Sunday, 27 January 2013

Sitex 2012 - Energizer Rechargeable Battery AP1201 for iPhone 4

Energizer has been producing a line of portable rechargeable battery chargers. The Energi To Go lineup is quite innovative. One of it caught my interest for the quite awhile. It is the Energizer AP1201 for the iPhone. As my iPhone is a hand-me-down, it's battery life is quite short. I needed a boost.

So at Sitex 2012, I bought this Energizer AP1201 for the iPhone 4. It works for the 4S as well. Original price was SGD119 but at Sitex, it's at SGD49. I think they mark it down because of the introduction of iPhone 5.

It is a rechargeable battery embedded into its silicon skin. The skin offers minimal protection as compared to my Otterbox Commuter, as can be seen from the pictures below. The Otterbox Commuter offers superb protection for the iPhone. It was with a heavy heart that I replaced the Commuter with the AP1201.

The Energizer Rechargeable Battery AP1201 provides additional battery power to the iPhone. There are a series of indicators behind it to show the battery status and it provides the additional charge continuously. However, the Energizer AP1201 does add weight to your phone. It tends to pull my pants down when I put it in my front pocket.

The battery life claims to be extended after the use of the AP1201.

It comes with a very short micro-USB cable.

My original Otterbox Commuter case for the iPhone. There is a raised bezel 
around the iPhone. This protects the iPhone screen if 
it is dropped or scratched.

 The Otterbox Commuter comprises of a silicon skin and a plastic 
polycarbonate outer layer.

 The length of the AP1201 is longer than the Otterbox.

 After putting on the AP1201, the charging port is now at the side.

 There are 2 gaps at the bottom of the AP1201 for the speakers of
the iPhone.

The light indicator for the battery level.

 It gives the iPhone perpetual charge. 

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Sitex 2012 - Powerbank Dual USB Portable Battery Powerocks

The Powerocks Stone 3 is a rechargeable portable battery charger catered for the various portable devices that we use everyday. The capacity is quite large for a small device. Its 7800 mAh. It has 2 USB output, which means it can charge 2 devices at the same time. The capacity of the 2 USB output is 2.1A and 2.0A respectively.

For recharging, it has 2 types of USB input to recharge, micro and mini-USB which gives users a choice. This is a very useful feature.

The red light is the power on/off switch.
The rest of the lights indicate the battery level.

The package includes a nice bag and micro-USB cable.

Output at the individual USB is 2.1A, sufficient to charge
the 2 x iPads.

The items laid out.

There are 2 type of ports used to charge. This is nice feature
which allows to have a choice of the cables used to
charge the device.

Works on Blackberry.

Works on the old iPhone 3

Works on the iPad.

The device being charged using a micro-USB cable.

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Sitex 2012 - Jambox Bluetooth Speakers

Sitex 2012 was held 22-25 November 2012. I will be blogging some of the devices that I bought at the Exhibition.

First is the Jawbone Jambox. It is a bluetooth speaker that can work with the various iDevices. It has received a lot of good reviews. I have listened to demo product at numerous places and I am quite impressed. The reason I bought it is mainly for my business travels. At nights, when I am working on my laptop in my hotel room, I would listen to internet radio from my laptop and the sound would come out from the laptop speakers. The sound can be quite pathetic at times.

I have been looking for a compact bluetooth speakers and my needs are quite simple. It has to be small and portable but the sound has to be powerful. I have read reviews on various other speakers from Creative and Logitech for bluetooth speakers but nothing has as much good reviews as the Jambox. It has a good battery life and connectivity is simple.

So on the Sitex 2012, there was a good price promotion on it, which was too good to miss. I bought the device and have been using it since.

My unboxing photos:

You can get an idea on the size of the Jambox bluetooth speaker
from the image of the hand holding it.

The contents of the box.

This is the colour that I chose. I like the texture of the speakers.

At the side, these are the ports and switch.

Jawbone has kept the packaging like an Apple package.
Compact and neat.

I am glad they have provided a plug attachment. It also includes a black felt case
at the top of the picture.

The charging plug uses micro-USB. Thank goodness for that.

There are 3 buttons at the top.

The bluetooth speaker is capable of loud sound.

- It is small, compact but produces a very loud soud
- can also be used as a speakerphone if it is connected by bluetooth to the iphone.
- very good battery life

- normal price is quite pricey.