E.D.C. – Back to School Edition

As summer comes to an end, it brings the beginning of a new school year. And as everyone knows, going back to school this year will be a lot different from all of the years in the past. Whether your students are planning to head back to campus to learn face to face or if they are planning to do virtual lessons from home, here are a handful of back to school everyday carry items that will help get them prepped and ready.

Outdoor Research Essential Face Mask Kit

Customizable Comfort

You guessed it…first on the list is a face mask. And if they are a requirement in schools, it might as well be a comfortable one. The OR Essential Face Mask Kit is ready to rise to the occasion, thanks to the adjustable ear loops, nose wire and fast drying, moisture wicking polyester fabric that delivers a cozy snug fit. This washable mask can be worn on its own as a basic face covering, or it can be paired with the mask filter for those times your student wants to block particles at the micro level. MSRP $20 outdoorresearch.com

TCL 10 Pro

Premium Quality at a Mid-Range Price

With many classes going virtual or occurring less, staying connected will be more important than ever. From lectures to group projects, students will be relying on their devices for nearly everything. And rather than signing a several year contract to pay for a $1000+ phone, TCL has a better option if the form of the TCL 10 Pro. It is an affordable, yet premium, mobile device designed to set students up for success and keep them connected as they return to school this year.

The TCL 10 Pro features a sleek 6.47-inch FHD+ curved AMOLED panel, which delivers sharp resolution and a wide range of color clarity. With an array of four rear cameras and a 24MP front-facing camera, imaging and video (virtual classes) on the TCL 10 Pro is superb. The Pro’s battery can go from 0 to 50% in about 30 minutes so students can power up quickly in a pinch. With OTG (OnThe-Go) reverse charging technology, the phone can charge many of those other devices your student carries with them.

With numerous classes going virtual and more time being spent on screens, it is imperative to protect your student’s eyes from strain and ensure the best display clarity at all times. The TCL 10 Pro does just that with Adaptive Tone, Reading Mode, and Eye Comfort Mode.

  • Adaptive Tone automatically adapts display brightness and adjusts color temperature to get the best viewing experience in any condition.
  • Reading Mode offers a paper-like reading experience to review notes, online textbooks and school materials without eye strain and allows a select a list of frequently used apps where this mode can apply automatically on startup.
  • Eye Comfort Mode reduces eye strain by removing 66 percent of harmful blue light emitted from the screen.

Rather than diving into a full fledged review, here are just a few more highlights (but not all) that will prove useful this school year:

  • Super Bluetooth supports connecting up to four Bluetooth speakers or headphones – perfect for group video chats and media sharing.
  • Smart Manager helps optimize the device and will keep students organized.
  • Quick Launch Shortcuts and Smart Key button for quickly bringing up those most important apps.
  • 128 GB of built in internal memory and expandable via a microSD card.
  • Leveraging TCL’s NXTVISION technology which produces accurate colors as well as enhanced image and video quality, the TCL 10 Pro is one of a select group of smartphones that are Netflix-certified to stream HDR10 videos, opening up a wide range of HDR content – Netflix for after school consumption – Of Course.

Embodying the brand’s “Display Greatness” philosophy, the TCL 10 Pro packs a lot of punch, with the beautiful big screen display, the quad rear camera setup, Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processors, and flagship-style features, all for less than half the cost of other smartphone companies. MSRP $449.99 tcl.com

FosPower 10200mAh Rugged USB Power Bank

Keep Them Charged

Don’t let your student succumb to a drained device. The FosPower 10200mAh Rugged USB Power Bank is a small but mighty battery pack capable of charging phones, tablets, headphones, controllers and more while simultaneously withstanding the rigors of everyday school life. The 2.1A power output can quickly and easily recharge their smartphone or tablet while they’re on the go or pulling a late night in the library. Its rugged housing (IP67 certified) protects against dings, drops, rain, dust, and dirt. The FosPower Power Bank also has an integrated LED light that will help them find their way in the dark and includes a carabiner for easy carry on a backpack. MSRP $49.99 fospower.com

