We’re riding southbound on the recently opened section of the Empire State Trail, just south of Hopewell Junction, and are approaching a dog walker totally face-sucked by her phone in the middle of the path:
Mary has been dinging her bike bell for the last few seconds and finally manages to break through:
The dog walker leans against the fence while pulling on the leash as hard as she can, as if she knows the dog poses a threat:
Which it does:
The leash is too long for close-quarters work:
Nice teeth, doggie:
Surely, the dog just wants to lick me to death:
Tell me again how well-trained this dog is:
Seven seconds after the first picture:
The dog also lunged at the pair of bicyclists following us, so perhaps this is how she makes sure it get its exercise during the walk.
The label claims 1500 mA·h, not the 1120 mA·h I measured:
My numbers would be higher with a load less than 500 mA. I doubt the 2.5 A maximum current rating.
The claim of 2.25 W·h is rather optimistic:
Back of the envelope: 2.25 W·h at 1.5 V equals 1.5 A·h, all right. If you squint carefully, though, the output voltages run around 1.4 V, some of which is surely IR drop in my battery holder & test wiring, but it still knocks nearly 10% off the wattage and doesn’t seem to add to the runtime.
The camera’s battery charge indicator will obviously show Full right up until it shuts off, but I’ve always carried a spare pair of cells in my pocket anyway.
Recharging them with a USB meter in series required 425 to 600 mA·h at about 4.8 V, so about 2.5 W·h.
Enlarging the instructions from the back of the box, should they become useful:
Nowhere does the package mention the “brand name”, manufacturer, specifications, or much of anything substantial. I suppose anybody selling white-label products appreciates this level of detail.
We got a photo backdrop stand to hold Mary’s show-n-tell quilts during her quilting club meetings, but the clamps intended to hold the backdrop from the top bar don’t work quite the way one might expect. These photos snagged from the listing shows their intended use:
The clamp closes on the top bar with the jaws about 15 mm apart, so you must wrap the backdrop around the bar, thereby concealing the top few inches of whatever you intended to show. This doesn’t matter for a preprinted generic backdrop or a green screen, but quilt borders have interesting detail.
The clamps need thicker jaws, which I promptly conjured from the vasty digital deep:
The original jaws fit neatly into those recesses, atop a snippet of carpet tape to prevent them from wandering off:
They’re thick enough to meet in the middle and make the clamp’s serrated round-ish opening fit around the bar:
With a quilt in place, the clamps slide freely along the bar:
That’s a recreation based on actual events, mostly because erecting the stand wasn’t going to happen for one photo.
To level set your expectations, the “Convenient Carry Bag” is more of a wrap than a bag, without enough fabric to completely surround its contents:
I put all the clamps / hooks / doodads in a quart Ziploc baggie, which seemed like a better idea than letting them rattle around loose inside the wrap. The flimsy pair (!) of hook-n-loop straps don’t reach across the gap and, even extended with a few inches of double-sided Velcro, lack enough mojo to hold it closed against all the contents.