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With Apple's AirPods delayed until who knows when, iPhone 7 owners looking for truly wireless earbuds have few options. The earliest releases (2015) from the likes of companies big (Samsung) and small (Earin) suffered from broken connections and inelegant designs. Bragi's Dash is probably the most famous one (I haven't tried those) but they're pricey due to its ambitiousness (it wants to be a fitness tracker too). What if you want just clean looking wireless earbuds, and nothing more? Crazybaby's very cool looking Air isn't ready for release yet. But three start-ups from China and Taiwan have respectively released its own take. I got the chance to test all three recently, and they're all pretty good. Let's start with the Erato Apollo 7, the best overall of the bunch and probably the best true wireless earbuds overall on the market right now. Several other reviews, including CNET and the Verge, have concluded that these earbuds have the strongest and most reliable connection in the industry, and my own testing came up with the same result. It took a few tries to connect both earbuds together (you start by turning on one to connect it to your phone/computer as the "master device," then you turn on the other to connect the two buds), but once it connected, I never came across problems again. The earbuds just worked every time: I take them out of its premium-feeling/looking metal charging case, turn on my phone's bluetooth and within a second the earbuds are paired. Sound quality, obviously, falls short of any good set of wired headphones/earbuds, but it's great for wireless earbuds, and more than enough to probably 90% of the population. There's a lot of clarity during podcast sessions and the bass is strong -- very noticeable when listening to Nas' Illmatic -- on this, more so than on any other wireless earbuds I've tried. That's due to the Apollo 7's 5.8mm micro-sized dynamic driver, whereas most other wireless buds (including Bragi's and Earin's) use the weaker armature drivers. The mids are also very clear, but the highs come out quite muffled. Speaking of muffled, though the Apollo 7 includes a mic for making phone calls, but unfortunately, the caller on the other end said she couldn't hear me clearly over several test calls using different smartphones. But I must conceded -- I have a deep and "mumbly" voice to begin with. Perhaps a better speaker wouldn't encounter these problems. I also did hear the caller clearly though. Taking calls and pausing music are all done withe Apollo 7's multi-functional buttons. There's one on each bud, which seems overkill, but it's there because the Apollo 7 can work as just a single earbud if you so choose. At 4 grams each, the Apollo 7 are considered light, but the bullet-shaped earpieces are quite big and the other end sticks out enough that I was worried about them falling out. The Taiwanese start-up does, however, offer additional earpieces, including one with a sport wing, that should hold them in place more securely. Oh, and if they do fall out and, say, fall onto dirt. It's okay -- these earbuds are fully water resistant so you can rinse them off and it'll work fine. You can't wear them to swim -- but it's good to know sweat and rain and faucet water won't damage them. The charging dock that comes with the earbuds, as mentioned earlier, is very well-built and feels very high-end, like something you store jewelry in. It offers two additional charges to the earbuds. The Apollo 7 lasted an average of three hours per charge, so you're looking at nine hours of use before you have to top up. The earbuds come in different colors (black, gold, pink, silver) and the charging dock matches the look. As always, I like black the best. At $300 though, the Erato Apollo 7 is actually pricier than the AirPod, but these are truly wireless earbuds that offer arguably the best sound and connectivity on the market right now -- and it's not ugly like the AirPods. For those who don't want to spend $300 for Erato's buds, the Jabees BTWins, at $99, is a good option, with one compromise, which I'll get to later. Just looking at the earbuds alone, these are every bit as premium-feeling as the Apollo 7, with the end opposite of the buds slimmer and smaller to boot. These are the most "hidden" of all the wireless buds right now, meaning it's got the smallest piece sticking out (don't even get me started on Apple's ugly AirPods...) Once you get to the charging dock, however, that's when you see some of the cost-cutting. The charging box -- this one opens up like a treasure box -- is made of plastic. It's noticeably flimsier and less premium than the charging dock on the Apollo 7. But, I mean, who really cares about what the charging dock looks/feels like? This is something you'll get over in 12 seconds and never think again. Sound quality on the BTWins is good, with even stronger bass than the Apollo 7 (not quite Beats-level of overkill). Acoustics in particular sounded brilliant on these. It's also a bit easier to pair than the Apollo 7. Recommended by Forbes But, and this is a big but, the BTWins suffers from connectivity issues. On a few occasions during my testing, the right earbud would cut out for half a second. It's not too bad -- we're talking a combined 2 seconds of problems over an hour of listening, I'd say -- but it's enough to be jarring and take you out of the moment. But like I mentioned above -- the Apollo 7 is the only completely wire free earbuds to achieve perfect connectivity. The BTWins' problem is minor compared to the ones I've had on Samsung's GearIcon X.
