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    Wednesday
    Apr122017

    Chad's Crappy Corner & His New Theme For April, 2017, "Magnetic Gadgets!"

    Chad polled our amazing Patreon members and asked them to vote on a theme for April. Their choice: “Cheap Magnetic Gadgets!”

    It's Chad birthday, April 15th, and he and his family are going camping. So for this week's magnetic gadgets Chad picked two that are useful on camping trips.

     

    I didn't know this, did you? That bears don't like the sound of a bell? And that you can keep them away, just by ringing one? So Chad's first magnetic gadget this week is the Bear Bell with Silencer. It attaches to clothing or your backpack with a Velcro strap. But when you're not in bear territory, you don't want that constant noise. So it comes with a magnetic bag. When you put the bell in the bag, a magnet eliminates any noise, by holding the 'ringer' in place. Without the bag, any movements, like walking, will cause a steady ringing to warn animals of your presence. Chad paid $3.95 for his at REI. I'll guess we'll have to wait for Chad to return from his camping trip to hear what he thought of this device. I'm hoping doesn't have to have a close bear encounter to test it!

     

    Here's the one Chad bought at Rei:

     

    https://www.rei.com/product/721998/coghlans-bear-bell-with-magnetic-silencer

     

    This looks like the same bell at Amazon: 2 Pack Bear Bells: $7.88 with free shipping, but not Amazon Prime. http://amzn.to/2p1WDNZ

     

    Chad's second magnetic gadget is also from REI. It's the Outside Inside Magnetic Chess Game. Here's whas REI says about it? Need entertainment on a road trip, long flight or in camp? Pull out the Magnetic Chess Game from Outside Inside. It's classic fun for 2 players ages 8 and up. Plastic folding board and pieces come in a polyester-and-mesh carry bag with carabiner. Magnetic pieces stay put even when played on uneven or jostled surfaces

    Folded board measures 6.5 x 3.25 x 1 in. $11.95.

     

    Chad's thoughts: Chad liked this. Watch the video and you see that even when Chad turns the board almost upside down, the chess pieces stay in place. It's compact, but Chad said the playing board does weigh a bit and might be a deterrent if you want the lightest load possible when you go camping.

     

    https://www.rei.com/product/871860/outside-inside-magnetic-chess-game

     

    I couldn't find a exact match to Chad's Magnetic Chess Set on Amazon, but here's a 3 in 1 Travel Magnetic Chess, Checkers, Backgammon Set. It's a tad bigger than the one Chad showed, but offers two more games. It's a dollar more than the one on Rei. $12.99

     

    http://amzn.to/2p1NIfE

     

    See or hear this show: http://www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1618 

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