Samsung Mobile US Welcomes New Wearable Tech Devices: Gear Fit, Gear 2, & Gear 2 Neo

With the introduction of the Galaxy S 5 and the continued evolution of #TheNextBigThing, Samsung has also refined its wearables line with three new Gear options that will change the way you communicate and connect. Building on the amazing response to the Galaxy Gear, Samsung Mobile’s first wearable tech device, the newest wearables, the Gear Fit, Gear 2, and Gear 2 Neo, bring new and refined features based on public feedback of their first foray into wearable tech. The new Samsung Gears make keeping in touch more personalized than before. The second generation of these wearable tech devices not only offers more refined looks but a customizable experience as well.

GEAR FIT

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The Samsung Gear Fit was designed with your health and wellness in mind. Featuring a 1.84 inch curved Super AMOLED display, an interchangeable band, an athletic design, made to comfortably fit your wrists, and maintain functionality whether active or asleep, the Gear Fit allows you to stay connected while maintaining your active lifestyle. It tracks your steps and monitors your heart rate on the go, but it’s so much more than an everyday fitness band. Stay up to date with instant notifications from Galaxy smartphones such as incoming calls, emails, text messages, 3rd party apps, etc, while you’re on the go. If you’re like us, you enjoy utilizing the built-in S Health app to measure how many steps you take daily, how many calories burned, etc. With the Gear Fit, you can enjoy an extended S Health experience as it can serve as a personal trainer, function as a pedometer, HRM and calories burned tracker. The Galaxy Gear Fit comes with a Black band with additional Wild Orange and Mocha Gray band color options.

GEAR 2 & GEAR 2 NEO

 

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The design of the Gear devices has been updated to show a more polish and streamlined appearance. Both the Samsung Gear 2 and Samsung Gear 2 Neo boast interchangeable straps and are compatible with standard 22mm pin watch bands to personalize your look. The Gear 2 is the premium wearable with a 2 megapixel camera (moved from the strap to the face for a more sleek design), thereby complementing its brushed metal finish. The Gear 2 Neo on the other hand, has a polycarbonate finish. The home key on the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo is positioned on the front of the face for convenient access.

Both Gear devices have 1.63 inch Super AMOLED displays and allow you to access and customize your wearable experience. Receive and respond to a calls, texts, emails, and app notifications quickly, right from your wrist. New shortcuts and additional app support make the device experience easier to navigate and take action. Though your music may not be at your fingertips, they will be at your wrist with the music app on Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. Transfer, store and shuffle through your favorite songs, even when away from your phone, plus you can pair the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo with Bluetooth headphones to enjoy your playlist while on the go.

The Gear 2 comes in the following color combinations: Titan Silver face with Black strap, Titan Silver face with a Wild Orange strap, and a Gold Brown face with Brown strap. The Gear 2 Neo comes in Black, Wild Orange, and Mocha Gray.

The Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit will be available in the U.S. this month across various channels. Gear 2, Gear Neo 2 and Gear Fit will be available through carrier and retail channels, including the Samsung Experience Shops in Best Buy.

Samsung Mobile US Launches Next Generation Galaxy S 5

Ladies and gentlemen, the next big thing truly is coming soon. Next month, the long-awaited Samsung Galaxy S5 finally arrives and we are very excited because we’ve been fans of Samsung’s Galaxy range for quite a while. We know why we’re excited, so we’re here to tell you why you should be. The Samsung Galaxy S5 continues with its introduction of new experiences, industry leading technology and meaningful innovations that you never knew you needed.
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The Galaxy S 5 boasts unrivaled experiences, new features designed with you in mind and experiences to improve your everyday life. Imagine paying for things with your fingerprint, expanding your microSD memory card slot to a massive 128GB, enjoying elements only seen on DSLR cameras, such as taking video that adapts to your surrounding light, etc. These are just a few of the amazing things available on the Samsung Galaxy S 5.

