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Katrina Reyes
October 28th, 2019 · 36 min read
Save on the Instant Pot Ultra 8 Qt 10-in-1 Multi- Use Programmable Pressure Cooker

Save on the Instant Pot Ultra 8 Qt 10-in-1 Multi- Use Programmable Pressure Cooker

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Size:8 Quart Instant Pot Ultra 10 In 1 Multi-Use Programmable Cooker is the next generation in kitchen appliances. Designed for the home chef looking for a greater degree of customization and control for even greater precision cooking. The Ultra combines the functions of a Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice/Porridge Cooker, Cake Maker, Yogurt Maker, Sauté/Searing, Steamer, Warmer, Sterilizer, and, a truly new and unique feature, the Ultra program. The Ultra provides complete custom programming for pressure and non-pressure cooking. Now, one can set the exact parameters desired to achieve perfect results each and every time. With the Altitude adjustment, the guesswork is eliminated from a recipe conversion providing a more precise cooking time. Designed with a large, blue LCD display with a Cooking Indicator to provide one a clear visual on the progress of your dish from preheating, cooking, and Keep Warm. A central dial with a simple turn and press provides added precision in program selection and adjustments. And, the new - Steam Release Reset Button ensures the safer handling of the steam release after cooking is completed. Built with 16 smart programs: Soup/Broth, Meat/Stew, Bean/Chili, Cake, Egg, Slow Cook, Sauté/Searing, Rice, Multigrain, Porridge, Steam, Sterilize, Yogurt, Warm, Pressure Cook, and Ultra. Now, your favorite dishes are as simple as selecting your preferences and having them ready up to 70% faster. With the Sterilize program one can pasteurize dairy products, sterilize baby bottles, jars, and utensils; as well as, perform certain types of canning much more conveniently than ever before! The Cake Maker is designed to prepare soft and moist cakes and the Egg prepares perfect eggs in just a few minutes. Americas most trusted brand has moved into a category of its own with the Instant Pot Ultra!. Dual pressure settings For fast and flexible cooking Cooking with high pressure reduces cooking time by up to 70% and the low pressure avoids overcooking delicate food

