AmazonBasics Alkaline Batteries Review

Within the past few years, Amazon has been taking over the market and selling almost everything under their own brand name.  More recently they have started selling batteries under their brand AmazonBasics.

Personally, I have tried most of the battery varieties they have.  The best feature is that they are all cheaper than your name brand batteries.  Overall I would say they hold up to the other top brands, if not better than the other brands.

Here is information about each of the products:


AmazonBasics AAA Performance Alkaline Batteries (100-Pack)

·  Improved anti-corrosion components and new zinc composition resulting in 10-years anti-leakage shelf life

·  Designed to provide reliable and lasting performance for both high and low drain devices

·  Unique Japanese technology that enables better performance after storage, over-discharge, and high temperatures

·  Works with a variety of devices including digital cameras, game controllers, toys, and clocks; do not attempt to recharge.


AmazonBasics AA Performance Alkaline Batteries (100-Pack)

·  Improved anti-corrosion components and new zinc composition resulting in 10-years anti-leakage shelf life

·  Designed to provide reliable and lasting performance for both high and low drain devices

·  Unique Japanese technology that enables better performance after storage, over-discharge, and high temperatures

·  Works with a variety of devices including digital cameras, game controllers, toys, and clocks; do not attempt to recharge


AmazonBasics C Cell Everyday Alkaline Batteries (12-Pack)

·  3-year shelf life so you can store for emergencies or use immediately

·  Works with a variety of devices including digital cameras, game controllers, toys, and clocks; do not attempt to recharge

·  Ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging

·  Dimensions: 10 x 3 x 4 inches


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Summit Nutritions Extra Bioavailable Organic Turmeric Extract Review

So what is Turmeric?
Turmeric is a spice that comes from the turmeric plant. It is commonly used in Asian food. You probably know turmeric as the main spice in curry. It has a warm, bitter taste and is frequently used to flavor or color curry powders, mustards, butters, and cheeses. But the root of turmeric is also used widely to make medicine. It contains a yellow-colored chemical called curcumin, which is often used to color foods and cosmetics.

What is it used for other than food?
Turmeric is used for arthritis, heartburn (dyspepsia), joint pain, stomach pain, Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, bypass surgery, hemorrhage, diarrhea, intestinal gas, stomach bloating, loss of appetite, jaundice, liver problems, Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection, stomach ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), gallbladder disorders, high cholesterol, a skin condition called lichen planus, skin inflammation from radiation treatment, and fatigue.

It is also used for headaches, bronchitis, colds, lung infections, fibromyalgia, leprosy, fever, menstrual problems, itchy skin, recovery after surgery, and cancers. Other uses include depression, Alzheimer's disease, swelling in the middle layer of the eye (anterior uveitis), diabetes, water retention, worms, an autoimmune disease called systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), tuberculosis, urinary bladder inflammation, and kidney problems.

- Credit: WebMD

At first I was skeptical because how could a natural root help?  But, I can assure you that it does help.  I have tried various brands of Turmeric Extract and the one I have tried and recommend is Summit Nutritions Extra Bioavailable Organic Turmeric Extract.  I have used this through 1 bottle so far, and I can say that this stuff is amazing how it works.  The best part is that it is Organic!

This is their claim from their website:

Organic Turmeric

Turmeric curcumin extract with black pepper works to support general health by acting as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.

Organic Turmeric Extract
Benefits
Designed to act as a powerful anti-inflammatory
Antioxidant properties may help fight free radicals
Includes piperine for enhanced bioavailability

How To Use It
Take one vegetarian capsule daily.

Ingredients
Turmeric curcumin extract, turmeric curcumin powder, and black pepper extract; see supplement facts here.

Specifics
Natural formula with no fillers, binders, or artificial ingredients
Non-GMO
Gluten-free
60 servings

You can purchase it directly from the from Amazon.

Absorbine Veterinary Liniment Gel Review - It is for humans too!

I have had technically 5 knee surgeries over the course of 3 times in my right knee.  3 times in the back and twice in the front.  I have scar tissue from the surgeries and have developed tendonitis in my knee as well.

I was given a recommendation to try the Absorbine Veterinary Liniment Gel.  I was puzzled that someone would try to get me to use something for horses.  So I searched online for reviews on this product and found that lots of people have and still use this product on their muscles, especially with tendonitis.

