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Coleman Northern Nova Propane Lantern with Case
Coleman Northern Nova Propane Lantern with Case
Price: $104.99
20 used & new from $101.63

5.0 out of 5 stars Bright and solidly built lantern, June 27, 2016
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I have been a Coleman lantern user since I bought my first liquid fuel Coleman lantern when I was in Boy Scouts in the 70s. That lantern always worked well and served me up until it was destroyed in a house fire last year. I still think liquid fuel is cheaper and more efficient, but this propane model is pretty good. It has extra large size mantles that put out an enormous amount of light. The mantles are still made of the same (silk?) material as the old ones, so once they are ash after the initial burning, they are very fragile. However, in their ashen state, they can last for a VERY long time since they don't really wear out. The only reason I ever have had to replace mantles was when I dropped or tipped over the lantern and they broke, or if I opened up the glass to clean it and accidentally bumped the mantle.

This lantern folds up nicely and comes with a semi-hard carry case that zips up around it. It would have been nice to have a pocket on the case to store extra mantles and matches (in case the igniter doesn't work for some reason, and to light new mantles). Also, the carrying handle is attached to the lantern by a chain, presumably to keep it cooler by hanging down at the side. It's OK, but I would prefer a solid handle so the lantern doesn't swing around as much when you carry it.

Otherwise, it's a great lantern, solid build quality and easily folds up for storage. Get extra mantles and a couple cylinders of propane and you are all set! (Note: in the pictures, I had not yet done the initial burn of the mantles)
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Holan 120ml Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser Ultrasonic Cool Mist Aroma Humidifier 7 LED for Room
Holan 120ml Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser Ultrasonic Cool Mist Aroma Humidifier 7 LED for Room
Offered by Holan Direct
Price: $36.99

5.0 out of 5 stars It works great -- nice stream of mist and silent operation, June 27, 2016
I received this item to test and review. This is my opinion:

This diffuser is easy to open and fill with water. You just twist the outer cover slightly and lift it off, and then lift off the inner tank over to fill. It is easy to clean out with mild detergent. It produces an abundance of mist that is heavier than air, as it tends to go up out of the top and then fall back. A few drops of essential oil will give a very slight fragrance - I suggest using a strong scent like peppermint or rose. There is no audible sound I can hear when it's on and the light show is a bonus. :-)
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DEDC 1 Pair Car Headlight 9005 Led Headlight Conversion Kit Led Headlight Bulbs 48W 3,600LM 5,700K Cool White Cree TrueBeam LED Headlight Kit
DEDC 1 Pair Car Headlight 9005 Led Headlight Conversion Kit Led Headlight Bulbs 48W 3,600LM 5,700K Cool White Cree TrueBeam LED Headlight Kit
Offered by DEDCAUTO
Price: $329.99
2 used & new from $49.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very bright and efficient light, June 21, 2016
I received this item to test and review. This is my opinion:

This LED headlight replacement looks fantastic. I have a 2009 Camry Hybrid, so I was worried that maybe the extra cable and converter would not fit, but it does. The 'bulb' itself with 4 LED chips on each side goes directly into the socket where the halogen bulb goes. Then you use the supplied zip ties and fasten the cord and little converter box to another wire or hose by the headlight unit. The plug on the end then attaches to the plug that normally connects directly to the bulb. Simple and easy -- I was done in 15 mins.

The light color is way bluer than the halogens it replaces. The color temp of the LEDs is about 5500K, whereas halogen is around 2700K. I was sent the 9005 kit, so it replaced the high beams in the Camry. Unfortunately, I was not sent the H11 bulbs that would replace the low beams, so there is a wide color difference between high and low beams. But the LED bulbs are very bright; they seem much brighter than the halogen 9005 bulbs, but that could be just because of the bluer color. At 1800lm per bulb, they are not as bright as some of the more expensive LED kits out there (some are 5000+lm!) or as bright as HIDs (which are a pain to install and expensive). Also, there is no adjustable focus that you might find on higher end bulbs. But at this price point, I would call these LEDs a good value.

One thing I differ with in their ad for these -- a bluer light bounces back to the driver more than yellower light does. This is why you sometimes see yellow fog lights. So I think this color light might make it a little more difficult to see in fog or when it's snowing. Otherwise, they are great replacements and work well, and you will likely never have to replace them again for the life of the car.


