Pros: Low-profile, simple to setup/start, expandable, touch screen
Cons: LED, Cheap-plastic parts, expensive fixture
The California Lightworks Solar System 550 is a decent little light but a little overpriced. My first grow light ever was a UFO shaped 120W LED, and this highly reminds me of that. The UFO LED was only $80 compared to the staggering $800 price tag for the 550 LED. The SolarSystem 550 comes with ratcheting hangers, which I appreciated, though they only reach about 2' of height adjustment; which is plenty for this light. I initially tried clipping the hangers directly to the light, only to find out the light does not balance when setup like this. I grabbed some v-hangers, clipped the ratcheting hanger to the tip of the "v" and that did the trick!
The light connects to their controller via a telephone cord (nostalgia). The controller is HIGHLY reliable/responsive and a touch screen too! I have tried other light controllers, but this is the first that worked instantly right out of the box. The preset "BLOOM" setting is running and I look forward to customizing my own light setting in the future. There is a count down clock so you never have to remember which week you are in (super handy for a tester like myself). The programable light outputs of Red/Blue/White are so cool to the data nerd like myself. I wish the light was as affordable as the controller #There #iSaidIt.
This light was a downgrade from a 1000W DE HPS. Most of the plants were moved outside to the summer garden, and I only needed a small footprint (electric bill) to sustain my remaining seedlings. I will hang onto this light for my cloner as its a perfect one-two-punch!
If you too are in need of a small LED light for propagation or cloning that is on a fully programable timer, this is the one for you!
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Pros for both: No-fuss design, sharp cut, lightweight
Cons for both: Cheap feeling, nothing special
Two-for-one review! Straight to the point: Both Chickamasa snips are decent and I will be keeping them around til they break (will update if they do). They replaced two other snips I kept that you can deduce here Snips, Shears, and Shit.
Beyond that, there is not much "wow". They are snips. The wow comes in the story of the company. The grapevine has reported, aka not verified, that Chickamasa has been around since 1910 and their process has relatively remained unchanged since then. Instead of conforming their process to today's standards, they tell people to wait! I very much appreciate this story and hope it to be true. I wish they offered their original as show on their website here. #WANT
Out of the two, the B-500SKF is my favorite because its lightweight, shock-absorbing, clean cutting, and feels natural in my hand. The tips are small enough to get into tight spaces, yet not super-sharp to the point I get stabbed through my pants (been there).
The T-550 is a decent snip as well. The rubber lock at the bottom is distracting at first, but I got use to it flapping around the more I used it. I have concerns about the metal used to construct the snips. It feels weak, but that is compared to my all-steel pruners (seen at the top in picture three).
I look forward to using the T-550 over the summer as it can snip more at once, which will come in handy for up-keep of the Summer Garden 2019.
All-in-all, if you can get your hands on one of these, I do recommend them. If you have any information about Chickamasa to verify the story or debunk it, please leave a comment below or send me a message. #NothingBudTheTruth
Pros: Accurate measuring & watering, humidity booster,
Cons: Plastic, price
The FloraFlex 12" round flood & drip shields are a dream come true for me. I have always wanted to run a FloraFlex dripping system and this is a fantastic way to get introduced to drip growing. This product allows me to use one of the systems I already run; 5-gal pots with soil!
Setup is easy with no alterations required. Adding these to pre-existing plants is easy for the most part; The passion flower was a bit difficult due to the plant already wrapped around the tomato cage. That being said, they have multiple holes to accommodate trellis or tomato structures.
The drip emitters pop-out with a bit of force from a knife point; this is due to the excellent seal. Once out, they are easy to clean with a bit of blowing #NES4LIFE. The emitters became clogged upon the re-pushing-into soil. One shield was used twice to see how easy or difficult it was to introduce into an existing system and to re-use the product. Turns out, its easy!
I plan on trying more FloraFlex items in the future because their shields are easy to expand and solid to use daily. These characteristics look to run throughout the FloraFlex line. That is if I can save up—these prices are high due to quality.
Have a FloraFlex product you want me to try? Shoot me an email here! Happy to give you 2¢!
Pros: Unique, one-of-a-kind, crafty
"Cheap tattoos aren't good. Good tattoos aren't cheap" reads a sign in most tattoo shops in the USA because it is infallible. Good art isn't cheap so prepare to shell out for one of these embroidered hash-ter pieces. (2 pt. for pot pun)
The hoop art is great and really captures the structure of the strain. My only true complaint was with the glue that was used to adhere the hoop art to a hat. I removed the hoop art from the original hat and attached it to a canvas backer. Then, I attached the now canvas-backed hoop art patch to a new hat. In the process, I messed up the background so painted it white... which I'm bummed about cause it was a killer space background.
Silly Stitch Bitch service was great (through Instagram) and loved the unexpected mason jar topper!
If this is art to you, buy some or make some... Or both!
Pros: Design, lightweight, comfortable
Cons: Plastic, Amazon sourced
While working for extended periods of time under HPS grow lights, I always have on protective eyewear (and you should too). I am currently using this cheap pair I found on Amazon. Click the pictures above to be directed to Apollo's Website.
For the price, these work great! They protect from eye fatigue and are easy to wear over my glasses. The side walls go all the way to my face resulting in minimum light penetration.
In general, I'm not a fan of plastic products nor giving money to Jeffy B, Lord Amazon. In a perfect world, I would get this from my local hydro shop; shop small business. And, since I live in the MECA of weirdness... I expect these to be made out of reclaimed wood! I'll GET ON THIS! #KeepPortlandWeird
** #TipTrick: I use a second pair of lenses over my camera lens for UV Filtered pictures.**