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Fabuloso All Purpose Cleaner, Ocean Paradise, 33.8 Ounce
Fabuloso All Purpose Cleaner, Ocean Paradise, 33.8 Ounce
Price: $7.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Nearly as good as Pine Sol for cleaning; much nicer scent, August 4, 2015
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I usually use Pine Sol as my "do everything" cleaner. Works great, but the scent is less than ideal. This Fabulosa works almost as well in terms of cleaning, and has the definite advantage in the scent department.

This is a strong scent, so it may not be the best choice if you like very mild or non-scented cleaners. I like how it smells -- I can't say it made me think of the ocean nor paradise, but it is definitely better than the scent of Pine Sol.

Cleaning effectiveness has been very good, especially on greasy messes. It's not as good as Pine Sol, but it's almost as good, and it does not leave a residue behind.

Although I find Pine Sol is a little more effective and more economical, the nicer scent of the Fabulosa will keep me buying this brand as well.


GoodSense Nasal Decongestant Phenylephrine HCl 10 mg Tablets, 72 Count
GoodSense Nasal Decongestant Phenylephrine HCl 10 mg Tablets, 72 Count
Price: $5.58

5.0 out of 5 stars Effective med that's easy to take; good value, August 4, 2015
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Been using phenylephrine HCL for years. Still can't pronounce it, but that doesn't take away from how well it works. It clears my sinuses quickly with just one dose, and the effects last for a full day (or, if it's really bad, nearly a full day). Also, I've not had any side effects of note using this. On occasion I'll get dry mouth, but it's not anything significant.

I like that it does not include any other meds, such as acetaminophen. If I have pain I can always take some pain meds with it, but much of the time just the phenylephrine does the trick.

The price on Amazon for this brand is much less than the name brands, and even a bit less than the house brand at Walmart.


Portable Wireless NFC Triangle Speaker, Geega Super Bass 2X3W Acoustic Drivers Rechargeable Hands Free with Mic High Definition Stereo Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker System with Free Carrying Bag(Black & Red)
Portable Wireless NFC Triangle Speaker, Geega Super Bass 2X3W Acoustic Drivers Rechargeable Hands Free with Mic High Definition Stereo Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker System with Free Carrying Bag(Black & Red)
Offered by Geega
Price: $79.99
2 used & new from $39.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Nice build quality; attractive design; solid sound quality, August 4, 2015
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The best summary of this speaker is “solid” both in terms of build quality and sound. While it’s not audiophile level quality, I’m pleased with the performance and feature set for the price point.

The overall look is very nice. It’s mostly black with some red accents. The grill is metal and has a diamond pattern that stands out well without being flashy. The control buttons are all on the top edge and are clearly labeled in red. A flap on one the side covers the 3.5mm input jack and the micro USB input port; the other side has a loop to attach a lanyard or clip. The body is covered in a rubber-like material that feels nice, and offers a matte finish to hide fingerprints. There are two large non-slip pads on the base that are very effective in keeping this planted. All in all, no complaints about the overall design and build quality given the price point.

It comes in a decent box with a carry case and a charging cord. The manual is very brief but covers the basics (which are pretty much self-explanatory).

It does have voice prompts that tell you “power on” and “pairing,” but they are not as obnoxious as other speakers I’ve used with voice prompts. Still, I’d prefer a simple beep rather than a voice.

Bluetooth paring was simple and easy, and I like that it enters pairing mode automatically without having to push any buttons. I had no problems maintaining a connection at 20 feet.

The sound quality is quite good at low to moderate volume levels. The high end is pretty crisp; the mid range is clear; and there is ample bass. However, it gets pretty harsh when you turn it up. Although this has a volume range that’s wider than you normally get with a bluetooth speaker, this is not a speaker that likes to get pushed to the max. But, in all fairness, I’ve yet to find a speaker in this price range that maintains good fidelity when maxed out.

