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USB External Battery Pack 15000mAh 5V/2.1A (Black Limefuel Lite LP150X) Charger with Flashlight for iPad Air, Mini, iPhone 5S, 5C, 5, 4S, Galaxy S5, S4, S3, Note 3, Nexus 4, 5, 7, 10, HTC One, One 2 (M8), Motorola Droid, LG G2, G3, MOTO X, G, E
USB External Battery Pack 15000mAh 5V/2.1A (Black Limefuel Lite LP150X) Charger with Flashlight for iPad Air, Mini, iPhone 5S, 5C, 5, 4S, Galaxy S5, S4, S3, Note 3, Nexus 4, 5, 7, 10, HTC One, One 2 (M8), Motorola Droid, LG G2, G3, MOTO X, G, E
Offered by Limefuel
Price: $55.00
2 used & new from $45.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Huge Amount of Power & Reads in Percentage Increments, July 26, 2014
There are so many external batteries on the market and many are simply too expensive or don't have enough power to supply even one recharge of a phone or tablet. This LimeFuel has 15,000mAh of battery power. I have only seen one other battery at 20,000mAh and it was more expensive. This is a very fair price. Considering that it can charge your phone (I have an iPhone 4S) about seven times and a tablet (I have an iPad2) twice, before you need to recharge the device.

It also has two ports (which is now standard) with one at 5V, 1.0A and the other at 5V, 2.1A for a slightly faster charge to your device being charged. If you do charge two devices at once, a full charge will take a bit longer than if charging just one.

The size is perfect. It just fits in your pocket without bulk. The small easily read LED monitor read from 0%-100% so there is no guessing about how much power you have left or are using. I always recharge when it gets below 20%. It takes about two hours to fully charge (but came charged at 81%). Overnight charging is the best way. All external batteries claim more than 500 cycles of charging but that would take a few years to use up. You've have to recharge it every other day for almost three years to get to that point.

All external batteries are best charged overnight from a PC or a USB AC plug-in for a wall socket. It also holds a charge a long time. This is true for most external batteries. I've had some that hold a charge a few months. This is a great item for a vehicle, a piece of luggage or general traveling (great for a long plane trip - continuous power!). Product supplied for a fair and honest review.


Eachine X-power X1 10400mAh High Capacity Portable Backup External Battery Dual USB Port Power Bank with LCD Digital Screen for Apple iPhone 5s, 5c, 5, 4s,iPad Air, Mini, Galaxy S5, S4, S3, Note 3, 2, Nexus 4, 5, 7, 10, HTC One, One 2 (M8), Moto X, G, Lg Optimus, Other Smartphones and Tablets
Eachine X-power X1 10400mAh High Capacity Portable Backup External Battery Dual USB Port Power Bank with LCD Digital Screen for Apple iPhone 5s, 5c, 5, 4s,iPad Air, Mini, Galaxy S5, S4, S3, Note 3, 2, Nexus 4, 5, 7, 10, HTC One, One 2 (M8), Moto X, G, Lg Optimus, Other Smartphones and Tablets
Offered by Eachinedirect
Price: $34.99
2 used & new from $27.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Huge Power & Nice Design, July 21, 2014
The Samsung is very similar to the Eachine X-Power Serie X2 and contains a whopping 10,400mAh, which is a good chunk of power - enough to charge most Smartphone's about five times and an iPad at least twice (fully). 10,000 mAh is really the minimum you want in a power bank. Anything less will have to going back to your computer or electrical outlet to keep recharging. The small hand-size (approximately 5.5" X 2.5" X 1") is great for packing.

This power bank also holds a charge for several weeks at least. The power bank weighs a meager 8.6 ounces. It also comes with a small emergency flashlight which is fairly powerful, but using this light will eat up your battery power quickly. It is nearly universally compatible with just about any electronic device.

This device also includes two ports for charging; simultaneously if wanted. One is a 5V/2.1A for Android and Apple devices and the other is a 5V/1.0A charge for most other devices. In between these ports is the Micro-USB port for charging - the power cord is included along with extra adapters for other electronic devices. These are all on the narrower side. The emergency light is on the top narrow edge of the unit.