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We bough an Ultra Mini around two months ago. It was instant love with the device. As a matter of fact, one week later we ordered a larger unit.Just recently we found that the front dialing button was stuck. I carefully removed it and found that it was bent out of shape in the portion that seats inside of the panel. It is easy to figure out that this could have happened because of the heat that the unit generates (button is made of plastic).I contacted Instant Pot customer service asking if this was covered by warranty, or if not, how could I purchase a replacement. This is their reply:Hello Edmundo,Thank you for getting that information to us, it is appreciated.This piece is not sold separately as the base comes as one full unit. This is not something that is covered under warranty. With that said we can offer you our loyalty price on a new Ultra mini cooker base for $65.95 USD.Please let us know if you would like to move forward.I am very disappointed with this reply. I am not willing to buy a whole unit just to replace a small cheap button. I am sure that they have thousands of these buttons at their warehouse. The button is replaceable, you can pull it out and push it back in. It is not a fixed part of the base unit. I am disappointed because this company can not offer me a simple solution for a small problem.The Ultra Mini is an excellent product. I have solved the button problem by putting it back in and not pushing it all the way in. Works perfectly until I can find a similar button somewhere. It is not a big issue. What is a big issue is the poor customer service attitude of this company.Best regards,Edmundo Caution—if you purchase the Ultra Instant Pot, please be aware that you must learn how to use the buttons because all the recipes for Instant Pots are geared toward the standard-not the Ultra-and the buttons on the Ultra are all different from the standard. It took me awhile to figure this out and I am still learning. I love my Ultra IP but the company did not do a good job of explaining the differences in the buttons—I had to search by googling and reading lots of blogs. Not being new to pressure cooking first thing I can say is WOW. I have to confess that I had a stove top pressure cooker a long time ago and have not used one in a while. I have been out of the loop on the Instant Pot electric pressure cookers too which is a blessing in that I followed my instincts and bought the Ultra without making the mistake of trying to save a few bucks for the Duo series.Like going to the car dealer for a new car, think of the Instant Pot line of cookers the same way., The Lux is the base model, the Duo is the model up from the base and the Duo Plus two models up from the base and the Ultra is the fully loaded model. Just like the car dealer, - more features means more money. With a street price of $149.00 for the Ultra, you can be patient and find them on sale from time to time. However, in any case $149.00 is a good price for what this cooker can do for you. If you use this cooker you will make up the cost of in saving on not eating out as much. The food you can cook is that good.I have been cooking in this Instant Pot every day since I received it; sometimes twice a day. I have also made sure to make things that require me to use more than the manual setting that can be created under Pressure Cook or Ultra. Here are my Pros and Cons.Pros: LCD display - one of the big things I hear in the discussion groups is I pushed the button and it says ON, but I dont know what is happening. The Ultra has a cooking graph that displays the progress through the preheat, cooking and warming phases so you know right where you are in the process. The LCD display is miles ahead of any of the control panels on any other model offered by Instant Pot. Venting, Quick release and the Pressure Regulator are improved. The vent/regulator now is controlled by a separate button - the Quick Release button, Push the button into the locking position and it pops the Vent up to release the pressure, turn the quick release knob and unlock the Vent so it drops back down and stops the pressure from releasing. Ultra Program You can set the exact Temp, as low as 104 degree and as high as 208 degrees. Set your Altitude and the programing on the Ultra will make the adjustments. Aesthetics - It is much more attractive with the LCD panel than the other modelsCons: Sealing ring in lid (silicone) picks up all the cooking smells and this ring stinks. The only solution I found to help take the cooking smell out of the silicone is to run the silicone ring through the dishwasher on the top rack laid flat. This seems to be a on going complaint from many Instant Pot owners The Manual is not very detailed. The Water Test as know by users is in the manual as Initial Test Run on page 14. The instructions for the Initial Test Run are incomplete. After instructing to rotate the dial to steam and set the time for two minutes, the manual forgets to tell the user to press the start button next. While the explanations under numbers 6,7 and 8 are important for Pressure Cooking, it is not clear to the user that those are not part of the Initial Test. Since users have adopted the lingo Water Test; Instant Pot would be better off changing the future manuals to instruct the Water Test. A little more information on the preset programing. The manual talks about making Yogurt, a few more pages like that on the other functions would be helpful.This really is not a con, but just part of pressure cooking. Pressure cookers are moist cookers so any crispy dish you desired has to be done outside the Instant Pot, so for example Lasagna would be finished under the broiler to get that baked finish. Chicken skin does not come out the same as if it was roasted in the over. For all the other things you can do with your Instant Pot, these things are not a big deal.Here are some of the items I have prepared with my Instant Pot Ultra and the setting used.Pressure Cook - Apple Sauce, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Macaroni and Cheese, Slumgullion/ American GoulashSoup Broth - Split Pea Soup using dry split peasMeat/Stew - Crack Chicken, Honey Garlic Chicken, Cranberry Brisket, Dr Pepper Ribs, Beef Bourguignon, BratwurstBean/Chili - Black Beans and Smoked Turkey SausageSteam - Sweet PotatoSauté - vegetables and meat for dishes abovePorridge - Steel Cut OatsCake - New York Cheese Cake, Pumpkin Cheesecake, Giant PancakeEgg - Hard Boiled EggsYogurt - Greek Yogurt with 2% milkUltra - Sous Vide Tuna Steaks, Tempered Chocolate for candy making.Many people try to figure out which model is the one for them. If you are a cook or like cooking and know how to cook many items, then you are going to want the flexibility of the Ultra. It is worth every penny and not worth trying to save a few bucks going into the Duo model. Even if you dont not cook a lot or have a wide range of cooking skills, the LCD panel really takes the mystery out of the pressure cooking cycle which is not available on the Duo or Lux models. Maybe the extra settings will entice novice cooks to try new things.Another thing I see commented in the forums is that people are afraid to start using their Instant Pot. Either they are afraid of pressure cooking in general or running the Instant pot is too complicated, so why try.This is a computerized pressure cooker, The venting and pressure regulating system the Ultra is excellent. If you follow some basic rules then you will be cooking worry free for a long time.1. Always have enough liquid in your recipe, The Instant Pot cannot generate pressure if there is not enough liquid.2. Do not over fill the pot. The bottom of page 14 in your Ultra manual has a great explanation on how much you can put in your Instant Pot Ultra.3. After each use, make sure to clean the lid and check to see if the venting system has any food that might block the venting system.This is a computerized pressure cooker and that makes it light years ahead of your mothers or grandmothers pressure cooker. The flexibility that the programming creates for the user makes this one of the more versatile cooking gadgets you can have in your kitchen. The computer programing makes it a safer cooking system compared to a manual stove top pressure cooker.My family is very typical, our kids have many after school activities, we get home late and no one wants to go through the hassle of cooking. We have a slow cooker, but if we forget to set it up in the morning before we leave the house, it still takes time to put together recipes when we get home. The Instant Pot has changed all that. The pressure cooking system cuts cook times dramatically. Additionally I dont have to sit over the stove monitoring my cooking food. Once I put all the food in the pot, put the lid on and hit start, I can get many other things done around the house.My family is eating out less (saving money) and eating healthier, making better food choices than when we are eating out. There are so many recipes out on the internet and in cookbooks that my family looks forward to coming home to eat because it is going to be something good and probably new to us. I purchased the top of the line Instant Pot as it came highly recommended from family. The pot will not consistently pressurize. So I reset, check everything, (including liquid level) and it fails to pressurize. So I reset, check everything again and retry. Pretty soon, a 1 hour meal has consumed 4 and 5 hours and its still not done because the Instant Pot will not pressurize to finish the meal. I have tried two meals, and both failed and had to throw them out (pot roast, and a corned beef).So I opened a ticket on March 4th and received a reply stating longer than normal wait times. Its now March 13th and my return window through Amazon just closed. So now Im stuck with a product that doesnt work from a company that doesnt respond.Do not waste your money or time. Instant Pot Ultra 6 Qt 10-in-1 Multi- Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Yogurt Maker, Cake Maker, Egg Cooker, Sauté, Steamer, Warmer, and Sterilizer