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The Galaxy S 5 features a brilliant 5.1-inch display powered by technology that enables you to enjoy amazing new camera experiences, lightning fast data connections, and health and wellness monitoring. With an adaptive Full HD Super AMOLED® display, colors are richer, blacks are darker and you get a faster response time for clearer, high-speed content. The S 5 also boasts wide viewing angles and crisp HD video on it’s bright bold display that adapts to bright outdoor sunlight or indoor ambient lighting – anytime, anywhere!

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The new camera features and simplified controls, paired with the 16 megapixel rear facing camera elevate the photo-taking experience, which means sharper photos and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for less grainy selfies. With the Galaxy S 5’s HDR (aka dynamic range of luminosity), you can see what your photos will look like before you even take them, while the amazing 4K allows you to take video in four times the HD resolution.
  • Phase Detection Autofocus: Advanced auto focus speeds for capturing a shot quickly – first smartphone with phase detection autofocus, a feature usually found in DSLR cameras
  • Real-Time HDR: High Dynamic Range (HDR) preview mode makes it easier to choose when to use HDR – like trying to photograph a beautiful sunset. It also enables users to capture HDR photos or videos with no shutter lag or post-processing.
  • Selective Focus Mode: Blur images near or far for a creative, one-of-a-kind shot
  • Shot and More Mode: The camera chooses and recommends Drama Shot, Best Photo, Best Face or Eraser shot after the picture is taken to create the best photo
  • Studio: Add effects to photos and edit movies with a complete suite of editing tools within the Gallery

The features we’re really looking forward to is the Ultra Power Saving Mode, Water Safety, and the Built-in Fingerprint Sensor. Is your battery running low? In Ultra Power, the Galaxy S 5 will reduce itself to a battery power, monochrome-colored saving mode, giving you more power and longer battery life. Just as with the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active, if you drop the S 5 in water, it will still function (no need to rush to find some rice like with other phones). the built-in fingerprint sensor unlocks and locks the Galaxy S 5 and provides secure password protection to use PayPal for secure payments. The Galaxy S 5 also supports the latest mobile wallets, including Isis (a consortium among various carrier partners) and Google Wallet™.

The Galaxy S 5 is packed with leading technology enhancements, including Quick Connect, which locates the nearest devices to share content, files, or your screen through Bluetooth®, Wi-Fi® or Wi-Fi Direct™. Features Download Booster, an innovative Wi-Fi technology for boosting data speed by bonding Wi-Fi and LTE simultaneously for the fastest browsing, streaming, downloads, and better coverage than ever before whether you’re at home or on the go.

With S Health™ consumers can access health info, track and map workouts and make and track healthier eating choices right on the Galaxy S 5.It also boasts the world’s first built-in heart rate monitor (HRM) which provides real-time data before and after your workout when you place a finger on a sensor by the rear-facing camera. Key platform components of S Health include:

Nutrition: Meal tracking and planning with nutritional information
Fitness: HRM, exercise log, mapped runs and location tracking

The Galaxy S 5 will be available in Electric Blue, Copper Gold, Charcoal Black and Shimmery White. Accessories will include a Wallet Case, S View Flip Cover, and Wireless Charging Covers and Wireless Charging S View Flip Covers in an array of colors. It will be available to U.S. next month across various channels including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, MetroPCS and U.S. Cellular. Samsung Experience Shops in Best Buy, as well as Amazon, Costco, RadioShack, Sam’s Club, Target, and Walmart, will also carry the Galaxy S 5.

iLuv Debuts Stylish and Protective Cases for Samsung GALAXY S5

By now we’re all excited for the Next Big Thing from Samsung aka The Samsung GALAXY S5 (which we will be highlighting in another post). While you anxiously await its arrival next month, we have a lead on some hot new mobile accessories from iLuv, specifically phone cases and protective accessories, for the anticipated device. iLuv’s new line of cases features updated versions of some of iLuv’s most popular, stylish and protective cases for Samsung GALAXY S5. Some of the cases in their new range include:

