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7 Tips to Purchase a Good Quality and Durable Generator



Buying a generator for your home or business can seem like overkill, can’t it? Having a generator on hand means that your primary power source has gone out and you need to get your power back online. We typically read about hospitals having generators in order to keep patients safe and secure during power outages. However, it can be just as important for homeowners to have their own high-quality generator, as well. Buying a generator isn’t as easy as picking a product out of a catalog. Shoppers need to know exactly what they are looking for in order to get the right product for their home. Today, we are going to highlight seven different tips that will help you come home with a high-quality and durable generator. 

Generator Buying Guide: 7 Simple Tips. 

Portable generators come in a variety of different shapes and sizes. It is obviously important to know what you are shopping for but generates are such a niche item that it can be hard to even get prepared. When shopping for a generator, you have to stay aware of several aspects. In order to help make your shopping easier, we’ve put together a handful of tips that should help keep you focused on the best products available. 

1) Pick A Style Of Generator – Before you can even begin to consider taking home a generator, you need to know what kind it is that you are looking for. There are three basic generators that you can pick from: Portable Generators, Home Standby Generators, and Inverter Generators. Each style of generator will have their own specific types of pros and cons. You’ll also notice that the price of each generator option will vary greatly. Home Standby Generators are typically the most expensive as they require a professional to install them. Portable Generators are the most common and affordable, but they lack high-end power. Inverter Generators are an intermediate option due to the complexity of how they operate. 

2) Understand Your Power Needs – The goal of your generator is obviously going to be to supply your home with power. If you get a generator that lacks the power supply to fuel your home, you really aren’t getting any use out of your product. Pay close attention to the power supply of your generator and make sure to match it with the needs of your home. For reference, a refrigerator requires about 600 watts of electricity in order to run. The lights in your home can range anywhere from 60 to 600 watts of electricity. Generators come with varying amounts of power, so make sure you get something that covers your need. 

3) Pick Your Fuel Source – Your generator obviously doesn’t run on electricity, now, does it? In order to make sure that your generator is operating when you need it, pay attention to the fuel supply that it requires. Some generators will take propane as their primary fuel while others will use gasoline. If you get a generator that runs on a dangerous chemical like gasoline or propane, make sure that you store extra fuel on location in a safe manner. You don’t want your fuel to become a hazard and you don’t want to not have any when the time comes to fire up your generator. 

4) Learn How To Maintain The Generator – If you want your generator to stay durable for a long period, you are going to need to learn how to maintain it. Generators are relatively complex machines when you don’t know the first thing about them. In order to keep your generator in great shape, take some time to read the manual that comes with your prospective generator. You can also find maintenance videos on the internet that will walk you through all the important maintenance steps. Learn how to maintain your generator fromGenerator Place Honda as soon as you can because you never know when you will need it! 

5) Pay Attention To Special Features – Generators aren’t always going to be machines with limited features. Some generators have extra features that help to make your usage much easier. For example, some generators will offer alternative fuel options, a low-oil shutoff, an electric start, or even an automatic starting system. These special features will increase the price of your generator but some of them are worth paying extra for. To our mind, having an alternative fuel capacity might be the most useful special feature out of the bunch. After all, if you are without power for a prolonged period, finding fuel might become a problem. 

6) Pay Extra For A Warranty – While generators are typically hardy machines, that doesn’t mean that problems don’t eventually begin to manifest. For most general purchases, buying an extended service warranty probably isn’t a great idea. However, with a generator, you might be better served to pay a little extra in order to get an extended warranty. Generators are specialized enough to be problematic to repair without the assistance of a professional. An extended warranty might add another $50 to your purchase, but that $50 surcharge could end up keeping the lights on for you down the road. 

7) Don’t Forget The Transfer Switch – Finally, we need to triple-underline the importance of a transfer switch. A transfer switch is what safely connects your generator to your home. Without this transfer switch, your generator could turn into a massive liability that could lead to danger and even death. A transfer switch needs to be installed by a certified electrician and you will likely need to pay at least $500 for the job. The transfer switch is not an optional feature.  

Buying a quality generator is all about knowing what you are looking for. When you look for a new generator, you are really looking for peace of mind. Use our tips in order to keep you focused as you sort through all the different options available to you! There are many generator choices out there, so bring the right one home!


Countdown to Christmas: No More Dead Phone



21 days to go! Every year people panic to find the perfect gift. We at T2C have been collecting idea’s all year long to bring you the perfect gift guide at all price levels. When you’re at the end of your rope trying to find the perfect Christmas present this year, come to this guide for some great suggestions.

