We do our best to save energy at home, but it is easier said than done with three kids who like to leave lights on all day long. (Even in the closets. Just, why?) That said, smart thermostats have been making it easier for so many families to conserve on heat and air conditioning usage for the last few years, without even having to think about it. Devices like the ecobee and Nest have been huge hits, and now tado° has entered the market with a smart thermostat for heating systems that’s very impressive and definitely worth a look. It’s even on sale right now through our...Read More
I recently found myself caught out there without portable, backup battery power. I mean, I had a Plan C — my iPhone charger in my purse — which was more like a Plan E, because trying to locate a conveniently-placed wall outlet at a massive blogging conference where every other attendee needs it too, is not a smooth move. I vowed to never wind up in that position again. Plus, I’m a tech writer! This is not how we do things. Which is why I was eager to try out Imation’s new LINK Power Drive. Related: Our 5 essential portable...Read More
Living in these fast tech times means having to pause to power up our devices. It’s just part of the deal, right? And when we’re on the go, this often means searching for a free outlet, sometimes in strange places. But what about when you have more than smart device to charge? Thankfully our friends at Bluelounge are here with the new Bluelounge Portiko, a 6-foot extension cord with 2 outlets and 2 USB ports. The power cord allows you to plug in two laptops, a tablet, and a smartphone at once, all on one outlet. Plus, one of the USB...Read More
Penny for your thoughts? Better. How about a penny for portable chargers for your smartphone? It’s true: Powerskin, one of the leaders in portable chargers, launched a super promotion this weekend offering its popular PoP’n portable battery pack for Android and iPhone (4/4s, 5, 5s, 5c) for only one cent, plus shipping. That’s a savings of $49.99, friends! We’ll take it. But hurry – today is the last day! Related: Our 5 essential portable chargers: Don’t leave home without one. Or more. The PoP’n portable charger is pretty neat. Its slim, versatile design lets you get a quick power boost simply...Read More
We all love our smart devices until they start flashing “low battery” signs at us. Which is why we’re always on the lookout for fast and easy ways to charge our tech devices. And if the juice boost method happens to be cool too? Icing. Like with these two, new portables from the UK-based company Fonesaleman: The QiStone+ wireless charger and the WoodPuck Bamboo Edition wireless charger. I’ll admit, I was a little skeptical at first. I’ve tried a few of these so-called wireless gadgets that turned out to be lame, complicated, or just not effective and taking entirely too long to get the juice-up...Read More
A USB electrical outlet that’s easy to install and easy on your wallet. We’ll take one in every room.
It’s amazing that USB electrical outlets aren’t yet standard in homes and new constructions, so we’ve covered quite a few ways to turn regular electrical outlets into USB charging spots yourself. The new SnapPower Charger looks like the easiest and most economical option we’ve seen yet. It’s no wonder it’s killing it on Kickstarter. Unscrew your old outlet cover, pop the SnapPower Charger in its place, and screw it back in. It really is that simple. If you can wield a screwdriver, you can install this. Related: The USB electrical outlets that need to be in our homes What I really love about this USB electrical outlet...Read More
We rely so much on our tech gadgets that it’s no surprise innovative charging solutions are such a hot commodity. We’re always looking for a smarter, sleeker way to power up our phones and tablets while keeping our homes organized, and we’re pretty impressed with how the new thingCHARGER charging station does exactly that. The thingCHARGER plugs directly into a wall outlet, but it’s really an outlet in itself. Both sockets are fully operational, plus there are ports at top with interchangeable adapters to charge or device any USB device at all–iPhone, iPad, Galaxy, other battery packs, you name it. Plus...Read More
Taming cords is one of my own top tech challenges, so I’m always on the lookout for new ways to get my desk more organized and keep tangles at bay. Because despite what design magazines tend to portray in their perfect home office photo spreads, cords are a fact of life in the real world today. Lots and lots (and lots) of cords. Whether you need a new cord management solution for your home office, or or just want your workspace to look more organized overall, we found some great new options to consider that we haven’t featured before. One of my favorite cord management finds from CES this...Read More
We’ve featured some stylish power strips here on Cool Mom Tech but I’ve never seen one like the oon power outlet from OKUM. In a word: Gorgeous. This beautifully-crafted looks like no power strip you’ve ever seen. The string of outlets is handmade in Los Angeles from a combination of wood, plastic, metal, and fiber and looks like a piece of art. Yet it’s designed with safety in mind as well, featuring self-contained sockets in the square blocks that are completely polarized on a six-foot long cord. Of course, the wooden balls and blocks do make it look like a...Read More
I still can’t believe how small and smart Kii is, a compact charger that fits right on your keychain. Hence the name. Get it? Now we’ve loved Bluelounge ever since we featured their CableBox awhile back, and their new Kii falls right in line. It’s lightweight and lets you plug in to juice up or sync your devices straight from your laptop — no jumbled up charging cords or cable connectors needed. Hello, free space. The tote bag hasn’t seen you in a good while. Kii is dual-sided: one end is either Micro-USB or Apple connector, the other is USB, to plug directly into your laptop, though it’s...Read More
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