Save your favorite holiday photos with Picture Keeper Connect


Me at Christmas time, approx. 68' or 69'

Me at Christmas time, approx. 68′ or 69′

Nothing makes people reflect on their lives more than the holiday season. It’s hard not to look back on years past and remember the good times, and for some (sadly), the bad times. I prefer to think about the holiday season fondly, even though my mother passed away a few days after Christmas almost 14 years ago.

I love to connect with my family and friends and talk about the memories we share. It’s fun to bring back special memories. I love being able to share those memories with my kids.

I wish I had photos of the holidays when I was a child. I have a few, but not that many. When it comes to my kids, we have a massive amount of pictures. I think that just comes with being a parent. We take dozens of photos of our kids – especially during the holidays.

When our kids were younger we were great with keeping photo albums up-to-date. Our photo albums have photos in sequence and we have each book labeled with the year/years that it covers.

Then technology changed…

We stopped printing out our photo for our albums when digital cameras came about. Instead of having actual photos we kept the pictures on our computer. Out of fear of losing them we’d back them up on CD. The only problem with that is you end up with dozens (or in our case several dozen) CDs. That makes finding a specific photo or set of photos almost impossible (trust me – I know from personal experience).

Family Thanksgiving approx 76'

Family Thanksgiving approx 76′

We then started to keep the photos on the computers. But the problem with that is they end up taking up a lot of space on your hard drive and heaven forbid your computer gets the “blue screen of death” (as we call it), ALL of the photos are lost.

I have lost plenty of photos on our computers. My husband was able to rescue them once when he “slave the hard drive,” but that was only on one occasion.

Keeping photos on your tablet or smartphone isn’t that wise either. Technology gets stolen and things break (our daughter has broken her phone more time than I care to recall).

Surely there has to be a better way to store and organize your precious family holiday photos (and photos you take year round). There is! It’s called Picture Keeper Connect.

Picture Keeper Connect is a simple all-in-one USB device with embedded software that makes it easy to transfer photos directly from your Phone or Tablet (iOS and Android) to your Mac or PC. You can even download your contacts and videos on Picture Keeper Connect.


I will be the first person to admit that I am “technologically challenged.” Thankfully my teenage son is a computer whiz. Still… I worry that I’ll mess things up.

Picture Keeper Connect is super easy to install and use – even for people like me. There is no software to install, no wires or plugs to connect, nothing you have to join and no passwords to remember. There are no monthly fees either.

This literally a “plug and play” type of device. You don’t even need a WIFI connection to use it.

Picture Keeper Connect is a USB type device. The “magic” happen when you plug it into your cellphone or tablet. Picture Keeper Connect grabs all of your photos (skipping duplicates) and safely stores them for you.  When you need them or what to share them you can easily find them on the device.

Think of Picture Keeper Connect as a “cloud” you can take with you and use anytime, anywhere. This is especially great for travelers.

Picture Keeper Connect also frees up space on your device. As someone who is constantly running out of room on her smartphone, I can appreciate something like this.

Check out this brief video with some more information about this handy little gadget.


I was sent a Picture Keeper Connect to review. It looks just like a flash drive, but it’s so much more than just a typical flash drive.

Once you have inserted the Picture Keeper Connect into your device and run the app, it looks through your phone (for example) and copies all the photos that is fine (videos and contacts too). Each time you plug it in to back up your photos, Picture Keeper Connect will only copy what is new since the last time you used it to back things up.

Picture Keeper Connect literally does the work for you. It’s so easy to use that even older people who are not tech savvy can use it.

I wish I had a product like this those times my laptop died on me and I lost precious, irreplaceable photos. With Picture Keeper Connect I could have easily restored those lost photos.

Picture Keeper Connect comes with an extra plug so you can use it in pretty much all devices.

Picture Keeper Connect comes with an extra plug so you can use it in pretty much all devices.

Once you back up your photos on Picture Keeper Connect they are always available to you. You can plug the device in and transfer photos back to your device (they will also remain on the Picture Keeper Connect).