I am constantly forgetting to charge my phone or I have calls for my business that keep me on longer than I wanted and I am left with a dead phone battery. Without a charger or an outlet I am left extremely frustrated and I know I am not the only one. Now there’s a product that you can always count on. It’s called the PWRCard ($49.99 however buying 3 is $111.99) Sleek and slender the PWRCard is as small as a few stacked credit cards. It stores easily in any wallet or purse, and its LED indicators tell you how much charge it has. Plus, with its built-in cable, you’ll never lose your charging cable. It also works on Apple and Android devices, so whatever phone you have you’re good to go! It’s so light you won’t even know you’re carrying it. But it’ll be there when you need it, ready to charge you back up!

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Watching The Gift Of Giving Is A Blessing In Many Ways



My biggest guilty pleasure is watching East Idaho’s Secret Santa video’s on YouTube. Watching these men and women who are so deserving be seen and heard fills my heart with such joy. Sometimes the thanks is just around the corner.

The Secret Santa is a native Idahoan who lives in eastern Idaho. The money comes directly from him – not some program, organization, charity or trust fund. The recipient’s must live in eastern Idaho and have a true need. If you wonder what a “true need” is or are unsure if your nominee will qualify for a gift, submit your nomination.

The Secret Santa looks for responsible and deserving citizens who have done everything in their power to care for themselves but ill fortune or unfortunate situations have put them at a significant disadvantage. In the past, Secret Santa has provided cars, washers and dryers, furniture, special computers, dental care, diapers, gas and grocery cards and other items.

Recipients of gifts are not taxed by the IRS. However, on some large gifts over $16,000, the giver must pay a gift tax to the IRS. Secret Santa pays all necessary gift and sales taxes. Many wonder if Secret Santa gets a tax break on the gifts he gives away. Since these are gifts, and not business expenses, Secret Santa cannot claim these as tax deductions. He receives no tax benefit whatsoever.

Secret Santa and have been surprising people in need since 2015. That year, Secret Santa gave away $100,000. The amount has increased every year since then.

Secret Santa tells us about one Christmas when he was a young man living temporarily in a foreign country. Since he was away from home, he was not expecting any gifts but on Christmas morning, when he sat down for breakfast, there was a present on his table. It was not an expensive gift and it was anonymous. It was the only Christmas gift he received that year and it had a big impact on him. He did not know who it was from, but he knew someone loved and cared about him. That lifted him up beyond what anyone could imagine. To this day, he has no idea who gave him that small gift. But it still brings a flood of good feelings to him every time he relives that moment.

Today, there are countless people around him who love him, and he wants others to know that there are people who love them and care about them. He believes that giving anonymously with no expectation of receiving anything in return is the ultimate expression of love and caring. He wants others to have the experience that he did as a young man over 50 years ago.

Secret Santa appreciates anyone who wants to help, but he is not asking for donations. He encourages you to find someone in your own community who needs help and bless them – then pay attention to how that brightens your day. His message to the world: Everyone can be a Secret Santa!

Letters to Secret Santa can be sent to:

East Idaho News
c/o Nate Eaton
390 West Sunnyside Road
Idaho Falls, ID 83402

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Headed To Walter Reade With Camp4Heroes To Bring Christmas To Our Vets: First Stop Annapolis



My friends and I were headed to Bethesda, Maryland to Walter Reade with Camp4Heroes to bring Christmas To Our Vets.

Our driver decided to take us to the historic charm of Annapolis since two of us had never been there. Along the shores of the Chesapeake Bay is nestled just 32 miles from Washington, DC and 26 miles from Baltimore.

This bustling port town formed in the 18th century, is a National Historic Landmark, America’s Sailing Capital and one of the top waterfront destinations in the United States.

The US Naval Academy has been training officers for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps since 1845.

If you love the water there are several water taxi’s available.

Margarita and the tree

I loved the music notes that adorned the spruce

The town was adorably set up for Christmas.

Margarita and the loaded Bloody Mary


Shrimp Po-Boy with Cheese Grits

Crab Eggs Benedict With delicious Cheese Grits

Crab Dip and Chips

Famous for its fresh-from-the-bay seafood. The food is sublime. We went to the Iron Rooster and will definitely be coming back.

Called a Museum Without Walls, Annapolis has more 18th-century brick buildings than any other city of comparable size in the nation including the homes of Maryland’s four signers of the Declaration of Independence.

