The Giz Wiz

The Giz Wiz ... Shake, Rattle and Hold


Episode 1786

This week's gadget is Quake Hold! Museum Putty. It secures antiques, collectibles, figurines, and more from falling and breaking. It can be used on most surfaces, including ceramics, porcelains, and laminates, as well as on walls to help stabilize pictures. It comes ready to use in a two-and-a-half-ounce flat sleeve, just pull off what you need. Roll the putty into small balls (about the size of a pea), or strips, and apply to the base of an item. Press down lightly and twist into position. It sets within 30-minutes and comes off cleanly with no mess.

The Giz Wiz and the Hydra Light

Dick Debartolo

Episode 1784

This week's gadget from the Giz Wiz is the HydraLight Flashlight, a water-powered flashlight. Its operation was not great. Here's what the company says about them: NO POWER NO PROBLEM: Activates in 15 seconds by wetting the base; no batteries, plug-in, or power source required; Flashlights run for 72 hours total; Switch off to extend time with hand light. Perfect for power outages, blackouts, flashlight emergency preparedness. Compact size ideal for pocket, pack, first-aid kit; Take camping, hiking, in the auto glovebox, travel flashlight survival flashlight.

The Giz Wiz and the New Tech Thingies

Dick Debartolo

Episode 1782

Dickie D got a new monitor this week.  The LG 29WN600 Ultra Wide Screen Monitor.  The resolution is Full HD (2560 x 1080), and it's an IPS display. It also includes 2 7-watt stereo speakers with Audio Maxx technology. With HDR SRGB 99% Color Gamut, it's also HDR 10 Compatiblewith OnScreen Control that lets you divide the screen real estate 18 different ways with as many as 8 different images on the 29” display at some time. MSRP: $249.99, but it's $225.99 on Amazon as of 3/21/21. 

The Giz Wiz and the Desktop Fireplace

Dick DeBartolo

Episode 1780

This week's gadget is the TACKLIFE Tabletop Fireplace. Dick says that it seems really well built with a cement base, stainless steel insert to contain the flame, and a crystal clear glass chimney. There are two ways to use this mini fireplace. The company says the flame will be bigger if you burn directly with bioethanol fuel, but the fireplace flame will last longer if you burn with a wick and alcohol. With alcohol, the description says "can burn for 2 hours", while the instructions say "don't burn for more than 90 minutes".

The Giz and Wiz and the Night Reader


Episode 1778

Dick's latest gadget is the strangely named Takkui Rechargeable LED Necklight. It offers 3 temperature light modes, yellow (3000K), warm white (4000K) and cool white (6000K). Plus each of those settings has a switch for 3 brightness levels. Choose a comfortable setting for reading, knitting, camping, repairing, crafts, etc. It's covered with a comfortable soft rubber, which the company says is sweatproof, bendable and strong so you can twist, or fold to create the perfect illumination for yourself.

The Giz Wiz and the Nifty Spiffy Dohickey


Episode 1776

This week's gadget us the inCharge 6 - or as Amazon calls it: The Six-in-One Swiss Army Knife of Cables, Portable Keyring Compatible with Apple iPhone/USB/USB-C/Micro USB Cable for All of Your Devices. This cable is short, about 2”. The whole device ready to charge is about 5”. But it's versatile. You get USB to USB-C, USB to combo Lightning/Micro USB, USB-C to USB-C & USB-C to dual Lightning/Micro USB. The device is very lightweight and easy to use once you master the 'hidden' connectors.

The Giz Wiz Gets Loud!

Episode 1774

This week's Giz Wiz gadget is the Taiker Personal Alarm for Women.140DB Emergency Self-Defense Security Alarm Keychain with LED Light for Women Kids and Elders. The company says with a loud 140DB sound, this self-defense keychain alarm can make a sound loud enough to draw the attention of others at a far distance, which can effectively scare attackers in danger and seek people around for help. Also has an LED light. The alarm is activated when you pulled the contact pin out, and the siren will sound continuously for 30 minutes unless the pin is reinserted into the device.

The GizWiz and the precise oven


Episode 1770

This week's gadget from the Giz Wiz .... The Anova Precision Oven, a countertop combi-oven for the home, with all of the features of a pro-level combi-oven at a fraction of the cost. Sous vide quality in half the time. But unlike traditional sous vide, the Oven lets you raise the cooking temperature while continuously monitoring doneness with the Food Probe. You can cook sous vide up to 50% faster. An easy-fill external water tank will keep you cooking with 24 hours of continuous steam, no plumbing (or spritzers) required.

The Giz Wiz ... snowed in


Episode 1768

This week's gadget from the Giz Wiz is the BonBowl. The BonBowl is perfect if you're cooking for one, or need a way to cook in a small space like on a boat or a dorm room, or I guess even in a motel room. The BonBowl has two parts, the induction cooktop base and a specially designed bowl that fits on top of it. You can even eat off the bowl since it's designed for induction cooking. The company says induction cooking heats twice as fast as gas and electric stoves of similar size. Because the bowl and stove are small, the unit draws only 500 watts.