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Paderno World Cuisine Carrot Mincer
Paderno World Cuisine Carrot Mincer
Price: $49.63

5.0 out of 5 stars Functional and esthetically pleasing, September 18, 2014
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This Paderno World Cuisine Carrot Mincer is compact, measuring 9-5/8 inches high and 5-1/4 inches across at the base. It is made of white plastic. It looks good. It comes fully assembled except for the handle, which is easily attached by the user upon unpacking. It is called a carrot mincer but it can be used with other veggies like ginger-roots, garlic, and onions.

The funnel-shaped mincer house sits on top of a suction base, which locks securely in place on a smooth surface. The user cuts the veggie into small chunks and loads them into the mincer house. He/she presses the veggie into the driving screw with a plastic pusher (included) while turning the handle clockwise. Minced veggie and juice emerges from the disc blade on the opposite side of the handle (see Note 1). It works well.

This mincer can be easily disassembled for cleaning. The user detaches the handle by pulling it out of the stopper at the end of the driving screw. The mincer house assembly slides out of the suction base. The driving screw, the cutting blade and the disc blade can be taken out of the mincer house assembly for cleaning by unscrewing the blade cover (See Note 2). This Paderno Carrot Mincer is functional and esthetically pleasing. Every cook should have one on his/her kitchen counter.

Note 1: Two disc blades are included - one with fine holes and the other rough holes.

Note 2: Be sure the sharp side of the cutting blade is facing outward when putting the mincer together after cleaning.


ARCTIC Breeze Mobile USB-Powered 92mm Portable Fan, Portable Cooling Solution, Quiet Fan - White
ARCTIC Breeze Mobile USB-Powered 92mm Portable Fan, Portable Cooling Solution, Quiet Fan - White
Price: $7.99
13 used & new from $5.53

4.0 out of 5 stars It does not take up any desktop space, September 17, 2014
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This Arctic Breeze USB fan is small, measuring 8 inches tall over all with the blades about 3-1/2 inches across. The flexible gooseneck is about 2-3/4 inches long. The user plugs the fan directly into a USB port and it stays upright in that position. It does not take up any desktop space. I personally think that is the strongest attraction of this fan. The fan is very quiet. The user can feel the breeze within 2 feet of the fan. Further than that, the fan is useless. Furthermore, there is no fan guard so the user can be hit by the rotating blades if he is not careful. They don't do any damage but it is annoying. There is no on-off switch either. Nevertheless, I think this USB fan is worth the price.


Etekcity® 10 Port Powered External USB 2.0 Hub (480Mbps Transfer Rate) with LED Indicators, Supports Windows XP/Vista/7/8 & Mac OSX
Etekcity® 10 Port Powered External USB 2.0 Hub (480Mbps Transfer Rate) with LED Indicators, Supports Windows XP/Vista/7/8 & Mac OSX
Offered by Etekcity
Price: $24.89
5 used & new from $19.50

5.0 out of 5 stars I like the top access with plenty of ports, September 13, 2014
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This review is on the USB 2.0 10-port hub. Amazon is lumping reviews of seven hubs of various configurations and standards (USB 2.0 and 3.0) together. It can be confusing to shoppers.

This Etekcity USB 2.0 10-port hub measures 7-7/8 inches long, 2-1/4 inches wide, and 1-1/8 inches high. It comes with a 100-240VAC adapter to power the USB 2.0 ports. The adapter will fit most power grids in the world. The ports are accessed from the top, which I prefer over those from the side because side access can be obstructed by computer equipment. Since it is powered, this hub can be used as a 5V USB power source for charging iPods, cell phones and such, in addition to data transfer with USB 2.0 electronic devices. With up to ten ports, the user has plenty of slots at his disposal (See Note 1). There is a power on-off button for the hub and each port has a blue LED indicator on the side to indicate active data transfer status (See note 2). Some newer computers and electronic devices now come with USB 3.0, which is an upgrade from the old 2.0 standard. Before ordering, shoppers should verify that their computers and/or devices are equipped with USB 2.0, which this hub is for.

