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Daily Deals for Thursday, Oct 10, 2019

Katrina Reyes
October 10th, 2019 · 17 min read
Certified Refurbished Ring Video Doorbell Pro for $149

Certified Refurbished Ring Video Doorbell Pro for $149

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Like one of the other reviewers, our ring pro doorbell worked well for 30 days and then kept disconnecting from the wi-fi. Following troubleshooting through the app, we performed a hard reboot which got the ring back up and running…temporarily. Every morning for a week, we did a hard reboot (not recommended by the way) and every night that thing disconnected from the wi-fi between 10 pm and midnight. So contacted Ring customer support. The first person we spoke with was not super helpful and I was convinced that he was just giving me a run around. But we called back and got someone different…way more helpful. Sent email pictures and instructions to help us locate the doorbell transformer. Ours was on the side of our electric panel and was a 16/15 V. Tech support person suggested upgrading to a 16/30 V. We did and so far so good. The Ring doorbell instantly fired itself back up after installation of the new transformer and has not disconnected from the wi-fi since. Heres the link to the transformer we got:https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07GND8RMQ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Cliff notes*Its great assuming your doorbell transformer meets Rings voltage recommendations, your wifi signal strength is adequate, you properly configure motion detection settings/alerts and your internet connection speed is decent. Video quality is adequate but not great. Its good enough to see what is happening at your door.*We have a couple security cameras already but they are wired to an NVR recording box and the notifications are so slow or dont even send that I cant really rely on it for real-time notifications.For a while Ive resisted the notion of paying for surveillance when I can just get a cam with built in SD storage and a nice app like the Wyze cams (which I have inside and love) but having motion and video alerts and footage that cant be stolen or storage get corrupted and a well made phone app is worth $3 a month. I also like that if I decide to add more Ring cameras I can add as many as I want with the 10 dollar plan. Take notes here Nest.As for the doorbell itself, install was straight forward. I did have to upgrade my transformer for this. I installed the Endurance pro 24v unit. It was only a few bucks more than the 14v devices which apparently are the bare minimum Ring recommend. I figured that the extra voltage gives me some headroom to add a smart thermostat if I decide to do that in the future and after discovering how much of a pain it was to access my doorbell transformer in the attic, Im glad I only had to do this once. Make sure you locate yours before deciding on this model doorbell or the Ring 2 which would have been at least an hour or two shaved off the install time.Once I setup the motion detection zone, basically all false positive alerts are gone. I have the motion detection setting in the middle of the 5 settings. Lowering it doesnt detect the postman at the mailbox despite it being in the motion zone.Notification on my phone is instantaneous. I tested while walking up to the door and it had notified me and I had pulled up the app before I even got to the door both when connected to my home wifi and when on LTE. The remote chime installed without any issues as well.Speaking of home wifi, this seems to be a big sticking point for some owners. I used an android phone app to measure signal strength at my door and it was around -60db (the closer to 0, the stronger the signal). As a network engineer who has implemented numerous small business and commercial wifi installations, for reliable video streaming, I would say if your signal strength at the door is -65 or closer to zero, youre good. If its higher than -65 like -70 or -75~80, I would strongly recommend investing in upgrading your home wifi with a decent mesh setup like googles wifi, Orbi or EERO mesh. This will allow you to have a wifi access point closer to your door offering a much stronger signal for the doorbell to connect to. Wifi range extenders are hit or miss. Theyre less expensive than upgrading to a mesh setup but those have to piggyback off your existing wireless instead of just being a part of it and is generally more trouble than its worth for the average user to setup.The final piece of this working well is your internet speed both upload and download. If you are in a rural area with less than a 10 Mbps connection down and less than 2 Mbps upload, you will probably not have the best experience as this thing is both having to upload/stream video data to Rings servers and your phone is having to stream/download it from their servers. Rings video is not that high of bitrate (quality) but still needs to stream that data to their servers before you can even download/see it.If your ISP is metered, you need to be aware that the doorbell is constantly sending video footage. Mine has uploaded 600 megabytes of data in 4 days. At that rate, it will transfer about 4.5 gigs of data in a month. If your data is capped, be sure that you have the headroom to allow the doorbell to stream video footage. FYI it needs to stream this because if something is triggered, that portion of the stream is probably flagged as something you should see and it snips the motion detection part of the stream and sends it back to you. This is why you see your activity video and at first nothing happens and then you see whatever it is that triggered the motion alert. It was recording before it actually saw something move.The only real gripe I have is that sometimes when you open the app to view an event that just got recorded, the app will say that its processing and not available to play yet. Bought a refurbished Ring doorbell from Amazon. Installed and it worked on and off for a week. Then without warning it completely shut down. Called Ring Support and found out that the MAC address was not provisioned correctly, resulting in a non-functioning unit.Ring Support did immediately ship out a brand new unit (not refurbished) which is not working properly.5 stars to Amazon and Ring Support for fixing the issue, but the initial product gets 1 star. nothing on this thing worked as advertised. low voltage oh? replace transformer, disconnect rear door bell, buy interior chime bypass kit, buy replacement rechargable door bell chime. oh wifi weaj? buy wifi extender! it was never ending. calked tech support. dismal. first tech promised to get back to me after she requested i send her pictures. never heard back. found out from second tech that she did nothing with my issue! i also bought a first gen. battery powered one for back door… no problems with that one… hmmmm… Worked great for 30 days then will not stay connected to WiFi and customer was no help. Dont recommend product Ring apparently has two versions of the Ring Doorbell Pro. One which I received is the older model and is prone to burning out when connected to a low power doorbell transformer. I would say stay away from Ring doorbells if you do not have an upgraded transformer. They burn out in a few weeks and Ring will not ship you a new one, warranty doesnt cover that type of failure. Im going with the Nest Doorbell instead. I bought this simply be able to know whats happening around the kids…I went to the Doorbell Pro as I wanted it hardwired so I never had to deal with batteries. If you have an already wired doorbell, then be sure to buy the correct transformer to insure it gets proper voltage.I am going to buy one soon for my mom who lives alone, so I know intercede if someone tries to cold call her (which has happened) so that I can answer the door for her…indispensable piece of mind Overall good buy. Sometimes the video just takes to long to show up on my phone, even right near my router. In general this device has worked very well.


