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    This is the gadget I thought would be crappy, but it turned out to be so much fun, I put on this year's best list! Watch the video though. The only thing it really doesn't do is glow brightly in the dark, the way it does in their "As Seen On TV" ad. Otherwise, I think kids -- and adults will have great fun with it! I did. Oh, and one other thing. If you roll it up the way they do in the ad, it will never fit back into the box. (Just a minor point.)

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/itRvjSuSody

    Amazon choices: http://amzn.to/2CquSle


    Chad had a toy too, that he liked!

    His first crappy for his 'toys for the desk' theme turned out not be so crappy. It was a plastic set of trains, complete with track. It came from Five Below and sold for $4.99. Since Five Below is a close out place, it's no longer there, but I found a mini train set w/ locomotive, 2 cars and caboose, and about the same amount of track on Amazon. It was $9.32 on 1/12/18 & comes in a tin box as opposed to the plastic case (which was already broken) that Chad's set came in.


    Once you get the ZipSnip out of its clam shell package, you'll then have a great tool to open other clam shell packages!

    When scissors can't cut it, these can. The multi-purpose 4V cordless ZipSnip cuts cardboard, rubber, plastic and more. I tried it on a clamshell package and it works great, keeping hands and fingers out of harm’s way. The blade operates at 260 rpm (no load) and its maximum cutting thickness is ¼ in. The ergonomically designed cutter is constructed of high-impact nylon resin with a comfortable mold grip. The tool’s trigger is an integrated part of the handle with a top-mounted lock-out switch for added safety. The cutter has a built-in charging port that brings the tool to a full charge in five hours. An LED indicator on the tool’s body lights when the battery is fully charged. The lithium-ion battery can maintain a charge for several months. The self-sharpening blades are replaceable. 

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/yiS4uW1xxaU

    Amazon Link:  http://amzn.to/2ktLC70 -- WARNING!

    As of 1/12/18 it was about $80 on Amazon ---- but this looks like it does the same thing and it's only $36 - I haven't bought or used this:  http://amzn.to/2C6PjDw  

    Or get it at Home Depot Under $35. https://www.homedepot.com/p/Worx-1-1-2-in-3-6-Lithium-Ion-ZipSnip-WX081L/206300122  

    Company link: http://www.worx.com/


    The Easy-Clean Auto-Fill Water Bowl with (5-Foot - or 10-Foot) Long Stainless Steel Hose


    Here's what Amazon says about it: The Easy-Clean Water Bowl is an automatic filling water bowl for all sized animals featuring several cost and time saving features. It has no corners, pockets or inaccessible areas for Easy-Cleaning ability. It provides an easy do-it-yourself way to have automatic water for pets. It is automatic filling, with a fast-fill float valve that can replenish the water even faster than a horse can drink. It's compact, and reduces the water capacity and surface area to a minimum. It provides a better quality, protected float valve that easily hinges open for cleaning. There is no spraying water or noise when filling that could startle animals. $39.99.


    And Chad's take? Chad liked this so much he made it one of his 'best gadgets of 2017 pick'. And so does his dog, Charlie. Chad was afraid Charlie might treat like a dog toy and chew on it, but Charlie uses it for its intended purpose, to have fresh, clean water to drink. Chad thought it was well fine and was impressed by all the accessories available, like a heater if you live in a cold climate. (But you hopefully won't be leaving your dog outside in very cold weather.) All-in-all, this was not a cheap, crappy gadget, but a reasonable priced, useful one.


    Here's the Amazon link. You can order it with a 5' or 10' hose for the same price $39.99 as of 1/6/18. http://amzn.to/2qzVsH1 


    (Giz Wiz Link. Pay the same as everyone else, but Giz Wiz Biz gets a small credit to buy more stuff more on Amazon.)


    See or hear this show: www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1657  (Goes live late 1/12/18)

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