Showing posts from February, 2018

Very nice features... Is fire one of those?

I really wanted to add a smart plug that would be able to handle a space heater so I opted for this device made by a company called Aishlilia, I know catchy right. Seriously these little Chinese companies need to hold a focus group before they settle on a name.  This is an in depth review, I hope you can all hang in there. First off I love the how this device monitors power usage. It's not perfect though. The mA and Wattage is pretty much spot on but the voltage reads very low under load for some reason.  The KW/h is pretty close and you can easily tell about how much that device costs to run just by multiplying the KW/h by the going rate for your region.  For me KCP&L currently charges around $0.10 per KW/h so this space heater cost me around 29 cents to run to run for about 2.5 hours, I ran this space heater quite a bit to get this test finished.
This device should be able to help the consumer quantify just how much things actually cost to run and this is one of the hardest…

Are we finally nearing perfection?

I got some more smart plugs in the mail from Amazon today made by a little Chinese company called AISHLILIA,  I know that really runs off the tongue right?  I'm sure just like everything made in China this exact same item is very likely to be sold by other brand names, I mean it's not much of a stretch considering the brand name is nowhere to be found on the box or the device.  So what sets these little plugs apart from the rest?
Well to start off with these devices are a shape that I prefer,  they are short so they can easily be stacked, this frees up the adjacent outlet to be used by something else.  I don't know who ever told someone these things should be round but they really shouldn't, take note manufacturers.

The labeling is about 80% correct but at least the important things are right.  The input voltage should be around 110-125v for the US, this plug configuration should never have 240v run to it.  This is sort of corrected by the stamped lettering where it st…

I just learned how to sharpen a knife and you should too!

Honestly, I am not sponsored by Tacklife in any way.  I just feel like you should be aware of all the amazing things they make and if I have an opinion on it you better believe you'll be seeing it here.

In the past I have used something like this little guy but I never felt like my knives got as sharp as they should.  I think it has to do with the fact that the blade takes a slightly different path each pass.

I have watched many chef's sharpen knives on TV but I have never seen one use those little travel sized gizmo's.  Honestly, I think there is a reason for that.  After dropping $30 I had a proper sharpening stone.  Now I will admit it I was a bit overwhelmed at first but honestly a couple YouTube videos and about 30 minutes later I felt comfortable sharpening my own knives.  I now have a Klein pocket knife that is far sharper than it was brand new from Home Depot!  It's much better for breaking in to all those Amazon boxes we all so love.

I wish I would have known …