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    Dick's Gadget Warehouse & How to Submit Your Viewer Video.

    Cellboost Instant Power Battery for Portable Phones

    Before all the hundreds of external battery chargers that most of us have several of, there was Cellboost. It was introduced at CES 2003 or 2004 and it was an instant hit. This little device, about the size of a cigarette lighter could simply be plugged into your cellphone where it would let you enjoy 40 to 60 minutes of talk time and about 60 hours of standby time. But there was one big drawback. It was for one time use only! When it ran out of power, it's was thrown away. But it was great for travelers or anyone on the go. There were dozens of models, because each phone needed its own special connector. It sold for about $6.00 and was light-weight and easy to carry. Surprising there a few still available for sale on Amazon.


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    We’re looking for more Viewer Videos!


    We’d love to include your video in an upcoming Giz Wiz Show, so here's what we're looking for! Your home shot video – 2 to 3 minutes long, in any of the following categories:


    I bought a piece of crap: Did you buy something you ended up hating? We won't get you a refund, but we might be able to give a platform to vent your disappointment. Remember, "family friendly" language applies.


    I invented this! Did you invent something? (Or did a friend or relative invent something.) We can't market it for you, but we can help get the word out. Show us what it is, and how it works. Even if it's a prototype, you can get our (and the audience) reactions. No professional ads please.


    My Gadget Warehouse: Okay, so you don't have a warehouse. It doesn't matter. Just tell us about your favorite old gadget(s). When and where you bought it, and why you're still hanging on to it.


    My Favorite Gadget (favorite old, or favorite new): Show us what it is, tell us what it does and why you love, or loved it! It can be a new gadget you just bought too.


    Post them on YouTube and send us the link! We'll do the rest. (Or possibly nothing, but that's unlikely.) Remember, videos should be just 2 to 3 minutes long! Low production value is fine, but we should be able to hear you and see you! If we select and show your video on The Giz Wiz you’ll a tiny amount of fame (hopefully), an autographed MAD magazine and a 35-year-old Alfred E. Neuman picture. So that's one more (so-so) reason to send in your video!

    IMPORTANT: We'll just shower you with praise for your video if you live outside the US or Canada since we can't afford to send stuff outside of those two places. (Thanks for understanding.)


    All show submissions go to



    Letter of the week:


    Rowel Cardenas


    hi dick, found something that you, a fellow rail enthusiast may like (not entirely sure if its gizwiz worthy yet)


    From archiemcphee website:



    Rowel C.


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