The Kavson Besiter Eclipse is the must have charger this year. It has one of the most powerful batteries available, which means you’ll never lose your charge when away. It can charge iPhone 6S up to 5 times and a Samsung Galaxy S7 up to 3 times over. The power bank has a maximum 2.1A output which means that devices such as tablets will charge incredibly fast. You can even charge the Eclipse and your phone at the same time. It’s stylish and is ideal to pop into your pocket or bag and carry on the move. Ideal for holidays and camping it’s a great charger and torch. The Eclipse Series power bank comes in 2 stunning colours, black & gun metal and white & silver. It has a powerful bright light that will ensure you get back to your tent or hotel room at night .The Eclipse even has sensors which displays the charge time when you pick it up, meaning you’ll always know how long you have before needing to recharge it.
The Mercury Series powerbank (comes in either 5,000mAh or 10,000mAh battery size) is a sleek and smart portable charger that every gadget fanatic should have in their inventory. The device comes in either black with a grey trim or white with a gold trim – so there is a colour combination to suit everyone’s phones and tablets. The Mercury is all about its smooth edges and expert designed exterior. The aluminium trim is made from the same 7000 Series metal that you can find on the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. The Mercury is the first MFI powerbank available on the market so far, meaning that powerbank charges with a lightening cable and can charge an Apple device at the same time as it’s being charged itself. For those who don’t have lightening charge capable devices, the Mercury has a micro-USB slot – so any portable electronics that need charging on the go can use this powerbank. There are 2 standard USB slots, so you can charge more than one device at the same time. Inside there is a premium Li-Polymer battery which is smart enough to prevent itself from overcharging, overheating, short circuiting, or over currenting. Nothing can go wrong when you use the Besiter Mercury Series powerbank, nothing other than your device charging quicker than with any other charger on the market. This slimline 5.5″ powerful portable charger is a worthy companion and a great friend for business travellers who are constantly on the move and always on the phone. The powerbank is just a touch larger than most modern smartphones, so fits into the pocket neatly. It’s always there when you need it, doesn’t interfere with aircraft machinery when flying, won’t add too much weight to cabin bags or briefcases, and doesn’t need charging constantly.
Stuck at the airport with everyone else hogging the recharging power points or on a long-haul flight with dwindling iPad battery but only half way through Veep? The new power banks let you charge your smartphone on the go. Here are the top five — the higher the mAh rating the more power they store. 1. Besiter Mercury Nice and slim, with two USB ports plus lightning adaptor. Works with most devices including some laptops. When juice is running low it flashes its LEDs. Comes in black/grey or cream/gold. 10,000mAh.
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This is perhaps the smallest speaker we’ve looked at here at MTT, and yes, it’s another Bluetooth speaker. Whilst most Bluetooth speakers boast about battery life, aesthetics or waterproofing, the Lker Grace Mini is content with being one of the smallest! To see what we thought of it and whether there is a punch packed from this tiny unit, read on. Lker Grace Itty Bitty Let’s start with the obvious; this thing is tiny. Not just small – tiny! We’re looking at a device that’s just 4.2cm in diameter and has a height of 4.5cm, weighing just around 70g. See, tiny! In the box comes the unit itself, a USB to 3.5mm charging cable (yes, charging – we’ll get to that), a 3.5mm to 3.5mm AUX cable for connecting devices, a user manual and a leather carry case which is only slightly bigger than the device itself. Did we mention it’s tiny? The unit is available in multiple colours, although we have the Black version. It’s a glossy black too, but with a yellow braided lining to the speaker which accents the device nicely. The glossy black metal finish is offset by cut horizontal grooves around the circumference of the unit. Not only does it catch the light in some nice ways, but it helps with grip, and due to the grooves there isn’t much in the way of fingerprint grubbiness either. Result! Lker GraceLet’s take a bit of a tour. Along the top you can see the speaker recess and that lovely yellow accented speaker surround. The body is purely metallic with the contoured lines giving it a lovely feel, along with Lker Grace branding, a notification/power LED on the front, with the backside showing the 3.5mm port. On the bottom of the device there is a rubber ring for stability and to no doubt muffle vibration as well as the On/Off/Pairing button. Yes, you spotted it didn’t you. There’s