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15 Cool Lamps for Your Home in 2019

15 Cool Lamps for Your Home in 2019

The beauty of our homes is actually the result of a variety of factors. For the most part, the overall design can be enhanced by the correct choice of furniture as well as trimmings and fixtures. Unfortunately, if people just won’t see these simply because of the wrong choice of lighting, then even the most expensive and most luxurious piece of furniture will look like a piece of junk. That’s why you really have to look at our 15 cool lamps for your home in 2019. Whether it is for your living room, your bedroom, your kitchen, or any other part of your home, your property’s natural beauty will shine.

15 Seriously Cool Lamps For Your Home

Himalayan Glow Hand Carved Natural Crystal Himalayan Salt Lamp by WBM LLC

There’s one really good reason why the Himalayan Glow is such a huge hit among homeowners and interior decorators as well as office executives alike, garnering a whopping 11,000 rave reviews in the process. These cool table lamps combine the health-giving properties of an ionizer with the cool lighting effects of lava glow. It’s like having a piece of bright orange lava rock right in your bedroom or even in your office. The large Himalayan rock salt, mined and hand carved from Pakistan, provides a healthier, breathable air as it is known to deodorize and cleanse the air around us by attracting moisture in the air which, unfortunately, is often filled with dust particles and other airborne substances that can wreak havoc in our lungs if not removed. That’s why a Himalayan salt lamp is one of the really healthier lamps we can ever buy today. It can also help reduce the symptoms of asthma and allergies, helps alleviate coughing, boosts our energy levels, provides for a more restful sleep, and neutralizes electromagnetic radiation which can cause chronic fatigue syndrome and decreased immune responses. Studies have also revealed that Himalayan salt lamps may help in improving overall mood, focus, and concentration. Some also claim it’s able to manage seasonal affective disorders while also reducing the amount or level of static electricity in the ambient air. The neem wood base also provides an eco-friendly aspect to the Himalayan Glow Lamp, giving it superb termite-resistance as well as unparalleled durability. Once lit, the Himalayan Glow emits an amber color that can really soothe and calm the senses. You’ll have the relaxing effects of being in a spa. All you need now is an aromatherapy diffuser and you’re all set to have a really relaxing atmosphere right in your room. You can also fine-tune the brightness levels of the Himalayan Glow with its built-in dimmer controls. With all these benefits, it’s hard to imagine passing up on this opportunity to get one for your own home or even your office.

What We Like about It – With the health-giving benefits of the Himalayan Glow Lamp together with is excellent sturdy design and styling and thousands of rave reviews, it’s impossible not to fall in love with it.

Table and Bedside Touch Sensor Lamp with Dimmable Warm Light and Color Changing RGB by AUKEY

Today’s contemporary lamps make full use of LED technology to provide a dazzling spectacle. The AUKEY Table and Bedside Touch Sensor Lamp is one such lamp. Each of these cool table lamps is built with 256 LED bulbs that changes in colors with each touch. Tapping on it to emit a brighter white light can provide you with enough illumination to read your favorite pocket book before going to bed. Touching it to produce a dimmer or cooler hue is perfect for setting the toned-down mood for going to sleep. Tapping the base also allows you to adjust the brightness levels of the LED lights from a bright daytime white light to soft and cool illumination. If you don’t like constantly touching the AUKEY’s light controls, you can simply set it on auto-cycle and it will give you the best light show ever. The power to control the AUKEY is literally in your hands.

What We Like about It – The elegant look of the AUKEY complements the functionality of its design. The range of colors of light it emits should give you fantastic options for any situation.

Dimmable LED Desk Lamp by LAMPAT

Office tables as well as work desks need to have the correct lighting so that your eyes will not get strained in the process especially when working at night. However, using the light in your room can somehow disturb the sleep of others. As such, you’ll need cool table lamps such as the LAMPAT Dimmable LED Desk Lamp. You’ll be surprised at the warm reception of this particular lighting device as more than 3,000 very satisfied customers have provided testimonies to its effectiveness and usefulness. Perhaps what really sold the LAMPAT to these people is the fact that the LED light fixtures inside the slim design of the LAMPAT is guaranteed to last 25 years. However, this is only under normal use. If you’re going to use it 24/7, then it may be shorter than 25. The LAMPAT’s brightness can be adjusted in 5 levels and comes with 4 different modes of lighting. At any rate, you’ll be glad you’ve got plenty of options to make your work a lot easier.

What We Like about It – The minimalist design of the LAMPAT should make for a very elegant space-saving lighting fixture for your desk.

NOT Floor Uplight Lamp by Ikea

If you need unusual floor lamps, maybe you’d like to consider the NOT Floor Uplight Lamp from Ikea? Unlike the usual lamps that are oriented downwards from their recessed fixtures on the ceiling, the NOT is pointing upwards, beaming its light towards the ceiling and effectively diffusing the even distribution of light. Standing close to 6 feet tall at 69 inches, the NOT is an excellent addition to your ordinary living room lighting by also providing an aesthetic look because of its minimalist design. Cleaning the lamp is made easy using dust cloth.

What We Like about It – The NOT won’t take much of your floor space. And since it’s highly mobile, you can provide the kind of illumination that you require in any part of your home.

LT1025-BLK Modern Genuine Leather Table Lamp by Elegant Designs

If you’ve got a home that designed or styled with geometric shapes, you’ll find the boxy appearance of the Elegant Designs modern lamps particularly pleasing, especially its LT1025 Modern Genuine Leather Table Lamp. These cool table lamps have a boxy lamp shade made of high quality fabrics that is able to diffuse the light coming from the bulb in the center fixture. Supporting the fabric shade is a wooden base frame that has been elegantly covered in genuine leader. The combination of wood, leather, and fabric gives the Elegant Designs a really posh appearance that can add pizzazz and style to any room. Use these as bedroom lamps or as light fixtures in any of your rooms.

What We Like about It – It’s fashionable, looks sophisticated, and oozing with elegance. There clearly is no way you’re not going to draw admiration from your friends when they do visit your home.

LED Gooseneck Table and Desk Lamp with Touch Control by TaoTronics

Don’t strain your eyes whenever you have to work at night. Flickering lights can severely affect your eyesight as the constant changing intensity of light can damage the photosensitive receptor cells in the eyes. What you’ll need is a non-flickering light that will help rest your eyes while allowing you to work during the night. The TaoTronnics Gooseneck cool table lamps provide non-flickering and ghost-free illumination to help prevent eye fatigue. You can even control the level of brightness in 7 different settings. This gives you optimum control on how you would like to illuminate your work area. Since it has a gooseneck design, you can be sure that you can reposition the fixture any which way you like. The LED bulbs also help you save at least 75 percent from your existing energy consumption, making it the ideal work light during nighttimeendeavors.

What We Like about It – The ghost-free and flicker-free design of the TaoTronics is one of the reasons why these modern lamps are favored by close to 2,000 consumers. It’s simple yet very elegant and highly functional, too. Best of all, it’s gentle on the eyes.

Color Changing Aurora Projection LED Night Light Lamp with Speaker by SOAIY

The Aurora Borealis and Australis are two natural spectral light phenomenon that has fascinated the world since ancient times. While there have been legends, stories, and myths as to why these phenomenon occur, no one is questioning their implications. For many, it’s a very spectacular show that can be both mesmerizing and magical. Now, kids will have their very own Aurora right in the comfort of their own bedrooms with the Color Changing Aurora Projection LED Night Lamp. These colorful bedroom lamps provide a dazzling display of soft colors being projected into the bedroom ceiling, providing a calming and soothing effect which gives children the feeling of sleeping under the stars. The SOAIY creation also comes with an integrated speaker which you can use to connect to your music player or even mobile device to add your kid’s favorite lullabies, soothing songs, and relaxing melodies to help him or her fall asleep much faster. If you’re worried you’ll be incurring hefty energy bills afterwards, the SOAIY comes with an automatic shut-off feature, allowing it to turn itself off after an hour. What more can you ask for?

What We Like about It – The combination of lights and sounds make the SOAIY a great sleep companion for kids as well as for adults who may have difficulty falling asleep.

Natural Air Purifying Himalayan Salt Lamp with Salt Chunks, Bulb, and Dimmer Control by WBM LLC

If you loved the Himalayan Glow Lamp but would prefer having several chunks of Himalayan rock salt rather than one solid block, then the Natural Air Purifying Himalayan Salt Lamp is for you. Made with several pieces of Pakistan-mined and hand-carved Himalayan rock salt chunks, this WBM product is one of the best contemporary lamps you can ever find, especially if you are concerned about the air quality in your home. Himalayan rock salt is well-regarded for its hygroscopic properties which effectively draws moisture from the air. What we don’t know is that this air is often filled with particulate matter – allergens, dust, mites, spores, smoke, and other airborne substances – that we inhale through our lungs. These can lead to health problems such as the exacerbation of asthma symptoms and the lowering of the immune system functioning, among others. With the ionizing and air purifying effects of the Himalayan Salt Lamp, you can now lead a much healthier life. Actually, not only you, but everyone else in your household. The Himalayan Salt Lamp is contained in a round basket with a choice of bamboo, wood, or metal as its primary material. Whatever basket type you choose, once the 25-watt bulb is powered on, you can now enjoy the warm, calming glow of these wonderful natural rocks. You can also adjust the level of illumination to achieve the desired effect.

