Magic Juice Battery Pack by MOBEE – Review


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What we love…

Wireless recharging option, 2.4v output

What we’d love to see…

Faster wireless recharging

Summary

If you have a Magic Feet charging station and also have an iPhone or iPad then the Magic Juice is a great additional accessory

Our Rating

recommended-by-the-imums

Magic Juice Battery Pack

We recently reviewed the Magic Feet Charging Station by MOBEE. The induction charging bar of the Magic Feet Charging Station can also be used to recharge the MOBEE Magic Juice  back up battery for iPhone and iPad.

The Magic Juice puts out 2.4A which is powerful enough to charge an iPad or an iPhone (many other backup batteries have a lower output than this). It has a 5200mAh capacity and one output port. It will recharge an iPhone multiple times or give about a 50% boost to an iPad battery. You can charge it via induction on the Magic Feet charger or the Magic Charger or charge it using a USB cable connected to a wall charger or USB port. It is quite compact and easy to carry, weighing under 5 oz and measuring just over 3 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ x 1.”  It comes with a carry bag and MicroUSB -USB charging cable.

I love using backup batteries but I’m not very good at remembering to plug them in to recharge so this is a great solution, I can just leave it on the Magic Feet and grab it when I’m ready to go. One drawback is that is does recharge slowly on the Magic Feet – it takes approximately 30 hours to fully recharge, if I’m just topping the battery up then charging it overnight on the Magic Feet is fine but if I have fully drained it and want it to be completely charged the next morning I use a wall charger instead.

 

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If you have a Magic Feet charging station and also have an iPhone or iPad then the Magic Juice is a great additional accessory. Available from MOBEE.COM RRP $49.95.

 

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.

 

 

Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).

Review of the Magic Feet Apple Charging Station by MOBEE

 

Magic Feet For Apple Charging Station.

What we love…

The Magic Feet Charging Station is well-designed, stylish, easy to use and better for the environment than disposable batteries, it adds extra USB ports to your Mac and lets you recharge your wireless products without even thinking about it.

What we’d love to see…

2 Cylindrical battery packs included

Summary

For Apple lovers the Magic Feet Charging Station is a great way to keep your Apple wireless accessories charged. It adds 4 USB ports to your Mac, and wirelessly charges up to 3 devices at once-including the wireless keyboard or trackpad and magic mouse, it can also wirelessly charge the Mobee Magic Juice backup battery. RRP $149.99

Our Rating

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The Magic Feet Charging station from MOBEE is a product designed especially for lovers of Apple Mac wireless computing products. It is a desk station that provides a simple elegant wireless charging option for your Apple Keyboard, Apple Magic Mouse and Apple Trackpad as well as providing additional USB ports for your computer.

The charging station is powered by an included charger. The charger is designed to be used internationally, it is compatible with 110-240v input and comes with US, UK, AUS and European plugs. It connects to your Mac via an included micro-USB to USB cable.

Wireless Mouse

The package includes a rechargeable battery pack for the Apple wireless mouse that replaces both the AA batteries and the back panel of the mouse.  You simply leave the mouse on the white section of the charging station when not in use and it charges by induction.

Wireless Keyboard and Trackpad

The package also includes a cylindrical rechargeable battery pack which can be used in either the Apple wireless keyboard or Trackpad. To use it unscrew the circular battery cap from your device and remove the 2 AA batteries, replace with the cylindrical MOBEE rechargeable battery pack. The charging station has a curved slot that the cylindrical end of the keyboard or trackpad sits in so you can just leave it there whenever it is not in use and it will recharge. They take approximately 10 hours to fully recharge, how long they go between charges will depend on your usage MOBEE estimates 10 days, and I found I could easily go at least a week between charges. If you have both a wireless keyboard and a Trackpad you can order an additional battery pack for $14.95 and can alternate charging them. I do wish that it came with 2 cylindrical battery packs as standard, as many Apple Wireless Keyboard users will also have a Wireless Trackpad, but at least you can order a second battery pack inexpensively.

