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Personal heater safely warms a small or large space

Honeywell has a few solutions to keep you warm in a small personal space, as well as heating up a single room.

The Honeywell two position heater (model HHF175W, $29.99), with fan-forced wire heating technology, is 1500 watt AC powered, which is sitting under my desk heating me up as I write this column.

A unique feature of this space heater allows it to be used in two different positions, standing vertically or laying sideways horizontal. Either way, you’ll get full functionality of all three settings; high heat (1500 watts), low heat (750 watts) or just run the fan with no heat.

There’s a dial thermostat for temperature settings and overheat protections include two overheat sensors and a backup cut off fuse.

It measures only 5.4-by-9.8-by-11.3-inches, so using it either on a floor or desktop are ideal.

The Honeywell slim ceramic tower heater (HCE317B, $54.99) is built just as the name describes it, like a tower with 8.74-by-6.69-by-21.65-inch dimensions.

It stands upright with a slim space-saving design and has the same heat settings as the two position heater, along with a few additional features. You can have the fan oscillate to send the heat to a wide area, making it ideal for larger rooms.

A programmable thermostat comes in handy along with a timer you can set for 1, 2, 4 or 8-hour durations. It’s also equipped with safety features against overheating and 360-degree tip-over protection.

Both heaters have a cool touch housing exterior, which means the outside will not get hot and cause burns.



The USA Gear Q series backpack is designed to carry enough camera equipment for an advanced amateur or even a professional heading out for a day of work.

Unlike many other camera backpacks I’ve tried, the QBK is not big and bulky, yet it still carries a decent amount of gear.

You can set up exactly what and where you want to carry everything since the inside compartments are completely adjustable with Velcro dividers, along with inside and outside zipper accessory compartments.

The inside pack and the dividers are a soft tricot scratch-resistant lining, allowing you to keep everything tight and padded for secure storage of the smallest accessories up to larger telephoto lenses.

The shoulder straps are padded and fully adjustable. Each side of the bag has a stretchable netted pocket,

What I liked most about this backpack is how much it stored in a low profile. The back-pack isn’t big and bulky, even when I filled it to the limit. It measures 15-by-13-by-5-inches and even has a compartment for a laptop up to 17-inches.

A rain cover is included, which folds up to store inside during dry conditions.

www.usagear.com, $49.99 at Amazon, use coupon code QBKBAG30 to get 30 percent off.


Portable and powerful is all you need to know about the Edifier MP200 (Bluetooth 4.1) speaker.

The two-inch cubed speaker easily fits in the palm of your hand and is dust and splash proof (IP54 rating) along with a built-in microphone for handsfree calls. A nice feature is the microSD memory card slot, which lets you load music into the speaker for a true handsfree, wireless device.

Answering calls and controlling the music or volume is done with three buttons on top of the speaker. A string can be attached to the speaker to hang it from a wall, doorknob or even carry around your neck or wrist.

www.edifier.com $28.99, available in seven colors


Contact Gregg Ellman at greggellman@mac.com. Follow him on Twitter: @greggellman

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