Ozaki O!coat 0.3+Pocket – Case With Cardholder for iPhone 5/5s

Ozaki O!coat 0.3+Pocket is an extremely thin (0.3mm) and lightweight (9g) case that is made using polypropylene.

The back of the case is leather textured and it has a card holder slot that holds one credit card (at most two). If you don’t like putting your credit card there, you can use it to hold reminders written on small pieces of paper (which is what my mom is doing) and I find that is a great idea! If not you can use it to hold up name cards or your EZ-Link/Octopus/Oyster card.

The package comes with a front screen protector and a microfiber cloth.

The O!coat 0.3+Pocket is available in 4 colours, Brown, Pink, Red, Black and white and is retailing for SGD$38.90 at iStudio, EpiCenter and Infinite.

PS: When I heard of the brand Ozaki (Ozakiverse Singapore), I thought it is a Japanese brand, but instead, it is a Taiwanese brand. It is brought in by DigitalHub (Facebook Page), which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ban Leong (Facebook Page).

Ozaki O!coat 0.3+Pocket - Packaging Front
Ozaki O!coat 0.3+Pocket – Packaging Front

Ozaki O!coat 0.3+Pocket - Pacakging Back
Ozaki O!coat 0.3+Pocket – Pacakging Back

Ozaki O!coat 0.3+Pocket - Packaging
Ozaki O!coat 0.3+Pocket – Packaging

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Anker Astro E4 13,000mAh External Battery

Bought the Anker Astro E4 13000mAh External Battery from Amazon at a promotion price of USD$36.99 (SGD$46) excluding shipping. The usual price is USD$43.99 (SGD$54.56).

The Anker Astro E4 is my third Anker Product and I must say, I am really love this up and coming brand. It seems very popular in the US. The Anker Astro E4 tops the Gizmodo’s Five Best External Battery Packs.

The Anker Astro E4 uses a lithium-ion battery, weighs 308g and measures 126 × 77 × 24mm. It is the first portable battery pack that I have that came with a built-in LED Flashlight. The flashlight is able to last up to 600 hours on a full charge. To switched on the flashlight, just press the power button twice.

It has 2 USB output ports for charging your devices, one USB port is able to output a maximum of 1A and the other USB port is able to output a maximum of 2A.

The Anker Astro E4 requires at least 1.5A to be charged though its micro USB input port and it’s charging rate is at 1,500mAh per hour.

The package includes a carrying pouch and a USB cable with different charging adapters (which I will probably never use since I got my own cable).

Anker Astro E4 - Box Front
Anker Astro E4 – Box Front

Anker Astro E4 - Box Back
Anker Astro E4 – Box Back

Anker Astro E4 - Box Open
Anker Astro E4 – Box Open

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Moshi 3.5mm Audio Jack Splitter

Moshi 3.5mm Audio Jack Splitter is retailing for SGD$20.90 and has a feature that most audio splitter doesn’t have (even the overpriced Belkin Audio Splitter), which is the ability for one of the two connected earphones to support microphone.

An audio jack splitter allows two person to share music from just one device each using their own earphones. Moshi did a very good implementation by allowing one of the earphones to be the master (the one with the microphone icon) and hence the ability to use the microphone (if your earphones comes with it) to answer any incoming voice/Skype calls. Of course, if the other party’s earphones are still plugged in, he or she will be able to listen to your conversation.

The Moshi’s audio jack splitter supports Apple’s 3-button control for both connected earphones, but only the master audio jack can increase/decrease the volume and play/pause/switch the music tracks!

I am also very impressed with the build of the audio jack splitter, it is encased in aluminium, giving it a more solid and premium feel to it.

If you are considering to get an audio jack splitter, please do consider the Moshi 3.5mm Audio Jack Splitter and not the Belkin Audio Splitter!

Features

  • Works with any 1/8″ (3.5mm) audio jack such as smartphones, tablets or notebooks.
  • Supports standard TRRS microphone-equipped headphones.
  • Supports headphones with Apple’s 3-button digital volume control.
  • 24K gold plated connectors for robust corrosion resistance and sound quality.
  • Double shielded to reduce electromagnetic interference.

Where To Buy
You can get the Moshi 3.5mm Audio Jack Splitter from physical stores such as EpiCentre or Infinite (Apple Shops at Best Denki). Alternatively, you can also get it online from Ban Leong’s eStore.