For the price point (about $30) this warrants a 4.5 star rating based on it’s performance and feature set. I’ll round up to 5 stars since the overall aesthetics (black and red) appeal to me, plus the fact that the buttons are so clearly labeled (which is becoming rare on lower-end products). Well worth considering if you’re looking for a easily portable speaker with solid performance.
[Sample provided for review]


YKS 5ft Flexible Deformed Socket with Dual USB Charging and 4-Outlet Home/Office Surge Protector (Blue)
YKS 5ft Flexible Deformed Socket with Dual USB Charging and 4-Outlet Home/Office Surge Protector (Blue)
Offered by Bsyexcellent
Price: $39.55

1.0 out of 5 stars Great concept; very poor execution, August 3, 2015
This power strip has a great design in that you can bend and move each individual socket so that you can make the power strip conform to the space available rather than the other way around. There’s just one big problem: you can’t plug hardly anything into this since plugs won’t fit.

And when I say “don’t fit” I mean they physically don’t fit. Polarized plugs (the ones with one prong wider than the other) will not fit at all. The receptacle holes are too small to allow the wider plug to fit in. Non-polarized plugs sort of, kind of fit in provided that you’re willing to wiggle and jiggle them to get them to plug in. This is due to the safety flap on the plug, which does not push out of the way properly when you try to use it. On the power strip I received, one of the outlets worked sort of well; two could be convinced to work with some force and wiggling; the remaining two were totally unusable. Personally, when it comes to plugging something in, I just want it to plug in. It should not be an exercise in hand agility skills.

One of the plugs has two USB outlets that can be used for charging. Those do work, but they get very warm in use. I used it to charge two devices: one at 1A; the other at 0.5A. A total load of 1.5A is not much (and it was verified using an Xtar USB meter) but the socket containing the USB outlets heated up to 130 degrees, according to my IR thermometer. That’s not excessive, but rather toasty for just a 1.5A load.

The power cord for the power strip a 2-prong plug rather than a 3-prong grounded plug. Another strike against this.

The specs state that it is grounded (don't see how that is possible to do properly with a 2-prong cord) and it provides surge protection. No specific info as to the level of surge protection is provided (e.g., no stats as to clamping voltage, energy absorption/dissipation in joules or response time). Given the lack of info I'd be wary of relying on this for surge protection.

If you only are looking to plug in 2 prong non-polarized plugs and are willing to wiggle them around a bit to get them to fit, this could be workable. However, despite the appeal of the moveable/bendable outlet design, this has too many faults to warrant anything other than a 1 star rating. I was tempted to give it 2 stars due to the value of the bendable design, but what good is a power strip that you can’t plug most devices into?
[Sample provided for review]


iGADGET® Top rated #1 Heavy Duty Reuseable Hook and Loop Velcro Strap, Hooks and Loops Velcro Tape, Velcro Cable Ties with ideal length to use as Double sided Electrical tape for wire cable tidy 20mm x 180mm - 10 Pack Black
iGADGET® Top rated #1 Heavy Duty Reuseable Hook and Loop Velcro Strap, Hooks and Loops Velcro Tape, Velcro Cable Ties with ideal length to use as Double sided Electrical tape for wire cable tidy 20mm x 180mm - 10 Pack Black
Offered by iGADGET
Price: $8.99
2 used & new from $5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Handy to have for cable organization; easy to use; sturdy, August 3, 2015
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These are sturdy velcro cable wraps. I find them to be a lot easier to use than plastic cable ties, plus they offer the advantage of being able to be easily removed should you need to reconfigure cables.

While I have zero complaints about the size and durability, it would be nice to have a space or a tag incorporated into the tie that can be used as a label when they are used for AV or data cables. Since the ties are black you can't write on them. A white space somewhere on the tie would make them easier to use for data cable organization.
[Sample provided for review]


SUNKINGDOM Foldable 40 Watts Solar Panel Battery Charger with Dual DC 12V Output for Automotive Batteries and DC 5V Standard USB Ports for iPhone, iPad, Android Smart Phone, Tablet Computer & Other Portable Device (20W/Black)
SUNKINGDOM Foldable 40 Watts Solar Panel Battery Charger with Dual DC 12V Output for Automotive Batteries and DC 5V Standard USB Ports for iPhone, iPad, Android Smart Phone, Tablet Computer & Other Portable Device (20W/Black)
Offered by SUNKINGDOM
Price: $224.79

5.0 out of 5 stars Solid build quality; works well but has the same limitations as other solar chargers, August 2, 2015
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Overall, I really like the design and build quality of this solar charger. The performance is as good as any other similar-sized solar panel charger, which is to say it works well provided conditions are ideal. As with any solar charger you're going to get better performance if you use it to charge a powerbank that, in turn, is used to charge the device.

