A huge number of people like to take selfies and take pictures against the background of various places according to the principle “the best cameraman is myself, the best camera is a smartphone.” But in such an important and responsible business, you can’t do without a special device called “Selfie-Stick” or, in Russian, a selfie stick, which allows you to select the right distance to the lens and remotely release the smartphone camera. It would seem that in such a simple design it is difficult to improve anything and come up with something new, but inquisitive minds in search of potential buyers keep adding useful changes here and in this short review we will talk about the Blitzwolf BW-BS8 multifunctional selfie stick with LED — backlight, remote control, as well as quickly and easily transforming into a tripod.
Features Blitzwolf BW-BS8:
|Remote control working time:
|up to 40 hours
|Operating time of LED-backlight at brightness:
minimum: up to 300 minutes
medium: up to 135 minutes
maximum: up to 50 minutes
|LED light battery capacity:
|Remote control battery capacity:
The cardboard packaging is decorated in traditional Blitzwolf green and white colors.
Inside the box is a selfie stick, a short microUSB cable for recharging the built-in batteries, and an instruction booklet.
The selfie stick is made of smooth, thick black plastic, and when folded, it is about 19 cm long and weighs 187 grams in total.
In the hand, the device lies quite comfortably, a certain solidity is felt in the whole structure, nothing dangles or creaks here.
The smartphone mount allows you to install devices with a width of 55 to 85 mm, i.e. this roughly corresponds to smartphones with a screen diagonal of 3.5 to 6 inches.
The spring-loaded upper part of the mount acts as a clamp. The springs are pretty stiff and take a bit of tweaking to quickly mount/remove the smartphone from the mount, there are also rubber pads on the top and bottom.
At the top there is an additional source of diffused light in the form of a small LED flashlight with a built-in battery. The flashlight, in fact, is a separate device, and it is controlled using a single button located on the left: a quick double press turns on the flashlight at minimum brightness, subsequent presses switch the brightness to medium and maximum, respectively, the third press turns on the strobe mode, and the fourth turns the flashlight off .
According to the specifications, the capacity of the built-in battery is a modest 80 mAh, but my measurements showed a little more — 86 mAh. I checked how much this capacity is enough when using the flashlight at maximum brightness. This does not happen often, but the time completely coincided with the declared one and the lamp worked for about 50 minutes before it went out. According to the same characteristics, at medium brightness this time will be up to 135, and at minimum — up to 300 minutes. In my opinion, this is a very good result.
To charge the battery, use the microUSB connector located on the right.
During charging, the flashlight glows red, and when it is completed, it simply goes out.
The mount has the ability to adjust the angle of rotation and, with a noticeable effort, a sequential rotation of approximately 45 ° occurs with a clear fixation in the current position.
In the maximum unfolded state, the length of the selfie stick is 820 mm.
The sliding bar is made of metal, it extends and folds with noticeable effort. Apparently, this is facilitated by plastic rings-gaskets installed at the junction of the sections.
The smartphone’s descent is controlled using a separate small bluetooth remote control, which is placed in a special mount at the conditional location of the thumb.
If necessary, the remote control can be removed from the mount and used separately from the selfie stick.
The only shutter button is equipped with a built-in indication LED: in the device search mode, the indicator flashes or lights up when there is an established connection.
The remote control also has a built-in battery with a capacity of 55 mAh. The stated operating time is up to 40 hours and I made an attempt to check this, kept the remote control on all day long. The fact is that when inactive for about half an hour, the remote control automatically “falls asleep”, so it had to be periodically “awakened”. So, during the whole day the remote control worked properly and in the end I just did not have the patience, so I think that the manufacturer did not dissemble here either. The battery is also charged via the microUSB connector located at the end of the remote control.
To connect the remote control, you need to turn it on by holding the button, and start searching for bluetooth devices on your smartphone and select “BW-BS8” among the available ones. After that, pressing the remote control button is perceived by the smartphone as pressing the physical volume up button, and as you know, in camera mode, this button in most modern smartphones duplicates the function of the on-screen shutter button. The remote control works stably within 5–7 meters from the smartphone.
For those who simply hold a selfie stick in their hand may seem insufficient or not always convenient, another function of this device will surely be useful — the ability to transform into a tripod using special folding legs, which are hidden in the handle when not in use.
The legs are made of metal, for greater stability rubber caps are provided at the ends. Each of the three legs recline manually separately, after which it is necessary to turn a special ring to prevent spontaneous folding of the legs.
Now you can put the selfie stick somewhere on the table and use it as a small tripod, and control the shooting with the remote control from any convenient place.
In real conditions, it looks like this.
At the end of the handle of the selfie stick there is a socket with a 1/4″ thread, which allows, if necessary, to install this device on any photo tripod. But that’s not all. With the help of the mount included in the kit, you can turn it into a photo tripod and the selfie stick itself.
Moreover, you can either completely remove the smartphone mount and install a photo mount instead of it, or use them together.
The photo mount does not limit the ability to move the smartphone mount at all.
According to the manufacturer’s assumptions, in this case, almost everything can be installed on a selfie stick, from an action camera to a SLR camera.
At first I was skeptical about the very idea of installing something heavier here than a digital soap dish, but nevertheless I decided to try and fix a DSLR here.
And I was pleasantly surprised. The opening radius of the legs of the tripod turned out to be quite sufficient to confidently support the weight of the camera and not try to fall along with it on any side. The helical platform itself made it possible to tighten the mount well and it does not dangle at all.
That is, in the absence of a full-fledged tripod, the Blitzwolf BW-BS8 can be used as an alternative, but with the proviso that this will happen in the folded state. The fact is that with an increase in the height of the camera, the center of gravity also moves accordingly, therefore, in this state, the risk of overturning the entire structure increases significantly. The limit for me is approximately the height of the extension to one knee of the bar.
In my opinion, the Blitzwolf BW-BS8 selfie stick doesn’t look quite as girly as a lot of female-oriented models, but it still works equally well on wallpaper floors. The manufacturer managed to create a very interesting, rather compact and, at the same time, almost universal model that combines a large number of useful functions and is not limited to using it only with smartphones.
The model turned out to be very popular — judging by the statistics of Banggood, at the time of publication of the review, about 1,500 copies had already been sold. As for the cost, taking into account the use of the coupon code “4482e3» it will make $17.99.
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