Fish Tank Cleaner, KEDSUM Magnetic Aquarium Fish Tank Glass Cleaner, Algae Scraper Floating Clean Brush with Handle Design

Very large, very strong magnet, and cleans perfectly!! I am happy with this and find it works much better than those at my local petstore. The outside is soft to protect the glass while the inside is strong enough to clean!

WUBEN Led Flashlight Tactical Ultra-Bright Torch 1200 Lumens, Rechargeable (18650 Battery Included) IPX8 Water-Resistant, CREE XPL2 LED 5 Light Mode For Camping, Security, Emergency Use

Short Review: I own hundreds of 18650 flashlights but last year I had the opportunity to test a Wuben light and was blown away by it’s build quality, it’s features, and most importantly it’s price! I was not let down by this one either!
Pros
1.) Very Bright – I can’t officially say 1200 lumens is what this puts out because I don’t have a meter, but I can say it’s bright! I’m sure it’s as advertised
2.) Waterproof with extra gaskets!
3.) Wonderful BUILD Quality!!
4.) High Quality and safe 18650 battery is included
5.) Can charge battery from USB, using the flashlight. No extra charger needed!
6.) Includes high quality lanyard
7.) Easy and well thought out user interface
8.) Under $30! That’s an amazing value!!!
Overall: I can say I do highly recommend this light if you want something BRIGHT.. not everyone needs these bright lights but they do come in handy at times.. This one performs well and is simple to use
Tips
1.) Id recommend buying an extra 18650 battery when you buy this.. on super bright mode you will probably need an extra battery.

CHILL GORILLA INSTANT POP UP PRIVACY TENT. Perfect for Dressing/Changing, Portable Shower, Outdoor Shelter. Privacy Camp Bathroom. Easy to Setup. Includes Carrying Bag. The Instant Private Room.


Short Review: Excellent privacy tent for camping, beach, pool parties, and can even be used as a dressing room! Yes, running a seasonal outdoor store, we used a tent like this for a dressing room! Easy setup, durable, and plenty of uses!

Pros
1.) Tons of uses
2.) Easy setup in under 2 minutes! Under 1 minute if you are careful and get out of its way quick enough!
3.) Includes everything you need (bottom, stakes, carry bag)
4.) Easy packup – There are videos on youtube to help if you cant figure it out!
5.) Plenty of vents and vent in the top (top vent allows venting even while changing clothes)
6.) Can be used to hang shower

Overall: very impressed with this and the price! great value!

NTONPOWER Portable Inverter Generator Battery Backup Power Source Station with Rechargeable 170.1Wh/47250mAh Lithium ion Power Bank with 4 Usb Charger,4 DC Port and 1 AC inverter for Outdoor Camping



Short Review: I own several of these inverter generators from various different brands.. I charge them via solar (see tips below about saving the laptop tips for solar charging), and then I use them while camping and other activities outdoors. 170watt hours is a lot of power, especially if used only to charge phones and stuff! This should charge a powerful smartphone around 50 times and probably more!

Use: I needed something in between the size of my yeti 400 lithium and my goal zero Sherpa 100.. this fits the bill perfectly!

Tested with
1.) USB String Lights – Great camping accessory! I used Goal Zero lights. Worked great
2.) Microsoft Surface – Worked great and more than doubled the battery on my Surface
3.) Huawei Mate 9 – Charged 10 times and still had a ton of juice
4.) iPhone 6 – charged 10 time after charging the mate 9.. Still had tons of juice..
5.) 6 can mini fridge – Works Great
6.) Charged the NTONPOWER with my 100watt goal zero solar panel

Notes: This does not provide enough power for a coffee pot or anything like that

Pros
1.) Metal Body, built very well
2.) Easy to read LCD display
3.) Rubber waterproof protector for plugs
4.) Built in light
5.) Can charge multiple items at once

Tips
1.) Be sure to unscrew the outlet and connect it to the battery bank. It ships unplugged!
2.) You can use the laptop adapters to plug a goal Zero panel into this battery bank using the regular input instead of the solar input
3.) This battery pack cannot be carried on a plane.. you need one under 100 watt hours for that

Overall: after one trip and several test I am impressed with this battery pack. So far it’s working well! I have several other trips planned so I’ll continue to update if I have any issues

Smart Plug 2-Pack Mini Smart Outlet WiFi Smart Switch Compatible with Alexa & Google Home, No Hub Required, Remote Control Your Device from Anywhere, Timing Function

Use: I will be moving early next month to a larger apartment and I am purchasing extra smart outlets so that when I setup my new home, I can do it form the beginning! I can do it the day I move in, even if I don’t plan to use that outlet in my smarthome setup at that time.

