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Bouchard Belgian Dark Chocolate


Looking for some tasty Belgian chocolate?  Look no further than Bouchard’s. Courtesy of Bouchard, we have the ark chocolate napolitains. They are wafer thin treats that will satisfy your dark chocolate cravings. This is my first foray into Belgian chocolate of the dark flavor, and it only has a hint of that distinct Belgian taste that I’m familiar with, but it still is excellent. It’s firmer than other Belgian’s I have tasted in the past, but that’s on par with other dark’s that I’ve had. The flavor is great and sure to satisfy.

 

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CakFun W-King Bluetooth Speaker

Courtesy of the CakFun, today we look at the W-King Bluetooth speaker.  Boasting 6 Watts of power, this speaker delivers.  Connecting to the Bluetooth 4.0 speaker is a breeze with NFC.  Just tap your phone to it to pair, and you’re ready to enjoy your music with a crisp clean sound.  No phone handy?  Just turn on the FM functionality and listen to your favorite radio station.

Overall, the fit and finish of this speaker is great. It claims to be waterproof, though I only tried it out in the shower, but had no issues with it getting splashed.  The base of the speaker has a standard mount for easily attaching to your bike or your helmet when your not Go-Proing.  The casing on the speaker feels like a hard rubber, so it should handle drops decently.  This speaker is my new go to for the outdoors.

 

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CVLIFE Optics Hunting Rifle Scope 2.5-10x40e

The folks over at CVLIFE provided me one of their scopes to review, and I have to say that I’m impressed.  With it’s 2.5 – 10x range, and a laser sight to boot, this CVLIFE scope delivers. The optics are clear and the adjustable  green or red illuminated cross hairs are great for lining up your target.

Mounted on my Weaver handle mount, the scope was right at home.  The biggest issue with this scope is the eye relief.  Due to this, you’re going to want to use this on a firearm with low recoil, or you may find this scope smacking you right in the eye.  For the AR, this is perfect, though it would be more at home on a rifle with a shorter stock than my fixed length one I currently have on my rifle.

The laser can be turned on and off easily with the press of a button.  Indoors it works great, but on a bright day, it can be hard to locate at 50 yards.  I found adjusting it to be spot on takes a little patience, but once you get it set, it is fairly accurate and hold it’s place fairly well.

Zeroing in the optics at 50 yards was pretty quick and it held zero for the 100 or so round I tested it out with.  I was only able to use it up to 100 yards for this test run, but the accuracy was great.

For a budget scope, this one delivers.  Not only does this scope come with lens caps, but also everything you need to mount it to your rails, and batteries as well.  Time will tell how well this one holds up, but based on my first impressions, I would definitely consider another one of these as a future purchase.

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AYL SoundFit Plus

Today we’ll look at the SoundFit Plus, courtesy of the good folks at AYL.  This little speaker packs a punch.  With 10 watts of power, it gets pumping pretty loud.  The Bluetooth 4.0 connects quickly and has pretty decent range.  The sound quality  is pretty decent to  boot.  Another great feature of this speaker is the IPX5 rating meaning it can withstand splashes from water.  While not submersible, it works great in the shower assuming you have tightly secured the port cover.  This speaker also comes with a screw port so that you could mount it like a GoPro to your bike or something of your liking.

All in all, it’s a pretty great speaker.  If there’s one minor beef I have with this speaker, it’s that occasionally the sound cuts out for a millisecond.  It happens infrequently, abut enough so that it may deter some from purchasing this speaker.  I couldn’t find any other reviews that made mention of this though, so it may be a defect with the one I  own, or potentially an issue with my phone that I was using to connect to it.  I don’t experience this issue with my Jambox paired to the same phone, however.  That aside, it’s a pretty good speaker with booming sound, and  is very portable

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AYL TC80 4-In-1 CREE LED Flashlight

Here we have the AYL TC80 flashlight for review, courtesy of the good folks at AYL.  This model includes an adjustable beam accomplished by sliding the head of the unit to  go from a wide spread to farther shooting pinpoint.  Also included is a dual purpose set of LED’s in the handle.  To access this, you slide the handle open.

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The first mode will give you a nice work area spread of light.  This works great with the magnetic base as you can secure it to  something metal with the light pointing to the area you need illuminated, and you’ll light up your work area hands-free.  For illustration purposed, I pointed the light down to get the photo as it can be rather blinding.

