DEWALT DCST920P1 20V MAX 5.0 Ah Lithium Ion XR Brushless String Trimmer



The trimmer finally died… I suppose it was at least partially my fault as I did very little to care for it properly though on the other hand I’m not sure it ever functioned well. In any case, when I retrieved the trimmer from the shed and tried to crank it after several attempts I determined that it finally had given up. Gas was leaking out of the engine case.

I detached the trimmer attachment from the motor and tossed the motor. Perhaps some future yard sale shopper will benefit from the purchase of an inexpensive trimmer head along with a tiller and edger.

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JBL Portable Bluetooth Speaker



A couple of months ago I finally decided it might be convenient to have a portable Bluetooth speaker that I could use to play music from my phone or other device. The idea was that it would be something I could use when we’re playing a card game or outside grilling. After scrolling through numerous reviews on Amazon I encountered this little device, which I eventually received as a gift from my wish list.

The JBL Micro Wireless Ultra-Portable Speaker provides amazing sound considering its size. According to the documentation it will run on battery for about five hours, though some reviewers have experienced longer usage times. It’s also possible to use the device while recharging it.

Considering its size and relatively low cost (about $50), I am very impressed by this piece of tech. So was my wife. The first time I tried it out she immediately stated that she wants one. Friends have made similar comments when showing it to them.

There are other very similar JBL models. This particular one has a built-in bass port.

It’s been useful in cases when I didn’t expect it. For example, the turn-by-turn navigation instructions from Google Maps sounded excellent.



New Addition: Eneloop Rechargeable Batteries


Final Verdict Added 01/03/2013: After having used these batteries, along with some older Energizer, for some time I’m not left with the impression that they’re any better. Perhaps they perform better in a laboratory but I’ve found they’re just as likely to be discharged (or nearly discharged) as the Energizers when I need to use them and this is despite recharging all of the batteries at least a few times a year in an attempt to ensure they’ll be ready when I need them.

I’m not convinced that they’re worth the premium charge, especially since they typically have less capacity than similar batteries that cost less. As far as batteries are concerned they seem fine but I just haven’t had an experience that leads me to believe that they are superior.

It’s easy for me to remember the rechargeable batteries that my dad used to have. It seems that it took forever for them to recharge and they were much more expensive than current rechargeable batteries.

Several years ago I started using Energizer rechargeable batteries along with a charger by the same company. In general, I typically used them in digital cameras or entertainment remotes. They worked well though tended to discharge fairly quickly when not in use.

A couple of years ago my wife purchased a battery charger from my wish list, which has extended the life of the Energizer rechargeables. However, every once in a while I’d find a mention of the Sanyo Eneloop brand that caught my attention.

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La Crosse Technology BC-9009 Battery Charger


I’m surprised I hadn’t posted anything about this device but it appears to have been neglected. A couple of years ago my wife purchased a La Crosse Technology BC-9009 Battery Charger from my Amazon wish list. This certainly qualifies as a geek gift. I think she thought I was crazy for being happy about receiving it as a gift.

I’ve used Energizer rechargeable batteries for several years. Until my wife bought that charger I was still using an older Energizer charger.¬† Some time ago I had became curious about the different types of chargers available and the La Crosse brand had caught my attention.

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