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MiLi HI-C25-BLK Power Spring 5 External Battery Case for iPhone 5 - Retail Packaging - Black
MiLi HI-C25-BLK Power Spring 5 External Battery Case for iPhone 5 - Retail Packaging - Black
Offered by Solememo
Price: $49.00
2 used & new from $49.00

4.0 out of 5 stars PROs and CONs, April 15, 2014
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If you want to always have a battery case on your phone, this works well. But it's premium priced, and phone protection is poor.

PROs:

* It doesn't interfere with your speakers, headphone jack, or Lightning jack. It has a little rubber cable that you plug into your phone when you want to recharge it. Nice design. Use the battery pack when needed, otherwise charge your phone directly. Avoid wasting battery pack cycles.

OKs:

- Fit and finish seem very good
- It does provide more than one full charge for iPhone 5, as claimed
- A little hard to take on and off. But you might leave it on all the time.
- Warranty: 1 Year

CONs:

* Phone protection is weak. It sticks up about 2/100ths of an inch above your screen glass...not much scratch protection if you ever set your phone on a rough surface or drop it. The smooth hard plastic is not very grippy.

* Expensive - You can get a nice battery back with 2x the juice, for under $20. But you have to fuss with cables, and you have to remember to bring it.

- - - Disclosure - - -

The manufacturer gave me this item for review. I believe my review is impartial.

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9To5Cables High Speed Premium HDMI Cable with Ethernet (15 feet) Full HD - Supports 3D, 1080p and Audio Return [Latest Version] 24K Gold Plated Connectors & Braided Jacket - Delivers 1080p Video on Amazon Fire TV, Roku 3, Apple TV, Google Chromecast and other HDMI Devices
9To5Cables High Speed Premium HDMI Cable with Ethernet (15 feet) Full HD - Supports 3D, 1080p and Audio Return [Latest Version] 24K Gold Plated Connectors & Braided Jacket - Delivers 1080p Video on Amazon Fire TV, Roku 3, Apple TV, Google Chromecast and other HDMI Devices
Offered by 9to5 Cables
Price: $12.95

4.0 out of 5 stars High-end Cable. Lifetime warranty. Cool Look., April 14, 2014
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It looks and feels like a high quality cable.

I did not test the advanced capabilities. It works fine for my basic setup.

It claims to support "latest standard" (HDMI 1.4 which includes Ethernet / 3D / Audio return / 4k / 48-Bit deep color). With a lifetime warranty, this is about as good as it gets.

Ends and strain relief are similar to MediaBridge and many other "premium" cables.

The braided cloth look...like the cord on a 1950's waffle maker...how can you not like that?

Stiffness is not bad. These turn a 2" radius easily.

15-foot is nice for feeding laptop computer content to your TV.

- - - Alternatives - - -

There are so many good inexpensive alternatives, it's crazy. Check for the above-mentioned specs, and check the warranty.

9to5cables has a version without the braided casing (but similar specs) for about 25% less.

Twisted Veins has a very similar 15 ft braided casing HDMI cable for under $10, but unstated warranty.

- - - More Info - - -

Check HDMI on Wikipedia for a deeper understanding of HDMI cable specs & issues.

- - - Disclosure - - -

The manufacturer gave me this item for review. I believe my review is impartial. I am not super knowledgeable on HDMI cables, and it's hard to know which cables are actually of higher quality.

~~~ Comments & questions welcome ~~~


9to5Cables USB 3.0 Type A Male to Type A Female 24/28 AWG Cable - with Silver Aluminum shell (6 Feet)
9to5Cables USB 3.0 Type A Male to Type A Female 24/28 AWG Cable - with Silver Aluminum shell (6 Feet)
Offered by 9to5 Cables
Price: $9.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Works fine, but shop around., April 13, 2014
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This cable works fine, but at $10 I'm not very impressed.

You can get nice branded 3.0 extension cables like this for around $6.

The cables below have a rubber encased female end, which I also like.

- - - Alternatives - - -

- AmazonBasics USB 3.0 A-Male to A-Female Extension Cable (2.0 meters)

- Cable Matters USB 3.0 Type A Male to Female Extension Cable 6 Feet

- - - Disclosure - - -

The manufacturer gave me this item for review. I believe my review is impartial.

~~~ Comments & questions welcome ~~~


TEKTON 25253 Hex Key Wrench Set, 30-Piece
TEKTON 25253 Hex Key Wrench Set, 30-Piece
Price: $14.99
3 used & new from $14.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Price, Good-enough Quality, April 13, 2014
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For 15 bucks, you get *every* size, and it's organized. This is better than having dozens of mystery-sized Allen wrenches in little Ziploc bags.

This set is like the stuff I get at Harbor Freight Tools. Nice price, good-enough quality, lifetime warranty. Usually some minor quality issues, but no worse than paying 1.5x at the big box stores, and paying 5x for professional grade is not an option for my home workshop.

Sizes are stamped onto wrenches 3mm or larger (and 1/8" or larger).

