It’s a hard life, but someone has to do it. As the carnival that was the Outdoor Retailers Show (OR Show) hit downtown SLC in late August, we braved the show floor for five grueling days of product testing and vendor sales pitches. Our goal?
free beer and free products Bringing you info on a range of great products to get the most of your Utah. Okay, yes, and there was a free drink or three in there too.
The following score of product reviews cover some of the better items we saw during the show, not to mention, where vendors were kind enough to provide a review sample as well. Oh, and just one more thing. Some lucky readers will get to win all of these great products, in our grand OR Show giveaway. Yep, that’s right, every single last one—a combined value of over $1,400 retail—could be yours. So let’s get to the nitty gritty, twenty stellar products for getting the most out of your Utah.
Enerplex Kickr IV: The EnerPlex Kickr IV is a flexible, durable and lightweight 6.5 watt portable solar charger, powerful enough to charge most mobile electronics and weighs just 0.6 pounds.
What We Loved: Enerplex are quickly making a name for themselves in the consumer portable energy market. Their designs are innovative and their technology is outpacing the competition. The four panel solar charger is lightweight and compact. It feels very durable and seems weather resistant. The connector feels solid and up for unintentional abuse. On average, the output did live up to it’s 5 volt claim in 75% – 100% sunlight. Your mileage will vary depending on cloud cover. Like all solar charges, don’t expect a full power charge as if it’s from an outlet. These are great to keep devices like their Jumpr series of battery packs topped off. -Hang Wong
Enerplex Jumpr Slate 5k: The Red Dot design award-winning Slate 5K-L™ offers a 5,100 mAh portable battery with built in binder holes to easily place in folders and planners while on the go.
What We Loved: The design of the Slate battery (5,100 mAh) pack catches your eye immediately. Although it’s designed to clip in a day planner (people still carry those) it’s quite at home in a pocket or lashed with some paracord or carabiner. It has a nice semi-rubbery texture which provides enough grip yet still slides in and out of the pocket easily. The built-in cable seems durable but there’s a second regular USB port for additional charging options. Yes, two devices can be charged at the same time at 2.1A each. Kudos for putting in a recessed power switch to prevent discharge while not in use and also providing four LED capacity/status indicators. The tested version came with a micro USB tethered cable (a Lightning version is available too). -Hang Wong
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