This battery pack is unique, in that, it displays the power in exact digital increments up to 99% (1% - 99%). That means no guessing from 20%, 40%, 80% or whatever. You know exactly how much power is left. I prefer this much more than a power bank that has, let's say, four LED lights that represent 25% each. With this battery, you know exactly how much power you have and how fast you are using it up. It's a nice bright blue on the white background on the wide side of the unit with an On/Off button next to it.

I would suggest looking at all types of power banks/battery packs to see which one works best for you, as all are different with groups of attachments or simpler. Some have smaller charge capacities and some are larger (like this one). It all depends on what devices you have and how often you charge. Also, check the prices on all batteries and the power! This will make things a lot easier in charging any external battery. I like this power bank more than most I own simply for its small size and big power. This product was supplied by the manufacturer for an honest review.


Eachine X-power Serie X2 10400mAh High Capacity Portable Backup External Battery Dual USB Port Power Bank with LCD Digital screen for Apple iPhone 5s, 5c, 5, 4s, iPad Air, Mini, Galaxy S5, S4, S3, Note 3, 2, Nexus 4, 5, 7, 10, HTC One, One 2 (M8), Moto X, G, Lg Optimus, Other Smartphones and Tablets
Eachine X-power Serie X2 10400mAh High Capacity Portable Backup External Battery Dual USB Port Power Bank with LCD Digital screen for Apple iPhone 5s, 5c, 5, 4s, iPad Air, Mini, Galaxy S5, S4, S3, Note 3, 2, Nexus 4, 5, 7, 10, HTC One, One 2 (M8), Moto X, G, Lg Optimus, Other Smartphones and Tablets
Offered by Eachinedirect
Price: $34.99
2 used & new from $27.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High Power Capacity & Small Size, July 21, 2014
The Samsung is similiar to the X-Power X1 and contains a whopping 10,400mAh, which is a good chunk of power - enough to charge most Smartphone's about five times and an iPad at least twice (fully). 10,000 mAh is really the minimum you want in a power bank. Anything less will have to going back to your computer or electrical outlet to keep recharging. The small hand-size (approximately 5.5" X 2.5" X 1") is great for packing.

This power bank also holds a charge for several weeks at least. The power bank weighs a meager 8.6 ounces. It also comes with a small emergency flashlight which is fairly powerful, but using this light will eat up your battery power quickly. It is nearly universally compatible with just about any electronic device. The light is on the upper narrow end of the unit.

This device also includes two ports for charging; simultaneously if wanted. One is a 5V/2.1A for Android and Apple devices and the other is a 5V/1.0A charge for most other devices. These are on the narrow end of the unit. On the reverse end near the emergency light is the micro-USB port for charging the battery - the power cord is included along with extra adapters for other electronic devices.

This battery pack is unique, in that, it displays the power in exact digital increments up to 99% (1% - 99%). That means no guessing from 20%, 40%, 80% or whatever. You know exactly how much power is left. I prefer this much more than a power bank that has, let's say, four LED lights that represent 25% each. With this battery, you know exactly how much power you have and how fast you are using it up. It's a nice bright blue on the white background on the wide side of the unit. There is an On/Off button next to the Blue LED light.

I would suggest looking at all types of power banks/battery packs to see which one works best for you, as all are different with groups of attachments or simpler. Some have smaller charge capacities and some are larger (like this one). It all depends on what devices you have and how often you charge. Also, check the prices on all batteries and the power! This will make things a lot easier in charging any external battery. I like this power bank more than most I own simply for its small size and big power. This product was supplied by the manufacturer for an honest review.


Hi-Tec Men's Quest Hike WP Hiking Boot
Hi-Tec Men's Quest Hike WP Hiking Boot
Price: $49.99 - $110.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Risk For A Perfect Fit!, July 18, 2014
I hate shopping and for two years I couldn't find a good low boot anywhere that was under one-hundred dollars. I spend too much time trying on boots and shoes. On the advice of a coworker, I just bit it and went on Amazon and purchased these boots, sight unfelt. It was a real risk to buy clothing/boots without trying them on, but I was frustrated.

