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    The Giz Wiz is a weekly guest on The Tech Guy Show with -- who else? - The Tech Guy himself, Leo Laporte.

    Leo Laporte & I chat about some sort of fun or weird gadget weekly his The Tech Guy Radio Show. The show is syndicated by Premiere to over 180 radio stations around the country. Leo's closing in on 1.5 million listeners! I'm on the Saturday Show with The Giz Wiz Gadget of the Week. My spot is on about 1:45 PM PST / 4:45 PM EST. 

    And if you watch The Tech Guy stay tuned. Because after the Tech Guy Show  Leo does The New Screen Savers Show, and then I return to do Giz Fiz PM, a show with viewer questions, Match Game questions, videos, guest of the week and more! That starts when New Screen Saver ends..about 5:00 PM PST/ 8:00 PM EST. Watch it all at

    http://www.twitlive.tv/

    All The Tech Guy Labs show notes, shows & info can be found here:

    http://techguylabs.com/radio/ 

    Below are the gadgets we've talked about on the show.

    Saturday
    May192018

    Solar Lights That Fold-Up, Light Up & Even Float!

    LuminAID has a variety of unique and useful solar products.

    The larger one is the PackLite Hero 2-in-1 Supercharger. It's a solar powered inflatable lantern & phone charger that packs flat for easy carrying and charging on the go. Designed for rugged adventures and charging beyond the grid, the PackLite Hero lantern provides over 300 lumens of bright LED light on Turbo mode and can run for up to 100 hours on Low mode. It recharges via solar power in 16 hours of sunlight or by USB input in 2-4 hours. The 5V USB output port will recharge your phone in 2-4 hours depending on your type of phone. The 4000 mAh battery can recharge your phone 2-3 times on a single charge, also depending on the type of phone. MSRP $69.99.

    It's here on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2GegLRe 


    Their smaller device is the PackLite Nova USB. It provides over 75 lumens of bright LED light on Turbo mode and can run for up to 24 hours on Low mode when fully charged (no extra batteries required). The PackLite Nova USB can be recharged by micro USB input (cord included) or by the built-in solar panel in approximately 10 hours of sun. It measures 4.75" x 4.75" x 4.75" when inflated and packs down to less than 1" in depth. The PackLite Nova USB has a 4-level battery charge indicator and adjustable strap for hanging. Its 100% waterproof and dustproof design makes it a durable lantern that you can take with you anywhere. The PackLite Nova USB makes an ideal light for just about anywhere including the campsite, backyard and emergency kits. MSRP is just $19.99.

    Here's the company website: (20% off Memorial Day 2018 sale here. Free shipping kicks in at $99 & above.)

    https://luminaid.com/collections/solar-lights/

    It's also here on Amazon for $19.99: https://amzn.to/2Ik3DvC 

    Specs on all the models: https://luminaid.com/pages/how-it-works 

    Amazon links are Giz Wiz Links. You pay the same as everyone else but GizWizBiz gets a small credit to buy more stuff to show.

    Saturday
    May122018

    Button Lamp - a tiny LED light for small places.

    Button Lamp is a tiny LED Lamp that can light dozens of dark areas where a larger light won't fit. Stick them up on a shelf in kitchen cabinets, in a closet, tool box, etc. They're also perfect for power outages, camping trips, and even on on boats. And yes, they're waterproof and submersible. They comes in a handy 6-pack for under $10. I don't recommend the 3-pack for $7.99. The come with an adhesive disc for quick installation. Batteries included and not replaceable. My guess is you could replace they if you're handy, but the batteries would probably cost the same as the device. Each device contains one 13 Lumen LED. It powered by 2 Cr2032 batteries. The company says battery life is over 17 Hours. Made By Panther Vision.

     

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/KwFmaX3jXiY 

      

    Amazon link: https://amzn.to/2IuI6E36 for $9.99 here & Amazon Prime, but also check out WalMart which had them 6 for $8.99

     

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

    Saturday
    May052018

    Like coffee with less acidity?

    For coffee with less acidity you should know about the Asobu Coldbrew Portable Cold Brew Coffee Maker. Here's what the company says about cold brew: “Using hot water on your coffee granules creates a more acidic bitter drink while using cold water with coffee and allowing it to steep as with the Asobu cold brew creates 80% lower acidity, smoother, naturally sweet taste and also gives it that extra punch of caffeine. Now I had a company spokesperson explain this gadget a month or so ago, but now I had the chance to use one. Making cold brew coffee is easy, but once you mix the coffee and water, you have to wait 12-24 hours for it to be ready to drink. You'll see the whole process in my video in this show, or at the link below. The company adds: The Asobu Brewer hold 6 servings so you can leave in the fridge for up to 2 weeks and still get that same great rich and fresh concentrate. It's available in copper, silver, black and white. $50.00 

    Giz Wiz Makes Cold Brew Coffee: https://youtu.be/pdBVbQ5bOQ0  

    Amazon Link: https://amzn.to/2FLyIGG It was $44.50 on 5/5/18. That price could change at any time.

