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EBL® Li-ion Battery Charger for 10440/14500/16340/18500/18650 Rechargeable Battery
EBL® Li-ion Battery Charger for 10440/14500/16340/18500/18650 Rechargeable Battery
Offered by AIBOCN
Price: $17.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Good value and does the job., August 25, 2015
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This charger sold by Aibcn does the job at a great price. Yes, it's cheaply made but what do you expect for just $7? Charging a battery should be a non frivolous task and this charger does exactly that. There are 2 placeholders for batteries and there are green/red LEDs inside the body of the charger that light up and show through the translucent white plastic body. When you first plug it in, it's green with no batteries in the charger. Then when you put a battery in to charge, the LED inside the unit will turn red to show that it's charging. It turns to green when the battery is fully charged. The great thing about this charger is that it will charge just one battery so that you don't need to do them in pairs. The LED lights are independent as well so that you can see the red/green only on the side that you're doing the charging.

What I don't like so much are the metal spring prongs that you have to pull down in order to insert the battery. First of all, it's very stiff so you can't really use one hand. Also, the prong themselves are flattish which you can see from the photos. That makes it more difficult to align the battery when you're inserting it as it slips around, again, needing a two hand operation. The other thing that's annoying is that it makes a buzzing noise. I've heard it in other cheaply made power supplies so this is not too huge of a deal. Lastly, the design of the charger seems upside-down. The label EBL looks like the top of the unit but is actually the bottom in relation to how the unit works. The charger has a retractible wall jack like many other travel chargers and it's directly behind the EBL badge label. However, you insert the battery with the + sign towards the other end of the charger where the half-circles are. Those half-circles are also where the LED lights are. So, you have to pull the charger metal prongs towards the EBL badge which seems backwards when you're actually using it. It always takes me a few seconds to try to figure out the orientation when I use it.

I've use it thus far on an 18650 battery as well as a 14500 and they both worked fine. It's a fine charger and for the price, it's worth buying.

Philips 455709 100W Equivalent A19 LED Soft White Light Bulb Frustration Free, 3-Pack
Philips 455709 100W Equivalent A19 LED Soft White Light Bulb Frustration Free, 3-Pack
Price: $26.99

13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great value!, July 9, 2015
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These Philips light bulbs are a great value. They’re small like the old incandescent bulbs that they replace. They’re also about 1/3 of the cost of traditional LED 100W equivalent bulbs.

I bought for example, a CREE 100W equivalent bulb from Home Depot about 9 months ago and I paid about what it cost to buy these 3 Philips. The CREE is also much bigger with an unsightly heat sink attached to the base of the bulb making it almost twice the size.

In terms of the color temperature I would say that these strike a great balance between not being too warm or too cool, they’re similar to an incandescent bulb. The label says that they’re 2700k, 1500 Lumens.

These are also most definitely NOT for dimmable applications so don’t even try. When I tried it the bulb seem to flicker when used on a dimmable switch. So, unless you want your room to look like a disco, I suggest another bulb.

Since 100W equivalent is such a inaccurate spec I would caution people to focus on the lumens offered. The CREE bulb from Home Depot for example is 1600 Lumens, 16 Watts, and also 2700K but it appears to my eyes to be considerably brighter as well as a bit warmer. So YMMV.

Finally, since the Philips bulb has a plastic sheath on the bottom of the bulb there’s not as much downward light as the CREE for example which doesn’t have this plastic cover and therefore has a more omnidirectional light emission. Keep that in mind when you’re looking at a specific application.

For the most part, these bulbs offer a great value for most applications where you’re looking to replace an old incandescent bulb. It’s a great value because you’ll only need to pay about 1/3 of the price of a typical 100W equivalent LED bulb.

