Read: 6 mins. If you like vlogging or taking stabilized, steady videos, gimbals are designed to help you do so. A variety of gimbals exist, but not too long ago, DJI introduced the Osmo Pocket -- a handheld, compact recording device that combines an action camera with built-in video stabilization. It was initially plagued with issues, but DJI enjoyed a good year of success with a one-of-a-kind product... until now. Feiyu brought its Pocket to market recently to become the Osmo Pocket's first challenger. With updated features and an attractive price, there is much to like about the newcomer.
Read: 6 mins. Last year, I purchased an Acer PM161Q ($130) to supplement my then-Surface Pro 5 with a secondary display. It was a first-of-its kind, portable monitor that was lightweight, but it also was a nightmare of a device to use due to compatibility issues. Turns out, Thunderbolt 3 was required that not many devices yet supported. Fast-forward 7 months later, and more computers now support that technology. What stood out about this UPerfect 15.6" monitor were its touchscreen, built-in battery, IPS display, and quad speakers for about 25% less than the Asus Zenscreen MB16AMT I had been eyeing for months. Here is my evaluation of the UPerfect portable display.
Read: 11 mins. A family with two, young children was preparing for their first trip to Yosemite after having secured a visitation permit, a temporary requirement during the COVID-19 pandemic. The mother asked me how the Domende HC-50 (54 quart) car freezer compared to my Foho BCD-52. I have never heard of Domende, but there was one glaring difference: it only has one compartment. With no section divider (like the Foho), what does that mean in regards to temperature control, storage space, and flexibility? Here are my impressions.
Read: 8 mins. Jackery impressed me with their Explorer 1000 battery power station and its excellent customer service. I complemented it with two SolarSaga 100W solar panels for camping and in case we had a power outage. That was exactly what happened one day: we lost power for an ENTIRE day. Were the panels able to produce enough energy to get us through the whole day working from home?
Read: 4 mins. A tire can run flat at any time while biking, riding a scooter, or driving a car. For that reason, I have an $80 electric pump in my car's trunk that operates off the cigarette lighter plug, and a tall hand pump for bicycles that is inconvenient to pack into the backpack. One day, I came across an advertisement for this Vastar electric air pump -- a small, lightweight, ELECTRIC pump! Intriguing. I never knew compact ones like these existed! Naturally, I purchased one to see how it would do.
Read: 13 mins. Those who have known me know that I really like the Rockpals 500W battery power station for its compact size, but ultimately gave it away after falling in love with the Goal Zero Yeti 500x. It was no surprise then when one of my former coworkers bought the company's car refrigerator/freezer last month, the 26qt Rockpals RP-25L, and asked for my opinion of it. At first glance, I really liked the look: solid black with accents of bright orange in a compact size. I told him that it probably was good based on my past tests with the solid battery power station. As it turns out, the car freezer is Rockpals' first one ever. Did it live up to my expectations? How did it compare to my Foho 54qt car freezer? I asked him if I could borrow it for a week for evaluation, only to find a serious issue (and workaround) with the product.