The Best 23″ LED Monitor Of 2013

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If you are looking for a good 23″ monitor, my recommendation would be the Dell S2340M 293M3-IPS-LED Monitor, priced at around $150. I own this monitor, and the images are very crisp on it. It uses IPS (In-Plane-Switching) in the LED, which means the monitor has bolder contrasts and is viewable at wider angles. This monitor does has limited inputs …

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Binchotan Charcoal: An Inexpensive Way To Mineralize and Filter Water

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In A Nutshell White charcoal or Binchō-tan is a charcoal that loves adsorbing things. Binchotan, which has been produced in Japan for centuries, naturally adsorbs toxins such as chlorine, lead, mercury, cadmium and copper from tap water. It also releases useful minerals like calcium, potassium, magnesium and phosphates. To use Binchotan, you simply place a piece of the charcoal into …

The Best Flash Drives Of 2012

by Justin Thomas •

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Best Overall: The Patriot Xporter XT Rage Flash Drive Rating: Average of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 176+ reviewers on Amazon The Patriot Xporter XT Rage Flash Drive is one of the fastest USB 2.0 flash drives available (and you’d hope so with a name like that). Specifically, the writing speed of this flash drive is about 11 MB/sec and the …

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The Brightest Flashlight Powered By AA Batteries

by Justin Thomas •

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The brightest flashlight that uses AA batteries is the Nitecore EAX, which shines at 2000 lumens. It takes eight AA batteries and costs about $120. It’s waterproof to IPX-8 Standard (1.5 meters) and impact resistant to 1.5 meters. The Nitecore EAX is available on Amazon for about $135. 4Sevens Quark “X” AA² Tactical  Flashlight Another bright flashlight is the 4Sevens Quark …

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Used & Refurbished iPads For Under $300

by Justin Thomas •

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Buying a used or refurbished iPad makes a lot of sense. iPads are relatively sturdy devices and have few moving parts. If you can deal with a few scuffs on the case, you expect to save about $200-$300 when buying a used iPad. However, we recommend purchasing your iPad from a seller that has a good track record, and offers …

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The Best Flashlights For Retaining Night Vision

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Aviators, astronomers, truck drivers, campers and anyone wanting to retain their night vision can benefit from LED flashlights with red or green light options. Which is best, green or red light? Well, it’s the total brightness of the light that has the most significant effect on night vision retention, so you’ll want a light that allows you to easily adjust brightness. …

The Top Rated LED Lanterns (Powered By AA Batteries)

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LED Lanterns are perhaps the most useful portable lights — they can be used as camp lights, works lights, or emergency lights. The LEDs inside aren’t susceptible to shocks, and they last for 10 years or more.

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A List Of Goods Still Made In The USA

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Here’s a master list of well-designed products still made in the United States. If only certain products are U.S.-made, you’ll see a “(only selected products)” note.