Lex Strickland

As a child I usually disassembled Christmas toys by lunchtime. I'm fascinated by cellphones, fountain pens, knives, flashlights, Chromebooks, and Chromeboxes. I play drums, workout, throw boomerangs, shoot paper targets and bike. I try to fit in my retirement when I have time.

The Quaq crossbody bag charges your phone as you carry it

CROWDFUNDING NEWS – The Quaq Crossbody Bag is a new crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter.  This well-made ‘sling bag’ wirelessly charges your phone and carries a lot of your EDC.  The Quaq Crossbody Bag is a ‘sling bag’ that wirelessly charges a cellphone in a special pocket containing a non-removable 10,000 mAh inductive charging battery. The …

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Aukey LS02 smartwatch review – A fitness tracking watch for less $’s

REVIEW:  The Aukey LS02 is a fitness watch with a list of exercise tracking features similar to more expensive models. But what are the trade-offs with this $40 tracker? If you’re looking for a highly reliable, true smartwatch, you’ll need to keep shopping. If time of day display, a countdown timer, and wake up alarm …

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Omnicharge Omni Ultimate 38,400mAh power supply review

REVIEW–  I’m a bit intimidated by anything that can kill me.  The Omni Ultimate by Omnicharge is the highest capacity portable power supply I have used in my short yet productive life. But given the suggested retail price, the variety of ports, and especially its 120V grounded ‘wall plug’ style outlet, I anticipated this would …

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Gosun Solar Charging Flashlight review

REVIEW – Spouse: “How many flashlights do we need around here?” Me: (To the tune of Tina Turner-) “What’s need – got to do, got to do with it?” The ‘Gosun Solar Charging Flashlight’, ‘Gosun SolarLight Solar Assisted Flashlight’, or ‘Gosun SolarFlash’. Whether you go with the name on the package or the two names …

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Mkeke 20W USB-C charger review

REVIEW – The Mkeke 20W USB C Charger is manufactured by Shenzhen Aoda Power Technology Co. Ltd.  This economy-priced charger might stack up nicely to more expensive competitors.  Since phone manufacturers seem to be moving toward shipping with no charger, knowing where to get an effective quick charger may be useful. Let’s see how it …

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Casio DW291H heavy duty digital watch review

REVIEW – I love tech but sometimes simpler technologies can carry big benefits. Enter the Casio DW291H digital watch with 10-year battery, 200 meter water resistance, and more great features. What is it? The Casio DW291H-9AVCF (black bezel version) is a digital watch in their Heavy Duty series, hence the red ‘HD’ on the face. The …

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Alarm.com introduces a touchless video doorbell at CES

NEWS – Alarm.com has released the first commercially available video doorbell that rings without requiring any contact.  The Alarm.com Touchless Video Doorbell eliminates the need to physically press a doorbell button. Anyone coming to the door simply stands on a doormat to ring the chime.  When a person is detected, the doorbell immediately triggers the existing chime …

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