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Ambient Weather WR-112 Emergency Solar Hand Crank AM/FM/NOAA Weather Radio, Flashlight, Smart Phone Charger with Weather Alert, Siren
Ambient Weather WR-112 Emergency Solar Hand Crank AM/FM/NOAA Weather Radio, Flashlight, Smart Phone Charger with Weather Alert, Siren
Price: $49.99
8 used & new from $42.07

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but could be better, August 27, 2014
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The radio does the job, but I think the value is low. The build quality is cheap, reception is so-so. Included solar panel is somewhat useless. Basically, this is loaded with gimmicks. The hand-crank is a bit slow to be of any real use, about the only cool thing is you can use it as a USB battery pack, albeit a small one (800 mAh) to keep your smartphone going for a while.

Unless you are going backpacking and need a compact weather radio (don't get any of these wet) I would just stick to a plug-in unit with a battery backup.

I also have the adventurer 2 model, and compared to that, the WR-112 does not use 3 AAA cells, has about 1/3 the capacity in the Li-Ion battery (800 mAh vs 2200 mAh), has 3 lower power LEDs instead of 1 brighter LED, but the WR-112 seems to have a much higher quality hand-crank (could just be sample variations too), but the crank on the 112 seems to generate electricity faster but is a bit harder to turn.

Bottom line is for the price I wish the units were higher quality. I would be happy to lose either the hand-crank and the solar panel, which look nice on paper, but in reality just aren't needed.


Belkin MIXIT 30-Pin ChargeSync Cable for iPhone 4/4S/3/3S, iPad 3G  and iPad 2 (Blue)
Belkin MIXIT 30-Pin ChargeSync Cable for iPhone 4/4S/3/3S, iPad 3G and iPad 2 (Blue)
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8 used & new from $10.39

5.0 out of 5 stars Quality Connector, August 27, 2014
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Nice high quality cable. Works great with my iPad 2. Charged it rapidly, and doesn't appear to have any connection issues. My son loves it since it is blue instead of white, but the bottom line is it doesn't really matter, it is a nice looking and nice quality dock connector cable. Won't need these much longer except with a few old devices, but until those go away it is handy to have a spare for charging in the car.


Belkin 6-Inch Lightning to USB ChargeSync Cable for iPhone 5/5S/5c, iPad 4th Gen and iPad mini - Retail Packaging - Blue
Belkin 6-Inch Lightning to USB ChargeSync Cable for iPhone 5/5S/5c, iPad 4th Gen and iPad mini - Retail Packaging - Blue
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2 used & new from $17.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Short Charge, August 25, 2014
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This is a nice cable for charging off of us USB battery pack. The cable is very short, so is not useful for much else. I noticed a lot of negative reviews on this cable regarding quality, the one I received is perfectly acceptable and works with the iPhone 5s. If you have a problem with the cable I would suggest contacting Amazon, I really like the cable and it does exactly what I wanted it to do.


Contigo Purity Glass Water Bottle, 20-Ounce, Greyed Jade
Contigo Purity Glass Water Bottle, 20-Ounce, Greyed Jade
Price: $14.99
2 used & new from $14.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Heavy but Nice, August 24, 2014
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If you really want a glass water bottle, this is pretty nice. However, I much prefer the lid design on the autoseal bottles. This is basically an expensive glass milk bottle, with some nice added touches. I like the lanyard is metal weave, the silicone makes a nice bumper to protect the glass, and everything is high quality.

However, when I opened this bottle it reeked of chemicals far worse than any plastic bottle I have used. Make sure to wash it well first. I was surprised by the strong chemical odor, must be something they used in creation of the glass or something. After washing it the odor seems mostly gone.


New Balance Men's M870 Mild Stability Running Shoe,Blue/Black,10.5 D US
New Balance Men's M870 Mild Stability Running Shoe,Blue/Black,10.5 D US
Price: $109.95
2 used & new from $109.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fit and Great Value, August 23, 2014
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I like New Balance shoes because of the nice wide fit, great build quality, and great comfort. The M870 doesn't disappoint.

I had the first version of these shoes for a couple years previous, until the soles finally wore through. Then I bought the M990v3, for the more professional look so I don't feel embarrassed wearing them to work. But the M990 is a much heavier shoe and not really great for running.

