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Covercraft Custom Fit Car Cover for Toyota Prius  (WeatherShield HP Fabric, Gray)
Covercraft Custom Fit Car Cover for Toyota Prius (WeatherShield HP Fabric, Gray)
Offered by Auto Barn
Price: $317.95
7 used & new from $317.95

3.0 out of 5 stars Contrary to the description, this DOES NOT come with a storage bag!, September 28, 2014
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Contrary to the description, this DOES NOT come with a storage bag!

It's a good car cover in that it is thin so can be machine washed and dried in your home machines, which is very nice. It protects well though not as well against dings than something thicker. But this one folds up small and takes up much less space in your trunk.


BARSKA Biometric Safe
BARSKA Biometric Safe
Price: $151.18
48 used & new from $131.53

5.0 out of 5 stars I'm quite happy with my purchase, September 25, 2014
This review is from: BARSKA Biometric Safe (Sports)
I really like this safe. The biometric (fingerprint) reader works every time. The safe is a convenient size that fits under my bed such that one would have to lift the bed to take away the safe, yet it's convenient for me to access it.

I mainly purchased this for a secure place to store things like my loose cash, silver and gold coins, credit cards not in my wallet, my passport and expensive watches. Although my home is quite secure this is more for when I have workers in the house or have a party. I didn't want the aforementioned items just sitting in a drawer. When I have people over, I push the safe more under the bed so it's not visible to anyone too.

This safe is easy to set up and understand. It also includes 2 secure round type keys which you can use if the fingerprint scanner stops working or the 4 AA batteries die. Note the unit remembers your programmed fingerprints even if the batteries die in most cases.

I also did a lot of research and this brand is not nearly as easily broken into but just pushing hard on things such as the finger scanner than other brands.

Recommended!


La Crosse Technology BC1000 Alpha Power Battery Charger
La Crosse Technology BC1000 Alpha Power Battery Charger
Price: $55.04
44 used & new from $50.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great battery charger once you learn the quirks, September 19, 2014
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This charger definitely has quirks but it's probably the best one available. I say that because the nearest competitor, the Maha Powerex Wizard One MH-C9000 Advanced Battery Charger and Analyzer - Deluxe Accessory Storage Case Included requires a lot more button presses to get it to do what you want. Also, as near as I can tell that model does not have a mode where you can discharge the batteries and automatically charge them afterwards. This La Crosse one can do that in addition to being a smaller unit and having a more streamlined interface.

This is a great battery charger with a lot of features but it tends to be quirky. For example, if you are charging one battery, you cannot then insert another one and set it to a higher current. So, each slot is not really totally independent. Also, I have found that when starting to charge (or test, etc) multiple batteries, it works best to unplug the unit with the batteries in and then plug it back in. Then, you can set all batteries to be charged (or whatever you want to do like test, refresh, etc.) with the same current in one step. This unit is certainly perplexing to operate and takes some getting used to!

Also, the included manual really isn't that great, however the company has a better manual available to download on their website.

Once you get this programmed to do what you want, it works flawlessly and even has a temperature monitor which will temporarily halt charging should any cell reach above 127 degrees, and then automatically resume charging when it cools down. This is important as it allows you to set a higher charge current without the batteries being damaged. Since it's a smart charger, and it knows when to stop charging, a higher current (even 700mA or 1000mA) is perfectly fine.

This leads me to my next issue with this charger. It defaults to a really slow 200mA charge. So, if you just insert batteries to charge and walk away, it will take forever to charge them up. It's a myth that 200mA is somehow better for the batteries. With a smart charger, it actually doesn't help anything and only slows the charge time way done. I really wish this unit allowed me to set a higher default charge current.

Also, this comes with 4 AA and 4AAA rechargeables but they are not low self-discharge ones so of limited usefulness to me. The included case and AA to C and D adapters are nice to have however.


Arriba Horchata Original Energy Drink, 11 Ounce (Pack of 12)
Arriba Horchata Original Energy Drink, 11 Ounce (Pack of 12)
Price: $34.30

2.0 out of 5 stars Did not taste very good, September 14, 2014
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I'm basing my review solely on taste, which I did not like. To me, this tastes a bit chemically and did not at all remind me of traditional horchata.


Sure-Pak MRE Meal Case Packs With Flameless Ration Heater-Pack Of 12
Sure-Pak MRE Meal Case Packs With Flameless Ration Heater-Pack Of 12
Price: $82.58
10 used & new from $80.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Best value MREs on Amazon I could find, September 8, 2014
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I made the mistake of buying another brand of MREs and they were more expensive and didn't even come with a side dish like these do.

