Andy Chen

Former electronics technician for the FBI, current Fire Prevention Officer. Background in electronics, trained EMT, Eagle Scout/Assistant Scoutmaster and dad.

Scosche FrescheAir portable HEPA air purifier review – Clean air for your car

REVIEW – Spring is here and allergy season has begun! This time, I’ve got a new weapon in my aresenal: A portable , USB powered air purifier from Scosche called the FrescheAir that fits into a cup holder. What is it? The Scosche FrescheAir is a compact air purifier with a 3 stage HEPA filter …

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Lamp Depot Honeycomb touch sensitive modular wall light review

REVIEW – I’ve thought about ways to spruce up my video calls with interesting things in the background. I’ve seen these LED tiles before but the price seemed out of range. I had a chance to take a look at these hexagonal shaped LED lights from Lamp Depot. How did they work out? What is …

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My garage has an awesome feature that yours does not

ARTICLE – For years I had this idea to decorate my garage with all the tail lights of all the cars I’ve owned. Not the originals, of course, but junkyard specials, eBay finds, etc. I finally had some free time over the holidays so I finally assembled my collection and wired it up for some …

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Scosche Rhythm+ 2.0 armband heart rate monitor review

REVIEW – I strongly dislike exercise (see photo above). However, I do like my indoor rower (or “erg” for you crew fans) which is something I fell in love with in college. My particular machine has a heart rate monitor receiver, but that usually means supplying your own chest strap, which always felt slightly burdensome …

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Gadgeteer team’s work from home (WFH) setups – Andy Chen

ARTICLE – About a decade ago, the government agency I work for declared they were going “paperless”. Haven’t we heard that since electronics were invented? Just before the pandemic hit, our office was starting to have an all-electronic option for nearly every kind work we do- then we were told to Work From Home. Good …

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RAVPower magnetic MagSafe charger review

REVIEW – Ever since I picked up the iPhone 12 Pro, I’ve been looking around for MagSafe charger accessories. It’s still a little early, but RAVPower has released their own MagSafe compatible charger that comes with a pleasant surprise: A teeny, tiny 20W USB-C charger. What is it? This is RAVPower’s wireless charger with MagSafe …

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Pull Start Fire Pull String Firestarter review

REVIEW – As an Eagle Scout and father to a scout, to me the idea of a firestarter that works by just pulling a string felt slightly insulting a first. Fire making is an essential scout skill, after all! Then I looked back at all the times I’ve been in difficult or near-miserable situations where …

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Pioneer Rayz Rally iOS lightning speaker review

REVIEW – Do you use your iPhone’s built-in speakerphone frequently? Ever want a little extra “oomph”? I got to try out a little plug-in device designed to do just that. What is it? The Pioneer Rayz Rally is a plug and play mobile conference speaker that connects with just one Lightning connection to your iOS …

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GIGA Pump 2.0 review

REVIEW – Have you ever tried to inflate an air mattress or pool toy by mouth? Yes, it gets exhausting. I’ve been using inflatable camping pads for a few years, which I prefer over the foam ones. However, inflating a pad after a day of hiking or at altitude isn’t very fun. GIGA Pump 2.0 …

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Zendure SuperPort S2 and S4 GaN USB-C charger review

REVIEW – The charger battle in my home has heated up. I’m finally collecting more gadgets that accept USB-C plugs. However, I’m stuck with the tiny ones that come packed in the box. Zendure’s SuperPort Gallium Nitride (GaN) chargers just might be my ticket to charging heaven. What is it? The Zendure SuperPort S2 is …

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Zendure SuperTank Pro 26,800 MAH / 100WH USB-C battery review – Charge all of your gadgets with one battery!

CROWDFUNDING REVIEW – I’ve shied away from giant USB batteries for camping because it means lugging them around. But when I look back, a majority of my expeditions are “car camping” where weight isn’t an issue. More and more of my gadgets are finally coming with USB-C. The Zendure SuperTank Pro which is currently seeking …

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