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5 Things To Do While You Are Stuck Inside

These are some strange times… strange times indeed. Fear not friends, this will all be figured out soon. For now, make sure you are safe and responsible. You may find yourself spending a lot of time inside (just like us) over the next few weeks. Here are 5 things to do so that you don’t go stir crazy.

Watch X Games’ Real Ski and vote for Alex Hackel

Alex is on our ski team and he is amazing. His Real Ski part is insane so watch it and vote for him. Protip: You can vote once a day, so do it every day. http://www.xgames.com/xgames/real/28891617/hackel-28891692

Get a Jump on Spring Cleaning

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Clean all the things

This isn’t inherently fun but it can be. Put on your favorite maids outfit and get scrubbing. Or maybe you need to go through that closet and get organizing. You will feel so much better when you can finally find that one shirt that g-ma got you.

Support Small Businesses Online

Make sure you support your favorite small guy. Stock up on those non-essentials that will come in handy when it’s time to go outside and enjoy the outdoors again. https://www.outdoortechnology.com/

Write A Letter and Mail It

This is for you.

It’s crazy, right? Just think of the glory and excitement that someone will get when they have an actual letter in their mailbox. Not a bunch of coupons or political campaign nonsense. An actual letter… from an actual friend. Maybe the letter is a poem. Maybe it’s a love letter. Or maybe it’s a dissertation on why Blue Cheese is awful and should be banned throughout the world.

Make A List of Something and Post it to Social Media

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Lists are fun. Creating a list of 5 things to do during quarantine can be fun. There might be a little research involved. But at this point, you are really grasping for content out of shear boredom. Well at least you a being productive. Let me see your list.

Gadgetuser Reviews the Mantas

More and more journalists are getting a hold of the Mantas True Wireless earbuds. Guess what? They are loving them.

“Finding earbuds that provide clean and distinct sound while also being comfortable is not always an easy task. Luckily, the Mantas True Wireless Earbuds sport a unique ergonomic design meant for comfort. And comfortable they are. “

Head over to Gadgetuser to read the entire review.

The Mantas Factory Reset Procedure

All earbuds should work perfect directly out of the box. However, True Wireless pairing technology is a sophisticated technology and it is possible that through use, the settings can accidentally be altered to effect pairing.
If in the future you experience any issue pairing your earbuds, please follow the instructions below to reset the functionality.

  1. Make sure both the Left and Right Mantas are powered off.
  2. Enter your Bluetooth settings on your phone / device and forget both “ODT Mantas R” and “ODT Mantas L”.
  3. Reset Right earbud first – start with the earbud powered off.
    • Press and hold the Right power button (Approx. 10 seconds)
    • The LED indicator will flash, and you will hear voice prompts in the order below:
      • “Power On” (blue LED)
      • “Pairing” (flashing blue/red LED)
      • “Reset Paired Devices” (purple LED)
      • The earbud will turn off and you can release the button
  4. Repeat the same steps you did on the Right earbud for the Left earbud.
  5. Power on Right earbud, you will hear voice prompts “Power On, Pairing”.
  6. Power on Left earbud, you will hear voice prompts “Power On, Pairing, True Wireless Stereo Connected”. “True Wireless Connected” will indicate that the Left earbud has paired with the Right earbud.
  7. Pair “ODT Mantas R” with your phone.

The Chips Ultra Factory Reset Procedure

If your Chips aren’t pairing with each other you may need to reset the Chips Ultra. Here is how you are going to do that.

First, remove the Bluetooth pairing (forget ODT Chips Ultra) from your phone or other paired device and make sure both left and right Chips are powered off.

Power on the right Chip. It’s the one with the round logo on it.

On the right Chip there is a small hole on the top side of the Chip, take a paperclip and insert it in the hole and press twice. The blue light will go from flashing slowly to flashing rapidly. Leave powered on with light flashing rapidly.

Now turn on the left Chip and insert the paperclip in the hole on the top side and press twice so that the blue light flashes rapidly.

Both Chips will then pair to each other.

You can now pair the Chips with your phone or other Bluetooth devices.

If you continue to have trouble, please contact our support department by emailing support@outdoortech.com or calling 310-677-0190.

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.

CES 2019 electronics
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
Retail Therapy

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