Short Review: These round plugs are still my favorite, even after trying a few other options! They simply work the best, they are sleek, and they allow use of both outlets on a standard wall socket.

Pros (Please note, a lot of these pros are features of the smartlife app so your use might differ if you use a different app)

1.) SmartLife App – These are compatible with the smartlife app. This makes them easy to use with Alexa, easy to schedule timers, and most importantly not bogging down your phone with a bunch of pointless apps.. I’d hate to have an app for all 10 of the different brand outlets I have in my home!

2.) Easy to schedule timers (Use smartlife app)

3.) Outlets can be named (Using smartlife app)

4.) Very durable and high quality

5.) Will work with heaters

Overall: great outlets! I think from now on, round is what I am sticking with

ESUN Christmas Projector Lights with Remote Control, Halloween Projector Lights Outdoor or Bedroom, Projector Lights 16 Pattern Gobos Garden Lamp Lighting, Waterproof Snowflakes Spotlight for Festival

Short Review (Summary):  With the Holidays around the corner, its time to start planning for decorations!!  A new trend in outdoor decorations are these projector lights.  I was asked to try this light and must say, its pretty good!

Pros:

1.) 16 Patterns – That’s more patterns than the on sold at Wal*Mart in my town!!

2.) Durable –  Seems to be built VERY WELL!! I see no issues using this outdoors in the elements.. Rain, Snow, Cold, Sun, Wild Animals, nothing should be a problem for this projector!!

3.) Remote Control – Remotes make everything better!

4.) Easy to install and use!

5.) Quality Materials – Metal Housing (The one at my local Wal*Mart is plastic), Real Glass Lens (Again projectors offered locally have plastic lens), so all around this is built very well with Premium and Quality Materials!

6.) Multiple Holidays – This can be used for Christmas, Halloween, Forth of July, and many other Holidays!! Don’t just purchase one for Christmas! Purchase one that can be use for multiple Holidays!!

Overall:  I found this to be a great Holiday item and one that I do recommend to anyone! Purchase it from the link above and enjoy your Holidays!

True Wireless Earbuds VAVA Bluetooth 4.1 Wire-Free In-Ear Headphones (12 Hours Playtime with the Portable Charging Case, 3 Sets of Ear Buds, Built-In Microphone)

Short Review (Summary): Vava makes some of the best generic Bluetooth products out there! They offer them at a fair price and they work great! Same with these 100% wireless earphones! They offer great battery life, a great case, and a Bluetooth connection that is on par with the best Bluetooth companies out there!

Pros
1.) Premium Quality – Vava offers a premium product! These are not only built well but come in packaging that is Apple Standard!! Meaning if you give these as a gift, even the packaging feels premium!!

2.) Sound Quality is excellent.. plenty of volume.. plenty of bass.. everything is blended well.. callers sound great, music sounds great, everything is wonderful when it comes to sound

3.) Easy to use and pair – Very easy to use and pair! Anyone can do it.. Vava also offers easy to follow instructions!!

4.) Great battery life

5.) Tested and works great with Android, Windows, and IOS!

Overall why not save some money and get these over $150+ brands out there?? Just look at the reviews of most of Vavas products and you will see they are great and people love them! They are my go-to Generic!

