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Monday, January 30, 2017

Belkin Boost Up Car Charger, 12W, 2.4 Amp, Red (F8J054btRED)




This works.  It is on the pinkish side of red in case your masculinity is threatened by pastel colors.  Initially I could not get it to plug in to the power port (formerly the home of the long missing cigarette lighter) but I persevered and pushed really hard.  After it went in to one I tried it in three other ports and it went in fine.  I don't know if the two little power extensions were stiff or what but now it works just fine.  I did not time it for charging so I can not really testify that it is faster.  I will suggest that parents and grandparents should all have at least one of these in the car along with the appropriate cables (bought separately of course) for those hazardous times of power failure punctuated by the scream of "my ???? battery is dead". 

·                        Car Charger with USB 2.0 port
·                        12 Watt/2.4 Amp
·                        Charges 40% faster than 5 Watt charging
·                        Use any USB cable with charger (Cable sold separately)
·                        $2,500 Connected Equipment Warranty


If reviewing a product, it may have been received free of charge. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Rose Gold Plated Round Champagne Cubic Zirconia 6mm and White Cubic Zirconia Double Halo Ring


This is a very pretty ring.  The photo on the site has a more yellow cast to the main stone than the actual ring.   The actual ring is more of a rose color which goes beautifully with the setting.   An extremely reasonable price for a very pretty ring.  An excellent, reasonably priced gift. 

If reviewing a product, it may have been received free of charge. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

TCP RLAO1827D LED OMNI A21 - 100 Watt Equivalent (18W) Soft White (2700K) Dimmable General Purpose Light Bulb


The bulb is about 20% taller than a 100-watt incandescent bulb that I used as comparison.  It fit in a standard size table lamp harp with no difficulty.  It did stick out from the ceiling fixture I used to test the dimmable ability.  It did dim just fine.  I like the fact that you can handle the LED bulbs immediately after turning the fixture off as they do not generate appreciable heat.   I will repeat what I have mentioned in other LED light bulb reviews, the bulbs do save money and are a smart move but until the price comes down dramatically the sales, regardless of how sensible the bulb may be,  will be flat.



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  • Replaces standard incandescent 100-watt light bulb
  • Looks like a Standard A21 bulb
  • Lifetime: 22.8 years
  • OMNI directional - complete light distribution
  • Operating costs of $2.17 per year equaling to lifetime savings of $225 per bulb
  • MANUFACTURER's NOTE: Be sure to check where this item ships from - non-US based vendors may not be shipping authentic TCP items. Make sure shipping times are less than 10 days.

If reviewing a product, it may have been received free of charge. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Belkin Boost Up Home and Wall Charger, 12W, 2.4 Amp, Pink


This seems to charge faster than the charger that came with my Samsung S4.  I have had a historic relationship with Belkin and have never been disappointed with their products   Although Pink doesn't really fit the color scheme in my kitchen, that is where this is going to live.  I have a micro-usb cable, a usb-c cable and an apple lightning cable that should cover all of my grand children and their devices.  Someone is always forgetting their charger.  This should be the oil on the troubled waters of electronic chaos. 

·                        Home Charger with USB 2.0 port
·                        12 Watt/2.4 Amp
·                        Charges 40% faster than 5 Watt charging
·                        Use any USB cable with charger (Cable sold separately)
·                        $2,500 Connected Equipment Warranty

If reviewing a product, it may have been received free of charge. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

DII Wooden Novelty Six Pack Beer Caddy/Carrier


This has the appearance of a traditional cardboard six pack carrier but it is made of wood.   It adds some class to your bringing your own brew to a gathering particularly when you know your host has different tastes than your own.  I tested it with Yuengling cans, Coors lite cans and Woodchuck hard cider.  All fit well and snug enough not to bang around.   I'm not sure the beer opener on the side will work out.  The wood is very light weight and the stress of opening a bottle may be more than it can handle.  I did not try that as I was nervous about breaking the wood.  Otherwise this is a great gift.

