Okay, I know I’m supposed to be highlighting just one product at a time, but today I’m feeling a little crazy, so you’re getting a 3 in 1 deal. It all has to do with the fact that we’ve just launched an extremely cool Cell Phone Sweepstakes that’s running through October 31st, 2012 – anyone who purchases from CableOrganizer.com between now and then is automatically entered to win a mobile phone of his/her choice, up to $600.00 in retail value. You can also register to win without making a purchase – just fill out and submit the online form.
The sweepstakes, in turn, happened because this month (July) is National Cell Phone Courtesy Month, and so we thought that, in addition to the giveaway, we’d put together a little Cell Phone Courtesy Kit in honor of the occasion. And while I’m not sure I can say it will make you behave any more politely on your mobile, it is made up of three very helpful and unique products that will keep you organized, help you avoid charging emergencies, and make you look just a little tech-chic. I have to admit – I’m really digging it.
The kit includes 3 items, each of which are so good that I’ve blogged about them individually in the past: the Core Cord Organizer (3-pack), the Juicebar® Pocket Solar Charger, and the Milo™ Smartphone Stand from BlueLounge®. The Core Cord Organizers are vaguely apple core-shaped cable winders that keep charger cords and earbud wires stylishly under control; the Juicebar® is a solar charger that works with almost any small device and is small enough to slip into a pocket or purse; and the Milo™ stand is a sleek, mod smartphone perch that uses micro-suction to hold your phone while you watch movies, surf the Web or scroll through photos or playlists.
Even better than the products alone is the fact that they’re being made available at a pretty steep discount when you purchase them together. Bought separately, they’d total up to $71.09, but together they’re only $49.99. If you like gadget accessories, it would probably be a good idea to check out this deal. At any rate, don’t forget to enter the sweepstakes!
Today’s featured product is indisputably cool, but before I start telling you about it, I have to warn you that there are two types of people in this world: those who will use this product for goodness and productivity, and those who will start out with the best intentions but ultimately employ this product to evil ends (ie: transforming formerly useful desktop space into a dumping ground for yet more office clutter). I’m drawing a line in the sand here, people. If you fall into the former group (habitually good, organized and productive), proceed full speed ahead, and if you’re one of the latter crew, you can keep going, too – just know what you might get yourself into if your potential to pile up junk runs away with you.
That said, I’d like to introduce you to the Articulating Laptop Mount from Gator Cases. Gator has always been known for protecting laptops, digital displays and other electronics from damage during travel, but now they’re making those things more efficient and useful when they’re right at home in your workspace. Gator’s articulating mount for laptops, tablets and VESA-standard monitors not only lets you levitate your computer above your work surface to free up more useful space, it also gives you greater range of motion while you work, thanks to the fact that it offers 360 degrees of horizontal rotation, as well as 5 additional directional adjustments.
This is perfect for people who need more room on their desks for additional devices or other work tools (not piles of miscellaneous papers and a collection of dirty coffee mugs). And clutterbugs, please don’t feel bad… I only say these things because I myself know how easy it is to stash yet another pile of controlled chaos anywhere a free space opens up. If you’re an IT tech, musician or DJ who routinely juggles equipment, the Articulating Laptop Mount just makes life easier, and what’s even better, it comes in a clamp-on version that can be moved as needed (if you’re the type that works “on location”), or permanent versions for fixed desk or wall installation.
If there’s one type of product that I never get tired of, it’s cable raceway that pretends to be molding. Crown molding, baseboard, chair rail, you name it… if it hides cables while looking like an architectural trim, I’m in love. I’ve done numerous blog posts on different raceway/molding products we’ve added over the years, but today may very well be my final such post.
I’ve met what, to my knowledge, is the end-all of home theater raceways: Raceway Crown™. This isn’t an “it looks really close to crown molding” kind of thing… it is crown molding, and of the best sort: the kind you can stuff low-voltage cables behind, so you never have to see them again. Now, I was lucky enough to buy a house where the crown molding was already installed, and happily, I’m not plagued by visible cables at the moment, but were I crown molding-less and eager to hide some wiring, I’d be all over this stuff like the proverbial white on rice. I’m serious.
Raceway Crown consists of two main components that work in harmony to get things done. First are the brackets, which are installed onto walls by just zipping in a few screws with a power drill – easy. Once the brackets are installed, you thread cable ties through them, and cinch your cable bundles into place. Then comes the actual molding, which snaps onto the brackets to cover up the wires. The icing on the cake comes in the form of the splice covers, pre-formed outside corners and copes, which cover up the seams and keep you from having to make ultra-precise miter cuts (miter cuts being the main thing that deters a lot people from installing crown molding to begin with).
The crown molding raceway is made of white PVC, so you can leave it alone if you want (it will have more or less the same look as wood molding painted with white trim gloss paint), or lightly sand and custom paint it yourself, to match any more creative decor whims. Either way, you’re gonna love this stuff.
