Fluxmob Bolt2 Battery and Charger: Kickstarter Tech Review

If you travel frequently for work, you’re likely familiar with the annoyance of packing up multiple wall chargers and battery back-up packs. In the future hopefully all of our phones and tablets will run via USB Type C charging, but if you’re impatient and want a better solution right now, Fluxmob’s Bolt2 battery back-up and wall charger 2-in-1 may be of interest:

The original Bolt was interesting, but ultimately limited by its single charging port, 3000 mAh battery capacity and 1.0A output.

The sequel doubles up the original in all the key areas:

  • Total battery capacity has doubled to 6000 mAh, enough to charge most phones twice or a single tablet approximately once – roughly 80% full on an iPad Air 2
  • There are now two available charging ports, and both can be used simultaneously to charge two devices via both battery or outlet
  • Power output has increased to 2.4A allowing for much faster charging of tablets and other devices capable of drawing that additional power

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HP Stream Mini Review: Windows 10 Edition

The HP Stream Mini is an excellent Windows alternative to a Chromebox for those who want a small, cheap PC primarily designed for web content, but with more horsepower than lower end laptops and HTPCs using Bay Trail processors. It has been the best-selling desktop system on Amazon.com fairly consistently since its release, which frankly doesn’t surprise me at all. It has modest but competent specs paired with easy upgradeability, resulting in a package that offers tremendous performance for the price.

With the release of Windows 10, I wanted to see how the upgrade process went on the Stream Mini, and how it handled Microsoft’s new OS.

Let’s take a long look at the HP Stream Mini and Windows 10.

NOTE: As of fall 2015, HP has discontinued the HP Stream Mini. Hopefully they will be releasing an updated version with Windows 10 pre-installed in the near future. That said, it is still available for purchase and remains an incredible value.

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