They are perfect! I have a AAA narrow foot and they fit perfectly with thin wick able socks. The base of the boot is solid patterned rubber (Multi-Directional Traction) and it holds tight on any surface. When I on a job site and they get filthy with dust or mud, I can take them off at home and simply rinse them under the faucet. They are waterproof!

The laces are just the right length and I don't have to adjust a series of grommets (only four per side). The lace is strong material and I can tighten up my boot quickly and easily. The inside is solid and tight but cushiony and there is an anti-odor element. I don’t have sweaty feet.

I really like the aesthetic appearance of these boots and can wear them just about on any occasion without feeling out of place. The price is unbelievably inexpensive and even if they came and didn't fit, I know I can return them without a problem for a full refund. These boots are worth taking a risk.


Bolse® NFC Wireless Bluetooth Speaker, Radiation-Proof, Tap-And-Connect, Wireless Handset Receiver with Bluetooth 4.0 Technology
Bolse® NFC Wireless Bluetooth Speaker, Radiation-Proof, Tap-And-Connect, Wireless Handset Receiver with Bluetooth 4.0 Technology
Offered by LowerPriceUSA
Price: $69.99
2 used & new from $32.50

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Safe For Using Without Your Phone - Includes Extra Novelty Features, July 14, 2014
The entire point of using this stylish device is to eliminate radiation to your head which happens while using your phone. To make it more marketable, the device also can play music through the 3" speaker. This speaker can also be used for hands free speaking.

It takes about two hours to charge, but I charged mine overnight. The button on top of the handset will read a light red while charging and a light blue when it is fully charged. You can expect up to 25 to 30 hours for talking time, music playback for up to 10 hours and a power hold for about 200 hours in standby mode (not connected to a power source).

I had a little trouble at first connecting it via Bluetooth, but eventually it did connect using my phone. Just about any type of electronic device with phone/Bluetooth capabilities can be paired to this device. You can take the handset off and talk to about 30 feet in any direction. The voice reception stumbles a bit if there is a wall between your phone and the main device. You can also hook up two smart phones to the unit at once. I'm not quite sure why this is great, but I have not had two people call me at once through two different Smart phones, nor have I tried conference calling - that is if this is the point. It is unclear.

The incoming voice was hard to hear even with the volume turned all the way up. This was the deal-breaker for me.

The music speaker worked best when the handset was resting on top, but I would not call it high fidelity. It is only a 3-watt power output, meaning it sounds like a transistor radio without much emphasis on treble or bass. Hands free calling was also not the greatest, I experience voice-echoing while speaking with the handset held down.

There is a button for volume control on the handset for more or less volume, but I found this to be so small, I had to take the handset off and look for the buttons which are small and white like the handset. The on/off button on the other side of the handset has the same issue. It's small. Of course with frequent use, these could be easily remembered. It's just not that convenient in size.

When using the handset away from the device, the sound was okay but faint. Voice quality was clear, but tough to hear. This is okay for talking without using your phone to your ear. Basically, the main use of this device to be able to talk on a 'longer style' handset without having to use your phone. The handset can also be cradled on your shoulder than a typical Smartphone, but it is slippery. The unit was supplied for a fair and honest review.


NEW! Creative Sound Blaster Roar: Portable NFC Bluetooth Wireless Speaker with aptX/AAC. 5 Drivers, Built-in Subwoofer, Incredibly Powerful. Amazing Price of $149.99!
NEW! Creative Sound Blaster Roar: Portable NFC Bluetooth Wireless Speaker with aptX/AAC. 5 Drivers, Built-in Subwoofer, Incredibly Powerful. Amazing Price of $149.99!
Offered by Creative Labs, Inc.
Price: $199.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Absolute Cadillac Of Sound Systems, July 10, 2014
The Sound Blaster Roar is one of the most perfectly designed portable Bluetooth speaker system with so many extras, it tough to know where to begin. Creative has included so many cool extra functions I realized that I'll never have to have another portable stereo Bluetooth speaker again.