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The next mode is a flashing distress beacon.  This will  flash a set of red LED’s on and off to alert passerby’s that you’re in need of help, or could serve as a warning to other drivers if you’re parked on the side of the road in a poorly lit area.

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Overall, the build on this flashlight is very nice.  It’s crafted of aluminum, coated in black, and feels nice in the hand.  Changing modes is as simple as lightly depressing the power button. The biggest quirk with this one is that when you power it off, it tends to power on in a different mode than the last used mode.  This is really the only thing I dislike about the flashlight.

This unit is powered by four AAA batteries.  The batteries go  into the handle, and  do not have a sleeve that holds the batteries in like the previously reviewed AYL flashlight.  This is a major improvement in that when you shake the flashlight, or when bouncing during a stroll, it doesn’t cycle through the different modes.

Overall, this is a great flashlight that feels durable, and is very practical, and I would definitely recommend it.

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ThorKey Compact Key Holder

Here we’ll have a look at a key organizer that was given to me from the good folks over at Viking Gear.  It’s basically the same type of key holder as the previously reviewed KeySmart hey holder, but with a slightly different post design, and it includes a bottle opener.

The difference with the posts is that they are considerably longer than those of the KeySmart.  What this means is that if you want to hold less than five keys, then you are going to have to supply more washers than what comes in the package to fill the space.  What this also means is that you then aren’t left with an ultra compact key holder as it has to be as wide as the posts are long.  It’s a design limitation, but one to keep in mind if you’re shopping for a device of this type.  If you’re looking to  hold between 5 and 10 keys then this one will fit the bill.

20160831_112843That design flaw aside, this is a pretty well built key holder.  There’s a rubber washer on the screws that, if assembled properly, will keep the unit together in one piece without the screws loosening.  The bottle opener works well enough, and also has a loop for your key ring should you want to attach your car keys.  My biggest beef with the bottle opener is that  it’s plated and undoubtedly will flake over time.

That minor quibble aside, the ThorKey compact key holder is a nice key holder that will keep your keys from jingling, and tightly packed in your pocket.

 

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AYL AX1 Bluetooth Headphones


Here we’ll have a look at Accessorize Your Life’s AX1 Bluetooth Sport Headphones.  They sport a friction fit earpiece that also has a hook that rests in our ear to help keep them positioned correctly.  Included in the set is a few different size earpieces so you can find the right fit for your ears.  Comfort-wise, these are great headphones.  They fit nicely in my ear and are very light. The added hook shaped piece really helps keep the headphones situated in your ear in the proper position.

When I unboxed my set and tried to power it on, I found them in need of a charge.  At first, I was concerned I had received a lemon because even after plugging them in to the micro USB charger, I was not getting a light from the LED.  It turns out I just needed to be patient and give it a few minutes before the LED came on.  At this point I figured it best to let them charge before I tried them out.

With the headphones charged, it was time to test the connectivity.  Pairing them to my phone was a breeze.  Just put the headphones in pairing mode and scan from your phone and connect once it find them.  I paired them with my laptop as well and had no issues there either.

Now it was time to test out the sound quality.  When I first put them in and played a sampling of music genres from Spotify, I thought they had a pretty decent sound.  The bass response was pretty good and the mids and highs sounded good.  One rather bass-y song did cause some distortion, but other than that they appeared to have a pretty good range.  The volume is more than sufficient as well.  At this point, I decided to compare them to the headphones that came with my old Galaxy S3 phone that are my old standby.  Those headphones fit me perfectly and have great sound.  I like them  way more than the ones that came with my new S7, if anyone cares, but I digress.  What I found was that the Samsung headphones had way more clarity and an overall better listening experience.  A couple more side by sides, and I reached the conclusion that these just didn’t stack up sound-wise.  That said, if  you’re not an audiophile such as myself, or don’t mind the trade-off of slightly lower sound quality in exchange for quasi-wireless (since they are wired to each other), then these are still great headphones.  These also double as a headset for phone conversations and the quality is good for calls on both the ends.

All in all, these are decent alternatives to wired headphones that have a nice fit and stay snug in your ears.  The sound quality could be better, but at this price point, they are pretty good.  I wouldn’t recommend  them for  the audiophiles, but for the regular person who just wants to enjoy some music with a pair of headphones you don’t have to plug  in to your device, these function quite well.

 

 

 

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Disclaimer: While this product was provided to me for free in exchange for a review, this represents my honest opinion.