MiPow’s PlayBulb String – The Best Outdoor Holiday Lights
My friends at MiPow just made my day by sending me MiPow’s PlayBulb String for a review. Their new project aims to deliver a gadget that’s simple yet extremely useful during the holiday season. What’s even cooler about this project is that before seeing its KickStarter page, I thought of few applications for PlayBulb String and none of them included the Christmas tree. So yeah, don’t think this gadget can be used for a single purpose because that’s not the case…
As you know, I like to pay attention to details. PlayBulb String comes in a pleasant reddish high quality red box. Inside, I have discovered a greenish content – the cable and the lights. The light string is made of high quality plastic material that seems to be designed to endure even the harshest weather conditions you can think of. While I was trying to learn more about it, I have discovered that PlayBulb String can resist to temperatures of -20°C (that’s -4°F). The string is also water resistant (IP 65). Pretty neat, right?
The MiPow App
Just like all their products, PlayBulb String can be controlled by an Android or iOS app, via Bluetoot. If you own a previous MiPow product and you already have the app installed, all you have to do is connect to the String from the main interface and you are good to go. According to the manufacturer, the Bluetooth 4 technology inside allows you to control the gadget from up to 10 meters. The app is pretty straightforward and easy to use. It allows you to change the color of the LED lights (~16 million colors are available) or the intensity of the lights. There are 5 visual effects to choose from: the candle effect, the flassing effect, pulse, rainbow and rainbow fade. Once you have mastered this, you can go to the menu and set a wake timer or a sleep timer. This way, you can program the lights to start or stop at specific time.
Length and extension
The original package contains a 33ft (10m) string that connects to a power supply adapter (5V, 2A). If this length is not enough for your needs, you can always get the PlayBulb String extension package that contains an additional +16.5ft (5m). Connecting the two strings is really simple. By using the main kit and the 5m extension I was able to light the wooden pavilion from my backyard. Seeing all the LED lights giving life to the place was an absolute pleasure.
As I said in the beginning of the review, the applications for String are almost endless. You can place them inside your living room, behind your TV or on your balcony. They are perfect for the winter season, allowing you to change the intensity or the color of your Christmas tree directly from the sofa. The PlayBulb String is perfect for anyone owning a restaurant or a small business, since it can light up the place and give a warm feeling to any customer.