The Best Portable Bluetooth Speaker Of 2013

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Before this year, the quality of Bluetooth Speakers was pretty pitiful. This year, there are speakers like the Bose SoundLink Mini Speaker, which reviewers absolutely adore. On Amazon, it gets an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 628 reviewers. The Bose SoundLink Mini Speaker has a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that delivers about 6 hours of playtime. The first impression you get when you take the SoundLink Mini out of the box is how substantial it feels. It weighs 1.5 pounds and has … [Read more...]

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 (DVI-D & VGA) compared to the Dell UltraSharp U2312HM which adds a DisplayPort. Also, it doesn't come with a DVI-D cable -- only a VGA cable. So … [Read more...]

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 good things in the water -- like calcium, potassium, magnesium and phosphates. There is some laboratory test data on this page. However, I did find that it will only adsorb some fluoride from water, and it does not completely remove fluoride. … [Read more...]

The Most Durable Household Products 2013

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Here is list of recommended household items that I have yet to fully review: General Household: Vacuum Cleaner: Oreck XL 2000 Extended Life Lifespan or Oreck Commercial 2100RHS 8 Pound Commercial Upright Vacuum Indoor LED Light Bulb: Philips 60W Equivalent Very Warm LED Bulb: Pharox Flame LED Outdoor Bug Lights: Miracle LED 605023 Bug Lite Bulb Ozonator: Aqua-6 Ozone Generator Ozonator Water Air Oil Purifier Rechargeable AA & AAA Batteries: Eneloops or Eneloop Pro 9V … [Read more...]

The Best Shower Filter Of 2014

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In A Nutshell Overall, the best option is to get a whole house filter, if your budget allows it. A whole house filter costs $600-$1200 plus installation. If you want to remove both chloramines and chlorine from your shower, I recommend getting a handheld version of the Sonaki showerhead. If you don't want a handheld showerhead, your best option is to get a Vitashower SF-1. The quality of this filter isn't great, but it is currently the only in-line chloramine-removing filter … [Read more...]

The Best Flash Drives Of 2012

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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 reading speed is about 35 MB/sec. The Patriot Xporter is also one of the best deals in terms of dollars for gigabytes. The 16 GB version sells for around … [Read more...]

The Brightest Flashlight Powered By AA Batteries

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Prompted by a reader's request, I went searching for the brightest flashlight powered by AA batteries. The Fenix TK41 was the winner by far: Fenix TK41 860 Lumen Flashlight The Fenix TK-41 U2, which shines at 860 lumens, is the brightest flashlight that runs on AA batteries. It uses eight AA batteries, and these can be rechargeable NiMH or alkaline AAs. The TK41 produces four brightness levels, the lowest (10 lumens) allows the flashlight to run for up to 240 hours. The Fenix TK-41 U2, … [Read more...]

The Best Bath Filters

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In A Nutshell For filtering your bathwater these are the best bath filters: For filter impurities -- use a two-step bath filter like the Crystal Quest Bath Filter For neutralizing chlorine and chloramines -- add Vitamin C tablets or Vitamin C powder directly to your bathwater The Details Typically, 60% of the chlorine that most people absorb daily comes from showering or bathing in chlorinated water. Chlorine damages your hair and skin  -- you can read about the hazards of showering … [Read more...]

Used & Refurbished iPads For Under $300

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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 a money back guarantee. We also recommend buying your used or refurbished iPad from a store like Amazon, because they have efficient customer service, so there's a lot less … [Read more...]

The Best Ultraviolet LED Flashlights Of 2012

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Ultraviolet light is a wavelength shorter than that of visible light, but longer than X-rays, in the range 10 nanometers to 400 nanometers. LEDs that emit ultraviolet light were introduced in 2006, and there are now ultraviolet LED flashlights available. These flashlights are most often used to detect fraudulent documents, see watermarks, read invisible ink or investigate crime scenes. They can also be used to "fluoresce" scorpions and certain types of minerals, and charge "glow-in-the-dark" … [Read more...]