Anker 40W 5V/8A 5-Port Wall Charger

I bought the Anker 40W 5V / 8A 5-Port Wall Charger from Amazon for USD$25.99 (SGD$33) and have it shipped to HopShopGo (freight forwarder) since it doesn’t ship directly to Singapore.

Shipping it together with Anker Ultra-Slim Qi-Enabled Wireless Charging Pad (more on it on the next blog post) from HopShopGo is an additional USD$16.88 (SGD$21.30).

The Anker 40W 5V / 8A 5-Port Wall Charger was released in January 2014 and is the more powerful version of the Anker 25W 5-Port Wall Charger.

The 40W charger is able to output a total of 8A as compared to 5A by the 25W charger.

The 25W charger requires you to plug your device to the correct USB port for charging because the output for each port is different. But for the new 40W charger, you no longer need to do that because of PowerIQ. PowerIQ will intelligently identify your device and speak the language it needs for full speed charging.

This time round, the 40W charger is available in both matte black or glossy white. I chose the matte black to differentiate itself from the 25W charger which is only available in glossy white.

Regardless whether it is the 40W or 25W charger, this charger makes an excellent travel charger. I always bring this charger along with me whenever I go for traveling. The 40W charger will be replacing my 25W charger for travelling and I will be using the 25W charger in the office to replace the Konnext SynCharger which I got almost 4 years ago!

Anker 40W 5V/8A 5-Port Wall Charger - Box Front
Anker 40W 5V/8A 5-Port Wall Charger – Box Front

Anker 40W 5V/8A 5-Port Wall Charger - Box Back
Anker 40W 5V/8A 5-Port Wall Charger – Box Back

Anker 40W 5V/8A 5-Port Wall Charger - Box
Anker 40W 5V/8A 5-Port Wall Charger – Box

Anker 40W 5V/8A 5-Port Wall Charger - Box Contents
Anker 40W 5V/8A 5-Port Wall Charger – Box Contents

Anker 40W 5V/8A 5-Port Wall Charger - Top
Anker 40W 5V/8A 5-Port Wall Charger – Top

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Twelve South HiRise for iPhone 5 & iPad Mini

In Sydney, almost everything there is more expensive than in Singapore maybe except for coffee and this HiRise dock. I bought the Twelve South HiRise for iPhone 5 & iPad Mini from Apple Store Sydney for AUD$34.95 (SGD$41). In Apple Online Store (Singapore), the same dock is retailing for SGD$49.

This HiRise dock is compatible with all Apple Lighting devices maybe except for the iPad. Though I tested with an iPad Air and it fits fine, it is very flimsy and easily topple from the side of the dock.

Assembling this dock is pretty cumbersome since there are four screws you need to attach and at the same time you need to hold on to the rear/front support. I find the Elevation Dock was much easier to assemble despite the need for screws in that dock as well.

One good thing about the dock is that your device is being elevated when docked and hence you still can use the headphone jack of your device to listen to music or to answer a call. And because it is being elevated, your device’s speakers are not blocked and hence you will get to hear the full volume of it.

The dock comes with three Lightning cable clips that allows the HiRise to work with practically any case on the market especially cases with recessed connections that no other dock can fit.

Do note that only the official 0.5m or 1m Apple’s Lightning Cable will work with this dock because the fit is very precise. Even the official 2m Apple’s Lighting cable will not fit because it is slightly thicker.

Twelve South HiRise for iPhone 5 & iPad Mini - Box Front
Twelve South HiRise for iPhone 5 & iPad Mini – Box Front

Twelve South HiRise for iPhone 5 & iPad Mini - Box Back
Twelve South HiRise for iPhone 5 & iPad Mini – Box Back

Twelve South HiRise for iPhone 5 & iPad Mini - Box
Twelve South HiRise for iPhone 5 & iPad Mini – Box

Twelve South HiRise for iPhone 5 & iPad Mini - Box Open
Twelve South HiRise for iPhone 5 & iPad Mini – Box Open

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Huawei E5372 4G Mobile Wi-Fi Modem

· · · Network

I was using the Huawei MiFi E585 which I bought 4 years ago till the battery life decided to give up on me. The battery will go flat after about an hour of usage. On top of that I am spoilt with 4G because the 3G speed is way too slow in Singapore, due to bandwidth congestion.

I wanted to get a 4G mobile wi-fi modem last year but it was still pretty expensive, but this year it seems the prices has drop quite a bit. I bought the Huawei E5372 4G Mobile Wi-Fi Modem from a reseller (romz1983) in HardwareZone Forums for SGD$230. If you are interested in getting it, check out the forum thread, WTS: Great MIFI sale from $90 Huawei E589 E5776 E5331 E5220 E5151 ZTE MF60 Wifi Router. He offers other models as well.

The mobile wi-fi modem is actually from Telstra which is an Australia teleco that Huawei OEM for. It comes with 3,560 mAh battery instead of the default 1,780 mAh which gives you up to 10 hours of battery life instead 6 hours. It uses the normal SIM card instead of micro or nano SIM. If you have a SIM adapter, you can use it with it. Accordingly to romz1983, this is the first 150Mbps LTE mobile wi-fi modem that allows you to use SIM adapter. I am using micro SIM with a SIM adapter and it works fine.

One of the reason for getting a mobile wi-fi modem instead of tethering from my phone is because tethering drains your mobile phone battery very fast (though you can keep it charging using a portable battery). I hope 2014 is the year where MacBook Pros/Airs will have a built-in SIM card slot!

