Anker

The Giz Wiz Gets Synched

Dick

Episode 1661

Most folks know the iPhone 11 & 11 Pro take spectacular photos, but, being of the phone, the flash is limited. This new Anker MFi flash accessory uses the Lightning connector for tight synchronization with the iPhone rear camera & works with the native camera app and 3rd party apps. Anker says it helps illuminate objects at 2x the range and 4x brightness. It ships with a detachable diffuser and a soft carry pouch. 10,000 shots per charge. Enables off-axis and direct fill flash lighting effects both with and without the detachable diffuser.

Is There an External Power Pack for My Surface?

PowerCore+ 26800 PD with 30W Power Delivery Charger

Episode 1620

Jeffrey from Burbank, CA

Jeffrey got a new Microsoft Surface Pro at work. Is there an external power pack he can use with it? Leo says that laptops like a lot of wattage, more than an average power brick can provide. The Surface also has a proprietary charging connector, though it could charge with a Type-C connector as well. He will want a power brick that can provide more power than the surface uses. It also needs to have enough juice to charge the battery in one fell swoop.

What tablet should I buy?

Apple iPad

Episode 1543

Fiona from Woodland Hills, CA

Fiona is thinking of getting a tablet because she can add it for $20 a month to her cell phone service. Which should she get? Leo recommends the iPad. They start at $329, with Black Friday deals this week of under $200. She's retired and on a budget, though. Leo says she can go with Android, but any tablet under $200 is going to be pretty cheap. She should try and get an iPad on a Black Friday deal. They should be good through Monday. And she should pick up a Bluetooth keyboard, too. Anker makes one for around $25.00.

Why isn't my iPhone charging with my power brick?

Apple iPhone 8

Episode 1524

Scott from Harlington, TX

Scott got an Anker backup battery and sometimes he gets a warning that the accessory may not be supported, and it stops charging the phone. It even does it with the Apple charging block. Rich says that Apple has a program called Apple MFI (made for iPhone). If his accessory is MFI, then the culprit could be a failing cable. It could also be that his phone's connector could have some lint in it preventing his cable from connecting completely. Rich suggests taking a toothpick and sweeping it out. A gentle burst of canned air is a good idea too, but he should be sure to be gentle.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Dick DeBartolo

Episode 1430

Dickie D is back with a new projector from Anker. World famous for their excellent external battery chargers, this time around Anker uses one of their batteries to power their new Nebula Capsule Pico Projector. It's about the size of a soda can and offers a range of connect options which include AirPlay, Chromecast, Bluetooth and HDMI. It's Anker 5200 mAh battery will power video playback for about 2.5 hours on a single charge. The Nebula Capsule runs on a version of Android Nougat and there's built-in support for streaming apps from Netflix, YouTube, HBO, Amazon Prime and more.

Why doesn't my phone charge while I use Waze?

Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus

Episode 1429

Bill from Palm Springs, CA

Bill says that his phone doesn't charge while he's using Waze and is connected to USB for charging. Leo says that some chargers will divide dual USB port chargers, and as such, he won't be using all the charging capacity. Leo advises going with a single port charger and get the highest amperage model he can. That will give him enough juice to charge while he's using it. Leo recommends an Anker charger. Leo also recommends keeping his phone cool. An overheating phone won't charge.