SnapPower Safe Light and USB Charger by SnapPower – Review

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.

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Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. They have a variety of devices including an iPad, iPhone, and an iPod and is often found with a device! 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.
 Review of The GizmoPal Kids Wearable GPS Tracker and Communication Device by LG

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 iPhone4-iPhone4, 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
Size: 35.79 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).
Highlights from #CES2015 Part 2- Products for Children’s Health and Safety

Highlights from #CES2015 Part 2- Products for Children’s Health and Safety

The International Consumer Electronics Show was held in Las Vegas at the beginning of January and over 170,000 people from the Press and Electronics Industry visited the show and I was one of them. This is the second in a series of articles showing some of the new products that caught my eye during this year’s C.E.S. In the first article we highlighted products for the home with an emphasis on the Connected Home.

 

Here we concentrate on products designed for kids. The show has a whole area dedicated to products for children but I wanted to focus on products that I feel could make a big difference in child health and safety. They include a safety alarm designed to prevent the tragedy of caregivers forgetting children and leaving them in hot cars, a GPS tracking watch designed for kids, a tablet that encourages kids to get up and moving whilst playing games, a Smart Toothbrush that not only encourages your child to brush with a fun game and rewards but also monitors and analyzes how they are doing and a wearable Bluetooth thermometer that allows you to accurately monitor your sick child’s temperature without waking them.

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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).
iDME Wristband – Product Review

iDME Wristband – Product Review

What we love…

comfortable wristband that lets you customize information about your child

What we’d love to see…

two toned wrist bands or additional customization for small orders

Summary

iDME gives me as a parent peace of mind knowing that if my son was separated from me that a trusted adult would be able to contact me or know his allergies.

Our Rating

 

recommended-by-the-imums

iDME wristbands were designed to ensure that children who are separated from their parents or caregivers have some form of identification including medical history.  These waterproof wristbands use velcro as a closure and also include two waterproof cards that can be inserted with your contact information inside the wristband to ensure that if your child is ever separated from  you and is unable to tell anyone who their parents are – that basic contact information and medical information is available.

As a parent who travels with their children, I really liked the concept of these wristbands especially as children become more independent and don’t want to hold their parent’s hands.  The wristband is designed for children from the ages of 3-9 and comes in a variety of colors including red, blue, yellow, green, blue camo, and green camo to ensure that your child can pick out their favorite “bracelet” or wristband.  They fit a person with a wrist circumference of up to 6″.  Inside the wristband you can slip a waterproof card which includes your contact name, telephone number and a brief list of allergies as necessary.  In addition, you can purchase additional inserts for the bracelet to ensure that you can use them on vacation, travel or in your local neighborhood all while having the correct local contact information.

I had a scary moment several years ago when my son decided to hide from me when I was bagging groceries.  Luckily he didn’t go far, but I wish that I had known about iDME bracelets at the time to ensure his safety as well as my sanity and peace of mind.   I also liked knowing that even when my son was at events and at organized trips for school he had his identification and allergies listed at all times to ensure that if something happened it would be easy for a person to get in touch with me quickly.

I liked that the information was tucked inside the wristband and the actual name of your child is not listed which will prevent kids from being called by name by strangers.  I taught my son that if something ever happened and he was separated from me that he should find an adult like a police officer, fireman or the like and tell them who he was and my name.  This wristband helps provide me with the additional security knowing that he will be safe.

In terms of improvements, my son would have liked to design his own in “Spiderman” colors – there is customization and branding available now but only for larger orders.

Overall, the wristband has held up well as does the insert in a variety of activities including travel, bike rides, field trips, and even playdates.  Knowing that my son is getting older and more independent it made me feel better to know that if something did happen and he was unable to speak for himself, that basic information was available.  I suggest to parents that you have your child pick out their favorite pattern as it will help them feel more “ownership” of the wristband and make them more likely to wear it.  My son really enjoys wearing his especially when we go on outings to places like the zoo or museums where I know that I want someone to know basic contact information.

The wristbands themselves are priced at $13.99 and additional inserts are priced at $4.99 and in my opinion are well worth the money to ensure the safety of your child or children.  In addition they can be customized and sizes tailored for young children through adults, perfect for any variety of trips.  iDME gives me as a parent peace of mind knowing that if my son was separated from me that a trusted adult would be able to contact me or know his allergies with a quick glance rather than having to guess.  That peace of mind is worth the price of the wristband alone. They can be purchased on the iDME website.

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 sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. They have a variety of devices including an iPad, iPhone, and an iPod and is often found with a device! 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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