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This knife won’t cut your fingers

14 Jun

When you have a phone, any phone … It’s all about the battery life. At one point you will need to desperately find a plug and charge … But you don’t always have your cables with you … Or you can have a Power Knife by Bruton in the pocket or backpack …

The Power Knife brings you a 3 in 1 charging cable:

  • a standard USB plug will power
  • a microUSB (blackberry, Samsung, …)
  • an Apple lightning (iPhone 5 and 6)
  • and a 30 dock connector (iPhone 4)

Be aware that this Power Knife does not support data transfer … It’s only for power as it’s said in its name.

I like 

  • its compactness and smart shape,
  • sweet flashy yellow colors of the cords,
  • the flexibility of the silicone cords,
  • the fact that’s it’s weatherproof,
  • and built tough.

I would have liked a longer cord to charge my iPhone and be able to hold easier my external battery and iPhone.


  • size: 4.0×1.5x.75in or 10.2×3.8×1.9cm
  • weight: 1.9ounces or 53.8grams
  • price: $24.99 (got it for $9,51 on Amazon)

More info

Going solar part2

24 Feb

So you may think about going solar. Good for you!

20130221-084255.jpgIt’s true that the past few weeks came with few power outages around the world, just check the news!
The cruise ship stuck at sea without power for days (finally arrived to shore in Albama after a 7 days of distress), the floods in Australia early January which cut the power for many families, and don’t forget Long Island and New York area were slammed down by Sandy and people are still battling there for electricity and warmth.

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I’m more an urban-type of girl but I also like to be prepared, so I’m browsing Goal Zero catalogue and will enlighten you to pick the right product for your use.
There are lots of choices and you might be confused!

So let’s follow together the path to electricity-independance and solar power for everyone.

Here’s the mystery of the power cycle unveiled to you in 3 steps
1. You collect the sun energy thanks to the solar panels.
2. You store the power in your rechargeable battery.
3. You use the stored power in your rechargeable battery to power whatever device you wish.

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Now, let’s start by asking yourself…
. What do you want to power ? A cell phone or small electronics, a computer or maybe bigger appliances (a fridge when you experience a blackout).
. Also were would you use the panels ? Home? At work? You will transport them everyday ?
. Where will you hang my solar panels ? Where and when does the sun rises and set ?

Basicaly, Goal Zero split its products in 3 classes depending on what you expect to power.
. Ultra-light class: for the urban pioneers we are (light to carry and for our daily uses and commutes)
It’s perfect for charging iPods/GPS, USB light, Smartphone.
. Endurance class: you are more settled and don’t carry stuff all day long, then this is for you (and me too, I will leave it at the office)
For smartphone, iPad/tablet, camera/12volts lights, Laptops, TV.
. Utility class: you are a heavy consumer or are concerned about power failures, this is great for home and work and will cover your needs when emergency calls! Good for 12volts heater, fridge and desktop computer.
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For your info, 7 models of solar panels are available for as many rechargers:
. Ultra-light class: Nomad 3.5 (for the Switch8 recharger) , Nomad 7 (for the Guide 10 Plus recharger)
. Endurance class: Nomad 13 (for the Sherpa 50)
. Utility class: Nomad 27, Boulder 15 (for the Escape 150 and Guardian 12V rechargers), Boulder 30 (Extreme 350, Yeti 1250 rechargers), and Escape 30

Knowing all that and
. Owning an iPhone, a Blackberry, an iPad and a McBook Pro
. Walking and taking the metro each day to reach the office
. Travelling a lot and working outside where I can’t find plugs
I will go for the Sherpa 50 kit i addition to my Switch 8 recharger kit!
And if you want to charge your rechargers in the middle of the night or during a sun eclipse you still can do thanks to USB power charge.

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More about Goal Zero
Goal Zero, a three year old US-based company in Utah, developed for the pioneers that we all are and developing smart solar-power products.

. Official website: http://www.goalzero.com
. Follow @GoalZeroSolar
. Like their page on Facebook

Time to switch !

17 Feb

Time to switch
… to solar energy! Even for you urban readers!
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Why ?
Because solar energy is good for the planet,
because it’s free to use
and because it works damn well !

If you are not climbing mountains everyday and you are more a subway surfer (like me), then you will be interested by the Switch 8.

The Switch 8 charging kit includes
. A nomad solar panel
. A switch 8 charger
. A USB cord

The charging time for the Switch 8 is
. 4 hours through the general USB
. 3-6 hours through the nomad solar panel 7 USB
. 6-12 hours through the nomad solar panel 3,5 USB

The specs of the Switch 8
. The battery is Lithium-ion (f.y.i. lithium-ion batteries have no memory effect and present a slow loss of charge when not in use)
. It weights 0,2lbs (or 90gr)
. The Switch 8 is as long as an iPhone 5 (you can hold both in your hand while charging)

I just unpacked my Switch 8 and started charging through the USB (it was raining outside, no sign of the sun!)

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. 4 blue lights started blinking to indicate that the Switch was charging
. When the 4blue lights are on, you are set to go!
. Note that you can check the charge of your Switch 8 by pushing the black button on the side

Now, let’s talk about the most important part of the kit … the solar panels.

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. They are small and light, they fold nicely in two to protect the inside panels
. The cover is a rugged kind of cordura and will survive many urban and rural expeditions
. The back of the folded panels shows a netted pouch with a USB plug to connect your Switch 8 and to charge it from the sun (thanks to Goal Zero to provide the USB cord).
. The kit is really handy and easy to move quickly (all is tied together, you won’t lose anything).

Now that we have discovered all the components of the kits, we are ready for the sun to shine but where do I hang the solar panels ?
. On a backpack while walking
. On a shutter
. Or flat on the ground …
Basically, wherever you want but, of course, facing the sun!

I suggest you use a carabineer (easy to clip and unclip) to hang to the many hanging spots created around the panels.

Be aware not to link your phone to the Switch 8 recharger while charging from the sun. First you charge it, then you plug it into your phone to power it.

ChaseIt Or BChased ?
ChaseIt, because
. It’s cool to charge your many electronic devices for free thanks to the sun ! Also through USB when it’s raining. You’ve got two charging devices in one.
. The kit is light and super easy to use.
. The kit is rugged and is shock resistant!

Now the big question, am I ready to ditch my Mophie and Just mobile for Goal Zero ?

. Yes, the products are full of details and are smart. The built-in USB is easy to use and I can leave 2 cables home!
. But I suggest to buy an extra Switch 8 charger so you can charge one while using the other one (told you I’m an heavy user!)

. Goal Zero 41001 Switch 8 Silver/Black Solar Recharging Kit, 81,54$
. Extra Goal Zero 21004 Switch 8 Silver Solar Recharger, 39,95$
(less than the Mophie and Just Mobile)

More about Goal Zero
Goal Zero, a three year old US-based company in Utah, developed for the pioneers that we all are and developing smart solar-power products.

. Official website: http://www.goalzero.com
. Follow @GoalZeroSolar
. Like their page on Facebook

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