Jul 30

Gelindo Premium Pocket Multitool ★★★★★

Gelindo Premium Pocket Multitool With Sheath, Knife, Pliers, Saw & More (Blue)

I’ve been collecting multitools for my car. There are so many types, but each one I own has special tools not found in the others. In this case, it’s the pliers. I like it. The Gelindo Multitool well-built with a nice weight, and feels solid in my hands. I’ve been using it for every task I can think of around the house.

My only complaint is the Phillips screwdriver, which could benefit from a more pointed tip. I can’t get it to turn a lot of screws because it’s wide and blunted and doesn’t catch the screws, but I was able to use it to screw on my bike’s alarm horn.

This product was provided for review by GelindoDirect.

Jul 30

Armitron Women’s 75/5195SVTT Diamond Accented Dial Two-Tone Bracelet Watch ★★★★★

Armitron Women’s 75/5195SVTT Diamond Accented Dial Two-Tone Bracelet Watch

Here’s a watch that will go with anything – casual or dressy, it fits right in. The Armitron Women’s Two-Tone Bracelet Watch comes with an extender link, which means the band can be adjusted somewhat without the need for a jeweler. I, with my tiny wrist, had to remove an additional four links.

It fits me like a glove now. I wear it all day, every day. The lack of numbers on the watch face gives it a more sophisticated look, and the tiny crystal adds to it. A date function would be nice, but maybe that would mar the sleek look.

This product was provided for review by the E. Gluck Corporation.

Jul 30

Dove Deodorant, Advanced Care ★★★★☆

Dove Deodorant, Advanced Care Original Clean

I’m not one of those folks who expects a deodorant to last through a workout and then help them make it through the rest of the day. If I work out, I shower, so there’s no way I can tell you if Dove Advanced Care will do the trick. However, it does work for me on a relatively inactive day, which is a typical day for me.

The scent is okay. Original clean is a little too clinical. I like powder fresh better. I also prefer lotion, but they don’t sell the lotions in the store anymore. Sticks last longer (they don’t run out, I mean), so maybe sticks are more popular. I’m not sure about Nutrium Moisture. I’ve never felt the need to moisturize my armpits. That’s a dichotomy, right? It will keep them moist and dry.

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

Jul 29

Blusmart® Bicycle Alarm ★★★★☆

Blusmart® Bicycle Horn Loud Electric Siren Cycling Stolen Bike Alert Bells Ring Anti-theft Alarm

The Blusmart® Bicycle Alarm really does work. It’s not only an alarm, it can be a horn, as well. Instructions are not the best, and programming can be clunky as we try to decipher what the number of audio bursts is supposed to mean. My ears were shot by the time I had the new code in.

I like that the alarm turns off after 15 seconds and resets, so if it was an accidental bump, people are not going to be totally annoyed. If it is someone stealing the bike, it will go off again and again. Sure, anyone can walk off with a bike that’s wailing – or smash the alarm, or take the battery out – but the crook will not be able to steal on the stealth, which is what most of them want to do, right?

Just beware that the Amazon product title says “with remote,” but there is no remote.

This product was provided for review by ABKTECH.

Jul 29

iEGrow P501 External Battery Pack ★★★★★

iEGrow P501 External Battery Pack Dual USB Portable Charger for iPhone 6 Plus 5S 5C 5 4S, iPad Air 2 / Mini, Samsung Galaxy S6 S5 S4 Note 4 3, HTC One M8, Android Phones, Tablets and Other USB-Charged Devices 15000mAh – Black

Normally, a 15000 mAh power bank can charge my phone three times, so I was impressed when the iEGrow Battery Pack gave my phone three charges plus another 65% to boot. Wow. It has two USB outlets, a must for something that carries this much juice. I took advantage and charged my tablet and Kindle at the same time.

