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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https://www.amazon.com/Compact-Key-Organizer-ThorKey-Materials/dp/B01HOMMMM0?ie=UTF8&*Version*=1&*entries*=0

 

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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.

Gardspro Expandable Hose

Feast your eyes ion the Gardspro expandable hose.  I got this one in the 25′ flavor, and it measures up.  Touted as the “World’s strongest expandable garden hose with Made in the USA inner tube material and” their “new double m strongest exterior fabric”.  I can’t vouch for that, but I can say it does look and feel strong and durable.

The first thing I like about this hose is that it expands from a pretty small footprint to 25 feet in a short period of time.  Once expanded, it gets pretty good water pressure out the nozzle.  Another nice feature is the shutoff valve at the nozzle end.  This hose also doesn’t kink like other low quality hoses tend to do.  The attachments appear to be brass and durable, and complement the black hose I got quite well.

What I doin’t lie about these connectors is they don’t swivel lime your  hose connectors do.  This means you’re twisting your hose up when you attach it to the spigot.  It’s a minor annoyance, but an annoyance nevertheless.

Also, there is a boot at either end to protect the hose from rubbing on the connector than tends to slide out of place.  This really needs to secured better, but stays in place when the hose is filled.

Those minor points aside, this is a neat hose with some nice  featurea you don’t get out of the box with a standard hose.  I looked  one so much, I wound up trashing my old hose whose constant kinking really pissed me off.

https://www.amazon.com/Strongest-Expandable-material-Expanding-Flexible/dp/B01HFZV5VA?ie=UTF8&*Version*=1&*entries*=0

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Please note this it item was received at a discount in exchange for an honest review.

Spritz’n Wipe

Today we get a little personal with a look at the Spritz’n Wipe toilet paper moisturizer.  There’s a good chance your local sewage system is having something of a clogged  artery due to the flushing of wipes down the toilet.  This product aims to reduce that congestion by providing an alternative that will ease your mind with a more environmentally friendlier solution to flushing moist wipes down the drain.

What we have here is a motion activated device that gives you a little spritz of refreshing moisture to wipe your behind.  You place a bit of tissue underneath the spout and it’ll give you just enough moisture to wet a small area of the toilet paper, but not so much that you are handling a soggy mess.  The wipe comes out cool and refreshing.

I found that this works best for the finishing touch, using just the dry paper for the initial wiping.  That way you’re getting a nice clean and refreshing finish, but aren’t using up a ton of the solution for each session.  Utilizing it in this fashion has gotten a lot of mileage from the one bottle of spritz.

Overall, I do really like this product.  If there’s one caveat about this product, it’s that you need to be careful about how you go about using the spritz.  In the directions picture, it shows using a wad of paper to collect your spritz.  That works just fine, especially if you use the recommended 5 sheets of paper.  If you gather up your paper in a folding fashion such as myself, you’re more likely to find yourself in that uncomfortable situation where the finger breaks through the paper.  In that scenario, I found three sheets doubled over provides excellent protection from that unpleasant experience.  I’m sure your experience will also be affected by the consistency of your paper, so you may need to experiment a little before going at it with the paper you have on hand.

So with that said, if you’re looking for a wet wipe to get that little extra bit of clean on your behind, and want to be free of the guilt of flushing your standard wet wipe down the latrine, look no further than Spritz’n Wipe.

 

 

I received this product in exchange for review from Giveaway Service website. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

https://www.giveawayservice.com/p/e2a0n5u3/q0l8c2w9

 

SHIKSHOOK Premium Cocktail Shaker

Summer is almost here, so lets kick things off with the SHIKSHOOK Premium Cocktail Shaker.  SHIKSHOOK was kind enough to send me one of these kits free for review.

Upon opening the package, you’ll find a pair of pourer, and double jigger, a cocktail book with a link to a site with much more cocktails, and of course, the shaker.  This baby’s got a nice finish and the two lids make a nice seal without being too hard to remove.  As you can see below, this will make your cocktails nice and cold as witnessed by the frost that formed on the outside of the shaker post pouring.

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In addition to the shaker are the jigger which for measuring your spirits, and the pourer that help make measuring out the contents of your cocktail with. ease, and no mess.

All in all, this is a nice cocktail set that is sure to please.  This will be a welcome addition to anyone’s bar.

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If you’re interesred, get one here.