 ·                        Caddy is made of paulownia wood with an alloy bottle opener attached, caddy is 13x9.5x6" and holds up to six bottles

·                        Fun, functional novelty product that makes a great gift for Father's Day, your husband or boyfriend's birthday, or a friend's gift
·                        Forget lugging your beer around in flimsy cardboard carriers and check out this wooden six pack caddy
·                        Make a statement when you go to a party with this cool carrier
·                        To view more of our products visit amazon.com/homeessentials
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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Sunlite PAR30/LED Bulb


Sunlite PAR30/LED/10.5W/FL40/DIM/ES/30K LED 3000K PAR30 10.5W 60W Replacement 120V Medium Base PAR30 HE Series Reflector with Dimmable Energy Star Light Bulb, Warm White

LED light bulbs are great for hard to reach spots that you don't want to have to get to in order to change a light bulb.   They are rated to last for years.  They  run cool to the touch so they are less hazardous and they don't have the recycling issues that CFL bulbs have.   That being said, they are still pretty darn pricy.  Everything is a trade off,  in this case the convenience of not having to replace a bulb for years vs. the price.   If it saves me from climbing a ladder, I will select the convenience.  

From the vendor:

·                        These lamps can last up to 25,000 hours making them virtually maintenance free
·                        This 120 volt, 10.5 watt, PAR30 Reflector HE Series Features a Medium Base
·                        Produces a spectacular warm white light at a 600 lumens, using only 10.5 watts of energy
·                        Contain no mercury and don't release any hazardous gasses so there's no need to worry in if a bulb breaks and no need for recycling as with CFLs
·                        Can fit right into your living room or into the most cutting edge, state of the art, lighting design project


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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

AC Infinity MULTIFAN S5, Quiet Dual 80mm USB Fan for Receiver DVR Playstation Xbox Computer Cabinet Cooling


Wow, this is the quietest fan I have ever purchased.  I particularly like the rubber feet.  The build feels solid and the air flow is controllable.  This is a very reasonable priced, high quality product.  They fit under my laptop and experienced has shown that keeping a laptop cool will dramatically increase its life span.

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Belkin USB-IF Certified MIXIT 6-Foot USB-C to USB-C (USB Type C) Charge Cable (Blue)


Note the symmetry 
Compatible with Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and LG 5G
I can remember when I embraced change.  Now, I just sigh and buy the new connectors.  USB-C has the advantage of being symmetrical which means you won't be trying to jam the flat side in the curve side which is characteristic of micro USB.   Cables either work or don't work.  This one works.  It is a statement of today's connectivity that you need a diagram to tell which USB connector you need. Certainly isn't Belkin's fault, at least I don't think so.  




Diagram courtesy of MyCableMart.com - USB
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Friday, January 6, 2017

OtterBox DEFENDER SERIES Case for Samsung Galaxy S7 and the LG G5




OtterBox is synonymous with quality.  If you want to protect a phone, then an OtterBox case is a smart way to go.   In their product line, the most protective case is in the Defender series.  It even comes with a screen protector.   I've had an OtterBox on my S4 for nearly 3 years and it has done a great job.  However once you get the phone in, it isn't as nearly easy to get it out.   The rubberized sleeve peels off easily enough but my thumb nails are not nearly strong enough to pop the tabs on the hard shell.  I screwed up my original OtterBox by using a flat blade screw driver to open the tabs when I needed to do a hard reset on the S4.  Testing this case, if you just slightly twist the flat head screw driver you can then slip the tab out.  Do not pry, just gently twist.  You do need to do both on one side and one on the top or bottom to get it open though.  The case gives excellent protection and is top of the line.   It also comes with a belt holster which also works well.  I have never had my phone pop out of the belt holster.   Their ad suggests that the belt holster can also be used as hands free stand.  I don't know how they do that.  I went to their website and there is nothing on it to show how to use the holster as a stand.  I fidgeted with the holster and I do not see how to do that. Since my main use is not a hands free stand I don't see that as a down side.   

I do see that the frustration free packaging is noted and I heartily approve.  I hate the heavy clamshell packages that you need a pair of airplane shears to open.   This opens easily.  Kudos to frustration free packaging!

 From the vendor:

·                        Compatible with Samsung Galaxy S7 (ONLY), will NOT fit GS7 EDGE.
·                        The toughest Defender Series ever. Now with quad-layer defense to protect your Galaxy S7 from cracking, shattering, scratching and denting while you're out living.
·                        Built-in screen protector keeps your touchscreen in pixel-perfect condition.
·                        All ports are sealed up, so dirt and dust stay out. Comes with a holster that doubles as a belt clip and hands-free kickstand.
·                        100% authentic and backed by the OtterBox 1-year case warranty (see website for details).

If reviewing a product, it may have been received free of charge. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Rhodium Plated Sterling Silver Cat Layered Dangle Hoop Earrings



These are really cute earrings.  I like the sterling silver hoops to hopefully eliminate ear infections.   I think this is a excellent cost effective gift for the cat lover in your life. Only $20.00 at Amazon and a great holiday gift. 

This is to show the size
 perspective of the earrings.
 













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