Don’t risk losing special holiday photos. Pick up Picture Keeper Connect. You can learn more at PictureKeeper.com. The brand can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest (links are found on the bottom right corner on their website).

This would be a great gift for the holiday season – most especially for people with big life events coming up such as a wedding or the birth of a baby.

What do you think about Picture Keeper Connect? Does it sound like a product you’d like to have? Would you give it to someone as a gift? Feel free to share your thought. I always love to hear from readers.



*I received a free product sample to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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2016 Holiday Gift Guide – Fun gifts for the technology lover from HP



Have you completed your holiday shopping yet? I am sad to say that we haven’t even started yet. Thankfully our kids are teenagers, so they would rather have gift card to their favorite stores, so we don’t have to buy a lot of gifts anymore. It’s not like when they were little and wanted to wake up Christmas morning to see dozens of wrapped presents oozing out from under the Christmas tree.

Gone are the days when our kids wanted the latest and greatest “must have toy.” These days they are more into technology.

Our son is begging us for a new laptop. There is nothing wrong with his laptop, per say, except that he likes to play games on it and he needs a computer better designed for gaming. His current laptop is a very simple one with not much “bells and whistles.”

If you are in the market for a new laptop, like we are for our son, check out the HP 15 Notebook.


The HP 15 Notebook comes with Windows 10 Home, 2TB hard drive, high-definition display, AMD Radeon R5 graphics, HP TrueVision HD Camera, DTS Studio sound and much more. Best of all, HP has partnered with QVC to offer two exclusive colors; minty green and soft lilac. I LOVE the fashion colors. They are so nice. I wish I could get a new laptop. I’m bored with the ordinary black colored laptops. I want one in soft lilac (my favorite).

You can score a killer deal on a powered-up HP laptop during QVC’s Best Black Friday™ Sale weekend! They will feature this laptop at the lowest price of the season on Saturday, November 26th.

If you would like to learn more about the product you can view the product page on the QVC website. Be sure to check out QVC on Saturday, November 26, 2016 to take advantage of their special sales price.

For more information visit QVC.com*. (*QVC is a service mark of ER Marks, Inc. The QVC.com domain name is registered to QVC, Inc.).

You can check out what others have to say about this amazing deal by checking out the hashtag #HPonQVC on social media.


Another fun techie gift idea is the HP Sprocket. This is the ideal gift for our teen daughter who loves to take photos of her and her friends. In fact, she was asking me for an instant camera so she can get a physical copy of the photos instantly. Who needs an instant photo camera when you can use your smartphone and the HP Sprocket.

The HP Sprocket is a tiny, smartphone printer. That’s right – it’s an actual printer. A tiny one too, which means its easily portable.

HP Spocket prints out 2″ x 3″ photos. The special photo paper has a sticky back so you can adhere them anywhere you want.

We have an HP Sprocket. I was sent one to review and we are having so much fun with it.

The HP Sprocket works by downloading the special app (FREE) and connecting your HP Sprocket with your smartphone via Bluetooth. It can also be set up with your tablet.

You can connect your social media accounts with the HP Sprocket, allowing you to instantly print out photos uploaded to your Facebook and Instagram accounts.

The HP Sprocket is small in size. You can tuck it into your pants pocket, jacket pocket, purse, backpack or tote bag. Then, when the mood strikes you can take it out and instantly print out your favorite photos.

You can add stickers, frames, text and more to your photos prior to printing them out.

You can add stickers, frames, text and more to your photos prior to printing them out.

This is ideal for people who love to share photos on social media. Ever since seeing the HP Sprocket in action our daughter has changed her gift request from an instant camera to her own HP Sprocket.

Before you print out your photo you can use the app to customize the photo by adding fun text, borders, emojis and more.

The HP Spocket uses HP ZINK®to print out the photos. It’s important that you only use on the Original HP ZINK® sticky-backed photo paper in your HP Sprocket. This special paper ensures that you get bright, glossy photos with vibrant colors every time you print. Plus you just need to peel off the back of your prints and your photos become instant stickers (you don’t have to use them as stickers if you don’t want to).