These are some of the features that just blew me away.

It pairs quickly with the push of a button.

The sound is perfect. Absolutely. When I did maximize my phones volume and the Sound Blaster Roar, there was a bit of distortion, but I find this to be a good feature. It gives you the limit of its sound capability - and it is high. There are five drivers powered by two completely separate amplifiers! The bass is very strong and distinct with a built-in subwoofer. The bass comes out the sides and top, the mid-range shouts from the top along with some treble and the highs/treble comes out through two stereo speakers in the front. There is the "ROAR" button which is a booster. Your highs really become pronounced and the bass is slightly louder. The increase in clarity is what really stood out. It's almost overkill.

It also works as a speakerphone, which is not unusual but the sound is perfect.

There is a miscroSD card slot to store music and it can play MP3, WAV and WMA files. You can probably actually store more music on the card than on your Bluetooth device (32 GB). You can plug this into your PC directly and connect it over the USB and work it as a digital-to-analog converter (DAC). You can play music and charge it at the same time, saving battery power.

There is a USB port that will charge a Smartphone, but this drains battery power, unless your unit is plugged into a power source. Easy enough!

There is a siren/alarm that is activated by switching the speaker to the "ARM" control. This is part of the overkill, but someone will love this.

There is a microphone if you want to record conversations or music/podcasts. To be honest, the sound recording quality of music is not that great, but calls come through great.

The "Roar" is like a brick in size (2.2" X 7.9" X 4.5") and has a high-tech design of black and silver grills with easy to see and use buttons. It weighs about 2.5 pounds but there is a carrying pouch that wraps tightly around it so you don't have to remove it to enjoy sound/music (not included).

The functions buttons are all on the top including, Power, Bluetooth/Call Answer/End, Volume Up/Down, and the powerful Roar mode. There is also a three-LED battery indicator light (small green lights) and lights for the Bluetooth and Roar mode.

Around the back of the unit gives you a power port for a 3.5mm AUX input (adapter included). This is where the USB port exists for charging and the built-in 6,000mAh battery. This gives you up to eight hours of music, but if you play the Sound Blaster loudly, you will use the power up more quickly. Also, 6,000mAh alone will charge an average Smartphone about 2.5-3 times, so plug it in while charging your smartphone. There is also a small Play/Pause and Forward/Back buttons for songs along with a Record button and a microphone mute for sound recording. Did I mention the Loud Sounds switch, the Alarm arming switch or the Alarm button? It really is a welcome assortment of overkill.

If you are going to spend the money for the Sound Blaster Roar, you will get your money's worth. The amount of functions and the audio performance are so well designed and constructed, I don't think anything else is out there that comes close. I am really impressed with this device. It's about time a company designed and produced a great multi-function Bluetooth speaker system that is actually affordable and worth every penny!

Product supplied for a fair and honest review.


MOCREO® Waterproof Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker Indoor/Outdoors Ultra mini W/ Dual Speakers / Rechargable Built-in Battery / TF card Supported for iPhone,iPod,Samsung Galaxy S3/S4/S5 and Other Bluetooth Devices,MP3 Players (Black)
MOCREO® Waterproof Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker Indoor/Outdoors Ultra mini W/ Dual Speakers / Rechargable Built-in Battery / TF card Supported for iPhone,iPod,Samsung Galaxy S3/S4/S5 and Other Bluetooth Devices,MP3 Players (Black)
Offered by MOCREO
Price: $41.80

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Outdoor/Indoor Sound and Plenty of Perfect Features, July 9, 2014
This is an amazing Bluetooth speaker that is water-resistant. That means you can take it anywhere without fear of ruining it with water. It is not completely waterproof meaning, do not immerse it in water, but you can use it in the shower with a full blast of water going on.