Rock N Roll Gold Chain Lubricant, 16-Ounce Complete Kit w/ 4oz Bottle & Applicator
Rock N Roll Gold Chain Lubricant, 16-Ounce Complete Kit w/ 4oz Bottle & Applicator
Offered by Beach City Bike
Price: $21.19
32 used & new from $18.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best chain lube on earth, period!, May 12, 2015
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This review is from: Rock N Roll Gold Lube (Sports)
I first discovered Rock N Roll Gold about 15 years ago while searching for a good lube for my MTB chain. I must have tried 5 or 6 "top" brands in the market place that were highly rated by everyone. However, I never liked any of them as they are like traditional oily lubes.

I saw someone mentioned R&R on a bike forum one day and immediately called to order one. I spoke to the owner himself who spent about 20 minutes talking to me about lubes and how he came about this lube. To make a long story short I bought a small bottle of it just to try it out and from the moment I first tried it, I was hooked.

This lube is unlike any of the others. First of all, you clean and lube all at once. Second, you're suppose to rub it off after you apply it. This seems counter intuitive as most people would believe that like traditional lubes, it needs to remain on the chain. But the way Gold works is by forming a thin layer of "dry" lube that's great at keeping dirt from sticking on the chain. That's one reason the instructions says to leave it to cure overnight for best results.

When the instructions are followed, this is the driest, quietest, and cleanest lube that you will ever use. I'm shocked that not more people are using it. In fact, I'm shocked that people are still using other chain lubes, period. It's that good. You can try buying the little bottle to try before committing to this large refill version. But you should just go ahead and buy this as you'll eventually buy it anyway so why waste time?

I like RnR so much that I now use their other lubes as well.

Giro Nine Ski & Snowboard Helmet
Giro Nine Ski & Snowboard Helmet
Price: $55.97 - $115.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice helmet, great value!, February 25, 2015
This review is from: Giro Nine Ski & Snowboard Helmet
I own the large size in black. First of all, the Nine is the 2015 model vs the Nine.10, which are 2014. So be sure to get the newer one if you're paying the same price!

These helmets are fantastic. They're light weight and keeps your head and ears warm. They also fit snugly with the in form fit system which has a little dial on the back of the head that allows you to cinch the inside straps to your head. The inside padding and straps are very comfortable and soft.

One thing I've noticed is that some of the more expensive Giro models use softs shell construction rather than in mold construction. Soft shells are more durable but also adds a lot of weight. It makes the helmets too heavy, in my opinion. I wouldn't get them especially when they're also more expensive.

These seem to offer the most value. They're light weight, feature rich, comfortable, and priced reasonably.

Dragon APX2 Goggles Jamie Lynn/Blue Steel And Yellow/ Blue Ionized Lens Mens
Dragon APX2 Goggles Jamie Lynn/Blue Steel And Yellow/ Blue Ionized Lens Mens
Offered by Smooth Shop
Price: $215.00
3 used & new from $215.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Good start but can be improved., February 25, 2015
I own the Jamie Lynn version. What Dragon has done was to make a pair of goggles that makes it immensely easy to swap out the lenses. Just slide a couple of switches (one on each side of the lens) and release the latch that holds the lens in place, put the new one in, and slide the switches again to close the latch. That's it! It's so simple and can be done in literally 4 seconds. All goggles should be this simple and secure!

Other positive attributes are that it comes with a free second yellow lens for low light conditions. Another great accessory is the rigid storage case that comes with this kit as well as a white cotton storage cloth. The black rigid case should protect the googles when you have it in your backpack etc. The white storage cloth has a divider that separates your goggles from the spare lens which is great.

Overall, the fit is fantastic. Both of the lens have a yellowish tint when looking through them. The goggles also have rigid vents on top and bottom unlike other manufacturers that use just foam. Foam is easily torn or disintegrates after time. These plastic vents will last.

Here's where I think it falls short. First, the Jamie Lynn version has a white frame. That's fine on the outside, but the inside is also white which makes it distracting when you wear them as you notice them too easily. They don't "disappear" as when you have a black interior. Second, the peripherals are not as wide as for example, the Oakley Canopy. Lastly, and this is a big one which Dragon may not be able to easily overcome, the lens itself is not as good as the new Oakley Prizms. The Prizms are out of this world in terms of showing you contrast in the snow. I've never seen anything like it.

