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Stanley 66-344 4-in-1 Pocket Screwdriver
Stanley 66-344 4-in-1 Pocket Screwdriver
Price: $2.79
71 used & new from $1.72

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I really wanted to like this, but have yet had it live up to expectations, February 20, 2014
This pocket screwdriver really seemed like the perfect pocket tool driver. The driver has two bits inside a double ended body. The first bit has a #0 Philips head and equivalent flat head on the opposite end. The second bit has a #1 Philips head and equivalent flat head on the opposite end. Each bit is covered by a cap to keep the driver from snagging while inside your pocket. The main body is made of a soft plastic with rubber ridges. The bits appear to be of good quality and did not deform during use. This may be due to the soft slippery body which limits the amount of torque that can be applied with this driver. This is definitely the deal killer of this driver. I repeatedly found screws I was unable to remove because the plastic body was not strong enough. When I was able to turn very tight screws, the rubber ridges caused blisters on my fingers.

With a few minor redesigns, this could be an amazing tool perfect for everyday carrying around.
1.) Replace the plastic driver body with a metal alternative.
2.) Provide #1 and #2 bits instead of #1 and #0. This is subjective, but I find I rarely need a #0 bit in day to day activities outside of adjusting eyeglasses. Even most desktop computers require a #2 driver.
3.) It would be amazing if one bit had both flat heads and one bit had both Philips heads. This would allow you to quickly flip between a Philips head and flat head of proper sizes for activities such as removing a light switch.
4.) Optional... Use standard size bits. This may make the driver a little larger, but would ensure you weren't throwing the entire tool out if you break a bit.

I would gladly pay 3-4x the cost of this unit, if it was actually a functional tool.


Streamlight MicroStream LED Pen Light
Streamlight MicroStream LED Pen Light
Price: $15.25 - $239.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Great light for its size, power button could be better, January 30, 2014
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This is a great little light. I love the diminutive size. It fits easily in your pocket. It is small enough that you forget its there til you need it yet you'll never lose it in the bottom of your pocket. The clip is great. It holds the pocket tightly, yet the rounded tip doesn't catch on furniture or fabric when you get in the car or sit in a chair. Although the amazon picture doesn't show it, the clip is also reversible so you can clip it to a hat brim. The light is fairly bright, although nothing compared to a 2-AA flashlight or a 3-AAA headlamp. The battery life is ok, but to be expected for its size. This is meant to be a backup light for every day, not a primary light for long usage. My only real complaint is the power button. The push to momentarily light is great, but the force and travel required to turn the flashlight all the way on is stiff and to far. If the flashlight could be turned on easier, this would be an easy 5 stars.


Philips PD9000/37 9-Inch LCD Portable DVD Player with 5 Hour Battery, White (Old Model)
Philips PD9000/37 9-Inch LCD Portable DVD Player with 5 Hour Battery, White (Old Model)
Offered by EDISON ELECTRONICS
Price: $87.99
27 used & new from $61.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK picture hampered by 2 BIG issues, January 30, 2014
Portable dvd players have entered a very funny point in their lifecycle. With the advent of tablets and iPads, portable DVD players are not the universal wonder they were just a few years ago. Yet for parents on the go, looking for in car entertainment, the instant gratification of a portable dvd player is hard to beat. Grab the DVD, place it in the player, and hit play. No need to encode or download files. Unfortunately due to their decline in popularity, manufacturers have changed tactics from trying to produce the coolest, slimmest player to competing on price and maybe battery life.

The Philips PD9000/37 has 4 main things going for it.
1.) The 9 inch screen is a great size for the car. Picture quality is ok, but not great.
2.) The 5 hour battery life should be great, although I rarely use my player when its not plugged in.
3.) The sound quality is decently loud and faces forward.
4.) It comes with a car mount "sleeve" to mount behind a head rest. Although its not the sturdiest design, it keeps you from having to purchase a separate mounting travel case.

Unfortunately for me, this player had 3 deal killing faults as well.
1.) This thing is huge! Not only is it 1.6" Deep, it sticks out from the seat more than 7" Yes, a unit with a 9" screen is going to be bigger than smaller unit, but this thing just seems to have a ton of wasted space, likely due to the cheap plastic casing.
2.) The battery only charges when the player is off, and takes 7 hours to fully charge. If you stop a video, but forget to turn the switch to off, the battery doesn't charge. I learned this the hard way.
3.) This may have been a defective unit, but my battery didn't hold a charge. I fully charged the battery and then left it for a month. When I tried to turn it on, I found the battery completely dead.