Magic Juice Battery Pack

The induction charging bar can also be used to recharge the MOBEE Magic Juice  back up battery for iPhone and iPad. The Magic Juice puts out 2.4A which is powerful enough to charge an iPad or an iPhone.

USB Hub

One thing I really like about the Magic Feet is that it multi-tasks – not only is it a charging station for my Apple wireless products but it also acts as a USB hub. I am always running out of USB ports on my computer and although the Magic Feet does use one of the USB ports on my computer, it adds 4 new ones which really helps to keep all my accessories connected and ready to use.

For Apple lovers the Magic Feet Charging Station is a great way to keep your Apple wireless accessories charged. It adds 4 USB ports to your Mac, and wirelessly charges up to 3 devices at once-including the wireless keyboard or trackpad and magic mouse, it can also wirelessly charge the Mobee Magic Juice backup battery. RRP $149.99The Magic Feet charging station is a well-designed, stylish product whose design fits well with Apple products. It looks good on your desktop and is a great way to keep your Apple wireless accessories charged. It adds 4 USB ports to your Mac, and wirelessly charges up to 3 devices at once-including the wireless keyboard or trackpad and magic mouse, it can also wirelessly charge the Mobee Magic Juice backup battery.  If you have an Apple Wireless Mouse, Keyboard and/or Trackpad I would recommend this product – it avoids having to replace batteries so it’s better for the environment, it looks good, it is very easy to use, and once you get used to just leaving your mouse and keyboard on the charging station whenever they aren’t in use you no longer have to even think about charging them.

The Magic Feet Charging station is available from MOBEE.COM RRP $149.99. They also have a whole range other other charging solutions if you just want to charge your Apple Wireless products individually.

 

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.

 

Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).



Arlo Smart Home Wire -Free HD Security Camera System by NETGEAR – Review



Arlo, Netgear, Wireless security camera, Wifi camera, smart home, #CES2015

What we love…

Totally wireless camera installation, magnetic mounting system, free cloud storage with basic plan, weatherproof cameras with HD recording, motion detection and night vision, ability to schedule modes.

What we’d love to see…

More options to integrate with other Smart Home products, more detailed “how to” guide within the app

Summary

I find the Arlo security camera a really useful addition to my home. I really love the mounting system and that fact that the cameras are wireless -no need to worry about finding an electrical outlet, no wires to hide and really easy to reposition the cameras. I have been happy with the video quality, motion detection and night vision.

Our Rating

recommended-by-the-imums

NetGear Ambassaodor

Disclaimer: I am a NETGEAR Ambassador and I received this product in exchange for my honest, unbiased opinion and review.

The Arlo Security system consists of a base station which you attach to your router, wireless cameras, and a cloud based storage system. The cameras can record in HD quality, are battery operated, have night vision, motion detection and are suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. The camera feed can be accessed via a SmartPhone app or via the Arlo website, and can be set to send you alerts by text and email when motion is detected. I first got to see the Arlo home security camera system at it’s launch press conference in San Francisco in November 2014, and liked what I saw, so I was excited to get the opportunity to check it out in my home. I tested the Arlo home Security System and 2 cameras using the iPhone app and the Arlo website (via my Mac.)

Set Up

It was very easy to set up, after installing the camera batteries I plugged in the base unit and connected it to my router via an included ethernet cable. Then I created an online account which just took a few minutes, and as I also like to access my Arlo camera feed on the go  I installed the free Arlo app on my iPhone and iPad. Then I synced the cameras to the base station. This was very easy: you just bring the cameras close to the base unit and press the sync button on both cameras and base station and lights on the camera let you know when they have successfully synced.