The design is simple and includes an LED bulb flashlight, just in case. I’m happy the housing is not that awful fingerprint-magnet glossy finish of some other power banks. It’s matte black. Now that’s more like it. Keep in mind it takes a very long time to fully charge this power bank, longer than overnight. I guess I should expect that for 15000 mAh, but I wish it would supercharge for convenience.

This product was provided for review by iEGrow.

Jul 29

Potensic® Syma X5C-1 Quadcopter ★★★★☆

Potensic® Syma X5C-1 Upgraded Version Special Customized Version Camouflage Rotating Blade 4 Channel 2.4ghz RC Explorers Quadcopter Drone with Camera Toys for Children FJ0072

I no longer think of myself as a novice drone warrior. I might be beginner or intermediate. I no longer have trouble flying drones, but I find larger drones like the Potensic® Syma X5C-1 are easier to fly than their mini counterparts. They are simply more stable in the air. I took my drone outside where there was a mild breeze and I was impressed by how easily I could control it in the wind.

This drone comes with extra blades. All the blades are not the same. Make sure to place the proper blades on the motor or your drone won’t fly. Don’t forget to use the screwdriver (also included) to screw the blade guards onto the drone or else they will fall off.

A micro SD card comes pre-installed.

Instructions are very minimal. For the benefit of newbies, I will add some additional instructional tips here.


 

PAIRING

Turn on the drone (light start flashing). Turn on the controller. Push the left control all the way forward and then all the way back. The lights turn solid, which means it’s paired.

***IMPORTANT*** I found that it was not possible to pair my drone outdoors. At first, I thought it was the battery. That wasn’t it. I have to go inside the house, pair it, then take it outside to fly. Why? I don’t know. Sometimes (not always), I could pair it in the shade, but try the same thing in the sun and it’s a definite no-go. For those who cannot get their drone to work, try pairing it indoors.

CAMERA

While the drone and controller are paired, slide the switch that is to the right of the left control stick towards you. The light under the camera will flash red. To stop recording, slide it down again. The camera light will turn green.

***IMPORTANT*** Stop the recording before turning off the controller. If you simply turn off the controller, the file will be corrupt. For all those reviewers who are having difficulty with their videos, I’ll bet dollars to donuts that this is the problem.

For photos, slide the video switch away from you.

FLYING

The left control stick controls altitude (push forward and back) and rotation (push side to side). The right control stick controls direction of flight (forward, back, left, right). Remember, use steady, controlled movements. For example, lift by slowly pushing the left control stick forward.

If you are flying for the first time, it’s easier to face the drone away from you (camera forward) and keep it that way. From a distance, the lights underneath will guide you. The orange lights are the front of the drone. Do not rotate the quadcopter by moving the left control stick side to side until you can control it facing forward. Remember that left, right, forward, and back is in relation to the direction the drone is facing and not you. For that reason, it is easy to get disoriented when the drone rotates.

FLIPS

Hold the button near the right index finger down while moving the right control stick in the direction you want to roll the drone. Make sure the drone is high enough in the air or else it will hit the ground or injure someone.

TRIM

The drone should lift straight up when using only the left control stick. If it drifts slightly, that’s not a big deal. If it gets to the point that it’s difficult to control, you will have to adjust the trim. Basically, slide the trim switch several times in the opposite direction that the drone is drifting. Test the drone, then do it again until you get a horizontal lift.

Forward/reverse trim switch: located to the left of the right control stick.
Left/right trim switch: located below the right control stick.
Rotational trim switch: located below the left control stick.


 

OVERALL IMPRESSION

The camera does not give the best footage I’ve ever seen, but it is usable footage. In all honesty, I rarely use the camera on a drone, but it’s fun to have it for if I ever need it. I like the build of this drone better than any other drone I’ve ever owned. It has proper landing feet and the battery compartment is completely enclosed. I like the stability of this drone in the wind, but I wish it would pair outdoors. I have no idea why I can’t pair it outdoors. Overall, it is a very nice drone.

