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What Are True Wireless Earbuds?

True Wireless earbuds, sometimes referred to as TWS earbuds are earbuds with no wires anywhere. None, zip, zero, zilch. Isn’t that convenient?

Traditional Bluetooth earbuds have a wire that connects the left channel with the right channel. True Wireless earbuds use a Bluetooth connection to connect the right channel with the left channel. The Bluetooth connection in True Wireless earbuds eliminates the need for a wire to connect each earbud together.

Bluetooth Earbuds Explained
Traditional Bluetooth Earbuds

It’s important to note that while True Wireless earbuds do use Bluetooth to connect to each other, there is only one Bluetooth connection to the device that streams the audio. The way it works is that one of the earbuds is set as the parent earbud. That is the earbud that connects with the Bluetooth device (phone, tablet, etc.). Then the other earbud is the child so that one connects to the parent. Get it? Good!

True Wireless Earbuds Explained
True Wireless Earbuds

One of the best features of True Wireless earbuds is the ability/option to only use one earbud while streaming audio from your phone, computer, or other Bluetooth devices. When only listening to one earbud, the audio switches to mono mode. So both the right channel and left channel of the audio are combined so you don’t miss out on any stereo-mixed music. The ability to use one earbud in a set of True Wireless earbuds also makes it safer when riding a bike, running, or any other activity where you need to pay attention to your surroundings. Different states and areas have laws about diving with earbuds. Using one earbud may be legal in your area, you should check on that. This is a newer technology so don’t be surprised if the laws change rapidly.

I hope this helps you figure out the difference between wireless and true wireless Bluetooth connections. If you think I left anything out or if you want any more info, just leave a comment and I’ll try to help.

What is a Power Bank?

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Kodiak Plus Ultra – Waterproof Power Bank

A power bank has many different names; a portable charger, backup battery, battery pack, and sometimes they have been called mobile electrical storage receptacle. Okay so maybe you haven’t run into anyone calling a power bank a mobile electrical storage receptacle but you never know, I’ve heard some pretty strange things in my day.

  • What is a power bank? It’s a battery that you can charge your stuff with.
  • What kind of stuff can a backup battery charge? A cell phone, GoPro, and other small electronics.
  • Are power banks rechargeable? Usually, a power bank is rechargeable.
  • What do I do when my portable charger is out of batteries? You can plug it in and charge it up again?
  • How long will a backup battery last? It depends on the capacity (size of the battery). Usually, you can get a few cell phone charges out of a power bank.

It seems like you have a lot of questions about power banks and portable power in general. You should probably take a look at a power bank that we make.

If you are looking for the best portable charger well you are in luck because we actually make some of those. Yeah, I don’t want to brag but our power banks are rugged, waterproof, and don’t look lame. We call them the Kodiaks. They have some pretty rad features. QuickCharge, USB C, Flashlight, and more; just click on that link above to see all the StuffYouProbablyWant.

Or, you can look at this picture of a goat. I call him Mr. Wavy Ice, it suits him.

Mr. Wavy Ice

There is a funny story about Mr. Wavy Ice but due to legal ramifications, I can’t go into it. Let’s just say that Mr Wavy it no longer allowed at Red Robin.

CES 2019: The Latest and Greatest from Outdoor Tech

Did you get a chance to swing by booth# 44770 at the Sands Expo during CES this year? Well if you didn’t don’t worry, here is a quick recap.

Take a look at some new Wireless Earbuds and True Wireless Helmet Audio below.

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New Wireless Earbuds and new Helmet Audio

Here is a closer look at the new Chips Ultra. These are True Wireless Helmet Audio. You probably want to have these next snow season.

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The Chips Ultra

So many options for retailers to carry our stuff and show it off. Check out some of the branded displays we have.

CES 2019 displays
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Yeah, some really cool stuff. We can’t wait to get them in your hands.

