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Hardware Review: Allianz Mini Jump Starter

by Sonicxtacy02 on 12-10-2015 at 10:31 AM

What is it?

The Allianz Mini Jump Starter is a portable vehicle jump starter with 5 volt charging and emergency light capability.

What's in the box?
The Mini Jump Starter comes with the portable charging unit, jumper cables, USB connector with various output possibilities, charging plugs for the home and automobile, instructions, and a convenient carrying case.

The Verdict:

The Allianz Mini Jump Starter is a great way to have power for both your car and portable devices in a pinch. With a six-month battery memory, it's a great device to leave in your vehicle until emergencies happen.





What will they think of next? My first impression of the Allianz Mini Jump Starter was how in this age of portable power banks did manufacturers overlook the ability to charge both our cell phones and our vehicles? The Allianz Mini Jump Starter does just that. It wont fit into your pocket like most of today's 5 volt portable charging options, but they don't have the ability to boost our vehicle battery's with up to 400 amps of boosting power.


The Mini Jump Starter device is simple to use to jump start a vehicle in an emergency. Simply connect the terminals to their proper battery polarities, plug the terminals into the battery bank, and power the Mini Jump Starter on. Then simply turn the key and the vehicle will start as intended. 5 volt charging works the same way. Connect the USB cable to the battery bank, and use one of the available connectors (iPod, Lightning, Mini USB, Micro USB) to charge a wide array of 5 volt devices like tablets and cell phones. There are two USB ports available on the battery bank; one 2.1 amp, and an 1 amp. Simultaneous charging of two devices is also available.


The Allianz Mini Jump Starter will charge tablet and smartphone devices many times before it needs to be recharged itself. When jump starting a vehicle battery, it is advised that you recharge the battery bank after each jump start. The Mini Jump Starter LED will illuminate blue when its ready to charge, and turn to red when it's time to plug the battery in for a boost. Both home and car chargers are included to recharge the Mini Jump Starter.


In other roadside problems that occur with vehicles, the Allianz Mini Jump Starter provides a convenient led light to help at night. This light can glow solid to use as a flashlight when trying to see inside the hood at night. It also has a flashing mode, which is perfect in scenarios that a stranded driver needs to summon someone for help, or to avoid a vehicle on the side of the road in low light situations.


The Verdict:

The Allianz Mini Jump Starter is a great way to have power for both your car and portable devices in a pinch. With a six-month battery memory, it's a great device to leave in your vehicle until emergencies happen.


The Allianz Portable Mini Jump Starter is available at Gearbest.com. You can buy here: http://www.gearbest.com/car-gadgets/pp_234792.html

Updated 12-10-2015 at 10:34 AM by Sonicxtacy02

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Hardware Review: Echoman EM05 Heads-Up Display

by Sonicxtacy02 on 10-07-2015 at 03:12 PM



What is it?

The Echoman EM05 is an OBD-II based Heads-Up Display unit which places key vehicle information in the driver's immediate view.

What's in the box?
Included in the Echoman EM05 box is the display unit, A 5ft slim OBD-II connector, wireless remote, a sticky pad for both the display unit and remote, polarizing film for the windshield, and a handy instruction manual.

The Verdict:

For vehicles that don't have HUD displays from the factory, the EM05 is a great safety edition. It gives a wealth of vehicle information without causing driver distraction and is capable of providing diagnostic and alert information when needed.





The Echoman EM05 is a heads-up display (HUD) device capable of displaying vehicle diagnostic information within the driver's view. The amount of information given at it's default setting is impressive, if not a little overwhelming at first glance. At it's default setting the driver is presented with vehicle RPM as a visual indicator, speed information, and a fuel consumption average. As the vehicle is driven, information is automatically updated. Through host of options available, you can have on screen reminders for other things such as water temperature, system time, and trip distance calculation.



The EM05 also serves as an information alert notification system, with icons available for speed alerts, gear shift indication, battery voltage, engine failure notification, and more. When an engine failure state is scanned, the EM05 can pull engine codes for diagnostic and repair purposes. Another need alert feature is the tired driver alert, which can be set to wake drivers up based on miles driven on a particular trip. All of the warning criteria is customizable by the driver by either using the included wireless remote, or using the toggle-and-press switch on the display unit. An audible chime is available in addition to the visual alerts, but because the display is designed to setup within the driver's view, I found this feature unnecessary and even slightly annoying.