Baby Thermometer for Fever - Instant Accurate Reading Medical Digital Forehead and Ear Thermometer - Metene Infrared Infant Thermometer for Best Accuracy with Indicator for Kids, Toddlers, and Adults

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As a new parent of newborn baby this is the best thing to have it in hand for checking the temperature as babies are cranky moves alot when they are sick and old method of keeping under the tongue or armpit will not work with new born speciallyI recommend that every parent should keep it as its light in weight,slim.and sleekOverall easy to use and accurateI carry it everywhere in my baby bag So easy and convenient to use. Love how light weight it is so I can pack it for travel if needed. I noticed ear temperature is slightly higher than forehead temperature, however this is normal as inside ear gets a better temperature of the body. Works so well and I love it I had a bought a fairly expensive ThermoFocus thermometer and when it broke I knew I needed to get a replacement before my kids actually needed it. I really wanted something that was accurate but something I could actually read if I had to use in the middle of the night. I found the Metene Instant Thermometer and for the price really wanted to give it a try. It came very quickly, well packaged and inside it came with a nice soft storage case AND batteries! ;)I love that it can be used for not only ears but foreheads too! It is also helpful that it switches between Fahrenheit and Celsius. It is super user friendly and has Large well lit numbering - easy to read! Perfect for use day and night and can be read young and old eyes! This is one sick looking thermometer… I was in need of a new thermometer because my old one was readings temperatures all off and Im so glad I bumped into this one because it is SOOOOO COOL!! It looks so retro and clean! Plus it works beautifully! Everything is so smooth and slick, the button is soft and easy to find without having to actually eyeball it. The little cap tip is so easy to remove which was a huge bonus for me too because in comparison with my old one that darn cap was so difficult to take off!! This has got to be the most stylish thermometer Ive ever seen lol. I would recommend reading the instruction manual as it wasnt that easy to figure out at first. But once I knew how to operate it appropriately Im in love! The forehead or ear option allows for flexibility when trying to get your sick kiddo to cooperate. Ive already purchased as a shower gift. 5 stars!! I have a one year old baby , and its impossible to measure her temperature with any other type of thermometer. But this one is fantastic! Its very easy, fast and doesnt disturb your child even while sleeping. It has bright light so you can use it at night. I like the fact that you can use it on the forehead or the ear. Worked really well on my kid and myself. Definitely need to let it sit for a few seconds. But otherwise works exactly like it says it will! Thanks! This just came on time. Its super easy to use. The readings are bright and easy to read. It can be used for both ear or forehead. I absolutely love this. Ive tried so many thermometers before and this is the first that doesnt complicate things. It came with a little bag that protects the thermometer.