I wanted to like this unit, but it ended up getting returned. Now my only issue is that few of the other new players on the market seem to come anywhere close to the quality of my 8 year old Audiovox 7" player.


Kensington AbsolutePower 2.1-Amp Universal Wall Charger with PowerWhiz for Tablets and Smartphones (K39572AM)
Kensington AbsolutePower 2.1-Amp Universal Wall Charger with PowerWhiz for Tablets and Smartphones (K39572AM)
Price: $18.87
35 used & new from $15.25

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nearly Perfect Universal USB Charger, December 4, 2013
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Finally a truly universal usb charger. Standardized usb chargers are touted as the miracle of a "one charger for all" solution. Unfortunately, even as apple led the use of usb chargers, it also broke from the standard by requiring adding resistors across the usb data wires. If a charger doesn't have the proper resistor configuration, apple products are designed not to charge. Motorola (and some other companies) followed Apple's lead while most other companies followed the standard. Therefore products tend to fall into two categories, usb chargers that charge Apple (and Motorola) products and usb chargers that charge the rest (such as Samsung or Asus products). This is the only 2.1A charger I've found that will charge both my Apple/Motorola products and my Nexus 7 (2012 version). Hurray!

As described above, from a functional standpoint, the charger is nearly perfect. This could be a 5 star product except for a few minor quibbles. Although the charger is fairly small, especially compared to Apple's 2.1A chargers, it is still larger than the latest Apple 1A chargers. If you are placing it on a very tight powerstrip, it is likely to hang over the adjoining plugs. In addition, the usb plug is on the bottom of the charger, instead of on the front, which also limits the ability to plug additional plugs in around this device. On the plus side, the plugs fold away for storage creating a very clean, compact design in your bag.

I highly recommend this device as it is fairly small and charges both Apple and non-Apple products at 2.1A.


Trains, Planes & Sea Vehicles Full Unlock
Trains, Planes & Sea Vehicles Full Unlock
Offered by Appstore - US - MP - Offer
Price: $1.99

5.0 out of 5 stars My son's favorite game!, September 3, 2013
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This is a great puzzle game. My two year old loves it. The pictures are bright and draw his attention. I like that it automatically moves to the next puzzle after finishing the previous puzzle and my son loves the poppable balloons at the end of each puzzle. The puzzles do vary greatly in difficulty (although none are really too hard). The easiest puzzles involve matching entire train or plane shapes. These progress to completing puzzles with outlines of each piece shown to the hardest puzzles which have no outlines at all. There are no ads in the paid version which is great. My only minor complaint is that the puzzles are in no particular order of difficulty and there is no way to select a desired difficulty level. Finally I love that it is hard to accidentally back out of the game. A great feature for toddlers!!


Speaker Boost
Speaker Boost
Offered by Appstore - US - MP - Offer
Price: $0.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Works great on original Kindle Fire, September 3, 2013
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This review is from: Speaker Boost (App)
My son was having a ton of issues watching movies on my Kindle Fire that I had ripped from DVD using Handbrake. For some reason, the volume on the files was really low and required the volume to be at 100 in even a quiet room. Listening on an airplane or other loud place was impossible without headphones. This helped make the movies listenable. I somewhat wish I could go louder than a 100% increase, but the real issue is I need to reencode my files to increase the audio. Until that, this app works great. Also I really like that you can 1.) Change the volume from inside the app 2.) Dock the app in the messages notification and 3.) Adjust the max volume boost to ensure my son doesn't accidentally activate it. I've only used it on my Kindle Fire 1st Gen so no guarantees on its ability to improve other devices. Plus you can't complain with free and NO ADS!! Thanks for the great software.


