Anker Compact Car Jump Starter and Portable Charger Power Bank with 400A Peak Current, Advanced Safety Protection and Built-In LED Flashlight

When I received the product, I was surprised to see how small and light it was. It's hard to believe that such a small piece of device can help me to prevent calling Roadside Assistance from AAA or such, make calls to request service, wait for them to arrive, watch them use their heavy looking batteries and finally get my car started.
The closest analogy for the size of the beautifully designed, chic looking, bag is that of 3 softballs lined up next to each other. The closest analogy for the weight is also close to that of 3 softballs. However, once you open the container, the actual battery is quite small, slim, and light, almost like a square shaped flashlight. You can say almost half of the weight is from the accessories.

IMPRESSION- The material, although plastic seems to be a good quality. Again, a surprise when comparing with a car battery. What I like most is that the instruction card is simple enough to get started quickly. If I was stressed and stuck out in the cold, the last thing I need is lengthy documentation. This illustrated quick start card was great but my favorite part of all was how simple and fail safe the whole process was to jump start a car. The jump starter will even flash red and green to show you that it's ready to do it's work. In a nutshell, you connect the 2 clamps to their proper places on the car battery, you start your car within 30 seconds, then remove the clamps.

I've never jump started a car and am not an expert, but with this simplicity, I would be comfortable to do so.

I also tested its ability to charge USB devices. I tried to charge 2 devices at once, since it has 2 ports and it seemed to work just fine. My cel phone was charging at a fast enough rate- about 1% for every minute or 2.

I'm so happy to be an owner of one this device. It even has an LED looking flashlight so whether I get stranded in the wilderness, in a rainy day, or in the darkness of an evening, I would feel safe using it.

I will not post a photo of how it looks like when charging 2 items.

I also want to add that I was at 1st skeptical that it would be compatible with my mid size car that's a V6 engine. I have a 2002 Camry V-6 with a 3L gas capacity. The Jump Starter works on 3L gas or 2.5L diesel vehicle engines so it should work just fine when the occasion arises.

I was supplied a sample for test and evaluation, and I promised that my review is fair and honest.


Portable Charger External Battery Pack Power Bank

RAVPower 10400mAh 3.5A Portable Charger External Battery Pack Power Bank with iSmart Technology (Wireless Phone Accessory)

I bought the black colored charger. My initial impression is that the build is strong and solid metal with some smooth plastic finish. I feel confident that it would last a long time. I like the fact that there are 2 ports to charge with. I also like that there is an indicator of the remaining power level. When I charge it, I am able to tell when the device is still charging and when the charging is over- which was helpful.

I have tried charging various devices ranging from my Samsung Galaxy S4, my iPod Touch 4th gen, my family's iPhone, and in all cases, it performed very well. It would almost charge 1% per minute.

I am very please with the product. My only caveat, which is no big deal is that the left port has a different amp power from the right side. I emailed CS and although they answered me, the answer wasn't the easiest to understand. Perhaps labeling the ports would solve the problem.

I highly recommend it.

In terms of Resiliency, this would not only help your cel phones to be charged but if you also have LED lights that are USB powered, such as the S2 or the S20, you will see the value of the product.

ps. this product was sold to me with a discount for an honest review.

Harvesting your Produce without Canning

Most Home Vegetable Gardeners either consume or store their produce.

For Resiliency, it's a good idea to store your food for the long term. But most of us don't know how to can food or don't have the proper equipment for canning. In such a case, why not freeze your food?

These photos are produce that I harvested from my 2015 veggies. They are Swiss Chard leaves that bolted but still had some edible leaves and flowers. By storing them in freezer safe zip lock bags, they are more manageable and can easily be stored. Once in the freezer, I can thaw them out when I'm ready to enjoy them. No need to can or freeze dry.

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