I figured what the heck, it was $13.00 and I was willing to try anything to get the pain to go away.  Got it in the mail from Amazon, then applied it to my knee.  The first thing I noticed is that it smells like mint, much better smell than IcyHot & Bengay give.  Put some on my knee, and the first thing you notice is that it is soothing to the muscles.  I applied this right before bed, when I woke up the next day my knee was feeling a lot better than the day before.  I can say that my tendonitis seemed to go away, for a short period anyway.

More recently my knee was sore for almost a week, I put some on and it worked like a charm and was able to cut the grass in my yard with no problem.

Highly recommend this product!  Not just for animals!


About the product:

Absorbine Veterinary Liniment Gel is a warm soothing treatment for temporary muscular soreness caused by overexertion, minor injuries, or arthritis. This spearmint-scented gel contains natural botanical extracts that help reduce swelling and speed natural recovery.

- Made in USA

- Absorbing Veterinary Liniment Gel. Horse Liniments And Topical, Etc.

- Manufacturer: W F YOUNG, INC

- Manufacturer part number: 430504

Escort Passport Radar & Laser Detector Review

The 9500ix detects X, K, KA, and Ku bands of radar, and also alerts of speed cameras, red light cameras, and locks out annoying false alarms

The 9500ix detects X, K, KA, and Ku bands of radar, and also alerts of speed cameras, red light cameras, and locks out annoying false alarms

As I drive to and from work and as I drive to visit family, see concerts, sports events, etc. I am always traveling on highways.  If you are like me, you catch yourself speeding and afraid that you might get caught by the Police and get a ticket.  My advice is the best way to avoid getting a ticket is by using a radar & laser detector.  I would recommend getting them both because in different states, they use each of them.  As far as I know, the only places these are illegal is in Virginia and Washington D.C.

The current radar/laser detector I am using is the Escort Passport 9500IX Radar/Laser Detector.  Yes, this one is expensive but it works great.  I have tried others but this one has the greatest distance I have tried, gives great alerts, and avoids the “fake” alerts that some other cars can give off.

 


Product description

Crystal-clear voice alerts and high resolution dis+play Variable speed radar performance AutoLearn intelligence and user-selectable preferences Safety warning system and brightness controls Comes fully equiped with a Comprehensive owner's manual, quick-release windshield mount, coiled SmartCord, quick reference card

From the Manufacturer

The Escort Passport 9500ix is an intelligent and effective radar detector. It detect all bands of speed enforcement radar (X, K, Ka, and Ku) from both front and rear, and its programmable GPS-enabled circuitry ensures you won't be caught off-guard by hidden speed traps or pesky speed cameras. It even eliminates annoying false alarms. The Passport's GPS system takes advantage of the same satellites used for GPS navigation to pinpoint your exact location and compares it to the detector's on-board database of red light and speed camera locations. As you approach a potential threat, the detector provides an instant audible and visual alert. Distinct audible, visual, and voice alerts provide a separate warning for each band of radar, as well as laser, and traffic safety warnings. The brilliant blue LED alpha-numeric display is easily read in direct sunlight, and features five selectable levels of brightness for optimum night or evening use.

TrueLock/GPS Filter: The False Alert Eliminator
It's no secret that radar detectors are susceptible to false alerts. Radar signals are used not only for speed radar guns, but also for everyday devices like the automatic door openers at your local grocery store or motion sensors for home and business alarm systems. But thanks to the 9500ix's GPS-powered TrueLock filter, you'll never have to worry about false alerts again. When you discover a false alert, simply press the "mute" button three times, and the 9500ix will record the exact radar frequency and GPS location in its memory, and ignore future alerts. However, if an actual speed enforcement threat should occur at that same location in the future, the 9550IX is intelligent enough to recognize the new radar frequency and will alert you in plenty of time.

AutoLearn: Artificial Intelligence Protection
The 9500ix also features AutoLearn technology, an artificial intelligence that recognizes false alerts. The 9550ix scans for radar threats andassociates the specific frequency of an alert to a specific GPS location. If the detector picks up a specific frequency from a flagged location three times, it will acknowledge that as a false alert and will lock the frequency and location out of future alerts, alerting you of its decision with a single beep and displaying the locked frequency band on the unit's LED screen. The 9550ix can also unlock specific signals to protect you from specific threats as well. If a particular frequency is no longer present at a flagged location, or if the frequency moves to a new location, say across the street or down the road, the Passport will unlock the signal. The AutoLearn feature can also be toggled off in the main menu.

