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Top Of The Best Nonstandard Shaped Candles Reviewed In 2018

Last Updated March 1, 2019
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Adrian HoffmanHi! My name is Reginald Meyer. After putting in 50+ hours of research and testing, I made a list of the best Nonstandard Shaped Candles of 2018 and explained their differences and advantages.

In this article, I will be categorizing the items according to their functions and most typical features. I hope that my Top 10 list will provide you great options in buying the right fit for you.



Feel free to explore the podium, click on the pictures to find out more.



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№1 – PyroPet Candles Hoppa Candle, Peach

PyroPet Candles Hoppa Candle, Peach
Hope means jumping Icelandic and is a common Name for a pet rabbit. Light the wick and she will show you exciting shapes
Dimensions: 17 x 17 x 10 Inch
Made from paraffin wax, Cotton wick and aluminum


№2 – Zest Candle 6-Piece Ball Candles, 3-Inch, Pale Ivory

Zest Candle 6-Piece Ball Candles, 3-Inch, Pale Ivory
Prices are per box of 6 candles
Size: 3″ Diameter
Burn Time: 24 Hours


№3 – Zest Candle 6-Piece Ball Candles, 3-Inch, White

Zest Candle 6-Piece Ball Candles, 3-Inch, White
Prices are per box of 6 candles
Size: 3″ Diameter
Burn Time: 24 Hours


A bike seat secured with an old bike chain

Or many bike shops will now do it for you for a small fee.

Of course bike chains can still be cut and some thieves may even carry chain breakers. So a further option is to make it more difficult for a thief to loosen the seat post clamp. There are two main ways to do this:


With Pinhead skewers, there are 11,500 different key combinations. Each key is engraved with a nine digit code that you can use to order replacement keys or more matching locks.

I should mention that with older Pinhead models, it was possible to unscrew the head relatively easily with a Gator Grip universal socket. However, the skewers now come with POG washers that prevent this happening.


Pitlock skewers boast over 1000 different key combinations. And they have the added security of a smooth shield of steel which surrounds the head and prevents any other tool being used to loosen it.

There are locks for both wheels and seats. And for both quick release wheels and solid axle wheels.

Each key comes with a code card enabling you to order replacement keys and further matching locks. And as with Pinhead, you can also register this code online.

Unlike the Pinhead key, the keys that come with the Pitlock have no lever, so in order to use them you will need to use a mm spanner or insert another tool such as an Allen key into the hole to get enough leverage to screw and unscrew the nut.

Locks with Non Standard Keys

So a thief who bought one would have easy access to all the wheels and seats locked with the same brand. On top of this, they can usually be opened easily with a Gator Grip universal socket.

In the US, the Delta Hublox Security Skewers are perhaps the best of these non standard skewers. While in the UK, ETC and Trans-X are reasonable quality, although there are some reports that they can be unscrewed with pliers from the other end!

Wrapping up

For the back wheel, you should be able to use the same lock you use on your frame. For the front wheel, you would need a separate lock. Either a small U-lock that just locks the wheel to the frame. Or for better overall security, a slightly larger U-lock that can lock the wheel to the frame and the bike rack.

Dining Room

A chandelier is a centerpiece for your dining room, so make a statement and go for size. However, it should not be too big. A massive chandelier in a room that’s too small will look unbalanced and crowded.

If you have high ceilings nine feet or taller try a chandelier with a two- or three-tiered design to help fill the space above the table.

Ways To Use A Survival Flashlight

Now that we know what a survival flashlight is, the next question that needs to be answered is what is it used for. Honestly, a survival flashlight can be used for a variety of things. One of the most common things it is used for is providing light in an emergency situation. Whether you have broke down on the side of the road or the power goes out inside your home, your survival light is the perfect way to provide the light that you need. With the right accessories, you can have your choice between bright light and soft ambient light.

Different colored filters can also be used for different types of light. Blue filters provide the best light for reading maps at night, red filters preventing the destruction of your night vision, and green filters are ideal for hunting at night.

Survival flashlights can also be used for self-defense in the form of a billy club. Even people who carry around other means of protection, such as a firearm or pepper spray, find survival lights to be useful as they can deliver a powerful blow to both humans and animals during the course of an attack. The best survival flashlights come with strobe patterns built in that can be used for signaling purposes. Whether you are trying to flag down a search party during an emergency, another vehicle, or just members on your hiking party the strobe patterns do all the work for you. Before moving on to the top survival flashlight remember that the flashlight that you have on you is the best flashlight, so please check out our article on keychain flashlights that are super small and easy to carry.

