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Tech Tuesday: Anker

I decided to add this new feature in my blog called Tech Tuesday where I’ll share with you my most recent findings of technology gadgets or news within this field. I love how technology is advancing quickly and it won’t wait for us to catch up. With that, let’s get started on my first Tech Tuesday post.

The iPhone 5/5s battery life gets drained pretty quickly especially if you’re running a few applications at once. Even for the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, the battery life can diminish easily due to the new iOS.  I’m not sure how you feel, but I tend to feel uneasy when I realize my battery life is in the red zone! I used to carry my charger everywhere I went. As odd as it may sound, I would constantly be on the lookout for outlets at restaurants or at my friend’s house so I could charge my phone. I’m pretty sure that I wasn’t the only who did that! Well, at least hope not…

I guess I could have purchased a car charger but those can be expensive and inconvenient. I always got paranoid that my car battery would die from charging any phone because it actually happened to my friend once.

I got tired of worrying if my iPhone was going to make it alive after using the GPS on the road for an hour or so. I knew I had to do something about this epidemic issue. I somehow remembered awhile back meeting a blogger of I’m Not The Nanny and From Left to Write at V3 Digital Media Conference. On the side, she writes reviews on new cell phones that she receives every few weeks from AT&T. She told me how she owns a portable charger because some of the phones’ battery life weren’t that strong. Thanks to her, I decided to look into portable chargers!

Prior to my research, I had to lay out my expectations of what I wanted from this portable charger. One. In general, I charge my phone 2 to 3 times a day. I wanted a charger that could recharge my phone twice from 0% to 100%. Two. I wanted it to be small in size and light in weight so it’s convenient to carry around. Three. It had to be affordable! I didn’t want to spend more than $40 on the device.

After comparing brands and reading reviews, I decided to go with Anker 2nd Gen Astro 6400mAh External Battery. It met every single expectation I had. This can charge my iPhone 5s fully twice. It’s even faster to charge on this external device than plugging my phone to an outlet. It can easily fit in my smallest purse. Lastly, it went under my budget, costing $32.39.

One downside about this charger is that it takes about 4 hours to fully recharge the external battery itself. It sounds pretty long but if you just charge it overnight, then you’ll be good to go the next day. One of my favorite features about this charger is that once it’s fully charged, it will automatically stop itself from charging beyond 100%. This works the same for your iPhone or tablets where it will not be overcharged by the portable device compared to charging it from an outlet. When your device is overcharged, it will decrease the sustainability of it in the long run.

Also, this Anker device is convenient in so many ways. Sometimes you’re not on the road long enough to fully charge your phone from your car. With Anker, you can bring it along with you wherever you go while it’s being charged! Hence, it being portable.

My external charger at one point stopped working. I wasn’t able to recharge the device itself. So I called customer service and informed them of my issue. They responded that it could have been a production error. They professionally apologized and said that since it was under warranty for a year, they would ship a new one out to me. It arrived promptly and I was one happy customer again.

Even though I had to get a new one, I wouldn’t mind purchasing another product from Anker. Overall, I like the quality of the product I purchased and I valued their customer service!

20 Random Facts About Me

I thought I should share 20 random facts about myself before the new year as a new a tradition! Here we go!

1. When I was a kid, one of my sisters told me that stuffed animals had feelings because they had marbled eyes. I believed her because it made a lot of sense at the time.

2. I’m right handed but I use chopsticks, scissors, and erasers with my left hand. I was born left handed but my mom told me to write with my right.

3. In high school, I originally signed up to take Korean but switched to Spanish thinking that I was pretty fluent in Korean. I realized in college that I had a heavy American accent and still do! Definitely not fluent at all. I’m slowly learning Korean by one KBBQ at a time.

4. I don’t really watch movies unless they’re those cheesy dance movies like Step Up or documentaries. Don’t judge, I’ve never watched Star Wars and don’t plan to anytime soon. You’d have to pay me to watch it.

5. I’m a germophobe. I ask my friends to take money out from my wallet because I really don’t want to touch it. I think I’m getting better about being a germophobe though because I can share drinks.  I think this all started in 6th grade in Mr. Larson’s class.

6. When I used to dance, I couldn’t understand why people would have a painful or difficult time touching their toes or doing the splits. Now I understand their pain…

7. Sometimes I feel bad when Chinese people start talking to me in Chinese. I wish I could talk to them but I’m not Chinese.

8. I don’t have a Korean name. Actually, it’s Yun-Tee-Nah (says it with a Korean accent).

9. I just started eating sushi recently. I still don’t understand why people enjoy it so much. They all taste the same for now. I’m not a huge fan of raw fish or seafood in general.

10. The first time I ever dyed my hair was either in 7th or 8th grade when highlights were really in. It was my mom’s idea for me to get streaks.

11. I got my ears pierced for the first time as a college graduation gift to myself.

12. I once got lost at Sav-On (now known as CVS) so I cried and went up to the front for help. My name was announced in the speaker but my mom didn’t think it was me.

13. I like to drive. It’s therapeutic for me.

14. When I listen to classical music, I envision how a ballerina would perform on stage. When I watch a ballet performance, I envision how a violinist or pianist is playing the music.

15. I’ve never read any Harry Potter books. Actually, only the first page of the first book and had to stop there.

16. I used to watch a lot of COPS on Fox so I wanted to be one when I was a kid.

17. I started my blog intently to write about politics and current events but it mainly turned into food and adventures! Find me in various social media platforms as TinaTalksToday!

18. Whenever I clap, I count how many times I’m clapping in my head. It’s the OCD in me.

19. I can’t stand long nails and it might because I used to play the violin and piano.

20. I used to like the color red because the red Power Ranger was my favorite. I think I unintentionally like blue because I have a lot of blue colored clothes.

I’m already looking forward to the next 20 random facts about myself for 2015 because I feel like I used up all the random facts that I can think of! I’m looking forward to sharing new stories and building positive character with you in 2015! Let’s go us! Happy new year’s eve!