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The Giz Wiz ... High Voltage

Dick

Episode 1624

The High Voltage Junction Box with Led-Illuminated Jumping Frayed Live Wires and Sizzling Sound Effects is Dick's latest gadget. An Electrifying Prop to Complete You Spooky Halloween Party Decoration. This is great looking prank box with hanging wires and cables is 28" high. It features authentic, sizzling sound effects, "sparking" LED illumination with jumping frayed live wires and even a junction box door that slams open and closed a bit when you activate the switch! It runs on 3AA batteries which were included.

Is a Used Tesla a Good Bargain?

Tesla

Episode 1624

Andre from Long Beach, CA

Andre has a budget of about $45,000 for a new vehicle and is looking at a used Model S. Is that a good idea? Leo says that he'll be better off with a Model 3, which is brand new and in the same price range. He's also getting a fresher battery, rather than buying someone else's, which may have reduced battery life. One thing that Leo is concerned about is the health of the Tesla car company itself long term. The real complaint that some are having is a delay in getting parts. Some up to two months and that's not a good sign. But every single person Leo knows who has a Model 3 loves it.  

What's a good, affordable security camera?

Wyze Cam

Episode 1623

Susan from San Diego, CA

Susan has a fighting studio, and she needs some security cameras. Preferably something wireless. Recommendations? Leo says that battery-powered cameras wouldn't work because they are motion-controlled. So Leo recommends cameras that are wired for AC power. He recommends the Google NEST Camera. But the downside is, that they're expensive and the monthly fee is required for storage.  A better affordable option is WyzeCam. They start at $20. Offer night vision. Have two-way audio. And you can view them online.

How can someone keep track of me without a smartphone?

iPhoneX Max

Episode 1623

Clinton from North Carolina

Clinton wants to know if there's a way to report his location when traveling without the use of a smartphone? Leo says that there are Personal Location Beacon (PLB) and Satellite Messengers. Satellite Messengers do require a subscription though. They connect via satellite, and you can set it up to contact anyone in the event of an emergency. But if you have an iPhone or an Android device with vs. 11, you can send an emergency call by pressing the on/off switch five times in quick succession.

The Giz Wiz and the Water Light

Dick

Episode 1622

Dickie D picked up the "Hydra Light," from "As Seen on TV." Here's a bit of the hype on Amazon: ACTIVATED BY WATER: Hydralight 2 in 1 doesn’t need any electric battery to charge, it runs on water and no specific type of water is required to run hydralight, any kind of water: Regular, Distilled or salt will do the job, 2 IN 1 Design: You don’t have to buy both flashlight and lantern separately. Hydralight becomes flashlight and lantern. Just dip the fuel cell for 10 to 12 sec in water, shake it off, and then we're set to go, with up to 100 continuous hours on a single water dip.