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LG 12,000 BTU 115V Portable Air Conditioner with LCD Remote Control, black
LG 12,000 BTU 115V Portable Air Conditioner with LCD Remote Control, black
Price: $399.00
16 used & new from $279.04

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of it, June 24, 2016
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After a decent amount of use, I wanted to give a review of this item and go into each area of it.

Amazon ships this AC unit in its own packaging, no external packaging or padding. Mine arrived with all sorts of holes, dents and cuts to the box but the unit itself is fine. Many others do report it arriving cracked or even leaking oil/coolant upon delivery. With Amazon only shipping this with slow-delivery (5-6 days) it's definitely inconvenient to wait so long only to see it arrive damaged.
I did look at many other portable AC units and found all of them to have a mix of good and very bad reviews for similar reasons. This box is about 75 pounds and on a UPS truck it will get damaged easily from being thrown around.

Price is pretty comparable to other 12000 BTU AC units.
The unit uses about 1320 watts per hour. To break this down, my electric company charges about 40 cents per KWH, that means this unit costs about 53 cents per hour to run. Definitely worth it at times, but even if used for 4 hours per day you can expect an increase of about 60 bucks per month for electricity. It adds up.

The unit runs off a standard 3-port (15 amp/115 volt) outlet. It requires ~11.5 amps to run, so if you're connecting it to an older circuit breaker you may run into issues with running other equipment alongside it (on the same circuit). EX: Running AC + TV + Surround sound on a 15 amp circuit.

The description says BLACK, the item photo looks BLACK. How come its grey in person? Not only that, the remote is silver and the power plug and exhaust tube are both bright white.
The design beyond that looks nice but nothing matches.

On to the remote, it's kind of neat in that it has a (non-backlit/black and white) display but also a bit annoying in that it often isn't in sync with the AC unit. If you press POWER on the remote, the remote control will turn on (and if youre pointing it at the AC, it will also turn on). If you're not pointing it at the AC when pressing power, the remote will turn on but not the AC unit. The remote lets you change the same settings as on the unit itself as well as a few others (like switching from F to C or auto-cleaning the unit).
I found the remote hard to read in the dark (such as watching a movie). The buttons on the bottom are pretty near invisible in the dark as they fade into the silver of the remote.

Unit is very easy to install but the included materials are written terribly. Even the laminated sheets that come with a suction cup to attach to the unit are such poor english that it seems nobody bothered to even look it over. For a pricey item like this and a company like LG.. you'd expect that the printed pieces that you're supposed to attach to the AC unit would be checked.

Very easy. Plug the unit in, mix/match the included pieces to fit your window size and then attach the hose to the AC itself.

Again, very easy. 4 modes: Cool/Fan/Dry/Energy Saver and 3 fan speeds (low/med/high)
Cool = AC + FAN
Fan = Fan only
Dry = Dehumidify
Energy saver = Cycle on/off regularly

Very cool! With the AC on, you feel an immediate difference and turning it off (switching to fan) is very noticeable. It will easily chill a room down.

AC units come in multiple BTU sizes. They're defined on this box as:
8000 BTU = 200 square feet (10x20 foot room)
10000 BTU = 300 square feet (15x20 foot room)
12000 BTU = 400 square feet (20x20 foot room)
14000 BTU = 500 square feet (25x20 foot room)
Im using this in a 10x20 foot room and still went with the 12000 BTU unit and don't regret it.

If you select "Fan" the compressor the AC turns off and it simply blows air (as expected). If you switch back to "Cool" it continues to only blow air (no compressor). Even cycling it on/off will not fix it, you need to unplug it and plug it back in.

Price is about on-par. Item works very well but is a bit iffy in some areas. I would recommend getting the extended warranty on it.
Shipping is also iffy, if you can find it local (or dont mind needing to possibly deal with an exchange) this is a nice AC.
Looks of the unit itself are nice but the whole combination of odd colors (grey AC, White vent tube, white power cable, silver remote control) is a bit odd.
The unit itself is pricey in the long-term due to the power usage. Even the initial cost is a bit much, but when you factor in the extra monthly costs, it only goes up. With that said, you can either deal with the heat and try to use fans all summer or pay the price and get a comfortable level of cool air out of it.
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EcoGear FX 18650 IMR 3000mAh 40A 3.7V High Drain Flat Top Rechargeable Lithium-ion Batteries (2-Pieces)
EcoGear FX 18650 IMR 3000mAh 40A 3.7V High Drain Flat Top Rechargeable Lithium-ion Batteries (2-Pieces)
Offered by EcoGear FX
Price: $19.99
2 used & new from $17.49

4.0 out of 5 stars High-powered 18650's for vape but may not work with your flashlights!, May 29, 2016
Disclaimer: Not a battery scientist so I can't provide all of the technical details, reviewing based on personal use.