- - - Minor Quality Issues - - -

- A few wrenches are out of tolerance, but most are fine (see Note 1).
- The case is a hassle to open. Lower lock tab is too aggressive. X-Acto knife to the rescue.
- The smallest wrenches (under 2mm and 3/32) are not chamfered. This is common.
- The 6mm wrench was only chamfered at one end...oops!
- The easy-to-read size markings on the case...out of alignment for the first 6 metric sizes.

- - - Alternatives - - -

- Harbor Freight has a 36-piece set for $8-15 (less with coupon) but it's missing 3/8" and 10mm. Also, no enclosed case (keeps moisture out, and the yummy oil smell in).

- - - Disclosure - - -

The manufacturer gave me this item for review. I believe my review is impartial.

- - - Notes - - -

Note 1: The wrenches are supposed to be a whisker below their nominal size, according to ASME B18.3. The 1/4" and 3/32" wrenches were a bit smaller than allowed, increasing your risk of stripping. I wish all the wrenches were closer to nominal size, for a no-wiggle fit.

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9to5Cables Premium 3.5mm Male to Female Stereo Audio Cable (10 FT) - Professionally Engineered Metal Connectors Designed to Prevents Accidental Disconnection - Gold plated Plugs - Supports iPhone, iPod, iPad, Android Tablets, MP3 Players and other Devices with 3.5mm Stereo Support
9to5Cables Premium 3.5mm Male to Female Stereo Audio Cable (10 FT) - Professionally Engineered Metal Connectors Designed to Prevents Accidental Disconnection - Gold plated Plugs - Supports iPhone, iPod, iPad, Android Tablets, MP3 Players and other Devices with 3.5mm Stereo Support
Offered by 9to5 Cables
Price: $9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Looks and Feels like Studio Quality, April 13, 2014
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Contrary to the description, you would not use this to directly connect audio devices to a stereo system. You need a male-male cable for that. This is an extension cable...one end is male, the other female.

The 4 mm thick rubber cable is truly sensuous.

The 0.355" diameter aluminum sleeves on each end do not interfere with my medium-thick phone case. In rare cases, unscrew the sleeves (see uploaded pic and Note 1).

PROs:

* Looks and feels like studio quality cable
- Soft 0.15" thick rubber cable
- Very pliable
- Forgives and forgets kinks
- Lifetime warranty

OKs:

- No crackle or loose connections found

NIT PICKs:

- You might wish for strain relief taper at cable ends

- - - Alternative - - -

- Monoprice 105588 10-Feet Premium Stereo Male to Stereo Female 22AWG Extension Cable (much heavier cable)

- - - Disclosure - - -

The manufacturer gave me this item for review. I believe my review is impartial.

- - - Notes - - -

Note 1: The connector on my over-the-ear headphones is way up inside a little cave. No problem, once I removed the sleeves. The jack is now 0.27" diameter. It does not need the sleeve.

~~~ Comments & questions welcome ~~~


9to5Cables Premium 3.5mm Male to Male Stereo Audio Cable (3FT) - Gold plated Plugs - Professionally Engineered Metal Connectors Designed to Prevents Accidental Disconnection - Supports iPhone, iPod, iPad, Android Tablets, MP3 Players, Smartphones and other Devices with 3.5mm Stereo support
9to5Cables Premium 3.5mm Male to Male Stereo Audio Cable (3FT) - Gold plated Plugs - Professionally Engineered Metal Connectors Designed to Prevents Accidental Disconnection - Supports iPhone, iPod, iPad, Android Tablets, MP3 Players, Smartphones and other Devices with 3.5mm Stereo support
Offered by 9to5 Cables
Price: $8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Looks and Feels like Studio Quality, April 13, 2014
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The 4 mm thick rubber cable is truly sensuous.

The 0.355" diameter aluminum sleeves on each end do not interfere with my medium-thick phone case. In rare cases, unscrew the sleeves (see uploaded pic and Note 1).

PROs:

* Looks and feels like studio quality cable
- Soft 0.15" thick rubber cable
- Very pliable
- Forgives and forgets your kinky behavior
- Lifetime warranty

OKs:

- No crackle or loose connections found

CONs

- More expensive than alternatives (see below)

NIT PICKs:

- You might wish for strain relief taper at cable ends

- - - Alternatives - - -

- Mediabridge 3.5mm Male To Male Stereo Audio Cable (4 Feet)

- Chromo Inc. 2x Pack 3.5mm Auxiliary Cable

- - - Disclosure - - -

The manufacturer gave me this item for review. I believe my review is impartial.

- - - Notes - - -

Note 1: The connector on my over-the-ear headphones is way up inside a little cave. No problem, once I removed the sleeves. The jack is now 0.27" diameter. It does not need the sleeve.

~~~ Comments & questions welcome ~~~


Mr. Nozzle 05 Vacuum Hose Adapter
Mr. Nozzle 05 Vacuum Hose Adapter
Price: $6.30

4.0 out of 5 stars Connects 2" shop vac attachments to 1-1/2" vacuum hose. Works perfectly., April 11, 2014
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If you want to use commonly available 2-inch I.D. shop vac parts with 1-1/2" I.D. hose, this is your adapter right here.