What We Like about It – It’s healthy. It’s stylish. And it’s energy efficient. With these qualities, the Himalayan Salt Lamp truly deserves a place in our list of cool lamps.

PacMan Ghost Light USB Powered Multi-colored Lamp by Paladone Products

Can you remember our favorite video game, PacMan? Can you recall the PacMan Ghost that drains the energy off PacMan itself? Well, now imagine a 10.5 inches tall PacMan Ghost made of high quality materials giving you 16 different colors of illumination. When you plug it into your computer using a micro USB cable, it will flash and change its colors in response to the rhythm of the music. Just look at the PacMan Ghost as a cool dancing, party light.

What We Like about It – It’s got a design that is as iconic as PacMan itself. The party mode is also superb. Now, you can have your own dance lights in your bedroom.

Elune TT-DL01 Dimmable LED Desk Lamp with Dimmer, Auto-Timer, and Touch-Sensitive Controls by TaoTronics

With close to 5,000 very satisfied and super happy customers, there’s no doubt the TaoTronicsElune TT-DL01 Dimmable LED Desk Lamp is one of the best modern lamps we have. For one, each segment of the Elune can be rotated and adjusted to give you absolute control of the area of illumination. This is in addition to its 5-level dimmer settings. The Elune also has 4 different modes to allow for instant access to the correct illumination. There are modes for sleeping, studying, reading, and even relaxation, each with a different level of brightness and color temperature to provide you with the best effects. The base of the Elune also features a USB port which can double as a charging port for your USB enabled devices. It also has a 60-minute timer so it automatically shuts itself off. All of these features are marvelously integrated into a sleek and ultra-slim design that is never going to waste any of your precious desktop space.

What We Like about It – It’s got a minimalist design with an easy user interface. The addition of 4 lighting modes in an easy access panel is also commendable. Plus, we’re not going to argue with almost 5,000 customers raving about it.

Wright Real Wood Tall Floor Lamp by Adesso

Made of handsomely-crafted black walnut wood giving it an elegance you’ll never see elsewhere, the Wright Real Wood Tall Floor Lamp is ideal for families who are looking for a wonderful addition to their living room that can also double as a display furniture. The Wright is one of the modern floor lamps that never fails to elicit oohs and ahhs from people who see it. The lamp shade of the Wright is made of a combination of polyester and cotton allowing for softer illumination. If you’ve got a living room with wood accents, then this one’s for you.

What We Like about It – The open box design of the Wright allows for superb versatility in terms of its use. The wooden frame is an elegant masterpiece in itself.

Plug-in LED Night Light Lamp with Dusk to Dawn Sensor by SYCEES

If you’re looking for really cool lights for any room, be it your bathroom, your living room, your kitchen, or even your hallway, then the SYCEES Plug-in LED Night Light is the one to get. As long as you have an electrical outlet, you can simply plug this device in. There’s no need to worry about switching it on because it has a fully automated dusk to dawn sensor. Once dusk sets, it automatically illuminates giving you just the right levels of brightness. By dawn, it shuts itself off. It’s so compact that it won’t even block the other outlet on your wall. It’s the perfect solution for illuminating certain areas of your home without much of a thought and with superb energy efficiency.

What We Like about It – The SYCEES is one unique solution for modern homes. It’s as simple as plug and forget and you don’t even have to worry about electric bills later on.

1362 LED Solar Powered Motion Sensor Décor Lamp by Perfectday

If you need a really intelligent lighting system for certain areas of your home, then you need the Perfectday Solar Powered Motion Sensor Décor Lamp. These contemporary lamps are built with passive infrared (PIR) motion sensors that automatically activate the Perfectday if it detects movement within 10 to 26 feet. If there are no additional movements within 10 seconds after the initial detection, the system will turn off the light. This is perfect for illuminating the backyard as it can be charged using its photovoltaic sensors. Charging time usually takes around 7 hours. It is built with excellent heat-proofing and weather-resistance so you can be confident it will be able to withstand the harsh elements. The Perfectday can be set in three different modes such as strong and long light, dim light, and strong light modes.

What We Like about It – Built to intuitively turn itself on whenever it detects movement, the Perfectday is the perfect illuminating tool for modern homes that are tech-savvy and who demand energy efficiency.

TL-TREE 134-WH Three Light Tree Lamp by Boston Harbor

Looking for unusual floor lamps? The Boston Harbor TL-TREE is one unique floor lamp that features three completely movable spotlights. Pivot each of the spotlight up to 45 degrees to illuminate a certain part of your room. Rotate the spotlights up to 350 degrees in relation to one another to achieve a more dramatic effect in your lighting. You’ll only have to buy three bulbs for the set and you’re done.

What We Like about It – It only takes a very small amount of space in your room. The mobility of the spotlights can give you the kind of lighting effects you’re after.

Holmo 46-inch Floor Lamp by Ikea 

When it comes to contemporary lamps, we believe the Holmo can rightfully be called one of the best. Its design is just like the sky lanterns that the Chinese are known for. The 46-inch tall Holmo provides a soft glow to any room, thanks to the grainy surface of the rice paper that wraps its tubular lamp shade. The circular ribs provide a beautiful contrast to the soft glow from the inside. This makes for a wonderful artwork while also providing the aesthetics and gentle illumination to any room.

What We Like about It – The use of rice paper is exceptional as it provides a certain glow that is unlike any other. There’s also a certain elegance to the overall design of the Holmo that is perfect for homes that require such character in their rooms.

How We Chose the Cool Lamps in Our List

Picking the coolest and most amazing light fixtures to brighten up our homes and emphasize those areas that we are most proud of requires, first and foremost, an understanding of aesthetics as applied in lighting. While we deemed these lighting fixtures to be really cool, we know that you may not entirely agree with us. It is for this reason that we had to get the support of consumers who were kind enough to leave rave reviews about these products. At least, we’re not the only ones saying that our selection is indeed beautiful and cool.

Next, since we’re talking about lighting fixtures, it’s important that these will not significantly increase your power consumption. Energy efficiency should always be a quality of good modern lamps. Electrical safety was also considered. You don’t want your home to be illuminated beautifully only to risk residential fires. All of the electrical components of these contemporary lamps must be tested and have been certified to be safe by appropriate government regulatory agencies and third party international organizations.

Any built-in controls like dimmers and other features such as music players and wireless connectivity, if any, were carefully evaluated for their ease of operation, the quality of their function, and the overall impact on the lives of members of the household. Surely, these features are not here just for the sake of having something to be printed on the box itself.

Tips to Choosing the Correct Lighting for Your Home

We already shared with you how we chose the cool lamps in this list. But, we’re not actually saying you should do the same. Here are some tips to choosing the right lighting for your home.

  • Always plan your lighting needs, at least 8 weeks before installing them. This gives you plenty of time to study your options as well as control your budget. For instance, you can take this time to really master the art of how to choose the perfect lamp shade for your bedroom or even understand your energy expenditures and how your chosen lighting can impact this.
  • Consider consulting a home lighting specialist to get an idea of the right kinds of lighting that are appropriate for the existing design of your home. They can provide you with the kind of insight that will bring optimum form and function for the type of light fixture that you’ll choose.
  • Understand the characteristics of your ceiling as these are often neglected in the choice of lighting. You’ll have to consider the height, the materials, and the insulation of your ceiling. Additionally, you’ll also take into consideration the height of the surface which will directly receive the light from the ceiling.
  • Go functional. Different lamps and lights have different functions. It’s important to know what you want to illuminate so you’ll have a fair idea of what lighting you’ll need. For instance, if you want reading lights, then go for brighter ones. If you need relaxing lighting, then go for dimmer fixtures.
  • Check the energy efficiency ratings of lighting fixtures, unless, of course, electric bills are not an issue.

The Bottom Line

Our selection of cool contemporary lamps will surely liven up your home as well as safeguard your wellbeing and state of health. Buying any one of these will surely provide an atmosphere that is closer to your liking.

Cool Car Accessories in 2019

Cool Car Accessories in 2019

There was a time in the history of man when people who own cars were looked up to by society as being the world’s elite. Having an automobile then was already a huge boost to one’s socioeconomic status. Today, while some auto brands are still looked up to with much reverence and as a symbol of one’s wealth and social importance, the car is already a basic necessity for any modern family. For some, they treat their cars as their second home. As such, you can actually understand the level of care and attention they put into their automobiles. Our 15 cool car accessories in 2019 was intended primarily for those who care for their cars as well as those who may simply want to have the best automotive driving experience of their lives.