Huawei + Leica Leather Case for Huawei Mate 9 (Tan)






I have had this on my phone for a month now.. still looks new! Very high quality leather.. allows great access to all buttons and ports.. minimal design meaning if you are extra rough on your phone, you might not want this case.. I hardly ever drop my phone and this works great.. I have dropped the phone once or twice in the case, no issues.. I love the leather look and smell! I highly recommend this

Wifi Smart Plug, Tonbux Switch Outlet Mini with Timing Function for IOS/Android, Works with Amazon Alexa & Google Home, No Hub Required, App Control Your Devices from Anywhere Anytime (2 Packs)





Short Review (Summary):. These Are my GO TO smart outlets for Amazon Alexa! They are simple to activate, very inexpensive, and they do not require a hub (but also note they don’t work with hubs like Wink as far as I can tell). I use these with my smart home light setup and they work very well!

Please Note: I own several brands of these but normally buy Tonbux BUT any brand that looks the same is probably that.. the same! I have about 3 brands of these from various retailers (here, Newegg, and others). Amazon seems to have the best prices unless a sale is being ran. Best app to use is “Smart Life” some makers have their own app but Smart Life will allow you to control all with the same app! And all should work with Smart Life. The Alexa skill is also called Smart Life

Use: I purchased a few more of that knowing my new Echo was arriving this week! I wanted to setup more items on my smarthome! I use these for pretty much anything other than lighting (I don’t use with lighting, because I use a wink hub in conjunction with Alexa for lights) I did use one on ym Aquarium light however!

I will also be using one my my Christmas tree in a few weeks!

Other uses I have these on
1.) Bathroom Heater
2.) Computer Monitor – For when an update decides to hit at night and it turns on my monitor for whatever reason
3.) TV – For when I loose my remote in bed
4.) Fans

Pros
1.) Works with Alexa and Echo – Must Download the “Smart Life” skill on Alexa

2.) Can be used to set schedules – Do this in the smart life app on Android or IOS

3.) Work with heaters – At least for short periods of time! I have a heater in my bathroom setup with one and turn it on about 10 mins before i go in there.. never had any issues

4.) Can be individually named through the smartphone app

5.) Very inexpensive!

Cons
1.) Don’t work with hubs like Wink so probably not the best if you want to use them with lighting and control them from Wink ( Wink has great features that randomly turns on lights when you’re gone.. unlike a timer, it’s all random making people think your home)

2.) Being round it sometimes blocks two plugs, especially on powerstrips.

Overall: These are my go to outlet for my smarthome.. I use them on pretty much anything except lighting! (Aside from my aquarium light). I very much welcome these outlets to my home!

All-new Echo (2nd Generation) with improved sound, powered by Dolby, and a new design – Charcoal Fabric

Please Note:  The full review will be coming soon!  My new Echo just arrived today so I am still working on testing it out fully!

Short Review (Summary):  So where to start?  First, while overall sound to me DOES sound a little better than the original, the Bass is somewhat lacking compared to the original BUT this Echo does cost $50 – $75 less!!  Everything else is an improvement over the original ECHO!!  I am very pleased with it!

Why I decided on this over the new “Plus” unit:  I already own a WINK hub so I had no need for the built in hub the plus unit had.  Keep in mind, the plus unit DOES have more of the original sound of the old echo (Bass wise), but the rest of the features such as the built in hub, I had no use for

Improvements

1.) Size – The size is much smaller than the original!  The original stands tall! This is much shorter making it easier to tuck places

2.) Looks – It is now easier to find one to match your home décor!  This looks much nicer than the older version

3.) Price – This is much less expensive than the original!  (Although I purchase my original during the “Prime” deal, making mine only cost $99)

4.) Much improved over the “Dots”

Downgrades

1.) Bass – The bass has been downgraded in this unit.. Some think its due to the fabric cover.. I believe its due to the unit not being as tall.. The original Echo had a built in tube to help increase bass.

Upgrades I wish they made

1.) USB – I wish they went to USB charging.. They did not!  I assume this is due to the speaker using more power than your typical dot BUT they do make USB “C” cables that are capable of more power..  I just hate the very large power brick that is included..  Make that brick smaller or allow us to use USB “C”

My Uses

1.) Smarthome – I control a lot of my smarthome devices via Alexa! And it works GREAT

2.) Music – My wife uses these like a Sonos.  She ask Alexa to play her Pandora and she will leave these speakers running all day playing music!

3.) Flash Briefing – I love listing to this while in the shower every morning!