PowerBlock Personal Trainer Dumbbell Set

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Product Description PowerBlock 502-00094-00 Personal Trainer Set 50 lb. each Amazon.com The only dumbbell system that can expand to meet your strength needs, PowerBlock dumbbells are the most versatile and effective exercise tool ever developed for strength training. PowerBlocks work intuitively. Rather than requiring you to buy a room full of dumbbells, PowerBlocks act just like a weight stack at the gym, with a weight handle that fits inside the first weight, which fits inside the second, which fits inside the third, etc. When you want to change weights, you simply move the weight selector pin into the appropriate slot and youre set. As you lift the core, all the weights above the selector pin are lifted at the same time, turning your 3-pound dumbbell into a 6-pound dumbbell, or your 6-pound dumbbell into a 12-pound dumbbell. Not only is the system remarkably easy to use, but its also cost- and space-efficient, as a single pair of dumbbells can do the work of dozens. This personal trainer set is a hybrid system that employs the weight stack from PowerBlocks Personal Set and the handles of the Elite Set. As a result, users can achieve every 2.5-pound jump within the weight range of 5 to 50 pounds per dumbbell, in effect doing the job of 40 individual weights. Even better, the weights are more compact and balanced than traditional dumbbells, with a padded handle that protects people with weak wrists. Best of all, the free weights are terrific whether youre trying to build muscle mass, firm and tone your physique, or get rid of unwanted body fat. The personal trainer set is not expandable and is compatible with the Elite/Pro weight stand. It also carries a limited 10-year warranty.

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Not too bad overall- much cheaper than the bowflex. You can adjust weight in 2.5lb increments but it is a little more involved than I reaized - you must remove all the weight, flip the red lever in the picture and then watch out for two 2.5 lb steel cylinders launching out of the handle toward your toes - you will only make that mistake once! Then you repeat the process for the other side. So to change weight by 2.5 lbs its not as convienient but not a deal breaker for me. Also, the pin that you slide to select different weights is a U shaped piece of plastic - little more flimsy than I would like but overall it works. If I was more serious about weightlifting I would probably spring for the bowflex version but overall I am happy with these for my casual workouts. They are great. They are a little bigger than a regular dumbbell but the multiple set up is worth every penny.Picture attached. 20lb, 34.6lb, 35lb and 50.I use both dumbbell and plate and reallyb was not much of a difference. The quick change in weight is great. I would not recommend it, if you are working out early or late where noise is a factor. The plates do make some noise. Close the door and youll be fine. I have used traditional dumbbells, I have owned a set of Elite Powerblocks (similar to the personal trainer version) which I gifted and regret doing so, and I just had, regrettably, a set of Bowflex dumbbells. The difference is night and day. How anyone can say that Bowflex are good dumbbells has never owned anything else. They are TOO long. As such, it effects form when performing ANY exercise. When doing dumbbell curls, your arm is awkwardly too far out to the left and right as you make your way up to the finish of the movement. When performing shoulder presses, and bench presses, forget about effectively converging to the center to complete the movement. Docking the dumbbell back into the base is a NIGHTMARE. You strain to get it perfectly aligned to the plates that may already be in the base. And it is primarily plastic. Honestly, it creates a lack of confidence in every way. The Powerblocks, I now have the personal trainer version, are super easy to change weight, super easy to dock with no strain or stress, feel substantially greater in functionality, design, form, usage, and weight. Dramatic difference. Anyone getting the Bowflex is again, a stranger to having used better equipment, and probably is getting the Bowflex because I can only imagine they must think they look cool or something. There is no benefit in the use or design of the Bowflex over the Powerblock - NONE. I just received these a few days ago… they came in great condition and were shipped securely.I really like them, they are clever and change fast… they are a bit different as you put your hand in the middle of the thing… I have medium/small hands and my hands fit fine, its just different to have to fit your hands inside the the things… I could see someone with very large hands being a bit tight.they clank a little on an any curl, not obnoxious though… but they make no noise on any press that I do… I actually think its the 2.5 lb weights in inside the grip thats making the noise and moving a bit, and not the main plates on the outside of the dumbbell… so, you take those out and I think itd be silent for the most part.anyway, neat design, and very compact… great space saver for your workout area, and pretty decent deal at $250 if youre going to be using a variety of weights in your routine as iron shaped into a dumbbell is absurdly expensive for some reason. So i ordered these for my husbands birthday a couple weeks ago. The item is sold as a set but is sent in two boxes. We received one dumbbell and were patiently waiting for the second for a week. The carrier just today said they lost our second dumbbell and we now have to return it. We were expecting it because so many other people have said this and his is Amazon, so we rolled the dice and lost. So for the delivery aspect I would give this one star.As for the single dumbbell we received, I would give it a five star rating. I took it out of the box and here was no damage. It is more compact than the all black version and feels very solid! I did a couple single arm military presses with it and it was nice! Feels a lot less wobbly than a circular dumbbell. Additionally, the little cylinders that add 2.5lbs each are a pretty neat feature and are why we chose this version over the all black one. I was really looking forward to getting the second one. There are l only things I would change about this dumbbell: the clip to change weights is plastic and I would prefer to have either a much harder plastic or a metal pin (presumably it was built this way to prevent damage to the dumbbells themselves as I would rather the pin break than damage the dumbbells), and the only way to access the inner cylinders to remove or insert is you have to remove the pin and pull it out which can add time. if you are doing a workout like p90x you may have to pause the workout to do this, but it is a small price to pay for an excellent dumbbell! All in all, I would recommend this dumbbell to anyone serious in having a home gym. For reference, I have been lifting for over 15 years, I plan on competing in womens bikini bodybuilding competition after I have my second baby and wanted to have some access to weights while on maternity leave. However I would push to get it from a more reliable seller so you can avoid the huge disappointment of only receiving one! So therefor I would give the product itself 5 stars!