TaoTronics Bluetooth Receiver / Car Kit

Most of our favorite songs and tunes are stored in our mobile devices like tablets and smartphones and many others. Unfortunately, you’d have to connect these devices to your car’s audio system to enjoy all of your favorite music right inside your car. The best way to do this is to use the TaoTronics Portable Wireless Audio Adapter that works exceptionally well with Bluetooth 4.0 enabled devices. The TaoTronics enables you to wirelessly connect your devices to your car’s audio system eliminating the need for wires and cables. It’s as simple as plugging the TaoTronics into your car audio head unit’s 3.5 mm audio jack and you now have superb access to the music files stored in your device. You can even control the volume, play or pause music, or even skip tracks with a single press of a button. The TaoTronics features a Double Link technology that allows you to connect two devices at the same time so you can answer your phone and enjoy music at once. With such technologies, it’s not surprising the TaoTronics is well-received both by car enthusiasts and music lovers everywhere.

WHAT WE LIKE ABOUT IT: The TaoTronics is a very small device that’s packed with space age features that can turn your car’s audio system into an extension of your mobile devices.

BarksBar Original Pet Seat Cover For Cars

For those of us who have pets, one of the greatest issues is how we can take our pets to the park or wherever without them destroying our car’s upholstery. One solution is to put them in a crate or pet transporter. If we have a truck, we can place the crate at the back in the flat bed. Unfortunately, not everyone owns a truck. So, we can either use a crate to transport our pet dogs or we can buy the Barks Bar Pet Seat Cover instead. The Barks Bar is a convertible pet seat cover that can function as a standard seat cover or as a hammock. Either way, you can be assured your car upholstery as well as other surfaces in your car will be adequately protected from scratches, dirt, spills, fur, hair, and other pet mess. It also comes with storage pockets for keeping your pet’s essential items. The Barks Bar is made of heavy duty and premium quality polyester that gives your pet superb comfort. Now, traveling with your pet is absolutely worry-free.

WHAT WE LIKE ABOUT IT: The Barks Bar is an ingenious solution to the perennial problem of car upholstery damage and car cabin chaos brought about by pets that are not placed inside their respective crates.

Honey-Can-Do Top Quality Car Trunk Storage Chest Organizer

One of the most often neglected parts of the modern automobile is the trunk. For most of us, this is where most of our junk is placed. We have all the tools we need to change a tire or even to perform a quick fix-it on our ride. When we go shopping, it’s the part of the car that takes the most abuse. Since the trunk is essentially a functional space, there must be a way we can optimize or maximize this valuable attribute. With the Honey-Can-Do Trunk Organizer this is now more than possible. The Honey-Can-Do efficiently organizes your stuff right in your trunk. Thanks to its super durable construction, you can now organize your large and heavy items as well as smaller gadgets, tools, and trinkets. It’s got two main storage compartments and 3 mesh side pockets that can hold your small tools, accessories, maps, and others. The main compartments can effectively hold your toolbox, jumper cables, gas can, flare kit, tire pump, and a whole lot more. Reclaim the full functionality of your car’s trunk with the Honey-Can-Do.

WHAT WE LIKE ABOUT IT: The Honey-Can-Do is a very simple solution that can actually be done with a simple organization of used boxes. However, it makes for a more efficient storage and organizer solution than ordinary boxes.

Wiz Gear Universal Air Vent Magnetic Car Mount Holder

One very important car accessory today is the mobile device mount or holder. These are small gadgets that serve as holders or cradles for our devices like MP3 players, smartphones, tablets, and others. Typically, we are given a product that can be placed onto the dashboard with strips of adhesive tape or on the windshield with suction cups. There are also mesh mats that are non-slip and provide excellent grip. However, the WizGear is a much better solution. Don’t underestimate the size of this gadget as it features a reinforced magnetic technology inside its miniscule body. It is this magnetic force that will keep your devices from falling. The WizGear snaps onto the slots of your car aircon vents. There is no need for separate adhesion or any other system to keep it mounted. It comes with a complementary magnetic mount to be attached to your mobile device. When this is aligned with the magnetic head of the WizGear, your device is going nowhere.

WHAT WE LIKE ABOUT IT: The WizGear’s universal design means you can use it on any automobile that has an air con vent as well as on any mobile device.

Navdy – Augmented Reality GPS Navigation System With Heads Up Display

Modern cars are fully equipped with GPS technology. Some automobile models even come with an advanced navigation system already built into their console. Sadly, not all modern cars have this feature. Not to fret though because the Navdy Augmented Reality GPS Navigation System is now here. The wonderful thing is that the Navdy easily connects to your mobile device so that the full functionality of your smart devices is fully synchronized with the Navdy’s unique technology. Place the Navdy on your dashboard right in front of the steering wheel so you will still have your eyes on the road. There’s no danger of the device obstructing your full view of the road as it is designed like a state of the art Heads Up Display. This enables you to stay connected with all the maps, messages, calls, and even music on your device. Everything can be accessed with a gesture of your hand. You can even make it read your messages for you. You can also reply to these messages using the Google Assistant or Siri. It is also possible to customize the HUD with key driver information so your eyes are on the road and not on your dashboard. The Navdy truly revolutionizes the way we drive.

WHAT WE LIKE ABOUT IT: The Navdy features an excellent array of wireless connectivity with mobile devices projected in an HUD interface.

Custom Accessories 91116 Coin Holder

Having coins strewn on your car’s center console or even under the dashboard can really be annoying especially during less-than ideal drives. The constant jingling and clanging of the coins can really disrupt the peace and quiet of the car’s interior. Sometimes, too, we tend to scavenge for coins all over the cabin just to have the exact change. There must be a more organized way to keep all of our coins together. The Custom Accessories Coin Holder can be easily installed on your center console with a loop tape and hook or even a magnetic device to keep it secure. We can then place all of our quarters, dimes, and nickels in the Coin Holder for easy access at parking meters and tollways. Now, you don’t need to scour the vehicle for loose change.

WHAT WE LIKE ABOUT IT: The Custom Accessories Coin Holder will not get in the way to the other controls on your car making it the perfect storage solution for very small trinkets like coins.

Autoark AK-002 Standard Car Seat Back Organizer

If you have kids then you know that you need to have the Autoark AK-002 Standard Car Seat Back Organizer. This is perfect for keeping all of your passengers’ essentials such as drinks, tissue boxes, magazines, and other items organized and within easy access of your passengers at the back. Simply attach the Autoark to the back of the driver’s or the front passenger’s seat and you now have an excellent storage solution for the rest of your vehicle occupants. Made of high quality materials, the Autoark is designed for maximum strength and durability. It also provides ample insulation to keep your drinks cold so they will be a lot more refreshing to guzzle down. The Autoark comes with a built-in tissue dispenser located at the bottom of the organizer so you’ll never have to worry about rummaging through the different compartments and pockets of the Autoark for that piece of tissue you need to wipe your ketchup smudge on your lips.

WHAT WE LIKE ABOUT IT: The Autoark has an excellent workmanship that helps guarantee durability and functionality in terms of keeping your things organized.

Drop Stop – The Original Patented Car Seat Gap Filler

Every time we clean the interior of our automobile, the most difficult part to clean is the spaces or gaps in between surfaces such as the area around the seat belt catch and the area between the center console and the front seats. In most cases these are filled with dirt, dust, coins, candy wrappers, and other small objects that invariably find their way into these crevices. You can manually remove these, of course, but a more effective solution is to prevent things from ever getting into these spaces or gaps again. For this you will need the Drop Stop Car Seat Gap Filler. The Drop Stop is made of premium quality neoprene which allows it to either expand or contract depending on the size of the gap to make sure you effectively cover the space so that nothing will ever get inside the gap again. The set comes in 2 for both the driver and the front passenger.

WHAT WE LIKE ABOUT IT: The Drop Stop comes as a pleasant surprise in our list of cool car accessories as there are literally thousands of Amazon customers raving about it.

Car Vacuum Cleaner,Onshowy 12 Volt 75W

The Drop Stop may be good for preventing dirt and debris from getting into those gaps between your seat and center console but, it surely cannot keep the rest of your vehicle clean. You can get a full sized vacuum cleaner for this purpose or you can buy the Onshowy Portable Handheld Auto Vacuum Cleaner instead. The Onshowy comes with a powerful motor that can remove dirt, debris, hair, and other items strewn on the surface of your car’s interior. It boasts of a cyclone mechanism which effectively ensures constant suction power and superbly clean filters. The nozzle can be easily adjusted and is slim enough to fit into gaps, crevices, and spaces, as well as any other hard to reach area in your car. The Onshowy features a one-step empty mechanism which effectively eliminates the need to manually remove the waste from its canister. The power cord of the Onshowy easily plugs into the 12 volt cigarette lighter in your automobile. It should also be no problem cleaning the rest of the car as the power cord extends up to 4.5 meters long.

WHAT WE LIKE ABOUT IT: The Onshowy provides an easy and very convenient way to clean your car and keep it smelling fresh all day, every day.

Armor All 78840 4-Piece Black All Season Rubber Floor Mat

Protect your automobile carpet from dirt, sticks, rocks, gums, and other objects that you inadvertently carry with you as you climb on to your vehicle. Get the Armor All 78840 All Season Rubber Floor Mat and have it custom-fitted to the exact measurements of your vehicle’s flooring. This gives you a more precise cut for your car’s carpet. The Armor All 78840 also comes with Carpet Claw technology which is what helps secure it on your vehicle’s carpet. This helps prevent slipping or traveling of the floor mat. The Armor ALL 78840 has been dutifully designed and engineered for superb carpet protection while also guaranteeing optimum resistance against curling, cracking, or even hardening in extremely cold weather conditions. Being an All-Season design, the Armor All 78840 is the only car floor mat you will ever need to protect the surface where you rest your feet.

