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As air quality on the west coast has gone to complete $#!% with all of the fires, it has made daily life a bit more challenging, to say the least. As if this Covid-19 stuff wasn’t enough. For folks without air conditioning, they have been trapped inside with the windows closed. The unseasonably hot weather and pollution have made for quite uncomfortable and potentially unsafe conditions.

This has gotten me going down the path of researching air quality monitors. I have spent days researching and there are too many variables (VOC, PM2.5, PM10, temperature, humidity, CO2, portable, home units, etc…) to do a fair apples-to-apples comparison. With that said, here are my favorite units based on the following categories – portable, Homekit enabled, and feature set. Read on for the results.

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As the camping season is upon us, its time to replace some old and worn-out gear. Don’t repeat my last years 4th of July BBQ where my chair broke and I ended up on my back in the dirt. Not cool. Speaking of cool – check out this folding chair that comes with a built-in cooler (can hold 12 cans) and side table with cupholder. Yep, it’s pretty slick. The Kamp-Rite Director’s Chair With Side Table & Cooler ($59) is made...

Another one for the Porsche lovers out there, especially those with $11,120 in their pocket. The Super Veloce RS Black Edition Espresso Machine pays homage to the Porsche 993 flat-six engine. It does this while making espresso – really, it makes espresso. Some features to take note of, there will only be 993 of these manufactured, they have surgical grade stainless steel, aluminum, titanium,...

Posted on Apr 28 2020 - 12:36pm by Lisa C.
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The famous red knife company, Victorinox, has come out with a new knife aimed at the wine and cheese lovers. The Swiss Army Cheese Master ($38) will take your picnic game to the next level. The Cheese Master has 6-functions; a serrated blade, a slotted blade with fork tip, a corkscrew, tweezers, a toothpick, and a key ring. ...

Cars, boats, planes, busses, helicopters and the like are getting electrified. It makes sense, assuming we can recycle all of the batteries. Another vehicle is about to join the electric party – the backhoe loader. The construction company, Case, has introduced the first fully electric backhoe loader named Project Zeus (or 580 EV). The Case 580...

Posted on Feb 28 2020 - 9:35am by Steve M
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Not that hiding a tiny Micro SD card should be that difficult, but if you really want to take your hiding game to the next level – you need a Covert Coin ($25). The Covert Coin is precision machined from a real coin, in this case, a US quarter. Each coin is shipped with an opening device. The coin is almost impossible to open without said tool. ...

Posted on Feb 24 2020 - 9:08am by Pete M
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This 3/8″ socket wrench can do the work of over 30 sockets. It will adjust from 3/8″ to 3/4″ and 10 to 19mm’s. Pretty cool and well-reviewed. This universal socket head allows one-handed operation and is great for general jobs that require several sized socket wrenches. I’m tempted, especially for just $17.99.      ...

For most, this post will not apply. For those with trucks and trailers – this is a game-changer. Gone are the days of having to hardwire a clunky brake controller inside of your tow vehicle. The Curt 51180 Echo plugs into your standard 7-way connector and communicates with your smartphone via an app. From the Curt Echo app, you can control brake sensitivity, braking power, and store several profiles. This setup becomes super powerful for...

Imagine being able to personalize almost anything with your own custom artwork via a laser engraver. Imagine no more, this technology has gotten much cheaper and easier to use. While the product name leaves a bit to be desired, LaserPecker, it seems to genuinely work well. This portable little laser etcher can be taken just about anywhere as it can run off of standard USB power. You can even power it off a battery power bank and take your etching...

ReadyMan Survival Total Surival Kit

This is the perfect gift for the person who likes to have their car, go-bag, or in this case wallet loaded with useful items for just about any circumstance. This is a 4-pack of useful ReadyMan Survival Cards, aka Total Survival Set ($52).

This 4- pack includes the hostage escape card, fisherman/survival card, wilderness/survival card, and the medical card. These cards are made in the USA of 301 stainless steel and measure 3.5″ x 2″ and weigh between 10 to 12 grams. Read on for what is included in each survival card. (more…)