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Friday, August 22, 2014

Product review: Deshedding Tool for Pets - Fur Eliminator for Short/Long Hair Dogs & Cats

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This deshedding tool is very effective. It removes an enormous amount of hair. Our long haired kitty loves being brushed and she liked being brushed with this brush as much as the old one. The kitty was willing to stay there as long as a human was willing to brush her.

This brush removes significantly more hair than the old brush we use every day. Be prepared to be totally covered with hair yourself. My husband looked like a cat himself after he was done brushing, static electricity made the hair cling to his shirt and his entire front was covered with cat hair.

The brush feels heavy and heavy duty. It comes with two interchangeable heads, one is 3" the other one is 1.75". The tools is well balanced with 6.5" handle. It weights 4.6 oz. Both I and my husband found it comfortable to hold.

You can find this brush on Amazon by following this link


Ali Julia review ★★★★★

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Product review: TaoTronics E27 12W Led Grow Light Red Blue LED Lights for Plants in Garden Greenhouse(TT-GL20)

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My husband is a garden enthusiast who grows everything from seed. This year his plan is to plant something every week through the summer so we have small seedlings in the house all the time.

To test the effectiveness of this grow light we planted three identical pots with peas and corn sprouts. The first pot was left to grow outside in the sun, the second pot was left to grow near a sunny window inside, and the third pot was left in an area which does not get direct sunlight and was left under a grow light.

The attached video includes the photos taken every day for 7 days. I was sceptical that the plants under the grow light will do better than the plants left outside in the sun but as you see at the end of 7 days the plants under the grow light are significantly bigger. On day 5 the "window" plant got disqualified from the experiment because our cat chewed it. I continued to leave the injured plant in the photos for reference but it looks pretty sad. It should be noted that it was the smallest plant at the time when Hedy decided to mess with the experiment. The results at the end of the 7 days are pretty conclusive! Grow light wins!

TaoTronics 12W Grow light fits into a regular bulb fixture. Each bulb has 3 blue and 9 red LED lights. The light weight 9.15 oz and is 5.5" long, and 4.75" wide. The light feels well made. The finish of the bulb looks neat, and when I shake it nothing rattles.

You can find this grow light on Amazon by following this link


Ali Julia review ★★★★★

Monday, August 18, 2014

Product review:eBoot 3000mAh Portable Battery Lipstick-sized External Battery Power Bank

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eBoot external battery pack is a lipstick style external battery with one charging port. It weighs 2.95oz, it is 3.5" long. It small and light and easy for me to carry in my purse just in case my phone runs out of juice. This package also include a one port wall charger. It is small and light at 1.25 oz and takes up only one slot on the power strip. Also included are micro USB cable and a travel pouch.

This power bank is rated as 3000mAh. Since some capacity is lost to inefficiencies such as heat you can expect to get about 2250mAh out of it. I was able to charge my Samsung Nexus phone with 3800 mAh from half full to full once.

To tell how various battery packs perform I measure their performance with a current monitor. I use Samsung Nexus phone and iPad Mini for testing to give me a Android and an Apple mobile devices. I test all my chargers using the same charging cables and starting all tests at same charge level of the phone to account for non-linear charging. This allows me to compare different batteries to each other so I can rate the battery keeping everything else constant.

Neither the battery pack nor the wall adapter showed good performance on my devices. They performed better with Android phone than the iPad Mini. In an emergency I usually want a battery pack to give me a quick charge, so that's why I rate the overall package as okay - the external battery works but slowly.

Test results:

Samsung Nexus phone:
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eBoot external battery:___ 0.62A/4.82V
eBoot wall charter:_______ 0.90A/4.82V
(for comparison the best charging monitor result for this phone is 1.00A/5V)

iPad Mini tablet:
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eBoot external battery:___ 0.68A/4.73V
eBoot wall charter:_______ 0.92A/5.38V
(for comparison the best charging monitor result for this tablet is 1.70A/5V)

This external battery is quite slow but it small and light to keep in my purse or car for an emergency boost.


