If you’re an avid reader of our blog, then you know that we love to highlight products that make your life easier. A few members of our staff are here today to share some Quirky product reviews of a few of their favorite items from Quirky.com. You’re sure to find something for everyone, from carryall backpacks to smart home gadgets.
I needed a charging station that would eliminate the endless clutter of several USB chargers and wires. The Converge 4-port USB charging station is perfect for my phone, iPad mini and camera. It has everything I need and is easy to use. The Converge is a simple and straightforward device that I would recommend to anyone who needs to get rid of all the clutter. -ManLing He
The Pivot Power Genius is an intro to smart home automaton. It’s easy to set up, well-made, and functional with a bendable design and two “smart” sockets. Simply download the free Wink app, set your phone to full brightness and enjoy a 60 second light show that pairs your Pivot Power Genius to your phone.
My favorite feature is the ability to schedule the two “smart” sockets to turn on/off at any time, from anywhere using the Wink app–perfect for lazy days or simple home security. Overall, I would recommend the Pivot Power Genius in place of traditional surge protectors due to its ease of use, smart design and awesome build quality. -Chris Spohrer
The Shake backpack for kids comes with a mesh-bottom to help shake out all the sand after a relaxing day at the beach. I wasn’t able to use it at the beach, so I decided to put it to the test at a very crowded music festival this past weekend. My final say is that this backpack is not only for the beach but great for day trips, picnics or a hike. It’s very small and compact so it’s easy to carry around.
What really impressed me was how roomy and durable it was! I stuffed everything in it to last me through the night (jacket, scarf, wallet, glasses, water bottle, etc.) and still had a good amount of space to put my friend’s things in as well. I definitely recommend this backpack to everyone and not just kids. -Nicole Lim
The Contort Power with portable power and cord management is very sturdy. It is also very convenient as it has two USB port connections and a three-prong plug still that you can use at the same time. The built-in cable management helps, but could be flawed because it only drops to the left. The design allows the Contort Power to fit in your already crowded power strip. -Danny Ferreira
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