Snoopy Series: Hardshell Case for GALAXY S5

Snoopy-Series-Hardshell-Case-for-GALAXY-S5-667x1024The Snoopy Series features three playful exclusive iLuv Peanuts® designs.  The super-sleek, customized fit provides direct access to GALAXY S5 controls while the durable hardshell construction protects the phone from scratches, drops, and bumps.
Jstyle® is a premium wallet and protective case for the GALAXY S5 made with full-grain, top-grade leather with a matte finish. The case contains three credit card slots, one ID window, and two slots for cash and business cards. Jstyle® conveniently maintains access to all ports and controls including the camera.
FlightFit: Dual-Layer Case for GALAXY S5

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FlightFit features a fused two-layer construction to guard devices with double the protection. The case is customized to fit securely on a GALAXY S5 while maintaining access to all ports and controls. FlightFit is available in three fun colors to suit anyone’s style.

Vyneer: Dual Material Protection Case for GALAXY S5

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Vyneer features a polycarbonate shell with a TPU frame. The translucent base allows users to show off the beautiful GALAXY S5 while the soft TPU frame protects the corners and edges of the phone from dings, scratches, and dents. Vyneer maintains access to all GALAXY S5 ports and controls.

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This privacy film protects the contents of a user’s phone screen from the eyes of nosy strangers. Featuring a five-layer construction, this film is also weatherproof and keeps the GALAXY S5 safe from scratches and cracks.

 Glare-Free Protective Film Kit for GALAXY S5

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This film kit not only protects the GALAXY S5 screen from scratches but also prevents screen glare when the phone is used in brightly lit areas.

Clear Protective Film Kit for GALAXY S5

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This film kit features a four-layer construction to protect the GALAXY S5 screen from scratches without interfering with touchscreen sensitivity.

The retail prices for iLuv’s Samsung GALAXY S5 accessories range from $9.99 to $69.99 and will be available at iLuv.com and select retailers.

GIVEAWAY | Dry, Cracked Winter Skin? Get a Honeywell Humidifier

Thanks to polar vortex one and two, we seem to be living in a frozen tundra, making our battle with dry, winter skin even more of a exhausting one. Not only do we have to fight against the freezing dry air outside, we have to come home to the dry air from our heaters. During the winter, humidity levels can drop as low as 10%. That’s drier than the Sahara Desert. To compensate, we pile on moisturizers which can cause clogged pores and break outs. There is a better way to relieve dry, winter skin. You can relieve cracked, scaly skin and chapped lips by adding moisture to the air in your apartment with a humidifier. Supple, hydrated skin during wintertime can be achieved, even if you’ve been in the glacial outdoors for hours, with a cool or warm mist humidifier. Honeywell has several outstanding warm and cool air humidifiers that add much-needed moisture to the air in your home and your skin. Today we feature three of their models that are $70.00 and below:

Designer Series Filter Free Cool Moisture Humidifier (HUT-300)

The Honeywell Designer Series Filter Free Cool Mist Humidifier provides soothing moisture to help temporarily relieve dry air discomfort in a sleek, modern design that brings comfort and style to any room in the house. The HUT-300 quietly provides a continuous stream of soothing moisture you can see and feel and fits seamlessly with any décor. It retails for $69.99.