I am not a whiz when it comes to technology sometimes, but I was able to set up our HP Sprocket quickly and easily. It was as simple as 1-2-3.


With HP Sprocket you can Live It – Love It – Print It.

HP Sprocket and HP ZINK Sticky-Backed Photo Paper are available from these retailers.

HP.com – HP Sprocket Printer

HP.com – HP Zink Sticky-Backed Photo Paper

Amazon – HP Sprocket Printer

Amazon – HP Zink Sticky-Backed Photo Paper

Best Buy – HP Sprocket Printer

Best Buy – HP Zink Sticky-Backed Photo Paper

If you are in the market for techie gifts this holiday season, or just like to take advantage of the “latest and greatest” for yourself, check out these fabulous offerings from HP.



** I have partnered with HP to bring you this information. I received a free product sample to review as well as compensation for my participation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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4 Ways Your Cellphone Might Be Making You Ugly



Our cellphones have become so vital to our daily lives. Research has shown that the average person checks their phone 85 times a day and that we spend a total of five hours using our cellphones to browse the web or use apps. For many, our smartphone is the first thing we look at in the morning and the last thing we check at bedtime. Although quick glances at our phone may seem harmless, it can in fact be affecting us physically, mentally and emotionally. We caught up with some experts who help explain the ugly side of excessive cellphones use.

Ugly posture.

When we look down at our cellphones we are straining our necks and slouching our shoulders. Doing this can cause some serious damage to our overall posture even leading us to lose up to an inch to an inch and a half of height. “I see up to 10 patients a week complaining of severe neck and shoulder pain. When asked how often they use their phones the typical response is all the time. When pain becomes chronic and severe, surgery has to be considered,” explains Dr. Richard Samperisi, CoFounder of Campus Chiropractic Center at Florida International University & Functional Medicine Practitioner.

Ugly eye strain, bags and wrinkles.

Not only can staring at your phone all day cause serious neck and shoulder pain, the extreme use of our phones is leading to various eye conditions such as blurred vision, eye strain, headaches and dry eyes as well as to a condition they like to call “tech neck.” For those concerned with cosmetics and eye appearance constant squinting leads to wrinkles and under eye bags. New Bern, North Carolina plastic surgeon Dr. John Zannis explains that a combination of surgical and non-surgical procedures that address under eye bags, drooping and sagging usually range from 5 – $10,000 with a recovery time of up to 2 weeks. He’s also seen a rise in complaints about neck lines and wrinkling skin attributed to excessive cell phone use.

Ugly skin.

Are you constantly struggling with breakouts around your cheeks or chin? Instead of blaming hormones, junk food or a bad skincare routine consider looking at the device in your hand. “Our cellphones are filled with bacteria. We are continuously touching them with dirty hands, throwing them in our bags, stuffing them in our pockets or putting them on counter tops. Then without even thinking twice we put our phones right up to our ears where all of that bacterium from those dirty areas wreak havoc on our face,” offers Board Certified Dermatologist Dr. Kaly Papantoniou.  She suggests frequently wiping the phone screen and using a face wash with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid to rid bacteria from building up.

Ugly Manners

We see people at restaurants who are more focused on snapping a pic of their meal than enjoying each other’s company. Our persistent use of our cellphones can be affecting our relationships with the people and world around us. “When we focus more on our digital lives rather than the individuals we are with; we are not only giving off the impression that we do not care about what they have to say, we are also letting valuable and meaningful moments pass us by,” explains Dr. Sanam Hafeez a New York City based neuropsychologist and teaching faculty at Columbia University. She suggests putting the phone down and even going cell free twice a week.

Give it a try and see how cutting down on your phone use can also cut down on the ugly.


About the doctors:

Dr. Richard J. Samperisi, DC, of Miami, Florida, is a New York Native who completed his Doctoral studies at Life University in Atlanta, Georgia. His post-doctoral education focuses on functional medicine and clinical nutrition. 