Outdoor Tech Makes a Triumphant Return to CES with a Tremendous Lineup of The Best Rugged Audio for Consumers

Laguna Hills, CA (January 2,2018) – The tongue-in-cheek and loveable Outdoor Tech will be returning to CES in Las Vegas to show off four new products and a brand-new booth design. The entire Outdoor Tech family is excited to bring even more #StuffYouProbablyWant to the show floor.

“2018 is going to be exciting for Outdoor Tech. We have a full line up of new hot products on display at CES that retailers and consumers are going to love.” – Charlie Gugliuzza, CEO

Get ready for some huge sound. The Big Turtle Shell 2.0 is going to impress you with an updated design and even louder sound than its predecessor. The new LED illumination feature will help set the mood with its powerful lights. The huge 2600 mAh rechargeable battery gives you 10 hours of audio and even acts as a portable charger for your phone, GoPro, or other devices. Wireless pairing allows you to sync up to 2 Big Turtle Shell 2.0’s for even louder high-quality stereo sound; in case you want to get the cops called on you for partying too hard.

Take your wireless game to the next level. The brand-new Mantas are true wireless earbuds. No cables anywhere, just pure Bluetooth audio comfortably resting in your ears. Their 40 mAH rechargeable battery gives you 3 hours of playtime. The ability to go solo with one earbud enables you to take your workout, drive, or bike to the next level. Or you can pretend to be a top-secret-agent, “10-4, I have the Maltese Falcon. Meet me later for a martini, shaken, not stirred”.

For most people that would be enough, but not you… you’re better than that. So that’s why we are launching a few more top-secret products that we have saved for the show. You should come by booth #36329 in the South Hall #4 at CES to see everything. We are not responsible if you wind-up rethinking your life after seeing what we have.

About Outdoor Tech®
Since its inception in 2010, Southern California-based Outdoor Tech® has jumped headfirst into the booming consumer electronics market and has captured the attention of outdoor enthusiasts and gadget geeks alike. Specializing in Bluetooth audio accessories and waterproof portable power banks for the wild at heart, Outdoor Tech® has earned recognition as one of Inc. 500’s Fastest Growing Companies multiple time. As the creator of the industry leading and first-ever universal, fully wireless audio CHIPS for ski and snowboard helmets, the company has proven there is a way to stay connected but not tethered to modern technology during active lifestyle pursuits.

Rad Dad’s Under $40 Gift Guide

Every time i’m shredding the gnar during the holidays, people come up to me, ask for an autograph and then also ask, “What does rad dad recommend that I buy for Christmas?”. I gather the crowd of people together so I don’t have to repeat myself which also gives me more time to shred that gnar because gnar doesn’t shred itself. Here is what I tell them.

For earbuds, you have to go with the Tags 2.0. The wireless earbuds sound really good and look cool too. I mean, just look how cool they look next to the chips. I just pull up my special playlist (Dad’s Trap Hood Skate Mix) and away I go. No wires going to my phone, so epicly stoked. If you get these for someone they will be stoked. If you ask for them for Christmas and someone gets them for you, you will be stoked. There will be so much stoke during the holidays, you’ll have to say Merry Stokemas!

 

Now you know my lady is taking mad selfies right? That’s one fine momma! The only problem is that her sick phone is draining that juice like I drain those pools to skate. So that’s why I’m going with some radical stocking stuffers. The Kodiak Mini 2.0 portable charger, the Calamari 2.0 3-in-1 USB cable, and the USB wall charger with Qualcomm quick charge. So epic, right? Yeah, I know bruh.

 

So there you go. Some quick tips on what to get someone for Christmas. Maybe you can add those items to your own Christmas list and let the stoke come onto you. Now I gotta go shred, the gnar is getting heavy right now.

namaste – Rad Dad

Outdoor Tech Opens Submissions For 2018 Art Project

Outdoor Tech’s new traveling museum (trade show booth) debuts at C.E.S. in Las Vegas on January 9th and will be traveling across the globe in 2018. We have created masterful works of art to broaden your horizons. There are the classics, like the Turtle Shell, Buckshot, Kodiak and more, and we can happily say that there are some fantastical new pieces that will be unveiled to the world as well.