Filter Free Warm Mist Humidifier (HWM-340)

The new Easy-to-Care Filter Free Warm Mist Humidifier provides warm, soothing moisture in less than one minute. The unique top fill design and filter-less system makes it easier than ever to temporarily relieve dry air discomforts. This model has an added benefit of releasing moisture that is up to 95 percent bacteria-free. It retails for $44.99

Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier (HUT-150)

The Honeywell Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier provides soothing moisture to help temporarily relieve dry air discomfort in a streamlined, aerodynamic model that is ideal for use on a bedside table or office desk. Incredibly quiet when in use and filter-free, this model fits seamlessly into any environment to provide soothing dry air relief for better home comfort. It retails $39.99

How would you like to keep your skin moisturized throughout this overly drying season? We’re giving you the chance to enjoy supple skin and avoid the dry, scratchy results of winter with a chance to win one of these Honeywell Humidifiers. That’s right, one of these great Honeywell Humidifiers can be yours. To enter to win, see the Rafflecopter entry below:

Is Your New Year Resolution to Eat Healthier? Try the Ninja Ultima Blender w/ Dual Stage Blades

As with every year, New Year resolutions to lose weight and eat healthier are uttered across the globe every January but thanks to the amazing Ninja Ultima Blender, we can be truly on our way to creating healthier drinks and meals. There are five models in the Ninja Ultima range, most of which includes 16 oz. Single Serve Cups and lids for personal drinks on the go. The Ninja Ultima BL820 Kitchen System includes a food processing bowl and blade accessories. In this post, we’re concentrating on the Ninja Ultima BL810.

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The expansive speed range of the Ninja Ultima Blender offers everything from gentle blending to total crushing to Nutrient Complete Juicing™. This means you can do anything from juicing to making soup, grinding meat, crushing ice, grating cheese, etc. Thanks to Ninja Ultima’s Total Crushing™ Blades that rotate at 5,000 RPM (crushing whole fruits, vegetables, seeds and ice) and its bottom High Speed Cyclonic Blades that rotate independently at 24,000 RPM (liquefying ingredients into a silky smooth consistency in a matter of seconds), you can prepare healthy meals any time of the day, for any occasion.

That’s right, the Ninja Ultima lets you go beyond just juicing. Want to lose weight in a delicious way? Try some metabolism boosting recipes like Apple Almond Power Smoothie, Kale and Cabbage Slaw, or Blackberry Mint Italian Ice (recipe below).

Planning a get-together? Try a delicious Sweet Red Pepper SpreadButternut Squash Mac & Cheese, or Blender Salsa. Throw out those thoughts that you’d have to buy the $600 Vitamix Blender to create those awesome, chef-inspired recipes. For half the cost of the Vitamix, you get a blender that is more powerful. So far I have tried these two recipes featured below (once with a substitute of pineapple and ginger instead of the blackberry+mint) and I plan on whipping up some homemade guacamole and trying the Chillout Chai Smoothie recipe.

Blackberry Mint Italian Ice

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2 cups fresh blackberries
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
Using the Bottom Blades in the Pitcher, add the blackberries and water and PULSE 2 times.
Select Speed 1 and flip the switch to start. Slowly increase to Speed 6 and process until smooth.
Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a saucepan.
Add sugar and mint and slowly bring to a boil to dissolve sugar.
Cool completely and strain into a 9 x 9-inch glass dish. Freeze for 6 hours, stirring frozen crystals every 30 minutes.Serve or store in the freezer for up to 2 weeks.
Cook Time: 25 min + Chill time: 6 hours

 

Super Ninja 9

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2 tomatoes, quartered
1 cucumber, peeled and quartered
1 stalk celery cut into thirds
1 Granny Smith apple, quartered, unpeeled and uncored
1 small carrot, peeled and cut in half
1-inch piece of red onion
1/2 jalapeno pepper seeded
1/4 beet, peeled
1/2 cup red cabbage, shredded
1 1/2 cups ice
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Place the Top Blades in the Pitcher and add all of the ingredients in the order listed.*
PULSE 3 times. Select Speed 10 and flip the switch to start.
Blend for 45 seconds.

I have personally owned and used a Ninja Professional Blender for over two years so I’m very familiar with the brand and their products. It should come as no surprise that we’re raving about the powerful Ultima blender. It is still going strong with no indication of slowing down (I guess this is why my mother has been eyeing it for herself). I am sure two years from now, I will still be enjoying my Ninja Ultima and all the delicious and healthy recipes they recommend.

