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Holiday Shopping Survival Guide–Tips from a Black Friday Veteran

Posted November 23, 2016 at 04:13 PM

Which foods do we want to prepare? Which activities do we want to add to the calendar? What gifts will we buy for our loved ones? In my family, Black Friday shopping is a family bonding experience. The children stay at home with Grandpa, and all the adults (siblings and spouses and Grandma) hit the stores. Black Friday used to involve trying to stay warm outside a Best Buy at 3 am, but as the early morning opening hours of previous years slowly moved into the evening hours and then the late afternoon hours of Thanksgiving Day, we’ve had to amend our tactics. But the overall plan remains the same– safely and successfully cross off as many items on our shopping list in one night!

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Topics: How To, Mobility, Power

Tech Gadgets That Will Help You Survive School

Posted October 3, 2016 at 03:30 PM

Gone are the days when school necessities consisted of pen and paper. In modern times, you need all of the newest tech gadgets to survive school–both in and out of class . Here are some of the best, most useful, products you can pick up to ensure you have everything you need.
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Topics: LED Lighting, How To, Mobility, Power, Cutting the Cord

Why you need a 9-foot long USB charging cable in your life

Posted September 19, 2016 at 06:18 PM

It's safe to say almost everyone is a heavy smartphone user these days. We stream music, read the news, check social media, communicate with our friends and family and use our phones for tons of other daily tasks. And sometimes your phone's battery just can't make it all the way through the day. That doesn't mean you have to glue yourself to the wall while you recharge. You no longer have to be that person sitting on the floor at the airport, leaving your phone plugged in across the room or twisting yourself into a pretzel to use your phone while it's charging by your bed.

The best solution is to simply upgrade your short USB charging cable to a longer, faster more durable charging cable. It’s a small and easy thing to do that can make a big impact on your daily life. It solves tricky plug placements in airports, coffee shops and even your own home. 

Wondering what cable is your best option? Try the GE 9 ft. USB Sync and Charge Cable.

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Topics: Around the Home, Mobility, Power

3 Tips for Your Fourth of July Celebration

Posted June 28, 2016 at 11:26 AM

With the summer well under way, the kids out of school, and the warm weather it’s a perfect time to get everyone together and what better way than with a Fourth of July celebration! All you really need is a backyard, some food, drinks, and good company to have a good time but here are 3 tips for your Fourth of July celebration that you may not have considered. These aren’t necessities but they can definitely add to the overall experience for you and your guests.

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Topics: LED Lighting, How To, Around the Home, Mobility, Power

Easy ways to reduce your energy bills

Posted April 26, 2016 at 03:46 PM

If celebrating Earth Day inspired you to make your home more eco-friendly then you're not alone! With a growing emphasis on sustainability, energy efficiency is becoming increasingly important and the push to go green is a win-win for your household and the environment. Fortunately, reducing your energy usage isn’t as difficult (or expensive) as you may think. By unplugging electronics, turning off or dimming lights and recycling, you can make a big difference in your daily energy consumption, help reduce pollution and even save some green by going green! 

As warmer weather quickly approaches, now is the perfect time to reduce your family's energy usage. Here are some easy things you can do to reduce your energy bills and consumption this season:

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Topics: Smart Home, LED Lighting, How To, Around the Home, Power

Q&A: Surge Protection

Posted April 13, 2016 at 10:18 AM

Buying a surge protector is something everyone who uses electronics should do. A surge protector will keep your expensive electronics safe from any damage that can come as a result of a surge in the amount of electricity coming out of the outlets. Because these devices serve such an important function, you need to make sure that you're purchasing the right one for you. With this Q & A session you will learn everything you need to know about choosing the right surge protector to help keep your devices safe. 

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Topics: Around the Home, News, Power, Q&A

Introducing the New Enbrighten LED Lantern With USB Charging

Posted March 11, 2016 at 04:16 PM

Spring is just around the corner and now is the time many start planning camping trips with their family and friends. Jasco has created the perfect camping and hiking companion, the new GE Enbrighten® USB Lantern. Great for charging your phone on the go, this USB Lantern provides a 1.0Amp charging rate that can supply battery life for any smartphone, eReader or digital camera.

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Topics: LED Lighting, Around the Home, Safety & Security, Mobility, News, Power

What you need to know before purchasing a USB charger

Posted March 3, 2016 at 05:50 PM

USB-powered devices go with us everywhere and it's important to stay connected. However, not all chargers or cables are created equal. What should you consider when choosing the best USB charging solutions? What's all this talk about amps, volts and rapid charging? Keep reading, and let us help you make sense of it all. 

Charging rate

For starters, not all electronic devices can be charged at the same rate. Different wall chargers have different output rates, measured in amps. Chargers with higher charging rates will power your device up quicker. For example, we recommend at least a 1 amp charger for an iPhone, 1.6 amps for Android and 2.4 amps for an iPad. When choosing a mutli-port charger for multiple devices, the total output must match or be higher than what each device requires to charge at the fullest rate. To find this out, add up the required amps for all the devices you'll be charging. 

For example: Android + iPad = 3+ amp charger. 

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Topics: How To, Mobility, Power

Winter Safety: How To Prepare For a Power Outage

Posted January 22, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Winter isn't over just yet, and for many of us, some of the strongest winter storms often strike in January and February. That is why it's so important to plan for the possibility of a power outage.

Even when we're warned days in advance of possible severe weather or ice storms, power outages can still take us by surprise and can be scary for both children and adults. However, there are plenty of easy steps to take before a winter storm strikes to help protect your home (and all your precious gadgets) and insure peace and readiness for you and your family.  

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Topics: LED Lighting, How To, Around the Home, Safety & Security, Power

Highlights and snapshots from CES 2016

Posted January 15, 2016 at 03:40 PM

Jasco had another incredible year at CES! During the past week, we announced a handful of new, innovative products that we're excited to launch in 2016. For those of you who couldn't make it to Vegas this year, here are some snapshots from the show floor and a full recap of CES 2016 in case you missed anything.

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Topics: Smart Home, Safety & Security, Mobility, News, Power, CES