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Black and Decker SMARTECH 20V MAX Lithium Drill/Driver

Black and Decker SmarttechI had a chance to try out the 12V Max Cordless Lithium Drill from Black and Decker, and I have to say that this SMARTECH 20V MAX Lithium Drill/Driver is a step up, made for the mobile age.

The 20V MAX Lithium Drill/Driver is a connected tool, which uses its SMARTECH batteries to locate, lock, and monitor tools. It uses a SMARTECH application for iOS and Android for Bluetooth controls in order to remote battery locking and unlocking.

It also has one of those battery locate functions, because we all need our smartphones to find our things now. Seriously, I have reviewed three products this year that help you find your keys, and I’m too lazy to put the hyperlinks here.

Also, you know how you use your cordless drill, and there usually isn’t an indicator of how much juice is actually really in the battery? Yeah, you know that is a problem. However, the smartphone app will give you the battery indicator.

So yes, this is a terrific product and it is a keyless chuck for easy removing of bits. Oh, and I don’t know if this is stealing a page form Apple’s playbook, but there is “One More Thing”.

This battery for the drill can also be a battery for devices. Just connect a USB cord to it, and you can get some extra juice for your smartphone, MP3 player, and more. Oh my gosh, this is great.

My gosh, this is good! You can get it on sites like Amazon for $74.99.

Posted by on June 16th, 2016 No Comments

Black and Decker 12V MAX Cordless Lithium Drill/Driver Project Kit

Black and DeckerSo, now that summer is almost here, I would highly recommend using the good weather to do some projects. Of course, you need tools to do projects, and I would recommend the Black and Decker 12V MAX Cordless Lithium Drill/Driver Project Kit.

First of all, the big selling point is the 12 Volt Max Lithium drill with a battery that holds a charge up to 18 months. Considering that I had to repair my porch the other day and needed an electric screwdriver, I wish I had this one instead of borrowing my neighbhor’s.

In addition to the drill, it has quite a few bits that you can see in the image here. I won’t bother giving you the sizes and specifications. For those that want something more manual, it also comes with a Philips and flathead screwdriver. Then there is the crescent wrench, pliers, hammer, cutting knife, level, and measuring tape. It all comes with a handy carrying case where all of the tools can fit.

In short, I’m going to recommend this as a gift for Mother’s Day. That’s right, Mother’s Day. What, you think I should be traditional and just recommend it for Father’s Day? That would be far too predictable, but it is good enough for a man or a woman.

You should be able get this item at all kinds of stores like Wal-Mart for about $89.99.

Posted by on May 3rd, 2016 No Comments

Luci Lux and Luci EMRG by MPOWERD

Luci LIteAs a mom of two Cub Scouts, one of whom is becoming a Boy Scout this month, I’m excited to have the opportunity to review these two solar lanterns from a CES 2015 Innovation Awards Honoree for the Luci EMRG.

These inflatable, solar powered lanterns are waterproof- a great solution for the outdoor life. They are compact when deflated. and lightweight, so they would be great to carry in a pack for an overnight camp-out. They’re also good to have in the car or around the house for emergency lighting during a power outage.

The Luci Lux is slightly bigger than the EMRG with 10 LED lights. It has 3 settings- bright, super bright, and flashing. It still only weighs 4 oz, and will run 12 hours max on the bright setting. 8 hours is the full charge time on the solar panels. You can purchase the Lux for $19.99.

Luci Lux - 2The EMRG is smaller and more compact with 4 LED lights that still are pretty powerful. This one has 4 settings- bright, super bright, flashing, and an SOS mode-which flashes red and white light. It weighs 2.5 oz. It can give up to seven hours of light if at full charge, and if not used, it will keep 95% of it’s charge each month, so you can use it straight out of the drawer or bag, even if you have not charged it that day. The EMRG is well-priced at $9.99. You can buy these and other Luci lanterns on their website

The most impressive thing about this company is their goal to provide their product to developing countries- those in need of “Solar Justice.” You can help put lights into the hands of those living in energy poverty by giving a donation of $14.99 for the first light, and $9.99 for each additional light. You can learn more about MPOWERD’s Give Luci program here.

Posted by on February 5th, 2015 No Comments

Black and Decker Platinum 20V Max Drill/Driver

Black and Decker pLDX120P-2_300x300.ashxI am almost ready to declare this Power Tools Week with the Snakelight I reviewed yesterday from Black and Decker. I also had another chance to review another Black and Decker product with the Platinum 20V MAX Drill/Driver.

The 20V MAX Drill/Driver has an 11 position clutch, but I will have to say that only the discerning can tell the difference. I am told that this can prevent stripping and over driving of screws, and that, I like.

Here are some other specs: the 20V battery can hold a charge for 18 months, and there is an LED work light to illuminate work, in case you don’t have the Snakelight. Yeah, there’s a plug for you.

But enough about the specs, this is a power tool. The real question is does it give you the feeling of power? To that I answer: yes. Yes, it is awesome in the hand, and you can see the sparks work on the inside. Dang, it even smells electric, like my old electric trains. Got to love those sparks.

home_improvement_tim_taylorAs someone who only likes power tools, I would have to say that I might not be the best to comment on them. So check out that pic of Tim “The Toolman” Taylor, and I’m guessing that he wants to forget about Binford and get his hands on some Platinum.

I figured that people are starting to think about Christmas, and what better gift for the males than power tools? This one costs $129.99 and is available on the Platinum site.

Posted by on October 24th, 2013 No Comments

Black and Decker Max Lithium Rechargeable Snakelight

SnakelightI’m pretty certain that most of you are aware are the Snakelight from Black and Decker. I remember when they introduced it in the early nineties, and consumers loved the idea of wrapping a light around something to keep it in place.

I seem to remember the first model being green, and I am not certain what version this particular one is. It also used to be that you had to use a special battery to power the Snakelight, this one has a cord to plug into the wall to recharge the built-in 4 Volt power source.

This Snakelight is definitely very powerful with very ultra bright LEDs, and it can hold charge for (believe it or not) 18 months. It has about five hours of runtime, so the brightness will be on for a while.

So here’s the deal. I couldn’t find the Black and Decker Snakelight on the official site, but I was able to find it on Amazon for about $41.25.

Posted by on October 23rd, 2013 No Comments