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Dick DeBartolo, MAD's Maddest Writer, and co-host of The Giz Wiz at GizWiz.TV, The Giz Wiz on ABC's World News Now, and on Tech Guy Labs with Leo Laporte on TWiT.tv. But wait, there's More »

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    Friday
    Sep282018

    The Giz Wiz Show 1694, September 28th 2018 Independent Show #177 

    The Giz Wiz Show is far into it's 13th year of production, and its fourth year of Independent Production! (The 1st show was back in Feb 2006!) Thanks to our wonderful Patreon supporters we continue on! If it wasn't for them, the Giz Wiz Show would be gone. If you'd like to support OMGchad & DickDe in our independent venture (we pay for everything ourselves, including travel) just click the Patreon link at the top of our show web page: http://www.gizwiz.tv.  You can also contribute just once via the PayPal link that's there too. And thank you for doing that! Our show wouldn't exist without our viewer's support, but a bit more support would be a big help. Thanks from OMGchad & DickDe!)

    And now on to this week's show, starting with the Worx 4-in-1 LED Light. This new 20V Multi-function LED light has a telescoping design for compact storage, and the ability to adapt to multiple working conditions. It's 4 functions are; flashlight, 360 degree lantern, desk lamp with Hi and Lo settings, and an emergency SOS light. You can easily toggle through the functions by pressing the single convenient switch. Pulling the light up releases a left and right pivoting head which you can adjust for best angle of illumination. (You can see a quick demo of all the functions in my video on this week's show, which is also at the link below.) For convenience, a carry lanyard and hook are attached. The light is rated for 50,000 hours of burn time. The kit includes the light, a 1.5Ah battery and a 5 hour charger. The 4-in-1 light is compatible with any WORX 20V battery. It's model WX027L. And it retails for $69.99 complete with battery, or $59.99 if you already have a compatible Worx 20V battery. (But I think getting the battery for $10 is a good way to go.) 

     

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/4NQ-dAw7VH8  

     

    Company Website: https://www.worx.com/worx-20v-multi-function-led-flashlight-wx027l.html 

     

    See or hear this episode: www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1694 

    Friday
    Sep282018

    A Chad Extra! Yes, Chad reviews a 'non-crappy' cat gadget! 

    The company calls their Mousr the most sophisticated cat toy on the market. Here's info from them: Mousr is the only toy designed from the wheels up to play the way your cat wants. Mousr's variety of tail attachments means he's customizable to match just about any cat's play style. Compatible iOS or Android device required. There are two ways to play: Let Mousr do the work. Mousr can entice, sense, and react to your cat all on his own! Mousr can even play different games to match different play styles. Or: Bond with your cat by taking direct control. Drive Mousr right from your smartphone or tablet with the free Mousr app! The best part? You never have to leave your couch. Mousr $149.00 

    And Chad's take? Although $149 is a premium price, Chad said considering the incredible amount of sensors, technology and software included in the product, he thought it justified the price. You'll see it, and Chad's cats playing with Mousr in this week's show.

     

    https://petronics.io/products/mousr

     

    See or hear this episode: www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1694

    Friday
    Sep282018

    How cheaply can you buy a 10000 mAh external battery charger?

    A few weeks ago I talked about the Gorilla Gadget Qi Wireless Charger Power Bank 10000mAh. What was different about this external battery charger is that the unit itself could be recharged by placing it on top of another wireless charger. (I own several wireless chargers so this is a nice feature for me.) It's was on Amazon $29.99. (Link below.)

    But, as is usual, our chatroom is really good at finding bargains as we report on new gadgets. And someone in the chatroom found what looked like the exact same gadget for less than $14, while I paid almost $30 on Amazon. So I bought one. The description is pretty much the same as it is for the unit that I purchased on Amazon. And it looks identical, except for color, gray, which I had picked to tell it apart from my first device. But this note on the AliExpress is a little disturbing: “Battery is 10000mAh - Logo may say 10000 or 20000 mAh.” What? I don't know what the heck that's supposed to mean. Maybe they got a buy on cases that said “20000 mAh” so they bought them to put the 10000 battery inside? Watch this week's show to see one way the cheap version didn't match the original cheap one.

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/ULCU0rbryys

    AliExpress: When I bought one for under $14. (I made a five line url into a short one via TinyURL:) https://tinyurl.com/yavkj8sn

    The orginal one I bought on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2OibuwO

    See or hear this episode: www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1694

    Thursday
    Sep272018

    Chad's final gadget for his theme for September. 

    Chad polled our loyal Patreon members and asked them to vote on his new cheap theme for September. And the winner was “Cheap Gadgets To Get Your Stuff Organized”.

    Chad's final gadget for this them is Shoe Slotz. Chad bought his Shoe Slotz at Bed Bath And Beyond. Here's what they say about this gadget: Clever Shoe Slotz Storage Units can double your current storage space, while also providing better shoe protection and organization. Also displays shoes so it's easier to find the pair you want. Works on existing shelves, cabinets, shoe racks, or directly on the floor. Ideal for men's, women's, and children's shoe storage. Pack includes 6 storage units, each capable of holding 1 pair of footwear. 6 Shoe Slotz in a box for $14.99.

    And Chad's take? Watch the video and you'll see they did free up space in Chad's closet. They're just made of plastic and Chad wished they were less than $15.00. But then Chad figured since you get six in a box, if you think of them as $2.50 each, that sounds a bit better. And don't forget, you can usually find a BB&B "20% off one item coupon" online.

    https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/shoe-slotz-storage-units-in-ivory-set-of-6/1045538292

     

    See or hear this episode: www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1694

    Wednesday
    Sep262018

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

    Affiliate Link: You pay the same as everyone else, Giz Wiz Biz gets a small credit to buy more stuff for the show.Our Viewer Video of the week arrived with this brief email:

    From: Tom McKaig

     

    This is a video of my new electric assist mountain bike.

     

    I love riding on the off road mountain bike trails and this is giving me a new ability to do so.

     

    https://youtu.be/6dEsRW8TBTs  

     

    Tom McKaig

     

    See or hear this episode: www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1694

     

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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 earn a tiny amount of fame (hopefully). And if you live in the US, you'll also get an autographed 35-year-old Alfred E. Neuman picture and a MAD surprise (most likely the current issue of MAD.) But no matter where you live, I canemail an autographed to you Alfred E. Neuman photo if we show your video. Just print it out, frame it, or just hang it up and no one will know it's a copy. We've tested it out and fans say they look terrific!

    All show submissions go to mail@gizwiz.tv

     

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    Letter of the week:

     

    This email asks me to review a sort of strange gadget and they'll give me one for free. It's actually easier for me to buy stuff online and write or say anything I want to about it. But it just might be a gadget you don't know about, and it might be a help if you a lot of kit building projects. So I thought I'd at least publish the link for the new Helping Hands Soldering Station.

    https://amzn.to/2xVCqv9 

    Affiliate Link: You pay the same as everyone else, Giz Wiz Biz gets a small credit to buy more stuff for the show.