by Gregg Ellman
On the box, it’s promoted as perfect to power anything anywhere, including laptops, cameras, tablets, phones, speakers and more. I have all those devices and I knew it would work perfect for all of them.
But a real test would be during this summer’s Dallas heatwave, with weekly highs approaching 110 degrees. I chose to do my testing away from my office and kitchen, but not too far away. Just a few dozen steps into my yard and I was powered poolside.
Along came my blender and some frozen beverages, which are perfect poolside or on location in a pack. The Omni 20 powered my Kitchen Aid blender perfectly for several rounds of frozen margaritas.
Remember, the power pack is not waterproof and I’ll assume neither is my blender. So please use with caution along with being responsible when consuming adult beverages.
Built into the Omni 20 is a pair of standard USB ports, a standard wall socket AC and a DC out port. You also have pass-through charging, so when you’re charging the Omni 20 itself, you can recharge your devices at the same time.
With over 20,400 mAh of power inside, cell phones can be charged up to nine times and smaller digital cameras up to eight. Charging times and frequency will depend on the devices needing the power.
The Li-ion battery measures 5-by-4.8-by-1.1-inches and weighs 1.4-pounds and has a lifecycle of 500 charges.
Turning it on is as easy as hitting a power button and an Oled screen has displays and setting controls, including auto shutoff, battery remaining capacity, battery temperature, charge time remaining and other options.
It just so happens I was listening to satellite radio with new Beem United fitness BeActiv E300 wireless earbuds while I was using my above mentioned review using my blender outside. And I know, yes my job is horrible some days.
The neckband headset is built with Bluetooth 4.1 and has a nice 6-hour battery life, which only takes 1.5-hours to charge.
Magnetic tips are built into the earbuds to connect them so they stay in place when not in use (I love that feature). I’ve turned into a fan of neckband headphones for daily use, travel and active lifestyle for bike rides as well as yard work.
As for the sound, inside is 10.66 mm dynamic speaker drivers, which produce clear and a nice amount of bass. The BeActiv E300 sound can be enhanced with it’s internal 5-band fully configurable EQ presets, which increased the bass greatly for those who want that experience.
The ergonomic ear tips attach to the lightweight flex-form neckband and wear with comfort so you won’t even know they are on, if not for the sound. Inline controls and a built in microphone are there for controlling iOS and Android devices.
They price friendly headset is available bright color choices of metallic blue, camo and cool white. Four sets of sized ear tips are includes along with a carrying case.