Elzetta Bravo

Some of you might be surprised that the Elzetta Bravo made one of our best of lists because it is not one of the brightest lights out there. On its highest setting the Bravo only emits 650 lumens but only because this model comes with an Automatic Voltage Sensing head that allows for the higher lumen output. The other model only emits 23lumens. The AVS head features an optical lens that comes with several different lens options. It gives you the ability to change beam patterns, on its lowest setting, which is engaged by twisting the tailcap.

The tailcap also features a push button switch to power the light on and off. The reason why we rank the Elzetta Bravo so high on the list is because it is practically indestructible. The optical lens is the standard 7/inches thick but is one of the most durable on the market. The Bravo also features fully potted electronics, which adds to the lights durability. The thing about fully potted electronics is that it isn’t something that you normally find on flashlights. It is an important feature because it seals the circuit boards and solders joints, so they are locked into place.

Another downfall to this light, which is easy to overlook, is that you can only use non-rechargeable CR123A batteries with it. The reason behind this is that non-rechargeable CR123A batteries are the best choice in emergency situations, and they are the most durable. The batteries themselves are not widely available because they are a non-standard battery, but they do have a long shelf life and an amazing output in terms of powering the light.

Olight M2Javelot

If you read our previous survival flashlight review, you might remember the winner from last year was the Olight M2Warrior this year we replace it with the Olight M2Javelot. The best thing about the new winner is that it is very similar to last year’s winner, but offers an improved throw thanks to its dedomed CREE XP-L LED. One of the great things about this customized CREE XP-L LED is that it allows the light to reach up to 47yards at night using its highest setting of 1020 lumens. The M2Javelot features three different modes, along with a strobe mode. The highest mode reaches 1020 lumens for five minutes, mode two emits 350 lumens for two hours, and mode three is the lowest mode and emits 20 lumens for 30 hours.

The flashlight is considered a non-standard light because it requires two CR123A lithium batteries or a single 18650 lithium ion battery to run. At just under six inches long, this light is small enough to carry with you. It is also versatile enough to be used in a variety of settings. The tail cap is extremely stable allowing you to stand the light on its end to provide light for an entire room while freeing up your hands. The light comes with a holster and diffuser, which allows you to turn the beam into diffused light to better light up your surroundings.

Eagletac GX30A3D

The lens itself is a white glass that features anti-reflective coating on both sides as well as a hardening treatment to help make it durable. One problem many standard lights have is the light dims after running for a certain period of time, but the Eagletac GX30A3D features a constant current regulation to prevent the light from dimming on every output level. Being that the light is really two lights in one, the amount of lumens emitted for each setting will vary based on what light you are using. With the spotlight the highest output is 1330 lumens for one hour, while the diffuser option provides 1000 lumens for one hour. The modes, which include five brightness levels for both spot and diffuser settings and three hidden auxiliary modes, are all accessed via the tail cap switch, plus this switch makes tail standing possible.

Nitecore EA41

The Nitecore EA4makes our list as one of the best standard main light for those of you who are on a budget. Nitecore recently released a new version of this light in 201and that is the one we will be focusing on in this review. Like the version before it the new EA4features a CREE XM-LULED that is strong enough to emit up to 1020 lumens for up to one hour and 4minutes. The EA4is powered by four AA batteries and features five different brightness levels, as well as strobe and SOS modes. The Nitecore EA4comes with a power indicator light that alerts you to how much battery power is remaining.

The compact light is simple to use because it comes with two different switches: One for powering the light on and off and the other for switching between the different modes. The 201version comes complete with a Lumentac diffuser, which allows you to easily switch between throw and flood depending on your current needs. The EA4offers a sturdy and durable hard-anodized HAIII military grade body with a mineral glass lens featuring anti-reflective coating. The one downfall to this light is that it can get extremely hot to the touch after being used for an extended period of time. The light will also step down brightness levels to help prevent the light from overheating.

Olight S1

One of the most important things about an EDC light is that it is something that you will be able to easily carry around with you no matter where you go. Some lights that claim they are EDC lights are a bit bigger and bulkier than other models, making them a bit of a pain to carry in a pocket or even a purse. Now the Olight Sputs almost all other EDC lights to shame with its small size and its lightweight body. In fact, the Olight Sis referred to as the smallest side-switch LED in the Olight product line. If you purchase this light you will want to hang it on a lanyard or keychain, so you don’t accidentally lose it.

