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Klean Kanteen Café Cap for Wide Kanteen Bottle
Klean Kanteen Café Cap for Wide Kanteen Bottle
Price: $5.95
28 used & new from $2.50

2.0 out of 5 stars Leaks bad. Much better lids available., February 1, 2015
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I know this lid is advertised as "NOT leak proof", but I was hoping there was some kind of silicone seal or gasket under the closer to make it at least leak-resistant.

What is the point of a closing lid if it leaks very easily? The point of any lid should be to reduce accidental spills from sloshing and accidentally knocking over the cup/bottle (and the stainless bottles knock over fairly easy). I filled a couple bottles with water, closed the lids, and as I rotated them sideways the lids dribbled very steadily. When I hold the bottle vertically and slosh around (as if it was carried in a bag) water definitely pools up on top of the lid so that another slosh or tip means the liquid then gets all over.

The positives: If the lid is closed and you bump into someone while walking you probably will not make a mess. Also, you can remove the plastic lid closer from the lid by pinching the split boss that holds the closer on to the main lid body. This allows for easy thorough cleaning (to avoid bacterial buildup). But you can also see there is no gasket to prevent the previously mentioned leaking.

I had much better results with two Hydro Flask Hydro Flip Lid that I purchased for Klean Kanteen Wide Insulated Water Bottle with Stainless Loop Cap (for coffee).


Hydro Flask  Wide Mouth Flip Lid, Black
Hydro Flask Wide Mouth Flip Lid, Black
Price: $4.95
26 used & new from $3.59

5.0 out of 5 stars Fits Klean Kanteen Wide-mouth bottles, did not leak!, February 1, 2015
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Excellent lid fits Klean Kanteen Wide-mouth bottles (I have 27-oz and 40-oz, and it fits other brands of wide mouth bottles I have). Easy one-hand operation while opening and closing lid. Easy to clean thoroughly. Did not leak when bottles filled with water were turned upside down.

Depending on your purpose, the only con may be that there is no loop or other attachment means, but since I purchased Klean Kanteen Wide Insulated Water Bottle with Stainless Loop Cap for drinking coffee, this was not a problem.


Reiko Silicon Case/Protector Cover for Nokia Lumia 520/521 - Non-Retail Packaging - Black
Reiko Silicon Case/Protector Cover for Nokia Lumia 520/521 - Non-Retail Packaging - Black
Offered by BNY-WIRELESS INC
Price: $6.49
19 used & new from $2.54

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Keep looking, January 1, 2015
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Inner rubber protector goes on easy enough, getting outer plastic shell on is very difficult. By itself the rubber looks like it will provide decent shock protection, including providing a little height above the screen to reduce likelihood of screen taking an impact. The buttons on the side push easily (without the plastic outer shell).

But installing the outer plastic shell is when the negative qualities become very apparent. It is very difficult to get on over the rubber. I appreciate a tight fit but the fit is too tight on the Lumia with the rubber on. Worse yet, the rubber is very flexible so the plastic shell is shoving it around instead of going over it. I could learn to live with it if it were not for the other issues, as I cannot see needing to access the battery compartment and memory card very often. But I still worry that I might tear the rubber one day after the rubber has taken enough stretching.

Once the plastic shell is on, I noticed it makes the phone easy to slide or skid when placed on top of a table, vehicle dash/console, etc. (I am not condoning using a phone while driving but I still need to place it somewhere). Also, the Lumia main function button (middle one on the right side) is caged/recessed in the plastic shell, making it hard to push the button. You need to get a finger nail in it if you have a long enough nail. Considering how often that main function button is used, this is a deal breaker. Also, the USB port at the bottom is also caged by the plastic shell, so USB cables with a thicker end (like almost half of my cables) will not fit in there --also a deal breaker. It also appears some of the thicker 1/8-inch headphone jacks might have a tough time fitting as well.

In summary:

If a protective shell is going to add a significant amount of size and thickness to a phone it should at least be a lot more user-friendly. Thankfully I got this cover really cheap, but it is not worth the postage to send back. I would have been more cautious if the other user reviews were more critical.

