Sunday, June 17, 2018

Product review: Cambond Clip On Fan (5" fan fan battery powered)

This fan is 5" across and it can be moved 360 degrees in two directions, so I can aim it at any angle I want. It has a large clip which can serve as a stand, the clip opens up to 2" wide and holds well. I can mount it in various places, I use this clip fan at work clipping it to a shelf.

The fan has three speeds from low to medium to high. On the low setting the fan is very quite and it gets progressively louder with increased air flow.  I show all three speeds in the video.

The fan rans on 18650 battery.  One was included in the package but it appears to be defective.  When I put in the charger it shows that it is full, but the fan does not run when it is inserted. However, when I used another 18650 battery it works fine. The battery can be charged in the fan or in an external charger.

The fan has been in use for a week, and functions well. It has not developed any noises and I had it running all the time for these two weeks.

You can find it on Amazon by following this link.

Ali Julia review ★★★★☆

Friday, June 15, 2018

Book review: Knitting: Learn To Arm Knit Scarves & Blankets In Under 30 Minutes! by Kitty Moore

I am pretty sure this is worst craft book I have ever seen. This book is not for beginner knitters. It is impossible to learn to knit without seeing pictures that show how to do it.  This book has only short verbal descriptions. 

The book also has no images of completed project.  Only text, so one has no idea what the project would look like. What is worse the author provides links that promise images of completed products, but the link lead to advertizing pages for the author's other books not images related to the products.

You can find it on Amazon by following this link.

Ali Julia review ★☆☆☆☆

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Product review: the fifteen twelve 4 Reusable Silicone Food Bags

I liked this bags because they can be used in a microwave and freezer and a nice alternative to zip lock bags.

These bags are a little difficult to open the first time because silicone sides really were stuck to each initially, but this happened only for the initial opening of the bags.  The lock slides in and out from the side and the lock is water tight as I show in the attached video.

The bags come without any instructions, so the first time it is a little difficult to figure out what to do to open it especially because the sides are stuck to each other, so the thing I would change is packaging. Adding a little flyer would remove much of the frustration on the initial attempt to use these bags.  If you pull the lock up rather than sideways it is possible to break it.

You can find it on Amazon by following this link.

Ali Julia review ★★★★★

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Product review: Handmade HM&LN Genuine Leather Planner Organizer

I am a big note taker, so always have various lists with me anywhere I go.  This journal is small 6.5" by 4.25" in size and fits well in  my purse. Its thickness can vary as inserts can be added and removed easily, as the sections are held together by elastic cords attached to the binding.

It comes with 4 inserts in the organizer and one spare insert.  To make it a little thinner for every day use I removed two inserts, and right now have just two of them.  It is a big plus that it can be so flexible.

In addition to the writable pagest it has a couple of card slots and a zipper pouch for notes, receipts, or business cards.

The  cover is made out of leather and it is a mauve color with "antique" type finish.

This package also includes a set of stickers.  The stickers I really liked have a calendar with a tab, so I can add dividers into the organizer as months change.

Pretty nice organizer, I particularly like how easy it is to change which inserts I carry with me.

You can find it on Amazon by following this link.

Ali Julia review ★★★★★

Monday, June 11, 2018

Product review: Baonuor 8G Music Player, FN Radio, audio book player, bluetooth mp3 player

My main use for this MP3 is listening to music and audio books.  Not all MP3 players are well suited to audio books because they don't start from the same place where the previous play was stopped, but this MP3 player does do it.  This means I can resume listening to the music from where I left off. Big plus!

The MP3 player also has FM receiver and can record FM stations.  I have listened to some music and local sports and the receiver works quite well. The MP3 can work with bluetooth and wired ear buds, but if you want to listen to FM radio you have to use wired ear buds because the wire serves as an antenna for the radio.

This MP3 player also plays videos and allows picture viewing, which are features that exist but I don't use them much.

The MP3 player comes with 8G of memory and can be expanded to 128GB.

I had no problems pairing bluetooth with my wireless ear buds as well as blue tooth wall speakers.  In  my video you can see and hear Grace Digital wall speakers being paired with the MP3 player.  The sound is good and clear as I moved around the room.

The battery life is pretty good, I can use it for several days without recharging.  The manual states 60 hours with wired ear buds, and 20 hours with bluetooth buds.

To add content to the player I just plug it into the computer and it shows up as any USB device. The connection appears to be USB 3.0 as books copy pretty quickly.

MP3 buttons are pretty sensitive so it is good that it has a lock. All you need to do is press the power button briefly one time and it locks the screen.

The MP3 has some minor things I don't like.

1.  It has a nice menu driven interface, but the small font of the text makes it difficult for me read the text. This is curse of being over 40! When I was a youngster small font was never an issue.
2. Controls take a little getting used.  The screen is not touch sensitive, you need to use controls on the bottom part of the unit. When you want to move up/down on the menu, you need to have left/right controls.  The up/down controls control the volume.  I think with the menu layout it would have been more logical to reverse this, as I keep hitting up and down keys trying to navigate the menus.

You can find it on Amazon by following this link.

Ali Julia review ★★★★★

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Product review: Rectangular Color Coding Labels 1 3/8 inch by 1/2 Inch / Organization aid

These label stick well and come off clean when needed without leaving sticky goo for a short period of time.  After about a month they do not come off easily especially from paper.  So think of them as permanent after the initial short period.

For writing on the label I needed to us a felt tip pen (a ball point pen does not write on the labels).  Yellow is best for writing with a dark pen.  I use dark ones just for color coding, a gold or silver pen will work on dark colors.

The labels are 1.25" long and 1/2" wide. This small size a very useful size for labeling bottles and containers or just color-coding.

Ali Julia review

You can find it on Amazon by following this link.

Ali Julia review ★★★☆☆

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Product review: Mesh Spa Bath Pillow Neck & Back with Powerful Suction Cups for Bath Tubs Beauty Life

I have a bad back and hot baths are really helpful for my condition. Prior to this pillow I used inflatable pillows. Unlike my other pillows this is not an inflatable pillow, this is foam pillow.  Note that this is NOT memory foam pillow, it keeps its shape. It is quite soft and very comfortable.  It is generously sized 14" x 14" x 4" (thickness in the thickest part). The back of the pillow has 4 suctions cups, they hold well. I find it very comfortable. 

One small thing that turned out to make a big difference is a hook built into the side, it allows me to hang the pillow after it has been used to dry.  After it has been totally soaked in the evening it totally dries overnight.  Keeping it hanging and dry will prevent the pillow from getting moldy which eventually happened to all my old bath pillows (even the ones that claimed not be anti-mold) that were left in place. This pillow can be washed in the washing machine.

The only down side of the foam pillow compared to inflatable pillow that foam pillow cannot be folded away for storage.  However, for me this is not an issue as never deflated inflatable pillows in the past.

You can find it on Amazon by following this link.

Ali Julia review ★★★★★