Thursday, December 8, 2016

Product review: BESTEK 30W 4-Port USB Charger Charging Station Wall Charger with USB C Port and 3 Type-A Ports






Side by side comparison with Google wall charger that came with Nexus 6p

This wall charger has 4 ports: one type-C port and three USB ports. I am using this wall charger with Nexus 6p (type-C USB connection) and Nexus 5 (type-A USB connection).

To judge how well this wall charger works I compared its performance with the type-C charger provided by Google that came in the package with Nexus 6p.  You see the results in attached photos, they show that Google charger charged the phone somewhat faster but Bestek is only slightly under performs.

For Nexus 5 both mini USB ports worked in line with other wall chargers.

This wall charger is shaped as a semicircle and comes with a breaded cord that has a regular size power plug. The regular size plug takes up only one slot on the power strip.

Even though it gives up some charging speed to Google charger it is convenient that it has both mini USB and Type-C ports especially when I travel.  For comparison Google charger is a dedicated one c-port charger.

You can find it on Amazon by following this link.

Ali Julia review ★★★★☆

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Product review: Wells Street by Lang 2017 Cats Wall Calendar

Lang calendars are my favorte because of the paper they use and designs of these calendars are pretty nice too.  The paper is very thick and textured.  I like textured finish because I can stick notes attached by scotch tape and remove them without damaging the finish (which is what happens with every other calendar).  I read a lot of library books and stick receipts with due dates to the calendar calendar not to miss those deadlines. Despite the textured finish the paper also takes the pen ink well as well. I make a lot of notes on the calendars the paper is easy to write on and the writing is not visible on the other side because the paper is quite thick.

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This calendar is 12" wide and 12" tall (when closed). Each day square is 1.5" x 1.5". 

The art is very nice - bright, colorful, cheerful, cute.


You can find it on Amazon by following this link.

Ali Julia review ★★★★★

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Product review: Oittm USB-C Charger with Type-C Port & 2 USB Ports


This wall charger has 3 ports: one type-C port and two USB ports. I am using this wall charger with Nexus 6p (type-C USB connection) and Nexus 5 (mini USB connection).

To judge how well this wall charger works I compared its performance with the type-C charger provided by Google that came in the package with Nexus 6p.  You see the resuls in attached photos, they show that Google charger charged the phone faster.

For Nexus 5 both mini USB ports worked in line with other wall chargers.

This wall charger is 3.75" x 275" x 1" thick. It has a long cord with a regular size plug which takes up only one slot on the power strip.  Even though it gives up some charging speed to Google charger it is convenient that it has both mini USB and Type-C ports especially when I travel.

You can find it on Amazon by following this link.

Ali Julia review ★★★★☆

Monday, December 5, 2016

Product review: WORX TRIVAC 12 Amp Yard-in-One Blower/Mulcher/Vacuum

I purchased Worx two years ago.  Overall, I  think the trivac works okay.  The capacity of the bag is not large so you need to empty it often.  It can get jammed with grassy weeds.   I sucked in some dry grass and it got twisted around the blade and it was fairly time consuming to free the blades.  The blown leaves are a bit hard to control (not Worx fault).  The mulcher and vac work well when not jammed.  Slight jamming slows down the flow of air, serious jamming stops the air completely.  The unit weights 9.7 pounds (assembled but empty).

Another weak point is the weak point of this product. The diagrams could have been more clear.  The pictures and the text are on different pages and one had to keep flipping the pages back and forth while reading the instructions.
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The unit arrived in 3 parts.  I messed up putting it together:  I put the exhaust bag in the wrong orientation  (with the bag pointing forward, rather than pointing back).   Unfortunately it got wedged in that position, and taking it off  felt like it would break the unit so I left it this way.  Which means I cannot put the strap on my shoulder and it is a harder to empty. I hope my mistake will be an alert to other folks.

You can find it on Amazon by following this link.

Ali Julia review ★★★☆☆




Sunday, December 4, 2016

Product review: TF Publishing 2017 Cat Dreams Wall Calendar



This calendar is 12" wide and 12" tall (when closed).  Each day square is 1.5" x 1.75". I make a lot of notes on calendars so it is important to me that the calendar paper takes the ink well and does not bleed through to the other side.  The paper in the calendar is shiny but the ball point pen and pencil had no problems writing on it.

The sleeping cats and kittens are very cute and it the paper is not too thin.


You can find it on Amazon by following this link.

Ali Julia review ★★★★☆

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Food review: Ground Turkish Coffee 100% Arabica, Imported from Istanbul



I got this coffee for my husband who like bold testing coffee.  He drinks is black.  I prefer medium roast coffee so I add milk to the coffee to mellow it.  This coffee has a very finaly ground, It comes vaccum packed inside of an attractive tin.

I make turkish coffee in a cezve, which is a small metal pot.  The coffee has to be simmers (not boiled). When it starts to foam remove the pot from the heat, then I repeat the process one more time. The foaming happens before the boiling point.  After simmering for the second time I give it a few minutes for coffee grinds to settle at the bottom of the pot and the pour.

My husband likes strong coffee so this has become a favorite of his.  I like the tin, once we are done with the coffee I plan to re-use the tin because it closes well and it looks nice.

You can find it on Amazon by following this link.


Ali Julia review ★★★★

Friday, December 2, 2016

Product review: Famous Impressionists Artistic Paintings 2017 Monthly Wall Calendar, 12" x 12" by The Gifted Stationary

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This calendar is 11.75" wide and 12" tall (when closed). Each day square is 1.5" x 1.5". I make a lot of notes on calendars so it is important to me that the calendar paper takes the ink well and does not bleed through to the other side. The paper in the calendar takes the ball point pen and pencil well.

The art is nice and it the paper is not too thin.


You can find it on Amazon by following this link.


Ali Julia review ★★★★★