BY GREGG ELLMAN Twitter.com/greggellman @greggellman
What a perfect time to write about Power Muffs, the stylish earmuff headphones that have wireless internal Bluetooth speakers. They also have an internal noise canceling microphone that you can access with the touch of a button while your ears stay warm during handsfree calls. I agree with a recent company press release, they are “the warmest sound in the world.”
Power Muffs weigh just 5 ounces and are adjustable to fit any head. Everything is controlled on the side of one muff, with power, volume and pairing buttons. A microUSB port is hidden on the bottom for charging the internal Lithium Ion battery, which should last for to six hours of use before a two-hour charge is needed.
If you keep them in standby mode, you’ll get about seven days of battery time.
I really didn’t expect much from the sound but I was pleasantly surprised after cranking up the volume and hearing the high-fidelity sound.
They are on a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, which I have no doubt will hit its goal.
According to the website, “Power Muffs premium Bluetooth earmuff headphones start at only $29 on Indiegogo. Those who pre-order will receive their headphones in time for the holidays.”
The sale price is 70 percent off the $99 retail for a limited time only.
http://powermuffs.com available in black, brown or ivory
Another timely gadget for winter is a mouthful to say, Impecca Power it 36,000mAh Power Supply and Car Jump Starter Kit, but worth it to remember for both its convenience and the peace of mind of extra safety.
The portable power pack has enough juice to boost anything from a smartphone to an RV or light truck.
It’s crazy that a battery that’s small enough to fit in a glove compartment, measuring just 7.12-by-3.34-by-9.56-inches is powerful enough to jump start your car, but it can.
There’s also an LED flashlight with SOS safety signal, dual USB charging ports and an LED area lamp for lighting the side of a road or a campsite. An LCD displays the battery levels.
Included are alligator battery clamps, an AC power adapter, car charging cable, a universal laptop adapter cable, USB cable and carrying case.
It’s can be charged up to 3,000 times. I only did a few so if you hit that number be sure to let me know.
The Impecca website states the battery’s auto jump start is 24v or 12v output and the jump start peak current is 800A with a starting current of 400A.
There are other models available down to a 8,000mAh model, which has the USB ports and can just start a car or SUV with 12V batteries.
www.impecca.com $329.95 for the 36,000mAh down to $79.95 for the 8,000mAH power supply.
I think it would be hard for another portable Bluetooth speaker to equal the sound and features of this one but I’m sure someone will come knocking as soon as they read this.
Meanwhile, I would say the Fugoo XL is outstanding and worth every penny.
First the features; it’s built as a rugged speaker with 360-degree sound and an IP67 rating. This makes it 100 percent waterproof (beach, shower, pool or rain), is dust-proof and shockproof.
I gave it a spray of water and a small drop off my kitchen counter and the music didn’t stop.
As for the sound, it’s designed with drivers on all four sides of the speaker and each side has an eight-degree angle for even better positioning.
When I first saw the speaker at the 2015 Consumer Electronic Show, my notes described it as “incredible sound, gotta try one out ASAP.”
The sound just doesn’t seem to end and it’s accurately described as ” rich full bass, solid midrange, and crisp distinct highs.”
With the rugged design it’s made for outdoors, so when you’re there, use the Outdoor mode for a fuller and deeper sound. All this is done with the press of a button.
I can go on and on: there’s a 35-hour rechargeable battery, an interchangeable outer jacket, an internal mic for handsfree calls, comes in a variety of colors and fabrics, and the sport XL even floats.
Inside are eight acoustic drivers, 2 tweeters and 38 watts of power.
www.fugoo.com Tough XL $249.99, Sport XL $129 and the Style XL is $199
Contact Gregg Ellman at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter: @greggellman