Dr. John Zannis is a New Bern, North Carolina board-certified plastic surgeon and best selling author. A graduate of Stanford University and The University of Cincinnati Medical College, he received his formal training in General Surgery and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Connect with him via twitter @JohnZannisMD or his website www.zannisplasticsurgery.com  

Dr. Kaleroy (Kally) Papantoniou is a Cosmetic Dermatologist, Board Certified by the American Board of Dermatology.  She is also a clinical instructor at Mount Sinai Health Center in New York City. Connect with Dr. Papantoniou via twitter @DrPapantoniou or her website www.DrPapantoniou.com

Dr. Sanam Hafeez PsyD is a NYC based licensed clinical psychologist, teaching faculty member at the prestigious Columbia University Teacher’s College and the founder and Clinical Director of Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services, P.C. a neuropsychological, developmental and educational center in Manhattan and Queens. Connect with her via twitter @comprehendMind or at www.comprehendthemind.com


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Turbo ExtremeSteam – Great for your home and wardrobe



Let me confess something to you – we don’t own and iron or even and ironing board. We had them when we were first married (20 years ago), but we hated to use them. When we had things that needed to be ironed they would just sit in a pile in the corner of the bedroom for weeks at a time. I hated to iron, and so did my husband. It’s a boring, mundane, tedious task.

When we purchase clothes we make sure to buy things that won’t easily wrinkle. We also hang things up the very moment they come out of the dryer to avoid wrinkles. We have gone so far as to dampen wrinkled things and pop them back in the dryer to get rid of wrinkles.

So far our tactics have worked OK, but there are times when we really need to have an iron. Especially when there is no time to put something in the dryer.

There is another way to get rid of wrinkles that is super quick and easy to do. It’s called the Turbo ExtremeSteam.

Turbo ExtremeSteam

The Turbo ExtremeSteam is a lightweight, handheld steamer. We have owned other steamers in the past but they are big, bulky and awkward to use. The Turbo ExtremeSteam was made to be quick and convenient. It even heats up and is ready to go in as little as 40 seconds.

Not only is the Turbo ExtremeSteam a must have for keeping your clothing wrinkle free (and getting out existing wrinkles), it can also be used around your home to clean and disinfect things like curtains, pillows and pet beds.

Not sure if steaming is for you? Take a look some quick facts on why it could change up your entire routine.

To Steam or Not to Steam?

  • Steaming is extremely time and cost efficient. It’s the fast way to wrinkle-free garments, so, no need to waste time and spend money on dry cleaning.
  • Unlike dry cleaning, steaming is green and clean. It only uses heated water, so no chemicals are required.
  • It’s gentle on fabrics. Your clothes and home fabrics don’t like the heavy chemicals used in dry cleaning. It makes them weak and sad. Steaming keeps them strong and happy.
  • It’s easier! Who likes hauling out cumbersome ironing boards?
  • Tough on critters. Kills them and prevents them. Bye-bye dust mites and bed bugs. Hello safe, clean furniture and mattresses.
  • A fresh perspective. Steaming de-wrinkles and refreshes drapes, curtains, upholstery and more – you don’t even have to take anything off rods!

I do enjoy getting the wrinkles out of our curtains. I used to just leave them (as pathetic as that sounds). My son uses a tie to hold back the curtains in his room and they get really wrinkled. I have yet to think of a better alternative. I hated out horrible it would make the curtains look. With the Turbo ExtremeSteam I can quickly and easily remove those wrinkle, leaving them perfectly smooth looking, just the way I like it.

We have numerous pet bed, a cat tree and even our loveseat (aka – “The hair chair”) is covered in pet hair and who knows what else. We can wash some of them (they have slip covers) but not the pillow/padding. That is why I love using the Turbo ExtremeSteam to fresh up our pet’s things and kill any creepy crawlies that might have made home on them (or in them). Plus I think the steam helps to freshen them up and make them smell a bit better. I’m all for anything that helps with pet odors.