This product was provided for review by Potensic.

Jul 29

Pepsi Wild Cherry ★★★★☆

Pepsi Wild Cherry Cans

I bought a case of Pepsi Wild Cherry at the supermarket when it was on sale. My daughter is not a soda nut. My husband drinks diet soda. My son doesn’t like fruit in his Pepsi. So, I get this case all to my sweet lonesome. It’s okay. I’m halfway through the case all ready. The cherry flavor is bold and not too tart. It’s sweet without overwhelming my senses. I like it. The rest of the family doesn’t know what they’re missing.

Jul 26

Easy@Home Digital Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor ★★★★★

Easy@Home Digital Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor with Hypertension Color Alert Technology and Heart Beat / Pulse Meter function – Carry Case and Battery are Included | Backlit Large Display, Color Coded Advanced Hypertension Indicator, Wide-Range Comfort Cuff

The Easy@Home Blood Pressure Monitor is easy to use. For those who just want a blood pressure reading, just put it on and press a button. It not only gives the blood pressure, it also reads the pulse rate and stamps it with the date and time. Just so you know how you’re doing, the whole screen lights up in coded colors. Fortunately for me, my readings are always blue (<120/80), exactly in the range I expected. Other colors include yellow (120-139/80-89), orange (140-159/90-99), red (160 or higher/100 or higher), or red (>180 / >110, emergency). Since there are two red readings, I wonder if the machine will tell us whether it is an emergency. The instruction booklet doesn’t say.

Other features include a memory function for up to two adults. It holds 60 records. I’m not sure if that’s per person or total, since I haven’t made 60 measurements. The Amazon title says it’s per person. The monitor uses batteries and there’s a place to plug in an AC adapter, but the adapter is not included. We must rely on AA batteries. The cuff fits arms measuring 8 ¼” to 12 ½” circumference. It fits my arm perfectly. Oh, and I like the zippered storage case.

Blood pressure monitors that rely on Bluetooth have their place, but there’s nothing like a good old-fashioned standalone monitor – and nothing wrong with adding some nifty color coding features. It’s simple enough to for anyone to use. I like it.

This product was provided for review by Easy@Home.

Jul 26

Ecosusi Womens Multifunction Tote Shoulder Bag ★★★★☆

Ecosusi Womens Multifunction Tote Shoulder Bag

I like the color of my new Ecosusi Womens Tote Bag. It’s nylon, but one never knows what that means online. It’s not the thin nylon one finds in the dollar store backpacks. It’s not the rugged ballistic nylon of flak jackets. No, it’s somewhere in between, durable enough to hold up to everyday wear and tear. The tote comes with a shoulder strap, but I prefer using the hand straps. It looks more chic that way. Additional features include a zippered pocket in front for easy access, and a zippered inner pocket along with some smaller open pockets.

I only wish the bag would hold its shape better. It tends to lose its form when I pick it up by the handles. On the other hand, I got some sauce on it the other day and it wipes down so easily, so this will keep looking new longer than some other bags.

This product was provided for review by Ecosusi.

Jul 26

HyperPS 1.2V AA 2000mAh Ni-MH Rechargeable Batteries ★★★★☆

HyperPS 1.2V AA 2000mAh Ni-MH Rechargeable Batteries for High-drain Devices, Quick Charge

The beauty of hybrid batteries is the slow drain during storage. They also don’t drain so quickly when in use. I’ve used eneloop and Panasonic hybrid batteries, so I had an idea what to expect going in.

When I got the HyperPS AA Batteries , they were half charged. I was a little disappointed with that, because other brands come fully charged out of the package. Nevertheless, I charged them all up and put them in every device I could think of (blood pressure monitor, toys, blemish remover). I delayed using one battery to see if it would drain with storage. They have performed as expected. I haven’t had to recharge any of them yet and it’s been a couple of weeks.

This product was provided for review by Innolife.