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Blow Up Your Phone!

Watching the neighbors' vacation slides on the walls of their wood paneled basement just got a high tech upgrade. This retro projector accommodates any phone up to 3 x 5.5 inches and displays your videos, photos, or text on the wall for all to see.

Simply slide the back compartment in and out to focus the image, then let the glass lens do its magnifying work--without the need to connect to a power source. The easy-to-assemble corrugated cardboard structure offers two slots for speakers or a phone charger, so you won't run out of juice halfway through that YouTube cat marathon.

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Item ID
25572
Made from
cardboard, glass lens
Measurements
6.5" L x 6.9" W x 4.1" H
Notes
Assembly instructions included.
Assembly requires adhesive (not included).

Not recommended for use with iPhone 6 Plus. All other smartphones are compatible.

Click here to see Smartphone Projector FAQs.

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SMARTPHONE PROJECTOR
 
3.0

(based on 58 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (18)

55%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (27)
  • Stores easily (15)
  • Lasting fun (11)
  • Good variety (7)

Cons

  • Poor quality (19)
  • Doesn't work (3)

Best Uses

  • Long term use (6)
  • Art (5)
  • School (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Parent (23), Quality oriented (18), Budget shopper (13)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (55)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (93), No (19)
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Child (19), Other (16), Husband (11), Self (9)
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Christmas or hanukkah (31), Birthday (12), Other (9), Valentine’s day (4)

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4.0

Projector without the pricetag

By 

from 97603

About Me Parent

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Art
    • Scrapbooking/Cardmaking

    Comments about SMARTPHONE PROJECTOR:

    I was hoping this would aid me in drawing a wall mural. Unfortunately, I was not able to set the projector far enough back to get the picture the size I needed. It has worked out for my daughter though, she loves tracing pictures that are projected. All in all, pretty good purchase.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
    • Primary use:
    • Personal
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Self
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Other

    Comment on this review

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Easy instructions. Works as expected.

    By 

    from New England, USA

    About Me Parent

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about SMARTPHONE PROJECTOR:

        My 12 year old thought it was the coolest thing. He uses it upright to project on the ceiling while he lays in bed.

        The lens is hard to get in. Shave the tube by rasping the inside edge with a knife a few times to smooth it out and make a tapered entrance for the lens. Much easier to insert.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes, Yes
        • Who was the recipient of this product?:
        • Child
        • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
        • Birthday

        Comment on this review

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Disappointing

        By 

        from Frankford, De

        About Me Value Oriented

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Cost

        Cons

        • Assembly
        • Quality

        Best Uses

          Comments about SMARTPHONE PROJECTOR:

          It took a while, and required superglue to set up. Then, the final image was grainy and barely visible. The price is definitely too good to be true.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No, No
          • Who was the recipient of this product?:
          • Self
          • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
          • Birthday

          Comment on this review

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A glass lens in a cardboard box

          By 

          from Muskego

          About Me Parent

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Novel And Fun For A Kid

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Kid's Dark Blanket Fort

            Comments about SMARTPHONE PROJECTOR:

            The word "projector" elicits high expectations. All projectors we are familiar with beam bright light. This one does not. It only focuses the light from the screen of a smartphone through a nice thick glass lens onto a wall, perhaps at best a foot or two away from the box. That does not make it bad. In fact, it makes it kind of retro and fun. You don't need a power cord. Call it CORDLESS! In any case, read the description and know that this item will really only work in a pitch black blanket fort - you know, the ones a kid will make in your living room with blankets, pillows and chairs - or a closet. The packaging was A+. The assembly instructions were A-, but workable. Give yourself a good half hour to glue the tabs together with super glue. The assembled product was used by my daughter on a recent birthday sleepover for 12 year old kids, and they were tickled. Nice "analog" phone extension, good fun for a kid. May I reinforce that it is NOT BRIGHT. If you accept that, and know that a kid almost doesn't care if they can portably use this device to magically beam their favorite content onto a surface of their choosing.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes, Yes
            • Who was the recipient of this product?:
            • Child
            • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
            • Other

            Comment on this review

             
            4.0

            A unique idea and gift

            By 

            from Decatur, AL

            About Me Quality Oriented

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

              • Takes Time To Use

              Best Uses

              • For Entertainment

              Comments about SMARTPHONE PROJECTOR:

              I got this for my adult son who is gadget prone. He was intriqued by the projector. It takes some fiddling with each time he uses it, which he does not mind and he sets it up for his son to watch cartoons while he is bathing! So both my son and grandson enjoy it.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes, Yes
              • Who was the recipient of this product?:
              • Child
              • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
              • Birthday

              Comment on this review

              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Unique and fun!

              By 

              from Hampton, Virginia

              About Me Quality Oriented

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about SMARTPHONE PROJECTOR:

                    I bought this for my boyfriend for Valentine's Day. Because he loves to build gadgets, and he loves to take pictures and watch videos on his phone, I thought this would be a neat way for him to build a new toy and also show off his photos and videos.
                    I do have to say that he read all of the instructions before assembling it, and that is probably the key to enjoying this product. He loves his new toy, and it works great! What a unique and fun idea!
                    I'm very pleased with this purchase!

                    Service and delivery comments:

                    The package arrived right on time and was nicely wrapped with a gift card.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes, Yes
                    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                    • Other
                    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                    • Valentine’s Day

                    Comment on this review

                     
                    1.0

                    Students unimpressed

                    By 

                    from Cleveland, OH

                    About Me Educator

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Stores Easily

                    Cons

                    • Poor Quality

                    Best Uses

                    • Art

                    Comments about SMARTPHONE PROJECTOR:

                    I purchased this for classroom use with my after school program. My students loved assembling it, but we have been unable to get it to work. Their assessment was that it was cheap and a waste of money.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Business
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No, No
                    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                    • Other
                    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                    • Other

                    Comment on this review

                     
                    2.0

                    It's ok

                    By 

                    from los angeles, ca

                    About Me Value Oriented

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Neat idea

                    Cons

                    • Poor Quality

                    Best Uses

                    • Art

                    Comments about SMARTPHONE PROJECTOR:

                    It didn't work the way I hoped.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes, Yes
                    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                    • Husband
                    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                    • Valentine’s Day

                    Comment on this review

                     
                    4.0

                    Made a really good gift!

                    By 

                    from Pasadena. CA

                    About Me Parent

                    Pros

                    • Does What It Says
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fun To Assemble
                    • Kids Love it
                    • Looks Grate

                    Cons

                    • A Bit Blurry

                    Best Uses

                    • Watching Cartoons

                    Comments about SMARTPHONE PROJECTOR:

                    It was fun to assemble (we got a bit messy with the glue. but that was our fault) there is a tutorial online, but the instructions are pretty clear.
                    The room needs to be dark and you need to move around a bit to get the focus right. you get the best results with very colorful and bright images like cartoons. the only source of light is the phone, so don't expect it to be like a high end projector. I mean it's a cardboard box with a glass lens, so it takes the principal of projecting to its most basic. And it works! the kids made a fort and watch Sponge Bob on the wall! It's Great!

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes, Yes
                    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                    • Child
                    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                    • Birthday

                    Comment on this review

                     
                    4.0

                    SMARTPHONE PROJECTOR

                    By 

                    from Upper Darby, PA

                    About Me Parent

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                    • Poor Quality

                    Best Uses

                    • Kids To Watch Movies

                    Comments about SMARTPHONE PROJECTOR:

                    Kids To Watch Movies

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes, Yes
                    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                    • Husband
                    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                    • Valentine’s Day

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