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.

HAOYISHU Headlamp Flashlight review – ‘Looking forward’ to daytime brightness

REVIEW – Do you need a headlamp that offers ‘you see me’ or even brighter, ‘I see you’ lighting? Bike riders use those terms for bike lights. The HAOYISHU Headlamp Flashlight is a headlamp that does both. It offers daytime brightness if you need it. The light has 10 steady and flashing modes and sells …

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Orico AT150 outdoor portable power station review – Maybe not pocketable, but packable and powerful

REVIEW – The Orico AT150 outdoor portable power station. Is it weatherproof? Well, no, but it is otherwise a nice power source for multiple, simultaneous device charging or operation. And it has an AC outlet so you can use your shaver on Zoom calls while you’re camping!  We review some honkin’ big power stations around here …

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Olight Ratel Blue Folding Knife review – It’s as sharp as it looks

REVIEW –  The Olight Ratel Blue Folding Knife is available in one color for now but if you like this blue, there isn’t much to gripe about otherwise. This low-tech tool which is probably made with high-tech processes is ready to go with you unobtrusively and deploy quickly for use. What is it The Olight …

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The FCC GMRS license fee has finally dropped!

NEWS –  The decrease in the FCC General Mobile Radio Service radio license fee has been rumored for years.  I double-confirmed by two phone calls to the FCC today that the fee is officially now $35 for a ten-year license. The fee had been $70 for years. The FCC’s various antiquated webpages do not reflect this …

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The JackRabbit micro e-bike is tiny and has no pedals!

NEWS – The JackRabbit electric bike is now available at https://jackrabbit.bike/ for $1199.99 and you’ll never have to pedal it. Because you can’t.  The bike should give a 12-mile range and a maximum speed of 20 mph if conditions are right, meaning a very level roadway or downhill. The bike doesn’t have great climbing capacity …

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AstroAI Cordless Tire Inflator review – This may be a new headache remedy

REVIEW – The AstroAI Cordless Tire Inflator could almost make pain relief claims. Cord-free freedom when pumping car and bike tires is something I’ll never be without now that I’ve experienced it. Ever since portable electric tire pumps were created I’ve had one in the car. Mine are cheap but long lasting and are powered …

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Deckers X Lab G8 Tactical Boots review – Walk a mile in your new shoes

REVIEW –  I did a 1.5 mile dog walk in the Deckers X Lab G8 Tactical Boots but this was only my third time in them. For tactical emphasis, I took along my Toy Doberman, Poquito. We were on asphalt streets and a wooded trail with exposed roots. I’ll tell you how these boots performed …

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TCL 30 XE 5G smartphone review – Not much to hate for $198!

REVIEW – The TCL 30 XE 5G smartphone was just released for T-Mobile customers as a new budget phone option. When the price was announced for the 30 XE, I confess I lowered my expectations. Should I have? Will this device be good enough to replace my aging $400 current phone or will it end …

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LivBar Organic Superfood Bars review

REVIEW – LivBars are made of real seeds, grains, fruits and flavorings, few of which exceed 3 syllables. ‘Himalayan’ is no actual violation. It’s the absence of chemicals and preservatives that I appreciate. Our bodies know what to do with real food.  I took a taste of the Crowd Pleaser 12 pack assortment of LivBars. …

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SnapFresh Cordless Leaf Blower review – a handy, lightweight wind-maker

REVIEW – The SnapFresh BBT-ZE20BW leaf blower is the lightest blower I’ve tried. The blowing power and working time from a single charge did not disappoint. Heavier hand-held blowers can be fatiguing either from their weight, the blow-back resistance, or both. The SnapFresh was pleasant to use in that it was not tiring to use.  …

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Gadgeteer team – gear we’re using in 2022 (Lex Strickland)

ARTICLE – Yesterday we learned about the gear that Garry Kolb is using on his travel adventures and today is my turn to share my current EDC. This is what I carry lately, and mostly in my pockets. On the far right are the flashlight and knife I carry when I’m in dress uniform and …

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Denqir Mini Chainsaw review – a chainsaw so small it could be part of your EDC!

REVIEW – The Denqir Mini Chainsaw is made for limb pruning and small tree cutting when loppers aren’t powerful enough for the task. But it can cut wood up to about 3”-5” diameter, depending on which blade is attached. With two rechargeable batteries included in the kit you could cut a lot of wood before …

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HAOYISHU Video Conference Laptop Light review

REVIEW – The HAOYISHU Video Conference Laptop Light is a light to give your WFH ZoomMeetSkypeWebExGoToMeeting viewers a chance to see your face clearly during videoconferences. How often do you see videoconference participants in dimly lit rooms, or with a light beside or behind them, or sitting in front of bright windows? If they only …

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