Pros:
+ appears to do a good job of protecting the phone from impact (incl. recessing the screen and camera lens)
+ has a kickstand (which works for horiz. and vert. viewing)

Cons:
- PITA to install and remove the outer plastic shell
- Plastic shell makes the phone skid/slide easily (esp. when you have sitting on top of vehicle console or dash)
- Main function button recessed/caged by plastic outer shell and hard to press
- USB jack caged by plastic outer shell, so thicker USB cables cannot plug in to the bottom


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars BEWARE -Amazon Fullfillment for Markeplace will not deliver, August 14, 2014
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BEWARE: Only received 1 of 6 despite pictures showing 6 and Product Description stating "Set of 6 Precision Watch Band Clip-On Compasses, Bulk Pack". Worse yet, the order was fulfilled by Amazon Fulfillment for a marketplace seller, and when I tried to get the other 5 shipped, Amazon refused to fix the problem, stating that it is the seller's problem... What a bunch of crap, Amazon fulfills the order but does not take responsibility for screwing up the order, but passes the blame. Seriously.

Now, on to the compass. The clip is open-ended which means it can be slipped on a strap... and slip right off so you can lose it. A lost compass is not useful. Too bad I have to waste my time screwing with ordering this and then sending it back, but at least I am not stuck with compasses I will likely lose.


Update International SPS-24 SuperSteel 18/8 Stainless Steel Induction Ready Stock Pot with Cover, 24-Quart, Natural
Update International SPS-24 SuperSteel 18/8 Stainless Steel Induction Ready Stock Pot with Cover, 24-Quart, Natural
Offered by M.V. Trading Co.(USA)
Price: $82.75
14 used & new from $71.36

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Okay pot but pricey for the poorer quality, July 25, 2014
Inside surface of the pot is not polished like the outside so not as easily cleanable inside where the food goes. The handles themselves are heavy duty but their mounts are laughable in comparison. I would be very cautious picking up the pot by the handles when heavy. The sheet metal handle mounts are not only riveted to the pot but apparently spot-welded, judging by the marring all the way through to the inside.

Fits eight Quart Ball Jars comfortably with plenty of room above. Pot is 18 inches across at the handles and just under 14 inches in diameter ignoring the handles. Pot by itself is 10-5/8 inches high and is made from a heavy gauge "stainless" steel that easily sticks a magnet. My Kleen Kanteen and Stanley water bottles do not as easily stick a magnet and I am much more confident they are truly 18/8 stainless steel. The bonded bottom provides a very heavy base which is ideal for proper cooking, canning, etc.

It will work, but I would not recommend this pot... for the price I expected a better pot.
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Leatherman 934850 Quick-Release Pocket Clip and Lanyard Ring
Leatherman 934850 Quick-Release Pocket Clip and Lanyard Ring
Price: $5.00
16 used & new from $3.50

2.0 out of 5 stars Lanyard ring too darn big. Clip has some use., June 28, 2014
The hole in the ring is approx. 7/16-inch inside diameter --which is pretty darn big to secure an item the size and weight of a Surge, Wave, Charge, etc. These tools are pretty heavy and large compared to my old Gerber 07530 (been carrying since Mar '96), but they are still not quite in the boat anchor category. Who is going to secure this thing with a rope? It has very little metal around the ring itself so it is not going to be very strong anyway. Maybe Gerber meant for this ring to be used to hang the big multitools from a pegboard or a nail in the wall --haha (if I have room for a pegboard then I have room for a decent toolset --pocket multitools are better suited to be carried on a person).

The old Gerber has a built-in fold out lanyard ring with a hole of inside diameter barely larger than 1/8-inch (just enough to feed paracord through if the melted end is done right). I have used the lanyard ring on occasion to secure the Gerber with 2 feet of paracord to the sheath when I am worried about losing it.

When I fitted the ring, it prevents the Leatherman Surge from inserting into the nylon sheath as well (approx. 3/16-inch less) and so the already bulky package is now longer and the tool is less secure in the sheath when the flap is open. Too impractical for me.