Note 1: A reviewer complained about the hub's poor performance with bitcoin miners. I don't do bitcoin mining. I cannot speak to the hub's performance with a bank of 10 USB ASIC block erupters. I imagine that with 10 ASIC miners running simultaneously 24/7, drawing 0.5A each, it will be most taxing to any USB hub on the market today.

Note 2: The indicator light stays off when the port is used only as a power source.


Moen YB0408CH Align Paper Holder, Chrome
Moen YB0408CH Align Paper Holder, Chrome
Price: $38.25
4 used & new from $37.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Sturdy and looks good, but moderately challenging to install, September 10, 2014
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This Moen YB0408CH Align chrome Paper Holder is stylish. It has this post-modern minimalist look. The two posts are 1-5/8 inches in diameter and 3-5/16 inches tall. The horizontal rod that holds the bathroom tissue is 5-1/2 inches long. This holder pivots and rotates on one post for installation of the paper roll. The whole assembly is nicely chromed.

Installation of the holder requires certain amount of skill, patience, and proper tools. The user installs two metal brackets which the holder assembly latches onto with set screws. The brackets have to be aligned and positioned perfectly for proper installation of the holder. That is the challenging part. A Ľ inch drill, a Philips screwdriver, a rubber hammer, a level, and a tape measure are required. Four anchors are provided for installation on hollow drywall and a template is included in the instructional leaflet.

In conclusion, this Moen paper holder is sturdy, looks good, but moderately challenging to install.


Folding 59" x 27" Windshield Sun Shade Black Silver Tone for Car Auto
Folding 59" x 27" Windshield Sun Shade Black Silver Tone for Car Auto
Offered by MERSUII
Price: $6.38
14 used & new from $2.90

5.0 out of 5 stars Best sunshades I ever owned, August 27, 2014
I owned a variety of windshield sunshades through the years, including the cardboard and the soft panels accordion shades. But the best are these wire frame shades featured on this web page. They are made of nylon fabrics stretched over springy wire frames. Unlike the soft panel accordion shades which may go limp when they get very hot, these wire frame shades retain their shape even after sitting under a hot sun for a long time. They are also very durable. Cardboard shades rarely last more than a year, but I own two wire frame shades for over three years and they are still going strong.

The web page describes the size as 59" x 27". That probably is the size of the fabrics but shoppers should go by the size of the wire frames, which I measured as 52" x 24". They fit the windshields of my compact pickup and compact sedan perfectly. Amazon also sells bigger versions for bigger windshields (see Note below). I highly recommend these wire frame shades to Amazon shoppers.

Note: For bigger sizes, check here: Car Sunshade Extra Grande' Jumbo - Shields Vehicle From The Sun - Keep It Cool - Easy & Convenient to Use - Best For Front Windshields - Pop Up Style High Quality UV Protector - Retractable & Folding Outdoor Car Windshield Blinds - 100% Money Back Guara...


Jump-N-Carry JNCAIR 1700-Amp 12-Volt Jump Starter with Power Source and Air Compressor
Jump-N-Carry JNCAIR 1700-Amp 12-Volt Jump Starter with Power Source and Air Compressor
Price: $209.27
22 used & new from $209.27

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful jump-starter and good power source in the field, August 20, 2014
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This Jump-N-Carry JNCAIR 1700-Amp Jump Starter and Air Compressor is big, measuring 13-1/2 inches wide, 15 inches tall, and 6 inches thick. It is also heavy, weighing in at a hefty 22 pounds. It is a big and heavy combination of a 12V jump-starter battery and an air compressor.

The air-compressor control panel features a 0-60 psi pressure gauge, an on-off switch and a coiled air-hose with a screw-in chuck. The web page states that the length of coiled air-hose is 12 feet, but realistically, it stretches to no more than 3 feet without undoing the coils. Curiously, neither the Amazon web page nor the owner manual mentions the pressure rating of the compressor. Since the pressure gauge is calibrated to 60 max, one can assume that the pressure will not exceed that figure. It will have problem with bicycle or RV tires, which may go over 100 psi. The web page states the compressor's ability "to fill a 15" car tire from flat in under seven minutes". There are much more powerful stand-alone air-compressors on the market, rated at 120 psi or above and capable of filling 33-inch tires. Nevertheless, this Jump-N-Carry air compressor sounds robust and inflates quickly. It is adequate for most automotive jobs.