While this light at 2.inches long is one of the smallest lights you will find, its small size doesn’t affect its brightness. The Olight Scan emit up to 500 lumens for a period of about 1.minutes, which is plenty long enough to temporarily blind somebody. The Salso offers a Moonlight mode in addition to its three main modes. Moonlight mode allows you to keep your night vision intact since it emits a mere.lumens. This non standard EDC light can run on two different types of batteries a CR123A or a RCR123A.

The best option is the RCR123A, as the Olight Sbundle comes with a battery and a compact Lumentac charger. The charger is small enough to take with you along with the light, so you can always have an extra battery with you. Plus with the protected RCR123A battery you won’t have to worry about it overcharging or shorting out. The battery itself will deliver a steady 3.7V and allows your light to provide you with the same level of luminosity throughout the duration of the battery’s life.

Sunwayman V11R

One of the great things about the Sunwayman V11R is how compatible it is. With the Sunwayman V11R you can use three different types of batteries. Compatible batteries for this EDC light include the CR123A and the RCR123A, the 16340, and a good old AA. For this review we are going with the single AA option because it is a standard size light we are covering. In order to use the AA battery, you must also use an AA extender, which should come with the light upon purchase. Even with just a single battery, you can expect a maximum of 500 lumens with this little light.

Even better though is the Magnetic Control System that Olight uses. The MCS allows users to select any brightness level ranging from one to 570 lumens rather than relying on distinct modes. To select your brightness level all you have to do is twist the rotator ring from left to right or right to left, depending on if you want more or less lumens. If you are going to use the light on full power, Olight recommends that you do not use it for longer than five minutes because the heat from the light can cause the body to be too hot to touch. Like many other Olight flashlights, the Scomes complete with two switch assemblies: Your traditional rubber tail cap that is soft and easy on the fingers or the all metal tail cap switch that is also easy to use and exquisite in appearance.

Armytek Wizard Pro

The Armytek Wizard Pro is simply an amazing headlamp. The Wizard Pro offers users 2300 lumens, which is more than enough to light up any dark cave or mountain trail. The best part is that these 2300 lumens are a constant, zero fluctuation, even as the battery is losing life. The constant brightness of this headlamp is due to the powerful electronics used in the light as well as the active temperature control. Being able to emit 2300 lumens for a period of one hour means the light can easily and quickly heat up.

To help keep you aware of the headlamps operating temperature there is a multicolor warning indicator, which will also keep you up to date on your battery life. The advantage to using a headlamp is the fact that your hands are completely free so the last thing you want to do is have to fumble around trying to operate the Armytek Wizard Pro. To ensure you are not fumbling around in the dark, Armytek uses a side switch that you can easily use with just one hand regardless whether you are turning the lamp on or switching between the modes all it requires is one hand. Wearing a headlamp might not sound like the most comfortable idea, but Armytek has created a comfortable headband that will remain perfectly in place even if you are out for your evening run. The lamp itself offers a very solid body, and it doesn’t contain long wires, bulky boxes, or even weak rubber connectors.

The body of the lamp is built to withstand a fall from up to 3feet. One of the downfalls to headlamps is how exposed they are to just about everything, but the Wizard Pro was designed to be fully protected from dirt, dust, and even water. It has been shown that the light will still continue to work at water depths of 3feet.

Nitecore HC30

The Nitecore HC30 headlamp is a great choice for those of you who need a hands free light but are working within a budget. The Nitecore HC30 is compatible with two battery sources, the 18650 or the CR12Using the CR12batteries you will need to use two, but you will greatly enhance the headlamp as it provides more power and longer run times than a single 18650. The HC30 offers users the choice of five different brightness levels: Turbo, high, mid, low, and ultralow. Turbo mode emits a maximum of 100 lumens for up to one hour while the Ultralow setting emits a single lumen for over 300 hours.

Nitecore also included three concealed modes that are designed to be used in emergencies: Location beacon, SOS, and strobe. All of these modes are accessed via a head switch that can easily be operated with a single hand. One of the reasons why we like this headlamp so much is because of its uniform and consistent coverage, which is due to the Precision Digital Optics Technology created and used by Nitecore. The HC30 is also one of the best headlamps out there for a variety of outdoor activities because its beam illuminates everything in the user’s field of vision thanks to the wide beam optics.