Purina Tidy Cats Clumping Cat Litter, 24/7 Performance Multi Cat Litter - 40 lb. Bag

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Size:40 lb. Bag | Style:24/7 Performance Stop strong smells in their tracks as you maintain your cats litter boxes with Purina Tidy Cats 24/7 Performance clumping litter pail refill. The powerful triple-odor protection defends your home against unpleasant aromas and provides protection from lingering odors all day and all night. The strong, tight clumps allow for convenient scooping, so litter box cleaning is simple and speedy. The powerful guaranteed TidyLock protection helps lock away odors, and the low-dust formula means the litter pours cleanly into the box. This Tidy Cats clumping litter is formulated for multiple cats, keeping your home fresh, clean and ready for company, even as your cats stroll about. Fill their boxes with around-the-clock odor control, and give them a tidy place to call their own.

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Thanks to Purina Tidy Cats Clumping Litter, my cats and I have a new arrangement. I buy the litter, they poop in the litter. I replace the litter, they poop in the replacement litter.This is vastly better than our old arrangement. As cat litters, Tidy Cats is a good litter. However I had to give it 3 stars. Its strongly scented. I have a cat who is particular about smell. She would go to the cat box, take a sniff, then proceed to tinkle outside of it due to the smell of this cat litter.. completely defeating the purpose of the litter in the first place. My other cat could careless, he used it with no issues. Needless to say, I tossed this litter out and went with another brands non-scented litter.The clumps were tight and if your cat is not scent sensitive, will work just fine for you. It a shame that you cant purchase this litter in an unscented version, as the litter itself is good.Pros:Clumps wellGreat AbsorptionCons:Strong Scent - Will discourage cats who are sensitive to smell from using the box.I ended up tossing out one bucket and the other is now relegated to my garage to soak up oil and any drippings from my A/C unit under my car. I will say my garage does smell better than it ever did! TIDY CAT LITTERI have purchased Tidy Cat Liter for the past 10 or so years. I have used other litter but always came back to Tidy Cat. NO MORE. For the past 6 or so months, Tidy Cat has not been the same- it clumps, but into nasty mud balls. It is near impossible to scoop a this stuff. I use to scoop a clump in one try, but now, it takes two or three. The stuff turns to mud now, where it used to be scoopable balls. It also adheres to the liter box and is really difficult to scrape the mud off, to the point of the having to completely wash the liter box out! Im not sure what they have changed, but they need to fix it.I will be purchasing Arm and Hammer again from now on. I left a lengthy review on the Instant action version in this new Max line & how great it is, You can check it out, But wanted to write one to say I like this 24/7 version a notch even better!! Not sure how some others say this has to strong of a perfume smell because one of the reasons I like this one better is even though the instant isnt overpowering either, this one is even less so! Yet still manages to contol odors a tad fresher & has a bit more pleasant on demand light scent, then the the instant action version. These new Tidy Max are just so fantastic in every way a litter should be! Only minor complaint is it can track a bit more, but with a good mat & box setup you can control that, Tidys litter textures are so much less back breaking to sift through too! Highly recommend this & cant see myself switching anytime soon finally one that lives up to its claims & then some! This clumping litter is something I have used for well over ten years and recently decided to buy online and have it delivered. This simply works great at absorbing much of the urine smell and poop smell. I have tried while in Asia, various Japanese brands and they didnt work as well as this. I always came back to this, even when abroad where this is much more expensive. Made in USA. This has been my favorite litter for 5 years but over the past 6 months, it no longer clumps, it crumbles and makes the litter completely useless after a few days. I go thru 2 pails of this per month now verses 1 every month in the past. This is the same reason I switched from Arm & Hammer 5 years ago. So sad. I usually order Tidy Cat unscented which amazon doesnt sell anymore. I was in a hurry and needed cat litter so I ordered this.1). The SMELL is too strong. My cat hates it and when he comes out he smells like Tide laundry detergent and it makes me cough and get a headache.2). Packaging is awful. Its literally a box. You have two options. Either take the whole thing apart and scoop it into the box or lift the box and slowly pour the litter in. Lets just say it was a disaster.So yeah, its cat litter and it works but smells. Wish they made that more clear for people who want a light smell or no smell at all. I have been using tidy cat for years, but they must have reformulated their product. I have two cat boxes on our ground level floor, one automatic, one normal. The automatic box is exclusively used by one cat in separation from the rest of house, the regular is used by one cat who has to be separated at night, thus much less frequently. In both boxes the urine only loosely clumps, over soaking and causing black, urine soaked clay to remain in the box after scooping. I fully washed down the automatic litter box a week ago, and within 7 days there was a large, sticky, black spot of essentially pee mud caused by the litter. It doesnt absorb the urine at all. I has to scrub and wash down the box again with a hard sponge to get all the mud off of the box. The regular box, which is only scooped once a day/as needed vs every time the cat uses it, built up a full layer of urine mud on the bottom of the box in 2 days.In our basement boxes we have used tidy cat dual action and are not seeing the same issue. The 24/7 is a joke, and the only reason I gave it two stars is because the smell of the litter is less offensive than the dual action smell.Dont waste your money. Youll go through 4x as much litter when you have to scrub out the box completely every other day.