NEW TECH PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENT: Razer Launches New Headphone Series

Combining killer sound, a sleek, robust, aluminum body and a convenient, compact carrying case, Razer introduces the Razer Adaro Series, a new line of headphones designed for personal entertainment and pure listening pleasure on-the-go. For those not familiar, Razer is the world leader in high-performance gaming hardware, software, and systems. The Razer Adaro Series marks the company´s latest venture into the personal entertainment audio space.

Adaro In-Ear Analog Earphones

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The new audio lineup will initially feature four models: bass-heavy earphones, analog stereo headphones, Bluetooth headphones and DJ-style headphones. Each member of the Razer Adaro family is designed with a heavy focus on durability, comfort and uncompromising sound quality for music listening. The above Razer Adaro In-Ear Analog Earphones provide a solid in-ear auditory experience with a look and feel that is as premium as its sound. It’s quality hardware (precision-milled out of aircraft grade aluminum), high-performance, diamond-cut edge finishing, and custom-tuned 10 mm neodymium drivers are sonically optimized to complement their inner acoustics chambers, producing crisp stereo sound. The interchangeable ear tips are available in three sizes and feature bi-flange attachments that are included to personalize the fit.

The Razer Kraken and Electra, two of Razer´s best-selling headphones, were tuned for music, as well as gaming. These are available for pre-order now on razerzone.com for $79.99/EU €79.99  and worldwide starting next month.

Triple Threat Tech | Samsung Launches Galaxy Gear, Galaxy Note 3 & Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition

Samsung continues to innovate the way we interact with our mobile devices by introducing three devices you didn’t know you needed – Galaxy Gear, Galaxy Note 3, & Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition. The first wearable smartphone, Galaxy Gear™ is a tech and sci-fi fanatic’s dream come true, a wrist communicator. Anyone who’s been a fan of Dick Tracy, Transformers, Star Trek, Knight Rider, or Power Rangers has fantasized about owning a wrist communicator of their very own and now thanks to Samsung, they have seen their childhood dream come true with the Samsung Galaxy Gear.
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The Galaxy Gear features a 1.63-inch 320×320-pixel, super AMOLED screen surrounded by a modern metal frame, is powered by an 800MHz processor and 512MB of RAM and includes a 1.9-megapixel camera embedded into the rubberized watchband (which is available in six different colors, including my favorite, a Rosegold metal frame with a white band. With the Galaxy Gear, users can control their music, get discreet notifications of incoming calls, messages, and more in real time, hands-free calling directly from the Gear, S Voice™ access and so much more. Other features include Smart Lock (automatically unlock or lock Galaxy Note 3 with Galaxy Gear if it is more than 1.5 meters away from the smartphone), Find My Device (use your Galaxy Gear to locate Galaxy Note 3 and vice versa), Memographer, Voice Memo, approximately 70 optimized apps such as MyFitnessPal and RunKeeperis to track your nutrition and exercise, Pinterest, Evernote, etc. For now the Galaxy Gear can only be used with the Galaxy Note 3 but upcoming software update will allow you to pair it with the Galaxy S4 and Note 2.

And speaking of the Galaxy Note 3, Samsung continues to expand on the popularity of it’s range of Note devices with their Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 comes with a wider, full HD Super AMOLED display (5.7inch), a slimmer (8.3mm) and lighter (168g) overall design with a soft and textured-touch back cover, delicate stitching and serration pattern on the side; it features a faster and more powerful performance (boasting the largest 3GB RAM) with a longer lasting (3,200mAh) battery.