no microUSB port for charging. Instead the unit serves power across a 3-pole audio jack connected to a USB cable. Strange, yes, but it gets the job done. It takes around 3 hours for a full charge however. Ant-Man Audio OK, so it doesn’t have the ability to ride insects, or shrink down to an Ant’s size, or indeed scale up (spoiler for Civil War), but you get the picture! It’s small and it packs a fair whack too. The power output is rated at just 3W but as the unit is firing all of that out the top it feels a little more beefy than it actually is. Towards the top end of the volume scale, which is controlled solely by your device, it starts to distort a bit, but that is to be expected. That aside though, this thing belts out audio like nobody’s business. The bass is quite slight as you’d expect but the mid and highs are ample enough for indoors and for a small number of people around for dinner, would be perfect for background noise. The second part of the Ant-Man analogy is in the battery department. We managed to get just shy of 5 hours continuous playback from this unit which is phenomenal considering the unit’s size. Pocket sized power for sure! Lker GraceOne More Thing Yup, Lker aren’t quite done here. So whilst it’s nothing Earth shattering, they have included a carry case. Only slightly bigger than the device itself, it serves to protect the unit as well as still being eminently portable. Now if only it wasn’t stitched all the way down on the back so it could be hooked on a belt or a carabiner. Still, better than nothing by a long shot.
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Jabees was a new brand to us here at MTT. We’d heard of them but hadn’t actually checked out any of their products before. So when Kavson approached us to review the Jabees BTwins earbuds prior to them going on sale on their store on 30th September, we jumped at the chance. Are these a good alternative to Apple’s AirPods at half the price – read on. The Jabees BTwins couldn’t have been released at a more opportune time. With the announcement of the Apple iPhone 7 devices and their lack of 3.5mm audio jack, Apple fanatics will be looking around for a good pair of wireless headphones that are cheaper than the AirPods that retail for £159.00, deliver an equal or better audio experience and perhaps a mite more stylish, although that will be a personal opinion. The Jabees BTwins certainly deliver the first part of the equation coming in at £79.99 from Kavson, which is quite a big difference when compared to Apple’s offering. The share some similarities with the AirPods in that they are obviously wireless, and they are “buds” in the truest sense of the word. No hooks, no wired band for stability. Place them in your ear and away you go. The Jabees are a little bit smaller however, weighing in at 4.6g per earbud and just 14.4mm x 16.3mm dimensionally. That’s tiny by any standard but particularly small considering the aluminium construction and the IPX4 rating for sweat resistance Let’s deal with the value proposition of the Jabees BTwins first and foremost. You get a lot for your money in the box with accessories everywhere. 1 x Pair of BTwins (True Wireless Stereo Headphones) 1 x Power pack(450mAh) 3 x Sport in-ear hook 3 x Eartips bullet-shape(L,M.S) 3 x Eartips bowl-shape(L,M.S) 1 x MicroUSB charging cable for charging the Power Pouch 1 x User manual So that’s 9 additional tips and fitting accessories as well as a Power Pouch which can be used to charge the units when mobile thanks to a built in 450 mAh battery and a belt clip. Very nifty indeed and something a little bit different to the usual unboxing experience.
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Like most bloggers & vloggers, there are few places that I go without either my iPhone or my Macbook – but I’m usually with both. In fact, the only time I can think of when I’m not within a few feet of either device is if I’m swimming or in the bath. Much to VIP’s annoyance, I appear to be glued to my devices 24/7. So much so, that even when I’m on my way to the office (commuting from Kent to London), by the time I sit down at my desk the battery on my mobile is down to around 17%. But as they say…needs must – and growing a blog/vlog needs some serious commitment and I make the most of the spare minutes I get. However, when I’m on the move I need a backup plan. Why? Because when my phone goes below the 50% charge, beads of sweat start to gather Yes, I panic. I guess it’s a sign of being addicted to your mobile! But I also know that once I go under the halfway charge mark, I haven’t got much phone time left – it almost seems to speed up! So my backup plan typically consists of a powerbank or two. In the past I’ve tended to pick these up from High Street shops for a few quid. However, the problem I find with the smaller, lower voltage powerbanks is that with daily usage, I end up charging up the powerbank as much as I charge my mobile. So then I end up carrying two of them around with me – an extra one as a backup!
