Apple Pencil Cap Replacement

Apple Pencil Cap Replacement

I did not even own my Apple Pencil a full day before I found myself already looking for an Apple Pencil cap replacement. For such an innovative company, Apple still does some things that don’t make sense. The included Apple Pen cap which is magnetically attached, comes dislodged very easily. My cat knocked my Apple Pencil off the kitchen table while I was upstairs getting ready for work. When I came back down to the table for breakfast, the Apple Pencil was on the floor, but the cap was no where to be found. I searched and searched for it, and only found it hours after I had already researched new cap replacements on Amazon and found the Tranesca Aluminum Apple cap replacement in 3 colors for $8.95. Furthermore, it comes with an adapter which even secures the little lightening adapter to your charger’s adapter cable. Genius! Two products in one. Why couldn’t Apple have done this?

This product is well made. These pencil caps were very nicely packaged with a professional Thank You card. Obviously, Tranesca is a company who cares and wants to satisfy their customers. The caps are well made and fit very snugly onto the Lightening Port of the Apple Pencil. The big bonus with this product is that Tranesca even includes an adapter for the lightening adapter; another small piece that is likely to get lost which Apple overlooked when they sold us their $100 Apple Pencils. While they are rather nice in appearance, my one small disappointment is that the aluminum up closes really looks as though it is spray-painted plastic. It does not have that ultra-glossy finish of a metal product. I’m being overly picky here. This Apple Pencil replacement cap which comes in a set of 3-different colors and serves two purposes in one will make you glad you lost your original Apple Pencil cap.

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Best Bluetooth Earbuds under 50

Tranya Bluetooth 5.0 Deep Bass True Wireless Headphones Review

Best Bluetooth Earbuds under 50

When I began looking for the best bluetooth earbuds under 50 dollars my expectations were not for the very best sound. I set my price point at $50.00 knowing that I could have gotten better quality sound had I spent $199.99 for either the Apple AirPods, or the Bose SoundSport Free Wireless, but price went way beyond my budget and means. My main objective wasn’t sound quality as much as freedom from all of the wires. I use earbuds when I workout on the Elliptical or when I practice my Spanish with Duolingo. My goal was freedom from wires and sound quality as good as equal to the original Apple Earbuds which sell for $29.99. With the Tanya Bluetooth Earbuds I believe I accomplished both of those objectives. After a few days of setting up and using them here are my initial impressions of these economically priced wireless earbuds by Tranya.

Design and Functionality

Upon opening up the little box I was impressed with the nice packaging, attractive appearance, feel, and quality of the charging case. The charging case can be charged with or without earbuds attached via a USB port and adapter. The Earbuds are then charged by simply dropping them into the magnetic slots. The left and right each have their own shape to snugly and magnetically fit inside. Like all electronically charged devices, I could not find any instructions on how long it takes to charge these wireless earbuds or case. The directions do explain that the case is fully charged when the 3 lights at the bottom are all lit in solid green. When the earbuds are flashing read it means they still need a charge. Battery life of the earbuds is rated at 6-8 hours, but I have yet to go close to that many hours at once to test the accuracy of that claim. Pairing the earbuds was a breeze. By pressing on the earbuds the first time, they are powered on. Then, you go into your Bluetooth settings of your mobile device and choose T2-R. You are paired. That simple! Inside the box are a variety of different earbud plugs you can slip on and off to more comfortable fit the size and shape of your ear. However, there is more here than meets the eye or ‘ear’ as I shall explain in the Sound Quality section below. The earbuds have, in my opinion, very logical ways of controlling them: One press of either earbud will pause your music. Two presses on the left lowers the volume, two presses on the right raises it. Holding the power of either earbud for two seconds will skip to the next track. Triple-pressing either earbud will turn on the voice assistant for use with Siri or other device enabled voice control systems. One thing to know: If you want to use the bluetooth wireless earbuds on another device, you will have to disable the bluetooth connection on the one you were previously using. This is something to keep in mind if you’re having trouble pairing.

