SnapPower Safe Light and USB Charger by SnapPower – Review

What we love…

super easy to install SnapPower Safe Light allows you to childproof and install night lights throughout your house.  Snap Power Charger is a perfect outlet replacement especially if you have a home office where you might need to charge your electronics without having them downstairs

What we’d love to see…

ability to use in a bathroom or kitchen using GFCI

Summary

Easy to install child proofing solution that has the benefit of pathway lighting and no covers to lose or cords to lose when charging your cell phone. I love how easy it is to access my outlets now and don’t worry my toddler will see me removing one of the plastic outlet covers and try to do so himself potentially resulting in a hazard.  Simple.  Easy.  A must have product in my home.

Our Rating

 

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SnapPower Safe Light by SnapPower is an easy to install wall replacement switch that not only childproofs but adds lights so you don’t need to take up one of the outlets with a nightlight.  As a mom of a toddler, I increasingly found myself telling my son “no” when it came to power outlets.  I remember childproofing with my first involved cumbersome outlet covers or the little white outlet covers you would remove just so you could vacuum and then stick back in.  I knew that there had to be a better solution.  At our house, in addition to needing to childproof, many of our outlets had nightlights plugged into at least one of the outlets.  We have some pretty dark corners, especially at the bottom of the stairs.  Other products in the lineup include switch plate covers for light switches
Installation was a snap – it took me more time to go downstairs and turn off the breaker than it did to install each of the three SnapPower Safe Lights.  You simply switch off the power, remove the outlet cover, and then insert the new outlet cover which has metal prongs on each side.  These prongs go inside the outlet and provide power for the LED guidelight at the bottom of the outlet.  Not only are they childproof, but you gain an outlet back and nighttime lighting.  Each outlet contains a sensor which turns the light on and off based on the light conditions or you can set it to high or low, and it costs mere pennies a day to use.  It’s so much brighter than the previous blue nightlights we were using, but not too bright if my older son gets up during the night to use the bathroom.

We also tested the Snap Power Charger, which allows you to convert your outlet to a USB charger, without losing the outlet.  We have a lot of tech in our house – and sometimes our home charging dock is full – or I might just want to plug in my iPhone if it’s running low on battery.  Installation for this was simple as well – the outlet screw provides the connection to power with the power prongs providing power and you simply snap on the cover.

For purposes of the review – I have used both the SnapPower SafeLight and Snap Power USB Charger for over a month – and I honestly love them.  I love that I don’t need to fiddle with plastic outlet covers if I need to do a quick vacuum of the playroom or worry about coming down the stairs in the dark.  When I use the SnapPower SafeLight I simply insert the plug of whatever item I want to use,slide the outlet covers over and am on my way.  When I am done, I unplug and don’t have to worry any longer about putting something else back into the outlet or fiddling with putting the cover back on.

The SnapPower Guidelight and SnapPower USB Charger work on standard outlets – they do not work with GFCI outlets due to the need for a reset button – so you can’t use them in the kitchen or bathrooms.  I would love to see this in the future although I am sure it will require a redesign of some sort.

Overall, this has been a fantastic solution for night time lighting, childproofing and charging for our family.  I love how easy it is to access my outlets now and don’t worry my toddler will see me removing one of the plastic outlet covers and try to do so himself potentially resulting in a hazard.  Simple.  Easy.  A must have product in my home. Items can be purchased directly from SnapPower or via Amazon.

RRP of SnapPower Safe Light is $17.00 USD for a single or 10 for $140 USD.

RRP of the SnapPower USB charger is $20 USD for a single or a three pack for $54 USD.

all>NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.The links in this post may contain affiliate links where The iMums will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on our link, this helps to support the costs of running this site and we appreciate your support.

Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.

Hudson The Puppy Bluebee Pal Pro by Bluebee Pals – Review

What we love…

soft and cuddly Bluetooth enabled animal which reads you stories, sings and allows use of special needs apps like an AAC, we loved seeing his mouth “move” as he spoke and interacted with us

What we’d love to see…

better mechanism for younger kids not to be able to access back of the Bluebee Pal, my son saw me open the velcro once and it became a game for him to rip it open to access the blue box in the back

Summary

Super fun toy which helped my 2 year old engage with my iPad, listen to stories and music.