A new power bank device, the Kavson Besiter Lightning, claims it can charge your camera phone 75% faster than traditional chargers. As an example, Kavson says the Besiter Lightning can charge your camera phone to 60 percent in just 30 minutes. The company says its speed comes from a maximum 2.1A output, and Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 technology.
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We’ve all been there – you’re just about to snap your friend the best photo of your life then in a second, your phone dies. Annoying as that is, we’d like to introduce our readers to the brand new Kavson Besiter Lightning charger, this must-have gadget has been given its name due to its super-fast recharging speed. It has the capability to charge your device 75% faster than other regular chargers, which basically means your smartphone won’t ever die again on you when you’re out and about. The power bank has a maximum 2.1A output, so devices such as tablets will charge incredibly fast. We all have that many apps blowing up every minute of the day, from Snapchat to Instagram, within an hour the average iPhone would be on the red. Along with Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 the Kavson Besiter Lightening can charge your smartphone to 60 percent in just 30 minutes. You can even charge the Lightening power bank and your phone or other devices at the same time. With a high-grade natural rosewood cover with an aluminum alloy frame and piano varnish back cover it’s stylish and is ideal to pop into your pocket or bag and carry on the move.
The Besiter Eclipse is the power bank for the hardcore – not just for when you forgot to plug your phone in at your desk over lunch, but with the ability to charge an iPhone 6S up to 5 times, this is the Bear Grylls of technological perseverance. Perfect for camping holidays or more perilous adventures, the Besiter Eclipse ensures fast charging that lasts. Need your kit to multitask? The Besiter Eclipse also features a blisteringly bright LED lamp, charges multiple devices at once and looks pretty neat too.
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The Lightning 4 was a sleek and cubed 10,000 mAh capacity power bank, for those wanting something a little slicker than your average. The Eclipse range isn’t what we’d call opposite, but it is distanced far enough from the Lightning range to appeal to a different demographic. That does sound a little preposterous to say considering they are still just power banks, but as our fruity friends over at Cupertino have taught us, we’re all quite vain when it comes to accessories. The Eclipse 4 is available in 250, 5000, 7500 and 10,000 mAh variants, and in both Black & Gun Metal, and White & Silver colour options, but aside from that, the build is identical. We mentioned from the outset that this is a little more portable than the Lightning 4, but that’s not to suggest it’s light and fluffy. It weighs in at a smidgen under 250 grams, and stands at 15.1 x 2.3 x 5.2 cm dimensionally. It still feels substantial but not as heavy as the Lightning 4. There is a textured plastic finish on two-thirds of the device with a reflective faux-metallic material across the remaining portion. On that end of the device are the two USB ports; both 1 and 2.1 amps called out but the device can intelligently decide on the power output dependant on the device attached, to a maximum of 2.1 amps. Moving down the devices edge finds the integrated LED display, a micro USB charging port and the incredibly bright LED strip consisting of four separate LED lights. The bottom edge reveals a little more information about the device such as the model number and capacity. Other than a subtle Besiter logo, there is not much more going on here. It’s an understated design. The box contents consist of the device itself, a micro USB cable and a quick start guide. Nothing out of the ordinary.
The Besiter Mercury is the World’s First MFI Power Bank. It is super powerful with up to 10000mAhMFI capacity. The Besiter Mercury can charge an iPhone four times, a Galaxy S6 two and a half times and tablet or iPad once with its battery life. The Mercury Series is the world’s first & only MFi Certified power bank. With its slim line appearance of just 5.5″ and sleek coating it will sit well alongside your phone or tablet. It comes with 2 USB ports so that you can easily charge 2 devices at the same time. It can also be charged whilst it’s charging your device so you never need to run out of power. It has intelligent charge, which detects the electrical demand of different devices and charges specifically to its needs. This means it works with 98% of all mobile devices. With many safety features including overcharge, over current, short circuit, over voltage protection it makes it a worthy gadget.
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73% of people us their personal smart phones for work and using them for work tasks such as emails, phone calls downloading PDF’s. Carry out all these ask can drain your battery very quickly, don’t lose your charge when you need it the most. The Kavson Besiter Eclipse starts from just £9.99 can charge your phone up to 5 times over, so no excuse for missing that all important email from your boss.
