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Review – Antop AT-413B Amplified Indoor/ Outdoor TV Antenna

I was looking for an antenna to use to see if cord cutting was going to be a reality in our household.  My biggest concern was the local channels, and being able to get some good quality video, so I could watch my favorite shows live, other shows I would use streaming services like Netflix and Sling TV. It is so frustrating to pay over 160.00 per month for TV/Internet and only watch a handful of shows!

We had an extra RCA OTA indoor antenna that we had not used in a long time, so we hooked it up to compare with this Antop Indoor/Outdoor  amplified antenna. So for starters, the RCA antenna was not very good and at best got less than 10 channels and those that it received, was not very good and signal was distorted at times. The weak signal was the biggest reason that we kept the cable services.

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As you can see in the photo above, I have some distance between the antenna tower, and my house. Several of the towers are about 30 miles away, and the RCA was hardly able to get the shows to show. Once I swapped it with the Antop, I was able to scan and get almost 40 channels! Way more than I have ever gotten in the guest room, and I feel once I mount it outside, at the highest area of our house, we may get more every easily. The farthest transmitter is over 90 miles away, which is farther than the range this one provides, however it was perfect start into the life of Cord Cutting.

I was very surprised at the picture quality this Antop provided, most channels came in crystal clear. I was, and still am, very impressed. Tennessee is currently in a “Drought” so at the time of writing this, I do not know if storms may affect that. A few channels (7 to 10 total) did lose picture signal at times but I attribute that to the fact that I didn’t have the antenna outdoors or up higher and it was having to pick up a signal through the walls and roof of my home.

One very unique feature that this antenna has, is a 4G LTE filter, that “blocks” the inference that the signals share and that it allows for “stronger” signal transmission. While this was an interesting feature, in my testing it did not really show any different results and I do have cell phone towers less than a mile from my home. While this may be an YMMV feature, I was unable to notice any difference in my testing.

It was very easy to set up. All the hardware you need is included in the box. I just attached one end of the coaxial cable to the antenna, the other end to the amplifier, and the amplifier to my HDTV. The amplifier gets plugged into any nearby wall outlet. You then need to set your television reception to ‘antenna’ or ‘air’ then have it scan the channels. That’s it. It was super easy. You get about sixteen feet of cable or so if you need any more than that you may want to purchase that as well. If you are like me you probably already have a ton of coaxial cable in a box in a closet somewhere.


Overall I am very impressed with this antenna. It exceeded my expectations by a long shot. Now, to mount it up outside or inside the attic, and run cable to the other TV’s and get rid of cable TV service. I will keep the internet however, the internet with streaming services and this antenna, we plan on saving almost 70 dollars a month!

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Summery Pop up Infant Travel Bed – Review

So going along with the Summery Pop up Tent, I was also provided this Summery Pop up infant travel bed and it is just as handy as the last tent. It’s portable, lightweight, and super handy at keeping mosquitoes, and any other bugs that are annoying you.

The tent measures about 13 1/4″ x 16″ x 2 3/4″ and is a great size for most children under the age of 2. As you can see, our son Trey can lay down and roll around inside it and not have any issues. That being said my only issue is with the netting, as this does not zip up around the bed, like the larger pop up tent does, and relies on folding the netting under the pole at both ends. While it does have a zipper part at the top of the cover, I was never able to get the netting to stay put at the ends, and it kept popping up and over the pole. This does not work well during my testing and was really the only complaint that I had.

 

The tent included a nice removable bottom pad that sits on the bottom of the bed to allow comfort from just laying it on the ground and was easy to add/remove whenever needed. The inside also has nice UV protection so that the sun stays out of baby’s eyes and lets them sleep without being disturbed by the sun.

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You also get elastic hooks on the inside that allow you to hang baby’s favorite toy to double as a playmat to use. Baby can roll around very easy for tummy time if needed however should be watched closely whenever they are in it. This isn’t something you’re just place your baby in and walk away.

