Sep 16

Lomui® 10000mAh Full Capacity Brilliant Ultra Slim Dual USB Portable Power Bank ★★★★☆

Lomui® 10000mAh Full Capacity Brilliant Ultra Slim Dual USB (2.1A / 1A Output) Portable Power Bank External Battery Charger for iPhone iPad Samsung Galaxy Android Phone Smartphone Tablets Pc Bluetooth Speaker (White)

The Lomui® Brilliant Ultra Slim Power Bank is a nice power bank in that it delivers its 10000 mAh capacity by fully charging my Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ tablet.

It’s also attractive. People think it’s the back of a cell phone case. In fact, they ask me what type of cell phone I have.

The power bank sports two USB ports: 1 amp and 2.1 amp, but performance suffers when both ports are in use. I plugged in my HTC One M8 and Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ tablet. The phone charged but the tablet in the 2.1 amp port would either gain very slowly or sometimes even drained when I was using it.

I tried again. I plugged in my children’s 7″ Android tablet and my iPhone 4S. This time, the tablet charged more quickly and the iPhone charged 8% over the course of a few hours.

It works well for charging one device but struggles to charge two: minus one star.

This product was provided for review by Lomui.

Sep 16

Milkotein Wonder Bites ★★★★☆

Milkotein Wonder Bites 2-in-1 Protein Rich Low Fat Dog Chews Treat

Milkotein Wonder Bites are bone hard. My cocker spaniel will chew and chew and they won’t break apart. I have one outside now that has been there about a week and it’s still there. She’s still working on it, and it’s still in one piece. I guess that’s better than the treats that claim hardness but disappear in one bite.

The Bites are small. I wish they were longer, like a bone. She has a hard time gripping the little rectangular treats in her two front paws.

This product was provided for review by the Amazon Vine program.

Sep 16

Battery Tender Plus ★★★★★

Battery Tender 021-0128 Battery Tender Plus 12V Battery Charger

My husband has a small riding lawnmower battery that he uses for our dry washer. He asked me to get a trickle charger and I chose Battery Tender Plus for its high reviews. I was able to compare this with the Forney 52721 Trickle Charger, and I like Battery Tender much more.

It’s smaller, lighter in weight, easier to use. I like the indicator lights, which my other trickle charger lacks. Battery Tender doesn’t have a meter like some competitors, but I found the meter useless on the other brand, anyway. I like lights.

My husband has been using this all year. He’s very happy with it.

Sep 16

Let’s Go Fishin’ ★★★★★

This review was originally posted December 26, 2008.

Let’s Go Fishin’

Let’s Go Fishin’ brought back memories. It’s the same as the one from my childhood. Fish go around in a circle snapping their mouths while kids try to fish them out. Our kids were ages 4 to 7 and they all enjoyed it. The nice thing about the game was one child could play by himself or 4 kids could play at once. Although they could compete over who gets the most fish, they don’t seem to mind who wins and just play for the fun of catching fish. This is a fun game to bring out on a rainy day or for playdates.

Sep 16

Dual Glow Sabers – Nintendo Wii ★★★★☆

This review was originally posted December 27, 2008.

Dual Glow Sabers – Nintendo Wii

Okay, it’s not really necessary to have Dual Glow Sabers to play the Lightsaber Duel game, but it makes it oh so much more fun. We got two in a pack, one red and one blue. Sure, the plastic handle felt like cheap plastic, but it looked super cool and realistic enough. They are about 24 inches long and glow nicely.

I asked my son about some of the issues other people were having regarding game play with the Wiimote in the sabers and he said the sabers don’t cause any problems at all. When he pushes a button, he means to push it. There are no accidental button activations. The action happens on the screen exactly as he intends. The Wii doesn’t have trouble recognizing his actions.

The Wiimotes fit into the sabers well. One of them was more snug of a fit than the other, but they both fit in eventually and I did not see a problem.

I swung the sabers around a bit and found that one saber was solid and the other slightly loose where the light connects. It doesn’t affect game play and my son doesn’t mind. If it falls apart next week, I’ll be sure to return with an update.