You can find this power bank on Amazon by following this link


Ali Julia review ★★★☆☆


Saturday, August 16, 2014

Product review: eBoot 3000mAh Portable Backup External Battery Charger Power Bank

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eBoot external battery pack is a square lipstick style external battery with one charging port. It weighs 2.45oz, and is 3.5" x 0.75" x 0.75". The package also includes are micro USB cable.

How did it work? It worked both with my Nexus Phone and iPad Mini, but provided under 1A power for both so it was pretty slow charging them. However it was a bit faster than the eBoot round lipstick style battery.

To tell how various battery packs perform I measure their performance with a current monitor. I use Samsung Nexus phone and iPad Mini for testing to give me a Android and an Apple mobile devices. I test all my chargers using the same charging cables and starting all tests at same charge level of the phone to account for non-linear charging. This allows me to compare different batteries to each other so I can rate the battery keeping everything else constant.

This power bank is rated as 3000mAh. Since some capacity is lost to inefficiencies such as heat you can expect to get about 2250mAh out of it. I was able to charge my Samsung Nexus phone with 3800 mAh from half full to full once.

Test results:

Samsung Nexus phone:
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eBoot external battery:___ 0.88A/5.00V
(for comparison the best charging monitor result for this phone is 1.00A/5V)

iPad Mini tablet:
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eBoot external battery:___ 0.93A/4.98V
(for comparison the best charging monitor result for this tablet is 1.70A/5V)

This external battery is not fast, but I like its size and weight to have along for an emergency boost.

You can find this power bank on Amazon by following this link

Ali Julia review ★★★★☆

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Product review: 7800mAh Waterproof, Shockproof, Dustproof and Proof Pressure USB Port Anti-explosion Portable Charger External Backup Battery Pack Power Bank

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Cottee external battery pack is a rugged weatherproof external battery with one charging port. This battery is fairly large and heavy. It weighs 8.3 oz, and is 4.5" x 3.5" x 1" in size. The battery has a built-in flashlight with 3 settings: bright, dim, and off. The charging level indicators are very bright, something I always appreciate in a battery. The package also includes a micro USB cable.

This power bank is rated as 7800mAh. Since some capacity is lost to inefficiencies such as heat you can expect to get about 5850 mAh out of it. I was able to charge my Samsung Nexus phone with 3800 mAh extended battery from half full to full three times.

This battery provide 1A of charge. This is a bit underpowered for Apple devices that require more than 1A for optimal charge. It worked both with my Nexus Phone and iPad Mini but was not a fast charger for either one.

To tell how various battery packs perform I measure their performance with a current monitor. I use Samsung Nexus phone and iPad Mini for testing to give me a Android and an Apple mobile devices. I test all my chargers using the same charging cables and starting all tests at same charge level of the phone to account for non-linear charging. This allows me to compare different batteries to each other so I can rate the battery keeping everything else constant.

Test results:

Samsung Nexus phone:
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Cottee external battery:___ 0.79A/4.88V
(for comparison the best charging monitor result for this phone is 1.00A/5V)

iPad Mini tablet:
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Cottee external battery:___ 0.93A/4.85V
(for comparison the best charging monitor result for this tablet is 1.70A/5V)

If you need a battery to use in rainy or sandy area this battery is going to give you power when you need it. If you don't need to deal with the special weather conditions then it is probably not the best choice due to relatively large size and relative speed of charging performance.

You can find this power bank on Amazon by following this link

Ali Julia review ★★★★☆

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Product review: Tylt ENERGI 3K Battery Pack with Built-In Micro USB Cable and Universal USB Port

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TYLT ENERGI external battery has two options for charging: a regular USB port plus a micro-USB built in cable. This external battery is in my purse now, it has all the qualities I want in an emergency power bank I carry with me all the time. It is slim, it is fast charging, and it has built in cable. I really like having a built-in cable because I don't need to carry cables in my purse.

This power bank is rated as 3000mAh. Since some capacity is lost to inefficiencies such as heat you can expect to get about 2250 mAh out of it. I was able to charge my Samsung Nexus phone with 3800 mAh extended battery from half full to full once.