Monster MP OTG400 BK Outlets To Go 4 Outlet Travel Power Strip (Black)
Monster MP OTG400 BK Outlets To Go 4 Outlet Travel Power Strip (Black)
Price: $15.74
3 used & new from $15.74

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect power strip for overseas travel, July 10, 2013
It seems odd to rate a power strip, especially a 5 star rating, but this little strip deserves it. The strip folds down incredibly small. The 4 offset plugs allow even the largest plugs or battery chargers to be plugged in without blocking access to the other spots. The short cord allows the strip to be oriented independently of the orientation of the outlet, great for international travel when using a plug adapter. As another reviewer mentioned, the light up plug is great for notifying you if there is power flowing to the outlet. This is especially helpful in many modern hotels which have timers on the plugs when you leave or forget to plug a key in. For anyone curious this definitely works in 220V countries as well as the US. This is especially convenient since I only need to carry one plug adapter when traveling internationally. Note that the plug adapter will need to be grounded still such as this one for travel in the UK, OREI Grounded Universal 2 in 1 Plug Adapter Type G for UK, Hong Kong, Singapore & more - High Quality - CE Certified - RoHS Compliant WP-G-GN. Note that the strip will not convert 220V to 120V, but most cell phone and battery chargers nowadays are 120V-220V compatible out of the box. I debated between the 4 outlet and 3 outlet with a USB output, but decided the flexibility of four outlets was more convenient considering the shrinking size of USB chargers lately. Now if they could build a 3 outlet unit with dual 2A USB outputs built in, I'd be sold. The only thing I would change would be adding some level of surge protection.


PowerGen 1A AC Travel Wall Charger desgined for iPhones / iPods
PowerGen 1A AC Travel Wall Charger desgined for iPhones / iPods
Offered by POWERGEN
Price: $6.99
2 used & new from $6.80

2.0 out of 5 stars Appears to work, but poor build quality, July 9, 2013
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
I received this item for free with the purchase of a PowerGen PGMPP12000 12000mAh External Battery Pack High Capacity Power Bank Charger Triple USB 3Amps output for Apple iPhone 5 4s 4 3Gs 3G (Lightning Cable NOT included) , iPod Touch, iPad 1 2 3 4, The New iPad 3/ HTC sensation, XE, XL, One X S V, Thund.... I used this device once. It did charge the device I tested it with and is very small and slim. Unfortunately, the build quality does not appear to be very good. There is no marking on the device describing input/output voltages nor does the item appear to be UL rated for safety. Since I already have a plethora of other 1A USB chargers this one will likely go into the bin. I can't recommend the Powergen battery packs enough. If only their chargers appeared to be built to the same standards.


PowerGen 12000mAh External Battery Pack High Capacity Power Bank Charger Triple USB 3Amps output for Apple and Android Devices
PowerGen 12000mAh External Battery Pack High Capacity Power Bank Charger Triple USB 3Amps output for Apple and Android Devices
Offered by POWERGEN
Price: $39.99
2 used & new from $24.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Battery Pack!, July 9, 2013
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I love this battery back. That's really all that needs to be said. I've been using this for about a month now and love the convenience of having this in my bag. The battery is able to easily recharge a Droid 4, Nexus 7 and a Kindle Fire on a single charge. I've even charged two units at the same time, one in the 2A slot and one in the 1A slot, with no issues. The battery pack is smaller than I expected, about the same size as the Tekkeon 4-AA battery pack it replaces. It is nice that the unit has two different 2A slots, an "Apple" port and an "Android" port. Note that depending on the design, some Android phones such as Motorola devices will charge faster in the "Apple" port than the "Android" port. Also be aware that if devices are plugged into both 2A slots at the same time, they will only charge at 1A each. If one device is plugged into the 2A slot and one device is plugged into the 1A slot, both devices will charge as expected. My only complaint about the device is that the battery pack requires a 2A charger (NOT INCLUDED) to recharge from a full drain in a reasonable amount of time. With a 2A charger, the battery pack will fully recharge in about 6 hours vs 12 hours with a 1A charger. I've successfully recharged the pack with both the stock Nexus 7 charger and a Kensington AbsolutePower 2.1A Wall Duo with PowerWhiz, Universal Fast Charger for Tablets and Smartphones (K39572AM) succesfully. At the time I purchased the battery pack, Amazon offered a free Powergen 1A charger, but the charger doesn't appear to be UL rated nor built very solidly so I haven't used it.


Update International DC-6N Stainless Steel Gold-Accented Chafer, 8-Quart, Oblong
Update International DC-6N Stainless Steel Gold-Accented Chafer, 8-Quart, Oblong
Offered by U-BuyRite Inc.
Price: $64.10
8 used & new from $49.82

5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Chafing Dish, May 30, 2013
Wonderful chafing dish. Very easy to clean and looks nice. Holds full trays of food which is convenient when catering. The water tray is plenty deep for any catering tray I've put in it. Only complaint is that there is not a lot of room to relight fuel canisters once warming tray is inserted. This is common with all chafing dishes though.


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