WHAT WE LIKE ABOUT IT: The Armor All’s unique all-season design makes it a superb vehicle carpet protection system.

How We Chose the Really Cool Car Accessories in Our List

Accessories are traditionally defined as something that is really not essential but can otherwise add effectiveness, convenience, or even aesthetics to an existing object or item. That being said, you can still drive your car even without these accessories. However, the whole driving experience will simply be elevated to a whole new level when you add any of these gadgets to your automobile. This is the basic premise of our search for the cool car accessories to shortlist. These must first be functional or that they serve a very specific purpose of making us enjoy our ride a lot better. Likewise, if it can make riding an automobile much more convenient and comfortable, then we included these, too. Aesthetics was the last of the parameters that we had to consider in terms of the inherent purpose of the automobile accessory. This is because aesthetics is mostly subjective. It may look cute for us but not for you, then there’s really no point arguing.

We also factored the satisfaction derived by customers from using the product. This means we had to read their experiences and tried to determine whether it was mostly positive or a mix of positives and negatives. Either way, this gave us an idea of how such products actually performed in the real world.

Tips to Choosing the Right Car Accessories

First-time car owners often find difficulty deciding on the essential car accessories they need to buy for their car. While there are really no standards or blueprints on how to choose car accessories, experts always recommend considering some tips that have been proven to provide the best results for any endeavor especially in the search of products for cars. Here are some of them.

  • Buy only car accessories that are designed specifically for your brand and model of car. While universal products may be enticing, they may not necessarily fit into your car’s overall design. You might as well end up reducing the functional or aesthetic value of your vehicle.
  • Always consider the safety of the vehicle occupants including you and your passengers. If these accessories will jeopardize the safety of your passengers, is it really worth it buying these gadgets?
  • Choose car accessories that provide absolute value to your riding experience. These must not only give you a very enjoyable ride, these should also help increase the resale value of your car in case you want to sell it.
  • Seeking inspiration from fellow motorists is always a good idea on how you can choose the right accessory for your car. This is especially true if you look for gadgets for the same brand and model of car that you have.

The Bottom Line

When we accessorize our cars, we are essentially improving the way we experience our ride by making it safer, more convenient, more functional, and hopefully, more aesthetically pleasing. With these 15 cool car accessories improving our riding and driving experience has just become easier.

Cool Desk Toys To Help You Relax In 2019

Cool Desk Toys To Help You Relax In 2019

If you have the type of work that glues you to your seat the whole 8 hours of the day, chances are there are moments when you simply feel so restless as if you wanted to bolt right out of your seat and scream. We all have experienced those moments when our buckets of sanity simply overflows that we would like these to just come out in the open. Here are some tools you can use to while away the time, keep you preoccupied, and direct that pent-up psychological and emotional energy into more constructive uses. With these 12 cool desk toys you have to see in 2019, you’ll be better equipped to manage your everyday stresses especially at work.

12 Cool Desk Toys

Rubik’s Cube Game by Hasbro

Rubik’s Cube Game

While we don’t necessarily expect you to solve the Rubik’s Cube in just 6.54 seconds, you really have to admit that playing this cube takes absolute concentration and focus. You can have more than a billion different configurations or combinations but there’s only one solution to the magic afforded by the Rubik’s Cube. Master this trick and you can solve any configuration people can throw at you. Of course, it does take time. But that’s exactly the point in desk toys. These are meant to divert your attention into something that’s more mentally stimulating so that you won’t waste your psychological and emotional energies worrying about things you don’t have control of. At first, you’ll strive to match the colors on one side of the cube. This alone already takes tremendous amount of effort on your part, mentally. You will no longer have time to think about what’s worrying you. That’s why it’s so effective as a stress-buster. And since it’s small enough, you can take it anywhere with you. At the first sign of anxiety, just bring it out of your pocket, and try to beat your previous record.

What We Like about It – It’s a classic game. It’s great for keeping idle hands busy as well as flying thoughts firmly on the ground.

Fidget Cube by VHEM

Fidget Cube

While it’s not a Rubik’s Cube, the Fidget Cube is nonetheless, an excellent tool for keeping idle hands very busy. It doesn’t really matter whether your hands are a clicker, a spinner, a roller, or even a flicker. The 6 sides of the Fidget Cube have something that will keep those hands busy. Actually, there’s an even more interesting story behind these Fidget Cube surfaces. Because fidgety hands are a manifestation of a turbulent mind, experts agree that by providing a different sensory input to the brain will help cognitive processes to correct itself by focusing on the transmission of sensory signals. Similar to distraction, providing a different sensory input will keep the mind off the thing or event that is causing the anxiety and instead focuses on the sensations or sensory inputs provided by another object. In this case, this is provided by the different features of the Fidget Cube. This makes it quite effective in terms of alleviating anxieties we experience while in the office or anywhere else. At any rate, you’ll be able to focus on these sensations and not on the problems that are fueling your anxieties.

What We Like about It – We’ve read quite several negatives about the Fidget Cube only to learn that these were from knock-offs. If you want the real Fidget Cube, it’s best to buy from reputable sources.

Euler’s Disk by Toysmith

Euler’s Disk

Some of us play with coins when we get bored. We spin these coins on our desk and truly immerse ourselves in the beauty of the spin as well as the sound it creates especially as it slowly winds down to a halt. A much better alternative is to get the Euler’s Disk. It’s got its own steel disk that’s beautifully plated in chrome to give your Euler’s Disk a surface area designed specifically for its spinning. Watch the disk spin faster with each tick of your second hand. The longer it keeps on spinning, the louder it gets. The strips of kaleidoscopic stickers on the surface of the Euler’s also allow it to give you a dazzling show. This combination of sights and sounds will surely keep your mind busy and off of whatever is bothering you. Anytime you feel like getting bugged by something you don’t know, just whisk the Euler’s Disk out of your drawer, lay it on your desk, and spin the disk. Get ready to be mesmerized by a spectacular display of sounds and lights, flooding your mind with fantastic sensations that you’ll soon forget your problems.

What We Like about It – It’s an excellent combination of art and science in one neat packaging. At least, your coins will be safe in your pocket or even in your purse.

Beach Break Executive Mini Sandbox by Be Good Company

Beach Break Executive Mini Sandbox

Many psychoanalysts and other health care professionals use guided imagery to help their patients relax and feel less anxious. In many cases, they will ask you to imagine yourself in a fantastic beach, fully lined with palm trees, and you lying in your very own hammock tied between those trees and with several pieces of ripe and nutritious coconuts by your side. There are no annoying telephones or technologies that are bothering you. The only thing you’ll hear are the chirps of seagulls and other beach birds, the breaking of the waves, and the rustling of the surf as it rolls towards the beach. Then you’ll feel the fresh gust of air with its characteristic saltiness of the sea. Ah, that’s the life. Unfortunately, if you’re in the office, it may be quite difficult to imagine yourself in this scenario. You need help. You need the Beach Break Executive Mini Sandbox. If you’re stressed out and you want to be reminded of that wonderful feeling of laying down, of relaxing by the beach, all you need to do is to look at this miniature sandbox complete with a lounger, an umbrella, seashells, bucket, and rake adorning the white sands on the box. Now, all you need to add is the sound effect of the beach and you’re on your way to a more relaxing office work.

What We Like about It – The realism of the Beach Break scene is fascinating. Too bad, Be Good Company hasn’t included the beach sound effects yet.

Tangle Relax Therapy by Tangle

Tangle Relax Therapy

Stress can be manifested in a variety of ways. Some can have their heartbeat racing like a galloping horse. Some will be perspiring like a Boston marathoner. Some will be going to the restroom every 5 minutes or so. Whatever the manifestation, it all reflects a lot of psychological energy that needs to be redirected into more constructive ways. Such is the idea of the Tangle Relax Therapy. Looking at it, it’s nothing more than an over-sized rubber tube that has different colors in different segments. But the idea is to let your mind focus on untangling the twists and turns of the Tangle Relax so you will get your mind off whatever is causing the anxiety or stress. Sure, you’ll be using the muscles in your hands to twist and reposition these interconnecting rubbery tubes but it’s actually your mind that will be hard at work trying to figure out how to untangle the whole thing. Your mind will be using a lot of psychic energy so you will feel much more relaxed afterwards. The rubbery feel of the Tangle Relax is also excellent in providing additional tactile stimulation to keep your mind focused on what it’s doing.

What We Like about It – The Tangle Relax has been proven to be effective in helping individuals find relaxation amidst a stressful environment. This alone is proof of its effectiveness as a desk toy.

