Category: Clothing & Gear

Solar “Toys”: “Back Up” Solar Watch

By , September 9, 2018

Back in March, when my trusty Citizen® Eco-Drive solar watch appeared to act up, I ordered an inexpensive solar watch to keep me on time during the interval of sending the Citizen in for repair, and waiting for its return.

Luckily, as described in the post I wrote on the subject, I figured out my watch merely needed to charge properly (see Out of Time). I then had an extra watch I likely wouldn’t need for years, if ever.

I’d chosen a really nice watch for under $35, a Casio® Tough Solar Analog/Digital. I set it on the bedroom window sill to keep charged against the far distant day when I might need it.

Casio solar watch

The Casio solar watch, left of my Fitbit (Photo: Michelle L. Zeiger).

That day came sooner than I thought.

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New Cellular Booster

By , May 14, 2018

I finally installed the new cellular booster I’ve mentioned before. We haven’t seen the dramatic improvement I’d hoped for, but I feel like we’re in better shape than before.

To briefly recap: the cord of our old booster malfunctioned and melted down, so the company traded us a newer, more robust version of the unit for the old one, so they could analyze it to see what happened.

They included a bigger antenna than originally purchased, which led to a bit of delay, while we ordered a coupler for the cable, which we couldn’t get in town. Unfortunately, I read the specs wrong on the unit, and, knowing nothing about coaxial wiring, ordered the wrong connector the first time.

The delay allowed me ample time to figure out where we should put the antenna.

Cellular booster

The new cellular booster (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

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