The sound coming from the twin stereo speakers is surprisingly good for its small size (it's about 2.5" X 2.5" X 7") and weighs a little over a pound (just enough to keep it in place with its silicone base for non-slip).

The dimpled screen speaker cover is attractive and the top has BIG red PLUS and NEGATIVE signs that make it easy to control the volume and/or cut to the next song or the previous song.

On the side is s tight fitting rubber cover that hides three features. One is the Micro USB port used for charging (a charging cord with a Micro USB on one end and a regular USB on the other comes with the speaker). Another is a 3.5mm input plug for other sources of music than your Bluetooth device (note that this will make your unit more susceptible to water as the rubber cover will need to be open). The other hidden port is for a TF Card, so you can play music without Bluetooth or the 3.5mm plug. You are covered on three fronts.

It takes (when it first arrives) about two hours to fully charge and will last up to six hours (this depends on how loud you play the music). The sound is truly good. For its size it produces a good clean treble, a firm mid-range and a solid (but not too heavy) a bass. It’s a three-way balanced sound without distortion even at the loudest volume attainable. The price is very comparable to most Bluetooth speakers in this range and for the aesthetics and sound, along with the extra little features; this is one competitive Bluetooth speaker.


MOCREO® Universal World Wide All-in-one Safety Travel Charger Wall Charger Adapter Plug Built-in Dual USB Ports (White)
MOCREO® Universal World Wide All-in-one Safety Travel Charger Wall Charger Adapter Plug Built-in Dual USB Ports (White)
Offered by MOCREO
Price: $24.80

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Efficent International Double Charger, July 9, 2014
When overseas or at home, you often need universal power for your devices. Having a standard USB plug (as in USA) is not enough. Check out the price of this unit. It is about the same you would pay for an Apple USB plug. It contains TWO USB plugs (5 V) for two devices to charge - one is 2100mA and the other is 1000mA.

The plug can be changed for each country by sliding the button on the bar from UK to Europe to USA/AUS. The plug blades pop out when the bar button is correct position. Note that his is not a voltage conversion device, but simply charges anything that can plug into its TWO USB (5V) ports. A blue light appears when it is working properly. The best part is that this device is one unit and not a unit with a series of detachable parts that you carry around in a bag. It's compact and efficient.


DII Everyday Bamboo Middle Stripe Placemat, Blue, Set of 4
DII Everyday Bamboo Middle Stripe Placemat, Blue, Set of 4
Price: $11.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Inexpensive Elegance, July 7, 2014
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
These placemats are unique enough that they can be used in a formal or informal setting. The size is just right and the aesthetic appearance is nice without being a distraction. The bamboo sticks are fine and are tightly stitched together with cotton with white and blue patterns. The look is contemporary.

They also clean very easily. Being bamboo and cotton, I would not get them soaking wet, but they clean very easily with a soft sponge. They also roll up neatly into 1-1/2" diameter rolls. Best used with a blue napkin of any hue, they are actually elegant. For four dollars each, these make a great placement for any occasion.


ökocat Natural Pine Cat Litter, 7.8-Pound, Pine
ökocat Natural Pine Cat Litter, 7.8-Pound, Pine
Price: $26.93
2 used & new from $23.92

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Smells Okay - Not Meant To Clump, Unfortunately, July 3, 2014
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
This product is fairly expensive compared to other cat litters. However, I want to just break it down into what I liked and didn't like about this product.

What I Liked:

The smell is nice and clean
It's environmentally friendly
It sucks up the cat pee well
Absorbs odors fairly well but not completely
Its very lightweight

What I didn't like:

It doesn't adhere to poop so the smell is exposed
It does a good job with odors but not completely
It's expensive compared to most litter
It doesn't pee-clump, so scooping is more trouble

Note that I do use an OMEGA KITTY LITTER box that you roll over on its top. The lateral slots let the clean litter fall in while the wet litter does as well.

OMEGA KITTY LITTER BOX - my video review
http://www.amazon.com/Omega-Paw-Self-Cleaning-Litter-Large/dp/B000LVGL1A/ref=cm_cr_pr_pb_t
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