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Holiday 2020: The Best Affordable Phones

Holiday 2020: The Best Affordable Phones – By Eric Schoon

A shiny new phone is sure to be a gift that anyone can appreciate. The issue is, there are a lot of extravagantly expensive phones on the market today. While these phones may receive a lot of attention, they’re hardly your only options for gifts this year. And to prove that, we selected five phones that all cost under $500 which would make excellent gifts for those in need of a new phone.

Portable Backup Generator

Portable Backup Generator by Glenn Musser STG

I wanted a generator that would permit powering important circuits in our home during a power outage. I wanted a generator that was quiet, produced clean power, is fuel-efficient, portable, and easy to use. These requirements point to the inverter type generator, they are quiet, efficient, and portable. I opted for the WEN 56380i Super Quiet 3800-Watt RV-Ready Portable Inverter Generator. It has enough power to operate our furnace (not AC), refrigerator, freezer, internet, TV, garage door, and necessary lights. All running in economy mode at less than 50% output. Only when using our microwave does the load jump to about 90% of the full load power capacity.

Here are the things I used to make connecting during a power outage safe and easy.


Hookup Accessories

General Items

My Backup Power Changeover Procedure Document
During a power outage follow these steps to bring the backup generator online:

Google Photos Storage Is Changing

Google Photos Storage Is Changing. Here Are Your Best Options – By Whitson Gordon

Google Photos has long offered one of the best deals in cloud storage, allowing you to upload unlimited photos for free—as long as you were willing to sacrifice a little image quality. But Google recently announced that it’s removing its free tier, meaning you’ll have to pay to keep using Google Photos beyond that initial 15 GB. If you’ve stuck with it for the past five years for its low cost, you may be wondering what the next best service is.