These M870 shoes are nice and light, great for running and the nice wide heel forankle stability, and high heel for comfort walking around. Plus they are assembled in the USA. What is not to like?


einszett 910815 Exclusiv Gloss Shampoo
einszett 910815 Exclusiv Gloss Shampoo
Price: $9.85

3.0 out of 5 stars What is this Stuff?, August 19, 2014
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The first warning on the label says may cause severe eye damage. What kind of soap causes severe eye damage? It also warned about getting it on your skin. What kind of car wash soap are you not going to get on your skin? My hands are all dry and itchy after washing my car and very irritated skin. It says, and it has no lye either. So what is it? Is it soap or is it something else entirely? At least it is environmentally friendly, or so it says.

It did a good job with my black car. I can't tell if it's better than any other soap or not.

If you want a phosphate free soap, that's a little harsh on the skin. This might be the stuff for you. If you want the soap that is gentle on your skin, I would try something like Murphy's Oil Soap.


Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Added Cereal Bottle, 11 Ounce
Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Added Cereal Bottle, 11 Ounce
Price: $9.91
4 used & new from $9.91

3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but is it?, August 19, 2014
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Make sure to talk to your doctor about adding cereal to bottles, it often is not recommended.

This bottle is typical Tommee Tippee, in that it is high quality and easy to use. My daughter doesn't like it at all, much too fast for her. She refuses to use normal cups or sippy cups so she still uses her bottle. She doesn't have a very good suck reflex for anything but bottles so we reluctantly still use them. I was hoping this would help. Nope.

So the product works well as advertised, my neutral rating is because adding cereal to the bottle is generally not a good idea (again, talk to your healthcare provider). I use exclusively Tommee Tippee bottles with their traditional nipples and love them.


JAM Transit Wireless Ear Buds (Black) HX-EP310BK
JAM Transit Wireless Ear Buds (Black) HX-EP310BK
Offered by MEGA MALL
Price: $31.20
3 used & new from $31.20

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works great and well thought out, August 16, 2014
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Setup is easy, the only issue I had was the directions say to attach the ear hook, but have no picture or directions on how to attach the ear hook. So it takes a little experimenting with to get it attached properly.

Sound quality is good, typical lower and middle range earbuds. You aren't going to be blown away by it, but it isn't bad.

There are a wide variety of ear canal cones to choose from. Product is well thought out, with little magnets to hold the pieces together while you were walking around, functions very well, and is overall a great product.


OXO Good Grips Butter Dish, White/Clear
OXO Good Grips Butter Dish, White/Clear
Price: $16.37

5.0 out of 5 stars Clearly Butter, August 16, 2014
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Best part is the dish is clear, you can see when someone doesn't replace the butter before you put the bread in the toaster. Not much is worse than being stuck with toast and only a stick of frozen butter.

Dish fits a standard 1/4 butter stick with some space. Easy to remove one handed, and a butter knife can rest on the top.


Motorola FOCUS66 Wi-Fi HD Home Monitoring Camera
Motorola FOCUS66 Wi-Fi HD Home Monitoring Camera
Price: $99.99

4.0 out of 5 stars I spy a spying eye, August 14, 2014
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Setup:
Easy, with free App download from Play store on my Galaxy S4. Home network is using WPA2. Account creation wasn't too bad, but make sure you read terms of service.

Use:
Works well enough from anywhere, video feed is delayed by 3 or 4 seconds, which is terrible, especially if using audio. Most similar devices I have used have closer to half second latency.

Security Camera:
I don't really see it as much of a security camera, although it will do that. I see it as more of a monitor camera, either baby monitor, baby sitter monitor, etc. I think ability to record data locally as well is important for security camera, no need for Wi-Fi that way. Resolution isn't high enough either, even though it is "HD" they compress the video feed so much that all useful detail is gone. You can pinch to zoom in on the android app, and there is so little data there you might have trouble analyzing a face from 6 feet away.

Also, the camera doesn't deal with high contrast situations well. Most rear-view cameras in cars process the video such you can see both light and dark areas at the same time. With this, if there is a window in the picture, the surrounding area is dark and not visible (depending on how much window is visible).

Baby Monitor:
Works well as a baby monitor with both infrared lights for night vision and sound activated notifications, as well as two way (simplex) audio. By simplex I mean it works like an old two way radio with push to talk, you can't hear the other side while you are talking. This isn't so bad on a radio, but when you have a 3 second latency it is really awkward to use as an intercom, and if you want to hear their response you have to remember to touch the button indicating you don't want your voice to go through anymore when you are done talking.

Bottom Line:
The camera works as advertised, but video quality is not great and it is essentially a web cam which stores your video online. Kind of creepy if you ask me, but it works as advertised so I give it 4.
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