Warrior II Drone by ScharkSpark

We had entirely too much fun testing out this little pocket drone. Especially my son (The Imp). He had this little gizmo all over the house (yes it is small enough to comfortably fly in the house). The Warrior II comes with easy to read instructions and outside of a few minutes charging time for the battery it is basically ready to go right out of the box – something that is always a plus if you have an impatient crew like mine that loves a new gadget. We’ve flown it several times, both indoors as well as outside, and it performs wonderfully in both arenas. Even if it is a bit windy outside this little Warrior holds its own. Note I said a bit windy... this little drone is not meant to go up against big gusts of wind, if you do that while it is high up in the air you’ll probably lose it.

We got around ten (10) minutes of flight and hover time out of each charge so no issues there. Especially since ScharkSpark offers you a second battery (and extended warranty) for free! My free battery and bonus spare parts arrived within a matter of days after requesting it.

This model drone is small and collapsible. It really lives up to the term “pocket drone” as it fit in my son and husbands pockets easily – I didn’t try it in mine because we all know that the pockets on women’s attire will barely hold a pack of gum *heh heh*.

Anywho, we also loved the fact that you don’t have to be an experienced drone pilot in order to enjoy flying The Warrior II. If you have ever tried piloting a drone or any remote control device like this you probably understand what I mean. There is generally quite the learning curve and there wasn’t much of one with this. Everyone in the house was able to get the hang of operating it within minutes. Also, the lights made flying this at night or in dim areas fun as well. It looked like we had our own little UFO.

When it came to the drones operation, we did notice that it wasn’t able to instantly switch directions. But it did, fly, hover and move with relative ease. It’s flip mode (which we all loved) does work well and almost instantly. We did have to be a patient when switching modes/functions. It took it a couple of seconds to switch gears so to speak.

Overall in our opinion you can’t beat what you are getting for this price! We would highly recommend this drone to anyone.

Pros:

Easy to operate
Travel Ready/Portable
Responsive Controls
Long Flight Time For The Size
Well Lit
Stable

Cons:

Not really a con but the small size of this drone can make it an easy victim to a sudden harsh gust of wind.
We did wish it had a camera but for the size and cost I wouldn’t expect it to come with one.

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You Win Some and Lose Some…

The funny thing about product testing is the fact that not everything is a winner or even close to it while on the flip side, some items really turn around and surprise you. I have to admit that overall most of the things that I have tried have been good (if not great) and also well worth their money while other things have left me with that “I knew I should have turned off that infomercial and not fallen for that” feeling.

I bought a product advertised as a Star Wars Gifts 3D Lamp for my son as a birthday gift (He’s a December baby just like his mama) while I didn’t expect NASA training simulator quality from this item I did expect more than the glorified “flat lamp” that I received. When the title and description are misleading it leaves a bad taste in my mouth as a consumer. My money does not grow on trees and I don’t care for someone taking me for a ride to get it.

Here’s what I left on Amazon – This a 3.5-4 star item for me, simply because I feel the 3D portion of its claims is more than a bit misleading. I’ve had a lot of pseudo 3D items in my life and this isn’t among them. This item is pretty cool and something that I think most die hard Star Wars fans (young and old) would like but I have a real issue with it being called 3D… because it’s not, it’s not even “kinda 3Dish”. It’s a nice light with a unique look to it that functions well and has many colors but 3D it isn’t. If you give this to anyone over 11 or 12 years of age they are going to give you a well deserved “look” for trying to pass this off as 3D. Otherwise I’m okay with this item even if I feel that “Unique Star Wars Lamp” would be a better title for this product. – Do I feel completely duped? No. Would I buy it again? No

Next on my lists of disappoints is a much bigger flop in the form of the AFOUR 3 in 1 Foot File and Shaver – I have not felt or seen something this cheap outside of a bargain bin in a good long while. If you are a child of the 70’s or 80’s I’m sure you remember Cindy or Judy dolls (Barbie’s dollar store doppelganger – I had all of them so I’m not being snooty I mention this for a reason lol –>) This thing was definitely the Cindy or Judy of foot files. It had zero heft to it and the plastic mold it was made with wasn’t even trimmed cleanly. The handle actually felt and looked like one of those 10 cent kazoos you’d get at a birthday party in the grab bag that moms would put together for the other kids. For the quality, or lack thereof, save yourself 7 of the 10 dollars that they sell this for and just get these items at the Dollar Tree.

Now on to the pleasant surprises. First up is the USB Rechargeable Flameless Electronic Arc Lighter sold by RONXS. We all fell in love with this thing. We probably all looked and sounded like Beavis and Butthead (Fire… Fire, Fire!)  But it’s a really nice tool to have around especially if you are an avid candle burner like we are. Once the bigger candles get low in the jar or the wick gets small on any sized candle they can be almost impossible to get lit and if you are trying to light something outdoors, the wind is your enemy, and this item fixes all of those problems without increasing your carbon footprint because it’s rechargeable!

Another win was the ALWUP Stereo Gaming Headset – As a gamer I can’t tell you how nice it feels to have a good headset. Everything from sound quality to game immersion relies on the headphones strapped to your head. Being able to hear the people you are playing with as well as the game itself are all things to consider and this item truly delivered! My favorite feature would be the light on the tip of the microphone. As a person the often plays in the dark it’s nice to be able to tell at a glance whether or not my mic is up or down. They were really comfortable, in fact, after a while I kinda forgot I had them on. If I were to need a second pair I’d buy another set of these.

So there you have it, a little year end review (several days late… but I digress, life has been a busy thing) I hope all of you have had a pleasant start to 2019!

Type C Headphones Sold By: LSHENG


Type C Headphones, USB C Hi-Fi Stereo Digital Earbuds Sweatproof In-Ear Earphones with Mic Compatible with Google Pixel 2,Samsung Note 8,S8/S8+/S9,S9+, Moto Z, HTC U11, Essential PH-1 etc Sold by: LSHENG

I ordered this product and had several people try it on different phones with the C type port and it does not work to listen to music or videos from any source (saved on phone, play store, YouTube, website, etc.). You can make calls and even then people can’t hear you or can barely hear you. I have contacted the seller and am awaiting a response. I may update this review depending on the outcome of my interactions with the seller.

I also feel I must say that they “felt” cheap and I had a hard time getting them to stay in my ears and even when they were in, they were not comfortable in any way. I was constantly aware of them in my ears because of the poor fit and they popped out every few minutes no matter how many times or which way I adjusted them.

NOTE: They have some very vague poorly done picture instructions printed on the back of the box that leave you guessing a bit with how to operate them. This item was not a winner for me. I wouldn’t buy them again or recommend them.

These get a 1 out of 5 from me overall.

Packaging: 5 out of 5
Performance: 1 out of 5
Value: 1 out of 5

Product Review: Mercase 30W Metal Dual Ports USB Fast Car Charger

Car Charger, Mercase 30W Metal Dual Ports USB Fast Car Charger

One unit
Cost: $12.99

This item arrived on time and packaged well. No complaints or issues with that whatsoever.

Once opened, I found the charger itself and a small instruction booklet. It did not come with a cord so that you will need to provide yourself. It’s a simple plug and go device so even without the booklet I don’t see most users having a problem using this product.

It has 2 ports (3.0 fast 2.4 standard charge) and both work as expected. I plugged it into the DC/cigarette lighter port in my car and it was ready to go. In minutes my phone went from 26% battery to over 40%. I’d recommend this product to anyone that is looking for a car charger especially those that travel a lot with a phone or multiple devices that need to stay charged.

Packaging: 5 out of 5
Performance: 5 out of 5
Value: 5 out of 5

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5

 

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