Our Rating

 

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Hudson the Puppy by Bluebee Pals is a plush toy which brings your iPad to life.  Hudson is a huggable plush learning tool with a moving mouth that talks, sings and reads to your child using content from your Bluetooth enabled device ranging from a iPhone or iPad, Android or bluetooth enabled laptop.  The puppy includes lip synchronization which allows the puppy’s mouth to move in time to the words or music, read a story or work with a learning app like an Alternative Augmentative Communication device (AAC).  Hudson the Puppy has velcro on his back, which you open to access a box used to turn him on/off, charge and a light which indicates if it is charging..  There is an on/off switch in the back as well as a mini-USB charging port for when the device needs a charge.  You can press on the right “ear” to access the phone and answer it or disconnect from a call. To connect Hudson, you go into settings, Bluetooth and from there you can connect under “other devices” to Bluebee Pals. You can also sit your device on Hudson’s lap or simply have the device nearby and hold Hudson.

 

Hudson is a soft and cuddly toy which my two year old loved.  I can’t tell you how many times he has asked me to read his favorite story books, and now Hudson can help read them to him, by speaking the words and allowing him to look at the images on our iPad.  It was also great with other apps we were playing with because my son is too young to read, Hudson would read aloud the text on the screen when we were playing with a Trucks storybook which let him “read” independently.  My son enjoys listening to music and I loved that I could connect Hudson to act as a speaker for music without actually having to give him my device, this meant I could stream Pandora easily without worrying about him swiping and using my iPad.  I also liked that I could pair Hudson to both my iPhone and iPad, so that it didn’t matter which device I was using with my son.  You can also use your Bluebee Pro to answer phone calls – the calls were clear and my two year old enjoyed hearing his puppy “speak” using another’s voice.  On the other end, at times the caller heard a slight echo or a muffling, I’m not 100% sure why as it was clear on our end with my iPhone 6.  I loved the “voice” that Hudson gave to my son when we used it.  The battery life was quite good and I’ve only had to recharge it once despite many uses.  The music option is great too or you can use it in “read to me mode” which means that the stories will be read to your child without them having to use your device and having it act more like an audiobook. I wiped down Hudson Puppy a few times when my son sneezed on him and it cleaned up very nicely which is very important for a toy.

In terms of improvements, my son saw me open the velcro in the back and then it became a “game” for him to open it.  I almost wish there was a zipper or something instead that wasn’t as easy for kids to open.

Overall, we loved using Hudson and my son kept asking for the story over and over again.  I loved how easy it was to set up and use, and when I tested it with some friends who had kids with special needs and an AAC app, they loved how it gave their son a voice.

BlueBee Pals are available online from the BlueBee Pals website and from Toys R Us, Walmart and other retailers RRP $64.99

NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.The links in this post may contain affiliate links where The iMums will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on our link, this helps to support the costs of running this site and we appreciate your support.

Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.

News: Palo Alto Innovation Launches new Sandman Clock

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PALO ALTO INNOVATION LAUNCHES THE SANDMAN CLOCK

The alarm clock re-booted to support modern consumers’ growing number of devices

SANTA CLARA, California, Thursday, November 19, 2015 – Palo Alto Innovation, an elite group of

designers, engineers, and businessmen who love gadgets, today announced the launch of The

Sandman Clock.

The Sandman Clock re-imagines the classic alarm clock for the twenty-first century. Its contemporary,

neutral design combines intuitive controls with the largest auto-adjustable display of its type, integrated

cable management, and four USB ports to keep multiple consumer devices charged and ready to go.

Until The Sandman Clock, consumers could not purchase an alarm clock with more than two USB

ports plus cable management for under $50. The Sandman Clock addresses consumers’ needs and is

now available for pre-order priced at $29.

“We are focused on developing unique products that make life easier for how consumers use their

products today,” said Alex Tramiel, Founder of Palo Alto Innovation. “The Sandman Clock is an

uncompromised design with a distinctive silhouette that supports the ever-increasing number of

devices consumers rely on.”