Sep 13

LifeCHARGE Juicypack LCD 16800 mAh Portable Dual USB Power Bank ★★★☆☆

LifeCHARGE Juicypack LCD 16800 mAh Portable Dual USB Power Bank for Smartphones – Black

Typically, my phone charges with a 5000 mAh power bank, and my tablet needs 10000 mAh, so I expected the LifeCHARGE Juicypackto be able to fully charge them both.

Alas, it cannot. It’s huge, the size of my HTC One M8 but double the thickness. Big power bank = high capacity. It takes forever to fully recharge. High capacity = longer recharge time.

What’s wrong? I plugged in my HTC One M8. Five hours later, my phone was 60% charged. The next morning, my phone was fully charged, but the power bank was down to 46%. More than five hours to charge a phone is unacceptable; and at most, I expected the power bank to be drained down to 70%.

The remaining 46% was able to take my tablet from 0 to 67% charge, which was more than I thought possible. All was not lost.

I have found that power banks with digital displays do not have the output that other power banks do, Some of the power goes to the display, but this display must be exceptionally draining or the capacity is not what’s stated. Either way, it is disappointing.

This product was provided for review by Ontrion.

Sep 13

Petzooli Slicker Brush ★★★★☆

Petzooli Slicker Brush, Self-Clean Design

The bristles on the Petzooli Slicker Brush differ from my other slicker brushes because they bend midway at an angle so that they claw my dog’s fur more than the others. I’m not sure how much my dog likes that. She doesn’t fight it, but she doesn’t look happy.

It brushes fur well. I get a nice bundle on the brush. I like the quick clean feature. Just press a button and a plate comes up to push the fur off the brush. Instant clean brush.

This product was provided for review by Petzooli.

Sep 13

Home Inspira LED Desk Lamp ★★★★☆

Home Inspira LED Desk Lamp Dimmable Touch Switch Folding Eye-care 4 Lighting Modes 5-level Dimmer USB Charging Port

The Home Inspira LED Desk Lampis a good lamp to have if I’m sitting at my desk or next to my night stand and need a light to reach right over my book. That arm can extend from the desk, swivel in any direction, and the light tilts back and forth so that I can aim it wherever I need it. Indeed, I’ve found that flexibility most useful.

The lamp offers four modes with five levels of brightness each: reading, study, relax, and sleep. They vary by warmth. Reading has the whitest light. Sleep is most yellow.

Included is a sleep mode, which turns off the lamp in one hour. No choice for that. It’s one hour or nothing at all. We also get a USB port to use for charging our devices.

Although the arm folds up, it still feels a little bulky. Perhaps the wide base gives it that illusion, but it needs the base to keep it steady when the arm extends away. What needs improvement is the glossy surface that collects fingerprints and is easily marred. Minor scratches show, even though it’s been ever so gently used.

This product was provided for review by BDTmart.

Sep 13

Avery Self-Laminating ID Labels ★★★☆☆

Avery Self-Laminating ID Labels, Handwrite, 0.66 x 3.375 Inches, Assorted Colors (00748)

I was counting on Avery Self-Laminating ID Labels to be “withstand wear and tear, sun and moisture and other harsh conditions.” I was especially interested in the “harsh conditions.” My daughter just started taking saxophone lessons. That sax is expensive. We don’t want to lose it.

I placed one of these labels on the bottom of her case, the part that is most often set on the ground. Within a couple of days, one of the corners started bunching up. My daughter said she did not try to pick the label off. It is getting more and more bunched up. I’m not sure how long before I have to replace these.

The permanent marker printing on the label still looks great. The lamination works to prevent the writing from being rubbed off. I’m just not sure about the adhesive properties, especially since the “harsh condition” isn’t truly all that harsh.

This product was provided for review by the Amazon Vine program.

Sep 13

Vintage Record Coasters ★★★★★

Vintage Record Coasters – Upcycled Vintage Vinyl LP Records – Set of 6 Coasters By Vinylux

My husband loves old records, so I gave him these Vintage Record Coasters as a gift. His response? If he really wanted record coasters, these would be five stars. Not the response I expected. He says they do the job, though of course they don’t absorb liquids.

The set he got includes the following artists:
+ Frankie Carle
+ Elektra
+ E.G. Dally
+ Adriana Evans
+ Paul Anka
+ The Osmonds