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My Honest Review of the Juiced HyperScorpion eBike

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If you are even slightly curious about purchasing an electric bike, all you need to do is whisper the word ‘ebike’ in the same room as a smartphone, and you will forever be inundated with ads every time you look at your screen. More electric bike companies are popping up every day. COVID might as well have been the Big Bang for alternative transportation. There are many different bikes made to fit a wide range of needs. Almost too many. After thorough research, there was one ebike in particular that caught my attention: the Juiced HyperScorpion. So, I picked one up and put it to the test. Here’s my honest review of Hyperscorpion ebike.

What I Need

Before digging into the review, let me first tell you what I wanted out of an ebike. As I said, there are many different ebikes out there – some are better suited for different needs than others.

A commuter

I needed a bike that would get me to work. My home is about 15 miles from the office and I drive an SUV, and the gas prices are killing me, so a bike that replaces my ride to work would save me money in the long run. I needed a bike with a decent battery.

Some muscle

I’m not small. Hovering at around 6 feet tall (my brother will be quick to tell you I’m really 5’11) and weighing in at 230 lbs, I needed a bike that could handle my size. I didn’t want the bike to die halfway to work, and I didn’t want it to be awkward to ride with my knees coming up over the handlebars as I pedaled.

Speed

It might not have been essential, but then again, what’s the point of getting a cool new ebike if it didn’t have some pick-me-up? I wanted a bike with some zip. Not just for fun, though – the drive to work is 30 minutes. I didn’t want to have to wake up an hour earlier to just get to work on time.

Stylish

Like speed, this wasn’t at the top of my list as far as essentials go, but I did want an ebike that had a nice look. It wasn’t so much that I needed it to look super cool – I just didn’t want it to look lame. Some ebikes look awkward or silly.

HyperScorpion On Paper

I Googled, and I asked around. I clicked on the ads that showed up on my Facebook feed and Snapchat stories, and I searched Reddit and compared ebikes side by side. Finally, I landed on the HyperScorpion from Juiced.

Checking all the boxes

According to all the research, the Hyperscorpion had everything I needed. Juiced claims a 70+ mile range for the ebike. Compare that to the 45+ mile range of the base model, Scorpion, and 50+ mile range of the Ariel Rider D-Class. The maximum weight capacity for the HyperScorpion is 275 pounds. I’m well within the weight range but won’t be riding with any passengers. The top speed is over 30 mph! That’s wild, but more on that in a moment. The HyperScorpion is also a pretty badass-looking bike. Its step-thru style with a wide frame, fat tires, and massive headlight make it a forced to be reckoned with. Now, back to the speed.

eBike classes

The difference between a bicycle and a motorcycle is pretty obvious. A bicycle is manually operated, and the average speed is around 12mph. It doesn’t have an engine, you don’t need a license, and you can’t ride it on the highway. On the other hand, a motorcycle has an engine, and some can go north of 100mph. That’s very dangerous, of course, and you need a license, insurance, and registration to ride one. With ebikes, however, the differences start to get less obvious.

Electric bikes fit into three different classifications. Class 1 is for pedal assist-only bikes and tops out at 20mph. Class 2 also tops out at 20mph but comes with a throttle, so you don’t have to pedal. Finally, Class 3 goes up to 28mph, but you’ll need to pedal to get that fast. Anything faster, and you will need to register your ebike as a motor vehicle and have insurance much like you would a moped or motorcycle

But you said the HyperScorpion goes over 30mph!

The HyperScorpion has different settings you can change on the LCD display on the handlebars. You can go from a pedal-assist only, all the way up to a class 3. Then there’s ‘racer’ mode. By going into the settings on display, you can unlock racer mode and go beyond 28mph with the throttle only. Juiced warns that this is only to be used on private roads, off public streets. If you use racer mode on a public street, you could be subject to a fine. So, don’t do that…

Put to the Test

The specs look just fine online, but how does the HyperScorpion measure up in the real world? Over 30 mph is impressive if it’s true. What about that battery? I also had concerns about customer support. Different forums online said that their support was lacking. Reports of the bike coming in the mail damaged were easy to find, and some people complained that getting ahold of someone at Juiced who would send them a replacement part was difficult. Only one way to find out.

Out of the box

When I ordered my HyperScorpion, I got a confirmation email that said it would arrive in 7 to 10 business days after it was processed. I ordered it on a Thursday evening, and the bike was traveling across the country to get to me, so I tried not to hold my breath. But it came exactly a week after I ordered it.