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The Besiter Lightning 4 is a 13,400 mAh capacity power bank with Quick Charge capability; something that has become ubiquitous within the smart device market over the last 12-18 months. This is the Quick Charge 2.0 variety, which makes it compatible with the likes of the Blackberry Priv (check out our review of that here), Nexus 6P, as well as the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. If you’re not quite up to speed (see what we did there?), Quick Charge technology essentially enables the increase of current draw from a traditional 5 volt USB supply therefore providing an increased charging time. The Besiter Lightning 4 unit comes with a Micro USB charging cable, and a surprisingly good quick start guide in the box. The unit itself has an authentic natural rosewood finish on the top, flanked by an aluminium surround and a glossy black varnished bottom. The bottom of the unit has a unique curvature which makes it feel really nice in the hand, but perhaps a little slippery on a flat surface. There’s no denying though, this looks as premium as it gets for power banks! That being said, it’s not a thin device. It’s quite a bit thicker than the average smartphone – probably around 2 to 3 times the size depending on the comparison device. On one of the edges are the two USB output ports; one for 1 amp output and the other for 2.4 amp output. Nestled in-between is a micro USB charging port to ensure the device has the juice required to prolong the life of your devices when out in the field. Around to the left hand edge from the connectivity, there’s a power button which illuminates the 4 pinhole LEDs situated on the opposite edge which indicate the charge left within the unit. We’ve reviewed many power banks here at MobileTechTalk. From small and light, to thin and futuristic, and even solar charged. The Besiter Lightning 4 is the most aesthetically pleasing we’ve seen by far. The Rosewood finish on the top with only subtle branding and the varnished glossy finish on the bottom are both gloriously premium. It’s equally hard-wearing too. During our review period this has been thrown in many a bag with gay abandon, and there is not a scratch on any other the finishes, including the aluminium surround. The LED button has a nice clicky feel and sound to it so you’ll definitely know when you’re turning the unit on. Many power banks simply rely on connecting a USB cable to turn the unit on, but we still prefer more control. Another nice aspect is that if no charging commences within 5 seconds of turning the unit on, it simply goes into a sleep mode and turns itself off again. On the flip-side, quite literally, the blue LEDs are too small and dim to be seen in a lot of circumstances, unless up close and tilted to catch the light. This might be a design flaw in terms of their seating or it might simply be that stronger LEDs are required.
Based in London, Kavson is mainly an IT consultancy specialising in Banking, Ecommerce and Government Online Systems. They also offer bespoke marketing services in their portfolio by providing their clients with specialised Integrated Digital Marketing services to cater to the need of a client’s evolving tech savvy consumers. Upon coming across the Kavson Ltd stand I noticed that their powerbanks were being notched up like hot cakes. I managed to obtain one for myself, which I will review in a separate blog post. Do take a look at their website for their products http://kavson.co.uk/
I was lucky enough to win tickets to The Gadget Show Live at NEC Birmingham, courtesy of Kavson, a distributor of cool electronic gadgets and accessories. Thank you so much for saving me money! It was simply gadget heaven for all gadget lovers and tech enthusiasts! The event showcased over 250 exhibitors including ADT, TomTom and Nividia. There was so much to do at the exhibition including, test driving cars which could park itself, playing with robotic toys, being scanned in 3D, experiencing VR and so much more! The Super Theatre show was amazing to watch and was hosted by the Channel 5, The Gadget Show presenters Jason Bradbury, Ortis Deley, Amy Williams and Jon Bentley. The show was interactive allowing the audience to take part and win fabulous prizes including a 40 inch 4K TV courtsey of the headline sponsors Currys PC World. Jamie Raven, from Britain’s Got Talent gave an outstanding performance performing great magic and illusions in front of my very own eyes! As Simon Cowell famously said, “I now actually believe in magic!”. COOL GADGETS, WHICH I LOVED INCLUDED: Kavson - (A special thank you for the tickets and power bank!) It was great to meet Gerard, Director of Kavson and personally thank him! Kavson are an IT consultancy based in London, specialising in Banking, Ecommerce and Government Online Systems with over 15 years experience. Kavson also are a distributor of electronic gadgets and accessories to include powerbanks, Apple watches Bluetooth speakers & headsets and much more. Ch