If Dragon can fix those shortfalls, I think they will have the best goggles on the market.

Sigg Replacement Gaskets for Sigg Kids Water Bottles
Sigg Replacement Gaskets for Sigg Kids Water Bottles
Offered by REUSEIT
Price: $3.95
3 used & new from $3.95

5.0 out of 5 stars They're especially great for the older bottles which, January 29, 2015
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These are standard replacement rubber gadgets for Sigg bottles. Even though it says that they're for kids water bottles, they fit regular sized ones as well. They're especially great for the older bottles which, if you've had them for many years like me, have rubber gadgets that have started to harden.

I just wish that the shipping didn't cost as much as the gadgets themselves.

Pencil by FiftyThree Digital Stylus for iPad and iPhone - Graphite
Pencil by FiftyThree Digital Stylus for iPad and iPhone - Graphite
Price: $49.95
16 used & new from $39.96

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but could have been designed better., June 8, 2014
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I was looking forward to using Pencil after ordering it. I`ve been using 53's other product, Paper, ever since it was introduced as an app many years ago. I must admit that the product's packaging as well as the machining of the device itself is exquisite.

However, I think 53 made a mistake in the way they designed the pencil due to their criteria of embedding a USB battery charging connector within the pencil itself. This decision means that the overall form factor would need to be based on that restriction.

I think the pencil is too big as a stylus. It could have been designed to be much smaller and lighter. There are other ways of designing a charging connector that would have allowed for a much smaller form factor.

What's most unfortunate is that by letting the USB charging connector ultimately dictate the size of the pencil, they made the sensing tip too big for any delicate work. For example, when I try to draw a thin line across the page, it's difficult to judge where that fine line will end up exactly on the page. It becomes almost impossible if you have to continue that line further down the page unless you magnify the area. What they should have done was to design a thin pen and an even thinner sensor point so that users can match the tip to what's actually drawn on the page. I would rather have a thin pen that could draw a thick line on screen than the thick pen that draws a thin line.

The weight of the pencil is okay but I would have liked a lighter one. The pencil lasts quite a few hours although I haven't been able to do a scientific test to see just how many from beginning to end. The pencil does have a bit of a delay between when you draw or write something until it's registered onscreen. I'm not sure if that can be improved but it's more disconcerting when writing something than drawing something. The eraser on the top of the pencil works great as advertised.

Overall, I think this is a decent first effort by the team at 53. It's a good companion to have with the Paper app, although it's a little pricy. Let's hope that the next version would remove some of the constraints I pointed out above.

Vornado VFAN Vintage Whole Room Air Circulator, Green
Vornado VFAN Vintage Whole Room Air Circulator, Green
Price: $99.99
15 used & new from $84.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Airflow, Great Fan, April 19, 2014
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This is no ordinary fan. I recommend this fan to anyone who recognizes that in order to get quality, you have to pay for quality. This product will not disappoint. It functions on three speed levels, all quietly, and can be adjusted so that airflow can be moved manually 180 degrees. This is not an oscillating fan, but that is not detrimental to the great design of this product. It is quiet and safe. All moving parts are enclosed in this retro-looking, metal fan. The paint color is very attractive – muted green with brass-looking vent. What makes this fan different from any I have owned before is that it ventilates a room. It is advertised as a “whole room air circulator”, which is true. As a bonus, the product comes with a 5-year warranty. I’ve used small, plastic oscillating fans before, as well as larger fans, but none has had the effectiveness of this fan, which functions at a higher level consistent with its value. My only negative criticism of this product is that I would like the cord to be a little longer – it is 66”. Do not let this deter you, do what I do and switch outlets. I look forward to using this fan this summer to supplement our A/C unit and feel confident it will cool our sunny room faster than the air conditioning unit alone. Great fan.