SafeBest Bicycle U-Lock

 

Recently I received an offer to receive the SafeBest Bicycle U-Lock for review.  Since I just got a new mountain bike and didn’t have a bicycle lock anymore, I jumped on the offer.  What’s included in the package is a pair of keys, the U-Lock, and a rail mount for bringing your lock around with you.  What’s not included, sadly, is the hardware to attach the mount to your bike.  This is a glaring oversight on the manufacturers part.  Thankfully, a quick trip to the hardware store got that mess in order.

My first impression of the lock was that it has a decent build that should be able to prevent, or at least deter a thief from stealing my bike.  The tumbler rotates smoothly and the operation is easy.  The U-Lock feels strong, and would likely need a hacksaw to cut in order for someone to steal the bike.  What I didn’t like was that the U portion of the lock has quite a bit of wiggle, and I prefer something with more of a solid build.  I imagine with the amount of wiggle in the lock, it will cause it to wear more quickly.  Aside from that, this seems like a decent lock that’ll be a good deterrent.

Now back to the bike mount.  Not only does it not come with the hardware to mount the lock holder, but it also doesn’t have any mechanism for securing the lock into place.  As such, I have some concern about it falling out of the mount if you’re on a trail bouncing around.  It does seem to sit in the mount fairly securely though, so this may not be an issue, but really this should be something integrated into a mount since the potential for disaster if the lock fell out and into your gears is there.

All in all, I’d say this is a decent lock for the price if you want something that’ll be a good deterrent from would be thieves.  If you’re looking for something more rugged with a better mounting system, and are willing to shell out a little more cash, there are better options out there.

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If interested, you can get one here – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01EQOTRFY

 

Disclaimer – This item was received free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

 

1byone 9000mAh 12V Smart Portable Emergency Car Jump Starter

If you’ve ever found yourself stranded with a dead battery in your car, you know  the feeling of dread when it comes to finding someone with jumpers to get your car going.  With the Portable Emergency Car Jump Starter from 1byone you can fret no more. This unit provided free by 1byone in exchange for review will get you going in no time, and won’t take up a bunch of space like lugging around jumper cables in your trunk will.  As an added bonus, it can both charge your other electronics like your phone or tablet, and also has a built in flashlight.

Upon opening the case, we find a nice little package including the power bank, the car jumping adapter, and two power supplies for charging the power bank. One fits a standard outlet while the other has a cigarette adapter for charging in your vehicle.  You’ll also find a manual which was not written nor edited well, but should provide good enough instructions to get you going.

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The first thing I did after unboxing was to charge up my almost dead phone.  It charged it up in pretty good time comparable to the charger I have in my vehicle that’s capable of faster charging, but it wasn’t quite near as fast as the charger that came with my phone, but that was understandable in the sense that the OEM phone charger has adaptive fast charging specific to my Galaxy.  Next, I tried out the flashlight which wasn’t the brightest or most focused light, but was more than sufficient to see my way around in the dark, or to see under your hood in the middle of the night.

The next challenge was to test out the main function of the unit, and that is to jump start your car.  At first I wasn’t sure how to go about this task since I didn’t have a car with a dead battery laying around, so ultimately I wound up bribing a friend to leave the lights on overnight in his spare vehicle to discharge the battery.

I headed over the next afternoon to test this baby out, and much to my surprise, it fired up the car instantly.  Surprisingly, the unit still read 99% battery full after the jump after leaving the house with it at 100%.  I don’t know much about what kind of power is required to start a car, but to me that was pretty impressive.  Assuming this unit holds up, this will be a great device to keep stored away in the trunk of my vehicle in the event I accidentally run down the battery.

The only thing so far I didn’t really like about the unit is the instructions that are in need of some proofreading and some clarity, and the fact that it has a temperature reading that only displays in Celsius.  It’s not a deal breaker, but if I’m in a cool area and need a jump, I don’t want to be guessing my Fahrenheit conversion tables. It states an operational temperature range from ~20 to 60 degree Celsius, but also mentions the unit will throw an error code and not work it it’s above 55 degrees Celsius to protect it.  This means that both are the instructions confusing at times, but it also probably isn’t going to work in the winter.

That aside, this appears to be an excellent emergency jump starter/device charger that would be extremely handy to have on hand in the case of an emergency.  If this is something that you may be interested in purchasing for yourself or a loved one, you can get one from Amazon here.

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