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Tech Spotlight

Tech Spotlight

Each week, I’ll be spotlighting three or more pieces of tech that are worth checking out and buying. These items will all be available on Amazon, so get ready to take advantage of that lovely Prime shipping. This week I’m sharing a useful smart bulb, a highly-rated and affordable speaker, and a high-powered portable charger.

MagicLight Bluetooth Smart Light Bulb

You may think you don’t need a smart bulb, but having one can be fun and extremely useful. MagicLight’s Bluetooth Smart Light Bulb is a great and affordable way to give smart bulbs a try. The way it works is pretty straightforward—you screw the bulb in wherever you would like to use it and go through a quick setup process. You need to have location services and Bluetooth enabled on your phone and have the phone nearby to use the bulb. After it’s set up, you can do a lot with the bulb. Some of the fun and interesting things you can do are use a color wheel to choose what color you want the bulb to be, use an image to create a color for the bulb, turn on multi-colored strobes, and set the light to pulse to the beat of whatever music you’re playing. It can be a lot of fun. Even better, though, are the truly useful features. This MagicLight bulb lets you set sunrise and sunset timers. You can set the bulb to slowly (or immediately, or moderately quickly, whatever you want) turn off at night and do the same in the morning. If you don’t like waking up in the dark, having a sunrise timer is wonderful. You can also easily turn the light on and off from wherever you are, as well as dim or raise the lights. You can read in bed and then turn the light off without having to get out of bed. If you’re in another room nearby and you realize you left your light on, you can turn it off without getting up. This bulb is fun, but it’s also quite useful.

View the MagicLight Bluetooth Smart Light Bulb

EasyAcc Mini Portable Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker

EasyAcc offers speakers that are affordable while actually being good. It’s easy to find cheap speakers on Amazon, but many of them offer awful sound quality or will die quickly. EasyAcc’s Mini Portable Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker has 4.4 out of 5 stars with over 1,400 reviews. People have responded well to this speaker. The speaker is small and powerful. It has a microphone built in, so if you’re using your phone, you can take phone calls. You can also use a micro SD card with it, and it can be connected from a computer as well, so even if your device doesn’t have Bluetooth, it will likely work. Also, it has an FM radio, so if you enjoy listening to the radio, this speaker can give you access. It’s rechargeable, so you don’t have to keep buying batteries to replace old ones—just plug it in to charge. It has some buttons on the speaker, so you can push a button to skip a song or change the volume. Many reviews on Amazon mention that the speaker can get pretty loud, especially considering how small the speaker is. I have had an EasyAcc speaker in a different model for over two years, and the speaker I have holds a full charge for a very long time and is loud enough to use in every situation I’ve been in. This particular model looks to be a nice, small speaker for a great price.

View the EasyAcc Mini Portable Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker

RAVPower 16750mAh External Battery Pack

If you want to take your phone out without worrying about where your next charge will come from, this battery pack can do that for you. RAVPower makes a lot of battery packs, but this one simply holds a nice charge and has great reviews (4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon, with over 13,000 reviews). Because it’s so high-powered, their product description notes that some phones can get three or even five full charges from the battery pack before it needs to be recharged. It can also charge two devices at once, so if you have a phone and a tablet that are both about to turn off, you won’t have to choose which to charge. It even has a bit of a bonus feature—it has a flashlight. If you’re charging your phone during a camping trip, you can use your battery pack to find your way to your tent at night, too. The battery pack charges devices and itself at a pretty rapid pace, so while it might not be as fast as a quick-charge wall charger, it shouldn’t take a very long time to fully charge your phone. The charger isn’t tiny, but it isn’t all that bulky, either, so you can likely fit it in your pocket and easily charge your phone while you’re walking. If you find your phone battery dying during outings, or if you’re going on a trip, take a look at a RAVPower battery pack.

View the RAVPower 16740mAh External Battery Pack