The jump-starter features two extra long 68-inch cables for a long reach with beefy rubber coated clamps. On the control panel, there is a DC voltmeter with a red button below to indicate the state of charge. On the left of the voltmeter are an AC charger plug and a 12VDC outlet. The AC charger is built into the jump starter. The user connects the AC charger plug to a 110VAC outlet with an extension cord (not included). The AC charger automatically regulates the charging current to prevent overcharge. It can take up to 36 hours to fully charge the jump-starter with the AC charger after extensive use. The 12VDC outlet can be used to charge the jump starter with a car battery, where AC power is not available. It is handy feature for camping trips and such. The user uses a 12-volt male to male extension cord (included) to connect the 12VDC outlet to the car port of an automobile with the engine idling. This DC charger is not automatic. The user must monitor the charging with the voltmeter to prevent overcharge. It can take up to 5 hours to fully charge the jump-starter in this manner.

Besides serving as a charging port, the 12VDC outlet provides power to 12-volt devices up to 12 amps. With an inexpensive 12VDC to 110VAC inverter (300 watts max, not included), this jump-starter can be used as a portable power source to charge cell-phones and laptops. It is handy on camping trips.

This Jump-N-Carry Jump Starter boasts 1700 peak-amp performance but it is somewhat misleading, because the common measure of a battery's starting power is the cold cranking amps (CCA). This is the amount of electrical current that a 12V lead-acid battery can provide at 0 degree F for 30 seconds while maintaining a minimum of 7.2 volts. This jump starter is rated at 425 CCA, which is above average for a portable 12-volt jump starter. It will jump-start most non-commercial vehicles with a dead battery above freezing temperature. For commercial vehicles or at below freezing temperature, Jump-N-Carry has a more powerful jump-starter rated at 950 CA (See Note below).

In conclusion, the Jump-N-Carry jump starter/compressor is big and heavy. It is a chore to lug around and takes up precious space in the trunk of a car. It is above average in starting power for a portable jump-starter and a good portable power source in the field, but the air compressor pressure is a tad on the low side.

Note: Cranking amp or CA is measured at 32 degrees F. It is a less stringent measure than CCA. The manufacturer does not provide the CCA rating. Check out the Jump-N-Carry 950 CA jump-starter here:

Jump-N-Carry JNC950 2000 Peak Amp 12V Jump Starter


Energizer 2032 Battery CR2032 Lithium 3v (1 Pack of 5)
Energizer 2032 Battery CR2032 Lithium 3v (1 Pack of 5)
Offered by HUB CO
Price: $3.42
20 used & new from $0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars Can't beat the price, August 17, 2014
These Energizer 3 Volt CR2032 lithium button batteries are packaged in foil and cellophane bags of 5, but they work just like those in retail packages. And you can't beat the price. I highly recommend them to Amazon shoppers.


Miracle-Gro 300157 Indoor Plant Food 48-Spikes, 2.2-Ounce
Miracle-Gro 300157 Indoor Plant Food 48-Spikes, 2.2-Ounce
Price: $3.99
3 used & new from $2.99

5.0 out of 5 stars My houseplants are thriving, August 17, 2014
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These Miracle-Gro Indoor Plant Food Spikes work great. My houseplants are thriving. They are easy to use; just water the house plants and press a few spikes into the wet soil once a month in spring and summer and once every two months in fall and winter. This is the instruction on the package: two spikes for a 3-4 inch pot, three for 5-6, four for 7-8, five for 9-10, and six for 11-12.


Goal Zero 42011 Sherpa 100 Solar Recharging Kit
Goal Zero 42011 Sherpa 100 Solar Recharging Kit
Price: $599.95
4 used & new from $470.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Loaded with useful features but the power pack I received is defective, August 14, 2014
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This Goal Zero 42011 Sherpa 100 Solar Recharging Kit comes with three major items: the Sherpa 100 Power Pack, the Sherpa AC Inverter, and the Nomad 20 Portable Solar Panel. Each item can be purchased separately.