When the clip is attached, it seems to have enough holding pressure, but it does not slip into jeans pockets very well since the Surge tool is really bulky. It might work better for some people in pants that have big pockets like some of the military-style pants. The clip might also be good for some of the accessory pockets/pouches or MOLLE pouches. I like to use the Leatherman nylon sheath to hold the #931014 40-Bit Assortment, extra saw blades, #931009 Bit Driver Extension, and a ferro-rod, but the clip is not practical with this sheath --it adds more bulk to the already thick package and the tool prefers to be inserted in the pouch with the clip end first so the clip is not going to hold it the sheath any better.

At approx 5 to 6 USD, it is not too expensive to find out you really do not have much use for one or both of the accessories. The clip has the most utility of the two, but if the lanyard hole was much smaller (and had a little bit more meat around it), it would most certainly be a viable accessory.

Please Leatherman, ditch this awful ring and give us something more useful. If I had the ability to machine a new ring, I would copy the profile of the end that secures to the tool, have the ring follow the contour of the profile at the base, with slightly more metal wall, and an oval hole with inside diameter no greater than 3/16-inch in the short dimension (tuck the overall height closer to the end of the tool).


Soft-Flex Bumpy Ball Dog Toy, 7-inch
Soft-Flex Bumpy Ball Dog Toy, 7-inch
Offered by Oliver's Pet Care
Price: $12.99
2 used & new from $12.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Long-lasting? Heavy-duty? NOPE!, June 15, 2014
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70-pound dog is a serious chewer and loves squeaker toys. She chewed a nodule off in less than two minutes (may have only been one minute but I will give this the benefit of the doubt). It naturally will not squeak with a hole in it (let alone missing a nodule) and it did not hold up to the manufacturer's claims by any sense. This is the biggest bumpy ball they offer so it was most certainly not meant for small dogs. Had I known I would not even pay $2 for this, let alone more than $10. The walls of the toy are pretty thin (which you cannot tell by looking at pictures). By the way, it is made in China so we washed very thoroughly before giving it to the dog (to avoid poisoning her with toxic chemicals since the unscrupulous mfrs have been caught often).


Renogy Solar Panel Bundle 200Watt: 2 100w Solar Panels UL Listed monocrystalline+MC4 adaptor Cable+PWM 30Amp Charge Controller
Renogy Solar Panel Bundle 200Watt: 2 100w Solar Panels UL Listed monocrystalline+MC4 adaptor Cable+PWM 30Amp Charge Controller
Offered by Renogy Solar
Price: $319.99
3 used & new from $319.99

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good affordable monocrystalline PV panel, but bundle is lacking, March 23, 2014
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I highly recommend the panels, but would avoid the bundle since it may be missing critical pieces and comes with a cheap charge controller. You likely would need to assemble your own components anyway.

I received two monocrystalline PV panels each in their own shipping box (with decent shipping foam protection), one cheap 30-amp PWM charge controller, and one pair of short MC4 pigtails in order to CONNECT THE CHARGE CONTROLLER TO ONLY ONE PANEL --I did NOT RECEIVE MC4 BRANCH CONNECTORS so that I could actually connect the second panel in the "bundle." I see branch connectors in the product picture, so I guess I should have gotten some, but had to buy a pair separately.

The included charge controller has a plastic housing that needs to be protected from the weather (plenty of places for water to ingress). For a 30-amp rated charge controller, this one seems really light in weight compared to the better quality units (good power-handling components are going to have some weight to them, and a good metal housing is a better heatsink). This one seems to be a $10-20 model based on bundle pricing versus bare panels. The charge controller instructions say, "For safety, do not exceed 80% of charge controller current rating." 80% of 30 is 24 amps, which just covers the almost 6-amp short-circuit current rating of four panels (so marketers tell you the controller is rated for 30 amps while the lawyers and engineers tell you it is 24). One might argue this charge controller would handle two 100-watt panels fine, but if you plan to make regular significant use of these panels you should look into a better quality charge controller --it may cost quite a bit more, but it should be more reliable, and more efficient. Perhaps this charge controller is good for a cheap backup in case the better one is broken or you want to troubleshoot it.

The pigtails are under a foot, and the MC4 tails coming from the panel are around two feet, so chances are you will need to buy or make a set of extension cables to line the cables up at the branch connectors abd then deliver power from the panels to a charge controller and battery bank. The pigtail jacket appears to be the the UV resistant type and 12 AWG stranded aluminum. I prefer copper for less resistance, especially over distance. Depending on the run, you may want or need to bump to 10 AWG.