Moshi 3.5mm Audio Jack Splitter - Box Front
Moshi 3.5mm Audio Jack Splitter – Box Front

Moshi 3.5mm Audio Jack Splitter - Box Back
Moshi 3.5mm Audio Jack Splitter – Box Back

Moshi 3.5mm Audio Jack Splitter - Box Side
Moshi 3.5mm Audio Jack Splitter – Box Side

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McKAL Airplane Audio Adapter

Bought the McKAL Airplane Audio Adapter from the newly opened Challenger at Bugis Junction for SGD$6.90 (Member’s Price: SGD$5.90). Now I can finally use my own earphones/headphones for the airplane’s in-flight entertainment!

I can also watch my movies for about 10-15 minutes longer while the air stewardess goes around collecting the loaned headphones from the passengers!

McKAL Airplane Audio Adapter - Packaging Front
McKAL Airplane Audio Adapter – Packaging Front

McKAL Airplane Audio Adapter - Packaging Back
McKAL Airplane Audio Adapter – Packaging Back

McKAL Airplane Audio Adapter
McKAL Airplane Audio Adapter

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Moshi IonBank 10k – 10,000mAh Portable Battery Pack

IonBank is the name of the range of portable battery packs from Moshi. Right now, there are 3 products in the category, the IonBank 10k, IonBank 5k with Lightning Connector and IonBank 5k with Micro USB Connector.

The IonBank 5k has a battery capacity of 5,000mAh and has two integrated cables, one of them is either the Lightning or Micro USB cable and the other is a normal USB cable to charge the battery pack. It also has a spare USB port to charge another USB device.

The IonBank 10k on the other hand has a battery capacity of 10,000mAh but only has one integrated cable which is the normal USB cable used to charge the battery pack. Because of this, instead of having one USB port, the IonBank 10k has two.

The Moshi IonBank 10k is retailing for SGD$150.90 and weighs 319g which is lighter than Panasonic’s USB Portable Power 10,260mAh (QE-QL301) which weighs 490g.

The total output for both USB ports is 18W/3.6A but it is enough to charge two iPads simultaneously. Apple recommends at least 2A to properly charge an iPad. However, as long as the power source is able to output more than 1A, the iPad will still charge, but just at a much slower rate.

Moshi has something called DPS (dynamic power sharing) built into the IonBank, it will intelligently detects and delivers the optimal charge rate to each connected device. I am guessing that the DPS will overwrite what the connected device request from the power souce.

If you are charging two iPads simultaneously, technically it will draw a total of 4.2A but since the IonBank only output a maximum of 3.6A, depending on which iPad ypu plugged in first, normally the first iPad will charge at 2.1A while the second iPad will charge at 1.5A. But with DPS, I think both iPads will get the power evenly distrubted between them which is 1.8A.

Most portable battery packs are using Lithium-Ion batteries, but for IonBank, it is using Lithium-Polymer batteries. Lithium-Ion batteries have high energy-densities and cost less to manufacture but it does not hold charges well, whereas for Lithium-Polymer batteries, it is lightweight, safer to use and hold charges well but have lower energy-densities and cost more to manufacture (read more: Lithium Ion vs. Lithium Polymer).

The Moshi IonBank 10k is encased in aluminium and comes with a carrying pouch with a front pocket to carry cables.

Features

  • Stylish aluminium casing with push-button battery level indicator.
  • Dynamic Power Sharing technology (DPS) for optimised charging efficiency of 18 watts across two outputs.
  • Two USB ports for charging for 2 devices (i.e. 2 iPads) simultaneously.
  • High-endurance 10,000 mAh lithium-polymer cells.
  • Includes travel pouch for easy storage and portability.

Where To Buy
You can get the Moshi IonBank 10k, Moshi IonBank 5k with Lightning Connector or Moshi IonBank 5k with Micro USB Connector from physical stores such as EpiCentre or online from Ban Leong’s eStore.

Moshi IonBank 10k - Box Front
Moshi IonBank 10k – Box Front

Moshi IonBank 10k - Box Back
Moshi IonBank 10k – Box Back

Moshi IonBank 10k - Box
Moshi IonBank 10k – Box

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