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Automatic Car Starters 101 & Review: Nordic Start Starter & AutoCam Back-Up Camera System

by Blogger on ‎12-16-2014 06:51 PM - last edited on ‎12-17-2014 11:46 AM by Blog Editor in Chief



Getting into a freezing, frosted-over car after a long day at work, or a long stormy night is no fun.  Trying to chip a layer of ice off the windshield is frustrating, and it doesn't help when your doors are frozen shut to boot. What can solve you winter woes, aside from a promotion that involves an indoor parking spot?  An automatic car starter!  They come with installation included, and can be done easily by Geek Squad.  Read what you need to know before you pick one, and what I think of my auto starter and a backup camera I got along with it!


Ditch your booster cables with the Wagan Tech Ion Boost V8!

by Blogger on ‎10-26-2014 10:32 AM - last edited on ‎12-03-2014 11:23 AM by Blog Editor in Chief



When I was first assigned the Wagan Tech IonBoost V8 to review, I was a bit hesitant to accept it. It reminded me of the days when my trusty ’89 Accord would die in a parking lot, or on the side of the road, leaving me stranded because I was young and a little bit careless and didn’t own booster cables. I would then be forced to deal with the bitter reality of waiting for relief, or my father, to come bail me out of yet another situation that could easily have been avoided. Essentially, I was hesitant to take on this review because, like with most things in life, I was reminded of all the times my father was right, it IS important to own an emergency pack to help in these situations. Since receiving the battery pack and putting it through its paces, including all the tasks it is capable of completing, I have quickly become an advocate. I feel more comfortable driving anywhere, with the Wagan Tech IonBoost V8 in my car, knowing that I am in control should something happen.


With those nice sentiments aside, read on to find out the real explanation behind my feelings.




Since the introduction of their bypass modules for remote starters in 2005, the engineers at iDatalink have continued to impress us installers with their innovation in products, software and trusty tech support during those (few) times when we run into speed bumps during an install.  Their OEM integration products for remote starters and security systems are the best I’ve used in my career as an installer.  Taking another step in the ever-changing world of OEM integration, iDatalink have released the Maestro, which is designed to bridge the gap between aftermarket head units and factory-integrated systems, such as Ford Sync.  Compatible head units will also benefit from a few added bonus features from the Maestro that make it a truly unique product.


Weekend Getaways Part 1: Top 8 Things You Need

by Blogger on ‎08-01-2013 12:32 PM - last edited on ‎09-03-2013 05:25 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Beginning to plan your next weekend getaway? The hard part for any kind of travel is packing. What to bring? How much stuff I should pack? What are the essentials? The goal is to keep it light but useful. Here are 8 things you don’t want to forget on your next weekend getaway.




Alpine has been a trusted brand in car audio for years.  The Type R series of subwoofers are well-known for their high performance at a modest price, but with the release of the new Type S subwoofer Alpine has raised the bar once again, and has redefined what to expect under the two-hundred dollar price mark.


The Power of One - idatalink Vehicle OEM Integration Modules

by Contributor Installator on ‎12-21-2011 10:17 PM - last edited on ‎04-27-2012 01:33 PM by Administrator


Since first introducing us installers to their magic little black box in 2005, the geniuses at idatalink have revolutionized the way in which we integrate aftermarket security and remote starters with vehicles.  Prior to this revolution, multiple interface solutions were needed to cover different brands of vehicles, however the Montreal-based company has made it possible to cover the majority of auto manufacturers with just two modules.


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