Nov 24

DBPOWER® 33W 5.0V 6.5A 6-port USB Intelligent Charger ★★★★☆

DBPOWER® 33W 5.0V 6.5A 6-port USB Intelligent Charger ICH-03, Family-Sized, Super Charger Desktop Charger for iPhone 5S 5C 5 4S 4, iPad Air Mini, Samsung Tablets, Galaxy S5 S4 S3, Galaxy Note 3 2, HTC, Sony, Nokia, Asus Google Nexus and Smartphones, Tablets, iPods, Most Digital 5V USB-Charged Devices (White)

I’ve used the DBPOWER® Charger to charge every phone, tablet, and power bank I own. It’s even charged my son’s quadcopters. There are two iPhone ports, one iPad port, and one Samsung tablet port, one Samsung smartphone port, and one Android port. I have one iPhone, three Android phones, one Kindle tablet. The power banks and quadcopters qualify as “none of the above.” Does it matter? No. Do I plug in one Android phone and wait it out with my other two Android phones? Nope. What do I do with my quadcopters and power banks? The answer? I don’t care. They all go to whatever port is open . . . and they all charge. Sure, for optimum performance, the iPhone goes into the iPhone port, but if that’s not what you have, don’t worry about it.

It’s a good charger. My only wish is for more 2.1 amp ports. Only the iPad port is 2.1 amps. The Samsung tablet port gives 1.3 amps, and the rest are 1 amp or less.

This product was provided for review by DBPOWER.

Nov 24

Silicone Tongs ★★★★☆

Silicone Tongs 12-inch

I like the design of these Silicone Tongs. Pull the latch to lock closed, push to open. I own another set that works just like it. They seemed a tad flimsy when I got them, but they have held up and they perform well.

I’ve used them in the frying pan and in the oven, and I’ve washed them in the dishwasher. They’ve been through all the paces. I don’t think they’re flimsy anymore.

This product was provided for review by Makimy.

Nov 24

Orksun® Outdoor LED Solar Light ★★★☆☆

Orksun® Outdoor LED Solar Light Battery Powered – Weatherproof/waterproof – Wireless Security Lighting (No Extra Batteries Required) / Dusk to Dawn Dark Sensing Auto on / Off – No Tools Required; 3m Double Sided Stick Tape Included

This Orksun® Outdoor LED Solar Light works, but it’s just not bright enough to illuminate an area. There’s a motion sensor that turns the light on. I can see the light. I just can’t see much of the area underneath it. It’s a light best placed closer to the ground along a wall to light a path. Above our heads is too high up.

This product was provided for review by Orksun.

Nov 24

Silicone Baking Cupcake Set ★★★★★

Silicone Baking Cupcake 12 Set

My first impression of this Silicone Baking Cupcake Set was they’re thin, thinner than another set of silicone cupcake cups I own. I wasn’t sure how they’d hold up, but now I like them. They stack up so much lower than my other set and they perform just as well.

I’ve baked both muffins and cupcakes in them, always with liners. I’ve been told by my baker friend the silicone just makes my cupcakes pop out easier, but they still stick. After a disaster with a silicone cupcake tray way back when, I think she’s right. My cupcakes come out perfect, and they slide right out of the silicone cups.

When I’m done, I hand wash the silicone cups. They’re dishwasher safe, but the powerful spray flips them over. You just have to trust me on that.

This product was provided for review by Makimy.

Nov 24

Soundsoul U10 Sport Noise-isolating In-ear Headphones ★★★★★

Soundsoul U10 Sport Noise-isolating In-ear Headphones with Memory Wire (Dark Black)

I’m so used to Bluetooth earphones that the wires on this set disappointed me, but not for long. I’m wearing the earphones not for music but for doing continuing education during my daughter’s gymnastics lessons. What came out blew me away. It was crisp, full, clear. I was swimming in sound despite the loud music blaring in the background. What an experience. I’m using them right now for music and it is everything I expected: surround sound and bass I could feel.

Soundsoul U10 In-ear Headphones come with a zippered case (not pouch, mind you), some extra earbuds in varying sizes, and a clip. I’m impressed.

This product was provided for review by SoundSoul.

Nov 24

Okra Smartphone & GPS Dashboard Grip Mount Holder ★★★★☆

Okra Smartphone & GPS Dashboard Grip Mount Holder

Here’s a dashboard mount that will stick anywhere and stay put. The ultra-low profile is a bonus. It doesn’t get lower than this.

The Okra Smartphone Mount is sticky all over. It will grab the phone or anything else, so expect it to collect dust, hair and whatnot over time. Every now and then, we need to rinse it out to make it sticky again.

