I’m back with another installment in the weekly Tech Spotlight! I’m discussing fun, useful, or downright cool tech-related items available on Amazon every week. This week features a very useful charger, a time-saving and convenient smart device, and some tech for the kids in your life. Check out what I’ve found this week, then head over to Amazon and add some tech to your cart!
If you like to hike or camp, or if you just like to go out for the day without having to look for an outlet, a portable charger can help. This solar-powered device from BernetPow is a great option for anyone looking to buy a portable charger.
BernetPow’s Solar Charger is a highly-reviewed but reasonably-priced portable charger. The charger can be powered using its solar panel. It can also be charged at an outlet. The product description notes that the solar panel shouldn’t be relied on as the primary way to charge, but of course, having even some solar charging available could be extremely helpful.
This charger can charge three devices at once with 2.4A charging. It’s able to charge most of the typical devices, like an iPhone or a Galaxy. The charger also has a “safety system” meant to prevent things like overcharging or short-circuiting. Also, its listed item weight is 12.3 ounces, which isn’t the lightest option out there, but it’s pretty typical for a decent, high-powered portable charger. And interestingly, it comes with a tiny USB fan that can be plugged in to keep cool in the summer.
This charger also has some features that help prevent wasting a charge. It will automatically stop charging your devices once they’re full, which keeps the battery from charging for no reason and is better for the device. Also, the charger itself will shut off once it’s not longer in use.
Flic is a smart button that makes it a little easier to perform actions on your smart devices. Using the Flic app, you can set your button to do just about anything. Each button has three ways to trigger it—with a click, a double click, or a long press. Each of these triggers can be set to something different, and they can also be set to do more than one thing each.
Flic can be used to control your smart devices, like your lights, your thermostat, or even the camera on your phone. It’s meant to be convenient and time-saving. Since it has an adhesive backing as well as a clip, it could be attached near your doorway so you could turn on the lights and the TV as soon as you walked in the door. Or you could clip it on your sleeve to control your music while working out.
This smart button uses Bluetooth to connect to your device, and it has a range of “roughly 50m,” according to the product description. It also is resistant to “weather and dust,” and the battery lasts quite a long while—over a year, in fact.
If you don’t have any smart products, or if you use your smartphone very little, this might not be all that useful for you. But if you want to be able to control your music without taking your phone out, or if you want to quickly perform actions with your other smart devices, take a look at Flic’s pack of three smart buttons.
This Electronics Discovery Kit from Elenco is a fun offering in the arena of kid’s tech. More and more companies have been producing educational toys that help kids get excited about different areas of tech. This particularly kit has kids 7 and up figuring out how to connect electrical circuits to build interesting projects.
The pieces all snap together, which means there’s no trouble connecting the different parts. The circuit pieces are color coded and perform a variety of functions. This includes a speaker and switches. Using these pieces, kids can work on 101 different projects. The product description mentions fun projects like a musical doorbell and a light police siren.
Aside from these 101 projects, Snap Circuits Jr. can be upgraded by adding other Snap Circuits kits to it. This means that even once your child is done playing with the 101 projects in this kit, more components can be added to complete even more projects.
Kits like this offering from Snap Circuits Jr. could help children develop a love for tech and help with things like problem-solving, working with parts, and following instructions. Check out this kit and the others they offer to see which is best for your child!