These represent a much better value and I recommend these.


Duchy Originals Organic Original Oaten Biscuits, 5.3-Ounce
Duchy Originals Organic Original Oaten Biscuits, 5.3-Ounce
Price: $8.53
4 used & new from $8.53

5.0 out of 5 stars Unique and very British!, September 7, 2014
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These are excellent and very British. They aren't very sweet which I like, they are unique here in the USA as there is not another cookie (biscuit) like these available in the US. These are way better than the shortbread Duchy biscuits in my opinion.


Canon VIXIA mini X
Canon VIXIA mini X
Price: $339.99
12 used & new from $339.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good, but could use improvements - lens too fisheye, no zoom!, August 31, 2014
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This review is from: Canon VIXIA mini X (Electronics)
This camera has great stereo audio and is great for videoing yourself playing music or your band. It's also great for doing videos in your car as the stereo microphones are way better than the audio on a GoPro, and you can mount the Mini X upside down as it has a feature where it will keep the video right side up. It's not really made for extreme action though since it does not have a hard shell case to install it into.

I'm a real stickler for audio quality and the built-in microphones on this unit are probably the best available on any small camcorder. I also really like that you can plug in an external microphone (mini jack) for even better audio. It even allows you to mix that microphone input with the built in ones such as in an interview situation. You can get quite professional sounding audio with this device that way. It has a headphone jack to for monitoring the audio.

For vlogs/vlogging however, the lens on this seems a bit too wide angle and fisheye as it really distorts the image and makes you and your surroundings look odd. It's a way too rounded look. This tends to be more noticeable indoors (bent walls on the sides) or if you video something very close up, or if you put yourself any where near the edges of the frame. In my opinion, the ideal focal length for vlogging would be about 21mm however this lens seems about 16mm or so. I also really wish this had a zoom capability as there are times when you only have this camera with you but you want to video (or a take a still) or something far away. If it had an optical zoom, like any of the little Canon ELPH cameras do, it would be way more useful. It really needs a zoom capability!

The ergonomics are excellent however and the fact that you can see yourself in the flip screen while you are vlogging or taking a selfie is really nice. The only glaring negative is the lack of any optical zoom function other than a close-up mode which just digitally crops the image (lowers the quality), and even that is only a on or off feature, it does not have a variable zoom.

I really like this camera however wish it had a zoom and that the lens wasn't so fisheye. This cam would be at the very top of my recommend list if not for these limitations!


MRE (Meals, Ready to Eat) - Two Course Fresh MREs with Heaters - 5 Year Shelf Life (Pack of 6)
MRE (Meals, Ready to Eat) - Two Course Fresh MREs with Heaters - 5 Year Shelf Life (Pack of 6)

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Overrated. Expensive for what you get., August 26, 2014
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Note these are way expensive and not as complete as most other MREs: these DO NOT include a side dish at all (such as crackers), nor do they include a coffee/moist towelette pack.

This only includes just an entree (all of them are pretty tasty but most all MREs these days are), electrolyte drink mix (comparable to Gatorade), and a cookie, that's it.

I would recommend these instead: SURE PAK COMPLETE MEALS WITH HEATER. They represent a much better deal as they include all of the above in each MRE., for a lower price!


SUNWAYFOTO PSL-A7II L Plate bracket for Sony A7/A7R camera body Arca compatible
SUNWAYFOTO PSL-A7II L Plate bracket for Sony A7/A7R camera body Arca compatible
Offered by OEC Camera Accessories
Price: $59.95
8 used & new from $59.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Good L Plate for the Sony A7/A7R, August 7, 2014
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This is more expensive than some others but still less than half as much as a Really Right Stuff custom A7/A7R plate.

It works well, fits the camera perfectly and also fits all of my Arca-Swiss clamps just fine.

Note- that the bottom of this L Plate does not fully cover the bottom of the camera. The battery door area is not covered at all. In practice, this works just fine.
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Sony PCKLM16 Digital Camera Screen Protector Foils
Sony PCKLM16 Digital Camera Screen Protector Foils
Price: $14.95
9 used & new from $8.46

5.0 out of 5 stars Nice factory look screen protector., August 7, 2014
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This is a bit expensive but it looks 'factory' and even says Sony. It was easy to install although I am not sure how to remove it if need be later on.


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