Beam Electronics Universal Car Air Vent Phone Holder Mount

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Color:Gray Quick Release Button: Press button on back of unit to slide open and then take out mobile phone. Press the arms on both side to clamp mobile phone again, simple of operation, save time and power.360 Degree Rotation: The fully 360-degree rotation provide you with the best viewing angle.The holder ensures safe driving whether you are talking, navigating, listening to music or charging.Broad Compatibility: Passed a wide range of tests, fit for most cellphones, iPhone 7 7 Plus iPhone 6s Plus, 6s, 5s, 5c ,Samsung Galaxy S6, HTC,LG, Nexus, Nokia, GPS Device. Sturdy, cradle-less and attractive device holding system.suitable for width size from 1.9 inch to 3.7inch smart phone or electronic devices.Single-handed Operation: Simple installation and removal of smart phones. Simplistic Installation, Single-handed Operation, No Tools Needed.1 year Warranty. Not Compatible with the Pixel 5 smartphone. car mount, car mounts, cell phone holder, cell phone holders, car phone mount, car phone mounts, car holder, car holders, cell phone car mount, cell phone car mounts, phone mount for car, phone mount for cars, phone mount, phone mounts, phone holder for car, phone holder for cars, car phone holder, car phone holders, phone car mount, phone car mounts, car mount for phone, car mount for phones, cell phone mount, cell phone mounts, mount

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This phone holder is very nice (so nice that I ordered a second one for our other car). It holds onto the vent reasonably well (you might want to check it every week or so to make sure that its not slipping off), its easy to install and remove, and it hold the phone securely from three directions. The bottom shelf is particularly nice (my former holder did not have one, and the phone would slip down and sometimes out of the holder, and the side holders have both friction fit and small lips to hold the phone in place.It replaces a phone holder that sticks to the windshield. Although there are advantages to that—easier to see—it was not good for (my) Android phones, which tend to overheat when used as GPSs. Because this holder mounts on an air vent, its easy to keep the phone cool. Honestly, I was really skeptical about the quality and functionality of this mount because of the price but let me tell you…I am shocked. No wonder this thing has such a great rating. Go ahead and buy a few while youre at it. I have 3 of them in each of my cars. It holds my phone no matter the orientation and I havent had an issue with the phone slipping at all. My only issue so far has been the tightening screw that adjusts the orientation but I figured that it was my fault. I tightened the screw pretty tight but was scared to overtighten it because its plastic. Vibration cause the screw to come a bit loose and the phone flopped around. I tightened it pretty tight the second time and havent had an issue since. Go ahead and buy it. I researched a few mounts before buying this and compared the reviews…this was the definite winner. A great buy at a great price! Ive gone through several similar pieces. None made it to a great rating. Finally found what we were looking for. Easy to take your phone on and off. Its sturdy, not cheap feel, its good quality! Easy to take off with one hand. Not too much weight for the air vent (I was concerned about this) but not a problem! This is exactly what I needed. I use the gps on my phone whenever I am going anywhere, even familiar places. Theres a lot of traffic where I live, and it really helps me by alerting me to the best route under current conditions. With the new hands free laws, I needed to find a way to continue using my phones gps without having to hold the phone. This is a good solution. I had tried a holder that sits on the dash with a suction cup, but it just wouldnt stick to my dash. My car has horizontal air vents in the middle, and vertical vents to the sides. This works great on the middle vents, although it slightly blocks the view of my backup camera. I tried it on the vertical vents, which solved my backup camera problem, but the phone flops from side to side every time I turn. After about 2 weeks of use, I dont notice the issue with my backup camera anymore, and I love this. Ive seen a couple of other versions of this, and this one seems to be easier to use. Its quick and easy to put the phone into the holder, and the button release is nice and smooth, making it easy to remove as well. Was concerned whether the product would hold the iPhone 6s inside an Otter box protective cover. Am happy to say it did, even though the Otter boxs thickness exceeds the two bottom feet of this holder. Had to squeeze the two sides really hard to ensure that they grip the Otter box tightly. Have already made a long trip of nearly a 1000 miles without the phone falling out. Really love the ball and socket joint since you can angle the phone just right to avoid glare. But tightening the nut on the rear is a pain, especially if you have big fat fingers. Would be nice if that too were a similar mechanism to the lever used to tighten the clamps on the cars air vent vane. The Beam Electronics Universal Smartphone Car Mount is fabulous. I had tried other competitors offerings and they were cheaply made and cumbersome to use. As soon as I took the Beam out of the box I recognized the quality and the brilliance of the design. The release button automatically opens the cradles arms and the allows you to snugly hold your phone it and will not move. Additionally, its part that grabs the cars air vent fins has two settings, allowing for the perfect fit whether your car has thick or thin fins. Once your phone is mounted, it stays put, despite the terrain youre driving on. I bought the Beam specifically for my new iPhone X and it works great, along with any case. It has the perfect size opening for the lightning cable and even allows me to unlock my iPhone with Face ID while driving without having to take my eyes off of the road.Moreover, Beam has provided excellent customer service. I cannot recommend this product enough. Thank you, Beam for a terrific product! This might be the smartest device I have. It is the perfect size for my car, was easy to assemble and keeps my iPhone 7 in plain view.The instructions for fitting the device came ahead of time which made the entire experience a pleasure. I have been searching for exactly this type of phone holder to fit my Samsung S8 plus phone. It is a little larger than some phone with my phone case on so has not been easy to feel safe in purchasing the right one? I do sales so I travel a lot throughout the year and having this holder is a true convince. I tried to purchase other brands and I have found this one from Beam Electronics to be perfect in holding my S8 phone/case in alignment. You can tighten the holder to secure the alignment then clamp it onto the air vent vines with no issues. I liked it so well I asked my wife if she wanted me to buy her one as well. SO you know it got to work!