 

Camera Mounting

One of my favorite features of the Arlo system is how easy it is to mount and move the cameras. They are totally wireless and mount by a clever magnetic mounting system, which makes mounting and moving them a breeze. They come with 4 mounts which you can put up with 1 screw each, these look like a metal ball cut in half, the camera attaches to it via a strong magnet and the semi-circular mount makes it really easy to change the camera angle. The cameras run on 4 CR123A batteries, they come with disposable batteries but you can easily buy rechargeable versions with a charger if you prefer.

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Recording

For each camera you can set up rules as to when to record – you can record when motion in sensed by that camera or by another camera, and you can adjust the sensitivity of the motion detection and how long to record- from 10 second clips up to 120 seconds. The motion sensor works best when the movement is occurring across the viewfinder of the camera rather than straight towards it, so it is good to bear that in mind when positioning the cameras. You can use “motion detection mode” during set up, which flashes lights to tell you when motion is detected, to adjust the sensitivity to the level you want.  To get the best camera positioning there is a “position mode” which lets you view the camera feed in real time as you adjust its positioning. You can also change the video quality settings depending on whether you want to the best video quality or want to optimize battery life. The camera can record up to 720p quality, I set mine at the medium quality level, and I’m happy with the video quality and have seen no noticeable decrease in the battery level after a month’s usage.

The camera system is set up to allow “if,then” programming, at the moment the options for are limited to: when motion is detected record on your choice of cameras +/- sending alerts, but the system is set up to allow more options in future. I hope that in the near future that we will see more options available for integrating Arlo with other smart home products. NETGEAR have already announced a partnership with LIFX, so I’m looking forward to having the option to automatically turn on my LIFX bulbs when Arlo detects motion by the front door.

Scheduling

Once you have set up your various modes and rules for those modes you can switch between modes manually or set up a schedule. I love having the schedule option as it means I can set up for my regular day- having my “security” mode on during the times I am usually out so I can get notified if there is any activity, and my “home and awake” where I don’t get notified of any activity in the house but do get notified if someone is at the door, and then a sleeping mode for night time. I also have a vacation mode that I manually switch on when we are away.  If my schedule changes from my pre-set routine I can just switch off the schedule from the Arlo app and manually pick the mode instead.

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In Use

I was going out on vacation just after I installed the Arlo system so I set it up to monitor my front door and inside the house, this gave me great peace of mind from a security viewpoint, but also let me know when we had some packages delivered so I could contact a neighbor and ask her to look after them until we returned home. Now I am leaving one camera set up permanently near the front door, and as the camera is weather proof I don’t have to worry about it being affected by the fog or rain. The second camera I use indoors and move its position depending on what I am using it for at the time – sometimes it is a child monitor, other times a pet monitor or an indoor security camera. With the magnetic mounting system and no wires to worry about, I love how easily I can move the camera.

As well as recording with the Arlo you can look at your camera feed in real time via the app or website – I find this useful to check on my pets remotely when I’m not home and to watch what my children are up to when they are supposed to be going to sleep! When using it as a baby/ child monitor remember it does not have audio, just video, which can be an advantage or disadvantage depending on your viewpoint!

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The night vision also works well – this is great for security if someone rings the doorbell after dark as you can see who it is before answering the door.  I also have a child with Sleep Apnea who can have difficulty getting to sleep or problems with waking up in the night, so it is useful for me to be able to check on her without going in to disturb her.

The first time I used Arlo I came back from vacation and got about 30 text messages and recordings due to motion being detected as we unpacked the car, before I worked out how to switch it off! So I would recommend taking a little time to get familiar with how the settings and modes work. It would be nice to see a detailed “how to guide” within the app, this information is available on the website and in YouTube videos, but it would be nice to have it right at your fingertips on your smartphone.

Video Storage and Pricing

Your video clips are stored in the cloud and can be accessed via the app or website. In the library there is a calendar, days you have clips stored from are marked in green, and you can view collections of clips by the day.  You can mark clips as favorites (which won’t be automatically deleted), share them, delete or download them from the library.