This charger has an excellent form factor. It folds up to a very compact shape, measuring only about 6 inches wide and 10 inches long. The outer case is a heavy nylon material. That's a good option since it's easier to keep clean - by definition solar chargers are going to be used outdoors, so they are going to get dirty. The nylon is easy to brush clean, plus doesn't get scuffled up as easily as plastic cases. That being said, it would have been great to have a carry pouch (ideally one that had a zipper closure) to store the charger. Save the box it comes in -- it makes for a decent storage container.

The case is held shut with sturdy velcro. It unfolds into five panels: four solar panels, plus a panel with instructions and a dual USB output block. The USB ports are rated at 2.1 and 2.5A, and are color-coded so you can easily tell them apart (plus are labeled).

Although there are two USB output ports, the total output is limited to 4A. Thus, while you can plug in two devices, if both are power-hungry, they are not going to run at the rated output for each port.

I checked the output power using an inline USB meter from Xtar (which is a really a great meter to have: Xtar VI01 USB Battery Voltage Current Indicator Tester Monitor Checker Detector ). In full, bright sun the power output was stable. However, some shade or weaker sunlight, caused the output to drop. This is the same situation I've encountered on all other solar chargers.

What I find is the most useful way to use these chargers is to use them to charge a powerbank rather than the actual device. Large powerbanks (10,000+mAh) are pretty cheap, and are far less fussy when it comes to fluctuating input power levels. Plus, I don't like leaving a device out in the sun since it gets so hot, which is not great for either the internal battery or the screen.

I also tried it as a power source for a USB-powered Li-ion charger (a single bay Xtar with a 0.5A input). It worked well for that, and recharged an 18650 almost as quickly as when the charger was plugged into a wall outlet.

The only design quibble I have is the pouch to hold/protect the device you're charging. It's located under the USB output terminals, but is very small -- even a phone would be cramped in it. Plus, it's black, so there's no real protection from the heat when the device is in the pouch. A more reflective surface plus a larger pouch size would have been a better approach.

That quibble aside, I would certainly recommend this based on the build quality and compact size alone. The performance is as good as solar chargers can get at this price point given the current state of the technology. It's not perfect but, if you use it for charging a powerbank, you'll be able to keep your devices powered off the grid.
[Sample provided by manufacturer at a discount]


ComfyDown 95% Feather 5% Down Square Decorative Pillow Insert, Sham Stuffer, 20 X 20 - MADE IN USA
ComfyDown 95% Feather 5% Down Square Decorative Pillow Insert, Sham Stuffer, 20 X 20 - MADE IN USA
Offered by ComfyDown
Price: $34.99
2 used & new from $19.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Well-made, comfortable pillow, August 1, 2015
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I’m very pleased with this pillow, both in terms of build quality as well as comfort. The case is cotton and, while a cover is always a good idea with any pillow to keep it in good shape, the case is nice enough to leave it as-is. Granted, you'll want a cover since the off-white case is rather bland looking, but a cover is needed more for aesthetics than functionality.

The case stitching is tight and even, and there’s zero puckering on the seams. I could not find any stray or loose threads. The case material is more than thick enough to prevent any feathers poking through.

The filling is 95% duck feathers and 5% duck down. That makes it more firm than a pillow with more down (which, for my needs, is preferable) but retains the ability for air circulation so you don’t get a lot of heat transfer. The breathability and support from feathers/down is what makes all the difference compared with synthetic materials, which can retain heat and get lumpy over time.

The pillow retains its shape well and has good spring-back. If fluffs up easily. I have the 20x20 size, and am using it as a sofa pillow. It’s been very comfortable and durable.

Note: Although the product photo shows three pillows, the pricing is for ONE pillow.

