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Early Bird Geek Deals

By Edited Nov 26, 2014 2 0
FosPower Heavy Duty Power Bank Portable External Battery Pack Charger
Credit: Amazon

It's that time of year again when we all wonder what to get the geeks in our life. 

And if you're anything like me, there are a few burly, outdoorsy types you like to keep in touch with (if you know what I mean).

So, I asked them: what annoys you most about your tech toys? 

Across the board it was "damage caused by dropping them, scratching them, running out of power" - that sort of thing.

Since I'm an Amazon associate, I receive email notifications about early bird/Black Friday deals. Not all impress me, but I felt the following ones were definitely worth considering.

Quick Charge with 2.1 Amp Output

FosPower rugged high capacity power bank
Credit: Amazon

My IT Guy Says 1 Amp Just Won't Do

In Canada, we have some extreme weather conditions. And nothing is worse than being stuck somewhere - in the dead of winter - without enough power to charge your smartphone and/or tablet.

I had a harrowing close call myself last year when my car got stuck on the way to pick up my daughter from art class. I ended up running out of juice to contact anyone and just out of luck another parent recognized me and took me to get her.

I'm not going to rely on luck this winter.

FosPower POWERACTIVE

FosPower POWERACTIVE 9,000mAh Heavy Duty Waterproof Dustproof Rugged Shockproof Power Bank Portable External Battery Pack Charger for Cell Phones, Tablets & Portable Electronics (2.1A USB Output with LED, Mirco-USB Cable, Compass and Carabiner) - Black / Yellow RoseWrites 2014-10-18 4.5 0 5
4.5/5

For 9,000 mAh Portable Power

FosPower POWERACTIVE 9,000mAh Heavy Duty Waterproof Dustproof Rugged Shockproof Power Bank Portable External Battery Pack Charger for Cell Phones, Tablets & Portable Electronics (2.1A USB Output with LED, Mirco-USB Cable, Compass and Carabiner) - For iPhone 6 5s 5c 5, iPad Air mini, Galaxy S5 S4, Tab 2, Note 3 4, LG G3, Nexus 5 6, HTC One M8, Moto G X, PS Vita and More (Black / Yellow)
Amazon Price: $69.99 $39.99 Buy Now
(price as of Nov 26, 2014)
This battery pack can endure being dropped in dirt, water, snow, and even the dustiest environments. The ports are perfectly sealed and the unit can withstand being immersed in water (up to 3 feet deep) for 30 minutes. It's IP (Ingress Protection) 67 certified and backed by a 12-month Limited Replacement Warranty.

Wonder What IP 67 Certified Means?

I did too

The IP rating code (aka Ingress Protection Rating) is simply a classification system used to indicate how rugged or protected a device is from external damage. The first number corresponds to "solids" and the second number indicates "liquids."

Up next are a couple of charts I found on Wikipedia that help you understand this rating system. The second chart[1] is longer on Wikipedia, so I only included a snippet of it.

IP Code: Solid Particle Protection

Since the first number is 6 = dust proof

IP Code Solid Particle Protection
Credit: Wikipedia

IP Code: Liquid Ingress Protection

Second number is 7 = waterproof for 30 mins (1 m deep)

IP Code Liquid Ingress Protection
Credit: Wikipedia

Only Compatible with Apple iPhone 6 (4.7")

Case has Kickstand and Crystal Clear Screen Protector

iPhone 6 Case Ultra Slim Fit Dual Layer Hybrid Case with Kickstand and Screen Protector
Credit: Amazon

iPhone 6 Case - VENA [LEGACY] Ultra Slim Fit Dual Layer Hybrid Case with Kickstand and Screen Protector for Apple iPhone 6 (4.7")

iPhone 6 Case - VENA [LEGACY] Ultra Slim Fit Dual Layer Hybrid Case with Kickstand and Screen Protector fits Apple iPhone 6 RoseWrites 2014-10-18 5.0 0 5
5/5

You Can Order it Now

This iPhone 6 Case will be in stock Oct. 24th, 2014

iPhone 6 Case - VENA [LEGACY] Ultra Slim Fit Dual Layer Hybrid Case with Kickstand and Screen Protector for Apple iPhone 6 (4.7") - Gunmetal / Black
Amazon Price: $24.95 $9.99 Buy Now
(price as of Nov 26, 2014)
This case is made of tough plastic, rubberized polycarbonate, and a silicone core which absorbs shock and minimizes the effects of external vibration. It's ultra slim at only 3.3 mm and provides complete access to all your buttons and ports. The kickstand makes hands-free viewing a breeze. Comes in 5 colour combinations (which is a handy way to earmark phones if two or more family members or employees have the same iPhone).

Two Layers of Protection

Two layers of protection for your phone
Credit: Amazon

Great for Travelling

iPhone 6 Case in use on a nightstand
Credit: Amazon

My IT Guy Found This Last Deal

Every commuter needs a car charger. I've owned a couple and found them cumbersome. I had to twist one into the cigarette lighter socket at just the right angle or it didn't fully connect. I know it had more to do with how my car was designed than the charger, but it annoyed me.

My IT guy was most impressed by the Bolse car charger that has 3 USB ports. Here was what he told me when I exclaimed, oh, it's 3-pronged:

"Not 3-pronged, it has 3 USB ports. And one of those ports provides 2.4 amps for a tablet. The other two are 1.5 amps each which adds up to 5.4 amperes (5 volts).

The other two ports still have plenty of power left to charge two phones.

It's has that SmartIC technology - it will detect what's plugged in and will deliver the fastest charging speed to those devices.
Oh and tell your readers to always use your original cable that comes with your phone or tablet."

A Decent 3 Port USB Car Charger

Delivers High Output With SmartIC Technology

Bolse USB Car Chargers
Credit: Amazon

Bolse High Output 3 Port USB Car Charger

Bolse® USB Car Chargers (27W / 5.4Amps), Provides Maximum Power For 3 Devices At Once With SmartIC™ Technology Charging Station RoseWrites 2014-10-18 5.0 0 5
5/5

Bolse 3 Port USB Car Charger (5.4 A)

The World's Smallest (3 Port) Charger for Cars

Bolse® USB Car Chargers (27W / 5.4Amps), Provides Maximum Power For 3 Devices At Once With SmartIC™ Technology Charging Station for iPhone 5, 4S; Samsung Galaxy S5, S4, Galaxy Note 3, 2; iPad Air, 5, mini; MP3 Player
Amazon Price: $13.99 Buy Now
(price as of Nov 26, 2014)
The micro smart chip inside automatically redistributes the maximum amps of power needed for each device you plug in and stops charging each once fully charged. I especially like that my daughter can keep her iPod charged up while I know my phone and tablet are good to go. Up next are a few more photos of it.
Dimensions of Bolse
Credit: Amazon
Bolse Car Charger
Credit: Amazon
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Bibliography

  1. "IP Code." Wikipedia. 18/10/2014 <Web >

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