Fenix HL23

If the Fenix HP2is a bit too much of a light for you or is just a bit out of your price range, the Fenix HL2is a close second. Unlike the HP25, the HL2only features one light, which is the CREE XP-GR% LED that has a lifetime of about 50,000 hours. The Fenix HL2uses a single AA battery, which you can use the ordinary Alkaline ones or you can use Ni-MH batteries. No matter what battery you choose you will still get the same lumen output, but the light will last longer on low mode using the alkaline battery. While on high and mid mode the Ni-MH battery allows for the longer runtimes. The HL2offers a 180 beam distance with a digitally regulated output that ensures constant brightness.

Like many other headlamps the HL2features single button operation, which allows you to access everything the lamp provides with just one hand. The HL2is a true outdoor focused light and it can take pretty much anything you throw at it as it comes with an IP6rating, features an IPX-rating up to six feet underwater, and can survive falls from about three feet.

Enerplex Kickr IV Solar Panel

What that means for you is that it will charge a variety of electronic devices as fast as any wall outlet. With it being lightweight, many of you might worry about how durable it is especially because you will be using it outdoors. The Enerplex Kickr IV is extremely rugged. It was designed to withstand extreme conditions, including water, punctures, drops, and even shocks.

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If you have ever visited our page before, chances are you have seen numerous reviews on the LRI Photon Freedom. We have included this light in several different categories, including Best Keychain Flashlights because this light really is one of the best. This compact is one of our favorite lights and we think you will enjoy it too. We find this light to be one of the most useful lights, so trust us when we say you should have more than one of these on hand. The more LRI Photon Freedoms you have the better because then you can have one in every place that you could ever need a light.

Coming in at just 1.inches long this light might be one of the smallest in the EDC market but don\u2019t let its small size fool you. The light provides users with a steady 4.lumens for over a 1hour period on just one tiny battery. The LRI Photon Freedom offers four different modes to choose from as well as a Morse Code mode, making it one of the most versatile keychain lights on the market. Even though it is small, it is one of the most durable lights around because it features an IPX-rating, a glass-filled polyurethane rating, and an unbreakable LED, which makes it virtually indestructible. With the quick release key ring that comes standard with the light, you can use the LRI Photon Freedom to replace any zipper pulls on bags or jackets. You can also clip it to your cap, computer, clothing, and more with its Hands-Free clip accessory.

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If you are looking for a solar panel that is lightweight, yet powerful, the Enerplex Kickr IV Solar Panel is the ideal choice for you. The panel is made from a patented solar-on-plastics thin film, which makes it extremely lightweight – it only weighs 0.pounds. With how lightweight the panel is, you will never even notice it hanging from your pack. Although extremely lightweight, the panel is amazingly powerful. It is watts of true output.

What that means for you is that it will charge a variety of electronic devices as fast as any wall outlet. With it being lightweight, many of you might worry about how durable it is especially because you will be using it outdoors. The Enerplex Kickr IV is extremely rugged. It was designed to withstand extreme conditions, including water, punctures, drops, and even shocks.

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If you are going to be relying on a portable charger while exploring the outdoors you don\u2019t want just any old charger. You need a portable charger that will withstand the most rugged conditions and one that will work when you need it to. Enter the Anker Astro 13000mAh Portable Charger. When packing a bug out kit, you want something that is not going to take up a lot of room. The Anker Astro offers a slim design and it packs a lot of power. With up to 13000 mAh of power, you have plenty of power at your fingertips.

Anker Astro uses PowerIQ technology to ensure your device charges as quickly as possible regardless of the device. How this works is the PowerIQ technology allows each port to identify your specific device, and it allows the charging port to speak to the devices charging to improve charging time. The Anker Astro is also one of the more user friendly ones on the market. It relies on a single button to operate. The best part is the button is located perfectly for your thumb to control while it is resting in your hand. This one button allows you to turn the device on or off as well as check the power level and operate the flashlight.

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In order to charge your rechargeable batteries in the outdoors, you are going to need a reliable battery charger to plug into the portable charger. The Xtar VCPlus is currently our favorite option because it offers you reliability at a reasonable price. One of the best features is its ability to revive damaged batteries to help save you money due to its XTAR OV Activation Function. The charger is also compatible with any 5V USB power, so it works perfectly with the USB charger we just featured. The Xtar VCwill stop charging once the charge has completed plus it has a restart charging function that keeps the batteries safe inside the charger if they are left in overnight. The VCis one of the smartest chargers on the market as it offers a countdown timer for each bay, so you will always know how long you have until your batteries are ready. Even better is that both bays will work at the same time even if you are charging one Li-ion and one Ni-MH battery.