Vector Watch Smartwatch with 30 Day Battery Life - Luna-Flat Black/Black Silicone
Vector Watch Smartwatch with 30 Day Battery Life - Luna-Flat Black/Black Silicone
Price: $238.44
11 used & new from $202.67

1.0 out of 5 stars It does not work with my BLU Studio C with Android 5.0, June 21, 2016
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I have had this watch for over 2 weeks and have yet to be able to connect it with my BLU Studio C phone. I have corresponded with Vector after submitting a customer support request and followed all of their instructions to update the watch firmware to v1.4.0 and have loaded the latest version of their app. The phone is running Android 5.0 and Bluetooth works fine for other devices I have. So I am at a loss as to what the problem is and Vector seems not able or willing to help in a timely manner.

The watch does connect fine to my son's Moto X with Android 5.1, so I am thinking either Android 5.0 is the problem or this BLU phone has some issue with the app or with its Bluetooth connection. Regardless... at this point the watch is just a very expensive wristwatch at the moment. I will update later if Vector ever figures out what the problem is and corrects it.


SanDisk Extreme CZ80 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Transfer Speeds Up To 245MB/s- SDCZ80-064G-GAM46
SanDisk Extreme CZ80 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Transfer Speeds Up To 245MB/s- SDCZ80-064G-GAM46
Price: $30.45
19 used & new from $24.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Fast data transfer!, June 20, 2016
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Not all flash drives are alike, even if they hold the same capacity. I sometimes copy large video or music files to flash drives to copy to other computers. So I bought this Flash Drive because it has high data transfer speed, and I was not disappointed. This thing is FAST. I copied several gigabytes of video files from the computer to it, and even with a USB 2.0 port, it copied the files in less than 10 seconds! I would not hesitate using this as a backup or even a boot drive. Recommended!


Venstar Shower Speaker Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker Waterproof, Portable Outdoor Speaker with Carabiner, 7W Acoustic Drivers, TF/SD Card & 12 Hours Play
Venstar Shower Speaker Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker Waterproof, Portable Outdoor Speaker with Carabiner, 7W Acoustic Drivers, TF/SD Card & 12 Hours Play
Offered by WCB Direct
Price: $79.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Rugged little speaker for wet locations, June 20, 2016
I received this item to test and review. This is my opinion:

This is a nice and sturdy little speaker. The sound is actually pretty good. I ran a Sine Wave generator on it from 20Hz - 20kHz and I could hear it from around 57Hz to about 14,500Hz. Music played through it sounds clear with no distortion at 100% volume. It paired easily with my BLU Studio C phone with good connection within about 20 feet.

It comes with a carabiner, a short USB cable and a short 3.5mm audio cable. It can also play files from a TF card of 32G or smaller capacity. The user guide says that it has two 1.5" speakers -- although you can't see the speakers to verify that; they are so close together that you don't really get much stereo presence anyway. There is a passive bass reflex radiator on the back. I don't have an Apple device to test with, but apparently it can act as a remote camera trigger for the iPhone. It has a mic so it can be used as a remote for your phone. This speaker is water resistant, but I would not submerge it. It would be great for shower, poolside, beach, etc.

One note: the speaker must be pointed directly at you for best sound, otherwise you lose some highs.


Culinary Cooking Tools 1 - 4 Cup Stainless Steel Pour Over Coffee Maker, Paperless and Reusable with Recipe eBook.
Culinary Cooking Tools 1 - 4 Cup Stainless Steel Pour Over Coffee Maker, Paperless and Reusable with Recipe eBook.
Offered by culinarycookingtools
Price: $17.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Here are some pros and cons, June 16, 2016
I was given this item to test and review. This is my opinion:

Pros:
It turns out good coffee (follow their instructions on brewing).
Good for camping or other places where you don't have electricity.
Can be used to filter other liquids, like tea, juices.
Save money on paper filters.

Cons:
If using a large mug, you must pour water through 2-3 times.
The filter becomes clogged as flow slows down after the first pour.
Steam rising up the sides of the cone can burn you.
The handle becomes very hot after 2-3 pours.

I think this is a useful gadget.


SoundPEATS Outdoor Bluetooth Speakers Portable Wireless Speakers Waterproof Shower Speaker (IP65 Water Resistant / Dustproof, 10 Hours Play Time, Powerful 5W Driver, Built in Microphone) - P2
SoundPEATS Outdoor Bluetooth Speakers Portable Wireless Speakers Waterproof Shower Speaker (IP65 Water Resistant / Dustproof, 10 Hours Play Time, Powerful 5W Driver, Built in Microphone) - P2
Offered by SoundPEATS Audio
Price: $99.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big, clear sound, June 5, 2016
I received this item to test and review. This is my opinion:

SoundPeats has a good reputation for quality, and this bluetooth speaker works well. I paired it with my Kindle Fire without a problem -- it shows as "P2" in the devices list. The sound is clear and crisp; it sounds great playing music. You can turn it up to max volume with no distortion. It has a speaker on the front where the SoundPeats logo and blue "on" light is, and on the back is a passive radiator.

