Gadgets :: Father’s Day Gift Guide – June 5, 2019

by Gregg Ellman

It’s another year and the same old story. You love your dad and want to get hime something for fathers day but he has everything, which leaves you with no ideas. Problem solved, I bet he doesn’t have all of these so read on and you’ll find what to buy that special dad in your life.

Pelican, yes that same pelican who makes military grade storage units, which last forever without breaking also have coolers to keep your good and beverages cold (but maybe not forever). Pelican Americana collection fills the need for fathers day and every other day of the year a cooler is needed. It’s available in Patriotic Colors in 20 and 50 quart sizes, has an ergonomic designed, durable and comfortable handle and everything is cold and ready with Extreme Ice Retention technology. A press and pull latch is simple for opening or closing, non-skid & non-marking raised feet and integrated cup holders on top. The 20-quart Elite ($149.95) weighs 12.52-pounds and measures 18.8-by-12.6-by-17.7-inches and the 50-quart Elite ($299.99) is 26.39 pounds and 30.0-by-20.3-by-20.4-inches. both available in many color combinations

Spring, summer winter or fall, dads (or anyone) need the proper head protection for a bike ride.  A groundbreaking new helmet with technology called WaveCel from Trek Bicycle and Bontrager has been tested to be up to 48x more effective in preventing concussions during cycling. The WeveCel technology is a collapsible material, which lines the inside of the helmet and was developed by an orthopedic surgeon and biomechanical engineer. The WaveCel will help keep dad or anyone else who uses it by absorbing energy in multiple ways including dispersing the energy from an impact. On impact, the layers of the WaveCel material move independently and flex until the cell walls crumple and then glide, actively absorbing direct and rotational energy and redirecting it away from your head according to the company.

Bontrager WaveCel helmets are initially being offered in four models ranging in from $149.99 tp $299.99 

What dad doesn’t want an extra phone or computer charger? With the Scosche has new Strikeline MFI-certified USB-C to Lightning power delivery cable for charging and sync Apple Lightning smartphones and tables. When you combine the cable with a Scosche USB-C AC power wall delivery charger, devices will safely charge up to three times faster than with many other chargers. The reversible USB-C connector cable and charger are portable and durable with a limited lifetime warranty. $19.99

Jabra’s Elite 85h wireless noise-cancelling adjustable headphones pretty much have it all with awesome sound, voice assistant support, well built and great looks. The over-the-head Bluetooth 5.0 headphones deliver crystal clear audio from 40 mm speakers in each ear, with soft foam ear cups, which are comfortable as any I’ve tried. With smart active noise cancellation and the free Jabra companion Sound+ app, the headphones will turn ANC on when it detects unwanted background noise and adjust the sound to how you set it up within the app. The on-ear detection turns the sound off when you remove the headphones from you head and start again when they are back on. People will also hear you crystal clear on handsfree calls with the 8 microphones, which also use the ANC filter technology. On ear controls, charging and auxiliary ports are easily accessed. The internal battery life will last up to 36 hours (with ANC on) on a full charge, fast charging for 15 minutes will give you 5 hours of use. A hard travel case is included along with charing and auxiliary cables. $299 available in gold beige, navy and titanium black

The Black Eye Pro Kit G4 three lens system turns works with most any smartphone to turn its camera into a complete photographers system. The kit includes three Pro level lenses, the Pro Cinema Wide G4, Pro Fisheye G4 and the Pro Portrait Tele G4. With the included Black Eye universal clipper attachment, the lenses work with most any smartphone. It clips on and off in seconds, all you do is line up the lens you want to use with the front or rear lens on the smartphone. The Pro Fisheye G4 has a 175-degree angle, which is wider than most any built-in smartphone lens making it ideal for selfie groups. The Pro Portrait Tele G4, takes you 2.5x closer to subjects and has a 40-degree angle of view. I loved the quality of all of them but my favorite over the last few weeks was the 120-degree angle of view Pro Cinema Wide G4, which produces distortion free images with straight leading lines. Each lens has industry leading optics with double-coated, hand-polished glass with anti-reflection. Lens caps, cleaning cloths, microfiber bag and a zipper travel case is included. $250

If there was every a coffee make that has it all, it’s the Gourmia GCMW4750 Barista Butler coffee maker. The counter top appliance has a simple setup to connect it to the Internet for voice assistant control using Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa so you can wake up and give the beckon call to start brewing. A built-in grinder takes care of grinding your coffee beans or you can start with grinds. It holds up to 40-ounces of water brewed into a 10 cup glass carafe. A front LCD display has a programable timer for a set schedule and everything is simple to clean. Or just do it the old fashion way and it a button on the front to start it up. $XXX.XX

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