Review – iCat Neck It by EK EKcessories

iCat Neck It by EK Accesories

Walking up and down the aisles at 2012 International CES, I was a bit overwhelmed by all the accessories there for iPhones and iPads.  There were literally thousands of cases, lots of protective screens, cases, etc., but one thing stood out and caught my attention, especially for people like me who are constantly on the go.  It’s called the Neck It from iCat. It’s a simple little device, but with a very big purpose.

Here’s the official description from EK EKcessories about the Neck It: The latest in iPhone, iPod and iTouch accessories, the iEK Neck It allows you to retain your device comfortably and securely around your neck without a bulky case.  The universal attachment locks in securely, with a patent pending press and release buckle and is attached to a safety breakaway lanyard made of durable 100% nylon webbing. Made in the USA. Suggested Retail $16.61.

Here’s how it works.  The lanyard hangs around your neck and the connector locks securely into the 30 pin dock connector on your iPhone (or iPad or iPod).  According to the folks at EK EKcessories it will hold at up to 40ish pounds, although all that really means to me is that it’s strong and you would have to really catch it on something and pull with force before the phone drops off of the lanyard.  It seemed very sturdy to me, and walking around a trade show floor for a couple of days, I did catch it on a couple of things, but no problems with my phone coming off or with it pulling and damaging the phone’s connector.  There is a detachable clip that’s easy to use if you want to take your phone off of the lanyard to use it.  For me, it was long enough to use it while it was hanging around my neck.

How would you use it in a ToolSkool application you ask? Well, I’ll tell you.  A lot of you are working on a ladder or on a roof.  The Neck It provides a good way to keep your phone near you without fear of it taking a pretty good plunge to its possible destruction on the ground.  You can also use it to hang your phone from a peg board.  And it comes in a bunch of colors, so pick the one you like (or can see easily if you do put your phone down).

There is another device from them I hope to test soon which might be even better.  It’s called the Reel It (under $15 now!).  It clips to your belt loop (or whatever) and you can reel it out when you need it, or it stays snug against you when you don’t. We’ll get back to you on that one.

Check price/purchase Neck It on Amazon: CLICK HERE

For more information: EK EKcessories


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Beth Knott

Managing Editor at Tool Skool
Beth is the Managing Editor of Tool Skool, as well as a contributing reviewer. She has a long history with tools: as co-Producer of DIY Tools & Techniques, she oversaw the production of more than 200 episodes. An avid DIYer, she puts her tool collection to good use.

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