When I first got wind of today’s product, I had a crazy misconception or two about how (and if) it could possibly work, but regardless, I loved it instantly because it reminded this former member of the Short and Rabidly Obsessed with Inspector Gadget fan club of that guy on her first grade lunchbox – the one with the extendable legs, gizmos that popped out of his fingertips, and helicopter hat. Ba dah duh duh duh…. ba dah duh duh duh dun dun – hoo hoooooooo!
I mean, the Xtender Pole™ from Platinum Tools® is about as close as mere mortals can get to their very own “go-go Gadget drill!” And I’m happy to announce that it does indeed work (actually, this thing is totally insane… in a good way). When I first saw that you could essentially extend the reach of your power drill or driver up to 18 feet so that you could comfortably drive screws into the ceiling without your feet ever leaving the floor, I wondered how that could possibly work – after all, even if the pole did function as intended, how the heck were you supposed to see what you’re doing from that far below, and what good does it do to stay on the ground while installing hardware on the ceiling, just to have someone get up on a ladder to attach wires, chains, or whatever fixtures need to be hung?
Curse my tendency to jump to conclsuions. When I watched the video and saw the Xtender Pole in action, I felt both embarrassed and extremely enlightened at the same time. It works like this: if you need to hang threaded rods and eye lag screws for suspension cables or chains, the whole assembly is installed at once. So you’re not zipping in the eye lags and then crawling up a ladder to attach wires to them. You position your eye lag screws or threaded rods, as well as the wires or chains that are going to hang from them, in the appropriate sections of the Xtender, then hoist the whole thing up, zip in the screw, and you’re done. You definitely have to watch the video… the finishing touches on the eye lag and wire combo really blew my mind. You see the value of the Xtender Pole in a split second.
Now if they only sold a companion trench coat and fedora to go with it…
Happy Friday, movie fans! I know that when we started these little weekly video rewinds I said I’d be highlighting/reviewing our newest videos, but since there are no freshly-minted product demos this week, we’re going to go retro and show one from a few months back (you won’t even know the difference – I promise).
I picked this one in particular because it’s a product that I did a regular blog post on a few months ago, wishing that I had had one of these last year, when my husband and I had a ridiculous (but probably pretty comedic to any possible flies on the wall) episode in which we attempted to hang a much-heavier-than-it-looked metal cabinet in an tiny, awkward bathroom alcove that contained the added obstacle of a toilet exactly where the person holding up the cabinet (me) would logically stand during the whole ordeal. With that in mind, check out this video for the FastCap 3rd Hand Support Beam, and I think you’ll see why this could have really helped.
For this video, we got Mildred, our VP of Sales (and no, that’s definitely not her in the picture above), to step back in front of the camera, and she demonstates how the 3rd Hand adjusts in multiple ways to offer support when you’re trying to install cabinets, server equipment, and even construction materials like drywall and crown molding. And you know what? Even if for some reason you have no need for a support beam but love really cool accents, watch the video anyway, because Mildred’s accent is the best, and she’s always fun to listen to.
While sometimes things come up that are just plain unavoidable (or unforeseeable, for that matter), I’m a huge fan of putting a little extra thought into things now in the interest of making life easier later. Sometimes this means that I find myself sitting between a pile of yet-to-be installed organizers and heaps of stuff that I’m eventually going to have to stow away in them (with the intent of making it easier to find/store things in the future), and sometimes it means taking the time to write out lists so that I can make the most out of one shopping trip/errand run and not have to kick myself later. We all have our tricks, but now there’s a much more interesting way to future-proof: opting for an all-in-one cable.
Multi-Component Access Cable from CCT® combines all the wiring needed for 4 much-used security components inside a single cable jacket. While this is probably far more than you need on the home security front, it’s perfect for businesses and other organizations that are adding security measures to their facilities, whether all at once in a complete system, or little by little, as needed or afforded in their budgets. This four-in-one cable includes wiring for a power lock, card reader, door contact, and rex/spare component, and gives you ther benefit of time, and fewer cable pulls, if it’s better for you to add access control components one at a time.
If you were to cut into a piece of CCT Multi-Component Access Control Cable, you’d find four separately-jacketed inner cables, color-coded for easy identification. The cables are also available in your choice of plenum and riser-rated styles, so no matter where you need to run cable, you’re completely covered for indoor use.
So we’ve got the future-proof cable taken care of… now what was it that I need at the store again?
We’re gearing up for the season of Summer Blockbusters, but this opening day, the two leading ladies of Snow White and the Huntsman aren’t the only things in movies that are ready to rumble: check out our product demo video of the week:
Speed Nubs Rumble Strips: If you’ve ever wished you could slow down traffic (in a way that won’t get you arrested for doing something really, really weird), take less than a minute out of your day and watch as our in-house New Products Guru explains how to use Speed Nubs Rumble Strips, which are more or less DIY speed bumps for driveways and private parking lots. Speed Nubs are made of heavy duty molded rubber, have excellent surface traction, and can be anchored to the ground (either temporarily or permanently) using nails/spikes or epoxy. If you know a speed demon or two who need to be taught a lesson, you’re definitely going to want to check this out.