Magnetic Sculpture Desk Toy for Intelligence Development and Stress Relief by Glantop

Magnetic Sculpture Desk Toy for Intelligence Development and Stress Relief

We already discussed something about stress and how it uses a lot of psychic energy, sometimes draining us to the point that we are no longer able to perform our tasks. The Glantop Magnetic Sculpture Desk Toy helps in this regard by giving our minds something to think about. The point is to get the mind into thinking about one particular thing so that it effectively blocks off all other possible stimuli that may serve as the source of our stresses. The principle works just like narcotic analgesics where they block the pain transmission pathways so our brain doesn’t receive the signals for pain and instead receive pleasurable sensations. While it’s not a narcotic or an addicting device, the Glantop provides a point of focus for our minds. With 160 stainless steel balls in different sizes atop a magnetic base, the Glantop allows us to use our mind’s creative potential by arranging and rearranging the steel balls in different configuration or combinations. It’s like being a child again – worry-free, care-free, and full of fun.

What We Like about It – The design philosophy put into the Glantop is astounding. With so many possibilities, our minds can focus on completing one particular task at a time.

Magnetic Decision Maker by Kikkerland

Magnetic Decision Maker

One of the most stressful activities of humans is having to decide on something. Whether it is choosing what to wear or picking up on an opening statement or even deciding on which property to invest in, it takes an unusually large amount of psychic energy that most of us will often have headaches afterwards. That’s why some enterprising dudes decided to come up with portable decision makers. While there are clearly no scientific bases for how these devices work, the psychological relief these provide is often enough to make us feel more relaxed. The Kikkerland Magnetic Decision Maker is one fantastic-looking device that can pretty well serve as a desktop ornament or décor. Imagine a stainless steel base with a sleek and slender arm jutting upwards with a stainless ball dangling from the top of the steel arm. Just pick the ball, move it to the side a bit, and then release. Once the ball stops moving, just look at the area of the base where it stopped and you’ll have your answer to your decision-making activity. It’s a more sophisticated method of deciding than flipping a coin and deciding heads or tails.

What We Like about It – The sleek design makes it a great table or desk décor. It’s up to you if you’ll believe in the answers provided by the Kikkerland. For your anxiety’s sake, you’d better believe.

Stress Buster Desktop Punching Ball by Tech Tools

Stress Buster Desktop Punching Ball

We’re pretty certain there’s a point in time when you wanted to just punch someone in the face or perhaps even vent your ire on an object. Scientists say that one of the best ways to manage stress is to convert the psychic energy into physical energy so that you’ll feel much better. And if you believe in such things, then the Stress Buster Desktop Punching Ball is just for you. The Stress Buster is actually like the speedball that boxers use to train except that it’s not mounted in a downward alignment. Instead, the Stress Buster is marvelously supported by a heavy duty spring mechanism that allows it to bounce with each punch that you give it. The only thing missing is the drawing of the face of your favorite nemesis and you’re set for life.

What We Like about It – It’s the perfect solution to vent your frustrations on something that won’t fight back.

30188 Magic 8 Ball by Mattel

30188 Magic 8 Ball

If you’re having problems arriving at a decision, maybe the Magic 8 Ball can help. Simply ask a question that needs deciding on, flip the Magic 8, and the answer will be revealed. You now have your own personal crystal ball where the answers to some of the decisions you’ll make are already brought to you at a flip of a ball. While we cannot guarantee that it will work, at least, you don’t have to fret anymore about deciding.

What We Like about It – Patterned after the famed 8-ball of billiards, the Magic 8 is one fun way to seek advice. If you’re going to ask us whether it’s a good buy or not, our own Magic 8 Ball says it is.

DoxieBall basketball Trash Can Game by Doxie

DoxieBall basketball Trash Can Game

Who says you cannot have fun with your scrap paper and all the trash in your office? Remember how much more relieved you felt when you tried making that rainbow 3-point shot into your trash can, perhaps even making that all-pumped-up sign? With the DoxieBall, you now have a full basketball backboard complete with a ring and a net that you can attach to any trash can. Now, you can shoot those trash from anywhere in your office and you’d still make the perfect buzzer-beating shot of a lifetime.

What We Like about It – The DoxieBall provides an ingenious solution to the mundane task of throwing trash into the trash can.

6-Inch Handheld Brass Telescope with Wooden Box for Pirate Navigation by ITDC

6-Inch Handheld Brass Telescope with Wooden Box for Pirate Navigation

Eyeing your beautiful officemate from across the room? Have you been bitten by the Pirates of the Caribbean curse? Whatever the case, you’ll find the ITDC Handheld Brass Telescope to be a worthwhile investment to make your office break times or even lull times to be as productive as ever. Now, you can focus on something, or someone, more beautiful to spice up your day even for very brief moments. At least, you’ll never have to be very anxious anymore; unless, that person is the one making your heartbeat race like a thoroughbred.

What We Like about It – The unique and classic design of the ITDC makes it a great addition to one’s pirate collection. Now, you’ve got something that even Capt. Jack Sparrow will surely envy.

The Official BS Button by Gemmy 

The Official BS Button

If you work in an office where saying the b***s**t word gets you penalized or something, then the Official BS Button is the one to get. You’ll never be accused of using profane language ever again because it’s this gigantic red button that will be doing it for you. If you feel like blurting out the BS word in response to a statement from a colleague, just hit the red button and it speaks the word out loud and clear. It can even shout other funny statements that are BS-ty to that effect.

What We Like about It – We’re not sure how your office will respond but the close to 1,200 happy and satisfied customers is proof of its usefulness.

How We Chose the Cool Desk Toys in Our List

Otherwise known as stress-busters, desk toys are some of the most practical ways in which we can minimize our anxieties and help us stay in complete control of the tasks before us. As such, in picking the desk toys to include in this shortlist, we had to make sure that these products are really renowned for their stress-busting effectiveness. We had to be sure that whatever product we include in this top 12 will be able to help relieve your anxieties and help you stay focused.

But, we did not do it alone. We took the liberty of looking at the comments, reviews, feedbacks, and concerns or issues of consumers regarding these products. We had to make sure that our initial evaluation closely resembles the assessments of others like us who simply want a product that is really effective. While it was quite impossible to achieve a 5-star rating in all products, we nevertheless, provided a cutoff score for the consumer product rating. If you have already noticed we even included a 3.5-star product. We’d like to justify that the great majority of the negative reviews were the result of obtaining a similar, albeit fake product. Having said that, we then focused on those who were able to purchase the original and evaluated their experiences. You see, gaining a 3-star rating doesn’t necessarily translate to a bad product. It all depends on the validity of the concerns raised.

Related to this, company reputation was deemed important. While not all Chinese companies have a very bad reputation just as not all US companies are good, we had to be very careful about including any non-US, especially Chinese, manufacturers in our list. We had to dig deeper into the credibility and trustworthiness of these companies as a reflection of the quality of products that they churn out of their design rooms.

Simple Tips to Manage Your Stress at Work

Since desk toys are inherently tied to helping you relieve stress in any situation, particularly at work, we decided to include a few tips to manage stress at work. While we are not psychologists, we do know the impact of stress at work as it can affect our productivity and become a major source of strains in relationships. That’s why it’s important for us to know how to manage stress in the workplace.

  • Focus on one task at any given time. While we may be able to multi-task, there’s a certain limit to what our minds and bodies can do. So, take your time and focus on the more important things.
  • Document everything. If we have a lot of things in mind, chances are, we’ll miss something. You have to write everything down so you won’t forget. When you forget things, they can become sources of stress once you remember them.
  • Keep your to-do-list as short as possible. Cramming 20 different tasks within 24 hours is next to impossible. Be realistic about the amount of tasks that you can complete in one day.
  • Keep it light. And by this we mean not making a mountain out of a simple molehill. Some of us have this uncanny ability to blow everything out of proportion. If the problem seems larger than it actually is, we will definitely get stressed out.
  • Focus on the solution, not the problem. Patch Adams put it so well when he said we need to look beyond the problem so we’ll see the solution. If we’re too preoccupied with looking at the problem, we’ll be stressed out, and we’ll never see the solution.

The Bottom Line

To work is a must for everyone, regardless of how stressful it can be. Good thing, you now have an antidote for this work-related stress. you have our 12 cool desk toys you have to see in 2019.

10 Super Cool Fish Tanks in 2019

10 Super Cool Fish Tanks in 2019

One of the most attractive décor we could ever put anywhere in our homes, be it in the living room, the kitchen, or the bedroom, or even in the office, is an aquarium or a fish tank. However, compared to other types of pets, aquarium fishes are quite challenging to care for as they require a highly controlled aquatic environment to thrive. Any change in the water’s properties is enough to wreak havoc in the whole aquarium ecosystem. Nonetheless, with these 10 super cool fish tanks we’re pretty certain owning and maintaining these beautiful aquariums will be a breeze.

Our 10 Amazing Fish Tanks

5-Gal ML90609 Portrait Aquarium Kit by MarineLand

5-Gal ML90609 Portrait Aquarium Kit

One of the really cool aquariums that we’ve seen which is perfect for beginners is the 5-gallon MarineLand Portrait Aquarium Kit. This one already comes complete with everything that you’ll ever need to start on your journey to home or office fishkeeping. It’s got a complete filtration system with a fully adjustable water pump to keep the water healthy and livable for your fishes. The MarineLand also comes with two LED light modes to simulate both daylight and nighttime under-the-sea conditions making it the perfect décor for your office or even in your kitchen and bedroom. The canopy is made of sliding glass giving you instant access especially during cleanup and water changes. Now all you will ever need are the fishes, marine plants, and other aquarium accessories and you’ve got a really beautiful starter set.

