The Best Rechargeable Batteries and Chargers Of 2016

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In A Nutshell Here are my recommendations for the best rechargeable AA batteries: If you want the best energy capacity (2500 mAh) — get the Eneloop Pro If you want maximum recharge capacity (2100 times) — get the 4th Generation Panasonic Eneloops (800 mAh) If you want to save some money and don’t mind a little less performance from your …

The Spun Chair: A Sculpture That Rotates You

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Our first entry into the MetaEfficient gallery is the Spun Chair by Heatherwick Studio. Is it an oversized toy? Is it a sculpture? Is it a piece of furniture? All three perhaps. I first spotted the Spun Chair while at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. Everyone who took the chair for a spin seemed to be delighted. The chair gives …

The Best C-Size Rechargeable Batteries Of 2015

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The best rechargeable C-size batteries are Acculoop C cells, by Accupower. These batteries are the new low self-discharge NiMH (Nickel Metal-Hydride) cells, and they have a high capacity of 4500 mAhs (milliamp hours).

Do Rechargeable Lithium-Ion AA Batteries Exist?

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Do rechargeable lithium-ion batteries exist in standard sizes like AA, AAA, C or D? Yes, they are finally available. A company called Kentli has released AA and AAA rechargeable lithium polymer batteries that output 1.5 volts. Kentli batteries are available on Amazon here. Lithium-ion batteries normally operate 3.7V per cell — but Kentli put circuitry inside the cells to reduce the voltage …

The Best LED Desk Lamps Of 2015

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Best Overall: TaoTronics Elune Desk Lamp The TaoTronics Elune is priced at $50 and it is probably the best value LED desk lamp available. This lamp has 30 LEDs that shine with 450 lumens at full power. The lamp has a slide touch switch on the top that allows you to adjust the brightness to any one of 7 brightness levels. …

Efficient Men’s Shirt For Summer: Renewable Wool, Non-Wrinkling, Made In USA

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Ibex makes shirts from renewable merino wool (from New Zealand). Ibex clothing is sewn in the USA (only tiny faction of the shirts sold in the US are actually constructed here). I like merino wool because it keeps you cool in the summer, and unlike cotton or synthetics, merino does not retain odor, and it does not wrinkle. The polo …

Glycerin: An Underrated Natural Moisturizer

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Glycerin is perhaps the best natural humectant (moisturizing substance). It absorbs an amazing 50 percent of its weight in moisture from the air. This makes it an excellent aftershave — just a rub a little on your skin for the moisturizing effect. Glycerin is created when a vegetable oil like olive oil is mixed with an alakli. The result is …

The Best Places To Trade-In Your Electronics, DVDs & Books

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Recently, I tested trading-in some of my old books, electronics, DVDs and CDs that were gathering dust on my shelves. I was able to free up some shelf space, and in addition I received some cash and credit (about $600 total). All of these trades went smoothly, the most laborious part was packaging all the items in a box, and …