Patented adjustable three bay window metal pole kit, 28mm in diameter. Can be customised to fit most angles. Contains adjustable poles, curtain rings (2rings with the L240cm kit, 3rings with the L360cm kit), end brackets and one central bracket.

Hitching and Unhitching a Fifth Wheel Trailer

Hash marks on a landing leg help get the rig back to the right height before hitching up.

We also marked the centerline of the fifth wheel pin box and pin plate so it is easy for Mark to line up the hitch with the pin box and king pin when he is backing the truck into the trailer.

Timbren SES Suspension

Our 14,000 lb. fifth wheel was right at the weight limit of what our 200Dodge 3500 could tow, and the pin weight of the trailer along with all the things we carry in our truck loaded down the bed of that truck quite a bit.

When hitched up, although the rig looked quite level, the truck sagged a bit, leaving the front wheels a little light and giving the truck a tendency to wander.

RV sidekick grill

RV sidekick grill is designed to hang on the side of an RV or stand on its own. goes from the grill to this gas line. makes it possible to thread our water hose onto the spigot so we can fill up with water easily. water bandit

In cases where we get water hookups and leave the water hose connected to the trailer, we screw a

90 degree elbow onto the trailer so the hose can hang straight down rather than come out of the our city water connection horizontally and then droop down towards the ground, putting pressure on the connection and potentially causing drips. We discovered this nifty little elbow when we keeps the water pressure down to a level inside the rig that prevents any unexpected damage or leaks. A quick release makes it easy to connect and disconnect the fresh water hose. Mark also keeps a

Y valve in his water hose arsenal. This is handy if the rig is connected to city water and we want to fill pails with water for washing the truck, or if an

RV dump station has only one water spigot and we want to fill our fresh water tanks and run the black water flush at the same time.

The elbow here is 4degrees. 90 is even better.To show all these components they are all screwed together here. But it is best to connect the water pressure regulator to the water spigot instead. Or, simply modulate the water pressure by reducing the flow at the water spigot.

Lots of folks like to attach a water filter as well. We used various filters at first, but no longer use any, although we periodically add a cap full of bleach to the fresh water tank. When we got a

Tips for Changing the Inner Rear Tire on a Dually Truck

We had always wondered exactly how you went about doing this, and we found out. Here is a blog post that explains the entire process:


Creating STORAGE SPACE with Seating for Four in the Dinette

We replaced the two chairs in our dining area with two wonderful storage ottoman benches, and this has increased our storage space by quite a bit. The storage ottomans we chose have a nice faux leather padded top that is really comfy to sit on, and they have voluminous storage space inside., and you can get ideas of other brands and sizes of storage ottomans on the market

Keeping the Cabinets Closed

After having a cabinet door fly open while driving over a bumpy road, causing two unbreakable Corelle bowls to fly across the trailer and break in half, we now latch every cabinet door with with a hook at each end, hooking the top and bottom drawer handles.

Bungee balls and bungee cords ensures the cabinets and drawers all stay closed.


Living in an RV is not all that different than living in a stick-built house, so anything you enjoy in a conventional life is more than likely going to be something you can enjoy in your RV life. Here are some goodies that we use everyday, that have made a significant difference in our lives, and that we will continue to use daily no matter what kind of home we live in:

Amazing Grass

Helps keep fair haired people with thin skin from bleeding!

Mark has found that when he works around the rig, it is really easy for him to get little cuts and blood spots on the backs of his hand his hands. This turns out to be common with fair haired (red haired) formerly freckle-faced guys over 50. After some research, we found that the remedy is bunches of Vitamin K, and it turns out that wheat grass is loaded with Vitamin K! It has lots of other beneficial nutrients as well.

If only these

Sonicare toothbrushes ) had been around when we were kids! It may seem ridiculous to spend a bunch of money on an electric toothbrush, but brushing your teeth with one of these makes your mouth feel like you just came from a cleaning at the, Phillips, the manufacturer of Sonicare toothbrushes has noted that the rechargeable batteries do not like modified sine wave inverters very much. I read this years ago, and have always charged ours on our pure sine wave inverter

Testing Note

On-the-go listening is done using a Cowon Jand HiFiMan HM-90portable players. A wide range of tracks in FLAC and mpfile formats is used. Critical listening is done via an optical-fed iBasso Dand the HiFiMan HM-90using only WMA and Flac lossless files.