Save up to 10% on X-ACTO Electric Pencil Sharpener

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Material Type:X-ACTO® Steel Engineered and designed specifically for classroom use, the X-ACTO SchoolPro Classroom Electric Pencil Sharpener combines smart sharpening technology with rugged construction for dependable performance. This sharpener utilizes a flyaway helical cutter to efficiently sharpen pencils to safe, rounded tips without oversharpening. A powerful and quiet electric motor delivers reliable sharpening power without disruption, while an Auto-Reset feature prevents overheating and possible damage. Adjustable for six pencil sizes, the X-ACTO SchoolPro Classroom Electric Pencil Sharpener is made to reliably serve large classrooms.

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Okay, I am a teacher on a budget and I am so upset I spent $10 more on my School Smart electric pencil sharpener two years ago. This sharpener is AMAZING! And cheaper?! The sound is a LOT quieter and the shavings bin is a lot bigger and STURDIER!! It sharpens the pencils to a point without eating them. Im in love with this sharpener! Like others have said, this pencil sharpener is ideal for bulk sharpening pencils. I sharpen about 40 a day and it works great! Im in love with it! My daughter is in 1st grade and Ive asked her teacher how I can help make her life easier, and she requested that I sharpen some pencils for her, as its time consuming and she hates doing it. I happily agreed, and was shocked when the first gallon sized zip lock bag of 100 pencils came home. My electric pencil sharpener couldnt cut it, so I borrowed one from a friend who is a former teacher. A few weeks later, another bag of pencils came home with my daughter. I bought an electric pencil sharpener at Target. It was garbage… didnt even make it through the first 20. I knew I wanted something that plugged in rather than took batteries, and I needed it to have a very large holder for the shavings, so I wasnt dumping constantly. I asked around, looked at reviews, and chose this one - and I am so glad I did! It sharpens each pencil perfectly, and virgin pencils only take a few seconds. The blades retract and stop sharpening once the pencil is sharp, so youre not wasting pencils or having to remove it to see if its done. The bin is plenty large enough to do very large batches at a time, and so far Ive had no issues with overheating, which was a concern. The different sized pencil holes came in handy as I was sharpening normal sized pencils as well as a few of the thicker beginner ticonderoga pencils. A nice added bonus that I didnt realize until I was ready to move it - is that it was stuck to my kitchen counter! It has several suction cups on the bottom of it so it will stay wherever you put it rather than sliding all around, which I thought was a nice touch.This may be overkill if you only sharpen pencils occasionally — but for me, doing 100 or more in one sitting every few weeks — this is a dream! So far so good. This sharpener is one of the quietist sharpeners I have ever purchased. I was able to sharpen 30 pencils in less than 2 minutes.The positives:It is nowhere near excessively loud ( thank goodness).It is a beautiful color navy blue with gray base.There are suction cups on the bottom, as you sharpen the pencils the sharpener stays stationary.The cord is pretty long approximately 60 inches.It doesnt take up much space on my sons at home school desk about 4.5 inches by 6 inches.As you sharpen the pencils there is a noticeable noise reduction which allows you to know the pencil is completely sharpened, the turning mechanism also slows down dramatically.The container is a great size. I wont even guess how many pencils you can sharpen before having to empty it out. I sharpened 30 number 2 pencils and it just covers the bottom surface of the container.The negative, yes there is a negative. When sharpening the pencils I noticed as I sharpened the pencils I see very small pieces of shavings flying from top right side of the clear container. Now its not much, but it would be nice for the shavings to stay contained. Maybe it is just my container- no big deal really. So far I strongly like this little thing. I recommend this product for home or small office use.To top this all off there is a warranty which comes with this product. It comes with a 10 year warranty for normal wear and tear and 2 year limited warranty for the cutting blade. The warranty starts from the date of purchase. Several years ago, Id purchased a Bostitch sharpener for $25 at a local office supply store. It was seldom used so I expected it to last for many years. Then, I started sharpening pencils for my Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes. And it just wasnt up to the task at all. I eventually managed to slowly sharpen over 125 pencils over several days before that sharpener would barely function at all.Thats when I ordered the X-ACTO for just about the same price. It has effortlessly sharpened about 250 more pencils, and Id say it took maybe 4 seconds/pencil. Its a great pencil sharpener, and its much larger than my old one. It has suction cups on the bottom that keep it from moving as you sharpen.The only downside is that it shreds part of the coating on decorative pencils. Fortunately, my Bostitch could still shave off the shreds, even though it can no longer sharpen a new pencil. The X-ACTO did fine on the regular, yellow pencils. Check out the pix to see how it handled the regular pencil, how it handled decorative pencils, and how the decorative pencils looked after trimming with the old sharpener. I received the sharpener in 2 days after it got shipped. I have used all kinds of electric sharpeners and they have lasted about 3 to 6 months. I like other X-Acto products, so I wanted to try its sharpener. I like how quieter this sharpener sounds than other so-called quiet sharpeners. It does not have an automatic shut off but the cutters will get shifted away so it will sound like the pencil doesnt get sharpened any longer. Another bonus is that it has a multiple pencil guide that can fit different size pencils. Price wise, its not bad! Id give it 4 1/2 stars for now. Lets see how long this will last. This will be used 3 days a week for about 10 to 30 times a day. This sharpener worked great for about a year, then it just stopped working. Theres no jam, its not clogged, it was not dropped. I just plugged it in at the start of the new school year, and nothing. I reached out to the company via email and received no response. So much for a 10 year warranty. Buyer beware. If youre a teacher looking for a sharpener to hold up in a classroom longer thab one school year, definitely look elsewhere.