18650's have become more common nowadays for higher powered flashlights, laser pointers and vapes. There are 2 different types: Protected and Unprotected. Protected work great for devices like flashlights/laser pointers while Unprotected are more for vape products and some flashlights.

The difference in design is the tip -- the protected ones have a larger tip which makes contact in flashlights and other devices while unprotected do not. The problem is that without this tip, it may not make contact with your flashlights unless they have a retractable tip of their own in the cap. I tried 3 of my lights and only 1 worked consistently with these batteries (the others would only work when tilted backwards to make contact with both ends of the light.

Beyond that, Protected ones (I believe) limit the power output (while unprotected allow for a higher drain, which is why they work with vapes).

I did notice my 18650 charger did not automatically shut off or indicated "Charged" even after many hours. With protected 18650's they'll typically change the status to charged and prevent overcharging.

Rating this based on the fact that it does work as it should.. In my actual use (difficulty in charging and incompatible with several different devices) I would not recommend these for flashlights but would for vape and other high drain products that require unprotected 18650's

Note that I did receive this at a discounted price in exchange for an honest review

Spider Pro SCS -Single camera System Camera Holster
Spider Pro SCS -Single camera System Camera Holster
Offered by Quantum Wireless
Price: $135.00
81 used & new from $120.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very interesting DSLR carrying system, May 21, 2016
As someone who has used all sorts of straps (R-Strap singles/doubles/different models, handstraps, neckstraps and more), I've always been interested in some of the other options.

To be completely honest, I was afraid of the Spider system for the longest time.. you're just letting the camera hang on your belt by a small pin. After trying it, I did actually like it and invested in the dual system.

Right off the bat: It's pricey. A single SpiderPro will cost more than what a dual R-Strap/Blackrapid costs. There are lots of 3rd-party imitations being sold.. but when your camera/lens are on the line, it's not the time to cheap out. So I paid the 135 bucks asking price.

Included are:
The Spiderpro belt w/ attached holster and pad
Camera connection plate w/ pin and wrench

The belt is straight-forward. Attach the belt using the clip-buckle.. it can adjust as needed to a pretty big size. The adjustments are done with a velcro system on the left side while the camera hangs on the right side. The belt clips together easily and requires pressing the top+bottom clips as well as a 3rd 'button' to unlock it. Nice touch to prevent accidental detaching.

The plate connects to the bottom of your DSLR and attached by a hexnut system requiring their 'wrench'. This is needed to attach or detach the plate and that's where I have my first problem: The plate has a spot to store the tool but it can be easily lost. I've used mine and left it behind more times than I can count. This is apparently fixed a bit in the newer models which have a locking mechanism for it. With that said, if you forget this tool you'll be unable to tighten or remove the pate from your camera. If you're on-the-go and need to remove it, you're out of luck.

The locking plate is a very heavy metal material and takes up quite some space (and adds a decent amount of weight) on the bottom of your DSLR. I used it on a mirrorless system and it blocked all battery ports -- for that, you'll need t use the locking pin alone without the plate.

To use this, simply run the locking pin over the opening on the holster of the belt until it clicks in place and hangs below. Once in place, there is a switch on the side of the holster: By default it will lock the camera in place and prevent it from coming out. To release it, hold the locking switch up and remove the camera (2-handed job) or pull the locking switch to the "open" position and you can remove the camera each time without unlocking anything (not recommended if moving around as it can come off the holster on its own).

A few addtional issues: There are may points of failure here that could result in your camera dropping.
Black Rapid/R-Strap have added many failsafes to their straps: besides the single-piece screw, they offer a tethering kit to give a backup in case one strap breaks (or the screw comes undone). With the SpiderPro, there is no failsafe and several opportunities for disaster:
Dont put the locking plate into the holster? Camera drops to the ground from waist height.
Have the holster in the unlocked position? Camera can come out as you're walking around.
Buckle on the belt breaks? Everything falls to the ground
Plate on the camera comes off? To the ground
Pin on plate comes off? Same thing

No safety cables, there isn't even a standard cable. The entire system relies on you putting the camera in exactly the right spot and making sure it's locked in place. In fast-paced environments, this can be tough to do.

Enough of the negatives.. some things I did really like:
No weight on your shoulders or neck. Unlock most straps which can be uncomfortable and tug against your neck, this one doesn't. It fits onto the belt and stays nicely.
Allows you to go strap-less: One of the downsides of the R-Strap/Black Rapid is that you're tethered to the camera. Need an odd angle (holding the camera above you?) you're out of luck with that unless you unclip it. With this, you're not tied to anything.