I fell in deep like with this mount until I ran into a fatal flaw: the notch for the phone is one size only. There is no way to adjust it. My iPhone 4S with case won’t fit. My Huawei Ascend Mate2 with case won’t fit. My dash cam and TomTom won’t fit. Fat phones need not apply.

What will fit? My HTC One M8 with case and my Kocaso Android phablet. When they fit, it’s heaven. When they don’t, I squeeze them in. Eventually, they fall over. I recommend this mount for phones that are ½” thick or less, including the case. Keep in mind there is no way to adjust the angle of any phone that is mounted.

This product was provided for review by Okra Products.

Nov 24

Stanley Bostitch QuietSharp Glow Classroom Electric Pencil Sharpener ★★★★☆

Stanley Bostitch QuietSharp Glow Classroom Electric Pencil Sharpener (EPS11HC)

I’ve owned a lot of electric pencil sharpeners. With all certainty, the Stanley Bostitch QuietSharp Pencil Sharpener is a beast, and it lives up to its size.

Compared to my Westcott iPoint Curve Pencil Sharpener, the Bostitch sharpens more quickly and evenly. It stops automatically and indicates it’s done with a blue light. It’s versatile, able to sharpen six different sizes of pencils, even my colored pencils. To keep it from shifting, the makers plastered suction cups underneath. They thought of everything.

IS IT QUIET?

I’m not sure if any motor grinding up wood is ever really quiet. I used a sound meter to check. At 11 ½” away, the Bostitch was 80.2 dB compared to Wescott’s 77.2 dB. I repeated it for a few pencils each with similar results, the Bostitch always a tad louder.

SPEED

When sharpening unsharpened pencils, Bostitch clocks in at 4.3 seconds compared to Westcott’s 8.9 seconds. I didn’t have to clock it to tell that it’s fast.

OVERALL IMPRESSION

This may not be the quietest pencil sharpener, but it’s not the loudest I’ve ever heard, either. Teachers will appreciate the speed when sharpening large quantities of pencils. Students won’t be grinding their pencils to a nub. Everyone will be happy the large receptacle doesn’t have to be constantly emptied. In a classroom setting, it will do nicely.

This product was provided for review by Amax.

Nov 24

EC Technology® 5W Enhanced BASS+ Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker ★★★★☆

EC Technology® 5W Enhanced BASS+ Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker, 8-12 Hour Playtime, Built in Mobile/Car Speakerphones, Portable mini Zinc Alloy Shell Speaker, -Titanium Gray

What a gorgeous little cuboidal speaker. Most speakers are plastic or some sort of metal. Here’s one that looks like polished hematite, so pretty just sitting on my desk, but it plays music, also.

Bluetooth pairs easily and reconnects automatically. The range is good enough to get to the room next door, which is decent. We can use it for phone calls, which are okay. The caller cuts in and out just a little. From the caller’s end, the sound is clear but distant. Conversations are doable.

I consider the EC Technology® Bluetooth Speaker a personal speaker. It’s clear but runs cool. What that means is the sound is not full enough, which makes me want to turn the volume up. If I do, it’s too loud and hurts my ears. For general use, I don’t think most would be bothered by it.

This product was provided for review by EC Technology.

Nov 24

Collapsible Silicone Kitchen Strainer (Colander) Set ★★★★☆

Collapsible Silicone Kitchen Strainer (Colander) Set By Comfify – Includes Two Silicone Strainer Sizes: 8′ and 9.5′ – Burgundy Red & Grey

I like things that fold flat. I’ve had collapsible storage bowls and dish drainers. Now, I have a Collapsible Silicone Colander Set. They really do collapse flat. They’re heat resistant, so I can put them on a hot pot, and they’re dishwasher safe. They come in a set of two sizes. That’s a lot to like.

What I don’t care for are the holes on the bottom. They need bigger holes. I tried to wash some salad and it was wet at the bottom because the holes are small and too far between. It drains, just not as well as regular colanders. For that, I deduct one star.

This product was provided for review by RK Ventures.

Nov 24

Bright Eyes Blanket, Blue Panda ★★★☆☆

Bright Eyes Blanket by Snuggie, Blue Panda

The Bright Eyes Blanket is a cute blanket, a lot like the hoodie animal towels. When not in use, they roll up into the head and look like a roll pillow with a face and ears. It has a softness we can sink into.

The hook is in the glow-in-the-dark eyes. Actually, both my daughter and I thought the eyes were supposed to light up. Sadly, they don’t glow as brightly as it shows in the ads. My daughter gives it three stars, because the blanket disappointed her. “The eyes don’t glow, mom.”

I guess if the selling point wasn’t in the eyes, I’d rate it higher. It’s soft and warm and adorable. Just don’t buy it for the eyes.

This product was provided for review by Interact Marketing.