The female end has left hand threads to fit your 1-1/2" (Inside Diameter) vacuum hose.

The male end is tapered from 2.275" diameter to 2.309" diameter. Fits my "2-inch" shop vac attachments and wands perfectly.

It's not a swivel cuff, so you may have to forcibly rotate the threaded connection from time to time.

- - - Alternatives - - -

If you're handy and you want a cheaper solution, you can use PVC pipe adapters, available at any large hardware store. Get a 1-1/2" to 2" PVC reducer for about $1.50. One end will press-fit to your 1-1/2" hose (add a little masking tape to the hose end if necessary). The other end is about 2.36" outside diameter. This is where your belt sander comes in. You can grind it down to the above taper dimensions in a few minutes. Stick a piece of 1-1/2 PVC pipe to it for easier handling while you sand.

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Intertape Polymer Group IG235 Iron Grip Duct Tape, 1.88 in x 35 yds, Black
Intertape Polymer Group IG235 Iron Grip Duct Tape, 1.88 in x 35 yds, Black
Price: $16.10
6 used & new from $8.92

3.0 out of 5 stars Like Gorlla Tape, but More Expensive, April 2, 2014
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If you need heavy duty, this is very nice tape.

It looks, acts, and smells like Gorilla tape, but there are some differences.

- - - Differences - - -

Iron Grip is...

- Smoother plastic-like top surface vs. Gorilla's rubbery, non-slip top side.

- Semi-gloss sheen vs a duller satin sheen on Gorilla

- Slightly more stretchable, slightly less stiff vs Gorilla.

* About 70% more expensive, currently (see Note 1).

- - - Similarities - - -

- Both look and feel like high quality tapes.

- Both measured 16 mil thick (both claim 17-mil).

- Both have thick gray adhesive.

- Both stick fairly well to concrete (tested on a moderately clean concrete floor).

- Both seem to be waterproof.

- - - Alternatives - - -

For 95% of your duct tape adventures, a medium grade product such as Duck Brand B-615 Tape or Duck Brand 240201 Industrial Duct Tape may be strong enough.

- - - Notes - - -

Note 1: Both tapes are 1.88" x 35 yards. Gorilla tape usually sells at Home Depot for $9/roll. Amazon price dips to $10/roll with rare dips below $9. (You can check amazon price history on CamelCamelCamel and set email alerts for a price drop.)

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Silicone Baking Mat Set (2 Piece) - 2 x Premium Non Stick Liner Baking Sheets in Silpat Baking Mat Style - Heat Resistant, Flexible, Easy to Clean Kitchen, 100% FDA Compliant, FREE Cooking eBook, 1 Year No Fuss Guarantee
Silicone Baking Mat Set (2 Piece) - 2 x Premium Non Stick Liner Baking Sheets in Silpat Baking Mat Style - Heat Resistant, Flexible, Easy to Clean Kitchen, 100% FDA Compliant, FREE Cooking eBook, 1 Year No Fuss Guarantee
Offered by StarPack Products
Price: $27.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Cleanup Experience, April 2, 2014
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I do not give out 5-stars very easily, but my wife was really impressed.

She cooked caramel corn on it. The cleanup was amazingly easy. Also easy cleanup for granola (contains honey).

I don't know if the magic will fade after a few dozen uses, as with Teflon pans. We'll see. Right now, it's very glossy, unlike our previous silicone baking mat which has a slightly textured surface and does not clean up as easily.

The angled corners are good for grabbing the mat when it's in the pan.

The smaller sized mat seems kind of useless. The 16.5" x 11.6" mat is perfect for standard "half sheet" pans. Some extremely similar mats are offered in this size only (see below).

Prices jump around. Shoot for $10 or less per mat.

- - - Alternatives - - -

- ChicoChef Silicone Baking Mat 2pk
- BrightSpring Silicone Baking Mat
- Homemade Perfect Silicone Baking Mat

~~~ Comments & questions welcome ~~~


Amprobe TIC 300 PRO High Voltage Detector
Amprobe TIC 300 PRO High Voltage Detector
Price: $204.71
7 used & new from $199.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Not for homeowners. Duh., April 1, 2014
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Ooops, I was trigger happy when selecting this item.

This is a super-macho version of the $15-20 models such as Sperry Instruments VD6505 Adjustable Volt Sensor and Klein Tools NCVT-2 Dual Range Non-Contact Voltage Tester.

It does work in low-voltage mode, but it's too big, expensive, and imprecise for homeowners.

It does not work for finding wiring within walls (nor is it intended to). (See Note 1.)

Examined superficially, the build quality seems fine.

Sorry, it's not an in-depth review. I don't work with high voltage lines.

- - - Notes - - -

Note 1: I was able to detect 120-volt hot wiring through air at a distance of 1/4" to 1". Through 1/2" gypsum board, I was not able to detect hot wiring, even if the wiring was brushing against the other side of the gypsum board.


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