Straight down or over-the-ear

Accessories (1/5) – Silicone single-flange tips (sizes)

Build Quality (1/5) – All plastic build. Chrome paint tends to chip and there are gaps between the plastic parts. Cloth-wrapped cable is decent enough but lacks proper strain reliefs. Driver flex is a major annoyance

Over-the-ear or straight down

Accessories (1/5) – Silicone single-flange tips (sizes)

Build Quality (2.5/5) – Metal housings that are rather light and similar in style to the RE0s’; nice strain relief on 3.5mm plug, not so nice on housing entry. Cables are thin and have a bit of memory character

Isolation ( /5) – Surprisingly good with the stock silicone tips. I can see why these are marketed as ‘noise-isolating’

Microphonics (3.5/5) – Present when worn cable-down; very low otherwise

Comfort (3.5/5) – Typical for a straight-barrel IEM; housings are very light and insertion/removal is easy

Sound (3.3/10) – The sound signature is quite similar to that of the Skullcandy Ink’d buds but more refined overall. The impactful, ear-shaking bass that these put out makes the Skullcandys sound boring in comparison. As expected for the price the sound is lacking in dimensionality and smoothness – they sound slightly metallic and flat. The bass is also lacking in speed and control but on slower tracks it’s extremely pleasant. I wouldn’t recommend these for dense metal tracks but I enjoyed them very much for soft rock, pop, and hip-hop, especially with the low end equalized down 3-dB. Clarity and detail are quite good when the bass isn’t creeping up and the treble has a bit more liveliness than anything else for the price. For me these are a very good compromise between the signatures of the Ink’d buds and JVC Marshmallows and remind me of JVC’s higher-end HA-FX300.

Value (6.5/10) – The Q:Electronics IEMs are a competitive entry in the low-budget IEM category. The isolation is better than anything else in the price range and the sound is very tolerable. I like the rumbling bass on slower tracks and found these very enjoyable overall with a bit of equalization. For anyone looking for an isolating IEM that costs less than a good lunch, the Q:Elecs are the ticket.

Black ports

The R1M looks to be the next generation of sound tuning earphones, with ports that are nice and large in contrast to similar designs I’ve seen in the past, making them easier to use and harder to misplace.

With the black ports in place, the sound of the R1M is suitable for fans of heavy bass. Bass depth is excellent but the mid-bass region is boosted more, resulting in slight masking of the sub-bass. The bass is often too boomy for me in this configuration.

With both the metallic and silver ports the low end is much more manageable – not quite as tight as that of my pricier VSonic VSD1S benchmark, but close. The metallic ports are bassier than the silver ones but still manage to maintain good quality. The midrange and treble are remarkably unaffected when swapping the ports, aside from the effects of the bass quantity differences.

The silver ports being the more balanced – and the most impressive technically – led me to use them for the review. Unless otherwise noted, the rest of this review is based on the R1M with the silver ports installed.

With the silver ports, the bass of the R1M is only slightly enhanced – quantity is similar to one of my favorite budget earphones, the VSonic VSD1S. The R1M has less of a mid-bass boost than the VSonics and less recessed mids, which gives it a cooler overall tonal character.

The most impressive aspect of the silver ports, however, is the overall clarity, which falls only a bit behind the pricier VSD1S but easily beats similarly-priced sets from Dunu, MEElectronics, Ultimate Ears, and the like. This is in part due to strong presence in the upper midrange and treble, which also contributes to the somewhat cool tonal character of the earphones. It’s not the most natural midrange presentation, but it works well in the case of the R1M.

The prominent upper mids of the R1M can sound a little edgy and the earphone doesn’t have the smoothest or most extended treble. It lacks a bit of crispness and instruments like hi-hats can sound a little too distant and vague compared pricier sets. However, despite the strong upper midrange presence, the R1M is surprisingly tolerant of sibilance. Compared to the VSD1S, for example, it’s quite a lot more forgiving.

Presentation is another definite strong suit of the R1M, one that impressed me at first listen. There are previous few budget earphones that sound as spacious, airy, and open as the R1M. The aforementioned lack of crispness takes away from their imaging ability a bit, making the soundstaging a touch vague, but overall the earphones simply provide a great sense of space.

Select Comparisons (Note: in each comparison the port with the best signature match was selected)  (black ports)

The sound of the NE-600X is very close to the R1M with the black tuning ports installed. Both have enormous bass that should satisfy even die-hard basshead, and yet despite their deep, booming bass, both earphones still offer pretty good clarity and avoid the sort of congestion that often plagues entry-level basshead earphones. The differences are subtle – the NE-600X is warmer in tone while the R1M is a little more neutral despite having similar bass impact. Vocals are a bit more intelligible on the R1M, likely due to slightly greater midrange presence, but overall the NE-600X is a little clearer and more crisp, especially up top. The NE-600X is a little harsher, however.

