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Review: Foho Car Freezer/Fridge 55qt

By |2020-07-06T01:19:31-07:00Jun 1, 2020 - Monday|Product Reviews, Reviews, Travel|

Did you know that there are refrigerators/freezers available that can be powered by the 12V port/battery of a car? One that could be operated with a battery power station and supplemented with solar panels? In this review, I purchased one for extended road trips, camping, and a 3-day simulated power outage, but most importantly: to surprise our children with ice cream in the middle of nowhere. How much power did it use? Was food kept frozen? I was pleasantly surprised.

Review: Beelink U57 vs X55 Mini PCs

By |2020-06-16T19:22:54-07:00May 26, 2020 - Tuesday|Product Reviews, Reviews|

Half a year ago, I chose the Beelink Gemini X55 Mini PC as a TV-connected, video conferencing system that would fit inside a drawer. The coronavirus that caused the COVID-19 pandemic a few months later had the family utilize it more for school, work, and video chats with friends and family, resulting in a noticeable drop in performance. Beelink recently released the Core i5-based U57 model that promised better speed for just $50 more. How did it compare?

Review: Goal Zero Yeti 500x

By |2020-06-16T19:26:43-07:00May 9, 2020 - Saturday|Product Reviews, Reviews|

Goal Zero products are expensive. They are also the industry leader in portable power stations with a safety record to brag about. After having reviewed a handful of batteries, I finally took the plunge to look at the newly-released Yeti 500x. What I learned over the past five weeks surprised me.

Review: CORE Instant Cabin 9-Person Tent

By |2020-06-16T19:27:29-07:00Apr 29, 2020 - Wednesday|Family, Product Reviews, Reviews, Travel|

For this review, my son and I took the CORE 9 Instant Cabin Tent out to the backyard for three days and two nights after he was disappointed our Sequoia National Park camping trip had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This was a perfect opportunity for some father-son bonding, to test out our new tent, put some of my other gear to use, and to get some sense of normalcy back into our lives.