The bike came with some assembly required. I had to install the front tire, handlebars, and headlight. Despite the fact that the box had no visible damage from the outside, and the parts seemed secure inside, my headlight was damaged. It looked like it was crushed a little bit. It was just as I feared. The light still worked, but it was disappointing that it looked like I had been in a small accident before I even got on the bike.

I emailed customer support with my order number and a few pictures of the damaged headlight and crossed my fingers.

Since the headlight still worked, I installed it anyway with the plan to replace it if I ever got the new headlight in the mail. Setup took less than an hour, which is great – off to ride! Right? Wrong. The battery needs to do a full charge (9 hours) before its maiden voyage. That was a buzzkill.

She’s a beuty

My HyperScorpion came in a sexy, sleek dark blue. The step-thru design was something I was not initially looking for. I thought they looked a little too feminine for my tastes. But the wide, bulky frame dispels that notion. The bike looks more like a rugged moped with pedals. The big tires look like you could ride it into a warzone. The headlight (even though it was damaged) belongs on a motorcycle. There is no mistaking the HyperScorpion for an ordinary bike.

The ride

I finally got to take my brand new HyperScorpion for a ride the next day. If you haven’t been on an ebike before, the experience is surreal at first. One rotation of the pedals and the motor kicks in. Suddenly, it feels like you have a gust of wind at your back as you propel forward with minimal effort. If you are not comfortable on a bike, to begin with, proceed with caution, 20mph comes up pretty fast.

Even with my heavier frame, the bike went up hills with no issue. The screen on your handlebars tells you how much juice you have with your battery, and cruising around my neighborhood for an hour hardly made a dent.

So quiet

I was surprised with how quiet the HyperScorpion rides. Sure, it has an electric motor, but the bike has some serious power, and it’s virtually silent. While this is pretty cool, it did raise some concerns about road presence. Motorcycles have the benefit of the loud engine to alert other cars. If you’re not careful, you could easily sneak up on a car on the road.

Fortunately, the HyperScorpion comes with a horn you can reach with your thumb. It’s loud enough to alert cars as you come around corners or pedestrians that wander onto the bike lane. Plus, two big mirrors and the massive headlight offer some decent visibility. Still there, is no substitute for common sense.

Warning: Pedal bite

One thing I was fortunate enough to learn about online before I rode the bike was a pedal bite. If you take a hard turn while your inside pedal is down toward the ground, you can catch the ground with the pedal and hurt yourself. I found that I naturally rode with my inside pedal up when I took turns, but this is worth noting.

Faster? Longer?

After my first commute, I learned that the specs weren’t entirely accurate but not far off either. I made it to work and back in a single charge, switching between throttle only and pedal assist. After traveling roughly 30 miles, my battery was much closer to 20% than I would have liked. It would have been nice to get two days of use before charging it for 9 hours. Still, the battery is impressive, and I’m confident that the listed distance on all ebikes is a little skewed with heavier riders.

The top speed was not that far off. When I rode the bike on a <wink, wink> private ride, which I definitely did, by the way, I got up to 30mph on the dot for a brief moment. This was on flat terrain, and I really had to push it. If you are thinking you will be speeding at 30mph for long drags, you will be disappointed.

Final Thoughts

Good news: the new headlight came in within a week of my report. I can only express complete satisfaction with Juiced’s customer service. They were prompt and attentive. It was a bummer that the bike came damaged, but hey – things happen. They fixed the problem as quickly as I could have expected.

After riding the HyperScorpion for a week, I say it was well worth the investment. It delivers on the distance and speed that I needed while also adding a sense of safety. The powerful headlight and mirrors add security while riding around – even at night. The fat tires transition from concrete to grass effortlessly.

Juiced delivers an amazing product that checks all the boxes for a rider that needs versatility. It’s not the cheapest bike on the market. It’s not even the cheapest bike by Juiced. But if you are going to spend the money on a bike that you want to rely on, it will keep you safe; then cheap should not be in your criteria. Take the time to research, plan to use this for a long time, and invest in what gives you what you need. For me, it’s the Juiced HyperScorpion.

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How My 7-Day, $7 GraphicsZoo Experience Went

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The luxury of an on-demand graphic designer is a recent one. Gone are the Mad Men days of walking into a glamorous, sexy office building to hire a firm to do design work for you. Now, if you need a design completed, all you have to do is log on. GraphicsZoo is one such on-demand graphic designer. 

For a flat, monthly rate you can have all the designs your mind could dream of. So, I decided to see what was up with them. I signed up for their 7 Day $7 Trial. Not a bad deal, right? Here’s how my experience went. 