Pet Beds

SOME of our pet beds – we have more!

Unlike other steamers, this one is so easy to use. Simply fill the water tank, plug it in, turn it on and in 40 seconds you are ready to start steaming.

I believe one take of water will last for about 15 minutes of steaming. I have never steamed that long in one shot so I am not 100% positive. I also remove the water when not in use.

Conair Steamer

This is hand held and you can take it where you need to steam, providing that there is an outlet near by to plug it in. When I need to steam something where there is no outlet I bring the item/items closer to an outlet so I can use the steamer.

The steamer is safe with most fabrics. When in doubt I would test on a very small, inconspicuous area first and foremost. So far I have not had any issues.

There are also attachments for the steamer.

  • Silicone band to pull fabric taut
  • Delicate fabric spacer to protect trims and safely steam fine fabrics
  • Bristle brush to ensure steam penetrates the fibers for the perfect press, even on heavy fabric.
Bristle brush attachment

Bristle brush attachment

I use the bristle brush attachment on the furniture to help grab any pet hair I might have missed. I ALWAYS “brush” the furniture with a special pet hair brush that we use, but just in case I missed something I like to use the bristle brush attachment (I just make sure to remove all the hair from it so it doesn’t end up on our clothes or curtains).

There is even a special piece on the steam to help create the most perfect pleats for your pants. My husband uses that from time to time on his work pants. It’s funny because his work pants lost their creases (pleats) after he wore and washed them many times. Being able to put pleats back in them again they look like new pants.


I like that it can stand up on it’s own when not being used.

I’ve also use the steamer to fresh up things we bring up from our basement storage. Things in the basement tend to pick up that “basement smell.” Using the streamer helps to get rid of a bit of that smell.

So far we have put this to great use. Even my teenagers use it from time to time.

The Conair Turbo ExtremeSteam is available at www.Target.com and Target Retail Locations. You might be able to find it at other retail locations too.

The product has a retail price of $59.99.

For more information about this and other Conair products visit Conair.com. You can also find the brand on social media. All of their links are found on their website.

I’ll leave you with this video from Conair that showcases this amazing product.



*I received a free product sample to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Get ready to “Charge It Forward” with myCharge (giveaway ends 7/1/16)


Charge it Forward Logo

Has this ever happened to you – you need to make an emergency phone call or you want to snap pictures of something amazing on your smartphone, and the battery is just about dead? It’s a horrible thing to have to experience, especially when you have no way to charge your device.

This has happened to me more times than I care to remember. The worse experience was when I was at the airport after taking a “red eye” flight from L.A. back home. It was the middle of the night and I needed to locate my car service driver. My phone was dead and I didn’t think to pack the power chord to charge it. I also had no change, so I couldn’t make a call on the payphone. I had to call my husband collect and have him be the “middle man” between me and the car service driver. It was a nightmare!

An interesting survey done in 2015 from Deloitte found that people in the United States across all age groups check their phones an average of 46 times per day. WOW! That is a lot. It’s no wonder that smartphone batteries are constantly drained of power and people are always searching for a power cord and outlet.

Do you check our phone that many times per day?

myCharge, a leading portable power bank manufacturer, hopes to lend a helping hand the next time anyone finds themselves with a low battery and an urgent need to send a text or make a call with its new Charge It Forward campaign.


I’m sure you have heard of “pay it forward,” where someone does something nice for you and in return, you do something nice for someone else. Charge if Forward is sort of the same thing but instead of doing good deeds, you are providing someone with power to charge their device so that they are able to take those special pictures or make that important phone call.

Over the next several months, myCharge will be releasing free, specially marked portable chargers. myCharge power teams will hand out over 25,000 chargers at 12 events across the United States with one simple ask, that everyone use the devices then pass them on the next time they come across someone with a low battery and no way to charge it.

