I have recently reviewed some EcoFlow products perfect for off-grid living or emergencies; you can read those reviews here and here. The company has expanded its product line with the EcoFlow Wave, a portable, battery-powered air conditioner.
My son recently learned how to ride a bike, and it’s opened up a whole new world of excitement for him. In the fearless way of all small children, he’s jumping curbs and taking frighteningly tight turns like a pro. On the other hand, I am old and have a bad knee, making it a lot harder for me to keep up with him. So when I had the chance to check out the Swagtron Swagcycle Pro, I was super excited for the assist!
Anker is well known for power and charging accessories; we have reviewed many of their products, and we’ve found their build quality and performance to be consistently good. The company has upped the ante by recently releasing the Anker 757 PowerHouse, cementing its place in the large-form power bank space. I’ve got a review unit; let’s check it out.
I have really gotten into portable power sources since our ranch does not have power, and I find myself working out there at least once a week. My needs have grown quite a bit from a simple extra battery to charge my phone, and the Bluetti EB55 is the perfect companion for a camping trip or quick trip without power.
I recently reviewed the EcoFlow Delta Max portable power station. The battery system is a true game-changer for anyone needing portable backup power. Without a power source to charge the battery, it becomes somewhat limited. Enter the EcoFlow 400W Solar Panel. This lightweight, robust solar panel keeps the Delta Max powered and ready for action.
Having alternate power sources during uncertain weather is very important, and it’s much easier to manage with today’s high-capacity power stations that don’t require a gas-powered generator and the inherent carbon monoxide risks of running them. Whether dealing with power outages from weather events or rolling blackouts, we will all have to deal with needing a reliable source of backup power at some point. The new Anker 757 Portable Power Station promises to provide portable, long-lasting battery power during outages, emergencies, or outdoor activities.
Living in a region affected by hurricanes and the recent power outages during the snow last season in Texas, backup power is a genuine concern. We also have a travel trailer that we often use without any electric hookups. The EcoFlow DELTA Max is a portable power station offered in up to a 2016Wh capacity capable of powering most of our home appliances and electronics, at least for a time.
Winter is almost over, and we are all looking forward to spending time outside again. Of course, some pests make our time outdoors less enjoyable, mosquitoes being the worst! That’s okay; the new Thermacell LIV system promises to repel them, and it will work with Alexa and Google Assistant!
If you own a dog, you know the worst part of an otherwise wonderful experience is having to walk the pup in lousy weather. As a matter of fact, I just got back from a long walk with my older dog Nava in the freezing rain. However, I was toasty warm thanks to BN3TH Merino wool base layers.
When spending time outdoors, going to a friend’s backyard BBQ, or bringing home cold items from the store, it’s always handy to have an insulated bag to carry your supplies. There are times when a full-on ice chest or cooler is just a bit too much, but you still need something durable that can keep items cold or warm, and that’s easy to carry. Sound familiar? You need a Grizzly Drifter Carryall Bag!
The most important part of smoking meats and outdoor cooking is temperature. Many people ask how long something takes, and my answer is always, “What temp does that food needs to be?” With that said, a tool that monitors those temps is essential; if you can make that tool completely wireless, then you have something special. The MeatStick Wireless Meat Thermometer is just that, a wireless probe that works flawlessly.
We’d all like to think that when severe weather hits, we’ll be prepared. We’ll have food, water, and candles ready and waiting with enough notice. But if there isn’t a plan in place for providing emergency power during sustained blackouts, there’s still an important issue that needs to be addressed. Planning ahead and getting a 1100W OUPES Portable Power Station will give you peace of mind; when the power goes out, you’ll be able to keep your essential devices powered. It’s also handy for camping and other off-grid outdoor activities.
The new Olivers Gold Coast Shirt Jacket has just been announced, just a few months after one of my personal favorites, the Olivers Stadium Shirt Jacket, came to market. This new offering is made from a Merino Wool and recycled Polyester blend; thermoregulation and anti-microbial properties are just the beginning of what will make this outwear a winner.
When I was younger, I considered Rockport shoes to be “clunky shoes for older folk.” After reviewing several styles of Rockport’s current shoe line, I have found that their shoes are neither clunky nor meant for older folks; they’re now pretty much all I wear anymore. The waterproof Rockport Men’s Total Motion Sport Boot is the latest style I’ve tried.
If you’ve ever needed to place a security camera in a remote location, only to realize that without reliable Wi-Fi access or electricity, it simply wasn’t going to work, you are going to love this news. Arlo has just announced that the latest generation Verizon Arlo Go 2 LET/Wi-Fi Security Camera is now available. Whether you are keeping an eye on a construction site, vacation home, boat, RV, the far end of your oversized yard, or some other location that doesn’t have reliable (or any) Wi-Fi, the Arlo Go 2 is an excellent and relatively inexpensive option worth considering.
Headlamps are one of the most convenient ways to carry a flashlight hands-free when you are in the dark. Most headlamps have a single focussed beam that aims light directly in front of you, but that’s not the case with the Liteband PRO 1000 Headlamp; it provides a 210º beam, shining a light on everything directly in your path and on both sides. Wondering if this might be an even better lighting solution, especially when walking or working outdoors at night, I asked a long-time headlamp wearer, my husband Kev, to give the Lightband PRO 1000 a try.
Having a high-quality, reliable flashlight is essential, and that’s what Fenix aims to deliver. I was recently sent the Fenix PD35 V3.0 Tactical Flashlight to test; it’s the third version of Fenix’s popular PD35 series, and this model promises even better performance. I prefer flashlights that are easy to hold, small enough to carry, and that are also plenty bright; let’s see if the PD35 checked off all of the boxes.
Coalatree Trailhead Pants are described as “the outdoor pant you can wear to the office.” Waterproof, antimicrobial, tear-resistant, and made for activity, their four-way stretch makes them comfortable regardless of what you are doing. Plus, they’re available in a range of colors and in a regular or slim fit. A unique and unisex take on hiking pants, they’ve got a new member of their fan club.
For the last year, I have been rather obsessed with clothing made for merino wool. It is light, warm when you need it, cool when you need that. It repels odor and dries incredibly fast. I was interested when I learned that the Kora M’s Neema SS Crew T-Shirt adds yak wool into the mix. Here’s a look.
I don’t have a huge living space, so I’ve never bothered with surround sound or big speakers. Still, sometimes you just want to enjoy music in a 360-degree experience, so I was very excited to check out the iLive Indoor/Outdoor Dual Bluetooth Speakers. How did they handle my space? Read on to find out!
Electric bikes have gotten super popular recently, and Espin bikes have taken full advantage of the trend. With the versatile Espin Nesta, you can take your bike on offroad adventures or commute to work, thanks to the all-terrain tires and folding frame. The Nesta is a really nice bike that sometimes feels like a motorcycle and retails for $1,400.