Logging On, Part One

When I first signed up for GraphicsZoo, I didn’t actually sign up. Not yet anyway. I had filled in and submitted the necessary log-in information. Next was the payment information. I paused on that for whatever reason, got distracted and closed the window. I would take care of it the next day when I had a moment. 

GraphicsZoo, however, took the initiative. I received this email the following day:

I hadn’t given them any money yet. Seems a little odd for a company to get the ball rolling when a customer has knowingly not handed over any kind of payment information. They sure seemed eager to get started, so, why not? Let’s get to work. 

Except, when I clicked on “Post a New Project,” I was sent to this page: 

You may be asking yourself, “what the hell is Laravel?” Because I sure did. Laravel is a free, open-source PHP web framework. It’s a website programming tool. That’s the best way I can explain something I don’t fully understand in layman’s terms. 

Why was I sent to this page by an official GraphicsZoo email? 

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Logging On, Part Two – The Sandwich Shop of My Dreams

Now ready to hand over proper payment information, I signed up a second time. Again, GraphicsZoo sent me an email about starting a project before I had submitted the payment information. But this time, they didn’t even give me time to walk away. 

I get it, you’re Eager McBeavers. Let’s wait until I hand over payment information, yes? 

Once I got settled in, I submitted my design request. Since high school, I’ve had a very silly dream about opening up a sandwich shop. So, to make a younger me excited, I decided to create a logo for this dream sandwich shop. 

My nickname in high school was Blondie, so I decided to stick with the theme and name my dream shop “Blondie’s Sammiches.”

Now, I had plenty of ideas as to how I wanted a logo or a label to look for this dream shop. But I wanted to see what GraphicsZoo designers could do with minimal direction. I gave them the initial freedom to decide for me. Let’s see what kind of raw talent they got. 

I asked for a classic New York deli-style design, and the rest was up to them. At least to start. 

Once submitted, I happened to notice the expected delivery date. September 6. That date would seem arbitrary, but I signed up on September 1. Kinda funny that the first expected delivery date is just under the 7-day mark, no? 

I see what you’re doing, GraphicsZoo. 

Design First Draft

To GraphicsZoo’s credit, they delivered the first draft ahead of schedule. For minimal direction, they delivered a half-decent design. 

I asked for a classic New York deli-style design. I think, despite the super-dated early 90’s color scheme, they did pretty okay. 

Now, I wanted to see how they would take direction. I preferred the first design with the text wrapped around the sandwich logo. I only wanted to change the color. I asked for a variety of text options (black, white, and colored) and that the sandwich be filled with “sandwich colors,” for lack of a better description. 

We all know what “sandwich colors” are, right? 

Turns out, GraphicsZoo designers did. 

The Waiting Is The Hardest Part

We were approaching the 7-day mark, so I was hoping to get a revision on the design before that mark. 

I would periodically check-in, but I would have a difficult time navigating the site. Upon checking in, I would see this page: 

If I were a less patient person, I would have been irritated. If I was paying regular, non-$7 prices, I would be furious. My inner Karen would be roaring. 

After some digging and clicking, I would eventually find my project. But, frankly, I shouldn’t have to do that no matter how little I’m paying. If I’m about to open my dream sandwich shop, I want to be able to find my potential logo with absolutely no issues. 

Seeing empty folders on an initial log-in is, well, not good. 

Design Second Draft

Thankfully, one day before the end of the 7-day trial, I received a second draft. To my delight, they had followed my directions well. 

Sure looks like “sandwich colors” to me. 

If I had more time to work on this, and if I were actually opening up my sandwich shop, I would have more revisions to make. But, considering the quality of design in the brief time allotted, I think this is a solid design. 

What is “solid” in terms of an academic grade? A “B?” A “B-?” Either way, my mother would tell me to do better. 

Cancelling The Trial Before The Real Charges

I was now in a time crunch. Considering I don’t want to pay over $300 for a service I won’t be returning to anytime soon, I wanted out and fast. I mean, look at these prices. 

Not exactly in my budget. So, it was time to cancel. I requested a cancellation and then… well, I waited. 

But, I don’t want to wait to see if my cancellation goes through or not. When you go to cancel your Netflix subscription, they cancel it. There’s no suspense. And when there’s that amount of money at stake, suspense is not the emotion I’d like to be feeling in the moment. 

I reached out to GraphicsZoo’s support team. I had asked for a confirmation of cancellation. But they had something else in mind, at first. 

And so, our dance began. 

