Review of the Dart by FINsix

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It’s super small, slightly larger than a standard pack of gum.  Ultra compact due to the new frequency switching technology.

It’s been a few weeks since I received my Dart after funding a kick starter about two years ago.  FINsix ran into some production and fabrication issues early on that affected their entire schedule, however now that I have it, things can’t be better.  I’ve managed to ditch all my power bricks for the laptops I have to carry except for one.  The one I still need to carry is a 90W supply that the Dart can’t charge as its only 65W.  In addition, there is a secondary USB port on the wire that can handle 1A (during laptop charging) and up to 2.2A (when not laptop charging).  This one device can charge your laptop and USB devices without the requirement for multiple bricks and charge plugs.

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USB charger right on the wire!

The size of the Dart is quite impressive as it’s slightly larger than a standard pack of gum.  Build quality is fantastic!  Here’s what you get in the package for $99:

  • Dart charger
  • 9 tips (compatibility with hundreds of systems)
  • Carry sleeve
  • Instructions and Care

I must admit that having to wait two years had me slightly skeptical that I’d ever see the finished product or what I received would feel rushed.  Obviously I’m not disappointed at all with the purchase and early adopter funding through Kick Starter.

This small charger takes my 13.3″ HP Spectre x360 from 10% to 100% in about an hour.  The HP charger that came with my laptop would take twice that long and often get uncomfortably warm.  The Dart gets warm as well, but not nearly as warm as a standard brick charger.  Some of the reviews indicated that people could hear a high pitch hum from the charger, but I don’t have that issue (or I can’t hear it, which is possible).  My only complaint is the fact that they didn’t make the unit slightly larger to include 90W charge requirements for more powerful laptops, but in this case, it’s a work laptop and is due to be replaced next year.

Here’s the full package!

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If you’re interested in purchasing one, they’re listed on FINsix’s website for $100.

I would highly recommend one of these to replace multiple charging systems that you probably carry around, misplace, and replace when you can’t find them.

Three Things Thursday – 08/25/2016

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Inspired by Nerd in the Brain

*three things that make me smile: an exercise in gratitude – feel free to steal this idea with wild abandon and fill your blog with the happy*

FINsix DARTDart by FinSix

I’m finally getting my Dart!! I supported their Kick Starter campaign in 2014 (no, that’s not a typo) to get a customized blue Dart with 9 universal tips. It’s a universal charger that utilizes a new type of charging technology that allows the “brick” part of the charger to be about the size of a pack of gum. The cord is universally ended to allow you to swap out different tips so that it works with multiple devices. Instead of my laptop taking 3 hours to charge from 10% to 100%, it will only take about 1 hour as much less power is lost in the conversaion of A/C to D/C.

Time to discover new blogs

I had a lot of time this past weekend (and week) to hit the WordPress Discover feature to find some new blogs to read. I’ve followed quite a few of them as well based on their style of writing and what they are writing about. I find myself reading blog posts instead of news lately and rarely run out of content to read during my lunch hour. I’ve also taken the time to read the blog posts of people that have followed me. Overall, I’ve become much more interactive in the WordPress community and am enjoying the time I spend reading about others.

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van Gogh TARDIS Exploding

Being a Dr. Who fan doesn’t go unnoticed here at work. Someone who was out at a local store this past weekend saw this poster and immediately thought I would like it. Not only do I love it, but I have it hanging prominentely in my cubicle as the season with The Doctor and Amy that this came from was absolutely amazing. I’ve watched the season through at least 5 times in the last year or so, a few of them with my daughter who has become quite the Dr. Who fan herself.