I tested the speaker with an audio sine sweep tone, and its audible frequency range is about 40Hz - 20kHz, which is impressive for a small speaker. The low bass does not move much air (for sound effects or low drum beats), but it does produce low musical sounds (like bass guitar) pretty well. It has a mounting screw socket on the bottom and is water resistant. I would not submerge it, but for splashes it will be fine. One thing you should consider though... even though this speaker is water resistant, your smartphone or tablet must be protected.


Roundup Extended Control Weed and Grass Killer Plus Weed Preventer II Concentrate, 16-Ounce
Roundup Extended Control Weed and Grass Killer Plus Weed Preventer II Concentrate, 16-Ounce
Price: $17.32
13 used & new from $15.08

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works great -- and keeps working for months!, June 4, 2016
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Roundup products (glyphosate) work great for killing most broadleaf weeds and grasses, and is one of the most-used herbicides in the US. It works by entering through the leaves of growing plants and shutting down the production of three amino acids necessary for growth. It will therefore not work as a pre-emergent herbicide, and has limited effect on slow growing plants, e.g. in winter or otherwise cool weather. I use it on my brick patio, on mulched walking areas, and around my fruit trees.

This formulation includes a couple other chemicals, one of which is Diquat, which is not systemic, but just dries out any parts of the plant it touches. This is what causes the wilting and browning of leaves before the glyphosate has had a chance to stop growth. This chemical is more toxic to humans than glyphosate is, so handle with care. Another ingredient is Imazapic, which is absorbed through both roots and leaves, and has a half-life in soil of 232 days, which will prevent new weeds from growing in the soil it's sprayed on for several months.

There is currently considerable controversy over the ingredients in this herbicide, specifically glyphosate, but using it wisely and judiciously in a residential or small farm setting is not a problem. Just be sure to wear protective gear to avoid getting it on your skin, and spray only on areas that you want nothing to grow in for several months. Avoid spraying where/when it could contaminate ground water or runoff.

that also prevent new seeds from sprouting - like Crabgrass Preventer you can use on your lawn.


400A Peak 10000 mAh Multi Function Portable Car Jump Starter Vehicle Emergency Kit Phone Battery Charger Power Bank 80PSI Air Compressor with Tire Pressure Gauge Digital Tire Pump Inflatot
400A Peak 10000 mAh Multi Function Portable Car Jump Starter Vehicle Emergency Kit Phone Battery Charger Power Bank 80PSI Air Compressor with Tire Pressure Gauge Digital Tire Pump Inflatot
Offered by Joyluxy Direct
Price: $199.99
2 used & new from $75.58

5.0 out of 5 stars A kit like this one should be in every car, June 4, 2016
I received this item to test and review. This is my opinion:

A charged, portable jump starter, I think, is something that every car should have in it. With it, you should never be stranded again because of a dead battery. The jump starter will be able to start up the car and at least get you back home safe again. This starter is a bit less in capacity as a couple others I have reviewed (which were 18000mAh compared to this one's 10000mAh, but it should still be able to start up to about 6L engines, and can be used on any 12v starting system like a boat, ATV, RV, motorcycle, etc.

The battery also serves as a 5v USB charger for mobile devices, although one thing it lacks that several others have is a barrel-connector output for charging or running laptops and other 12v-19v devices. It can be charged with the included adapters either from a 120v wall plug or from a 12v auto receptacle.

A couple neat additions to this jump starter/backup battery are a tire gauge with multi-function tools, and a tire pump. The tire gauge also have a LED flashlight and a red LED on it (presumably to see better in the dark because red does not close the pupils like white light does). The lights and gauge are powered by 5 button batteries though, which are more expensive and harder to find than AA batteries. The foldout tools (pliers, saw, screwdrivers, and scissors) might be useful in a pinch if that's all you have, but I would definitely look into getting a proper emergency tool set for your car instead of relying on this. And to round it off, there is the ubiquitous glass breaker, which seems indispensable on these type of Chinese tool sets, but in reality would probably never be used.

The air pump also has a flashlight that is always on when it's plugged into the battery. It puts out an impressive volume of air (up to about 80psi), and comes with a needle for inflating sports balls, and an attachment for inflating rubber inflatable toys/mattresses. However, I would not leave the air pump running more than 15 minutes at a time, if inflating a large item, with a 15 minute cool down before using again. It says in the instructions that it's supposed to only take about 10 minutes to inflate a car tire from 0-30psi.

I suggest every vehicle have a kit like this, and an emergency first aid kit, at a minimum.


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