There was a decent amount of back and forth. “How about this subscription plan?” No, just cancel, please. “Well, how about this one?” No. Just cancel, please. “Consider this plan!” I said NO. No means no! 

Eventually, my persistence and complete and total unwillingness to pay a single cent more won out. Grace, my support … person, finally conceded. 

She was doing her job. Can’t sneeze at that. I can sneeze at the practice of hounding someone not interested in paying a single cent more. If I were running a business, however, I’d insist on that policy. 

I may have been mildly annoyed about that process, but ultimately no harm was done. The cancellation went through. 

Conclusion

All in all, I would call my 7-day $7 trial experience with GraphicsZoo mediocre. I found the initial signing-up experience to be bizarre and unintentional. There’s no way GraphicsZoo meant to send me to a web programming tool when asking me to start a project. 

That’s the kind of whoopsie-daisy that really needs to be rectified, and immediately. 

I was slightly irritated by the persistence of a support coordinator to get me to keep paying them, but that’s the nature of business. There’s nothing wrong with that. 

I was mildly impressed with the designer’s ability to deliver a decent design in a short amount of time with minimal direction. What they delivered was fine, but given the circumstances, I think it was solid. 

Despite the decent work by the designers, I probably wouldn’t recommend GraphicsZoo. The experience with the initial signing up, the difficulty navigating their site, and the over persistence by the support department left me with a bad taste. There are plenty of other services out there better organized with the same quality of design. 

If I could put my experience with GraphicsZoo in a single word, it would be “Meh.”

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Bearaby Tree Napper Review: Is It Worth $299?

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Weighted blankets have gained popularity in recent years for their therapeutic benefits. What used to be therapy for those with anxiety and autism has now become widely available. Weighted blankets come in all shapes, sizes, and price ranges. However, most are the same. They’re simply blankets – weighted with a heavy material, typically beads.

Bearaby introduces an entirely new concept, the Bearaby Tree Napper, a weighted knitted from eucalyptus trees. Like Bearaby’s other weighted blankets, the Tree Napper gets its weight completely from the construction materials instead of relying on beads. It’s a unique concept that’s both innovative and socially responsible. However, is it worth the asking price?

What’s a weighted blanket?

First, let’s start by explaining what exactly a weighted blanket is. It’s a blanket that uses either beads or dense materials to give it a weight between 15 – 30 lbs. The weight is often evenly distributed across the blanket, so the pressure is applied equally. Research has shown that deep pressure stimulation has shown to reduce anxiety and stress. Ever wonder why a massage feels so good afterward?

Weighted blankets offer similar therapeutic effects by wrapping you underneath a 15 – 30lbs blanket. Several studies have shown that frequent use of weighted blankets can also help with chronic pain, osteoarthritis, insomnia, and even ADHD.

What makes Bearaby unique?

Most weighted blankets get their weight from tiny beads evenly quilted into the lining. This method certainly does work to give the blanket its weight, but you’ll often feel like you’re under a sandbag. The Bearaby Nappa is unlike any other weighted blanket. It gets its weight naturally from the dense cotton strands knitted together. This design choice gives the blanket a cohesive structure that’s both flexible and durable. It can stretch and take a bit of abuse. However, it’ll never lose its shape.

One significant advantage of Bearaby’s unique design is that it doesn’t sacrifice comfort for weight. Traditional weighted blankets rely on noisy beaded pockets, and that can often be uncomfortable. The Bearaby’s soft tencel knits are comfortable, soft, and have a natural silk-like texture that makes them cool to the touch.

Are Bearaby Weighted Blankets Washable?

Yes, thanks to 100% of the weight coming from the fibers, all Bearaby blankets, including the Tree Napper, are machine washable. Traditional weighted blankets are much more complicated to wash due to the beads being interlocked in pockets. Machine washing and drying could cause damage to the covering or, worse, to the washing machine should the pockets rupture. 

What is Bearaby made of?

It never fails to draw attention. The Bearaby’s unique look is both captivating and functional. Tencel is claimed to be softer than silk and more relaxed than linen. I can confirm its effectiveness by sleeping with the Bearaby for the past month in 80-90 degree weather. The knits allow me to sleep much cooler than a regular comforter.

Because 100% of the weight comes from the cotton itself, the distribution is more even across my body, giving me the feeling of being hugged rather than held down.

The look & feel

It never fails to draw attention. The Bearaby’s unique look is both captivating and functional. Tencel is claimed to be softer than silk and cooler than linen. Sleeping with the Bearaby for the past month in 80-90 degree weather, I can confirm its effectiveness. The knits allow me to sleep much cooler than a regular comforter.