The downside is I've found the spider a bit slower at times as you're needing to unlock the camera and pull it out (or make sure its in place when putting it away) whereas the blackrapid is always ready and can just be let go.

Width is another problem. With DSLR on your side, it adds some width which makes it a bit harder to navigate through busier crowds. With a Blackrapid you can simply hold the cameras in front or behind you and still have them strapped.

I did like the Spider enough to buy the 1-to-2 camera upgrade. The upgrade is about 10 bucks less than the initial 1-camera system and is poorly put together. Essentially they give you another pad, connector and camera plate that you have to oddly put together (unscrewing parts, putting new parts on, locking it into place with different tools). It seems very un-thought out and is essentially a 2nd pad that you attach backwards to fit the left side of the belt.

In the end? It's actually a neat system. I like not being tethered, I like being able to just clip a camera onto my belt when on the go and I like the metal feel to it all. But it's not perfect. It actually has a good amount of issues that keep me from giving it a 5 star rating.. but so far so good.

SpiderHolster SpiderPro One Camera to Two Camera Adapter Kit
SpiderHolster SpiderPro One Camera to Two Camera Adapter Kit
Offered by Outdoor Photo Gear
Price: $120.00
58 used & new from $100.51

4.0 out of 5 stars It works.. but it's really an afterthought., May 20, 2016
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I recently picked up a SpiderHolster Pro belt and liked it! I liked it enough to buy the 'One-to-Two' upgrade kit which adds a 2nd holster (to the left side). Seems straight-forward enough!

Right off the bat: The kit is pretty expensive. About a hundred twenty five bucks.. and it requires the existing SpiderPro belt (another hundred thirty-five bucks). But I'd rather buy that than the cheap 10-dollar knockoffs of the item since you are trusting your camera to it. Not a time to go cheap!

Inside the box you'll find all sorts of stuff. The camera plate, a pin, the holster, 2 wreches, some screws and an extra plate.
There are no included instructions; you're instructed to go online to find them (and this isn't something you can just figure out on your own.. it required removing pieces, adding pieces, unscrewing stuff and screwing new stuff in).

Installation took me about 20 minutes and still wasn't very straightforward. Use certain pieces depending where you're putting it on the belt.. unscrew this, screw this in, remove this, screw this in. It includes 2 different hexnut tools (one for the camera plate, one for the belt holster).

Once installed, it didn't feel as solid a the original one (probably because it's installed on the thin belt piece). It works.. but it doesn't feel like something you just spend that much money on. One other reason it seemed like an afterthought is the fact that it's an exact copy of the original SpiderPro holster.. meaning the release switch is on the left side (normally closest to you.. but attaching this 2nd pad on the left puts the release behind you).

Overall, it works. And if you need a 2nd holster, it does the job. For the price paid, it just didn't seem to be of the quality one would expect.

Tamrac Goblin Body Pouch 1.0 (Kiwi)
Tamrac Goblin Body Pouch 1.0 (Kiwi)
Offered by Roberts LP
Price: $16.95
6 used & new from $16.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice bags but a bit pricey for such little protection, May 19, 2016
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I've purchased about half a dozen different Tamrac Goblin bags - both the body pouches and the lens pouches.

First thing noticeable about these: The colors. They only come in neon green, bright orange or blue. The pro's here are that they're very noticeable in a bag.. they're also easy to tell apart if you load a different item in each color. The cons are that they're very noticeable and definitely not for everyone.

For me, the big selling point was the thin padding on them. Most bags add a lot of bulk and take up a lot of room. Since I put these into a backpack or bag, I wanted something with a little protection (to keep dust/dirt out and keep lenses from banging into eachother), and that's where these bags succeed. The thin padding give you a bit of protection from bumping into things or water drops/light rain.
The downside here is the price: These things are a bit pricey for what they offer. You're paying a decent amount for a very thin bag. While they do have some water protection (from what I can tell) the only seal is a pull-string. Another odd thing is that the pullstring doesn't have locks on it so it tends to undo itself on it's own (this has been true of all 7 or so of these bags I've bought)

In the end, I wish there was a bit more variety of colors. I wish the price wasn't so high and I wish they put a little more into the designs (maybe a zipper or locks to hold the top shut). While thin, it does offer some protection and doesn't take up much room.
Liked it enough to buy a few!

kitchenguru Silicone Ice Cube Trays & Molds - Large Cubes AND Round Ice Ball Maker Combo Kit - Impress your friends with the coolest of ice cubes that won't water down your drink!
kitchenguru Silicone Ice Cube Trays & Molds - Large Cubes AND Round Ice Ball Maker Combo Kit - Impress your friends with the coolest of ice cubes that won't water down your drink!
Offered by Schott Products
Price: $34.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Neat item but requires a bit of workaround, May 19, 2016
Having used the silicone cube trays before, I wanted to try the circle icecubes out. The kit included 3 pieces:
Cube/Squares tray
Ice ball top & bottom pieces

It's suggested that you can make square and round icecubes.. and while this is true, it seems as though you can only do one at a time.