Mark Location: Speed Traps, Red Light Cameras, Speed Cameras, and More
Thanks to an extremely comprehensive database, the 9500ix has the ability to alert you of speed cameras, red light cameras, and common speed traps across North America. The database is frequently updated, and Escort provides three months of downloadable updates for free.

The internal red light and speed camera database is easily updated by connecting the 9500ix to your computer's USB port. The 9500ix includes 3-months of free updates from Escort.

The internal red light and speed camera database is easily updated by connecting the 9500ix to your computer's USB port. The 9500ix includes 3-months of free updates from Escort.

Red light cameras are triggered by sensors built into the road, and activated when they detect a vehicle passing through the intersection illegally. A photograph is taken of the car and a ticket is mailed to the vehicle's owner. These systems do not emit a radar signal and are therefore undetectable by most other radar detectors...but not the 9500ix. Thanks to intelligent design, the Passport recognizes an approaching red light camera system and visually and audibly alerts you of the threat.

Press the "Mark" button to set a new speed trap location in the 9500ix's memory.

Press the "Mark" button to set a new speed trap location in the 9500ix's memory.

Speed cameras are just as sneaky, and there are multiple types: radar, laser, induction loop, and photo-based. Radar based cameras transmit a near-horizontal radar beam across traffic lanes, which is difficult for almost any detector to pick up from a long distance. Laser cameras are even more difficult to detect since the signal is so narrow and does not let off any radiated or leaked signals. Induction loop cameras are similar to red light cameras and do not emit a radar signal at all. Photo cameras similarly do not use radar or laser signals and use multiple time-stamped photos to recognize speeding vehicles. All four speed cameras are nearly impossible for any radar detector to protect against, which is why the GPS-equipped 9500ix is the perfect system to protect against all speed detection threats.

The next time you approach the marked location, the 9500ix will alert you of the possible speed trap.

The next time you approach the marked location, the 9500ix will alert you of the possible speed trap.

Speed traps are pretty sneaky and are usually located to catch unsuspecting motorists off-guard...but not if you're equipped with the 9500ix. If you discover a clever speed trap location, simply press the "Mark" button on the detector and tell the 9550ix what kind of warning to assign to your Mark (Red Light, Speed Camera, Speed Trap, or Other). The next time you approach that exact location, the 9500ix will give you an alert either one-mile ahead if you're traveling above 50MPH or a half-mile if traveling under 50MPH.

Variable Speed Sensitivity
Not only does the GPS protect you with location-based radar tracking, the 9500ix also uses GPS to measure your speed, and automatically varies the radar strength for optimal radar protection. When traveling at highway speeds, the Escort is on full alert with maximum radar sensitivity for the best possible performance. When you slow down to city speeds, the 9500ix tunes down the sensitivity of key radar bands to help eliminate false alerts. It's so intelligent, that most of the time you won't even have to use the TrueLock feature. Of course if you prefer maximum radar protection, this feature can be turned off by selecting Highway mode. The Passport can also be programmed to flash your speed on the radar's display when it detects a radar threat, allowing you to quickly and easily check your speed without having to look down at your speedometer.

Users can switch on Expeter Meter or SpecDisplay for even greater radar signal information.

Users can switch on Expeter Meter or SpecDisplay for even greater radar signal information.

Alerts and Audio
As you approach a radar source, the Passport 9500ix will alert you with a distinct audible alert for the particular band of radar as well as a visual alert on the blue LED display. Each radar has its own specific chirp that increases in rate as you get closer to a radar source, eventually leading into a solid tone when the source is at its strongest. A voice alert for each radar and laser warning can also be toggled on or off in the detector's menu. The LED display indicates which band of radar is hitting you and displays the signal strength via bar graph meter readout. If there happens to be more than one radar signal in the vicinity, the Escort will decide which signal is the greatest threat and give priority to whichever is more important. For instance, if you drive by a grocery store with X-band based automatic doors, and a police officer is on the next block using a Ka-based radar gun, even though the X-band signal is stronger, the Ka signal will take priority. Ka and Ku bands are almost exclusively used for speed enforcement, while X and now K bands are used for other purposes. If you're hit with POP/Instant-On radar or laser, the detector will signal a solid tone and maxed-out bar graph as these signals usually indicate an immediate threat.