Apple MFi Certified Lightning and LED Micro USB Sync and Charge Cables

Every student needs a spare cable and the FosPower’s Apple MFi Certified Lightning to USB Sync and Charge Cable can easily and quickly transfer music, videos, images, and other files. The FosPower cable supports concurrent charging and transferring of data, with transfer rates of up to 480 Mbps and with 1,500+ connector endurance and 4,000+ bend lifespan ensures that these cables will last as long as the school year does. MSRP $29.99 – 2 Pack

For the non-Apple users, FosPower offers a LED Micro USB Sync and Charge Cable that has a unique built-in LED indicator that pulsates when connected to a device. Three distinct colors will be seen based on the charging status: red for standard charging, blue for quick charging, and green to show that the device is fully charged. Not only does this cable offer quick glimpse charging status visuals, but is unique enough to know who it belongs to. MSRP $19.99 fospower.com

Orange Crest Edition Wireless Headphones

Superior Audio

Whether it is to tune out listening to music or to tune in attending virtual classes, Orange has your student covered with their Crest Edition Wireless Headphones. They will experience up to 24 hours of Bluetooth wireless freedom, mind blowing expert audio and the ergonomic comfort offered by premium material finishes and a snug fit. Optimized with touch controls on the side of the earcup, they can take full control of their music experience without using their phone. The headphone touch pad allows them to control volume by swiping up or down, move to the previous track or to the next song by swiping side to side and pause by tapping. The discrete built in microphone is ideal for those virtual video classes and a 3.5 mm cable is included as an optional preference or for those “just in case” moments, so they can keep listening even when they forget to charge them up. The Orange Crests produce a rich sound profile while balancing a sleek, comfortable form factor with great battery life and a foldable design, making these a full range listening option for any student. MSRP $124.99 orangeamps.com

Victoinox Altmont Original Dual-Compartment Monosling

When Backpacks are too Big

Some schools are requesting that students go minimal with their backpacks. Which is where the Victoinox Altmont Original Dual-Compartment Monosling comes in, it is the essential carry companion. Your student can stash “only the necessities” in the main zippered front pouch, put their smartphone into the shoulder strap pocket and head off to class. This simple design enables the bag to be accessed without having to take it off, just spin it around to their chest and they can conveniently grab whatever they need from the main compartment. MSRP $50 victorinox.com

Eddie Bauer Cargo Pack

Complete Organization

Looking for a pack that will last and keep your student organized. The Eddie Bauer Cargo Pack fits that bill, with copious pockets and a large capacity that will give them plenty of options for depositing books, pens, laptop and tablet all while  remaining easy to access. The rugged Cargo Pack is built with a 600-denier ripstop polyester with a water-repellent finish to shed any rain or snow encountered on the way to class. Designed with two large main compartments (one with an organizer panel), a side access computer sleeve that holds a 15.4″ laptop, dual mesh side pockets perfect for water bottles and snacks, and six front pockets – there is a place for everything and everything will be in it’s place. The Eddie Bauer Cargo Pack is crafted with precision that is built to last and ready to deliver methodical functionality for all those academic adventures. MSRP $90 eddiebauer.com

Osprey Daylite Duffel

Double Duty

If your student is looking for a bag that can pull double duty, the Osprey Daylite Duffel is it. This bag can head to class with them just as easily as it can gear up for the crag or a weekend trip. It has a durable construction that can handle heavy books or rugged adventures. The grab and go straps are padded for carrying comfort, and double as a convenient backpack carry or over the shoulder carry when they’re roaming on foot. All of their quick access must haves can conveniently fit inside the zippered end and side pocket, and the Duffel even has a stretch mesh side pocket to store their water bottle. The Osprey Daylite Duffel is a convenient and functional everyday bag ready to pull campus carry duties and step in for any adventure gear hauls. Available in 30L, 45L and 60L sizes as well as multiple colors. MSRP starting at $70 osprey.com

Mark Ranum: Mark is an outdoor adventure seeker, living in the beautiful state of Michigan. He loves trekking hundreds of miles through the wilderness, whether on two feet or two wheels, always looking for the next new trail or road to see where it will take him.
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