Though the MA350 doesn’t quite have the bass impact of the NE-600X, its bass quantity is still closer to the black ports of the R1M than the metallic ones. Overall performance is again extremely close between the two earphones – they have similar bass control and clarity, though switching over the metallic or silver ports gives the advantage to the R1M on both counts. The largest difference between them is treble quality – the MA350 tends to be somewhat harsh and grainy compared to the NarMoo unit whereas the R1M, while less crisp, has smoother and more forgiving treble. The R1M also has a small advantage in soundstage size and airiness.

VSonic’s enhanced-bass GR0model finds its match in the R1M with the metallic tuning ports in place. The GR0BE has always impressed me with its balance of bass quantity and quality, and it still beats the R1M slightly in bass control. However, while bass impact and depth are similar between the two earphones, the R1M is more balanced overall. It makes the GR0BE sound overly v-shaped and mid-recessed. The GR0BE is a little bit clearer, however, partly due to its greater treble energy. It makes the R1M appear a little dull at the top in comparison, but is also more harsh and sibilant. On the whole, the sound of the R1M is more natural through the midrange and treble. The R1M also has a better presentation, sounding more open and spacious than the GR0BE.

The mid-forward Fidue A6is opposite in signature to the R1M, making for an excellent sound contrast. Even with the silver ports in place, the R1M is bassier than the A6and its low end is more prone to sounding boomy and bloated. The tighter bass of the A63, combined with its prominent midrange, gives vocals better clarity and intelligibility compared to the R1M. The tone of the Fidue set is warmer overall and its treble is smoother. The R1M is more v-shaped in sound signature and brighter in tone. It also has a wider presentation. However, the smaller soundstage of the A6is actually slightly more coherent and imaging is more precise.

Pros: Good clarity; very spacious and open sound; tuning ports make a difference

Cons: Some driver flex is present; bass boomy with the black tuning ports; treble could stand to be more refined (3B42) Xiaomi Piston 2

Added August 201, but if a deal seems too good to be true it probably is) (still has limited functionality with other devices)

Straight down

Accessories (1/5) – Single-flange silicone tips (sizes)

Build Quality (4/5) – Weighty housings made of a thick, sturdy plastic with metal designs attached. Cable is fairly thick and rubberized to reduce tangling but lacks strain relief

Isolation (3/5) – Insertion depth is quite good due to angled nozzles, yielding reasonable isolation


Sound (7.2/10) – The XX Elation line is the latest in JVC’s long-running Xtreme Xplosives series of bass-heavy (and sometimes extremely bass-heavy) headphones and earphones. The HA-FR100X is the in-ear XX Elation mode and has both wired and wireless on-ear counterparts.

The sound of the HA-FR100X is a clear improvement over the XX earphones of old such as the 

HA-FR30 I reviewed last year. That earphone was overwhelmingly boosted in the bass and treble regions, which made its sound very uniquely suited to a particular type of listener but also had many drawbacks.

The new HA-FR100X sacrifices a portion of that huge bass, as well as some of the treble brightness, for a more balanced and natural sound tuning. It still carries very good bass impact that will be plentiful for the majority of listeners. However, it is no longer true basshead earphone in my book – the bass is simply not thatoverwhelming.

The FR100X has a warm tone and v-shaped overall sound signature – just not as v-shaped as the preceding HA-FR30model. The sound is heavy on mid-bass, which causes the sub-bass to appear more subdued compared to earphones with similar bass quantity but less mid-bass bias – earphones such as the 

Brainwavz S. The bass is also a little less tight and more boomy, compared especially to the String and S1, but more controlled than that of the similarly mid-bassy 

Tekfusion Twinwoofers

The FR100X’s mid-bassy sound creates a midrange that is fairly full-bodied despite the v-shaped response of the earphones. Compared to leaner-sounding sets like the aforementioned Popclik String and Brainwavz S1, the HA-FR100X is more veiled, but also richer and less recessed in the midrange. It goes both ways, however, as the JVCs are also clearer compared to less v-shaped earphones such as the UBSOUND Fighter and Twinwoofers.