There is an open spot in our gallery for your original creation too. Yes, we are inviting you to create an original sculpture for us to display to the masses. Get the global recognition that you deserve and a personal donation for your arduous work.A Few Ground Rules:

  • Sculpture must be original work from the artist submitting the piece.
  • Overall size of sculpture must be within 3ft x 3ft and no taller than 5 ft.
  • Entrant will be required to send the artwork to the Outdoor Tech office in Orange County, CA.
  • The selected piece will earn the artist $500 and a residency for the artwork for the entirety of 2018.
  • Full credit to the artist will be displayed wherever the sculpture is exhibited.
  • All submissions must be received by December 11, 2017.

Please email artcontest@outdoortech.com for any questions, including where to send your work.

We know that there are some very talented artists out there and we look forward to selecting a winning entry.

Outdoor Tech Joins the Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort with Academy Sports

Academy Sports’ corporate headquarters doubles as disaster command center for first responders in Katy, TX.

The devastating floods in the greater Houston area have caused billions of dollars of damage, taken lives, and displaced thousands of people. Amid all the destruction, the good people of Texas have banded together to help those in need.

One of Outdoor Tech’s retail partners Academy Sports has turned their corporate headquarters into a command post for first responders supporting the Katy, Texas community. When knowledge of this hit Outdoor Tech VP of Sales, Ryan Cockroft, he immediately asked how Outdoor Tech could help. Within hours, Outdoor Tech shipped 50 of their Kodiak 2.0 waterproof power bank/chargers to the command center in Katy, Texas.

Making sure those first responders have enough extra power to charge and recharge their phones, lights, and any other portable devices is just a small way that Outdoor Tech could lend a hand.

“I deeply feel for the citizens of Houston, and the surrounding areas. I was happy to learn that Academy was making an effort to give back to those that have supported them, and there was an opportunity for Outdoor Tech to help.” – Charlie Gugliuzza, CEO

When disaster strikes, people instinctively want to do anything they can to show their support. Outdoor Tech is grateful that some of their products are able to be used to aid in this tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with those facing such adversity.

This release comes shortly after receipt of the news of Hurricane Irma and the shortening of Surf Expo. Our team is exhibiting at the show and have experienced first-hand the concern of local residents as they prepare for what may be one of the strongest natural disasters in decades.  Please keep them in your thoughts and provide support if you are able.

If you would like to contribute to this cause and others, you may donate to https://www.redcross.org/donate/hurricane-harvey

Outdoor Tech Launches Co-Lab with Netherlands-Based REHALL Performance Sportswear Brand in US at SIA Snow Show

Laguna Hills, CA – No stranger to making already cool products smarter and more durable for the active winter sports crowd, Outdoor Tech® this week is launching a co-lab tech outerwear project with REHALL in the US, a Dutch-based maker of snow sports performance apparel. Serving as the US partner, designer and distributor, Outdoor Tech will debut the brand to the industry at the SIA Snow Show in Denver, January 26-29. The collection of men’s, women’s and junior’s product will be available through specialty retailers in Fall 2017 and includes technical snow jackets, pants and accessories.

REHALL, founded in 1999 by Ronald Smits, an avid surfer, windsurfer and snowboarder, has grown to become one of Europe’s most lively winter sports brands with a wide range of fully-featured freeride jackets, pants, mid layers and casual apparel designed to perform but with one-of-a-kind looks and prices that are approachable for any rider.

“I delivered my first REHALL collection in 2000 with the mission to make great looking products that work well in the environment and won’t cost skiers and snowboarders a fortune,” Smits said. “Our design features and brand are unique and will bring something different to the US Market.”

The men’s FREAK-R and women’s CILA-R jackets, like all REHALL outerwear, features RETECH waterproof-breathable fabrics with flexible taped seams, adjustable hoods, multiple function-specific pockets and snow cuffs.

