Volmate 8-port charger 6/10

I remember, pretty well actually, when all chargers were a single unit. It was the wall piece and the wire to plug into the device, and that was all.

That being said, I’m extremely thankful for the invention of USB chargers and their widespread use. A generic wall piece means a lot more convenience, and the ability to charge a lot more devices (even with different charging ports) more easily.

If one thing is clear, it’s that (as with most technologies) this new creation has developed an entire market of supplementary products. From USB car chargers, to multi-port chargers, to multi-port USB car chargers, it seems like everything had been done, improved, and combined.

Not only are new technologies being created, but for each type of technology there are tons of companies producing them, with countless designs.

The specific device I’m reviewing today is the Volmate 8-port charger. If there’s one thing I’ve come to realize about this device, it’s that it does everything it should, but there’s probably a better or more efficient way to do it.

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The first problem I had was the design. Again, it’s not that there’s anything wrong with the way it’s designed per say, but rather that it’s made in a way that causes the wires you plug in to become tangled. It’s comprised of 8 USB ports stacked above each other, unless you turn it on its side (which I’ve begun to do) in which case it’s a horizontal line of USB’s. It’s not the biggest problem, but it does tend to make your cords look like a tangled mess, and I’ve found other designs that seem to handle that issue pretty well.

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DownIT Skull Shot Glass 8/10

I’ve met people who collect snow globes, people who collect coins, movie posters, action figures, comic books, and just about anything else you can imagine. I was always able to understand the idea behind collecting something, but personally had never had a collection of my own – at least not until a recent realization.

Where other people collect a bunch of different items within one category, I went from assuming I didn’t collect anything, to realizing I just collect things I find cool. This meant that rather than looking for a souvenir t-shirt everywhere I went, I would wait until I found something I liked, and buy that instead.

While I might not have physical things to keep as memories of places I’ve visited, or something that people can get me as an easy gift idea, I’ve still managed to accumulated a type of collection of my own. That being said, when I stumbled upon this skull shot glass I was eager to get my hands on it. Even if I don’t use the item, I’m more than able to see the novelty in it.

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The only thing stopping me from giving this product a perfect review is probably that my expectations were too high. My assumption was that the shot glass was going to create a pronounced skull shape that you would notice from a distance.

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Tengri Heated Shiatsu Massage Pillow – 7.5/10

It seems like every time I’m able to remedy a pulled muscle, or strain of any sort, a new one comes along to replace it. I’ve been on this sort of ‘injury treadmill’ for a while, always looking for just one solid, actual solution.

Stretching helps a lot, and aspirin certainly eases pain (though I like to avoid it when possible), but aside from those two things, my attempts at relief have been mostly limited. Then I discovered muscle rollers, and other massage devices and finally started to see positive results.

My results with regular hand-operated massage tools have been helpful, but limited in effectiveness. Due to the fact that I can only apply so much pressure myself, and it becomes tedious after a little while, it just wasn’t practical.

Then I found electric devices, and thought (once again) it was the perfect solution, but soon realized most devices still didn’t apply enough pressure to relieve soreness.

Then I tried the Tengri heated neck and back shiatsu massage pillow and finally (for real this time) began to see results. The reason this pillow works, is the same reason I was put off at first – it hurts. It’s not unbearable pain, but it can cause some discomfort, which led me to believe I was misusing it.

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After a little while I began to realize that the pain wasn’t causing more pain, it was alleviating it. It’s the only device I’ve used to far to actually create enough pressure to make a difference in muscle soreness for the long term.

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Sweet Leaf Tea Infuser 7/10

I’ve been an avid coffee drinker for most of my life, drinking a few cups everyday, and looking forward to trying out new brands whenever given a chance. I never really liked tea much, but I recently decided to try drinking more of it because of the health benefits. After a couple of weeks I was hooked, and ready to try every type and flavor of tea available.

In the same way that you need some supplementary equipment to be able to truly enjoy more expensive coffee, like a grinder for the coffee beans, a press for making the coffee, or a Keurig for single cups, tea requires some equipment too. I soon found myself investing in a teapot, storage tins, and a standalone tea heater. The one thing I still needed was an infuser for loose leaf tea.

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Tea infusers are the sort of thing that companies can get really creative with. I was amazed with some of the ice trays that now exist, from ones that make shot glasses, to the ‘gin and titonic,’ and tea infusers seemed to have followed suit. While not excessively clever, the sweet leaf tea infuser does what it’s supposed to, which is certainly good enough for me.

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DBPOWER Solar Motion Sensor Light 8/10

Anytime I have a chance to make an improvement to my house without adding anything extra to my electric bill, or putting any extra strain on the power grid, I’m happy. That probably explains my slight obsession with solar-powered decorative lights, and all things solar-powered in general, so it’s no surprise I was excited to test out another type of solar-powered light.

While not decorative per say, this LED light (which was provided for free, for an unbiased review) certainly has its own purpose, and it serves that purpose well.

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Turning on automatically at night, and having the ability to be set on and off with the motion sensor, this light has a wide range of uses. I’ve been using it as an outdoor light to provide illumination for a small area, and with the light being as bright as it is, I have no complaints.

Because it’s being used for a small area, this product is perfect for me. It should be known, however, that it you’re looking to use these for a bigger area and need to buy a few, at $20-$25 a piece (depending on what model you get) the cost can quickly add up.

If you want to light up an indoor or outdoor area and don’t need a large amount of light, this is great. If you need it for a bigger area and don’t want to break the bank, you should probably look for a cheaper alternative. For me it works as I need it to, and that’s why it got the rating it did. You can find it for sale on Amazon here.

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DBPOWER Headset & Telephone 6/10

Being at a job where you’re required to be on the phone for a large part of the day, I’m very thankful for the invention of the headset. Cellphones are taking over, and that’s hard to deny. Actually, that’s probably an understatement, because cellphones have already taken over, but dial pads with headsets are still necessary for some situations (at least for now).

I’m sure there will be a point, probably in the near future, where headsets connected to desk telephones become entirely obsolete, but for now it’s good to have a buying option for when you need it.

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Surprisingly the market for these phones, while small, is still extremely competitive for the companies that still sell the technology. That being said, based on the features and quality you’re looking for, these pretty much all offer the same things for very similar prices ($20 for the cheapest most basic, $80 more for the really fancy ones, and an average of $30-$50 for the rest).

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Red Lion Freedom Socks 9/10

Until recently I hadn’t given much thought to the idea of socks beyond how I had seen them for my entire life. For me it was always a matter of necessity, nothing more than the comfort and protection they brought to your feet.

Then I began to catch onto the trend of socks that went beyond being black or white, or sitting above or below your ankle, and new possibilities that were being introduced. At first I didn’t know how to feel about it, but seeing how creative people have gotten with the possibility of socks as a fashion addition (even if ironically) I think I’m glad it became a thing.

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For me, the first requirement for a sock is that it’s comfortable. I get that the point of these new creative socks is to do more than that, but for me that will always be the first requirement. I can happily say that Red Lion socks (at least my experience with them so far) has not only met my expectation for comfort, but exceeded it.

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