Category Archives: iPhone Accessory Reviews

Anker PowerCore Magnetic 5K Battery Pack

Trying Out Anker’s PowerCore Magnetic 5K Battery Pack for MagSafe iPhones

Anker PowerCore Magnetic 5K Battery Pack

After ordering as soon as they became available on Amazon, I guess I was one of the earlier recipients of Anker’s new PowerCore Magnetic 5K MagSafe-compatible battery pack. It came a day before we left for our vacation, which I figured would be the perfect time to try it out.

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Review: Charge Fast MagSafe Power Pack

Charge Safe MagSafe Battery Pack

Last week I wrote about being excited to try out a new MagSafe battery pack that was headed my way. That was delayed a while due to a massive snow storm and cold snap that shut down the southern US for over a week. It continued to be delayed this week, as FedEx and UPS both dug out from a week of backed up deliveries. Unfortunately, I also had to work out of town most of this week, so I wasn’t home when the new rebranded Charge Fast MagSafe Power Pack finally arrived.

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Apple MagSafe Charger

Living With the iPhone 12 Pro Max: Does MagSafe Make a Difference?

Apple MagSafe Charger

While some Apple fans and tech critics have had reservations with the new MagSafe wireless charging feature announced with this year’s iPhones, I have tried to keep an open mind right off the bat. While I know it doesn’t charge as fast as a USB-C to Lightning Cable paired with a Fast Charger,  it does offer faster wireless charging than previous iPhones, which is a step forward from what was available on previous iPhones.

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Review: UAG Mouve Case for iPhone 12 Pro Max

UAG Mouve Case for iPhone 12 Pro Max

I’ve been a fan of Urban Armor Gear, or UAG as they are more commonly known, and their cases for several years. Their products tend to have interesting designs and provide excellent protection without excessive bulk. When you are a fan of large iPhones, that is a very important feature. Another thing that I really like about UAG is that their products tend to be reasonably priced considering the combination of quality design and visual appeal.

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Apple MagSafe Charger

Apple’s MagSafe Ecosystem Has a Lot of Potential

Apple MagSafe Charger

Even if Apple’s own MagSafe accessories don’t show it, third-party manufacturers will step up to the plate

Even though I won’t be able to pre-order an iPhone until next month, I decided to go ahead and get a new MagSafe charger when they went on sale last Friday. I was already on the Apple Store app getting my iPad Air and figured, why wait?

Unfortunately, Apple’s MagSafe-compatible cases for the iPhone 12 Pro Max were not on sale yet, but at least buying early insured that I could try out Apple’s new magnetic charging puck on day one with my new phone when it shows up in a few weeks. The new MagSafe Charger arrived yesterday and it looks predictably unassuming, yet solid.

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Sandmarc Prolight Boxes

Review: Sandmarc Prolight Bi-Color Edition and RGB Edition

Sandmarc Prolight Boxes

Right off the top, I’m going to give a bit of a disclaimer- I am nowhere NEAR the level a profession photographer. I don’t even qualify as a pro-sumer these days. However, I have had an interest in getting the most out of the iPhone for photography since Apple put a really capable camera inside of a smartphone with the iPhone 4S.

This interest lead me to start looking at external lenses that add additional capabilities to the iPhone years ago. At the time, you needed external lenses to do any kind of zoom , macro or wide angle photography. While the rapid advances in smartphone cameras have changed the market for external lenses, there are a few companies still making high-quality models that take an already impressive current iPhone camera to the next level. Sandmarc is one such company making high-end, professional level mobile photography accessories.

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Apple’s Smart Battery Case Is Worth It If You Need It

Apple’s Smart Battery Cases certainly aren’t anything new. They have been around since 2015 and the iPhone 6S. However, since I have had really good success with all-day battery life using Plus and Max-sized devices since the iPhone 6, I never bought, or even tried one. Until recently, that is.

Even though the iPhone 11 Pro Max has delivered some of the best battery life that I’ve ever enjoyed, I decided to pick one up a month ago. I had some work travel coming up at the time and I can’t always count on easy charging in meeting venues. You never can tell how much you might need to use your phone to take pictures, stay connected, or for your own Internet connection. All of that can take a big toll on your battery life. I figured a little insurance would be a good idea.

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Review: Kanex GoPower Watch Stand with Wireless Charging Base

I’ll admit that I am extremely late to the wireless charging bandwagon. For various reasons, it just hasn’t seemed essential or at least worth the cost to invest in one. However, when I was offered the opportunity to take a look at the GoPower Watch Stand with Wireless Charging Base for review, I was intrigued to learn about what I’ve been missing.

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Powerbeats Pro Arrive!

I would say MY Powerbeats Pro arrived, but they aren’t actually mine. I am taking a look at them so I can write a little about them, but they will belong to my wife very soon. Wednesday was her birthday, so these are her Combo bday/Mother’s Day gift. She was kind enough to let me test drive before she takes them so I won’t get in the way of her listening pleasure once I hand them over.

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Review: Pad and Quill Deluxe Traveler Protective Case for the iPhone XS Max

Back in October of last year, I reviewed Pad and Quill’s Bella Fino and Traveler Cases for the iPhone XS and XS Max. Pad and Quill sent me the iPhone XS version of the Traveler right around the time that I got my iPhone XS Max. Thankfully, I still had my iPhone X, so I was able to test it out for a couple of days before I had to send my old phone back to Apple.

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Review: Sandmarc Telephoto Edition Lens

I reviewed Sandmarc’s Photography Edition last Fall, which includes their Wide Angle, Fisheye and Macro lenses, and came away very impressed with both the quality of the lens construction and the images produced. While this 3-lens collection set does a lot to expand the functionality of the iPhone’s camera, the one thing missing was zoom enhancement.

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