To encourage people to do the right thing and pass on the charger instead of keeping it, each Charge It Forward device will be marked with a unique number. Texting that number will direct the person in possession of the charger to a website where they will join that particular charger’s team. Teams will be able to track how far their charger has traveled on the website. And, each month the team whose charger travels the furthest distance will be eligible to win amazing prizes including trips, chargers and gift cards. One lucky individual will also be randomly awarded $1,000 at the end of the year for “charging it forward.”

The Charge It Forward event schedule includes stops at:

  • The Belmont Stakes – June 9 – June 11, 2016 in Belmont, NY
  • Rock the Garden – June 18, 2016 in Minneapolis, MN
  • CE Week – June 21 – June 23, 2016 in New York City
  • Summerfest – July 6 – July 10, 2016 in Milwaukee, WI
  • The Beats Run – July 15, 2016 in Seattle, WA
  • The NASCAR Brickyard Race – July 23 – July 25, 2016 in Indianapolis, IN
  • Hood to Coast – August 26 – August 27, 2016 in Portland, OR
  • Cincinnati Reds Game – September 2, 2016 in Cincinnati, OH
  • Stanford vs. USC Football Game – September 17, 2016 in Stanford, CA
  • Chicago Marathon – October 9, 2016 in Chicago, IL
  • Tennessee vs. Alabama Football Game – October 15, 2016 in Knoxville, TN

“That feeling of dread when you look down at your phone and see a low battery alert, knowing that you have no cables, adapters or a portable charger on hand, is something we have all experienced. In today’s world being cut off from technology for a few minutes or hours means missing out on something, which leaves us all running for outlets or asking strangers for a charge on a regular basis,” said myCharge VP of Marketing, Julie Pickens. “We want the Charge It Forward campaign to help people out when they are in a power pinch, and we hope that we will get to hear some great stories along the way like a family being able to connect in an emergency or someone being able to deliver good news like the birth of a baby or a new job. By empowering people to do a little good by passing on a charger they got for free, we anticipate that those who are touched by the gesture will want to do a little good of their own.”

What a fun idea! I love this. I especially like how you are able to track the charger you passed on to see how far it goes and that you can win prizes too.

Each charger that is part of the Charge it Forward campaign will feature a special sticker so you are able to recognize them. Here are some examples.


Here is a bit more information about myCharge.

myCharge, innovators in portable power create the ultimate portable power solutions for anyone, anywhere who needs to stay charged. Incorporating the highest quality components, cutting-edge design, and smart technologies, myCharge responds to the latest technological advances by providing products dedicated to restoring everyday balance and fulfilling consumer needs in today’s on-the-go, always connected, digital society.

If you are interested in learning more about this fun campaign visit myCharge.com. There you can also learn more about myCharge devices and more.

You can also check out the brand on social media. All of their links are found at the bottom of their website.

Razor Ultra

To get you excited about this campaign, myCharge would like to give five (5) lucky readers a Razor Ultra* powerbank ($99.99 value) that you can use to charge your smartphone, tablet or other devices. You can keep it for yourself, or you are welcome to Charge it Forward. *ONE  (1) Razor Ultra per winner. 

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on July 2, 2016 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winners will be chosen at random using a random number generator. The winners will be contacted via email and will need to reply promptly (no later than June 1st) or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win this prize?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of site readers. myCharge is supplying the prizes. 

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Be prepared when you travel this summer with the RAVPower Portable Car Jump & more


Summer Road Trip

What are your summer plans? Are you planning a “staycation” and hanging out at home, or are you planning on a lot of traveling? My family and are planning another summer at home. It’s hard to go too far or be away from home too long because of our pets (two of which need medications). The furthest we’ll go this summer is the New Jersey shore (ocean/beach) and the Dutchess County Fair upstate.

If you are planning on driving this summer make sure you are prepared. The last thing you want to have happen is a dead car battery, or even worse, breaking down and unable to call for help because your phone battery died and you don’t have a way to charge it.

Many summers ago (decades ago!), my extended family went on a family trip to Massachusetts. We packed ourselves into two cars. On our way there one of the cars broke down (it’s been decades, I don’t remember exactly what was wrong). This was long before cellphones. We had to wait for a Police officer to call for a tow.