The EM05 HUD should work with any vehicle manufactured in the USA after 1996, but information displayed could be limited by depending on manufacturer specifications that are outside of the OBD-II protocol. The HUD does have limited localization settings, being able to adjust temperatures between Celsius and Fahrenheit for each display mode desired. The limitation however comes from fuel consumption display, which can provide units per 100/km, or the measurement in liters, but will not convert to miles per gallon for US drivers.



The Verdict:

For vehicles that don't have HUD displays from the factory, the EM05 is a great safety edition. It gives a wealth of vehicle information without causing driver distraction and is capable of providing diagnostic and alert information when needed.

The Echoman EM05 is available at Gearbest.com. You can buy here: http://www.gearbest.com/obd-diagnostic-tools/pp_217639.html

Updated 10-08-2015 at 11:17 AM by Sonicxtacy02

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Hardware Review: OBDLink MX Wi-Fi OBD-II Adapter

by Sonicxtacy02 on 09-23-2014 at 03:21 PM

What is it?

The OBDLink MX Wi-Fi is a professional grade OBD-II adapter that uses wifi to communicate.

The Verdict:

The OBDLink MX Wi-Fi is a great OBD-II adapter option... provided you can't make use of the more user-friendly Bluetooth model.



What's In The Box?


The OBDLink MX Wi-Fi comes with the OBD-II adapter and a host of platform specific start guides. A link to the included OBDLink application and a copy of the license number for that app are also included.

Description:

One of my favorite "high-end" products to review during my time at mp3Car.com was the original OBDLink MX Bluetooth. Prior to using it, I always purchased the cheapest OBD adapter I could find, and it really took getting a high-quality product like the OBDLink to realize just how slow those bargain basement options are. When I heard that a new faster version of the MX line was available, I requested a sneak peek to find out if it was an even better option.


First things first, the OBDLink MX Wi-Fi is fast. No matter the protocol, the wifi model was faster to communicate with my cars when compared to the Bluetooth model. The MX Wi-Fi also maintains all of the available features of the Bluetooth variant. The dimensions are the same, it works with every protocol including MS CAN, and the battery saver technology still powers the unit down when the vehicle is off. Using wifi means the MX Wi-Fi can take advantage of the super secure WPA2 encryption protocol, leaving little chance that an intruder can steal your signal and interfere with vehicle controls. Using wifi means that the device is compatible with nearly every Android/iPhone/Windows platform out there. Everything you'd expect from a wifi based OBD-II adapter you get with the MX Wi-Fi.


Then, there are the limitations that one might overlook when choosing this wifi OBD-II adapter. The first issue is found during initial setup. As expected, the WPA2 encryption that the MX Wi-Fi uses requires a key that is only found on the back of the unit. In order for your smartphone or tablet of choice to find the MX Wi-Fi adapter, you must install the device into the OBD-II port commonly found under the dash. After your smartphone finds the device, you just then enter the WPA2 key, and unless you thought ahead and wrote down the key or have a sequence of mirrors just hanging around your car, you'll probably have to take the MX Wi-Fi out of the OBD-II port and take down the key. Rinse and repeat for each new wireless device you want to use to communicate with the MX Wi-Fi.


Unfortunately, it doesn't really get easier from there. After establishing your wifi connection, you effectively lose internet service to your smartphone. Assuming you're following the start guide thats included with the MX Wi-Fi, you have already installed the included copy of the OBDLink software, and have now completed step 2 through 8 of the guide (summarized in the last paragraph). The first time you run the OBDLink application it requires you to enter your license key and register the software. Here's the catch, while connected through wifi to the MX Wi-Fi, so you have no internet access. You will have to hop off the OBDLink MX access point and grab another wireless source to complete this step. Internet access, or lack thereof, is a common problem to me while using the OBDLink MX Wi-Fi for anything other than on the spot diagnostics. Unlike the Bluetooth model which you can install in a vehicle and basically "forget" once is initially setup, the OBDLink Wi-Fi relegates a smartphone to a "dumb" phone while it's plugged in, and unless you manually take the time to open your smartphone settings and disable wifi while driving, you're automatically going to lose data access while driving. Even the OBDLink software that comes with the MX Wifi has an issue with internet access. One of the functions of the app is mapping diagnostic data over your current position, but without data access, the app cannot draw the map (see below).


