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Kirk E.

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Great charge longevity in cold weather, charges cellphones with little lost capacity

Bolt Power D28A 13600Mah Portable Car Jump Starter 500 Peak Amps with Compact Air Compressor, Power Bank, Automobile and Laptop Emergency Power Supply
Bolt Power D28A 13600Mah Portable Car Jump Starter 500 Peak Amps with Compact Air Compressor, Power Bank, Automobile and Laptop Emergency Power Supply

Pros: Compact, easy to store in car, charges cellphones easily

Cons: None so far

Overall Review: I don't write reviews until I have a personal history with a product. Until I have a dead car battery I cannot attest to this devices Car Jump Starting ability but I can write about other things that have proven great about this product. I have only owned this product since 11/6/2016 so I also cannot attest to the longevity of it. Now that my disclaimer is out of the way let me tell you why you need it, and what is great about this product so far. 1. Reading the manual Boltpower recommends you bring the KM780 in about once every 3 months to recharge. We are in the dead of winter here in Michigan and I don't have "Boltpower recharge" on my calendar so I just bring it in when I'm going to travel or just think about it. My first recharge was longer than 3 months and I was shocked at how little recharge was needed. It has a four long LED display to show you how charged up the device is. Even in the bitter cold it had only lost about ¼ or less of its charge which was amazing. 2. We just had 60MPH tropical force winds here in Michigan which knocked out power for over 250,000 people. My solar generator died and I could not recharge it with the solar panels as I had not tested the whole system, MY BAD (will have words with them next week!) Our cellphones were dying and I remembered the Boltpower KM780 in my car so I brought it into the house to recharge the phones. It did so easily four times, even after sitting in my VERY COLD car for over a month. After all this work it still had over ¾ of charge left. I bet the sucker could have charged our cellphone many more times! Why you need a device like this: • Firestone told me I need to replace the battery in my car. The car was starting fine, I was not sure if I could trust them since the battery was only about 3 1/2 years old, and I had an electrical charger/starter at home if something went wrong. They were right but I got about eight more months of use out of that battery before it died using my charger. If you have a Boltpower starter you can drive a battery until it really dies saving you money. • Years ago I was off on one of my National Forest adventures where I went off the grid in my car. I was deep in the forest with no one around for MANY miles. When I had my truck I would use the lights to set up camp in the dark. I had my Honda Civic lights on in the same fashion but when I looked back after less than ½ hour the lights were dim. I panicked and ran to the car to turn the lights off. I plugged in the key and only heard click, click, and click. I moaned, "OH MY!" what now with no cellphone reception! Without telling the rest of the story I vowed to find a device to jump start a vehicle and the Boltpower KM780 seems to be a very easy to use device to do that (UNTESTED YET). • I was in Manistee Michigan camping in the National Forest editing my book on my laptop. Once the laptop batteries discharged I would drive into town about 40 miles away and recharge the laptop batteries at the local American Legion. I left the lights on and drained the car battery. I finally found someone to help my jump start my car. I was hooking up the cables and my benefactor (NOT) insisted he could do it. In his words, "I'm not an imbecile, positive to positive and negative to negative." I tried to explain there is a safe order and method to hooking up the cables and he would have none of that. I was at his mercy so I let him do it. He crossed the cables, blew the main fuse in my car, nearly caused and explosion and left me stranded. I won't go into the rest of the story. With the KM780 you can jump start your car yourself and don't have to depend on others. If I ever find a dead battery to jumpstart I will endeavor to update this review for you but if it works you are free at last, free at last! FYI here is your jumper cable hook up procedure: • Connect the red clamp (+) of the jumper cable to the positive pole of the dead battery. • Connect the other end (red) of the same cable to the positive pole of the booster battery. • Connect the second cable (black) to the negative pole of the booster battery. • Connect the other end of the second cable (black) to the engine block of the disabled vehicle as far away from its battery as possible. Keep your face away from the proximity of the battery when you do this. • After starting the disabled vehicle, first remove the cable from the engine block, then its other end from the booster battery. Disconnect the red cable first from the recharging battery, and then from the booster battery. ThatCyberSecurityGuy.com, LLC

WD 4TB My Passport Portable Hard Drive -- Great Product, Plug and Use, Lightweight and Portable

WD 4TB My Passport Portable Hard Drive USB 3.0 Model WDBYFT0040BRD-WESN Red
WD 4TB My Passport Portable Hard Drive USB 3.0 Model WDBYFT0040BRD-WESN Red

Pros: I have made due with an old Western Digital plug in, heavy, bulky HP 2TB Personal Media Drive HP20000x for almost 7 years for household/SB backups. It has held up well but backups take forever from my laptop and two computer servers. I have modernized my small business hardware and now have USB 3.0. Therefore, I made the plunge into the new WD 4TB My Passport Portable Hard Drive USB 3.0 Model WDBYFT0040BRD-WESN and I recommend you do so also! My goodness, what a difference this drive makes in backup speed and portability. It is USB port powered on both 2.0 and 3.0 so I no longer have to plug in my backup solution. I picked it up for $120 on sale and have never looked back. It is so small and lightweight I can throw it in my laptop backpack when I travel. Performance was about 3 to 5 hours for a 130GB system image of my laptop on USB 2.0. A system image of one of my servers screamed out a 500GB system image in about ½ hour which from where I came from was outstanding. Copying large number of files take a little longer but not by much. I really look forward to a Passport USB 3.1 version of this product at an affordable price. I get nothing for these reviews and I only do them when a product is great or really bad. For $120 the WD 4TB Passport is a welcome addition to my business backup solution. ThatCyberSecurityGuy.com NOTE: I obviously cannot speak for the durability or longevity of this product. WD has honored warranties in the past.

Cons: It also comes with encryption and backup software but I found the backup software very primitive and not worth using. I have not tried out the encryption because the drive stays home for now.

Amazing monitor that saves you time!

AOC U2879VF 28" 4K 3840 x 2160 UHD Gaming Monitor, 1ms Response Time, 10-bit Panel w/ Over 1 Billion Colors, AMD FreeSync, 20M:1 SmartContrast, DisplayPort/HDMI/DVI/VGA Inputs
AOC U2879VF 28" 4K 3840 x 2160 UHD Gaming Monitor, 1ms Response Time, 10-bit Panel w/ Over 1 Billion Colors, AMD FreeSync, 20M:1 SmartContrast, DisplayPort/HDMI/DVI/VGA Inputs

Pros: I'm one of those dinosaurs that used a very old LED monitor (2003) with my very old laptop until 2016. How stupid could I be? After building a new computer server I needed a new monitor for both computers. I watched the Newegg Daily deals for a monitor and finally pulled the trigger on this one. Thank goodness I did as this simplified my life saving time and money in the long run. This monitor comes with all the essentials for us old dinosaurs. It has a Display Port for my new computer server rendering graphics with my $480 graphics card with precision. It has a HDMI port rendering graphics as a second monitor for my old laptop. Then beyond imagination it even includes a VGA port which I used to rebuild my VERY old Linux SSH server. The thing I like most is everything is automatic as the monitor recognizes whatever device you fire up connected to it. This saves me a TON of time not trying to dial in what device is connected to the monitor and explaining to my wife how to do that. I've only had the monitor about 6 months so I cannot attest to its longevity. ThatCyberSecurityGuy.com, LLC

Cons: The stand could have been more adjustable. For example, I have an office desk where I need to raise the monitor to eye level. Sure you can put a book under the monitor stand but it would be cool if the monitor would allow you to adjust height.