The Maryland State House is the oldest in continuous legislative use. The Banneker-Douglass Museum documents Maryland’s African American history from the 1600s to the present day. Housed in an old oyster packing plant, the newly redesigned Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park chronicles life on the Chesapeake Bay then and now.

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center invites visitors to explore its 2,650-acre campus that spans forests, wetlands, marshes and 15 miles of protected shoreline.

I can’t wait to come back and attend the second largest Renaissance Festival.


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Countdown to Christmas: The Abs You’ve Always Wanted



22 days to go! Every year people panic to find the perfect gift. We at T2C have been collecting idea’s all year long to bring you the perfect gift guide at all price levels. When you’re at the end of your rope trying to find the perfect Christmas present this year, come to this guide for some great suggestions.

Vital FlexCore uses advanced EMS technology that sends electric pulses to stimulate your abdominal and arm muscles. When your muscles receive the pulse, they contract and flex — as if they were lifting weights. It basically mimics a high-intensity workout by targeting and stimulating vital core and arm muscles, but without the strain and injury of an intense workout.

Here are some of the benefits:

  1. Increase your strength – For those approaching middle age, maintaining strength in your muscles is key to preventing age-related muscle atrophy and avoiding diseases like type 2 diabetes, arthritis, and osteoporosis. The importance of keeping strong is also undeniably linked to emotional and mental health.
  2. Lose weight – Vital FlexCore boosts weight loss by promoting muscle stimulation, allowing you to burn fat and extra calories stimulating your muscles to burn calories efficiently, shedding those extra pounds.
  3. Tones and defines muscles – Vital FlexCore targets specific muscles, helping you achieve a more defined look by increasing muscle density, toning, and sculpting your muscles so you not only look better but feel better too.
  4. Increase range of motion EMS technology can help improve your range of motion and consequently your flexibility by working on muscle elasticity and joint mobility, so movement becomes more comfortable.
  5. Help cramp relief – For those approaching middle age, maintaining strength in your muscles is key to preventing age-related muscle atrophy and avoiding diseases like type 2 diabetes, arthritis, and osteoporosis. The importance of keeping strong is also undeniably linked to emotional and mental health.
  6. Increase natural blood flow – Muscle contractions stimulated by Vital FlexCore increase blood circulation, reducing muscle soreness and promoting a healthy heart. By using Vital FlexCore, you’re providing muscular support while also being proactive about maintaining a strong heart.

It’s also 100% safe for people of all ages with no side effects. EMS technology has been around for years, and was even used by Bruce Lee in the 70s to supplement his workouts. The engineers behind the Vital FlexCore took it even further by improving the tech and making it portable, as an all-in-one muscle workout machine that melts fat and strengthens muscle in no time. It’s a body hack to turn you into a muscle-building powerhouse minus the gym fees!

It’s easy to use just place it on your belly and arms, press a button, and you’re ready to go. There are 10 intensity levels and 6 unique modes to choose from, so you’re free to customize your workouts as you see fit. No stress or hassle—just a simple and effective way to get in shape!

The cost is $69.99 for the basic. $79.99 with arm and gel added.

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1800 Tequila and Carmelo Anthony Holiday Drop Shop



This is a perfect idea for a gift for the tequila lover in your life. The new 1800 Tequila x Carmelo Anthony Holiday Drop Shop celebrates the best taste in tequila and in life this holiday season.

As part of 1800 Tequila’s passion for sports and dedication to its community, all apparel proceeds from the 1800 Tequila x Carmelo Anthony Holiday Drop Shop will directly benefit The Carmelo Anthony Foundation to provide communities better access to recreational activities such as refurbishment of local basketball courts.

Featuring a partnership with brand tastemaker, 10-time NBA All-Star, and entrepreneur, Carmelo Anthony the 1800 Tequila x Carmelo Anthony Holiday Drop Shop showcases tasteful gifts for tequila, fashion, and sports fans alike.

The 1800 Tequila x Carmelo Anthony Holiday Drop Shop is a limited-edition apparel capsule collection featuring four bespoke items designed and produced in collaboration with Carmelo Anthony and his apparel lifestyle brand STAYME7O. The 1800 Tequila x STAYME7O collection includes: 1800 Tequila x STAYME7O Varsity Jacket (hero product), 1800 Tequila x STAYME7O Hoodie, 1800 Tequila x STAYME7O Snapback Hat, and 1800 Tequila x STAYME7O Embroidered Fabric Patch.

Consumers can purchase apparel from the 1800 Tequila x Carmelo Anthony Holiday Drop Shop through various bundle sets ranging from $75 – $295 while supplies last. Sign up to get notified for early purchase access on



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