Clarks Men's Originals Wallabee Run Oxford,Tuape,9 M US
Clarks Men's Originals Wallabee Run Oxford,Tuape,9 M US
Offered by SoftMoc
Price: $125.00

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most comfortable shoes, April 12, 2014
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These have some of the softest soles around for a casual shoe. They're equivalent to the Nike Free in terms of comfort. The toe box is also wide like the Nike Free. This was perfect for someone like me who usually likes to wear Nike Free but those runners are inappropriate for some situations where a real pair of shoes must be worn. Please note that they run a bit big. I usually wear size 9.5 in dress shoes and I had to go down to a 9 in these. I wear 10.5 in Nike Free just for comparison.

As far as getting it dirty? Just do as I do and go buy a can of the silicon waterproofing shoe spays and give it a good spray BEFORE your first use and water and dirt will roll off of these like buttta! It has kept mine looking nice and new for ages.

These are cheaper than Nike Frees and I'll definitely be buying more...

Ok, and this is important, after wearing these shoes for some time I discovered that even though you can fit into a smaller shoe, you should instead buy the exact size that you wear. In my original review above I sized down by a half to a 9 when my actual measured size is 9.5. Although the smaller one fits me just right leaving a little headroom in the front of my toes, I discovered that overtime, the way the shoes rolls when you push off with your feet, it will push your big toes towards your other toes so that it becomes sore after 15 minutes of walking. Even though the larger size feels like there's too much room in the front of your toes, it actually works as intended to keep your toes from getting squashed when you push off. So, stick to your actual size.
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T-fal P25107 Stainless Steel Dishwasher Safe PFOA Free Pressure Cooker Cookware, 6.3-Quart, Silver
T-fal P25107 Stainless Steel Dishwasher Safe PFOA Free Pressure Cooker Cookware, 6.3-Quart, Silver
Price: $77.34
38 used & new from $53.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good value, February 16, 2014
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If you have cooked with a pressure cooker before, as I have, you will find this T-Fal pressure cooker to be easy to use. If you have not used one before, do not be intimidated by the product and give it a try. In either case, be smart and read the instruction booklet before you use this cooker, including the first time trial with only water in the pot. T-Fal includes clear instructions with each part labeled A, B, C, etc. I like the clearly marked orange ring around the valve on the lid, enabling you to choose two pressure levels and to match the dot for steam release—easy. The pressure cooker is low and wide, but sufficient for a meal for four people and the steamer basket is a generous size proportionate with the diameter of the cooker. When you release the pressure, two forceful streams of steam exit the lid, as it is designed to do, and it is noisy for a good 30 seconds, but weakens gradually in a minute or more. One not terribly obvious but important feature is the pressure dot in the black handle, which pops up on full pressure as red, and sinks when pressure is released back to black. As for cooking quality, I was very pleased with the end result of the food I cooked, which included meat (beef) in the bottom of the pot, and potatoes and carrots in the basket.

I own a Kuhn Rikon Duromatic pressure cooker that I have had for 11 years. It is about a quart larger, deeper, and less wide than the T-Fal, and it is also more than twice the retail cost of the T-Fal, largely due to the heavy stainless steel design. I like the lighter weight of the T-Fal, and I think that anyone with strength or grip issues will like it better as well. The Kuhn Rikon is easy to clean and maintain, and the T-Fal is a little more work what with the need to clean out the inside valve from time to time, which must be done to ensure safety and steam release. However, the important factor is the quality of the cooking, and I see no difference thus far in the much more expensive Kuhn Rikon over this T-Fal.

For those who are still skeptical, I have never had a negative incident with a pressure cooker. Pressure cookers are wonderful for saving time. A recipe that requires simmering beef for three hours can be reduced to 45 to 50 minutes in a pressure cooker. Risotto cooks beautifully inside a pressure cooker, eliminating the need (and time) to stand over a hot stove stirring rice (think summer). Chicken will cook in half the time required and come out tender. A busy, time-constrained professional needs a break in the kitchen from time-to-time and this pressure cooker provides that break. You can put the meal in it and walk away to do other things. For the price Amazon is asking for this pressure cooker, you won’t be sorry you made the purchase. It’s worth your time.

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