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.
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.
Dick recently found "neck fans" on Amazon that can keep him cool while he's working in the garden over the summer. They're sometimes called 'bladeless fans' because you don't see any moving part; everything is built into the case and they fit around the next. The Jisulife Neckfanworn has a 4000 mAh rechargeable battery.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Dickie D joins Leo to talk about a new innovative virtual keyboard that won the annual Innovation Award from CES.
The first gadget of the new year from the Giz Wiz is the Hamilton Beach FlexBrew, which offers 3 ways to brew coffee. You can make up to 12 cups with ground coffee on the carafe side or use a dual-purpose single-serving K Cup pod or ground coffee on the other. The included pod holder and single-serve grounds basket handle both options.
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.