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FREMO M30 Hobbit Coffee 3000mAh Power Bank External Battery Charger for iPhone 5S, 5C, 5, 4S, iPad Air, mini, Galaxy S5, S4, S3, Note 3 Smartphones, and Other Mobile Devices (made by SCUD)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Small and lightweight, 3.5 oz with the supplied cable.
Recharges a phone or similar device with a similar size battery.
Charges in about 4 hours from a standard USB port or charger.

Cons: I tried using this to charge a 7" tablet (Galaxy 3) and it raised the charge from a bit below 20% to a bit above 40%, in about an hour, the device got rather warm doing so.
I tried charging this device from the 2A charger from the tablet, again it charged quickly but got rather warm.

Other Thoughts: First, a bit of common sense: you can not get more charge out of this device than you will get from plugging your phone or tablet into a standard (0.5A) charger or port for about 4 hours.
Heat is the enemy of batteries, if you treat this device gently it will likely last many more charge cycles than it will if you are using high power chargers on it or attempting to recharge high power devices from it.
I caught this on sale for $11, got 2 and glad I did. At the current price, there are better choices.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 – 8GB Flash Storage 1GB RAM  7” Android Tablet Gold Brown Color (Newest Model)
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Seems to run most apps well enough.

Cons: It can not figure out what time it is, either from its GPS or from the network (NTP). When it resets, which it does more frequently than it should, the clock goes back to 00:00 1 Jan 2012 GMT. No warning of this when it boots up, but most of its apps complain that the network is not available; all is made well by going in to settings and manually resetting the clock.

Other Thoughts: This is the first network-aware device I've gotten in a decade that was unable to set its own clock. When they don't even get such a basic, fundamental thing right, you can't help but wonder what other basic, fundamental things are wrong.

Google maps is my go to choice when I want to demonstrate how easy it is to make the system crash.

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Turtle Beach Call of Duty: Black Ops II Ear Force Limited Edition Earbuds
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

3 out of 5 eggs Turtle Beach earbuds 12/26/2013

This review is from: Turtle Beach Call of Duty: Black Ops II Ear Force Limited Edition Earbuds

Pros: Excellent deal at ten bucks.
Fit my ears nicely, looks cool until the mod below.
Like the design to route the cord over the ears, keeps them from coming off at the slightest tug.
Braided covering on cord feels nice, sturdy. Construction looks reasonably durable.

Cons: Unexpectedly poor bass response.

I hear a lot of static if I touch the wire near the ear, particularly on the right side... but see below.

Other Thoughts: The static I hear is certainly mechanical rather than electrical. It is damped somewhat on the left side by the microphone piece. I discovered I could practically eliminate the static by wrapping a bit of cloth around the cord just below my earlobe, and securing it in place with a bit of wire. This effectively damps the noise, and the bit of added weight helps it feel secure on my ear; but it makes me look even more like a geek than the tape on my eyeglasses.

I will be experimenting with alternatives. Advice from others is welcome.

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Display Name: Lewis K.

Date Joined: 01/12/07

  • Reviews: 10
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  • First Review: 03/30/09
  • Last Review: 07/24/14
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