Blavor 10k mAh Solar Bank

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If you were thinking of using one of these to recharge your devices while traveling off the grid, it takes longer than I expected. I’m going to continue testing this and post periodic videos until I find out.

I own a suite of backup power storage at home and emergency solar and gas powered generators, so that’s not what this is for. This more for EDC. I occasionally need to quickly recharge my phone when I forgot to charge it overnight or have a lot of app use for work, games, etc. These powerbanks are handy.

Some folks leave these solar powerbanks on their car dashboard to recharge (I don’t because I live in San Francisco where they’ll break into your car to steal sunglasses). I wanted to see just how long it takes to recharge one of these if left in a window?

I knew it would take more than a few days because the built in solar panel isn’t that large. But it took even longer than I expected (I wouldn’t have been surprised if I did some more math on the square inches of the panel and the capacity of the battery, whatever).

Despite this, I’m not going to nock this powerbank. It works as advertised, offers a pair of LED flashlight heads (“two is one” right?), has a good variety of charging ports, and offers wireless charging so you don’t even need to worry about a cable (provided your phone or device does wireless charging).

• +10,000mAh output fully charged
• USBA & USB-C input and output ports
• Wireless Qi charging
• 2 x LED lights (~200 lumen)
• Built in solar panel
• Water resistant
• Ruberized armored body
• Good value at $30 ( AMAZON: )

• Takes a long time to solar recharge

Orion Grandview 12-36×50

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If you’re looking for a high-quality spotter for long-range shooting, don’t bother reading further. But if you want something small enough to stuff into a range bag to spot .223 holes at 100yrds, the Orion Grandview 50mm will more than do the job.

Orion doesn’t make rifle scopes or red dots, so many shooters and hunters aren’t familiar with this brand. Orion is one of the top brands in astronomical telescopes. They are so well established that they own the URL:

Orion was founded in Santa Cruz, CA in 1975 and is still based in Northern California. While I can’t confirm if all or any of their scopes are built in the U.S., their company is employee-owned and also owns the “Meade Telescope” brand. What I can confirm is that the Grandview is the clearest/sharpest 50mm spotter that retails for under $100.

Best optical clarity in a sub $100 “budget” spotting scope
Good eye relief
Well built and well-armoured body

No built-in sunshade on the tube

RATINGS (Based on maximum magnification and price tier)
Eye Relief: 3:3
Eye Box: 2:3
Clarity and Detail: 3:3
Edge to Edge Sharpness: 3:3
Contrast: 3:3
Color Saturation: 2:3
Brightness: 2:3

Group: -1 / Element: 6


Weapon Light Give Away

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Two lucky entries will win a Feyachi WL25. Two runners-up will receive an EZshot weaponlight or a Feyachi magnetic pistol mount. Agree to be interviewed on a future Zoom episode and give your unbiased thoughts on the prize you won. No purchase necessary. You must be of legal age to enter. Enter to win. Deadline for entry is September 30, 2021

Camolo Trail Cam

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Camolo C0097 Wifi Trail Cam is a budget to mid-range wifi-enabled trailcam sent to me to review. It offers excellent High Def video footage and photos that can be triggered by movement as far away as 60ft. 

27MP 140º IR triggered digital trail cam. Water-resistant IP67. 6-month standby time powered by 8 xAA batteries. 


Feyachi WL25 Weapon Light

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The WL25 is Feyachi’s newest 1200 lumen weapon light. It has a premium pressure plate with momentary and constant-on buttons which comes with adapter plates that fix it to either Picatinny or M-Lok rail. Unfortunately, my model would not switch from Strobe/Alt to Low/Alt modes, despite my following the instructions. Despite this, I still found it to be Feyachi’s best-made tac light

As an aside, I had to upload this to YouTube 3 times. The first two times, YouTube’s staff flagged the video as being Advertiser Unfriendly. The first video, due to my showing how to install it on my rifle (which I showed was safely unloaded). The second video because I still showed the light mounted to my rifle. We are living in a nanny culture.

Gosky 13-40×50 Spotting Scope

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If you’re looking for a good cheap long-range spotter, don’t bother watching. This is a “dumpster diving” review of a budget spotter I’m only using for 50yrd pistol matches or 100yrd rifle matches. In this case, size and weight are key deciding factors.

The 13-40×50 GoSky is one of the best rated compact spotting scopes on Amazon (which doesn’t mean much since most of those reviews are fake or underinformed). It retails for about $99 but I purchased it on sale for $70 putting it closer in price to a SvBony SV28. Making this the best spotter I’ve tried that currently retails for under $100.


  • Well built eye-piece with an independent rotating zoom dial. 
  • Good to Great optical clarity for a sub $100 “budget” spotting scope
  • Nice geared tripod that works better than it looks


  • Warm cast on image
  • Cheap looking tripod
  • Clunky company website with minimum info


SvBony SV28 15-45×50

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SVbony is one of the bigger brands in budget-to-midrange astronomy optics, so I wanted to see if any of that telescope expertise made it down to their least expensive spotting scope, the SV28.

The optic clarity is…just so-so. But for a $60 scope, I suppose it’s actually pretty good (that isn’t saying much.) Personally, if your budget is $60, I’d recommend saving another $50 and buying a GoSky or Celestron.

Purchase from Amazon

Solar Back Up Camera

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The Solarst rear view back up video camera kit was sent to me by MyGekoGear for this review. This is a solar powered wi-fi camera that fits on your license plate frame and allows you to wireless add a rear-view video camera to any vehicle. 

It’s an easy way to install a back up camera to a car, truck, RV or trailer without complicated wiring and professional installation. The license plate has a built in solar panel to recharge the battery powered camera which connections via WiFi to a 4″ LCD monitor that you install on your dash or windshield.


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