Despite this, the OBDLink application is incredibly powerful. It has most of the features of competing applications like Torque, but is designed to work specifically with OBDLink devices. Its much smaller in terms of install size and seems to be a lot faster between screens than Torque. All that and free support and updates for life make it the ideal companion to the MX Wi-Fi, internet hiccup aside.


The OBDLink MX Wi-Fi is a great OBD-II adapter for someone who might be looking for a device to swap in and out of cars to do spot diagnostic data, but I wouldn't recommend for someone looking to do long term data-logging or something similar. If you have Bluetooth connection as an option, I'd definitely suggest the original MX Bluetooth as your option.

The Positive:

• Super fast connection and wireless communication
• Secure communication
• Smallest OBD-II adapter on the market
• OBDLink app included in purchase is optimized for this device
• Cross-platform compatibility


The Negative:

• Initialization and setup is unavoidably painful
• Use of wifi communication is a constant inhibitor of overall usability

The Verdict:

The OBDLink MX Wi-Fi is a great OBD-II adapter option... provided you can't make use of the more user-friendly Bluetooth model.


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Hardware Review: G1W-C 2.7 inch Full HD Car PVR System

by Sonicxtacy02 on 09-01-2014 at 08:28 PM

What is it?

The G1W is a high-definition automotive PVR camera with a 2.7” LCD display.

The Verdict:

The G1W automotive PVR is an excellent 1080p capture device which distinguishes itself from the pack with its functional and beautiful 2.7" LCD display.

The G1W is available at GearBeast.com, normally priced at $63.83. The manufacturer has created a special mp3Car.com community discount code. Use code GBG1WCHF to get the G1W at the price of $41.99. Coupon expires October 31st!


Description:

Automotive capture cameras come in all shapes and sizes these days. Some consist of a low-profile which is easy to hide away, and others come with a larger frame suitable for a larger backup battery and expansion. Size aside, their specs indicate that most do the same thing. The G1W high-definition camera has its own niche' with its high-quality 2.7” LCD display. Size wise, the G1W rests firmly in the middle of the smaller and bulker PVR devices. It’s not large enough to be an eye-sore on the windshield, but the included and quite functional display makes it larger than a device you wouldn’t notice at all.


The G1W is capable of recording in stunning 1080p high-definition at 60fps. Recording is up to the standard that the previously reviewed BlackVue DR400G set. No matter if you’re driving during the bright sun or at night, the G1W is capable of capturing a high-quality image. Details like license plates and road signs can be easily discerned both during external playback or using the built-in screen. The image also spans the width of the windshield thanks to a 120-degree viewing angle. Audio capture is also excellent. The G1W does a good job of capturing voice or background music all while eliminating most of the road noise you would expect to have when a camera is mounted to a car.




Initially I wasn't too keen on the idea of having a display sitting on the windshield anywhere near the drivers view in the car. This idea seemed like a distraction waiting to happen in fact. After using this device for some time though, I gained an appreciation of having a screen available if I wanted to replay a driving scenario on the fly. While using PVRs without a screen, there’s always a level of fear that the content is not actually being captured. With the G1W, you get a live preview when you want it, but the display can easily be turned off in the settings menu. The fact that I can modify settings on the device is another reason I like the G1W. With all of the other PVRs I’ve tested, settings modification requires the camera to the connected to a PC. There are a host of options available on the G1W and being able to change them when I want is a definite plus.




The G1W’s body has all of the buttons connectivity options you would expect from a car PVR with a screen. The PVR has a built-in capacitor which the manufacturer suggests provides a safer installation when comparing to a standard battery. The capacitor keeps the device alive just long enough to shutdown gracefully and ensures video data is saved properly. On the face on the camera are zoom buttons, a record button, a mode button for playback, and a small LED . The top of the G1W has power and menu buttons. Display options include HDMI via the mini connector on the left side of the camera and an A/V out 3.5mm jack on the top. The A/V connector is strangely absent from the box, as is a micro-SD card for capturing right out of the box. When purchasing the G1W, make sure to pick up as large a card as your budget can afford (up to 32GB). On the lens side of the camera is a LED flash, though it's only use in the car would be to upset any driver in front of your vehicle.



Sadly, there is one other notable omission from the G1W’s package. The camera does not include a GPS sensor, meaning location meta-data is not captured with the video. This of course doesn’t have to be a deal breaker, but having GPS information while reviewing footage is something I’ve grown quite accustomed to with other car PVR models. The G1W does have an accelerometer and uses it to automatically suspend recording while stopped. This of course allows the installed memory to capture more footage while you’re driving instead of parked. I do wonder though how video would be captured while sitting at a stop light and a sudden collision occurs. As with most features, this too can be turned off in settings.