When the tow truck driver arrived we had to pile into one car. There were people sitting on other people’s laps and children sitting on the floor. There was no way we’d all fit.

My cousin, who was about 12 at the time, volunteered to ride with the tow truck driver.

For some odd reason no one thought to ask the tow truck driver where he was going with the car (and my cousin!). We had to drive from repair shop to repair shop looking for them. When we finally found them my poor cousin was traumatized. He thought he was never going to see us again.

It was that experience from my childhood that makes me think twice before going on a long car trip as an adult. I always make sure I’m well prepared in case of an emergency.


Sometimes all a car might need is a simple jump start. If you happen to be in an isolated area where few people travel, finding someone to give you a jump might not be that easy. Thank goodness for the RAVPower Portable Car Jump Starter. This 3-in-1 product is a combination of power bank, car jump starter, and LED flashlight. It has a huge capacity of 14000mAh (start the car up to 20 times.) making it ideal for car travelling and the outdoors.

The brand even took precautions to protect your safety with multiple advanced safety protections including the jump cable smart chip protect you and prevent short circuit, over charge, over current, over discharge, and reverse connection.

The RAVPower Portable Car Jump Starter will jump most 12v battery cars.

I was sent a set to review. Since owning the product I have not had a chance to test it out on a dead car battery. We have three cars in our family (mine, my husband and our daughter’s) and no one had a need for it.


I wanted to see what others had to say about using the RAVPower Portable Car Jump Starter to jump start a car, so I checked out the product’s reviews on Amazon. The products has 4.7 out of a possible 5 stars. That is impressive.

I read what people had to say about using it to jump a vehicle and almost every review I read about that gave the product positive reviews. It will jump start a car and often you get multiple jump out of the unit before it needs to be recharged.

The RAVPower Portable Car Jump Starter holds it’s charge for a very long time too. You could easily keep this in your car for months without having to recharge it. That is great because you never know when you’ll need it. It’s not like you know ahead of time you’ll need it so you remember to charge it. It’s always unplanned for, therefore it’s good to know you can charge this and leave it in your car for months and not have to worry about it.

I would recommend making note on your calendar to check it and recharge it if needed every few months.

In addition to being able to jump start a vehicle, the  RAVPower Portable Car Jump Starter has USB ports that allows you to charge other devices such as a smartphone, tablet or even your GPS system.


Now there no worries about your cellphone losing power in the event of an emergency. Simply plug it into the  RAVPower Portable Car Jump Starter and charge it up so you can call for help.

This would also be handy for people who love to camp. You can use this to charge your tablet so you can watch movies or play games (things that don’t require WiFi).

The charger is very well made, small in size and portable.

This product is a “must have” if you plan on travelling this summer, or any time of the year. It’s also great for people who commute to work, or even teenagers who go away to college. It would also make a great, practical gift.

RAVPower makes many other products that help you charge your devices and more.

Car Charger

RAVPower has a small, slim 24w mini car charger with iSmart technology. I was also sent this to review.

I have other car chargers, but this one has a really nice look and feel to it. Unlike my other chargers, this one has a dual port so you can charge more than one device at a time. This is a MUST when traveling with my teenagers. It’s the “end of the world” if we are driving some where and their cellphones lose power. They used to have to fight over who got to charge their phone first. With dual charging ports my kids can charge their phones at the same time. All we need are dual plugs (which I usually have in my car).


I wouldn’t say this charger changes lightening fast, but I do get more of a charge using it on my way to work than I do with my other chargers. I have used it several times driving to my afternoon job and I get the same results (give or take). It charges much more than the other chargers do.

If you would like to learn more about these or other RAVPower devices visit RAVPower.com.

The brand sells their products on Amazon.com. Simply do a product search for “RAVPower.” Most of their products appear to be Prime eligible which means FREE 2-day shipping for Amazon Prime members.

What do you think about these products? Do you think they are “must haves” when traveling?



*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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