Because 100% of the weight comes from the cotton itself, the distribution is more even across my body, giving me the feeling of being hugged rather than being held down.

A socially responsible company

Bearaby promises all of its products are sourced responsibly in a closed-loop process that uses 90% less water than traditional fabrics. Their products, including the Tree Napper, are biodegradable and have received sustainability certifications to back up their claim.

It’s easy for brands to claim their sustainability badge by promising to donate money for every purchase. Bearaby does something that few are willing to do – changing their manufacturing practice. It’s not a flashy promise, but it’s an expensive choice with the most significant impact on our environment. This practice alone more than justifies Bearaby’s price tag.

Bearaby’s price

We recommend any Bearaby weighted blankets because it’s a fantastic health product that can add years to your life. Any benefits traditional weighted blankets offer, the Bearaby simply offers more.

The Bearaby Tree Napper starts at $269 for the 15lbs version and goes up to $299 for the 25lbs version. It’s easily one of the most expensive weighted blankets on the market. However, considering the materials, sustainable practice, and fair wages they offer their staff, it’s well worth the price. You’re buying more than just a blanket. You’re supporting a company that takes care of their people and environment.

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The $5-Worth Nintendo Switch Deal: PowerA Joy Con Grip

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We all know $5 is a tough price to find for anything decent these days. But Amazon offered a Nintendo Switch accessory more than 50% off its original price! With a crisp Abe Lincoln, you can either have a PowerA Joy Con Comfort Grip or Celeste game. It doesn’t sound like a losing deal, right? 

Nintendo Switch PowerA Joy Con Comfort Grip

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As a boost to your gaming experience, this Nintendo Switch accessory reached its lowest price last week. Alright, we know PowerA Joy Con Comfort Grip isn’t the sleekest Nintendo Switch accessory. But we can admit it does the job. The best part? It’s even a Nintendo-authorized clone for the original Joy Con grip for Switch. 

Although, it’s too bad for those who did not get a chance to buy this accessory for only $5. As they say, “you snooze, you lose.” Compared to last week’s 67% discount, Power-A currently costs $9.88

Product Features:

  • Lightweight and ergonomic for a satisfying gaming experience. 
  • Enjoy the feel of double-injected rubber grips for your optimum comfort. 
  • Keep your Joy Con snug and secure. 
  • It keeps indicator lights visible. 
  • Shock resistant

Review: 

PowerA ranks in the Amazon’s Choice section for the “joycon grip” search. It received a whopping 4.5 stars review with more than 20,000 ratings. This gaming accessory is officially licensed even though a third party makes it. So we can’t expect it to have the same feel, design, and benefits that a JoyCon grip gives you. 

It’s important to remember that PowerA is cheaper, so it’s safe to expect slightly lower quality. 

At the same time, this Nintendo Switch accessory does not have a “charge and play” function. But still, if you’re looking for a cheaper alternative that can provide you comfort while gaming, it can surely deliver. 

Nintendo Switch Game: Celeste

Celeste is the all-time favorite game for Nintendo Switch’s platform. This indie game from 2018 was also available for 75% off its original price. However, like PowerA’s $5 deal, Celeste’s 75% off is a thing of the past. So if you’re like me, who’s living under a rock, you probably missed the sweet double-deal. 

Currently, Celeste costs $19.99. It’s a game that players and critics love because of its heartfelt plot and simplicity. Although it looks simple, it’s a challenging game to play. Its difficulty level is through the roof, which makes some not fond of the game. 

Review:

Overall, Celeste has an overwhelmingly positive review and feedback for players. It can be frustrating, to the point where you want to pull your hair, especially if you keep dying. But it can surely keep you on your toes as you try to clear each chapter. 

This indie game is created with great platforming, aesthetics, atmosphere and even the OST pulls you into game mode. It may look off if you’re not a fan of pixelated visuals. But if you can move past that, the gaming experience will not disappoint. Each chapter has a story behind it. So it can completely immerse and motivate the gamer to move on to the next level.

It’s the go-to game if you like challenging games and pixelated aesthetics. 

Final Thoughts

For those early birds who managed to grab a $5-worth of PowerA grip or Celeste game, great job for landing a low-priced Nintendo deal. However, not all are lucky enough to grab more than their money’s worth. 

On the other hand, both are still great products worth the price, especially if you love gaming. In the end, it’s the gaming experience that’s important. So if you’re still planning to get your PowerA grip, go on while it’s still at 34% off the original price. However, if you’re more curious about Celeste, it’s still worth the splurge!

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