    Saturday
    Apr282018

    A Bluetooth Selfie Stick With It's Own Built in Adjustable LED light.

    This Mpow Selfie Stick provides a wide-angle LED light with low, medium and high brightness adjustment modes. In the back there's a convenient mirror so you can see how you look before the camera goes off. Built into the handle is a 1500mAh battery. It's charged via amicro USB charger cable which may people, including me, didn't get in the package. But any tech person has a lot of them laying around. The company says the battery provides about 72 hours of LED fill light time, 30 hours of Bluetooth connection time on a single charge. (They don't specify if that is using them at the time.) It fits smartphones with a width between 1.8 to 3.3 inch. I used it with a Galaxy Note 4 with no problem. It's 7.3" fully closed and can be extended to 33.9 inches. And finally, the mount at the top of the selfie stick can be positioned at any point through 270 degrees to allow a variety of shooting angles from traditional selfies to above-crowd shots. The package should include the Selfie Stick, USB Charging Cable & Carry Bag, plus instructions. As I read in the reviews it seems some people get instructions (a tiny sheet) and some get a charging cable, which I didn't. $20.99 as of 4/25/18 and the rose color one was $19.99 on 4/23/18, but jumped to $28.88 on 4/25/18. There is what is probably the same selfie-stick on Amazon for $16.99 branded MORCREO. I opted for the Mpow because I've bought other stuff from them and found them reliable. 

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/hRBrnfnr-qI

     

    Mpow Version I bought: https://amzn.to/2HxZ3xy (Still $20.99 on 4/28/18)

     

    The Morcreo link (choice of 3 colors were still $16.99 on 4/28/18) but prices can change quickly on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2HB0MlO

    Saturday
    Apr212018

    When a 'deal of the day' turns out to be not such a good deal.

    I can't resist some of those 'deal of the day' offers, so when I saw the Stack-On 18 Drawer Storage Cabinet for $14.99, I bought one. These are some of the features I read about on Amazon: Drawers stay closed with the snap-close drawer System. (I liked this idea a lot! I'm sure we've all spilled the contents one or more of those little plastic storage drawers.) See-through drawers let you see your parts at a glance. Customizable drawer labels for identification of contents are included. (Both good features.) Easily mounts to wall or stands on bench or counter top. NOTE: Drawer will be harder to pull and push - A little force will be needed to bypass this stay-closed system. (Wow, is that right! So hard to open in fact, that mounting turns out to be a MUST! If the unit isn't anchored down you must hold it in place when you open or close a drawer. Sometimes, when trying to close a drawer I pushed it hard and it flew out the back of the cabinet! I can see why this only got 3.3 out of 5 stars. And not only is there a problem opening and closing the drawers, but worse is that the drawer tracks are so short, the drawers hang down at all weird angles in the back. Be sure to watch the video to see how bad they are! I give it high marks for the way it looks, but the operation is awful. In case you're still interested, the company makes a 24, 40, & 60 drawer version of this. The 18 drawer version is $29.43 on Amazon and they run up to about $42 or so for the largest one. (By the way Stack On makes tons of other storage units without this 'locking feature'!)

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/-638M4T7iGk 

    Amazon Link: https://amzn.to/2K6JPgz

    (That's a Giz Wiz Link. I don't recommend this product, but it gives me a short link to post.) 

    Company link: https://www.stack-on.com/product-category/tool-boxes-organizers/

    My Quickie Solution While I Continue Looking?

    It's the Madesmart Granite Junk Drawer Organizer with Removable top tray

    It's versatile and functional storage with pockets of various sizes. Although I have mine on a shelf, it's designed to fit in a multitude of drawer sizes. There's a sliding tray with molded icons create easy to find spaces for all your messy junk drawer items: scissors, pens, tape, rulers, post its, etc., but I use mine as I see fit. 15-Inch long, 11-1/2-Inch wide, 3-Inch high. Price was about $12 on 4/21/18, and $5 more in white. Amazon prices can change at any time.  

    https://amzn.to/2GIwCM5