One immediate difference: Each tray holds 6 cubes or round ice pieces. Most of these silicone trays (I own 3-4 prior to this) have all held 8.

To fill the round ice tray you need to connect the top and bottom pieces, fill through the hole in the top and then freeze. I found that the silicone will twist very easily due to the thinness, causing water to come out the sides. Moving to the freezer you'll lose a good amount of your "iceball".
The fix for this is to place the round icetray into the square icetray, fill it and move to the freezer. This limits you to only making either the squares or round pieces, not both at the same time. Once the round ice starts to freeze you can remove it and make square ice.
I found the extra work, larger size (storing 2x stacked trays to make 6 pieces of ice) a bit much. It does work though!

Overall, neat item. Do you need round ice? this is worth checking out then.

Note that I did receive this item at a discounted price in exchange for an honest review

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End - PlayStation 4
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End - PlayStation 4
Price: Click here to see our price
141 used & new from $36.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful game and a must-have for PS4 owners (finished game prior to review), May 18, 2016
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As a longtime fan of the Single-Player game experiences, I've found that nowadays most games are geared towards the multiplayer experience, so I've lost a bit of a connection to most modern games. I've tried but just can't get into them as much as a good story-driven experience.

Having not played uncharted 1-3 and only played a bit of Uncharted on PS Vita, I didn't know exactly what to expect from this game. I'm very glad I took the chance as it's been one of the best games I've played since The Last of Us and Tomb Raider reboot (the first one, not the 2nd).

I'll try to cover most parts of the experience but feel free to comment if you have any questions.

The disc takes up about 50GB of HDD Space after installing and downloading patches.

The game starts off by throwing you right into the action. Just like The Last of Us, you're put right out there into the game without a tutorial mode and you really don't need one. The game starts off great and continues through the end. You're constantly moving from location to location, on the hunt for something new and having new stuff thrown at you. I had a great time and went through the game in about a week (compared to most games I rarely finish). Having not played Uncharted 1-3 I still had a great time and was able to tell who the characters were -- I'm sure that fans of the series will have a better connection, but it's not required.

The game is absolutely beautiful. You'll see what looks like a cutscene showing an enormous city, characters walking around, mountain/oceans and more in the distance.. only to realize it's all realtime and all playable.

Throughout the game you'll have a few puzzles thrown at you. I found most of these to be pretty straight-forward which was nice.

I'll be honest and say I didn't spend too much time looking around for treasure, talking to people or just checking out the areas. I pretty much went straight-through the game and spent about 12 hours on the campaign mode. If you did want to stop and look around everywhere, I could see it easily taking 15+ to complete.

The story has you hooked from the start and you want to keep going to complete the game. The gameplay itself does get a little repetitive in that you're usually using the same few methods of progressing, but I never got tired of it like I did in some other games (Rise of the Tomb Raider).

Overall, I had a blast. I've not only finished it but also started a new game to play through again. Highly recommended for PS4 owners. If I didn't already have a PS4, this would push me over the edge.

Beard Brush for Men - Best Facial Hair Comb for Mustache Conditioning Styling & Maintenance - With Boar Bristles for Easy Upkeep & Grooming - Distributes Products & Natural Waxes - Smooth Viking
Beard Brush for Men - Best Facial Hair Comb for Mustache Conditioning Styling & Maintenance - With Boar Bristles for Easy Upkeep & Grooming - Distributes Products & Natural Waxes - Smooth Viking
Offered by Smooth Viking
Price: $25.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Good product!, May 16, 2016
First time trying one but it worked well.

Item looks nice, seems to be made of quality materials and has a good shape to it. While there is branding all over it didn't bother me like some other products did.

The only reasons for not giving it 5 stars: A handful of bristles shed after first use and the wooden top had a few splintered parts where the material was coming apart. Overall, good price at a good product.. the problems were small enough to get past, but it's not 5 star product.

Note that I did receive this item at a discounted price in exchange for an honest review.

