Road Safety

May 222014
 

Topeak Air Booster Race Pod Or How To Easily Fix A Flat Tire While Bike Riding
Either you ride your bike for fun or to commute, you always have to be prepared for unhappy events which strike when you least expect them.

ALSO CHECK Victorinox Multitool For Bikes and the PostPump 2.0 Bike Setpost.

The Topeak AirBooster Race Pod is a minimalist CO2 inflator designed to help you with unwanted flat tires. The kit contains a CO2 inflator, two tire levers, two 16g CO2 cartridges, a neoprene bag and a mounting module with strap which allows you to hook the kit to your bike’s seat tube and have it handy when needed.

$38.91 | BUY NOW

 

May 192014
 

Blue LED Umbrella By Zont - Lighted In The Dark
If you want to stay safe and be visible when walking in the rainy night or you simply want people to believe your a cool Jedi in action, the Zond LED umbrella is the perfect gadget to grab!
With a diameter of 41″ / 105cm and a length of 32.5″ / 82cm the LED Umbrella will protect your from rain and bad weather while keeping you safe and visible to vehicle drivers. The LED shaft is powered by 3 LR44 batteries, features a ON/OFF dedicated button and it’s safe to use in the rain and snow.

In a dark place we find ourselves, and a little more knowledge lights our way.” once Master Yoda said! While he specified the knowledge as source of light, I am sure he was actually referring to the … LED shaft umbrella!!!

$21.89 | BUY NOW
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May 142014
 

Morpher - The Most Efficient Foldable Bike Helmet Around
Wearing a helmet while riding your bike has many advantages. Actually, it has only advantages as long as you wear it! The only issue of bike helmets is they are difficult to store and carry between rides.

Imagine you bike your way to school, you chain your bike o a light pole or to a bike parking space and you head to your classes. But wait … what about that bulky bike helmet hanging on your backpack?
Now you see what I mean?

Fear not, as always, we have your back covered! You can use an Overade Folding Bicycle Helmet we featured earlier, it’s a decent solution to save space between rides. Or you can do even better and use the new Morpher Helmet!
The Morpher Helmet sports a very interesting concept – rather than folding from front to back, it folds sideways allowing you to save more space than most helmets on the market! You can actually flatten the helmet and easily stash it in your backpack among your other gadgets or even in your laptop bag without even feeling you have it on you!
Amazing, isn’t it?

The Morpher successfully finished a crowdfunding campaign, it’s in production mode and you’ll be able to order it in the summer of 2014 via their website.

$110 | BUY NOW
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May 092014
 

Boblbee Megalopolis Aero Raider's Back Protector Backpack
Sometimes you do stuff that requires extra protection against injuries, and one important body part to protect is you back! While in many cases and for many outdoors activities you can buy specialized gear, sometimes you just need something simpler, more universal, which can protect you during multiple activities.

ALSO READ Ergo Spine BUG Back Protector by POC, and Stay Safe In Any Situation With The Airbag Motorcycle Jackets

The Boblbee Megalopolis Aero Raider’s Back Protector Backpack is a such piece of protection equipment. Made of hard ABS plastic the monocoque shell protects your back against various for impact while skiing, snowboarding, biking or riding your motorcycle and enjoying the wind. The Megalopolis-Aero backpack features great ergonomics and a light weight build and allows you to carry in safety all kinds of stuff and gadgets. An internal, padded pocket will protect laptops up to 15-in, a handful of various smaller internal pockets are designed for smaller gadgets (think about chargers, pens, cables, mouse, etc…) while a large compartment will allow you to carry some light clothing or larger objects.

While the manufacturer has a CE-Certified Level 2 (highest level) certification granted by TÜV Rheinland LGA Products GmbH, which should confirm the high level of protection of this back protector, please do your due diligence and make sure this backpack corresponds to your particular safety needs before getting one.

$339.99+ | BUY NOW

 

May 072014
 

JunoJumpr Or How To Jump Start You Car With Your Smartphone Charger

This is an interesting piece of gadgetry that makes me ask myself why no one thought about it before!!!

ALSO READ about the StartMonkey 400 – The High Powered Rugged Emergency Jump Starter

The JunoJumpr is deemed the most portable jump starter around. While not bigger than a regular smartphone, the Jumpr employs a lithium polymer battery pack (rather than lithium ion, as most extended battery charges do) which holds 6,000mAh of power and delivers a peak output of 12V at 300 amps, just enough to boost most car batteries around! Of course, while not jump starting cars, you can always use the Jumpr to charge your iPhone, tablet or any other power-hungry gadget. Cool, isn’t it?

$89.99 | BUY NOW
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Apr 182014
 

PapaGo GS330 - The Car DVR Dashboard Camera That Records Your Trips And Assists You Driving [Product Review]

Dashboard cameras are fast becoming a must-have for drivers. They record footage in case of an unhappy event (read crash), many insurance companies accept them as proofs for identifying accident liability, can be used to record trips for fun and, last but not least, can passively assist you while driving.

