics, plus the unit also has two LED status lights. The unit also comes with a wide range of charging adapters and USB cables. You can also add the optional reflector kit, which attach like barn doors, to boost change times by as much as 50 percent.
JOOS Orange provides freedom in a box and power anywhere in the sun, all for only $149. For more information, visit SolarJOOS.com on the Web.
Smart phone case uses EMW to boost Wi-Fi
The Linkase Classic by Absolute Technology is a nice-looking case for your iPhone 5 that actually improves WIFI reception. Made of durable polycarbonate and finished with a non-slip coating, the unit has a secret weapon.
The sliding panel on the back functions as an Electro Magnetic Waveguide ("EMW"), which boosts the signal captured by the handheld's built-in antenna, particularly when a human hand is covering it. Does it work? Yes! The unit sells for $49.95. For more information, visit the Linkase web site.
Worried about damaging your iPhone 5? Stick it in a vault.
Pelican Products has just released the Pelican ProGear Vault case for the iPhone 5, employing techniques used to produce some of the toughest cases for photographers, military personnel, and first responders.
Made with engineering-grade aluminum and polymer materials, the Vault's full-enclosure design repels wind-driven rain, snow, and dust, plus provides drop protection from a height of 72 inches.
Each function button is made with aircraft-grade aluminum for precise control, and a water-resistant membrane guards both the microphone and speakers without hindering audio fidelity.
User assembly is accomplished with supplied flush-fitting stainless steel hex-head machine screws, after which your iPhone is secured behind a screen cover with anti-scratch technology and an optical-grade glass camera port.
The case is available in a variety of colors for an MSRP of $79.95. For more information, visit Pelican Products website on the Web.