I Finally Won an Amazon Giveaway!

I have been entering these things for at least the past year.  Not every day, but at least a few times per week I enter 10-20 different drawings on Amazon.  They make it pretty easy.  Go to Amazon Giveaways and click.  Until now I’ve never won a a thing.  Until now.

“Congratulations David!” – I never get tired of hearing that.  Although I don’t hear it that often.

“You won the giveaway hosted by BookGorilla.com Daily Alerts!” – Hooray for me!  BG is apparently some kind of free subscription service where they email you information on kindle book bestsellers that you can buy through them for a discount?  I have no idea if it’s worth it, don’t use their service, and have no plan to sign up.  I will, however, give them this brief plug here since they were kind enough of raffle off my new Kindle Fire 7 Tablet.

“Click Here to Claim Your Prize!” – And this is where I hit the brakes.  I’m no noob.  I’m not the guy you read about who clicked some idiot link and infected his computer with whatever and has to call his brother-in-law for guidance on how to avoid paying some internet ransom to hackers in Russia/China/India/Whereversland.

I looked at source code.  Seemed okay.  Checked full email address; appeared to be coming directly from Amazon.com.  It came encrypted.  And, ultimately, I DID enter a drawing that corresponded to this prize.  I crossed my fingers, clenched my toes… and clicked.

BOOM!  Nothing happened.  I must have bumped the mouse off the button.  Clicked again and everything worked fine.  Routed to Amazon.com, confirmed my address on file, and received my order number.  New Kindle Fire 7 is on it’s way!

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This was basically the first email I saw this morning when I woke up.  What a nice way to start the week.  I hope your week is starting off just as good or better!  Thanks BookGorilla, and thanks Amazon!  As always…

Living the Dream,
Humble Dave

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Mopo Wireless External Battery Charger (12,000 mAh)

Have you EVER heard of an external battery charger that had Qi Wireless Charging capability?  Because before this, I definitely had not.  Didn’t even know such a thing EXISTED.  Finding this is like accidentally stumbling upon the hidden city of Shangri-La while looking for the restroom at a ballpark: Unexpected, and delightful!

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Welcome! 🙂

On the off change you don’t know what these are: They’re spare batteries for your phone, tablet, etc.  Anything that can be charged off USB, basically.  They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and the batteries store different amounts of mAh (mili-amp-hours) of power.  For example, the Mopo I’m talking about here holds 12,000 mAh of power.  My Galaxy S7 Edge phone has a 3500 mAh battery.  I can charge my phone about 3 times with this battery.

Listen, we all have external batteries lying around.  And if you don’t, what’s wrong with you?  I have on in my night-table, one behind the couch, two in the coffee table, one in my car, one on my dresser, one in the kitchen, and a few more in random boxes and bags throughout the house.  You never know when you’re going to need an extra charge, and it’s better to have one (or 10) and not need it, than need it and not have it.

Most of my external battery chargers are 10,000 mAh.  This, as I said, is 12,000.  So that’s good!  It has two 2 Amp USB outputs so you can charge two devices at a time. “But Dave,” you say, “what’s so special about it?”  I’m glad you asked!

Wireless charging.  If you know anything about me it’s that I have a huge fetish for51t-xmy6eql-_sl1000_
wireless charging.  Plug my phone into something?  Not me.  I place my phone on a charger and like magic, it charges.  THAT’S MY BAG, BABY!  And this is literally the only external battery I’ve ever seen that offers it. I’m sure there are more, but never once have I come across them.  I only heard about this when the Amazon seller “Maxpower Intelligence” contacted me and asked if I wanted a free one in exchange for testing and reviewing it.  I did a double and triple-take before I realized what it was.  So… happy.
So anyway, it works great!  There’s 4 lights on the side that indicate the charge of the battery (3000 mAh each), the two 2 Amp USB ports for wired charging, and the Qi charging coil on the top (represented by the white circle) for your wireless charging.  I freaking love it.  Enjoy!

Living the Dream,

-Humble Dave

Mopo 12000 mAh Wireless Power Bank

 

Disclosure: I received this product at a discount in exchange for testing and reviewing it.  All opinions are my own.