Dash Cam, NIUTA 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: 2.0 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?? 😁 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. 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. 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. Great little dash cam! Absolutely wonderful camera and a God send in the area I live in, where people drive like their butts are on fire and dont pay attention to anyone else on the road. Gotta have that extra protection in case you get car insurance scammers, as I have had before! The only bad thing about this product is the absolutely HORRIBLE instruction manual they pack with it. It tells you almost nothing about how to use many of its features. 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!


Etekcity Digital Body Weight Bathroom Scale with Body Tape Measure, 8mm Tempered Glass, 400 Pounds

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THis is a very nice scale! We tried a different brand before getting this one and we have not been disappointed by the Etekcity scale. When you step onto it the display lights up and gives you the weight and then turns off about ten seconds later. The day we received ours I had to go to the doctor so I weighed myself before leaving home and my weight was only .2 lbs different from the doctors scale. Id say thats pretty accurate! It does not save your weight from you previous weigh in but I actually prefer that. I can remember (or write it down) and its just simpler to use without that feature to me. The scale itself is very nice to look at, sleek and modern. I wouldnt hesitate to purchase!I try to be very honest and thorough in my reviews, if this review was helpful to you please click yes, thank you!!! This scale weighs consistently time after time. That means I dont lose a half a lb if I shift my weight or get off, pray, get back on. It still says Im chubby. I believe it. Love the accuracy. Easy to use. Looks great and should go with any décor.Im trying to lose weight (who isnt) and the spring scale I was using before couldnt give me any accurate readings. This one calibrates easily before each weighing and gives me a dead on reading. No guessing. Now I know exactly where Im at concerning my weight.The digital read out is bright and large enough to easily read.It came with a battery installed. All I had to do was pull the insulating strip and it was ready to use.I highly recommend this scale.UPDATE: Since I bought these scales I have lost about 2 lbs. per week. I am now 15 pounds lighter and much more energetic. Its fun to weigh in first thing each morning because I know Im getting very accurate readings which I record on my calendar.Before I had these scales I would stand on my old spring scales and watch the needle bounce around. If I leaned a little one way or another the weight would change. Not with these scales. You will get the same reading even if you do it 3 times in a row. Its encouraging when you can see the little amounts of progress and chart your weight loss accurately.Its still a 5 star rating :) . Im very happy with my choice to buy these scales. I really enjoyed this product for about 2 months. One day while cleaning, I went to pick up the scale so I could vacuum the bathroom floor. I gently grabbed the side of the scale and it completely shattered. I was so disappointed. After I wrote my first review on Amazon, I was contacted by an Etekcity customer support representative and they were extremely kind and wanted to be sure that I was satisfied with their product. They shipped me a brand new scale at zero cost to me. Ive had it for almost a week now and it seems to be working perfectly! It doesnt work! I calibrated it then got on the scale and it said I was at least 30lbs less than what gym scale and the doctors scale says. As much as i wish I was that light I know Im not. Every time I step on the scale I get a different weight. And by different I mean 10lbs heavier or lighter within minutes of each other. It makes no sense. I am very dissapppinted Ive finally got a scale that isnt annoying - Ive had several scales from various stores and they all invariably give a different weight almost every time I step on. I could step on and off four or five times in a row and get three or four different weights - and not just by a fraction but by a pound or more.This one is different! It weighs consistently every time. It came with little extra pads to level it, which seems like an indication that it is well made and so, likely to be more accurate. I like the look and its a bit bigger than the chain store ones. And it did not cost any more than Ive paid in those stores. Overall, I have to say this is the best scale, by far, that Ive ever owned. I highly recommend it. It worked fine for a few days, I felt it was fairly accurate and it gave me consistent weights. But now all the screen will show is LO. The first time I changed the batteries, and two days later the scale was dead again. Ive now changed the batteries multiple times and I get the same thing, making the scale useless. Love this scale & the measuring tape it came with. I will definitely rebuy.


