Father’s Day is Sunday! – Pasadena Weekendr – Pasadena Now

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While it’s just a few days before Father’s Day this Sunday, June 21, it’s not too late to pick up some terrific gifts for Dad. Numerous stores provide overnight delivery and if you’re ordering from The World’s Largest Online Retail Marketplace, you can likely get your gift for Dad in just a few hours.

And Dad buys Mom her Mother’s Day gift on Saturday the day before, so you’re probably okay, but it’s probably still a good idea to get on it now.

Okay, with no lengthy introductions,  here are some of our favorite items. Between this and the video, you can find something great for Dad.

The Power Station

No one likes dealing with a noisy generator during the times when you actually need one. Filling them with fuel and gasping through the fumes and the noise is so 20th-century.

Jackery makes a range of generators, and their mid-range Explorer 300 packs a 293Wh power capacity. This bad boy is capable of powering small appliances and charging up to six smart devices at once(!).

With its 90W charger, the Explorer 300 can be charged to 80% in only 4 hours. Just plug it in overnight before you head out to your socially-distanced  great adventure. Then, once you’re there, you can recharge the Explorer 300 via available solar panels, your car or a generator. www.jackery.com

More Power Station

Dads love this kind of stuff—generators and inverters and power stations. The Anker PowerHouse II 400 portable power station is just the kind of thing that will keep dad busy with nothing all day long.

Its 388Wh capacity means multiple charges to virtually any mobile device. You can charge an iPhone 11 (3,110mAh) 23 times, a MacBook Air 2020 (60Wh) 5 times, an iPad Air (30Wh) 11 times, or a camera more than 20 times.

You can even charge 8 Devices at the same time. With a 300W AC outlet, 60W USB-C port, 3 USB-A ports, a car socket, and 2 DC ports, PowerHouse gives you almost all the ports you need to charge all of your devices at the same time. Because you know how Dads are.

The Anker Powerhouse can charge a MacBook Air 2020 to 50% in just over 40 minutes—that’s 40% faster than with an original MacBook charger.

The built-in AC wall outlet uses a pure sine wave inverter to ensure the power output is as good as home. It also reduces audible and electrical noise in fans, lights, speakers, TVs, and other sensitive appliances.

The Anker PowerHouse II 400 portable power station comes with a 65W Adapter, USB-A to USB-C Cable, USB-C to USB-C Cable, welcome guide, and an 18-month warranty. Let there be power. www.us.anker.com.

For the Acoustic Warrior

The challenge for any guitarist, including Dad, is never what to play, but where, and how loud. If he is the coffee house type, soothing your cats with tranquil melodies and barely decipherable space-age lyrics, Yamaha’s THR30IIA Wireless amplifier might be an awesome choice. Or even if he likes to really rock it.

It’s part of the Yamaha’s line of THR amps designed for big sounds in little packages, but the THR30IIA Wireless is designed specifically for acoustic guitarists.

The amp features realistic microphone modeling and the onboard effects offer inspiring tones. That’s just fancy guitar nerd talk for creating a lot of different tones and sounds from your everyday guitar.

The compact size means Dad can toss it into the back seat for an impromptu roadside jam, or it can live on his desk in his office. There’s  Bluetooth, of course, so you can crank up some iPhone tuneage, along with a rechargeable battery, and a built-in Line 6® Relay® wireless receiver. That miracle of modern mechanitry means you don’t have to worry about wires. Plug in the transmitter, and the amp reads the signal. Look, Dad, no wires!

The THR30IIA Wireless amp is available wherever THR30IIA Wireless amps are sold. www.usa.yamaha.com.

Getting Some Air

Dad loves fried food, but fried foods might not be his best friend. An air fryer might solve that dilemma. It cooks with superheated air, kinda like a convection oven, but with very little oil. It’s a much healthier and faster way for him to still eat well.

The Kyvol AF600 air fryer comes with a lot of handy features Dad will really appreciate. With wifi Smart control, the Kyvol app can remotely customize the time and temperature during your cooking with smart functions like original recipes, cooking time delay, real-time cooking history. And there are more than 100 classic recipes on the app as well.

The AF600 features a touch screen digital control panel that is easy to use with the 12 most popular preset functions on its LED display. You can also adjust the settings while cooking. The six-quart space fits a wide range of large food items.  www.kyvol.com

June 17, 2021 susan ward