Giz Wiz

The Giz Wiz and the Emergency Kit

 Giz Wiz

Episode 1827

In the event of an emergency power outage, the BioLite Solar Home 620 is a kit for keeping the lights on. Kit includes a 6-watt solar panel, mounting screws, the control box, three individual string lights with individual switches, including one with a motion sensor. The handsome control box includes a 20-watt hour rechargeable battery to store solar energy, 2 USB device charging ports, a digital display for feedback on power availability, and control for the built-in speaker. You can use the built-in FM radio or use the SD card reader to play your own MP3 music files.

The Giz Wiz Gets Wired Up

Episode 1815

This week's gadget is ideal if your home has terrible wifi. It may be time to go wired. Dick has that problem at his apartment and the TP-Link Wireless Access Point TL-WA901N | 2.4Ghz N450 model was recommended by Leo to solve the problem. The company says: Designed to establish or expand a scalable high-speed wireless N network or to connect an Ethernet-enabled device such as a game console, digital media adapter, printer, or network-attached storage device to a wireless network. Supports Client, Multi-SSID, Range Extender, and AP operation modes to enable various wireless applications.

The Giz Wiz and the Tiny Charger

Dick

Episode 1804

This week's gadget from the Giz Wiz is Anker's new Nano II series of chargers ... the first in the world to take advantage of Gallium Nitride (GaN) II technology. The new Nano II lineup includes 65, 45, and 30 watt chargers - smaller and faster-charging options for consumers. This new generation of Nano II charger series is not only smaller and more portable but also makes a leap forward in compatibility and charging safety.

The Giz Wiz and the Cheap Webcam

Dick

Episode 1798

This week's gadget from Dickie D is a cheap 2K webcam from China. Said to be a true 2K - 2560 X 1440, 30Fps per second obviously should be better than 1080P. These inexpensive webcams all seem to have wide-angle lenses; one mentions 105 & another 110 degrees. Note that they are fixed non-zoom lenses. But wait, there's more! The two webcams I bought came with a free privacy cover & tripod!  
  

The Giz Wiz and the Mini Keyboards

Dick

Episode 1794

This week's GizWiz gadgets are a pair of mini keyboards. The first is a backlit Mini Wireless Keyboard + Touchpad + Mouse with Laser Pointer by ETopBest. Plugin the 2.4 GHz computer, charge the mini keyboard and it's ready. But you'll have to turn it on, too. It also has a sleep mode to save battery, some really nice LED backlighting with a choice of colors, and even a laser pointer. The small design makes it easy to hold by hand and it is small enough to slip into a pocket. Powered by a 450 mAh Lithium-ion battery. Price as of 5/6/21 is about $24.

The Giz Wiz and the Nifty Spiffy Dohickey

Dick

Episode 1776

This week's gadget us the inCharge 6 - or as Amazon calls it: The Six-in-One Swiss Army Knife of Cables, Portable Keyring Compatible with Apple iPhone/USB/USB-C/Micro USB Cable for All of Your Devices. This cable is short, about 2”. The whole device ready to charge is about 5”. But it's versatile. You get USB to USB-C, USB to combo Lightning/Micro USB, USB-C to USB-C & USB-C to dual Lightning/Micro USB. The device is very lightweight and easy to use once you master the 'hidden' connectors.

The Giz Wiz and the Ugly Christmas Sweater

Episode 1747

The holidays are right around the corner and Dickie D joins Leo to talk about the Digital Dudz Morph Men's Fireplace Ugly Christmas Sweater. The company says you download the free Digital Dudz app onto your smartphone, find the Crackling Fireplace animation and then slide the phone into the front-loading pocket. However,the biggest is that the smartphone pocket is small, about 3" X 5 1/2". You can get a fireplace video on Youtube. With the small smartphone installed, the sweater looks great.