The Sherpa 100 Power Pack is basically a 12V rechargeable Lithium-ion NMC (lithium nickel manganese cobalt oxide) battery. It may be charged with the AC charger (included), the Nomad 20 solar panel (included), or in a car with the optional 8.0mm 12V Car Charger (not included, see Note 1). The manufacturer says it takes up to 3 hours to fully charge the battery with the AC charger, 4 hours in a car, and 10 to 20 hours with the Nomad 20 solar panel. There are four power outputs: two 5V/2.1A/10W USB power sockets, one 12V/10A/120W output socket with a car port adapter, and one 7.4mm 19V/6A/120W laptop charging port with a charging cord and a variety of plugs for direct plug-in to different brands of laptops (see Note 2). There is a 9mm sidecar port rated at 9-13V, 10A, and 120W for the optional Sherpa AC Inverter. At the front panel, there is a very bright LED light and a mini LCD screen to show the charge level.

The Sherpa AC Inverter converts 12VDC to 110VAC. It is rated at 100 watts. It must be used in conjunction with the Sherpa 100 Power Pack via the sidecar port or in a car with the optional Sherpa Inverter Car Adapter (not included, see Note 3). With this inverter, virtually any electronic device that plugs into an AC outlet at home or office can be powered up in the field. I found it most useful.

The Nomad 20 Portable Solar panel converts solar energy to electricity. It consists of three interconnected solar panels folded into one compact 8 inch x 13 inch portfolio with a zippered mesh pocket containing all the power cords. There are three power outputs: a 12V/1.3A/20W output for charging the Sherpa 100 power pack, a 5V/2.1A/10W output for USB, and a 6.5V/1.1A/7W output for compatible electronic devices. There is also a chaining port to hook up to a second Nomad 20 solar panel for additional power. This Nomad 20 is useful in the field and on the trail where resources are limited.

This Sherpa Recharging Kit is loaded with useful features. It deserves a 5-star rating - if everything works. Unfortunately, this is not the case with the unit I received. Right out of the box, the LCD screen of the power pack does not work. The backlight turns on but the screen is blank. Without it, there is no way to tell the charge level of the power pack. Furthermore, the 12VDC output of the power pack does not work either. I plugged in the car adapter, moved the switch at the front panel to 12 Volt, and inserted a 12V spotlight into the car port socket. The 12V power indicator light on the power pack did not turn on and the spot light did not light up. I tested the voltage output at the car port socket with a multimeter and the meter read zero volt. Apparently, I got a defective unit. It might just be a fluke, but it does speak to the workmanship of the product. So buyers beware (see Note 4).

Note 1: Check out the car charger @ http://www.goalzero.com/p/39/8-0mm-12v-car-charger/28:4/

Note 2: The plugs fit the following brands of laptops: Asus, Dell, HP, IBM, Lenovo, Panasonic, Sony, & Toshiba.

Note 3: Check out the inverter car adapter @ http://www.goalzero.com/p/204/sherpa-inverter-car-adapter

Note 4: Amazon has a very generous no-hassle return/replace policy. Defective products can be returned or replaced with free return shipping within 30 days. Goal Zero has a reasonably good warranty - 180 days for power cells and 1 year for other products. Check it out here: http://www.goalzero.com/support.html.


Etekcity Indoor/Outdoor Moisture Sensor Meter, soil water monitor, Hydrometer for gardening, farming
Etekcity Indoor/Outdoor Moisture Sensor Meter, soil water monitor, Hydrometer for gardening, farming
Offered by Etekcity
Price: $6.99
3 used & new from $2.59

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Takes the guess work out of watering, August 10, 2014
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Note: This review is on the Etekcity Indoor/Outdoor Moisture Sensor Meter. Amazon is lumping reviews on seven different meters together. That can be confusing to shoppers.

This moisture meter takes the guess work out of watering. The user inserts the probe into the soil and the red needle moves into one of three zones: DRY, MOIST, and WET. No battery is necessary. It works well. The meter itself measures 2 inches wide, 3-1/4 inches tall and 1-3/8 inches thick. The probe is about 7-9/16 inches long. It is ideal for use with indoor potted plants. It can be used for outdoor plants too. I have a word of advice for shoppers who want to so: Do not use the probe to stab the soil like a stake. It will not last long. Use a metal stake to make a hole in the soil and insert the probe into the hole. A long Philips screwdriver will do.


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