Tech Jam Holiday Edition
written by: Parker Harrington
RAVPower 14,000mAh External Battery Pack:
The Skinny: External USB power packs for charging phones, tablets, bluetooth devices and anything else
portable have become ubiquitous but RAVPower has unquestionably the best choice available today. Not much bigger
than a deck of cards, this MASSIVE capacity battery pack boasts a whopping 14,000mAh (enough to charge your phone
from dead many times), can charge two devices at once, recharges quickly via USB, packs a bright flashlight and offers
the best power to price ratio of any other power pack.
Recommended For:Travellers, concert goes, festival attendees and anyone who needs lots of power for their
mobile devices when away from wall outlets for extended periods.
SuperTooth Freedom Bluetooth Stereo Headset:
The Skinny: Incredibly affordable wireless Bluetooth headphones that sound as good as wired sets costing
double or triple the price and can even be quickly paired with NFC. These are not only great sounding, but also
attractive, comfortable and offer over 15 hours of listening on a single charge and packed with features like an
integrated microphone for voice calls.
Recommended For:Anyone who listens to music and enjoys wireless listening (can also be used wired) and
wants stellar sound for short dollars.
The Skinny:This HDMI dongle by Google is a breeze to setup and is almost like a wisp of magic in your
living room allowing you to instantaneously "cast" your YouTube videos, Chrome tabs, Netflix videos and a lot more
from your mobile phone, tablet or laptop to your TV. There's nothing to learn, no new remotes to worry about and it
simply works with constantly updating firmware so it will never be out of date.
Recommended For:People needing a quality couch tour experience (just sling those LivePhish webcasts to
the large screen without wires!), people who watch a lot of YouTube videos and want to watch on larger screen and
anyone who wants an affordable home theater streaming solution on the cheap.
HiFiMAN EF2A Headphone Amp:
The Skinny:A fantastic sounding headphone amp that provides markedly better sound quality than your
computer is able to kick out with much louder volume as well. This amp is not only affordable but also offers stunning
looks in a relatively compact size.
Recommended For:Anyone who listens to music on headphones through their computer and wants better
volume and sound quality.See Technology Jam full review here.
Polk Audio "Buckle" Over Ear Headphone:
The Skinny:These audiophile quality headphones with legendary Polk acoustics prove that high-quality
audio can go hand-in-hand with style, high-end materials, build quality and comfort. I simply love the comfortable,
pivoting and generously cushioned ear pads that provide hours of enjoyable listening and offer outstanding sound that
is well balanced, natural and simply pristine.
Recommended For:Someone who wants to splurge a little and get outstanding sound quality in a
headphone and have comfort, style and build quality to match.
AUTOMATICA MK2 cloud-syncing smart-USB car dongle:
The Skinny: Automatica is a smart USB device that plugs into a car's built-in USB port and behaves like a
traditional memory stick but it always keeps its content synced and updated with the Internet sources of your choice
via WiFi or phone tethering so you can play content regardless of internet connection while driving. Podcasts, albums,
MP3's, audiobooks and more are setup through a web interface from your mobile phone or computer and include
services such as Dropbox, Box, Skydrive, Soundcloud, Google Drive and many more.
Recommended For: Car owners with USB port in car stereo system who want to be able to easily sync and
play audio content and often travel outside data coverage areas or need to be conscious of mobile data limits.
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[Published on: 11/27/13]