Secūr SP-2000 Digital Solar Radio & LED Flashlight 

Company: Secūr

Price: $50 USD


I am currently the advisor of the Environmental Club at the high school where I teach. As a result, I’m always on the lookout for ways to minimize the impacts upon the environment that our technology inevitably causes. Our club recycles hundred of pounds of batteries each year in an effort to reduce pollution in our landfills. When I discovered Secūr’s line of solar powered devices, I was intrigued and eager to take a look at them.

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About Mike Breed

Writing for since August of 2009, Mike Breed is an Earth Science and Biology teacher at Chenango Valley High School in Binghamton, New York. He is currently acting as the Science Department Chairman in his school district as well. Mike has received numerous grants to incorporate Apple products into the laboratories and activities of his students, with the hopes of adding a new element of learning to the teaching of science in a demanding learning environment. A lifelong resident of Cortland, New York, Mike enjoys spending time with his family when not busy with his duties at school. An avid fan of the Macintosh platform, Mike also spends a great deal of time reading and working from his iPad and iPhone, where he is reading his way through the entire chronology of Star Wars novels. Mike is also passionate about fishing and enjoys spending time each weekend fishing with his father on the waters of central New York State’s Finger Lakes.

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5200mAh Portable Battery Charger
Price : $89.99

Up for review is the Macally 5200 mAh rechargeable battery. The 5200 mAh rechargeable battery offers two different built in cables to allow a variety of phones to take advantage of the mammoth of a battery. The cables that are offered are the new Apple Lighting connector and also a standard micro USB cord. Both the Lighting connector and micro USB cable offer 2.1V of power, so it allows you to not only charge your phone faster than a regular USB to computer type deal, but you can also charge devices like Android tablets or the Apple iPad.

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Skinny iPad Keyboard Case for iPad 2
Price: $89.99

The touchscreen keyboard on the iPad is a very tough act to follow. Many companies have tried with Bluetooth keyboards and ended up with nothing to offer consumers that’s superior to the original touchscreen.

One of the newer entries into this field, Hatch & Co.’s Skinny Keyboard Case for iPad 2, comes closer to real functionality than similar products I’ve used lately. The Skinny Case, as its name suggests, is not just a Bluetooth keyboard, but also a case or folio. The iPad 2 slips into the top half of the leatherette case. When closed it’s a thin portfolio; when open your iPad is in front of you, nearly perpendicular to the compact keyboard. Not much revolutionary in that, but the keyboard is another story entirely. It does not feel at all like a keyboard and requires a very light touch.

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About Sam Negri

Sam Negri is a desert dweller and professional journalist. During a 50 year career based in Tucson, Arizona, USA, he traveled and wrote about every corner of the Desert Southwest. Sam is an active bicyclist, photographer, opera lover, and piano student.

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