Review: HybridLight Solar Lantern, Flashlight, and Charger


Two things are fairly scarce when you’re in the wilderness or at a campground–light and power. The HybridLight Solar Lantern is a great all-in-one that works as a flashlight, expands to a lantern, and can even charge your phone or other USB powered device. Continue reading

Spire: Track Your Body and Mind


There’s been an explosion in “wearable tech” recently, and I’ll be the first to admit that I haven’t jumped on that particular bandwagon. The idea of doodads clipped to my body that constantly measure various vital signs is at first a fascinating idea and very science fiction-y…but it quickly becomes a rather frightening prospect. Spire is one of the latest of such doodads, and I had the opportunity to give it a test run over the past few weeks. Officially, it is “a wearable device made for body and mind, tracking how you move and breathe.” Continue reading

GeekDad Review: Grain Audio OHEP Solid Wood Over Ear Headphones

Grain Audio's wlanut cup OHEP headphones

If you follow the world of Kickstarter campaigns, you’ve probably heard of Grain Audio. The brainchild of “two ex-Altec Lansing guys, an architect/furniture designer and a liquor industry operational expert,” Grain Audio raised over $155k (well over the $120k goal) to produce a line-up of premium audio gear featuring solid wood design. I was sent a pair of OHEP Solid Wood Over Ear Headphones featuring FSC certified walnut ear cups to try out. The wood certainly makes for an attractive set of headphones, but does it make them sound better? Continue reading

Go Solar With Today’s Amazon Daily Deal


Amazon challenges us to go solar with our portable and emergency power today, featuring deep daily deals on three Goal Zero solar-based power systems, and more discounts on Goal Zero’s range of products, from portable solar panels to large back-up battery/inverters that can be charged by those panels. You can get everything you need to keep life running off the grid. Continue reading