Andy Chen

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

OdinLake Ergo MAX747 chair review – Have a seat!

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REVIEW – I’ve had the same chair since 2020, when everyone worked from home. The fabric seat is stained from sweat during the summer months, and there’s no headrest. Enter the OdinLake Ergo MAX747, adorned with mesh surfaces and adjustability. Have a seat, and read on! What is it? The OdinLake Ergo MAX747 is a […]

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Jabra Elite 10 wireless earbuds review – Do you like real buttons?

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REVIEW – This year, I’ve been on a quest to find small, unobtrusive wireless earbuds I can live with. I jumped at the chance to try the Jabra Elite 10 earbuds. I expected small, compact earbuds with the latest features. I did not expect an old feature: real buttons. What is it? The Jabra Elite

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Baseus Eli Sport 1 open ear headphones review – Bring the Bass!

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REVIEW – In my never ending quest for headphones that are just right, I’ve learned that anything that goes in my ears (such as AirPods) will eventually hurt. As a glasses wearer, I’m stuck with headphones with pads that around the outside of my ear. Lately there have been many “open ear” earbuds that cradle

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Dakota Lithium PS2400 power station review – Power to go

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REVIEW – This winter, we had two unexplained power outages two days in a row, each lasting about half a day. It wasn’t raining, windy, or any of the usual things. With the Dakota Lithium PS2400 portable power station I now have enough juice to operate all my gadgetery and much more in a handsome

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FLYBIRD 55 lb. Adjustable Dumbbells review – Maybe not so dumb

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REVIEW – My son has become a bit of a gym rat. He’s always wanted a set of adjustable dumbbells. I was fortunate enough to get a chance to evaluate a set of FLYBIRD adjustable dumbbells. Let’s get pumped up! What is it? The FLYBIRD adjustable dumbbells are a pair of 55 pound dumbbells that

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Inateck Electronics Organizer Travel Case review – your stuff but organized

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REVIEW – I’m on a never-ending, eternal quest to keep things organized. I’ve settled on small victories instead, such as this travel organizer from Inateck. Its clever clamshell design has a nook and cranny for almost anything. What is it? The Inateck Electronics Organizer Travel Case is a series of pouches designed to bring some

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Typhur Sync wireless meat thermometer review – measure that meat

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REVIEW – I’m not a good cook, so I have to approach the kitchen like a chemistry experiment- following directions, taking measurements. A thermometer is essential for me, so I got to try out the Typhur Sync wireless meat thermometer with two probes, just in time for holiday cooking. What is it? The Typhur Sync

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Twinkly Dots app-controlled LED string lights review – decorate with dots!

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REVIEW – Five years after reviewing my first string of LED lights from Twinkly, I got to play with a new strand called Dots. While most “Christmas lights” feature bulbs that dangle off the side, the Twinkly Dots feature tiny, circular pinpoint LEDs inline with the cord, opening up a new ideas for decorating with

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Milessey D9 PRO laser measurement tool review – now with more lasers

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CROWDFUNDING REVIEW – How do you improve upon a laser measurement tool? Add a color touch screen? Add a flashlight? How about more lasers? The Milessey D9 PRO laser measurement tool has done that and more. What is it? The Milessey D9 PRO is a laser distance measurement tool featuring dual side firing lasers to

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Monoprice 44220 Benchtop CNC Router Kit review – DIY engraving

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REVIEW – I remember reading a Time magazine article in the 1980s about computer numerical control (CNC) manufacturing. I never thought decades later, I’d be able to have that kind of power at home in a DIY kit from Monoprice, of all places. I also never thought I’d burn three days trying to figure out

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Quntis 82ft 1000 LED string lights review – Light up your holidays

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REVIEW – Several years ago, I strung together lights along my backyard fence with varying results. One strand wasn’t really for outdoor use and failed. The next  strand I tried required me to daisy chain several together, and eventually failed. As luck would have it, I got my hands on the Quntis 82ft (25m) string

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iDOO Electric Compressed Air Duster and Vacuum review – no more canned air

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REVIEW – I stopped buying canned air for dusting because at $5 to $10 per can, it just didn’t make sense. I have an air compressor in the garage, and a small rubber bulb for dusting small things like camera parts. I think the iDOO electric compressed air duster and vacuum might fit nicely in

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