The battery weighs 3.8 oz, and is 4" x 2.5" x 0.5" in size. This battery has no charge level indicator. To me this is a flaw in the otherwise very nice design. I don't know if the battery is almost empty and should be recharged.

To tell how various battery packs perform I measure their performance with a current monitor. I use Samsung Nexus phone and iPad Mini for testing to give me a Android and an Apple mobile devices. I test all my chargers using the same charging cables and starting all tests at same charge level of the phone to account for non-linear charging. This allows me to compare different batteries to each other so I can rate the battery keeping everything else constant. I cannot use a charge monitor when I test built-in cable, so to test them I use per minute charge rate and compare it with other batteries for a relative performance comparison.

My tests show that that built-in cables provide very good performance and the USB port provided an optimal performance for the Android phone as well. It was a bit underpowered for my iPad Mini.

Test results:

Samsung Nexus phone:
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TYLT USB port:___ 1.01A/5.08V
(for comparison the best charging monitor result for this phone is 1.00A/5V, so TYLT provides an optimal charging rate on this port)

TYLT built-in cable:___ 8% in 10 minutes (comparing to other batteries charging the phone from the same charge level this is a very good performance)

iPad Mini tablet:
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TYLT USB port:___ 0.93A/5.09V
(for comparison the best charging monitor result for this tablet is 1.70A/5V, so we get is somewhat underpowered)

If you use an Android devices this is a great choice for size, speed of charging, and no extra cables convenience. If you have both Apple and Android devices TYLT offers a power bank that has built-in cables for both Apple and Android devices. It chargers Android devices a little slower compared to this battery, but having two different built-in cables might be useful for some folks.

You can find this power bank on Amazon by following this link


Ali Julia review ★★★★★

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Product review: Tylt ENERGI 3K Battery Pack with 2 Built-In cables: Lightning Cable and Universal Micro USB Port

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TYLT ENERGI external battery has three options for charging: a regular USB port plus two built-in cables one for Apple devices and one for Android devices. If you use both Apple and Android devices this is a handy combination on the road. I really like having built-in cables because I don't need to carry cables in my purse.

This power bank is rated as 3000mAh. Since some capacity is lost to inefficiencies such as heat you can expect to get about 2250 mAh out of it. I was able to charge my Samsung Nexus phone with 3800 mAh extended battery from half full to full once.

The battery weighs 6.10 oz, and is 5.5" x 2.75" x 0.5" in size. This battery has no charge level indicator. To me this is a flaw in the otherwise a very nice design. I don't know if the battery is almost empty and should be recharged.

To tell how various battery packs perform I measure their performance with a current monitor. I use Samsung Nexus phone and iPad Mini for testing to give me a Android and an Apple mobile devices. I test all my chargers using the same charging cables and starting all tests at same charge level of the phone to account for non-linear charging. This allows me to compare different batteries to each other so I can rate the battery keeping everything else constant. I cannot use a charge monitor when I test built-in cable, so to test them I use per minute charge rate and compare it with other batteries for a relative performance comparison.

My tests show that that built-in cables provide very good performance. The USB port worked but provided below average speed of charging.

Test results:

Samsung Nexus phone:
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TYLT USB port:___ 0.74A/4.81V
(for comparison the best charging monitor result for this phone is 1.00A/5V, so what we get is somewhat underpowered)

TYLT built-in cable:___ 7% in 10 minutes (comparing to other batteries charging the phone from the same charge level this is a very good performance)

iPad Mini tablet:
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TYLT USB port:___ 0.93A/4.81V
(for comparison the best charging monitor result for this tablet is 1.70A/5V, so we get is somewhat underpowered)

TYLT built-in cable:___ 3% in 10 minutes (comparing to other batteries charging this table from the same charge level this is average performance)

If you have both Apple and Android devices and want to power on the road, this is a very good choice. Built-in cables offer convenience and good performance. If you have only Android devices TYLT ENERGI  has another nice power bank which has only the micro USB built-in cable is better because it is smaller and gave me a slightly better speed of charging.

You can find this power bank on Amazon by following this link


Ali Julia review ★★★★★