There are 3 levels of service for the Arlo system – basic is free, supports 1 base station and up to 5 cameras and includes 7 days of cloud recording (up to 1GB cloud storage); Premium is $99/ year, supports up 10 cameras, 30 Days of Cloud Recording (Up to 10 GB Cloud Storage), Elite is $149.00/year, supports up to 15 cameras and 3 Base Stations, and includes 60 Days of Cloud Recording (Up to 100 GB Cloud Storage.) I do like that you have the option of having a free service as not all systems offer this, but with the basic service you do need to be quite “on top” of your storage-checking it regularly to see if there are any clips you wish to download or favorite so that you don’t miss them before they are deleted.

The Arlo Security system comes in a variety of packages I tested the 2 camera starter system which includes 2 cameras, 4 mounts and 1 base station its RRP is $349 it is available from Amazon and other retailers, additional cameras sold separately.

 

Overall, I find the Arlo security camera a really useful addition to my home. I really love the mounting system and that fact that the cameras are wireless -no need to worry about finding an electrical outlet, no wires to hide and really easy to reposition the cameras. I have been happy with the video quality, motion detection and night vision. I love that the cameras can be used inside and out, though it does make me a little nervous that it is so easy to remove the outside camera- although at least if a thief it take a camera I’d get a video of them doing so!

 

 

 

 

Arlo – NETGEAR

Arlo Arlo by NETGEAR

Price: $FREE

Arlo is the worldwide leader in Smart Home Security, and the creator of the world’s first ever 100% wire-free, weatherproof HD security camera.

Arlo cameras make it easy to keep tabs on all the.

 

Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).



Review of The GizmoPal Kids Wearable GPS Tracker and Communication Device by LG



 

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What we love…

Gives children too young for a cellphone an easy way to call their parents or be called by them, GPS location, reasonably priced

What we’d love to see…

More face options, digital watch display, ability to switch on realtime tracking and prevent band from being removed

Summary

I think I think this is a really useful device and it is a great deal. I would love to see some more “tween-friendly” design options as I think the 8-12 year olds are a great target audience for this device but may be put off by its young look.

Our Rating

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The GizmoPal is a GPS tracker and 2 way communication device from LG available exclusively through Verizon. It is designed to help parents keep in contact with their children when they are apart. It is linked to a parents Smartphone and up to 2 addional caregivers can be added. With a simple touch of a button the child can call their parent or vice versa. It is available in blue or pink.

I tested the GizmoPal with my 11 year old son and my 7 year old. The 11 year old he in 5th grade and I’m not yet ready to give him a cellphone but at the same time I would love him to have some independence to walk to the library after school or a friends house, and I’d love him to have an easy way to call me during those times.

Look and Fit

The face of the Gizmopal is quite large but it fits quite well on my 11 year old’s wrist, on the 7 year old the face was wider than his wrist so it did look big on him  although the strap could tighten enough for him to wear it. The designs of the 2 color options do look like they are for very young children it would be nice to see an older child designs, or a skin option to change the look of the device, as I think kids in late elementary school are a great target audience for this device but they may be put off by the young look of the device.

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Set Up

To use the GizmoPal you download the GizmoPal App (available for Android and iOS) and pair the primary caregivers Smartphone to it. You can also can adjust settings and add caregivers from the app. Two people (phone numbers) can be allocated as caregivers- each of these can not only call and be called from the GizmoPal, they can also use the app to change settings and check the GizmoPal’s location. Two more phone numbers can be allocated as contacts: these have more limited privileges they can call the GizmoPal (their calls are limited to one minute duration), but the GizmoPal can’t call them and they can not access the app.