Comfort and Wear

Wireless Ear Buds Bluetooth

Some of the reviews on Amazon have complained that the earbuds hurt inside their ear. I find them softer and less harsh on the insides of my ears than the original Apple earpods. Also, I think they fit more snugly inside the ear with a simple twist and there is no worries about a cumbersome cord getting pulled by your elbow or arm. In short, they fit more securely than the wired earpods. I can work-out on the Elliptical without worrying about them falling out. That’s good enough for me. The real test, though, is would they pass my sound requirement of being as good or better sound quality than the original apple buds?

Sound Quality

Best Bluetooth Earbuds under 50

I have always thought Apple’s Earpods were pretty good compared to other cheap earbuds. When I first powered on the Tranya wireless ear headphones I immediately noticed they weren’t as loud as my Apple Earpods. This is an okay thing. I would never listen to then turned up all the way, anyway. My first and (now) lasting impression of these bluetooth wireless earbuds is that they most certainly do have better bass than the Apple. In fact, the sounds; treble, mid-range are fuller, cleaner, tighter and better all-around. When I went back to the Apple iPhone earbuds I immediately noticed they are not as clear and concise. In fact, they sound a bit muffled and boxy. While trying on the inferior Apple iPhone buds, I tried on a smaller, diameter earbud fitting for the Tranya before I placed them back on. At this point I knew one thing for sure: The best bluetooth earbuds under 50 bucks are not made by Apple. I immediately grabbed for a smaller pair of fittings for the Tranya as pictured above and put them back on. Here’s the big discovery: What happened to the bass? Lots of treble; good, sharp, crisp highs, but thinner mid ranges and a woeful lack of bass. Aha! The fittings are more than just for ear comfort. I went back to the original, bigger fittings and life was good once again. These are great sounding earbuds. Very good bass, though hip-hoppers might want more. Drums, highs, mids all sound superior to what I was used to. I highly recommend the Tranya Bluetooth 5.0 Deep Bass True Wireless Earbuds. While I have not tried them all, I believe these are as good as any if not the best, bluetooth earbuds under 50 bucks.

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Best iPhone 8 Case

Best iPhone 8 CaseIt took me a matter of minutes to find the best iPhone 8 case to fit my own preferences. When I looked at the many ratings on Amazon, I realized that the number of stars didn’t matter as much as what people are actually saying about the case. iPhone users have a variety of needs and so the best iPhone 8 case for one person not might be the same as for another. This is true for all of the last generation of iPhone cases I’ve purchased.

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Garage Parking Aid



Garage Parking AidA garage parking aid should be simple, cheap, and effective. I tried the tennis ball on a string method many, many times. Not only was it difficult to line-up at exactly the right spot, but it was constantly in the way whenever I pulled cars out to work in the garage for any number of reasons.  And, if I didn’t get it just right, I’d have to move the car away and do it all over again. A garage parking aid needs to be permanently installed yet out of the way when there are no cars in the garage. How difficult is that? The other day after one of my cars was parked too close to the refrigerator the idea of a virtual tennis ball came to me. Why not a laser light parking aid that works by an automatic sensor when the car is pulled into the garage? And why not a dual-sensor light for two cars? When I looked up my idea on Amazon, it didn’t surprise me to find 5 or 6 different garage parking aids that were all ready to purchase at very affordable prices. These virtual laser-light parking aids all have pretty good user ratings, various capabilities and features based on your specific needs, and they are ridiculously simple to install. 

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Amazon Prime Streaming

Amazon Prime Streaming

Amazon Prime StreamingHow I finally got around the Insufficient Bandwidth Messages on my Samsung Smart TV

 

I am a big fan of Amazon Prime – enough that I cancelled my Netflix subscription a while back and started using Amazon Prime Streaming instead. I have been using Amazon Prime for the last two years just for its many other benefits, particularly the free, two-day shipping on just about everything I order. The video and movie selection appeared to me to be just as good as Netflix so I am now saving a few bucks a month by cancelling my Netflix subscription.

Amazon Prime Streaming with Apple TV

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