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Snap Spot: It’s A Charger! It’s A Tripod! It’s Une Bobine!

Snap Spot: It’s A Charger! It’s A Tripod! It’s Une Bobine!

October 24, 2012
My last Snap Spot post covered the SlingShot, a fantastically useful phone grip and tripod. This week I wanted to feature yet another awesome stand that I found, the Bobine. I think you guys will love the Bobine, because it’s incredibly versatile. So what is it? Well, it’s basically a flexible charging cable that can also be used as a bendable, twistable iPhone tripod and stand.

I was a bit skeptical when I first took this out of the packaging, because it is a 2-foot charger, but once I spent a few minutes playing with it, I was hooked. When you’re charging your phone, you can coil this up and use it as a stand to keep your phone upright. It’s also great when you’re syncing your phone to your computer, because it keeps the phone out of the way. But it’s best when it’s not being used for charging at all.

You see, you can use this bendable stand to attach your phone to a wide range of objects, getting never before possible photo and video angles. I used it to wrap around a chair to take a hands-free video of a squirrel outside, and thanks to the angle, I was able to get an awesome video. I used it over the weekend when I visited San Francisco, and I was able to wrap it around a variety of objects to get interesting photos. You can also coil this up to use it as a stabilized platform for taking shake-free photos. It coils up to a small size, and fit very easily inside my purse.

It reminded me a lot of the GorillaPod that I have for my DSLR, except the Bobine is a lot more portable thanks to its one coil design. It was perfect for taking shots in otherwise inaccessible places. Though I liked this for taking photos, I also found it handy to have around the house. I’m a messy cook, and I almost always use my iPhone or my iPad for recipes. I hooked this up to my iPhone and it served as the perfect stand.

I don’t tend to watch videos on my phone, but the Bobine would also be handy in that situation, and it turned my iPhone into a great second screen when sitting at my desk with my computer. This tripod/charger is so versatile that it can literally do almost anything. My only complaint is that at times, my iPhone was a bit top heavy, so I had to be careful about how I positioned it. That only took a few extra seconds of thought though, making the Bobine one handy accessory overall. The Bobine is designed to work with the iPhone 4 or the iPhone 4S. It won’t support the weight of the iPad, and it doesn’t have a Lightning cable to work with the iPhone 5. There is an iPhone 5 version coming, though, so make sure to check back!

You can get the Une Bobine from the Photojojo website for just $30. That’s a great deal for all that this little accessory does. Looking for more great Snap Spot stuff? Check out my archives. And as always, if you have a suggestion for an app or an item that you would like to see featured, make sure to get in touch.

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