With the continued rise in smartphone, tablet, smartwatch, fitness tracker, gaming controller, and

backup battery sales, the average consumer’s nightstand is overwhelmed by the weight and power

requirements of all their devices. As a result, current charging setups are usually a chaotic mess of

cables and devices can miss out on a full charge rendering them useless. The current solutions are

either ineffective or expensive and the problem will worsen as consumers look to connect more

devices with greater power needs. According to Cisco* there will be 2.5 devices including tablets and

smartphones for every person on earth and five devices for every Internet user by 2017.

To learn more, please visit www.sandmanclocks.com

*Cisco Visual Networking Index: Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update 2014–2019 White Paper

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About Palo Alto Innovation

Founded in March 2015, Palo Alto Innovation focuses on making life easier, one gizmo at a time. The

company solves everyday consumer problems with elegant, efficient and cost-effective products.

Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.

Aluminium Alloy Outdoor Laser Christmas Lights with IR Wireless Remote by 1byone – Review

What we love…

easy set up and ready to use within moments versus stringing lights and then having to stand in the snow to take them down

What we’d love to see…

ability for the laser light to remember the previous settings

Summary

Easy to use laser light that makes setting up holiday lights a snap both inside and out!  No more wading in the snow banks!

Our Rating

 

recommended-by-the-imums

Living in New England means that setting up holiday lights and decorations can either be a freezing cold activity or it might be one you try to hurry through to get it done and hope it doesn’t snow too much!

1byone offers an outdoor laser Christmas light that includes a remote, you can can set up the holiday decorations in one moment without having to worry about frozen fingers or the fact that you might stand in several feet of snow to take them down at the end of December.  Inside the books is a laser light whcih includes (red, green and an alternating red/green) laser light, as well as a bracket to place it in the ground and  a power adapter.  You stick the spike inside the ground after attaching it to the laser light connect the power and in less than five minutes the laser light show is ready to go.  The best part – in my opinion is that you can also control it from inside and use a timer to make it automatically come on and turn off as well as change the colors with just a touch of the remote.

I really liked how quick and easy it was to set up outside and put into my lawn.  I also liked that it was controlled via remote control and that I could use a grounded electrical cord to provide power to the laser light.  I will say that I have installed and taken it out a few times when I knew it was going to rain (even though I didn’t have to) just because I wanted to test out all the different settings.   The projector is waterproof and can be used both inside and outside – so perhaps you could have Christmas in July if you wished!  I also liked that it doesn’t use too much electricity.  I also really liked the automatic function which meant that the unit would automatically turn off in bright light/sunshine or turn on in the dark.

In terms of enhancements, I wish there was a short memory that allowed the unit to remember what you did if you have to unplug it.  Currently, if you unplug it you have to start over again in the programming process.

Overall, I am looking forward to setting this up outside my house around Thanksgiving during the holiday season to have holiday lights on.  It will be fast and easy to set up and since I’ve already tested it out quite a bit it won’t be bad to get the settings right and the holiday mood fast.  Perfect for the busy family or someone who might live in a climate where the weather isn’t always predictable!

Specification:

Power Input: AC 120V 60Hz
Power Output: DC 5V 2000mA
Dimension: max. diameter 4.45in x length 4.58in
IP Protection: IP65 for the light casing and IP44 for power adapter.
Materials: Aluminum alloy casing and spike. Tempered glass lens.
Spike Height: 7.79in
Working Temperature: -35℃ (-31℉) to 35℃ (95℉)
Remote Control Distance: 30ft
Coverage: 3.5ft 57-85 sqft; 10ft 265-325.6 sqft; 15ft 776.8-971.44 sqft; 20ft 1240-1550.00 sqft; 25ft 1687.2- 2109.72 sqft

Package Includes:

1 x Laser Light with Power Cable
1 x Screw
1 x Spike
1 x Bracket
1 x Power Adapter
1 x User Manual
1 x IR Remote Controller (with CR2025 battery)

Available from Amazon

NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.

Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.

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