The aluminum frame supporting the panel is plenty strong.

After testing during late winter and very early spring, under overcast and full bright sun, I have concluded these panels live up to their performance specs. I used an AC/DC clamping ammeter and a good digital multimeter, while putting a big AGM battery under various loads (ranging from 0.5 to 20 amps) with the charge controller and one and two panels feeding it. The worst-case observation was with overcast and the sun estimated 30 degrees off-angle, while running a 20-amp load (verified between battery and load) --two panels delivered ~21 VDC and a combined ~7.5 amps to the charge controller. With each panel producing ~79 watts each in such conditions, I was impressed.
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Instapark® 10 Watt Solar Panel Portable Solar Charger with Dual USB Ports for iPhone, iPad & all other USB Compatible Devices
Instapark® 10 Watt Solar Panel Portable Solar Charger with Dual USB Ports for iPhone, iPad & all other USB Compatible Devices
Offered by Instapark
Price: $49.70
6 used & new from $46.20

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed feelings: poor finish, good output, February 9, 2014
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Slightly better output by manufacturer specs and similar performance in side-by-side comparison testing to the folding Brunton Explorer 2 USB output panel I have, but fit and finish of the Instapark is pretty poor.

When I peeled back the protective films, two of the three panels had scuffs on them. You want the glass or plastic protecting the solar cells to be as clear as possible to get more energy to the cells. The scuffs are working against power output, Also, some of the Instapark panels are not set in squarely and the fabric is cut poorly so that part of the cells are covered on the borders... again, working against power output.

The convenient pocket on the outside (when folded) is handy for holding stuff and protects the dual USB outputs, but the plugs are pretty far in to the pocket and close to one side of the pocket. If you have big fingers or a 90-degree USB plug, it can be difficult to get plugged in. The sewn-in nylon loops on the edges are nice to help to secure it to something or hang it, without scratching the panels (the Brunton has metal lined rings, two of which contact a panel when folded, so I use a soft cotton cloth to line and protect against scratches).

TESTING: Tested in February on overcast day just before noon --not ideal conditions to test under, but conditions are not always ideal, and so I adjusted by using a small 5V load (one and two 0.23A-rated 5VDC fans):

Brunton Explorer 2 1A/5V No load:5.7V (1)fan:5.1-5.2V/0.3-0.4A (2)fans:4.8V/0.5-0.6A
Instapark Mercury 10 10W/5V No load:5.4V (1)fan:5.26V/0.3-0.4A (2)fans:5.05V/0.4-0.5A

I tried to test as fast possible to get the most even comparison possible, waiting only for a decent steady-state on readings (the conditions did remain consistent). The fans are pretty demanding of having enough voltage to get started, so anything less than 5V will fail. Both panels started the fans, but quarter- and half-amp loads are not really pushing the panels if it was a very sunny day. According to the manufacturers, the Brunton should be able to produce 1A and the Instapark should be able to produce 2A. Given the overcast (but still decently bright) conditions I did not push the panels to their limits to verify the published specs. I do not doubt that the panels will produce close to the published specs.

Overall, I purchased the Instapark since they advertised using monocrystalline PV cells, which are ideal. The specs looked great, but the construction quality is poor. I am strongly considering returning this, maybe even exchanging for another and hope for better quality. I will report back if I do exchange for another panel.


Duracell Cr2 Ultra Lithium Photo Battery 3V DL-CR2 6 Pack
Duracell Cr2 Ultra Lithium Photo Battery 3V DL-CR2 6 Pack
Offered by The Perfect Deals
Price: $14.99
16 used & new from $13.50

2.0 out of 5 stars BEWARE OF OCEAN DISCOUNT -Expired batteries, July 22, 2013
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Received Lithium batteries with Mar 2017 expiration (3.75 years left) and not in Duracell packaging. Anyone could have used these batteries and put them back in a cheap shrink wrap. The batteries are arranged negative to negative in a row in the shrinkwrap so you cannot check voltage with sharp probes through the plastic.

While the problem seems to be with the vendor on the surface, and this is a product review, the problem is also with this exploitation using this type of product bundling. Lithium batteries typically start with a 10-year shelf life.


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