The iKlip Grip Pro: A Selfie Stick On Steroids
Today I got a chance to take a look at another product by IK Multimedia. They mostly make gadgets and great recording software for musicians. I have reviewed a couple of items from them in the past, and I have to say I generally enjoy what they do although they have more of a niche than a lot of the companies we work with. That being said, The iKlip Grip Pro is for everyone.
While it looks like any other selfie stick on the market (and it largely is,) the iKlip Grip Pro does have a couple of nice features to set it apart from the others. Firstly, this thing is built like a tank. Most of the other selfie sticks I have used have been pretty flimsy. The iKlip Grip Pro’s telescoping shaft is made of heavy weight sheet metal, and the handle is sturdy ABS plastic. That isn’t to say that either are unbreakable, but when I applied a reasonable amount of pressure to it, the shaft did not bend.
The clip itself attaches with a standard tripod mounting socket to the top of the stick. It expands from 2 inches to 3 ¾ inches and could easily accommodate both an iPhone 5C and my much larger Nexus 6, even with a relatively thick double layered case on it.The spring mechanism holds both devices firmly and the rubber coating on the clip left no marks on either phone. The head of the device can be positioned in nearly any angle you wish and stays there with the use of a thumbscrew on the side.
One of the stand out features of the iKlip Grip Pro, is the handle. It can be unlocked and used as a Tripod. When fully extended it only sits about 25 inches tall, so you won’t be just sitting this on the floor and using it as a free-standing camera mount but on a table it does the job nicely. There are quite a few selfie sticks on the market that have tripod mounts on the handle, but not too many that actually have the tripod built right in, so for the convenience of not having to lug yet another thing around in your bag the feature is quite welcome. Another nicety is rubberized pads on the bottom to prevent table scratches.
The iKlip Grip Pro also has a handy bluetooth shutter button. The device is mainly marketed for Apple devices (as most IK Multimedia products tend to be) but I was overjoyed to find out that it worked flawlessly with my Android devices as well. The Remote shutter paired with all of my mobiles just fine and worked as expected. The range was fairly impressive and worked well even at 30 feet away. The shutter takes a standard 3V CR2032 round cell battery, but unfortunately can’t be recharged. There also is no type of automatic shut off either, so you must remember to manually turn off the shutter every time you use it or remember to keep a few extra batteries handy. I have no idea just how long the remote shutter can be left on before it depletes the battery but I would have liked to see a small li-ion cell with a micro-usb charging circuit included, especially at this price point.
In conclusion, the iKlip Grip Pro does exactly what it is expected to do, however it is expensive and could have used a bit more planning. If you have no problem remembering to turn off the remote, and would rather play a little bit more for a better build quality, this may be the device you want to give a little space in your bag.