Alex Birch

Velotric Thunder 1 EBike review – Beautiful, integrated and should get even better with app updates

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REVIEW – I’ve always loved bicycles… and gadgets and while electric bicycles have been around a while now, it’s only within the last 10 years that their sophistication and affordability has brought them front and center. Electrifying a bicycle enables one to go further with less effort, charge harder, or arrive at work without having […]

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Briiv Air Purifier review – Beautiful with a flawed app

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REVIEW – Does air purifier conjure up images of white or beige rectangular appliances? For those of us dealing with allergies, the form takes a back seat to function. What if I told you that doesn’t have to be the case? Briiv may not be a name you recognize, but you’d be hard-pressed to forget what

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Lululook Titanium Band for Apple Watch Ultra review – Dress up your Ultra for under $40

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REVIEW – So you got yourself a new Apple Watch Ultra and you’re thinking it’s a shame there aren’t any affordable bands to dress it up with being titanium and all. Well Lululook must have guessed we’d be asking because they’ve got a titanium linked band that pairs perfectly. I’ve been running it for a

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Birdkiss Smart Bird Feeder with Solar Panel review – AI tells you what kind of birds are visiting

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REVIEW – This is a smart bird feeder from Birdkiss. My plan was to document assembly and setup and then take it to the other side of the country and install it at my mom’s since she loves birds. That plan went out the window when I started using it. The birds showed up and

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Emporia Vue Home Energy Monitor review – Install a private detective for energy use

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REVIEW – Have you every wondered how much energy is used around your home? Your monthly bill gives you the overall picture, but if you’re looking for more detailed info you need a different solution. Emporia Energy specializes in products that make usage more transparent like smart plugs, which can give you info on a

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Pitaka MagEZ limited edition ‘Sunset Moment’ iPhone case review

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REVIEW – I ordered my first Pitaka case for the iPhone X back in 2017. It’s been one of my go-to brands ever since and to date, each of my subsequent phones has donned some Pitaka case variation. Each generation has subtle improvements and more color options. I was already using the MagEZ Case Pro

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Emporia Energy Smart Home EV Charger review – Save time and money, charge your EV at home

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REVIEW – Whether you already own an EV or are considering one in the future, there’s more to it than just the car itself. Charging takes a little more planning and time than just hitting the gas station. The included charger is usually a low speed, lightweight 110v unit that can take up to a

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Campfire Bay Bonfire Bundle review – The last Fire Pit Tongs and Poker you’ll ever need to buy

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REVIEW – I wouldn’t blame you for thinking that one fire pit tool is pretty much the same as another. That’s exactly what I thought up until a month ago. Then I received the elite series fire pit tongs and poker from Campfire Bay and all fire tools are not built to the same standard.

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Pecron E1500 Pro portable power station review – 33 lbs of power

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REVIEW – Ever had your power go out for a couple of days? It can be scary, costly, and even dangerous. If you’re into camping or hitting the road in an RV you also know how precious power can be. I’m in California and between extreme weather events and increased demand on the power grid,

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ZyberVR Accessories review – Keep Meta Quest 2 charged and get more VR time

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REVIEW – Have you ever been in the middle of an epic VR session and had your session rudely interrupted by a dead battery? The only thing worse is being excited to get in there and have the system dead before you can begin. Super frustrating to be sure. Today we have two accessories from

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Vokboard Riot Electric Skateboard review – Instant fun and big grins

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REVIEW – I grew up skateboarding and loved bombing down hills. Stopping was accomplished by… dragging one foot as a brake, a power slide (if you could control it), running off the front (trying to keep your feet under yourself), or unceremoniously hitting a small stone or crack and having the ground come up at

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Swytch Electric Bike Conversion Kit review – The best e-bike is the one you already have (with this kit!)

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REVIEW – I previously reviewed a bike conversion kit from Swytch late in 2019. It was a well-thought-through system that converted your existing bicycle into a pedal-assist e-bike. I was very impressed at the time and so three years later when they announced a new and updated version, I was keen to find out exactly

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