What We Like about It – The MarineLand’s unique 3-stage filtration system helps keep the water fresh and healthy for your fishes. The lighting setup is also phenomenal which can help add to the overall aesthetics of your room.

50-Gal Acrylic Aquarium Combo Set by SeaClear

50-Gal Acrylic Aquarium Combo Set

If you prefer large fish tanks over the smaller ones, then the 50 gallon SeaClear Acrylic Aquarium Combo Set is the one to get. The acrylic construction of the SeaClear gives it superb lightweight, chip-resistant, and impact-resistant properties enabling you a near-sea world-like environment right in your own home. The lightweight nature of acrylic also allows the SeaClear to be installed on any type of floor surface as its weight will be lighter than if the aquarium was made of pure glass. The SeaClear comes with a 2-foot long electric lighting fixture to give you superb viewing of your aquarium from any angles. It also comes with a reflector to provide the massive aquatic environment with lighting reflected off natural sources like the sun. You will have to provide your own decorations as well as aquatic life forms, however. The good thing is that the SeaClear is perfect for saltwater or even freshwater fishes.

What We Like about It – The size of the SeaClear is perfect for homes that require a massive aquatic decoration. However, because of its sheer size, it is not really for beginners as it requires a certain degree of maintenance.

5-Gal 29045 Aquarium Kit with Blue LED Light by GloFish 

5-Gal 29045 Aquarium Kit with Blue LED Light

Boasting of a seamless construction which eliminates any risk of leaks and breakage and allowing for superb viewing angles, the GloFish Aquarium Kit with Blue LED Light is one of the cool aquariums that you will ever have, especially if you are just beginning in the world of aquariuming. While the GloFish is only a tenth the size and capacity of the SeaClear, it more than makes up for it with its stylish and elegant look made even classier by its sleek lines. The GloFish already includes a patented BioBag to help you cycle the water in the initial stages of setting up the tank. The microfilter as well as other accessories are already included to make setting up a breeze. But what is really amazing about the GloFish is its blue LED lights that give it a spectacular feel of watching a scene straight out from the depths of the blue ocean. And since it’s made of acrylic, you can be sure it’s tough, durable, and highly impact-resistant.

What We Like about It – The lovely and sleek styling of the GloFish make it the ideal décor for many offices as well as small to medium sized living rooms. Or, you can set it up it in your kitchen to keep you company while preparing and enjoying a meal.

EcoQubeC Desktop Betta Fish Tank by EcoQube

If you don’t really like the idea of having to clean your aquarium every time the water gets down right dirty or murky, then you’d need the EcoQubeC Desktop Betta. These really cool aquariums are very easy to setup as it already comes complete with its very own proprietary integrated aquaponics filter and a remote controlled LED lighting system. What makes the Eco Qube C so special is that it doesn’t require any complicated changing or manipulation of its filtration system. You’ll be placing a live plant in its dedicated holder on top of the aquarium. When your betta fish eliminates, the waste products are converted into fertilizer by the integrated aquaponics filter. The live plant then cleans your water by using the newly-converted fertilizer. The Eco Qube C also has a very small footprint making it an excellent table or desktop décor whether in your office or right in your study desk at home. Or, you can even place it right on top of your dining table for an entirely different dining experience.

What We Like about It – Simple. Efficient. And, totally green. The low maintenance nature of the Eco Qube C makes it, by far, the best aquarium for greenhorns.

1.1-Gal Half Moon Betta Aquarium by Tetra

5.1.1-Gal Half Moon Betta Aquarium

If you’re looking for cheap fish tanks but with a name that is synonymous to quality products you can trust, then the Tetra 1.1 gallon Half Moon Betta is the one for you. At only a gallon in capacity, this should make for a very interesting desktop décor or even an office table ornament. It’s perfect for keeping a Betta fish complete with LED lights that can be easily repositioned to give you the best lighting effects. You can run the lights on 3 pieces of AA batteries or you can charge it using the USB cable from your smartphone or any other mobile device. The lid itself has an easy access port for feeing your Betta. The half-moon shape is great for small spaces but still allowing you superb view of your fish from any angle.

What We Like about It – Tetra’s been known for producing high quality aquarium products. And the Half Moon Betta is no exception.

20-Gal Tetra Kit by Tetra

20-Gal Tetra Kit

If you’re a fan of Tetra products but don’t like the small Half Moon Betta of the company, maybe its 20 gallon Tetra Kit large fish tanks would appeal to you. Complete with Tetra’s patented Color Fusion LED, this kit is guaranteed to be bursting with life as the lighting system actually changes in color every so often. Watch your anemones and other aquatic plant life sway to the current created by its water pump and filtration system. Your fishes will thrive in the correct water temperature made warm by the Tetra heater. The kit already comes with all you need to have a 20 gallon aquarium right in your own living room including a Whisper 20 type of filter, 2 pieces of Wonderland Plants, and a truly magnificent blooming white anemone. Now, go get your fishes and start a life with your own aquarium.

What We Like about It – The complete Tetra system is just what beginning fishkeepers will need to enjoy their new hobby.

56028 My Fun Fish Tank by As Seen on TV

56028 My Fun Fish Tank

If you’re interested in getting started with an aquarium but don’t actually know if you’ll love it or not, then maybe you need to start with cheap fish tanks that are super low maintenance until you get the hang of it. You wouldn’t actually think of the My Fun Fish Tank as an aquarium since the design is more like a boxy water pitcher sans the handle. The point is for you to put a live plant inside the fish tank, put some ornaments, fill it with water, cycle it, and then put your fish. There are no complicated filtration system nor water pumps. The aquatic plant serves as your filter which effectively moves dirty water out from the aquarium through its disposal tube which looks like the spout on your water pitcher. It does provide white LED lighting on top, though.

What We Like about It – This is the perfect gift for those who aren’t sure if an aquarium is for them. The low maintenance requirements are simply superb.

Water Garden Fish Tank by Back to the Roots

Water Garden Fish Tank

Cool aquariums now integrate the eco-friendliness of hydroponics and the technology of aquaculture in a new system called aquaponics. The Water Garden Fish Tank is one supern looking aquaponics system that effectively capitalizes on the symbiotic relationship between fishes and plants. Fishes excrete wastes into the water which are absorbed by the roots of the plants supplying them with the much-needed nutrients to grow. In turn, the waste-absorbing power of plants help keep the water clean making it healthier for the fish. Such symbiotic relationship is now fully displayed in the Water Garden also giving you superb low maintenance fish tanks and a super elegant look to your office or living room.

What We Like about It – The Water Garden is one truly beautiful piece of aquarium that is made even more astounding by the plants that you put on it.

Fluval View Oval Plastic Aquarium by Fluval

Fluval View Oval Plastic Aquarium

For a really superb view of your fishes and plant life in your aquarium, you’d better get the Fluval View. This comes in an oval shaped design to give you unobstructed view of your fish tank’s contents. It already has a fully integrated flow pump and filtration system as well as a two-mode LED lighting system for both daytime and nighttime viewing. The Fluval is perfect for any type of aquarium environments be it tropical, cold, or even temperate. It’s basically up to you how you would like your Fluval to look like in your office or in your home. What matters is that it’s so easy to set up and maintain.

What We Like about It – The oval shape of the Fluval gives a fantastic view of your fishes from different angles. The completeness of the kit is also a welcome bonus.

Biocube by Coralife 

Biocube

One of the coolest fish tanks we’ve ever seen is the Biocube. Its elegant lines and well-polished look give it an aesthetic appeal that naturally blends with the design theme of your living room, bedroom, or even office. Its acrylic construction allowed for the shaping of the panel as a single unit eliminating joints that can be a source of weakness for the entire system, not to mention leaks. The full lid cover houses both the power unit and the LED lighting mechanism of the Biocube. Setting it up is also very easy as the filter, pump, and lighting are already well integrated into the tank’s compartment. All that is needed now are the accessories as well as the fish that will make your Biocube come to life.

What We Like about It – The elegance of the Biocube is unmatched. The ease of setting up as well as its operation and maintenance make it a great aquarium for beginners.

How We Chose the Top Aquariums in our List

The very first parameter that we considered was the ease of its set up as well as operation and maintenance. We knew that you need to build your confidence first in setting up and maintaining a fish tank before you can move to more complicated aquariums. These must be very easy to install or set up and even easier to maintain.

Second, the design must be super tough and durable. Especially for novices, they are still pretty much groping their way around the ins and outs of aquarium maintenance. It is thus, important that these fish tanks are made of only the most durable materials and that their construction is done in a way that it won’t cause leaks.

Third, and perhaps one of the most important for many beginning aquariumists, is the aesthetic design of the fish tank. These need to bring out the best qualities in any room by adding to its overall aesthetics. As such, lighting and even background decorations and the inclusion of aquarium accessories are a must.

