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evaLIGHT plus gives you a cool personal microclimate

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The evaLIGHT Plus is a portable, USB-powered personal cooling system that’s been making this scorcher of a summer much more manageable.

The system is pretty straightforward. You plug it in over microUSB, even using power from your laptop or a backup battery if you like. You fill up the 1 L tank with water, which gets slurped up by internal evaporative cooling pads. Then the fan kicks in on the other side of those pads, blowing cool, moist air out of one side. You can tilt the vent up and down, and crank the fan into high or low gears using the navigation dial on the top.

A smarter cool

evaLIGHT plus

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$200 at Evapolar

Your own personal microclimate

The evaLIGHT plus uses a simple but effective evaporative technique to keep you cool at your desk, in bed, or anywhere you need it. The system delivers a triple whammy of cooling, humidification, and air purification. Not only is it energy-efficient, but the LED supports a wide range of colors and brightnesses. Get 15% off for limited time using coupon code JULY15.

In the summertime, I avoid turning on my home air conditioning as much as possible. Electricity rates in Ontario are pretty high, and I don’t need to cool my whole home when I’m mostly staying in one spot during the day. The evaLIGHT Plus is able to keep me from melting into a puddle while I’m working at my desk, but uses considerably less power (not to mention being quieter) than my home A/C.

It’s equally well-suited for the bedside. The evaLIGHT earns its namesake from an LED tucked at the bottom of the water tank, which you can adjust to a variety of colors and brightnesses. Certainly a handy nightlight. The tank is big enough to cool for 3 to 8 hours, depending on local humidity levels. I’ve found it’s enough to get me through a workday, and thanks to the built-in timer, you can have it going just long enough overnight.

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You might be a little worried about having that much moisture gathering up in one enclosure for an extended period, but the cooling pads use an inorganic basalt-based compound that doesn’t produce mold. This patented material, evaBreeze, even purifies the air when in use. Each evaBreeze cartridge lasts between three and six months, depending on air quality, and is fully biodegradable.

It’s worth highlighting the portability of this unit. It’s about the size of a basketball, and not too heavy. The tank stays secure when stowed, and besides the microUSB cable, there aren’t any other parts to keep tabs on. It was super easy to pack away for a weekend at the cottage which doesn’t have any A/C on its own.

The evaLIGHT plus tackles the simple goal of staying cool with a different strategy that you might not be used to, but dang if it doesn’t work well. The worst part of it for me was that the fan could be a little loud when it was cranked onto full blast, but even that was a minor issue. For keeping yourself nice and comfortable as the summer heats up, this personal cooling unit does the job well.

A smarter cool

evaLIGHT plus

evalightplus_white.jpg

$200 at Evapolar

Your own personal microclimate

The evaLIGHT plus uses a simple but effective evaporative technique to keep you cool at your desk, in bed, or anywhere you need it. The system delivers a triple whammy of cooling, humidification, and air purification. Not only is it energy-efficient, but the LED supports a wide range of colors and brightnesses. Get 15% off for limited time using coupon code JULY15.

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Motorola Phone Buyer’s Guide (Fall 2020)

When it comes to phones, Motorola is no doubt a familiar name to all. It’s the brand behind the iconic Razr phone of the mid 2000’s as well as the Droid line that helped take Android to the stratosphere. It’s also the company with a lot of “firsts” in the mobile space.If you’ve ever looked at the phone market and found yourself confused by the numerous Motorola brands and models, you’d not be alone. Motorola has its fair share of product lines and devices.It may feel challenging to try to make sense of everything, but it’s not quite as bad as it seems. Here, we’ll help you get an understanding as to what Motorola offers consumers in fall of 2020.Moto EFirst introduced back in 2014, this is the durable, low-cost experience geared toward first-time smartphone buyers. Moreover, it’s a great way to buy an affordable unlocked phone that works with a variety of wireless service providers.The Moto E line is often sold through prepaid and MVNO carriers; it’s also popular in emerging markets. It is currently in its seventh generation.Moto GMoving up a notch, the Moto G line is more robust and features hardware that’s mid-range and just short of what might be considered a “flagship” experience.The Moto G family of phones, now in its eighth cycle, is split into slightly different versions, with each catering to a slightly different user type.The Moto G Power, for instance, is big on battery, touting three days of usage per charge. The Moto G Stylus, for its part, comes with a removable stylus for jotting down notes.You’ll find different versions of the Moto G series at a variety of carriers, including post-paid and prepaid.Motorola OneThe Motorola One is where the phone maker starts putting forward some of the more interesting technology and higher-end hardware.Like the Moto G, this line of phones is split into a number of options, each a little different from the next. The materials used in these devices is a bit more premium and the phones are definitely more stylish.It’s not just the physical stuff, either. Motorola has added some AI smarts and custom touches to take advantage of that cool hardware. All the while keeping things user-friendly and a software experience that’s about as clean as it comes.The current Motorola One lineup includes the One Fusion+, One 5G, One Hyper, One Action, and One Zoom. Although they are not widely available with carrier partnerships, they can be easily purchased through Motorola and online retailers.Motorola EdgeThe true flagship in Motorola’s armada, the Motorola Edge and its sibling, the Motorola Edge+ are the brand’s all-around best devices. The latter of which offers up a generally more robust hardware suite.The Motorola Edge models are constructed using an anodized aluminum frame and feature spacious screens with curved edges and hole-punch cutouts for front-facing cameras. Motorola includes some custom software to take advantage of the edges, giving users quick access to notifications, apps, shortcuts, and more.One noteworthy detail as it pertains to the Motorola Edge+ is that it’s only available through Verizon. To that end, it does support the carrier’s Ultra Wideband 5G network.Motorola RazrThe folding phone is back. Indeed, this is a 2020 approach to the clam shell device that was all the rage about 15 years back. The Motorola Razr maintains the look and feel of the classic phone, but this time it’s Android running the show.The exterior has a Quick View display for notifications, at-a-glance GPS turn-by-turn, music control, and more. Opened up, there’s a 6.2-inch display and the same Motorola and Google experience you’ve come to appreciate.In terms of true power, this is more of a mid-range phone so you’re paying for the aesthetics and convenience of its design. The first generation was exclusive to Verizon, but an unlocked 2nd-geneation (2020) version is on the way.Where to BuyAs indicated above, you’ll find various versions of the Motorola portfolio at wireless carriers and retailers. You may find the occasional one-off name or exclusive model, but they’ll still fit with the breakdown we’ve created.Here are a number of places to look for buying Motorola phones.Quick LinksVerizonAT&TT-MobileAmazonBest BuyB&H Photo VideoWalmartTargetMotorola

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