The visual alert can also be customized to provide more information by switching into "Expert Meter" mode. The Expert Meter is designed for more experienced radar detector users, and can display up to three radar sources on the display at once, with a four-bar signal strength meter for each. For the ultra-experienced radar user, the 9500ix can even display the exact frequency of the radar band being detected.

Mute, AutoMute, and AutoVolume
It's understandable that you probably don't want to listen to the audible alert's continuous tone once you're aware of a threat. Simply press the "mute" button on the top of the detector and the audible signal will mute for that particular instance. When the signal passes out of range, the 9500ix will turn its audible alert back on. AutoMute can also be activated in the detector's feature menu. Once an alert has been announced, the system will automatically turn down the audible alert to a user-selected level. The Passport 9500ix can also be set to automatically detect the ambient noise level in your car, and either turn up or turn down the detector's alert volume to compensate.

The 9550ix is also perfect for motorcycles. A 3.5mm headphone jack located on the side of the detector can be used to pipe audible signals to a headphone or external speaker system.

Windshield Mount and Smart Power Cord
Mounting the Passport 9500ix is a snap with the included windshield suction cup system. The mount is adjustable so you can get the perfect horizontal angle. Mounting the detector properly is important - it must have a clear view of the sky for maximum GPS signal reception. If you plan to use your 9500ix in more than one vehicle, consider picking up an additional Escort suction cup mounting adapter for each car. The Passport easily locks and unlocks from the mounting base with a press of a button.

The included SmartCord features a yellow LED alert indicator and easy-to-reach mute button.

The included SmartCord features a yellow LED alert indicator and easy-to-reach mute button.

The 9500ix includes Escort's famous coiled SmartCord power adapter. So what makes the SmartCord so smart? The radar detector communicates a signal to the plug base, which can act as a secondary control center for the 9500ix. A yellow LED offers a visual alert and flashes to indicate the detected radar threat's signal strength. When using "dark mode" on the 9500ix, no alert is displayed on the radar's LED readout, but the SmartCord's flashing LED offers a visual indication of your radar threat that won't draw attention from outside eyes. The SmartCord also features a mute handy button, which can sometimes be a more convenient (and less obvious) reach than the detector's top-mounted mute button.

What's In the Box
Escort Passport 9500ix radar detector, coiled SmartCord power adapter, suction cup mounting system, user guide/quick reference card, and warranty information


Here is a comparrison to other Escort products.

Fish tank equipment for GloFish Review

The above photo is my current fish tank set up.  I currently have different types of Tetras, all of which are from GloFish.  I started it towards the end of 2013, almost 4 years ago as of writing this post.  Bought the tank itself from an Estate Sale, it is a 30 gallon tank in the shape of a Hexagon.  I have to add water to the tank about once a week because of evaporation.

With my fish I do have lots of live plants, and an air pump to get air into the water.

Here is what GloFish are:

GloFish® fluorescent fish are born brilliant! They are not injected or dyed. They inherit their harmless, lifelong color from their parents, and require the same care as any other community fish. GloFish are great for any home, office, or classroom and perfect for hobbyists and beginners alike.

Below I will have a review and information on each product that I am currently using, or have used in my fish tank over the past 4 years.


Tetra Whisper Power Filter & Tetra Whisper Unassembled Bio-Bag Filter Cartridges

I have been using these 2 with each other over the past 4 years.  I have gone through a lot of filter cartridges.  About 1 every 2 weeks depending on how dirty my tank is.  The filters inlets are small enough that even the smallest of fish will not get sucked up inside of it.

The cleaning of the filter is very easy, can be done within 10 minutes, depending on how dirty the filter is.  I recommend cleaning the whole filter every time you change our a cartridge.  The hardest part is trying to clean all the tight areas.

About the product:

  • Designed for Use in Smaller Aquariums Up to 40-Gallon, Uses Large Whisper Bio-Bag Cartridges
  • Uses Large Whisper Bio-Bag Cartridges
  • Three filters in one for cleaner water and healthier fish
  • Please refer the user manual given under product description for any queries related to this product and its usage

TetraMin Tropical Crisps

I have been feeding my fish the TetraMin Tropical Crisps since I started the tank.  THese must be tasty because the fish rush to get these.  I have even seen the Tetras eating them off of the floor of the tank.  Small light weight, easy to store, great product.

About the product:

  • The Ultimate in Fish Nutrition
  • Healthy, easily digestible protein, vitamins, and carbohydrates that bring out the best appearance in your fish
  • Reduces fish waste and improves water clarity

Tetra Blood Worms Freeze Dried Treat

These freeze dried worms are a great treat for Tetras.  They gobble these things up as they hit the water of the tank.

