Man do I have a lot of portable USB/Lightning devices: Two iPads, a 7-inch Android Tablet, a 10 inch Galaxy Tablet, iPhone, Samsung Phone. That’s not to mention all of the portable golf devices I have which charge via USB: Portable golf GPS units, GPS Watches, GameGolf, Arccos, Mobitee PIQ, TLink GPS. Woa wait a minute. I have even more devices that charge off of USB. I have two portable Sony cameras which rely on micro USB charging.
HubMax in action, charging my phone and a Golf Buddy GPS
When I’m out and about or traveling, invariably one of my zillions of devices’ battery dies. That’s where my new myCharge HubMax Portable Charger comes into play. HubMax is a great USB/Lightning charger. Let me tell you this, myCharge is in charge!
HubMax is a portable charging device which has a Lightning cable for Apple devices like iPhones, Apple Watches, and iPads. It also has a built in micro-USB for standard devices like smartphones, fitness devices, tablets and so on. And in case those two cables don’t cover it, there’s a standard USB port on the side. This is perfect for some of my golf GPS watches which have a standard USB plug on one end and a bizarre proprietary charging setup on the unit.
The HubMax is one of a series of four Hub units. The HubMax is the 2nd to the top of the list in terms of the amount of power it holds, at 10,050mAh. The biggest unit, the HubUltra has a capacity of 12,000mAh while the smallest unit, the HubMini, clocks in at 3,000mAh.
The Max provides me about 6x the battery life of my phone. When I’m out on the HOG World Tour I can use a lot of battery power between GPSing golf holes, shooting pictures, and sharing photos and content from the course with my phone. Now I need not worry about having enough battery life.
The unit’s Lithium ion battery and technology allows it to charge very fast, up to 50% faster than comparable units. It also charges devices up to 65% faster. Great to plug it in during lunch, between two rounds of 18.
The footprint is about 2x as thick as a smartphone, but not as tall or wide.
The unit plugs into the wall (photo below). The charging prongs conveniently fold in for transport.
The myCharge Hub series runs in price from $49 for the Mini to $149 for the Ultra. My unit, the HubMax, runs $99. On and off the course this is a fantastic accessory for the golfer or the golf spectator. A portable charger like this would make a great gift for the golfer who has lots of electronic golf gadgets.
My family enjoys some of these “gift of the month” types of gigs, wine, fruit, cakes… Birdie Box offers several golf related subscriptions, all which could be some great holiday/Christmas gifts that “keep on giving.”
I’m changing my tune a bit regarding tunes on the course, but with some limitations. I really can’t stand it when someone I don’t know has a speaker on during their golf round playing Coldplay or some other wrist-slit-inducing music I don’t want to hear. The one way to get me to wrap my 460cc driver around someone’s head is to play Margaritaville, for the billionth time.
But if I’m playing golf by myself or practicing on the range I’m totally cool with playing some tunes. That’s when I use THE BEACON bluetooth speaker. This this is a badass and it lasts forever.
THE BEACON From X18 Features
Drop proof up to 1.2 meters (so be sure to measure the distance to the ground before you accidentally drop it)
Internal battery lasts up to 15 hours at FULL VOLUME. And a former rock and roll drummer like me needs full volume.
Dual 400mm speakers
Dual passive radiator for enhanced bass and superior sound quality
Rated power 6W
360 degree surround stereo sound
Frequency Response: 90Hz-20kHz (90Hz isn’t terribly low, but you can’t change the laws of physics. More speaker area is needed to produce super low bass)
Doubles as a boat bumper
Top hook and carabiner allow unit to be hung from golf bag or in other suitable places for tunes
When not hanging from my golf bag or my boat as a boat bumper, THE BEACON from X18 sits by my Mac Mini and serves as my speaker for listening to tunes while blogging about golf and drones. I take it into the garage to listen to music in there, or in the basement lab where I build my drones or work on my putting stroke. I’ve even taken the unit to the beach and with a 15 hour battery life I had power to last longer than the sun was shining.
The sound quality of this unit is great. I prefer to pump in an equalized signal though as the un EQ’d sound is a little off to me. But once I have the tone tweaked THE BEACON is great.
Why do I love golf so much? Perhaps because I’m half Scottish. When a product comes in with a University of Utah Utes logo, or a Scottish flag, it moves to the top of the review queue. Case in point is this neat little ball and club cleaner called Green Sleeve.
Cleaning my 7-iron with Green Sleeve
For optimal scoring and performance, clubs and golf balls need to be free of debris. Clean grooves on irons and wedges mean complete control and proper spin. A clean golf ball will fly and roll true. Often it is inconvenient to carry a golf towel around, so sometimes we hit clubs and balls which are not always clean. Green Sleeve’s pocket sized footprint means we will never be in that situation again.
Cleaning a golf ball with Green Sleeve
Pocket sized and convenient to carry
Internal microfiber cleans and polishes golf balls and irons
Numerous colors, designs available
Green Sleeve delivers as promised, a convenient and easy to carry golf ball and club cleaner. The $12 retail price is reasonable for the quality and features the unit delivers, and it would make a great golf gift.
With a 23 month old toddler in the house my best friend is baby wipes. They’re like miracle cloths that clean up milk, food, fingerprints, barf. You know, the crucial stuff.
Golf Wipes by LaGila Sports are the golf equivalent to baby wipes. They’re moist and clean debris, dirt, grass out off of golf club faces and out of the grooves. The product can also be used on golf balls.
These wipes come in the same type of portable package as baby wipes, and dispense one at a time as needed. The package contains 18 wipes and runs about $9.00 with shipping. Assuming one wipe per hole, that’s 50 cents per hole.
Product Features (courtesy of product website)
Each package is re-sealable and contains 18 pre-moistened golf wipes
Pre-moistened and skin safe to clean golf balls and club faces where and when needed…while you are playing
Double sided wipe for greatest effectiveness; textured side for deep cleaning, soft side for surface cleaning
Eliminate dirty and dry towels from the cart and the laundry
Great for players at all levels; Great gifts for all golfers
Christmas stocking stuffers, birthdays, Father’s Day, Mother’s Day and holidays
On the Course
I used the product for a few rounds and it worked fine. In the photo below you can see a before and after example.
Left: notice dirt in grooves – Right: clean!
Honestly though, I saw no difference in results between the wipes and a moist golf towel. I always soak my towel before heading the to the first tee.
That said, golf towels can get pretty dirty and I’m sure they’re a candidate for bacteria where a disposable wipe is thrown away after use.
LaGila Sports Golf Wipes deliver as promised. Clubs are clean and shiny. At an additional cost of 50 cents per wipe, I still would opt to use a towel rather than buy this product. In fact, golf towels can be less than $10 so if one had a $9 “cleaning budget” per round, he/she could just buy a new towel every time.
Back on October 13, 2006 I reviewed Velocity Wipes, a similar product which is dispensed out of a canister.