This Summery Pop up infant travel bed is so much easier to fold up and carry when not in use. Way much more than the Summery Pop up Tent as I reviewed before and is  lightweight enough to carry with you wherever you go and portable enough to fit inside a bag, or under a stroller when not in use. 

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Review – Kuda Outdoors Flashlight

I always love getting new flashlights because we use them everywhere. When this one arrived, the first thing that I said was that this light is BRIGHT! Be sure you’re not looking at it when you first turn it on because you will blind yourself!

This flashlight comes with everything neatly boxed separately. It comes with a rechargeable Lithium Ion battery, a wall charger, a plastic battery sleeve, a battery holder so that you can use 3 AAA batteries instead of the lithium ion battery. I like that it can be used with 2 different types of batteries so you can always use it even if you forget to recharge the big batteries.
The coolest thing about this flashlight is the variety of light functions. Besides being able to adjust the beam from zoom to wide angle, it has 5 modes of lighting: bright, medium, low, strobe & SOS signal. This is a really great flashlight & is handy to have not only around the house, but for camping trips too.

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Review – BESTEK 600A Car Jump Starter

I’ve used a lot of power banks, but this is without a doubt the most complete setup I’ve ever run across. In addition to the usual assortment of USB adapters that typically comes with a power bank, this also includes a set of jumper cables (more on those later), a 19v 3.5A output port with a wide range of adapters, a cigarette lighter adapter for charging. Everything comes packaged in a very nice carry case with lots of elastic straps to keep everything in place.

Something that was really unique to this kit was the Seat Belt cutter, and Glass Breaker that is designed into this system. While it’s size may make it hard to keep in the glovebox or center console of most vehicles, this is really handy when/if you come upon a vehicle accident and need to quickly provide assistance.

The powerbank itself is nicely styled. It feels solid, and has a very stylish looking case – it’s a lot more ornate than the typical utilitarian-looking powerbank. It has a nice LCD screen to display charge level, and 2 very bright flashlights.

For the usual tasks of charging a phone or a tablet. the power bank has four USB output ports: two 1A; another is 2.4A; and an ‘Auto 0-2.4A’. It also has a 19v 3.5A output for powering larger devices (such as a laptop) and includes 8 different adapters for the included cable to cover most common plug sizes.

Charging the powerbank requires using the included charger – it can’t be charged from a USB port. There are two included chargers: one for plugging into a wall outlet; the other for plugging into the car power outlet. That’s a nice feature since it means you can keep the power bank charged while you’re in the car.

I used the powerbank to recharge a variety of devices without any problems. Works fine, and the 10,000mAh capacity means you can get several full recharges of smaller devices, and close at least two full recharges of a larger device such as a tablet. Missing is any Quick Charge so if you have a device that is capable this will not provide that feature that most newer power banks can handle.

I can’t say if it will actually work to jumpstart a car battery – don’t have the means to test that since my car battery is in fine shape. Keep in mind that using it to jumpstart a car could be a two person operation since you have to unhook the power bank from the car battery within ten to twenty seconds of the car starting to avoid having the power bank overheat. The manual stresses that repeatedly.

I was able to jump start my Craftsman Riding Lawnmower several times to ensure that it does work for jump starting, and as provided by BESTek:

Recommended Vehicle Engine Displacements for Standard Jump Start

• Gas powered vehicles – 5.0L and lower displacements.
• Diesel powered vehicles – 3.0L and lower displacements.

On the plus side, the jumper cables that come with this seem very well made even though they are very short – the powerbank would need to be about six inches from the battery for everything to hook up.

But even if this does not jump start a car, the other features are worthy of a 5-star rating. It’s well-built, comes with a very nice case to hold the many pieces and parts, and it can run a laptop through its 19v 3.5A port, a feature you don’t see a lot of on power banks. While in an emergency it may not be the first thing you grab trying to escape, it’s practicality makes it a must have for families. It’s pricey, at around $50.00 as of this review,  the feature list is pretty impressive versus the typical power bank. And if it can jump start a car, so much the better.

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