About the product:

  • A Nutritious Supplement to Tetra Flake Foods
  • Also great as a reward for small and medium-sized tropical and marine fish
  • Freeze dried

Tetra AquaSafe PLUS Water Treatment

The Tetra AquaSafe PLUS Water Treatment is for monthly maintenace on your aquarium.  Pour the liquid into the lid, and dump it into the water.  Very simple and easy to use.  I tend to do my monthly maintenace on the 1st of every month to keep it consistant.

About the Product:

  • Works in seconds to neutralize chlorine, chloramines, and heavy metals present in tap water that can be harmful to fish
  • Provides a slime coat to help wounds heal and protect fish from abrasions
  • AquaSafe Plus is the market-leading water conditioner brand in the US and has been protecting fish for more than 35 years
  • One teaspoon treats 10 gallons
  • AquaSafe Plus can be used with freshwater and marine fish
  • Works in seconds to neutralize chlorine, chloramines, and heavy metals present in tap water that can be harful to fish
  • Provides a slime coat to help wounds heal and protect fish from abrasions
  • AquaSafe Plus is the market-leading water conditioner brand in the US and has been protecting fish for more than 35 years
  • One teaspoon treats 10 gallons
  • AquaSafe Plus can be used with freshwater and marine fish

Tetra WaterClarifier Treatment

The Tetra WaterClarifier Treatment is as easy to use as the previous water treament.  This is great to use if you have cloudy water.  When you first put it in the water, the water will most likely get more cloudy than it was.  This is actually good because it shows that the liquid is work to remove particles from the water.

About the product:

  • Clears cloudy or hazy aquarium water
  • Safe for all freshwater fish
  • Phosphate free

Tetra AlgaeControl Water Treatment

If you tank is like mine, you end up have Alga everywhere.  I believe algae can come from the fishes poop, to the extra food waste that is lying at the bottom of the tank.  This treatment helps clean the fish tank.

About the product:

  • Combats aquarium algae and works to prevent its return
  • Effective against green water, blue-green algae, diatoms, and hair algae
  • Can be safely used in planted aquariums

GloFish Universal Aquarium Light with Blue LEDs for 15-Inch Tanks

This light, that is shown in my photo above, has been in my tank for 4 years.  Works great and haven't had any issues with it.  If you want to have GloFish, highly recommend this tank light.  If you have a wider tank, you might need 2 of these or 1 large one.

About the product:

  • Light has 24 Blue LEDs which enhance the colors of the GloFish Fluorescent fish
  • Adjustable clamp fits both framed and frameless aquariums
  • Convert up to a 15 Gallon aquarium to a GloFish habitat

GloFish Aquarium Gravel, 5-Pound

This is the gravel I have in the bottom of my fish tank.  Looks great when the tank light is on.  There are various colors based on your taste, if you go to the link below you can view the other colors.

About the product:

Enhances and completes your GloFish aquarium environment


Lesypet 15 pcs Glowing Effect Artificial Jellyfish for Aquarium Fish Tank decorate Blue/Green/Orange/Pink/Yellow

These artificial Jellfish are pretty awesome, they look great in the tank.  They are secured to a suction cup by a fishing line.  I have been asked multiple times if these are real jellyfish, so they do look real.  Only complaint I have is that the suction cup does not like to work so well underwater.  You can always tie the fishing line to a larger rock to hold it down.


GloFish Treasure Chest Ornament for Aquarium

This treasure chest looks great in my aquarium when the black lights are on.  Very good piece to display.

About the product:

  • Enhance your GloFish aquarium environment
  • Fun, brightly colored large Treasure Chest ornament
  • 3.1" x 4.7" x 5.3"
  • Experience the Glow

Hydor H2Show Ornament Kit for Aquariums

Tetra 77848 Whisper Air Pump, up to 40-Gallon

PENN PLAX Standard Airline Tubing Air Pump Accessories, 8-Feet

I am going to combine all of these since they all work together in my set up.

I have had the Hydor H2Show Ornament Kit (Volcano) in my aquarium since I started it.  Within the past month, the pump went out and had to replace it with the Whisper Air Pump with a new Airline tube.  Now it works fine again.


There is my thoughts / reviews on these products.  Drop me a comment and let me know what you think about them or what you would rate them based off of my review or your own experience.