You can set the app up to automatically check the child’s location at pre-set times of day such as checking they arrive at school on time or make it home after school. You can also check their location at any time, this can take up to 3 minutes to locate them. In the settings you can adjust the volume of the band and switch fun sounds and ringtones on or off. You can also check the battery level of the GizmoPal and remotely turn it off (though you can not switch it back on remotely). In the app options you can choose to activate auto-answer – if the child doesn’t answer the call within 10 seconds the GizmoPal will automatically answer the call, this is especially useful when using it with younger children.

In Use

Once it is set up you can call the GizmoPal just like calling a cellphone. The child can also easily call you, touching the call button gives them instructions on how to call “press call button  once to call xxx” , “press call button twice to call yyy.” When you set up the contacts via the app you can choose from a variety of titles for each contact e.g. mom. mama, dad, aunt, grandma, grandpa, if the person is not listed they are called caregiver (you can’t enter a personalized name e.g. Mary.)

My older son has been wearing his GizmoPal regularly to school and it has been really useful if I’m running late to pick him up I can just cal him or if he is going somewhere after school such as to the library or a friends house I can call him to see if he arrived safely or just check his location via the GPS. It gives me a lot of peace of mind knowing if he needs me he can call just by pressing a button. I find that I typically need to charge the GizmoPal about every 5 days which works well for our schedule. He has used it on weekends too but we did sometimes have issues with not being able to use it when outside areas of good cell phone coverage. The GizmoPal is worn like a watch and he needed to remove his watch to wear it, it can tell the time (by speaking it) but has no visual display of the time, so in class it was hard for him to know the time so it would be nice to see a digital clock added to the face.

My younger son used the GizmoPal over the weekend when we were on an overnight field trip to a local aquarium with his Cub Scout pack. It was useful because he has a tendency to spot a friend and go to join them instead of staying by my side, so I’d often turn around and see he wasn’t there. With lots of different directions he could go in it was great to be able to call him and remind him not to run off and to be easily able to relocate him. I did wish at times though that I could have it pick up faster than 10 seconds as that can seem a long time to auto-answer when your 7 year-old is out of sight. It was also great for him to have a way to call me, we stopped at a local Toys R Us on the way home and he got lost amongst the toy aisles as he hunted for Legos, and he gets very worried when he realizes I’m not in sight but with the GizmoPal he could call me and tell me where he was.

There are some improvements I would like to see in future updates, I can see 2 distinct markets for the device-1) preschool and early elementary school kids and 2) late elementary school and middle school kids who don’t yet have a cellphone. For the younger kids using it I’d love to see a band that they can’t take off and a warning sent to the caregivers phone if it is removed, I’d also love an option in the app to disable switching it off at the device. For the older kids I’d love to see more grownup looking face designs, or a skin option to change the look of the device and the addition of a digital watch display. For both age groups I’d also love to see an option to switch on the tracking continually in real-time if this was on continually it would drain the battery but I’d love to be able to activate  it if needed. This would be useful if they are walking from your house to a friends house in the neighborhood you can watch them as they travel, or in an emergency situation e.g. a lost child who is not answering the call you can more easily track them.

Overall, I think I think this is a really useful device and it is a great deal – it costs $79.99 to buy then $5 per month on a Verizon Wireless MORE Everything plan. I would love to see some tweaks made to the device to make it even more useful especially adding some more “tween-friendly” design options as I think the 8-12 year olds are a great target audience for this device but may be put off by its young look.

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 TECHNICAL SPECS

ŸStandby Time: Up to 148.8 hrs

ŸUsage Time: Up to 2.5 hrs.

ŸWeight: 1.48 oz.

ŸWidth: 1.37 in.

ŸHeight: 2.17 in.

ŸBattery: 400 mAh

ŸCompatibility: Android 4.0 or higher, iOS 7 or higher

Requires Verizon Wireless Cellphone service ($5 per month to add to a Verizon Wireless MORE Everything )

GizmoPal – Verizon Wireless 

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by Verizon Wireless

Category: Lifestyle, Utilities
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
Size: 33.5 MB

$FREE

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Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).

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