Skybuds – Wireless Sound on the Go

skybuds wireless ear budsMost people like to listen to music, and we don’t usually restrict our listening to when we’re at home.   Of course, we don’t usually want to share our music with the public, and often, the public is grateful for that.

That means that you’ll have to use ear buds or headphones, and frankly, those wires can be a bit of an annoyance.  They get tangled, and sometimes they get caught in things, and are generally a nuisance.  Still, until recently, that’s all we had available, unless you wanted to listen using the not-so-great speakers on your tablet or phone.

Now there’s another option – Skybuds.  Skybuds are wireless ear buds that allow you to listen to music without having to bother with cords.  They work with Bluetooth, so you can use them with any Bluetooth-enabled device, and these days, that covers a lot of ground.

The rechargeable Skybuds twist and lock into your ears, and they’re water-resistant, so you can even use them while you’re running or working out.  That’s not all of the features, though – Skybuds do a whole lot more…

  • Passive noise cancellation.  The Awareness feature lets you choose between Active and Adaptive mode, so you can hear as much (or as little) of the outside world as you like.
  • Built-in microphone.  With the simple push of a button on your Skybud, you can take an incoming call.
  • Great sound.  According to the Skybuds Website, they include a balanced armature driver coupled with psychoacoustic features such as bass enhancement for premium sound.
  • Three different tips allow you to adjust them to fit your ears.
  • Lost them?  The Find My Skybuds feature will allow you to locate them.  For this, you’ll need the latest version of the app, but you can find them using either Location or Proximity.  Proximity will help detect them within three distance ranges.  Location will show you the last place the system remembered receiving a Bluetooth signal from them.
  • Four hours of sound between charges.  For gadgets of any kind, including Skybuds, power is often a problem. The Skydock is a portable recharging device that holds five additional charges.  You can charge the Skydock and then take it with you.  When the Skybuds run out of power, you can charge them from the dock.  You can also charge both simultaneously.

find my skybuds appWhile the Skybuds do have a lot of features, work well, and are certainly convenient, they do have a bit of a drawback – they’re not exactly cheap.   That’s often the case with new technology, though it’s likely that the current price of approximately $200 will drop as the product becomes more successful and as competitors enter the market.

When you’re the only one in town offering something new and cool, the price tends to be high.  But others will soon come up with their own variation on the product, and once that happens, the price will likely drop.  I suspect that we’ll see wireless earbuds below $100 within a year or so.  For now, Skybuds are the only game in town, and they’re charging accordingly.

Still, if you travel a lot, they’re going to be awfully convenient, and avoiding the hassle of cords and plugs and tangles may very well be worth a couple of Benjamins to you.

Power When You Need It – The Schumacher Storm700

schumacher storm 700 power supplyThese days, everything runs on electricity.  At least, the fun sorts of gadgets that I write about here run on electricity.  That’s fine; we have a power grid in this country that provides pretty reliable power…most of the time.

Sometimes, when the weather gets bad, you can have a power failure, and that can leave you in a position where your phone, or tablet or whatever other device you can’t live without isn’t going to run if you can’t recharge it.

A lot of people have emergency generators for those occasions, but there are times and places where an emergency generator isn’t practical or isn’t allowed – like most apartments.  If you’re living in those sorts of environments, you’re going to need another source, and that’s where the Schumacher Storm700  can come in handy.

The Schumacher Storm700 is a pretty hefty emergency power source, but it’s self-contained, as it’s basically a large set of batteries with a couple of places where you can plug in.  You’ve likely seen the small devices that you can use to quickly charge up your phone, but the Schumacher Storm700  is a different sort of animal.

How different?  The Schumacher Storm700  is able to provide up to 700 watts of power, giving you power for 3-9 hours.  You’ll be able to charge up and use a number of different devices for a fairly long period of time.

schumacher storm 700 emergency powerThe Schumacher Storm700  includes:

  • An inverter with 1400 peak watts
  • Two 120 Volt outlets
  • A 12 volt DC outlet
  • Two 2.1 amp USB ports

So you can power up USB devices, 12 volt devices or items that use old-fashioned house current.    There are LEDs that show you the status of the system and how much power you have remaining.  Of course, all of this power does have its drawbacks – the Schumacher Storm700  weighs a bit more than 50 pounds, which makes it a bit of a burden to lug around.

Fortunately, the device has a handle and wheels and you can haul it around much like you would a suitcase at the airport.

While the Schumacher Storm700  might be a great thing to have around the house in the event of an emergency, you can certainly be proactive in its use, as well.  It’s great for taking on a camping trip, or to a tailgate party, or to a block party, or to any outdoor event where it might just be handy to have up to 700 watts of power for a few hours.  You could provide some tunes for a party, or use it to provide some lighting for a backyard cookout.

With an optional cable, you can also connect it to an additional battery.

Really, the uses for the thing are unlimited.   What’s the price for having all of this power at your fingertips?  About $300, and you won’t have to order it from some exclusive Website, either.  In fact, you can get the Schumacher Storm700  at a number of home improvement stores.

If you want some more information, I found a great review of this backup system at YouTube:

I don’t have one yet, but this one is definitely on my “must have” list.  We tend to have some pretty heavy winter storms where I live, and power outages happen every now and again.

Great idea.  Lots of power.  Great price.  Sounds like a winner to me.

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