Moving on up, the FR100X is slightly prone to harshness, much like other v-shaped earphones in its price range including the Brainwavz STreble energy is good – the FR100X is brighter and more natural in this regard than the somewhat dull-sounding Twinwoofers, though also not as smooth. The treble presence and overall v-shaped sound signature help the FR100X sound spacious and relatively airy – definitely more so than the Twinwoofers and the pricier UBSOUND Fighter.

Straight down or over-the-ear

Accessories (3.5/5) – Single-flange (pairs), foam-stuffed (pairs), and bi-flange silicone tips, shirt clip, and soft drawstring carrying pouch 

Build Quality (4/5) – The VC1000 utilizes a slim, straight-barrel form factor similar to the dynamic-driver VSonic VC0and the pricier GR0It lacks the detachable cables of the VC0and removable filters of the GR01, but both of those features were poorly implemented so their exclusion is no big loss. The cable is smooth but on the thin side and lacks a sliding cinch. A bump on the inside of the right strain relief differentiates the left and right earpieces

Isolation (4/5) – Similar to that of the GR0- good, but not at the level of an Etymotic monitor

Microphonics (4/5) – Cable noise is bothersome when worn cable-down but becomes low with over-the-ear wear

Comfort (4.5/5) – The housings are very slim and the variety of included eartips should allow the fit to work for anyone. The cable exits at an angle so those with smaller ears may have trouble wearing the VC1000 cable-up. The inclusion of a cable cinch would have helped in this regard

Sound (9.2/10) – The VC1000, like VSonic’s pricier GR0model, is based on the popular TWFK dual balanced armature transducer from Knowles, and offers a balanced sound signature and overall performance on-par with the GR0Its bass is tight and level, about even in quantity with the Fischer Audio DBA-0mkII. Both depth and punch are good for a balanced-sounding BA-based earphone. 

The midrange is likewise level and not clouded or veiled by the bass in any way. The VC1000 sounds a little warmer and fuller than the similarly-priced Rock-It Sounds R-50 and is again more akin to the Fischer Audio DBA-0mkII and the VSonic GR0Next to the R-50 its mids are thicker and more filled-in. It is still less warm and thinner-sounding than the dynamic-driver VSonic GR07, however, presenting its midrange in a decidedly BA-like fashion.

The top end of the VC1000 is a bit more forgiving compared to the DBA-0and Rock-It R-50, again reminding me of the GR0The R-50 especially sounds brighter and harsher in comparison unless modified with aftermarket eartips and an inline impedance adapter. The treble of the VC1000 is also a bit smoother and less sibilant than that of my first-generation GR07, and more refined and extended than that of the single-armature MEElec A161P. 

The VC1000 also sounds airier than the more intimate A161P. In general, its presentation is similar to other TWFK-based sets. It lacks a bit of soundstage width next to the Rock-It Sounds R-50 but sounds plenty spacious and well-rounded overall.

Curb Appeal

You only get one chance to make a first impression, and that axiom applies to your house when potential buyers arrive. Curb appeal can mean the difference between love at first sight or the decision to bypass the house altogether. Enhancing curb appeal might mean a much faster sale, and possible multiple bids. Pretend you’re viewing your house for the first time and take a long, objective look at it. What do you see, and what do you want buyers to see?


In the tropics, landscaping easily becomes overgrown. Prune back excess growth, or remove some of the out-of-control bushes and replace them with flowering annuals. Put in fresh mulch, and add a border to clearly delineate the garden from the lawn.

The lawn should always look green and immaculate, not just trimmed but carefully edged. If your lawn needs work, contact a professional for advice ahead of time so your grass flourishes when the house is on the market.

Up on the Roof

The roof’s condition makes a major statement about the home’s overall shape. Put your roof in order prior to sale by replacing any missing or damaged shingles. Hire a professional to clean the roof so that it looks as well-maintained as the rest of the house.

Update Exterior Lights

Many buyers will likely visit your house after work, and the right exterior lighting can help make the sale. If your exterior lights need an update, replace them with fixtures and bulbs that accentuate your house’s best features. You also want to ensure that the entrance way, walkway and driveway are well-lit for safety purposes.

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Welcome to the core of Tweak MY TV, a database of User Menu settings for your digital HDMI input for cable or satellite video sources. Our recommended settings, based on the data collected in the field by our technicians performing professional calibrations, are designed to

If you cannot get behind the television, check the lower, outer front edge of the television. Still cannot find it? The first place to look is your

HDTV’s User Manual. It should be written on the front cover although not always. On just about all TVs the model number will be on a label


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