I provide honest ratings and reviews on tech, toys, and consumer home goods that I've purchased and used. Reviews are based on hands-on testing and personal observations. All opinions and comments are my own.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Get Big Sound and Great Audio from a Mini Bluetooth Speaker

Avwoo Mini Bluetooth Speaker Review

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Takeaway: Great sound from a small unit, gets loud but distorts/vibrates at max volume. Bright trebles but could use more bass.
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Monday, January 30, 2017

Power Up for Less: Low Cost, High Quality Off-Brand Batteries

Bestten AAA Batteries and LED Flashlight Review

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Takeaway: Easy to use, good accuracy, but allow some time for unit to adjust to current ambient temp first.
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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Record and Track Your Road Trips in Crystal Clear HD Quality

Amcrest Dashboard Camera with GPS Review

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Takeaway: Clear wide-angle HD video, decent nighttime footage, easy to install and use.
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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse H13 LED Replacement Headlight Bulb Installation and Review

2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse H13 LED Replacement Headlight Bulb Installation and Review

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Takeaway: Bright, white headlight bulbs. Straight forward to install. Good throw width and distance for hi/lo beams.
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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Farberware Oil-Less Electric Air Fryer Review

Farberware Oil-Less Electric Air Fryer Review

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Takeaway: Healthy air "fried" foods come out crispy and crunchy without the oil. Food heats and cooks quickly. Decent 2.5 Qt capacity.
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Friday, January 13, 2017

Seydi S1 Dashboard Camera Review

Seydi S1 Dashboard Camera Review

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Takeaway: Crisp, clear, hi-def video. Very nice quality build, wide angle, decent nighttime footage.
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Saturday, January 7, 2017

Keep Warm Like Your Favorite Miyazaki Character, Totoro

My Neighbor Totoro Fleece Hoodie Cloak Review

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Takeaway: Cute Totoro themed, plush cloak/hoodie. Thin material, but nicely constructed and provides a bit of warmth.
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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Cocar DLP P1 Pico Projector Review

Cocar DLP P1 Pico Projector Review

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Takeaway: Compact and well made pico projector. Decent color/video, avg resolution, and sound quality.
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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Get Hot Water for Tea, Instant Coffee, or Baby Formula On Demand All Day

Haier Hot Water Boiler for Tea, Coffee, and Baby Formula Review

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Takeaway: Reliable water boiler, keeps temp hot for tea/coffee and preps water for making baby formula.

The hot water boiler has a plastic exterior and stainless steel water chamber. It stands 14” tall and has a roughly 7” square base. The power cord on the unit is 4’ long. It has a large LED display for the temperature reading. Beneath the dispenser is the drip catch tray that is removable and separates for easy cleaning. I’ve had this unit for a few months and I haven't had any problems except that the branding on top is faded a bit and occasionally I have to clean the water chamber. The boiler can hold 2 liters of water at a time, about 2 quarts. I like that the lid is removable for cleaning the fill chamber since I noticed some brownish build-up inside after several months of use. I think it's sediment/residue from my tap water or perhaps carbon grains from my Brita pitcher which I use to fill the unit sometimes.

Along the right hand side of the unit is a fill indicator so you know how much water is remaining in the tank without opening it to check. The lines are marked at every 0.5 liter, or about 2 cups. I was a bit disappointed that the display is only in Celsius and cannot be changed to Fahrenheit, but I got used to it. After the water has boiled the heater will shut off automatically. However, if it drops below the keep warm setting the boiler will heat up again to keep the temperature constant, which is great if you want to keep the water at a certain temperature for making tea, coffee, and even baby formula. It takes about 20 minutes to boil the full tank from 11 degrees to 100 degrees C. I don't really use the remove chloride or fast cool functions, but it's nice that they're there if I need it.

The unit will continue to dispense water until the dispense button is pressed a second time, which is different from other units I've used where you have to hold down the dispense button for water to come out. One thing to note is if you’re dispensing water into a short coffee mug, the unit tends to splash quite a bit, since it’s designed for use with tall bottles. It works better with tall insulated tumblers and baby bottles; with cups I recommend holding them up to the dispenser rather than setting them on the drip tray.

Overall the unit works great and I use it just about every day. Just make sure if you're using it for making baby formula to check the inside of the water tank and clean it every so often to keep it sanitized.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Firecore Green Laser Level Review

Firecore Green Laser Level Review

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Takeaway: Bright, accurate, quick to stabilize and level. Visible from over 50 ft away indoor/outdoor.
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