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Outdoor Tech, the standard-bearer for rugged wireless audio devices and accessories in the winter sports and active lifestyle markets, including the ubiquitous CHIPS 2.0 helmet audio system, recognized a fit with their brand and determined it’s an ideal time to launch REHALL in America.

“Outdoor Tech already brings rugged, quality, well-priced products to the market and we have a lot of fun in the unorthodox way we present the brand,” said Charlie Gugliuzza, CEO. “REHALL has the same character and will reinvigorate a tired outerwear market that needs a shot of adrenaline. REHALL apparel fits great, looks incredible and is fully featured. It’s a brand that dealers and riders are going to love.”

About REHALL

REHALL is an active sportswear brand from The Netherlands with its roots deep in snowboarding and surfing. REHALL designs functional snow and street wear for those who love to ride. The company started around two decades ago, designing and building surfboards and snowboards for friends and personal use. Staying true to their origins for the last 17 years, REHALL has been designing sports and lifestyle clothes to match. In order to ensure the quality of their goods, the design team concentrates on achieving the perfect fit in combination with the right fabrics.

About Outdoor Tech
Founded in 2010, Outdoor Tech® is an outdoor designer brand creating accessories for an action-filled lifestyle. Packing the world’s most complete line of Bluetooth audio and power built for reveling in the open air and on the road, Outdoor Tech proves there is a way to stay connected but not tethered. For more on Outdoor Tech and the rest of its line including rugged portable power and the potentially iconic Yowie® Logo apparel collection, go to OutdoorTechnology.com.

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Outdoor Tech Welcomes New VP of Sales Ryan Cockroft

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Outdoor Tech Welcomes New VP of Sales Ryan Cockroft.

Laguna Hills, CA (October 20, 2016)– Outdoor Tech, the leader of rugged mobile accessories is proud to welcome Ryan Cockroft as our new VP of Sales. The entire team at Outdoor Tech is stoked that Ryan is here to continue the brand’s growth within all channels.

“I have known Ryan for a number of years, dating back to my days at Oakley.” Said Charlie Gugliuzza, CEO of Outdoor Tech. “I always admired his passion for the Outdoors and dedication to the brand.  He was our number one choice for the VP of Sales position, and we are truly fortunate to have him on board. He is an avid brand enthusiast that has been a brand fan and user of the product for many years. I have relied on him as a confidant, guiding our product development and sales strategy. The timing was finally right for both of us, and I couldn’t be happier to have him leading our sales force.”

Most recently, Ryan was Senior Key Account Manager for Oakley. A 16-year veteran, Ryan worked as an outside rep, territory manager, and eventually went on to manage Oakley’s largest retail partners for premium eyewear, apparel, accessories and footwear. He brings his unique talent of creating and cultivating relationships for national and key account partners in the outdoor markets. With an aggressive expansion plan for retail channels and extending the product roadmap, Ryan will maintain brand equity while increasing market share across the nation.

Ryan shares in the Company’s strong passion for the brand. “The outdoor business has always been my obsession and Outdoor Tech has done an amazing job building a solid brand across all retail channels. I’ve been watching this business grow for quite a while, looking for the right opportunity to join such a passionate team. Outdoor Tech has a very unique position and perspective on the way we use technology and interact with our environment. There is quite a bright future ahead of us and I’m excited and fortunate to help achieve new levels in product creation and retail distribution.”

 

About Outdoor Tech
Founded in 2010, Outdoor Tech® is an outdoor designer brand creating accessories for an action-filled lifestyle. Packing the world’s most complete line of Bluetooth audio and power built for reveling in the open air and on the road, Outdoor Tech® proves there is a way to stay connected but not tethered. For more on Outdoor Tech® and the rest of its line including rugged portable power and the potentially iconic Yowie® Logo apparel collection go to OutdoorTechnology.com.