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Your Next Leaf Blower Will Be Electric

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In cased you missed it, still-Governor of California Gavin Newsom recently signed into a law banning the sale of gas-powered lawn mowers and leaf blowers. If you think this does not affect you because you do not live in the Golden State, think again. Under Brandeis’ famous theory that U.S. states are “laboratories of democracy,” it is nearly a guarantee that this initiative will spread to more jurisdictions across the country. Are you ready to make the switch?

To start, it is worth noting why the law was enacting in the first place. With its always-raging wildfires, California is at the frontline of climate change, and according to lawmakers equipment like leaf blowers emitted more daily pollutants in 2020 than passenger cars. This may seem hard to believe, but then again people certainly did drive less in 2020 so perhaps it has some merit. And sooner or later, gas-powered cars will also be phased out. Many automakers are already preparing for this inevitability.

There are two main types of electric leaf blowers on the market: Cordless battery-powered leaf blowers and corded leaf blowers. In recent years, cordless leaf blowers have been the most popular non-gas option available.

Before other manufacturers have been able to adapt, a company called Greenworks has staked out its place as the market leader in electric lawn technology. They offer cordless leaf blowers at multiple price points:

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Greenworks 40V (150 MPH) Cordless Leaf Blower, 2.0Ah Battery and Charger Included 24252 — $122.07

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Greenworks Pro 80V (145 MPH / 580 CFM) Brushless Cordless Axial Leaf Blower, 2.5Ah Battery and Charger Included BL80L2510 — $269

Obviously the main difference between a 40V leaf blower and an 80V leaf blower is power. Greenworks’ 40V machine has a CFM of 135, whereas the more powerful offers 580 CFM. (CFM stands for Cubic Feet for Minute and is the standard industry measurement for airflow.) If you have a large land area you need to cover, the 80V option, despite being significantly more expensive, is going to be your best bet.

You may be skeptical about battery-operated leaf blowers. For one, there are quality control concerns about the batteries—although theoretically rechargeable, at some point you will need to pay for a replacement battery. Furthermore, they can be altogether unwieldy and heavier than your current leaf blowing needs. In that case, corded is still an option.

At only $40, the Greenworks corded leaf blower is significantly cheaper.

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Greenworks 9 Amp Jet Electric Leaf Blower, BA09B00 — $39.99

At 530 CFM and 135 MPH, it is still plenty powerful. The main downside is that your range is completely at the mercy of the length of the cord (though you could always buy a compatible extension cord). This is a good option for small yards or sidewalks leading up to the house, but it is impractical for covering larger areas.

It should be noted that legacy manufacturers like Black + Decker, Toro, Makita and WORX have started offering their own electric models, and that selection is only going to expand in the years ahead. Whether you make the switch now or you wait until you have no choice, it is time to start planning for your next leaf blower purchase.

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This O’Keeffe’s Deal Could Not Have Come At A Better Time

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At the time of this writing, a variety of O’Keeffe’s topical treatment products are on sale as part of Amazon’s early Black Friday deals. These include their acclaimed “Working Hands” and “Healthy Feet” creams, as well as “Lip Repair” balm and “Skin Repair” moisturizer.

The opportunity to get nearly 50% off on O’Keeffe’s skincare products is one you should not miss out on, especially at this time of year. The air is getting colder and drier, which inevitably results in cracked skin. I discovered Working Hands a few years ago, and ever since it has been a major part of my life each fall and winter. The Healthy Feet cream is also incredibly helpful, and although I cannot recommend the Lip Repair and Skin Repair treatments from personal experience, I have no doubt O’Keeffe’s hit home runs with those products as well.

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O’Keeffe’s Working Hands Hand Cream Value Size, 6.8 Ounce Jar, (Pack of 2) on sale for $14.89

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O’Keeffe’s Healthy Feet Foot Cream, 3.2 ounce Jar, (Pack of 2) — $9.79

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O’Keeffe’s Cooling Relief Lip Repair Lip Balm for Dry, Cracked Lips, Stick, (Pack of 4) — $10.49

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O’Keeffe’s Skin Repair Dry Skin Moisturizer, Pump Bottle, 12 ounce, (Pack of 2) — $15

Whether you are reading this post in the days leading up to Black Friday 2021, or you happened to stumble upon it well after the expiration of the discounts, O’Keeffe’s gets a “strong recommend” from the We Know Products team.

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This Top-Selling Space Heater Will Help You Weather Winter

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The most famous quote from Ernest Hemingway’s novel The Sun Also Rises is a character’s response to the question “How did you go bankrupt?”

“Two ways,” Mike said, “gradually then suddenly.”

Such a description could also be applied to the weather so far this autumn. The temperatures where I live did gradually drop from the 90s to the 80s to the 70s and so forth, but the transition to daily temperatures in the 40s still feels sudden. I have not even had time yet to locate all my winter clothes.

All this is to say, I found myself in immediate need of warmth. Apparently, I am not the only one. The #1 new product on Amazon right now is this impressive little space heater:

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Dreo Space Heater – 70°Oscillating Portable Heater with Thermostat, 1500W PTC Ceramic Heater with 4 Modes, 12h Timer, Safety & Fast – Quiet Heat, Small Electric Heaters for Indoor Use, Bedroom, Office — $49.99

A space heater has become a necessity in our current age of working from home. When you alternate time spent in your bedroom, your office, and your living room, ideally you want the heat to come with you from place to place. The Dreo space heater makes that a reality.

At just $50, it is definitely affordable, and it has all the features you would want in a modern space heater. Of course it oscillates 70°, and in addition to having a programmable thermostat, it will auto-adjust depending on the temperature of its surroundings. You can also choose from four environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient modes (high, low, ECO, & fan)

If necessary, this space heater will shut off by itself to prevent overheating. You also do not have to worry about it affecting your sleep, since it is built with an extremely quiet DC motor and 9-blade fan. What more can you ask for?

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The Infinity Cube Is The Next Step In Fidget Toys

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Fidget toys are going to be a popular gift for kids this Christmas. But there are only so many Pop-Its you can fill your house with before the multicolored monstrosities start driving you insane. I get that the fidget bubble pop toys were designed with sensory stimulation in mind, but why did one of those sense have to be sight? Those things are an eyesore, and you should not feel bad for wanting your child to play with more aesthetically pleasing fidget devices.

That’s where the Infinity Cube comes in.

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Infinity Cube Fidget Toy, Sensory Tool EDC Fidgeting Game for Kids and Adults, Cool Mini Gadget Best for Stress and Anxiety Relief and Kill Time, Unique Idea that is Light on the Fingers and Hands — $8.95

The Infinity Cube is a fidget toy from the future. (One YouTube reviewer even calls it “Luxury EDC Fidgeting,” which seems a tad melodramatic.) The Infinity Cubs is a sleek black color, and instead of incessant popping it hearkens back to the early days of fidgeting by allowing for constant hand rotation. It features eight interlocking ABS plastic blocks that you can manipulate in various directions. In a way, it is reminiscent of a Rubik’s Cube, without the frustration that comes from not being able to find a solution.

It comes with all the usual benefits of a fidget toy, helping relieve anxiety and stress while improving focus. Believe it or not, it is even the subject of several ASMR videos.

Just watch the company’s product video, and you will see why. This thing is mesmerizing!

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