Specifications

  • 4G: Band 900/1800/2100/2600 MHz
  • 3G: UMTS/WCDMA Bands 2100/1900/900/850 Mhz
  • 2G: GPRS/GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • Speed: LTE Speed up to 150Mbps (Download) and 50Mps (Upload)
  • Dimensions: 99mm x 62.2mm x 14.4mm (Width x Height x Depth)
  • Weight: 140g (including battery)
  • SIM Card Slot: Normal SIM (Micro SIM & Nano SIM can be used with adapter)
  • microSD Card Slot: Support up to 32GB
  • Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11b/g/n
  • Wi-Fi Connected Devices: Up to 10 simultaneous device
  • Battery: 3,560 mAh
  • Battery Life: About 10 hours

Huawei E5372 - Box Front
Huawei E5372 – Box Front

Huawei E5372 - Box Back
Huawei E5372 – Box Back

Huawei E5372 - Box
Huawei E5372 – Box

Huawei E5372 - Box Contents
Huawei E5372 – Box Contents

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lesterchan.net v4.2

· · · Site

Yet another six months have passed since my last update and it is time again to post my site updates.

Site/Post Analaytics

lesterchan.net Site Analytics
lesterchan.net Site Analytics

One of the biggest feature that I have been working on for the site is the Site Analytics that is powered by Google Analaytics.

The data is pulled from Google Analytics API and rendered using HighCharts JavaScript charting library.

lesterchan.net Page Analytics
lesterchan.net Page Analytics

I like to give my gadgets sponsors the ability to track the analytics of a post if needed and hence I also added individual post analytics and you can find it by clicking on the number of views link.

Note that the number of views are not pulled from Google Analaytics but is from my WordPress plugin called WP-PostViews.

Bootstrap 3.1
I upgraded to Bootstrap 3.1.1 straight, bypassing 3.1.0, after realising that there is a bug with having multiple responsive utility classes.

SVG Logo
With high pixel density (retina) screens becoming the norm these days, it is important to use scalable vector images as much as possible and hence I have converted my lesterchan.net logo on the top right to be using Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) instead of PNG.

Font Awesome Icons

Font Awesome
Font Awesome

In case you have not notice, I have new icons on the header as well as the right sidebar and they are from Font Awesome. Font Awesome icons are scalable vector icons that can be customised via CSS. As on 4.0.3 they have 369 icons!

I have also replaced all the 32×32 Fatcow‘s icons that are used throughout this site with Font Awesome Icons.

Note that if your custom web fonts is hosted on CDN (like mine), you need to allow Cross-origin resource sharing (CORS) by setting the Access-Control-Allow-Origin header, if not it will not work on Firefox or Internet Explorer. Webkit-based browsers like Chrome will still work fine. Checkout David Walsh’s blog post for more information.

Favicon

Favicon Generator
Favicon Generator

I also found a useful site called Favicon Generator which allow you to generate Favicon for all platforms (PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android phones, Android tablets and Windows 8 tablets) by just uploading a single image of at least 260px x 260px. They even provide you with the HTML code to be place within your head tag like the code below:

<link rel="apple-touch-icon" sizes="57x57" href="/apple-touch-icon-57x57.png"/>
<link rel="apple-touch-icon" sizes="114x114" href="/apple-touch-icon-114x114.png"/>
<link rel="apple-touch-icon" sizes="72x72" href="/apple-touch-icon-72x72.png"/>
<link rel="apple-touch-icon" sizes="144x144" href="/apple-touch-icon-144x144.png"/>
<link rel="apple-touch-icon" sizes="60x60" href="/apple-touch-icon-60x60.png"/>
<link rel="apple-touch-icon" sizes="120x120" href="/apple-touch-icon-120x120.png"/>
<link rel="apple-touch-icon" sizes="76x76" href="/apple-touch-icon-76x76.png"/>
<link rel="apple-touch-icon" sizes="152x152" href="/apple-touch-icon-152x152.png"/>
<link rel="icon" type="image/png" href="/favicon-196x196.png" sizes="196x196"/>
<link rel="icon" type="image/png" href="/favicon-160x160.png" sizes="160x160"/>
<link rel="icon" type="image/png" href="/favicon-96x96.png" sizes="96x96"/>
<link rel="icon" type="image/png" href="/favicon-32x32.png" sizes="32x32"/>
<link rel="icon" type="image/png" href="/favicon-16x16.png" sizes="16x16"/>
<meta name="msapplication-TileColor" content="#da532c"/>
<meta name="msapplication-TileImage" content="/mstile-144x144.png"/>

Grunt
I finally ditched my customised PHP build script and switched over to Grunt which is a JavaScript task runner.

Here is a list of Grunt plugins that I used for this site build process:

Because I am using grunt-bump. The version number format has been changed to <major>.<minor>.<patch> instead of just <major>.<minor>.

HTC One (M8) Available In Singapore From This Saturday

· · · Mobile Phone

The HTC One (M8) will be available in Singapore from this Saturady, 5th April 2014 at all mobile operators (SingTel, M1 & StarHub) and authorized retailers.

Two colors will be available, Gunmetal Gray and Glacial Silver. The recommended retail price (RRP) is SGD$998 for the 16GB HTC One (M8).

If you are going to get the HTC One (M8), make sure you get the HTC Dot View case as well as that is what makes the HTC One (M8) unique. The case will be retailing for SGD$59 and the availability will be announced at a later date.

HTC One (M8)
HTC One (M8)

HTC Dot View case
HTC Dot View case

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