LEVOIT Air Purifier for Home Allergies and Pets Hair Smokers in Bedroom, True HEPA Filter, 24db Filtration System Cleaner Odor Eliminators, Remove 99.97% Smoke Dust Mold Pollen for Large Room,Core 300

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LEVOIT Core 300 True HEPA Air Purifier with Custom Filters

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UPDATE 2Im actually impressed with the filtering on the purifier! It does a fantastic job and is extremely quiet on the sleep setting. I usually leave it on 1 when sleeping with the display lights turned off (which is a nice feature) Ive already had the vacuum off the prefilter of fine dust and there is ZERO dust IN the purifier (sign of a good seal around the filter and the body of the unit). It runs 24/7 and is keeping my bedroom dust and allergen free. Ill keep updating as time goes on.UPDATEChanging my review from 2 stars to 4 stars. Plastic smell is completely gone. The horrible vibration has subsided and its very quiet now. Also the filters are much less expensive than other brands. I wake up less congested and I can tell a noticable difference in the quality of the air. The other filters I cannot comment on. Only using the standard that came with the purifier. This would be a 5 star product if it wasnt for the bad first experience. Plus, most of the other reviews are fake. Some are even using the same pictures with the same background and different user names (after reading this Im sure they will edit the pictures out). All in all, decent purifier. Just give it a few days…not hours.First couple days it had a HORRIBLE off gassing of plastic. Smell has somewhat gone away. It moves the air pretty good but vibrates pretty bad. Will give it a few more days before starting the return process. So far I give it a 5 star. It was delivered next day. The size is good not to big but not too small that I feel its not working. In the instructions it says to put it on fan speed 3 for 20minutes so it can do a quick clean then lower it to speed 1. As soon as I turned it on it smelled like plastic but then it went away after a couple of minutes. I put my flashlight against it to see if it was working and it was, I could see all the particles in the air going into the machine. I made a video with the three sound speeds. I feel like you could do 3 for 30-45 minutes then put it back down to 1. LEVOIT air purifier basically saves my life. I was tested to be very allergic to dust mites. This air purifier works magically and keeps the air flow in my room. It is bigger than you will think, it has a touch screen for multiple functions. I love the night function, it is so quiet that I dont even notice its on. Highly recommended for people like me. This is a big guy, very helpful and effective. Works great to refresh the air and pet hair. I have a dog and a chinchilla which can refresh both of the furs to prove the air quality. Very good stuff with good price. In-store, the same type of products could be triple more expensive. And this shop gives me great quality and acceptable price. I bought this purifier for my new apartment since the room has some odd smell from the new carpet.The control panel of the purifier is very user-friendly and well designed. It has timer with buttons to set the duration. There are even buttons to control the display and indicate the status of the filter. Of course, you can control the speed of the fan. It has no noise at all when I sit 1 meter away from it. I tested there is no odd smell in my room anymore if I turn it on for a couple of hours. I really have noticed a difference in the air quality of our bedroom since getting this air purifier. I got the one for smaller spaces and was so happy when it came in the mail and I saw the actual size! Its not too big and not too small, its very beautifully pleasing! Its circular shape makes for an easy for almost anywhere as well! I got a white one and white works good for most bedrooms, kids rooms or small playrooms!It is very quiet and makes very little noise. Id describe the noise as a white noise and almost lulls u to sleep!! Not as loud as a box fan, but loud enough to hear with TV off. Not with TV on, with it off you can hear it though!Ive definitely noticed the cleaner air in our bedroom, especially since we allow our dog to sleep in HIS BED but it is in the floor close to our bed, so all that pet hair and dander are bound to have been getting in the air in here! No more though! I feel super confident that the air purifier is working and have kept it running pretty much all the time.This came brand new in the box, I unwrapped it and everything was already out together, nothing had to be assembled so set up was simple enough for a kid to do!I really can tell a big difference in the air quality, I love the design and am very glad to have this in our bedroom!! Review in process:Strong Plastic Smells Fresh Out of The Box…Nice simple controls, however it includes warning about plastic smell and that it would dissipate after a few hours of running on high in a vented room, after 5-6 hours use the plastic smell is still very strong. (And keeping windows open to vent defeats the purpose?) I will continue to run it, but considering returning if it continues - the mfg knows this is an issue as per its own instructions. And air purifier that cant purify its own smell might be highly suspect… Clean & simple design.It is easy to set up and get up and running, and touch buttons are sensitive. Easy to operate.The air is filtering well, and feels fresher and clean.Good size, this purifier isnt heavy, and you can easily move it whenever you want.Great quality, and noise level is acceptable. So far its working really well, and we couldnt be more happy with it.


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