Save $10 on the Echo Voice Remote

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Got Echo Show as gift from my son last Christmas. At first we had it in our bedroom but after realizing that Alexa is watching and listening to us all the time we decided to place our Echo Show in our living room. I have also installed smart switches and plugs to control lights in various parts of the house and also paired the Echo with different bluetooth speakers. The problem is I have to go near the Echo to give Alexa the command. If I want to listen to music in our bedroom I have to go out of our room and be near Alexa to ask her to play music and switch to bluetooth speaker In our bedroom. Now with Alexa Voice Remote I can give command while Im on bed. To make sure Alexa is listening first command is to ask her to connect to bluetooth speaker on my bedside table or to my TV soundbar (need to call out specific speaker name that was registered in Echo during tha pairing process). From then on I can talk to Alexa as if Echo is my side and I dont have to worry that Alexa is listening coz you need to press talk button for Alexa to hear you (lol). By the way, the instruction that comes with the Alexa Voice does not include pairing with Echo Show and so for a moment Ithought it was made to Echo and Echo Dot only and will not work on Echo Show but It did not take long for me to find the instruction from Amazon Device Support. Im truly happy with this purchase. this thing is a useless lump… IF YOU WANT MULTIROOM AUDIO CONTROL. hear me out. you pair it with one Echo (as the website says). no problem. you start multiroom audio (either from the voice remote, by shouting at alexa or from another room whatever). as SOON as you start multiroom audio the echo this remote is paired with… DISCONNECTS the remote. you cant even change volume, let alone stop or change audio. NO WHERE does it say this on this ad, or in amazon help. amazon support says this is considered controlling multiple devices and isnt supported. throwing it in a drawer since i didnt keep the box. This will be my 4th… YES FOURTH remote I had to re-purchase after the other ones stopped working(all in 2017!!!). If you check all the negative reviews I have had all of the same problems. 1-The voice remote button stopped working 2-the mic button works, but alexa never answers 3-the entire remote stopped working (when I inserted new batteries the remote started to get warm…I thought it was going to start a fire). The only reason why I keep getting new remotes is because the brick and mortar amazon store is around the corner from my job and keeps allowing me to exchange/return at no cost. The voice remote is a device that has become part of my every day and I find I cannot be without it. From working out in a different room from my echo dot to streaming music in an outhouse and outdoors its VERY convenient and useful. Amazon…please if you are reading this FIX THE PROBLEMS ONCE AND FOR ALL. I am not rough with these remotes. I do not perspire on these remotes…I have not dropped the remotes…they are not durable. Please address these issues at your next meeting!!! This hasnt worked for me. I have several Amazon dots and Echo devises, and am generally very impressed with their design and operation. However, while the dot I have installed with an outdoor audio system works seamlessly when I speak to it directly, when I use the Alexa voice remote it doesnt recognize 90% of my music requests from my extensive Amazon Prime library. It will recognize generic requests such as play Beethoven, Jazz, etc.), but if I request a specific artist, song, or album from one of the 3,000+ albums in my Prime Music library it invariably fails, and pulls up something completely unrelated to my request, or tries to direct me to Pandora. I dont write many reviews unless the product in question is extremely bad or extraordinarily good. In this case I am happy to say this was the later.If you enjoy playing with you echo dot, But find yourself screaming to get alexa to stop, you will love this remote. If you hooked your echo dot to a big home stereo and use it like a voice activated jukebox (only way better!!!) you will love this remote. The range is awesome it goes through all the walls in my house. I can turn off the lights in my bedroom by voice even though the echo dot is in the front room. You just have to remember that when you use the remote you do not have to say the trigger Alexa just push the button with the microphone icon on it hold it down for a second so that it has time to trigger the dot, and say Play Led Zepplin stairway to heaven or whatever you desire to do. Or whatever wifi things you have configured for your echo. I have tplink lights in several rooms so I can just say my bedroom off or my bedroom on etc. Plus the remote has a pause fast forward play and rewind on it so if you are playing your song library you can just hit pause or go to the next song with it or hit the mic button and say next. I think the negative reviews I have read in the past were because people did not understand how it works


Leather Earrings Lightweight Faux Leather Leaf Dangle Earrings Teardrop Earrings Antique Handmade Earrings for Women Gift, 8 Pairs

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8 Pairs Leather Earrings Lightweight Leaf Dangle Earrings Teardrop Earrings Antique Handmade Earrings for Women/Girls/Birthday/Anniversary/Mothers Day/Valentines Day They are made from out softest leather. Soft, lightweight leather drop earrings. Dont burden your ears when worn. Leather earrings flutter with the wind, appearing in the hair, giving others a different beauty, dynamic and static beauty The color is the same on the backs of the earrings. Leather earrings flutter with the wind, appearing in the hair, giving others a different beauty, dynamic and static beauty Catch your audiences eyes even you have long hair; Imagine wearing them yourself, you will see why hundreds of our customers LOVE them since day 1; Together with your smile, you are irresistible Wide applications: dangle earrings are suit for mother daughter wife and any other women girl friend, can be applied in many occasions, like wedding, party, ceremonies, banquet and daily wearing; Or as an gift given to your girlfriend, family or others on Christmas, Birthday, Anniversary, Mothers Day, Valentines Day Package include 8 pairs earring, these teardrop earrings are made of faux leather. Length: approx. 76mm/ 2.99inch, Width: 35m/ 1.38 inch. Nickel and Lead Free, hypoallergenic