Tips for Beginning Fishkeepers

Now that you have our 10 super amazing aquariums to start with your fishkeeping hobby, it’s about time you try to learn the intricate art of keeping the aquatic life forms in your aquarium fully viable and healthy. While there are no clear-cut rules nor blueprints to guarantee you success in your first venture as a fishkeeper, there are quite several invaluable tips you can observe to serve as guide to successful fishkeeping. It is very important to remember that fishes are unlike any other pets that we have. They cannot be touched, caressed, or even cuddled the way we do these with our pet dogs, cats, rabbits, and even hamsters. Fishes and other aquatic pets require an absolutely different kind of tender loving care; albeit, without the need for touch.

Here are some tips to help you find fulfilment in your new hobby of keeping an aquarium.

  • Strive to learn the basics of aquariums.

While you may have bought for yourself a beautiful fish tank starter kit, it should never stop there. You should do everything you can to learn more about the basics of aquariums so that you’ll be able to readily expand your horizons when the right time comes. You’ll have to learn the fundamentals of an aquarium set up including its filtration system, the air pump, heaters, lighting, and other materials. You’ll also need to learn about the correct sizing and the proper location of your aquarium. More importantly, it is crucial that you learn how to make the water livable, healthy, and breathable for your fishes. Of course, you’d have to learn what species of aquatic animals is perfect for the different kinds of aquarium setups.

  • Cycle your fish tank before you add your fish. 

One of the most common mistakes by newbie aquariumists or fishkeepers is not cycling their fish tanks long enough to produce the correct water conditions for the optimum health of fishes. The water where fishes thrive in their natural environments is a result of centuries of cycling involving the growth of numerous healthy and beneficial microorganisms that provide the necessary conditions for optimum water health. If you’re going to look at natural bodies of water, these are actually not clear. They have a mixture of dissolved particles that enable aquatic life forms to thrive.

If you buy a fish tank today and put your aquatic pets in the tank on the very same day, they will never last long. Why? The water doesn’t have all the correct ingredients including the correct conditions necessary to support aquatic life. That is why you need to cycle your fish tank first before you can start adding fish.

In cycling, you assemble your fish tank, put all of your accessories in, fill it with water, and then run all the different mechanisms. Technically, it’s like having a fully operating aquarium sans the fish. The reason for this is for you to monitor the progress of the water’s chemistry including its temperature. Over time, you will be harboring health microorganisms that serve to break down waste as well as to keep the water healthy and safe for your fish. While there are no clear-cut rules as to how long should cycling be, experts agree that it should be a minimum of a week. Some serious fishkeepers recommend 30 days.

While there are now starter kits that provide solutions to be added into the water to help hasten the speed of cycling, it is still imperative not to put your fish inside the tank on the very same day you bought the aquarium. Additionally, don’t ever cycle your tank with your aquatic pet already inside.

  • Learn the correct parameters of healthy and safe aquarium water. 

The life of your aquatic pet is very dependent on the quality of the water you have in your aquarium. It is important to keep the levels of ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates at the minimum as these can affect the health of your fish. Additionally, the pH of the water must be maintained in the correct levels at all times. While you may be tempted to just pour in over-the-counter products to help balance these substances, a much better approach is to change the water. However, you’re not supposed to remove all of it as doing so will require you to cycle it over again. You’ll lose all of the materials that are important for supporting aquatic life if you’re going to remove all of the water. As such, remove only a third and replace this with clean water. It is also imperative to remove any debris which can accumulate at the bottom of the fish tank.

  • Don’t overfeed your fish. 

Feeds that have not been consumed can affect the overall health of your fish tank water and undermine the wellness of your fish. It’s simple physiology. Give your fish more food and they defecate more. Their wastes are filled with ammonia and nitrates which can alter the delicate chemical balance of the water. Not feeding them can be detrimental to their growth as well.

  • Learn to use appropriate lighting. 

Never ever put your aquarium in an area where it receives direct sunlight as this can hasten the growth of algae. Technically, ambient light is sufficient for fishes to thrive. If you do have live plants in your aquarium, then lighting is a major consideration. These live plants can also help keep the growth and proliferation of algae in check.

The Bottom Line

Getting your own aquarium is a very fulfilling experience. However, there’s more to it than simply buying one of our 10 super cool fish tanks and setting it up. You’d have to learn to maintain it as well. Once you’ve mastered this intricate art of fishkeeping, you can try more advanced aquarium systems.

10 Cool USB Drives to Store Your Data in 2019

10 Cool USB Drives to Store Your Data in 2019

Despite the ever-increasing popularity of Cloud storage services that allow us to seamlessly store our data in servers located inside the internet itself so we can access them wherever we may be and at any time of the day, the week, or the year, there are still those among us who prefer storing our precious data on portable physical storage devices. While there are plenty of options from SSD external drives to Secure Digital cards and even TransFlash cards with which we can store our data, nothing can beat the versatility of flash drives. Perhaps this is because almost all of our devices, both desktop and mobile, come with a USB interface allowing for instant communication between devices. As such, for those who would like to have the 10 cool USB drives to store your data in 2019, this is for you.

10 Really Cool USB Drives

SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.0 Flash Drive by SanDisk

For road warriors who want a really thumb-sized flash drive to store and secure all of their data, the SanDisk Ultra Fit seems to be a very excellent option. Built to be no larger than the Bluetooth adapter of a wireless mouse, the Ultra Fit is more that capable of living up to its moniker. It can write data up to 15 times the speed of standard USB 2.0 drives allowing you to copy your favorite full-length film in under 30 seconds. For security-conscious individuals, the Ultra Fit provides its own digital security platform, the SanDisk SecureAccess which allows you to create your own private folder fully secure with 128-bit AES encryption. You no longer need to individually apply security password-enabled features in each file that you want to secure. All you need is to drag and drop them into your SecureAccess folder to provide you with instant file and folder security. One of the downsides of having too many files to manage at once is the accidental deletion of certain files. While you can recover these through your Trash Bin in your desktop, a more ingenious solution is SanDisk’s RescuePRO deluxe which gives you the benefit of recovering your lost data. The Ultra Fit comes in 16, 32, 64, and 128 GB capacities giving you superb options for all of your data needs.

What We Like about It – The very low profile of the Ultra Fit plus its excellent data recovery and file security support gives this portable storage device the thumbs-up of close to 3,500 satisfied data warriors.

Transcend StoreJet 25M3 Military Drop Tested USB 3.0 External Hard Drive by Transcend

For those who have a knack for dropping things, whether accidentally or otherwise, the solution is Transcend’sstoreJet 25M3. This one’s been designed and tested to withstand drops with its patented military-grade advanced 3-stage shock resistance and protection system coupled with an anti-shock rubber external casing. With this system, you can be sure that its internal hard drive mechanism stays in place regardless of the force of the impact. But that’s not the only thing that you’ll admire from the StoreJet 25M3. It also features a Quick Reconnect Button for those incidents of accidental removal of the USB cable from your device’s port. In some cases where a USB device malfunctions, we always try to safely remove the device first before we can even attempt to reconnect it. With the Quick Reconnect feature of the StoreJet 25M3, there’s no need to go through that process anymore. Just press the button and it instantly reconnects. It also has an Auto-Backup feature giving you superb security for your files. This requires the Transcend Elite software, though. Adding to file security is a file and folder encryption technology based on a 256-bit AES system. With data transfer speeds rated at 90 MB per second, the StoreJet 25M3 is 3 times faster than standard USB 2.0 models giving you superb control of your data storage needs. Available in 1 or 2 terabyte capacity, the StoreJet 25M3 is the solution for massive data storage requirements.

What We Like about It – The durability and quick reconnection features of the StoreJet 25M3 justify the more than 2,500 super contented customers. Add the security and data management features and you’ve got one of the best USB storage drives this 2019.

Seagate Expansion Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 by Seagate

If you’re looking for an external hard drive that you can plug to any USB port and instantly use it without having to install anything else to make it work, then the Seagate Expansion Portable External Hard Drive is just for you. Available in ultra-high capacity systems of 1 to 4 terabytes, the Expansion Portable features a patented SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port that you can instantly connect to any Universal Serial Bus port in your computer that runs on Windows 7 or 8. The interface of the Seagate Expansion is so easy that it’s as simple as drag and drop. There are no complicated processes you’ll need to undertake to move your files from your computer’s hard drive to the Expansion Portable EHD. You can safely organize your files be it media files, projects, or even document files so you can easily access them whenever you need them.

What We Like about It – When it comes to computer hard drives, Seagate is one of the most respected names. You can thus count on its reputation to give you a superb product in the expansion Portable External HD.

Samsung BAR USB 3.0 Flash Drive by Samsung

Want a really sleek-looking thumb drive? Then the Samsung BAR is the answer. Designed to be as sexy and stylish as its other signature electronic items, the Samsung BAR comes in a high quality and super durable metal casing that is as elegant as it is functional. The beautifully curved key ring gives you the physical security you need to keep the BAR with you all the time. The BAR has other features that make it the preferred storage solution of highly active people, especially those who combine work and play like some X-gamer. The Samsung BAR is fully waterproof, giving you the worry-free protection in case you find yourself drenched in the rain or fall into a swimming pool. It’s also shock-proof, protecting the sensitive data management mechanisms inside its sexy metallic body. The Samsung BAR is also magnet proof so you can be sure your data won’t be lost in case you happen to get anywhere near a magnetic field. Even going through airport security and its x-ray system, your data will still be protected because of its superb x-ray protection. Boasting of NAND Flash technology, the Samsung BAR allows you to perform data transfers at lightning speeds. Clearly, the close to 2,000 customers who left very high marks for the BAR saw the true potential of this winner.

