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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Safecat Breakaway Collar Review

Safecat Breakaway Collar Review

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Takeaway: Well it does break away; cat lost it in less than a day.

The collar construction and durability seemed fine. The maximum length is 12 inches but it can be adjust down to 8 inches. It features a small bell so you and potential prey will know where your kitty is. The material of the band is a strong nylon and the attachment clip for the bell is also a durable and inflexible metal. The clasp on this collar is a thin piece of plastic that simply pulls apart when enough force is applied. This is a safety feature in case your cat's collar gets caught, so that your feline pal can free themselves and not get hurt. I guess did it's job because my cat certainly broke away from it somewhere. However, it would have been great if it resisted a little more force before it would get to the point of unlatching. This collar is well made with your cat's safety in mind but it didn't even last a day on my cat who stayed indoors that day.

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RipaFire Dual Universal Battery Charger Review

RipaFire Dual Universal Battery Charger Review

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Takeaway: Good charger for a variety of Li-ion battery sizes.

This battery charger is made of a lightweight hard plastic. The plug stores flat in the back of the unit and flips down for operation. The plug is not polarized and can be plugged in in either direction, but note that it sticks out a bit further than the bottom of the unit so it won't sit flush to the wall and jiggles a bit. The input voltage is 100-249V AC, 47-63Hz, and the output is 4.2V at 600 mA. This charger is compatible with the following Li-ion batteries: 18650, 16340, 26650, 14500.

The batteries are inserted with the positive ends facing up and the charger can charge one or two batteries at a time. It has a sensor that will stop charging when the battery is full to prevent overcharging (not a fixed time charger). The amount of charge time will depend on the depletion level of the batteries. One thing to watch out for is when removing the battery, the spring loaded battery clip will snap back up fast and hard. Make sure your fingers are out of the way or remove the batteries slowly, because it smarts if it hits you (yes, I know from experience)! The charged batteries function just as I expect them to.

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Saturday, September 12, 2015

Taotronics Swing Arm Tablet Stand Mount (TT-HS07) Review

Taotronics Swing Arm Tablet Stand Mount (TT-HS07) Review

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Takeaway: Fits both 10" and 7" mini tablets w/o case, easy to adjust and move.

On the box my stand came in, the picture shows the tablet mounted horizontally with the grips on the sides, so I was disappointed to find that my Kindle Fire HDX7 wasn't quite wide enough width-wise to fit between the two arms. Then, after some thinking, I turned my tablet so that the corners were nestled in the corners of the grips allowing the mount to grip it firmly. After trying it both ways, I'm sure that this is how it is intended to be used given the design, although the instruction manual doesn't mention anything about this and the photo on the front of the box is misleading. The mount can accommodate tablets with a diagonal of 8" to 12.5".

The stand comes in 3 pieces with some simple assembly required. Be sure to find a flat surface with a flat edge to mount this to. I tried mounting this to the kitchen counter which has a fancy tiered edge and the mount didn't grip enough of the counter top to be secure. The tablet mount has a ball joint for 360 degree rotation and the jointed arm allows you the freedom to position the tablet about anywhere within 2.5 ft. You'll also be able to turn your tablet from landscape to portrait mode and tilt it to any angle while mounted. If the tablet is too heavy and keeps drooping on you, use the tension adjusters to increase the strength of the arm and lock the position. Just remember to loosen them when you want to change the positioning again. This is great in my office for both my iPad3 and Kindle Fire HDX7 since I can mount it to the desk for hands-free operation and viewing and push it out of the way when I'm done. The only thing is I have to take the tablet out of its leather folio case or else it is too thick for the stand to hold properly.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

CVLife E6-T6 LED Flashlight Review

CVLife E6-T6 LED Flashlight Review

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Takeaway: Bright, compact, and durable flashlight.

The flashlight and accompanying accessories come in a reusable storage case that can be stowed in your car's trunk or in an emergency kit. You'll receive a charger for 18650 Li-ion rechargable batteries, a spare battery, and a bicycle mount so you can use this as a bike headlight. The flashlight has a heavy duty construction from a lightweight aluminum and with the battery inserted still weighs only 4.5 oz. The flashlight lens is made of acrylic and is recessed to prevent scratches when you set this down on its face. It looks nice with its matte black finish and textured grips for easy handling. There's a wrist strap too, though it lacks a tightening cinch.

Inside the flashlight, there's also an optional AAA battery bay that takes 3 batteries in case of an emergency and you can't charge the 18650s. Note that the battery in either case is inserted with the positive end first. There are 5 modes for this light: high, medium, low, strobe and SOS. To switch between the modes, you can either press lightly on the power button or turn the flashlight off and on again. The beam for the flashlight can also be concentrated or "zoomed" to focus it for a brighter spotlight on a smaller area that goes a farther distance. The flashlight measures 5.25" and 6.25" when fully extended. The diameter is 1.5". With this flashlight, the unit runs warm after a few minutes of continuous operation. Make sure to turn it off before storing or putting it in your pocket. Overall, this flashlight is bright, lightweight and portable, so it's a good option for a utility drawer, glove box or emergency kit.

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Coreal Sling Bag Crossbody Backpack Review

Coreal Sling Bag Crossbody Backpack Review

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Takeaway: Nice size for a sports bag or traveling.
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