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BEAUTIFUL, I MEAN BEAUTIFUL. I AM SO HAPPY I BOUGHT THE PACK THAT WAS 8.99 FOR EIGHT PAIRS. UNBELIEVABLE, HOW GREAT . I AM SO HAPPY I BOUGHT THESE . NO NEED TO BUY ANYMORE EAR RINGS SOON. IF THE EARRINGS HAVE A LIGHT SMELL ALL YOU NEED TO DO IS RINSE THEM OFF and wear. AN EXCELLENT BUY. YOU WILL NOT GO WRONG WITH THESE FOXY EARRINGS. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. tHANKS. I LOVE THEM! 100% These are so cute and stylish and such a great deal for your money!! The fact that you get 8 pairs and the colors are beautiful! Couldnt be more happier with purchase Very light, easy on the ears for a comfortable feel. The color options are great. I wouldnt call it a leather/faux leather material but it still is really cute. I dont regret my purchase especially with all my color options and comfortable wear. These earrings are wonderful! They are lightweight, classy and a fantastic value. They are also wrapped Individually so you can give them as gifts, or use for stocking stuffers. Although they are a Faux leather, they look like genuine leather. There is a variety of colors to go with multiple outfits and carry you through each season of the year. I can not say enough good things about these earrings! What a value to receive so many colors in one order!! They are lightweight and go with almost everything. A great addition to my jewelry box for sure!! Bought this as a lightening deal. Came in multiple colors. You can dress them up or wear with blue jeans. I get complimented on them all the time. Very pretty and love that they come with the backs but!!! They smell awful! They smell like fish!!!! Hoping it goes away as I air them out! Top Quality Leather, Beautifully crafted w/backs for earrings(helpful, since I tend to lose one earring)…So, glad I purchased these earrings!


Dash Cam, Amuoc 1080P FHD DVR Car Driving Recorder 3 Inch LCD Screen 170° Wide Angle, G-Sensor, WDR, Parking Monitor, Loop Recording, Motion Detection

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Thank you for choosing Amuoc! Color: black Product Name: live HD tachograph product Features extremely wide angle of 170 degrees, 1080P Full HD LCD screen size: 3.0 inch high-definition LCD screen language: Russian, English, Chinese, Chinese (traditional), Korean, Japanese, etc. File format: MOV video Resolution; 19201080P, 1280720P video format: M-JPEG, audio: AAC screen saver: off/3min/5min/10min truck switch machine; support Auto Ignition on, turn off shutdown division Date: support camera mode: 1200M photo format: JPEG memory card: TF( support up to 32GB Card (not included)) microphone support Built-in stereo: support IR: support video format: PAL/NTSC current frequency: 50Hz/60Hz USB: 1. Usb-disk; 2. Pc-camera power: 5V 1A what you get: 1Xlstiaq car dash Cam 1Xcar charger 1xUser Manual friendly reminder: Battery is mainly used to save files in emergency. Please always connect the camera to external power while it is in use. you must ensure that the TF card has good quality.If using low quality TF card, car Camera may not work properly.[Tf card not include]

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I love the camera. It looks really nice, and works well.My only problem is the so-called instructions. They are REALLY poorly translated from Chinese, to the point of some paragraphs being completely incomprehensible. And the instructions are WAY too minimal. Anybody up for studying how the camera operates, how the features work, and writing a decent instruction manual?? 😁 I was pleasantly surprised at how well-built this dash cam seems. It feels solid in the hand, and, though its not heavy, it feels substantial. Additionally, the functionality of it seems to be pretty intuitive. I could turn it on and get it recording without referencing the users guide, which is good, because the users guide is almost useless. Oh, it doesnt come with a memory card, and is useless without one. The battery only lasts a few minutes, too, but they tell you up front that its only for backing up videos and the camera isnt intended to run on battery. So, all in all, Im pretty pleased with it, and may buy a second one. This product is an addition to my insurance policy. It is a great help when someone dings my car and starts pointing I did it. California is famous for insurance scams involving accidents Im not paranoid just careful. Plus I want a memory card. When I received this camera and unpacked it I was totally impressed, the quality is super for the price. Works great and very easy to use and understand. I give this product a 10. If you need a car cam this is it. Small enough to put in front of mirror not intrusive. Beautiful 1080p with auto correct. Easy to set up and it automatic once set up you dont have to think about it again unless you need it one of my best buys great product price was very inexpensive for quality So far, so good! I hope I never need the camera footage! This is an excellent product. Im buying a second one for my wifes car


VitaCup Gourmet House 45 ct. Top Rated Coffee Cups Infused With Essential Vitamins B12, B9, B6, B5, B1, and D3, Pods Compatible with K-Cup Brewers including Keurig 2.0

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Like the product!! I personally thought it had a good taste but some people may have to perhaps give it a couple of tries before deciding. Use it in a Keurig and have no problems with the cup not fitting! Dont know if this makes a difference, but I use milk in my coffee and my husband takes it black. He likes it also. It has a nice flavor. I can tell its less acidic. Its pricier than my regular brand. I hope its doing my body good. Well see Best flavor I really like this coffee, not only does it keep me regular, it tastes good, and is exactly what I wanted and need. I was skeptical at first about this coffee, but man is it amazing! I have energy for the whole day. I love that its in my coffee so I can never forget to take them! Tastes delicious just like coffee! The flavor of this coffee is one of my favorites. I buy it even though I do think its a little pricey. But when I got these in the box had coffee spilled all in it due to two of the pods being open. The box was not altered in anyway. It was just a little frustrating. I brew a 10 oz cup and the blend appears very weak in flavor compared to the Genius blend that I have enjoyed over the past 3 months. Very disappointed in the taste and will not buy this blend again! Good Tasting..


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