What We Like about It – It’s the sleek design of the BAR that we fell in love with first and foremost. The advanced construction giving it superb protection against the elements is also very noteworthy.

SanDisk Cruzer CZ36 USB 2.0 Flash Drive by SanDisk

With almost 15,000 rave reviews, it should not really be surprising to see the SanDisk Cruzer CZ36 to be the bestselling USB flash drive in the world. While it only operates on a USB 2.0 platform, it is still able to provide fast data transfers to its 8 GB to 256 GB capacity variants. The slide-to-open design of the Cruzer CZ36 eliminates the need for a separate cap which can get lost if you’re not really careful about it. And since the USB connectors are all found within the cavity of the Cruzer CZ36, you can feel more secure about its physical integrity than if it were exposed in the outside. Install the signature SanDisk SecureAccess program in your computer and you can easily create a fully protected folder for all of your sensitive files. There’s no need to place a password security feature on each folder or file. Anything and everything that you drag and drop into the SecureAccess-built privacy folder is instantly secured using a 128-bit AES encryption technology. If you want a USB flash drive that’s literally trusted by thousands of consumers worldwide, then the Cruzer CZ36 is the one you definitely have to get.

What We Like about It – With thousands of rave reviews, we’re inclined to admit it’s the best. Sadly, it may not appeal to individuals with USB 3.0 ports. The speed of data transfers is quite fast, nonetheless.

Samsung USB 3.0 Flash Drive Fit by Samsung

Love the sleek design of the Samsung BAR but wished it were smaller? Then the Samsung Fit is the flash drive to get. Technically, it has all the same features as the Samsung BAR. From its superb waterproofing features down to its x-ray protection, magnet proofing, temperature proofing, and excellent shock proofing properties, the Samsung Fit is perfect for individuals who require lightning quick data transfers but in a super compact design. The Fit is almost similar to the SanDisk Ultra Fit, leaving behind a very small signature that you won’t even notice it’s there. Now, for those who may have problems with short-term recall, this may not really be a good idea as its miniscule size can make it quite challenging to locate. However, it does have a hole in which a small ring, loop, or string can be inserted and tied. Another potential issue is that the connectors of the Fit are inherently exposed so you’ll have to make sure never to bring this in areas where there is substantial amount of dirt or dust. It is, nevertheless, a very sophisticated way of storing your precious data.

What We Like about It – With a very small and compact design, the Fit is perfect for those who don’t like bulky storage devices. Its NAND Flash technology also helps ensure faster rates of transfers.

Kingston Digital DataTraveler SE9 USB 2.0 by Kingston

At first glance, you’ll think the Kingston Digital DataTraveler SE9 is nothing more than a thin strip of metal that has your name engraved on its sleek metallic surface. However, it is this very slim profile that makes the DataTraveler so appealing that customers have been so satisfied about the product that more than 10,000 of them actually left very positive comments and reviews for other potential buyers to consider. The width of the DataTraveler is actually smaller than the width of your little finger and its length is not even half the length of your thumb. Its fully integrated key ring hole makes it highly ideal for attaching to your keychain so it won’t get lost in the process. If there’s one negative about the Kingston DataTraveler, it is its USB 2.0 platform. We’re not really sure how it performs on a 3.0 port. It will still be able to transfer files and folders at an amazing speed but will not be able to fully capitalize on the USB 3.0 architecture of your device. Additionally, it only supports Windows XP, Vista, and 7 as well as Mac. Perhaps, additional software updates can make it work as well in Windows 8 and 10 as well as later versions of the Mac.

What We Like about It – The super slim styling of the DataTraveler is really fantastic. It gives you an impression that it’s not really a data storage device.

SanDisk Cruzer Fit CZ33 USB 2.0 LowProfile Flash Drive by SanDisk

Let’s just say the SanDisk Cruzer Fit CZ33 is the older cousin of the Ultra Fit. It features the same SanDisk SecureAccess program that you can use to provide extra security for your files. It also has a very small profile making it super handy. Unfortunately, unlike the Ultra Fit, the Cruzer Fit runs on USB 2.0 and only comes with a maximum of 64 GB of storage space. Nevertheless, it’s still well-backed by no less than 10,000 positive comments, feedbacks, and reviews. For a USB drive that runs on the 2.0 system, we’d say it’s remarkable.

What We Like about It – It’s perfect for people preferring smaller or tinier storage solutions. The SecureAccess is a welcome addition, too.

Samsung USB 3.0 Flash Drive Duo by Samsung

Majority of the USB flash drives we have today work only on the standard USB port. Regrettably, you will not be able to transfer your files on your mobile devices directly to a flash drive. You’ll need to transfer it first to your computer and then transfer the files to your mobile device using the Micro USB cable that came with your device. Samsung has managed to solve this issue with the Samsung Flash Drive Duo. The Duo already features both the standard USB connectors and another one specifically designed for Micro USB ports like those found in your smartphones and tablets. This way, you can easily manage your files on your mobile devices by storing them on the Duo without the need to first connect through a computer. With the same element-proofing features, NAND Flash technology, and a really sophisticated metallic and super slim design, the Samsung Duo is one of the fastest rising stars in the world of mobile storage solutions.

What We Like about It – Give it a few more months and the Samsung Duo will also gain the worldwide recognition of the other products we have in this list. The dual USB and Micro USB connectivity is simply the best selling point of the Duo.

PNY Turbo USB 3.0 Flash Drive by PNY 

Boasting of a sliding collar design, eliminating the need for a cap, the PNY Turbo USB Flash Drive is one unique-looking storage solution with a fully integrated loop allowing it to be attached to any key chain or any other item. The Turbo is available in 16 to 256 GB capacities so there’s bound to be a solution for your needs. Like all USB 3.0 devices, the PNY Turbo is also backwards compatible allowing you to use it on devices that have USB 2.0 ports.

What We Like about It – It’s the cap-less, sliding collar design that is quite remarkable in the PNY. And we think this is what close to 10,000 customers also think and like about it.

How We Chose the Cool USB Drives in Our List

While we wanted to be as objective as possible in our search for the coolest USB drives that you can use to store your data this 2019, we had to admit that we had to focus more on tech companies that have an unquestionable reputation in the design and production of portable storage devices. You can say it’s like choosing between Microsoft and Apple or Intel and AMD. Whatever you choose, technically, you can rely on these companies to provide you with the kind of product that you expect.

It would be foolhardy for us to make this evaluation by ourselves alone, however. We did look at existing product ratings to help validate our initial assessment. So, we only included products that have at least 4 stars on their ratings. We also looked at the number of positive reviews that the product was able to obtain. If it gained thousands, then it’s more likely to end up in our list than not.

Once all of the shortlisted USB drives have been screened, we then scrutinized their individual features, what makes them really unique. We looked at built-in security features because data security is an overriding concern these days, what with internet hacking, identity theft, and distributed denial of service attacks occurring at a very rapid pace. It was also crucial to look at the backwards compatibility of these devices as not all of us have the luxury of owning the latest devices. Other features were identified and then evaluated for the benefits that they provide.

Lastly, we looked into the style or design of the USB drive. We know that bulky storage devices are a big no-no for many individuals. Today, size does matter. And if we can have a product that allows us to pack 1 terabyte of data in a storage device no larger than the nail on our thumb, then that would really be amazing. Of course, there will always be trade-offs for such a miniscule design. We studied these effects carefully, too.

Choosing the Right Data Storage Solution

Many of the computers we use today come with massive storage capabilities with entry products often starting at 320 to 500 GB of hard disk space. Some can easily run in the terabytes with options for adding some more. While it is quite easy to enumerate the things you need to look for when choosing the right storage device, it all comes down to a few basic things: security, accessibility, and convenience.

When it comes to security, it pays to choose a storage solution that can give you superb encryption. While different types of storage devices offer varying degrees of protection, most experts agree that using a physical storage solution such as flash drives with superior security infrastructure is a lot better than using network accessible storage devices such as Cloud services. This is because of the lower risk of exposure against DDoS or cybercrime threats.

However, when accessibility and convenience are factored in, there are no clear winners. Cloud-based services may come in handy as long as you can connect to the internet. Physical storage solutions will only be effective so long as you are able to keep the integrity of the storage devices. Bulkier external hard drives may not be convenient but they do give you superior latitude when it comes to storage. Super slim, low-profile storage solutions, on the other hand, give you absolute convenience. Unfortunately, because of their small signature, they are more susceptible to being lost.

In deciding which data storage solution to use, it is often a lot better to have both a Cloud-based and a physical storage device, with either solution being the backup of the other. At least, you’ll have better control of your data.

The Bottom Line

If you’re always finding yourself complaining about the scarcity of storage for all of your files, any of our 10 cool USB drives can be the perfect answer. You can be more productive with your data fully organized and well-secured in a storage device that’s well-loved by thousands all over the world.