The Positive:

• High quality 1080p video capture
• included LCD gives options competitors don’t offer
• Latency-free live preview from the display
• A host of display output options
• Built in accelerometer is very functional
• Suction cup mount is strong and secures the camera in place
• 12-foot power cord aids in installation



The Negative:

• Lack of GPS data capture
• Micro-SD card is not included



The Verdict:

The G1W automotive PVR is an excellent 1080p capture device which distinguishes itself from the pack with its functional and beautiful 2.7" LCD display.



Check here for more photos of the G1W car PVR. Check back later for a comparison video between the G1W and other PVR models.

Updated 09-01-2014 at 08:41 PM by Sonicxtacy02

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Hardware Review: Integreight's Arduino 1Sheeld

by Sonicxtacy02 on 07-09-2014 at 03:41 PM

What is it?

The 1Sheeld is an Arduino shield that allows for smartphone sensor information to be used with an Arduino device.

The Verdict:

1Sheeld to rule them all! The 1Sheeld for Arduino is a must have component for beginners and advanced users alike. It's easy to use, easy to setup, and arms most Arduinos with a bevy of prototyping tools at their disposal. The bottom line is if you own a compatible Arduino and an Android device you should buy a 1Sheeld.


Description:

Anyone who's ever spent any amount of time with an Arduino knows of its seemingly unlimited potential. Arduino has an extremely large support community and because it's open source hardware, the number of ways you can expand are only limited by imagination. Buy an Arduino, and if you're anything like me you'll feel compelled to purchase many of the available shields add-on modules just to see what new possibilities exist. The cost of Arduino shields seem to increase based on their usefulness, so often times many of the cheaper shields you buy first simply get left out of any design when it comes to protect implementation time. What if "1 shield" could effectively replace the pile of shields you'd normally purchase during prototyping? Meet the 1Sheeld.


1Sheeld is a prototypers dream add-on. Using an Android device running 2.3+ and an awesome 1Sheeld app, your smartphone becomes your Arduino shields. 1Sheeld's job is to communicate between the Arduino and the Android. Using the built-in HC-06 Bluetooth module, 1Sheeld allows any available sensor in your smartphone to become a virtual shield, so that the sensor data can be used in Arduino sketches.


The 1Sheeld can serve as a GPS shield, Wifi shield, and most any other shield available today. In addition, it replaces smaller hardware components like LEDs, buttons, and buzzers. Want to design a sketch using a gamepad or keyboard? 1Sheeld makes this easy. Email, SMS, Facebook, and Foursquare implementation is a breeze thanks to the 1Sheeld.



With the power and flexibility the 1Sheeld affords, its easy to see an incredibly complex Android control app. I was frankly amazed at how clean and easy to use the app is. Upon first running the app, you're presented with a short tutorial, then a scan button that searches for 1Sheeld devices in the 30 foot range. Once a 1Sheeld is found, pairing is a single tap process. From there, the UI shows all of the available sensors the app has in a simple and clean manner. You can select which of the various sensors you would like to enable, and any sensors not available to the Android device are blocked immediately via toast notification. Once you've selected the sensors you want to utilize, a single button presents a screen where the selected sensors are displayed with their various values. The entire app interface is fluid, fast, and organized. There's even an included plugin for the powerful automation Android app Tasker. The available 1Sheeld library for Arduino is also top notch, with several example sketches for the various sensors the shield provides.


The 1Sheeld is designed to attach to the standard Arduino shield form factor. Connecting to an Uno or Mega is very easy. Compatibility issues do exist with Arduino's without the standard shield form factor. The 1Sheeld is also a pass-through shield, allowing access to the Arduino's input/output pins.

The Positive:

• Powerful, flexible platform
• Terrific Android app
• Arduino library all but eliminates sketch implementation issues
• Easy learning and setup process
• Standard shield form factor
• Tasker support



The Negative:

• No current Apple support
• Wont connect to Arduino's without the standard shield form factor.



The Verdict:

1Sheeld to rule them all! The 1Sheeld for Arduino is a must have component for beginners and advanced users alike. It's easy to use, easy to setup, and arms most Arduinos with a bevy of prototyping tools at their disposal. The bottom line is if you own a compatible Arduino and an Android device you should buy a 1Sheeld.

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