With the S Pen, you van accomplish everyday tasks with just one click. Samsung reinvents and modernizes the classic note-taking experience with Air Command (removes the need to toggle between screens, memorize commands or look up different menus), Action Memo (convert a handwritten note to formatted content, initiate a call, add to contacts, look up an address on a map, search the web, save a task to a to-do list), Screen Write (captures the full screen image of the current page, write comments and additional information onto the captured image), S Finder (expansively search for any content on the device), Pen Window (draw sketches, write notes, and open a small application window for a true multitasking experience), Drag and Drop (easily drag and drop content such as a text or image from one window), along with the features described in the Galaxy Gear and so much more.

With the success of the the integration of S Pen™ in last’s year’s Galaxy Note 10.1, Samsung introduces improved S Pen capabilities, vibrant display and an updated Multi-Window functionality with the new The Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition.

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Boasting a large, Super Clear LCD display (the 2,560 x 1,600 pixel WQXGA display contains over 4 million pixels) with brighter colors and more lifelike graphics, the Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition changes how you use your tablet. Enhanced multitasking allows you to seamlessly use two different apps side-by-side and easily drag and drop content from one window to another. The updated S Pen features several shortcuts and productivity tools and just like the Galaxy Note 3, features Air Command, Action Memo, Screen Write, S Finder, Pen Window, S Note and Scrapbooker (the S Pen lets you organize content you find interesting and places it into individualized scrapbooks). Samsung introduces a new magazine-style user interface called My Magazine that allows you to organize the latest news, social feeds and localized content in an easy-to-use, personalized dashboard.

 

Fashion & Function – Cell phone Accessories for Her

We’re always on the look out for cool, fashionable accessories that are functional especially when it comes to our lifeline – our cell phones. With that said, I’m happy to introduce you to three very cool cell phone accessories that are very fashionable and solve some issues we face every day. Just add these items to your handbag and you’re all set for a day with no cell phone issues.Trellie

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I love carrying big handbags, as I’ve said numerous times, and I always keep my cellphone in my handbag. Unfortunately, I cannot tell you how many cellphone calls I’ve missed because I don’t hear my cell phone ring or see it flashing when I receive a call. That is until I was introduced to an amazing little device called the Trellie. What is this cool new must-have? Trellie is an ultra-simple, handbag accessory that notifies you of an incoming (or missed) call through bright flashing LED lights. No more fumbling through your handbag because you thought you heard your cell phone ring. If your Trellie is flashing, you know you have a call, if it isn’t, you know it’s not your phone. Trellie is also very easy to set up – just pair it with your cellphone via Bluetooth one time and hook it on your bag. Charging is never required as Trellie runs on “AAA” batteries. The Trellie comes in silver or gold and retails for $49.99 on http://trellie.com/shop/.

PhoneFetcher

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Do you find that you constantly lose your phone in your huge handbag? Maybe it falls to the bottom or you forget on which side of your roomy bag you put it in. With PhoneFetcher, you will always be able to find your cell phone in your bag when you need it whether your bag is an everyday purse, backpack, gym bag, etc. The PhoneFetcher features a headphone jack with a snug fit to ensure your phone will not fall out plus leaving the PhoneFetcher hanging out of your bag will remind you that you do not have your phone with you. The “Bling” PhoneFetcher is available in nine colors and retails for $14.99 and the “sport” is also available in none color but retails for $12.99. Get your own at www.phonefetcher.com.

Jellyfish Go-Go Juice Power Charger

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We all hate being caught out and about with a dying cellphone battery and no charger. The answer is of course a portable charger that you can take with you anyway for quick recharging. For those who want to keep the fashion aspect  in your portable charger, say hello to the Jellyfish Go-Go Juice Power Charger. This compact design is lightweight and fits easily in your pocket or backpack and features a 2200 mAh battery that provides up to a full phone charge and 6-8 hours additional talk time. It has both Micro and USB portals for universal use with various tablets and smartphones, LED Battery level indicator lights, and built-in LED Flashlight. It shuts off automatically when not in use and will retain a full charge up to 1 year. The Go-Go Juice charger comes in four colors and retails for $39.99 at http://www.jellyfishbuzz.com/power-collection/.