It’s official: LEDs have taken over, and are now making products that have always been cool or useful even more amazing with the addition of lights that practically never burn out. First it was appliance displays, followed by Christmas lights and HDTVs. And now: patch cords?
Meet EVO6™ Self-Tracing Patch Cords from Mertek. I’ll confess, my first (too quick) glance at the name brought on a cringe-worthy thought of Rachael Ray cheerful rasping on about EVOO (for you non-Food Network afficionados, that’s a pseudo-cutesy acronym for extra virgin olive oil), but that soon gave way to rapt admiration for the genius that is EVO6. EVO6™ patch cords are Cat6 (hence the “6″ part of their name), but that’s beside the point: all you really need to know is that their connectors have build-in LEDs, and that you use said LEDs to instantly trace the patch cords and find their precise connection points… at both ends.
The process is easy, because in addition to LEDs being built into both connectors of each patch cord, there’s also a tiny built-in button on the cord boot. Push it, and the LEDs are instantly activated, meaning that your patch cord will be blinking red at both ends. No feeling your way along the cable’s length, no guessing, no need for additional cable tracers - just push a button and you’re done.
Sounds like you just freed up a lot of time… maybe now you can catch up on Rachael Ray and her EVOO.
Congratulations all – we’ve made it through another week, and it’s time to celebrate our soon-to-start 3 day Memorial Day weekend with some cinematic fun. Personally, I’m eyeing Men in Black 3, but before heading to the megaplex to escape the 90+ degree heat, there are a few other pre-summer blockbusters to talk about: a couple of our newest product demo videos on YouTube. Roll ‘em!
Brush Grommets: Video Production Dude Fernando is back in front of the camera this week, talking about a few of our stylish and practical brush grommets. Here’s why you should watch: lots of us have grommets in our desktops to control cables and give them a safe pass-through point, but brush grommets take things to the next level. If you’ve ever had a disconnected cable slip back through a grommet and land under or behind your desk, you know how annoying it can be to retrieve it. Brush grommets solve that problem because their cable openings are lined with flexible bristles that conform to cables and don’t give connectors empty space to fall through. That, and these particular grommets look really nice, too.
How to Store Cables with the Reel-A-Pail®: Check out Tiffani’s video demonstration of how to store extension cords and other cables with the Reel-A-Pail® Quickwinder™ – it may look like just a bucket, but it’s so much more. The Quickwinder stashes a cord reel neatly inside a covered heavy duty bucket, so that you can coil up cables on the job and keep them neat and protected while you’re not using them. You’ll even find out how to fasten it to truck beds and other structures for really tough use.
Happy Friday! It’s time again for our Weekly Video Rewind. I know that a lot of you are probably itching to bust out of the office and head to the movies to catch The Dictator or Battleship, but before you do that, here are a couple of our more recent video demos that show you how to do useful stuff with cool products. So stop fidgeting through your Friday afternoon and check these out, okay? You never know – you may learn something that could make your life (and job) easier come Monday. Roll ‘em!
PRT Wraparound Heat Shrink Tubing: Tiffani, our New Product Expert Extraordinaire, is back in this video, this time to show us a very interesting concept in heat shrink: wraparound tubing. If you’ve never used standard heat shrink tubing before, the whole idea is that you slide the tube-shaped sleeve over the end of a cable, and basically slip the tubing along the length of the cable until it reaches the exact location where it’s needed. This means weaseling heat shrink over the initial obstacle of a plug or connector, and that can be tricky and sometimes completely impractical, especially if there’s such a large size discrepancy between cable and connector that by time you find something that will fit over the plug, it’s too big (even when shrunk) to fully conform to the cable. Sigh. Enter Zippertubing and their PRT wraparound shrink tubing, which is slit all the way along its length so it can be wrapped around cables from the side. Add peel-and stick adhesive edging to the already genius design, and you have a product that turns out a very respectable finished product with nowhere near the hassle of regular heat shrink.
HellermannTyton EVO 7 Cable Tie Gun: When you watch this video, you’ll see that Tiffani’s back again, this time demonstrating a tool that’s a lifesaver for cables and fingers alike: the EVO 7 Cable Tie Gun from HellermannTyton. If you’ve ever installed more than 10 or 20 cable ties in one sitting, you probably know that they have a habit of leaving the fingers a little raw – and then there’s that pesky universal cable tie probelm of overtightening, which can impede signals and damage insulation by essentially strangling your cables. Tiffani shows how to use a cable tie gun to quicky and correctly tension and trim cable ties, all while keeping your hands comfortable.