Sriracha Cholula Tapatio Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce Keychain To Go Bottle Gift 1- Pack (Shipped Empty)
Sriracha Cholula Tapatio Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce Keychain To Go Bottle Gift 1- Pack (Shipped Empty)
Offered by Go Frozen LLC
Price: $6.85

2.0 out of 5 stars Really not worth it., May 16, 2016
Received this item at a discounted price in exchange for an honest review.

The item is pretty straight-forward. A very small (1.69 oz) hot cause dispenser with a cap that fits onto your keyring. Neat idea if you wanted to fill it with Sriracha, Hot Sauce, Ketchup or any other condiment, keep it on your keychain and have it with you whenever you're going out to eat somewhere.

Unfortunately, in actual use I didn't find it to be anywhere near as useful.

This item is a 3rd-party version of the original Sriracha-To-Go dispenser.. it comes as a Hotness to Go branded dispenser.
The bottle itself feels very, very low quality. Something you would expect from a dollar-store and I can't even tell if it's food-grade plastic.

The plastic is very thin but a hard material - this makes it difficult to squeeze all of the contents out. I would say that this is a one-time use (per refill) product. The cap of the product did appear to be fairly low quality as well, not holding fully closed and I could see it coming undone while in a pocket with your keys.

The item is also quite large for a keyring -- a bit larger than any keyfob. Keeping it on a keyring is more inconvenient than expected. I found more use out of just using it as a 1.69 oz. dispenser that you can store somewhere for when needed.

I was looking forward to this as it was a neat idea. Unfortunately, it didn't meet any of my expectations.
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Badger Air-Brush Co. 121 Paint Mixer
Badger Air-Brush Co. 121 Paint Mixer
Price: $10.99
13 used & new from $9.40

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Really nice idea, but unfortunately flawed in too many areas., May 13, 2016
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Right off the bat, great idea. If you any types of smaller paint bottles (model paints, airbrush paints, effect makeups) you've probably dealt with needing to evenly mix the paints before each use. The idea here is simple: Essentially a blender on a stick that fits into the bottle of paint and lets you mix the paints with a touch of a button.

The item comes as 2 pieces: The handle and the mixing stick. This lets you detach the stick for cleaning or storage/travel.
Note: This requires 2x AA batteries, not included.

The price is definitely right -- I'm actually surprised they didn't ask more for it.

The mixer has a single on/off switch (no power controls, it's either on or off). The mixing stick is about 5 inches long and should fit into most paint bottles up to about 4-8 ounces.

The mixing 'blade' is about half an inch, so make sure your paint bottle can fit that. I found that most 0.5+ ounce bottles will work fine, but the smaller 0.125, 0.25 and 0.33 ounce bottles I had were too small. Some 0.5 ounce bottles may be too small, so check first.

Actual usage: This is where it has some issues. If you have a bottle of paint with no agitator balls inside, this will probably do a better job. If you have agitator/stainless steel/marble balls inside your paint, those will do a better job, make less of a mess/waste and be quicker.

First problem: Using this requires you to not only stick the mixer into the paint, but to also raise/lower the handle into the paint to evenly mix it. Problem is, any paint on the stick (from putting it lower into the bottle) will spray everywhere once raised out of the paint. I ended up putting a small paper/plastic cup through the stick to help "cup" the top of the bottle and catch any paint that spray.

Second problem: The motor on this thing is unfortunately pretty weak. Using this to mix any thicker types of paints (I'm using it on alcohol-based effects paints), you'll see the motor come to almost a stop when trying to mix it. It almost becomes as useful as a stick in mixing paint.

Third problem: Paint waste and cleanup.
Some paints are expensive. I pay about 18 bucks for 1 ounce of effects airbrush paint, so you try to make sure you get to use every bit. The second you dip this into the paint, it holds onto quite a bit of paint once removed from the bottle. You can let some drip back, but you still lose a bit.
When mixing, everytime you lift the mixer out of the bottle, paint sprays off (see complaint #1), since this is required, you're constantly picking up paint (when dipping the mixer in) and spraying it around (pulling the mixer out). When done, you've still got paint all over the mixer.
Admittedly, you're not losing a half bottle with every use, but it's still something.
Cleaning: After each use you'll need to clean it so it doesn't dry on to the mixer or mix with other paints. I found the cleanup to be relatively easy but the process itself and needing to repeatedly clean it to ensure you're not putting the blue paint you just mixed into the white paint you're about to mix.

Overall: It's a nice idea. I found the best use to be if you're mixing paints together (pour some red paint and some blue paint into a cup, use this to mix them) opposed to actually mixing paints in the bottles.

My suggestion: Look into stainless steel mixing balls. Add a few of these to your bottle of paint, give it a 10 second shake and your paint should be well mixed without the cleanup, without the loss of paint and without needing to buy a new item.

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