Zero complaints. Looks nice, feels great, and is well-made. That’s pretty much all I can expect from a pillow!.
[Sample provided for review]


Scotch-Brite Stay Clean Non-scratch Scrub Sponge, 9 Count
Scotch-Brite Stay Clean Non-scratch Scrub Sponge, 9 Count
Price: $12.28

3.0 out of 5 stars No-gunk claim is valid, but performance is not as good as the blue Scotch-Brite pads, August 1, 2015
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I've been using the Blue Scotch-Brite scrubbie sponges for years, and have been very pleased with them. While this new version has a few plusses, overall, it's not as good as the blue version for my needs.

This version claims food gunk does not get caught on the sponge and it is a valid claim -- virtually no food residue is left on the sponge even when cleaning the really messy pots and pans. However, to accomplish this goal, the scrubby surface has been made smoother, which works against it in terms of cleaning power. It gets pots clean, but I need more effort than when I use the blue version.

These are also thinner and less absorbent than the blue version. The thinness is not a major downside, but the decreased ability to soak up and retain water is a problem. That's sort of the whole purpose of a sponge. I also found that the purple color leaches out for the first few uses. I've never had that problem with the blue version.

Sometimes product "improvements" are good; other times they take a step back. This is one of those cases where the new version is not as good as the older one. While these will get used, I won't be picking up any more. I'm sticking with the blue version.


Elmer's E873 Tile Grout 6-Ounce
Elmer's E873 Tile Grout 6-Ounce
Price: $3.49
2 used & new from $3.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to use, good performance, July 31, 2015
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No complaints at all about the performance of this grout for spot repairs on a shower stall. It spreads easily, dries pretty quick, and has excellent adhesion (provided the joint is cleaned well first). I have used DAP brand in the past, and the Elmer's worked just as good. Pricing on Amazon was better than at my local home improvement store.

I do wish these came in smaller sizes. Whenever I use products such as this I tend to only need a portion of the tube to complete the repair. No matter how tightly the tube is capped (and wrapped with tape), the remaining portion dries out before it's needed for the next job.

But that issue aside, the grout performed well, and was very easy to use.


DBPOWER 5-in-1 Digital Tire Pressure Gauge With Multi Emergency Tool-Window Breaker, Seatbelt Cutter and Flashlight for Automotive (Tools 5 in 1)
DBPOWER 5-in-1 Digital Tire Pressure Gauge With Multi Emergency Tool-Window Breaker, Seatbelt Cutter and Flashlight for Automotive (Tools 5 in 1)
Offered by OXA USA COM
Price: $12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Best multi-purpose tire gauge tools I’ve come across, July 31, 2015
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I’ve tried a few of the multi-use tire gauge tools (items that combine a standard air pressure gauge with other items) and this is the best I’ve come across so far. It is well-designed so that the extra tools are useful without getting in the way of using it as a tire gauge.

The main use for this is as an air pressure gauge for tires, and it does that job very well. It is easy to grip, easy to press against the tire stem, and has a clear display. The display has a blue back light so it’s visible even in dim (or no) light. It’s accurate (tested it against my reference gauge) although it only reads in increments of one-half pound.

The other tools are also pretty well done. The flashlight is bright enough to illuminate a dark car interior. The LED light is angled so that it shines right where the tire gauge tip is, making it easy to find the tire stem if it’s dark out. The flashlight has a white light; the LED light is red.

The seat belt cutter is recessed so that there’s zero danger in having a finger come into contact with the blade. The blade is decently sharp (tested it on some webbing).

The window breaking hammer is solid and has a very sharp point. Best of all, it folds up so that it’s not always sticking out and getting in the way, unlike other similar tools I’ve used. To extend it you press a button and the hammer point snaps out (it is spring loaded) and locks into place. Excellent!

The build quality is decent but not outstanding. But, for the price, I would rate the build quality as good. It runs on 2 AAA batteries (not included). It runs fine on rechargeable batteries.

Having more than just an air pressure gauge is handy, but not when the other tools get in the way. The design of this multi tool is excellent for allowing easy use of the pressure gauge, but still packing in some additional useful tools. Highly recommend.
[Sample provided for review]


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