There are many car camera models available on the market to choose from, and even more manufacturers are turning to this niche every day. Today I’ll walk you over one of the top mid class DVR models (read packed with features but with a decent price) out-there – The PapaGo GS 330 or USGoSafe 300 as it’s sold in US. If you’re eager to see it in action, scroll down to the bottom of the post and check the 4 trip tests I did (sunny and rainy day as well as clear and rainy night) and an unboxing clip.

PapaGo GS330 - The Car DVR Dashboard Camera Safe File Saving

I used this camera for the past 2 weeks now and it was a pleasure to test it. It is compact, easy to mount and un-mount from the windshield holder (the holding mechanism was a bit stiff the first few tries, but after a couple of uses it worked perfectly), it’s made of solid black plastic (no danger if you drop it), very simple to operate (basically it starts recording as soon as you hook up the power source or start the engine if the charger is already plugged in) and set up. The four buttons below the LCD serve navigation in the menu as well as to use the emergency recording function or turn the screen ON/OFF.

The beauty of a dashboard camera or car DVR as some call it is that once you did the initial setup there is no need to tweak the settings like you would with a handheld camcorder. It simply stays in it’s place and records what’s in front of the car. That’s it. So, as recording quality counts mostly with a such gadget, I’ll let go through some of the dashcam features below and I invite you to check the video tests at the bottom of the post for the real deal – recording in action!

Let’s dive into it. As this camera is fully loaded with features I’ll list them in bullet-list form for easier following:

  • A 5MP sensor matched with a F2.0 lens offers great day time recording and performs very well in low light conditions
  • Three quality recording modes: full HD 1080p recording at 30 fps (frames per second); HD 720p at 60 fps and 30 fps
  • 142 degree wide viewing angle helps recording the entire road in front of the car as well as a good part of the sidewalks (you know … in case some crazy stuntman tries to pull one of his tricks when you pass by and jumps in front of your car!!!)PapaGo GS330 - The Car DVR Dashboard Camera 142 Degree Wide Angle Recording
  • Connectivity – the GS330 offers a regular HDMI plug, a classic AV plug (output available in PAL and NTSC), Mini USB for power and PC data transfers, Micro SD card as storage unit for the recorded videos
  • 2″ LCD screen for playback videos, live recording monitoring and camera setup
  • Motion detection mode – leave your car in the parking and if the G Sensor feels someone bump into your car the GS330 will automatically start recording
  • Stop And Go – this is a cool feature. If your anything like me, your stops at the red light are full SMS and browsing sessions. The Stop And Go feature monitors the car in front of you and when it detects it departed lets you know via a beep that it’s time to let your friends alone and start driving
  • Lights Reminder – Detects low light conditions and let you know via a beep and a visual display that it’s time to turn the lights ON
  • Driver Fatigue Alarm – You can set this feature to remind you to take breaks every now and then to avoid driving fatigue
  • Speed Restriction Signs – this is another cool feature – the car DVR constantly monitors the sides of the road and notifies you whenever it notices a speed sign. The new speed restriction is also displayed on the dashcam’s LCD screen.PapaGo GS330 - The Car DVR Dashboard Camera F2.0 Lens 5MP Sensor
  • Cycle Recording – the dash camera saves the recorded file every 5 minutes and automatically starts a new one. The last 10 files are saved on the Micro SD card and, when recording an 11th file, the oldest one is overwritten. This way, by cycling the files, you always have available the last 10 recording (that’s the last 50 minutes of your driving trip)
  • Auto Bump Files Copy – this features automatically saves the files when a hit/bump/accident is noted by the camera. This way, if you’re involved in an accident, you’re sure the recorded files are not overwritten by newer files and you can use them in your defense
  • Emergency Recording and Snapshots – Simply press the Emergency button on the camera and it will record a new fill which will not be included in the cycling recording
  • Auto Start – If you decide to leave your dashboard camera in the car, simply start your car in the morning and the GS330 starts recording automatically
  • Mounting Options – Windshield mount (included with the GS330) and Dashboard (a dashbag is needed for this option)

Take a minute and check the test recordings below to see the Papago USGoSafe 330 in action and let me know in the comments your take on it or if you have any questions about it.

$135 | BUY NOW
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Apr 112014
 

Helios - The Smart Bike Handlebars!
Helios is an impressive new bicycle accessory that aims to turn your bike into a connected “smart” bike.
The handlebar comes in two versions: The Bullhorn and the Drop Bar and sports a great kit of features designed to improve your biking experience: a 500 lumen LED light built-in the bar will help you light your way in the night, proximity sensor which will turn ON and OFF your bike lights based on your presence near the the bicycle, two back lights (positioned in the back-facing side of the handlebar) can be used for turn signals, visual speedometer (the light changes color based on your actual speed) and ambient lightning. As this was not enough, a low-power GPS unit in the handlebar will help you track your whereabouts, get turn-by-turn navigation instruction (the back-facing handlebar lights will let you know where to turn left or right) and track your bike in case it’s stolen (simply slide a SIM card into the handle and, by simply sending and SMS the bike will reply sending you a Google maps link with your bicycle’s location). How cool is that?

$279 | BUY NOW
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