Car and garden top-of-the-line
The ZUS Car Finder and Charger, and Hori Hori knife
You had to dash out early for a conference at a convention centre near the airport. You made it and the congress was worthwhile but, in your haste, you forgot to charge your cell phone and now you can’t remember where you parked your car. Lucky you have a ZUS. The device remembers where you parked when you last turned your engine off and it will charge two devices at a time twice as fast as other car chargers. ZUS was launched with a Crowdfunder campaign with the aim to being the best car charger-car locator combo on the market. The stylish body is made from high-grade German Bayer polycarbonate, and metal parts are coated with titanium to keep the device cool and meet US military high-temperature standards.
There are some downsides. Maximum charging results require the OEM charging cables supplied with most devices not after-market generics. Also, ZUS is not compatible with Qualcomm Quick Charge technology, which comes with the newest Android phones.
To use the ZUS locator, you install an app on your phone which, when opened, points in the direction of your car and tells you roughly how far away it is. It does not require cell service to do this. It can also keep track of the time remaining on a parking meter. Users report the locator works well in open parking lots, but can run into trouble in those underground. $48 at amazon.ca; nonda.co/products/nonda-zus-smart-car-charger.
A Hori Hori Knife is a cross between a knife and a trowel. Many gardeners find it the most useful tool in their repertoire. The tool originated in Japan for use with bonsai trees and has been adopted with a vengeance by gardeners all over the world.
Essentially, it’s a heavy 30-centimetre knife with a serrated edge on one side and sharpened edge on the other. It’s used for everything from weeding to transplanting, dividing perennials, deadheading and trimming. Very handy. One user calls it a farm-to-table device since he uses it in the garden and then takes it inside to carve the roast.
All Hori Horis are not created equal. This one, from Lee Valley, gets raves all around. It has a hardwood handle, graduations on the slightly curved extra-sharp blade and comes with a belt sheath. Made in Japan. Stainless-steel. $44.50; leevalley.com.
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