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Alfawise V8S Pro E30B review: Robot mop vs corgi hair

More than just a robot vacuum

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If you have a furry pet you’ll know what a chore it is to keep the floor clean. I have been waiting for a robot vacuum to come with mopping function for quite some time. Robot vacuums at the most basic level can sweep the floor but requires that you mop after to thoroughly clean the floor. The prices of robot mops finally started to come down recently — we now get solid features at more affordable prices. One of them is the Alfawise V8S Pro.

There are a few things you’ll want to know about the V8S Pro before picking it up. It requires a bit more work than just setting it and forgetting about it.

First week was a struggle

People seem to think that a robot vacuum-slash-mop will take over the whole activity. A cleaning robot like the Alfawise V8S Pro isn’t going to tidy your floors up before it sweeps or mops.

If you were to mop your floor manually, you would tidy it up, move things around, sweep it, then mop it. This doesn’t change when you get a robot vacuum. The only difference is it will be doing most of the heavy lifting.

The Alfawise V8S Pro sweeps and mops — it goes over your floors but you have to take the time to set it up. Lucky for you it has voice-controlled functions, an Epson gyroscope to map rooms, 1800Pa of suction, and is quiet at 65dB.

The first week with it I wasn’t sure if this was the right product for me. I haven’t had a robot vacuum since moving to my new Berlin apartment and I hadn’t considered my furniture choice. This meant the robot mop kept getting caught on a chair that had bars going across the floor. The floors also didn’t end up perfectly clean during that week. Then it took a while getting used to having to change the attachment to go from sweeping to mopping. Not to mention I had a corgi staying with me one weekend.

Honestly, only a monster would mop a dirty floor, so I came up with a system that worked for me. I scheduled two sweepings a day. Before setting the V8S Pro to mop, I would spray the spots with water that needed cleaning before I left the house. Not doing this would leave the floor to still have marks. The mopping function is essentially just a wet cloth wiping your floor.

I also tried putting a dash of floor cleaning solution in the water tank and it seems to work quite well. The floor would feel and look clean after but not perfect. Even though there is a spot and edge mode and the mapping does a good job of making sure the entire floor gets passed over, you will have to clean corners manually. It’s also worth noting that you’re going to have to mop your floors by hand once a month, depending on how clean you need your floors.

My tile floors in the bathroom do get watermarks on the floor after I shower, so that also needs spraying if want it to look really clean. But the robot isn’t perfect — it doesn’t reach the corners of a room, although it does pick up some of the dirt closer to the walls. Those areas don’t get as clean compared to the rest of the floor.

Dog sitting a corgi

The real test for me came when I had to dog sit Juancho the corgi for a weekend. This is a dog that sheds — a lot. I didn’t change my plan, the V8S did two passes with the sweeping mode.

I emptied it after the first sweep out of curiosity, did a second sweep and found that it was equally full of fur after.

Then I switched to mopping. This time I left the apartment for a bit, and I came back to a few stray fur strands. Overall though, there was almost no evidence of the fur explosion.

I scheduled sweeps with the Smart Life app but you can control it with voice using Google Home and Amazon Alexa. If you don’t want to mess around with the app, and this is often the route I went, I would just grab the remote and use auto. One time I spilled a glass of water and controlled the robot mop using the remote. It’s fun but the novelty quickly wore off.

Pick it up on GearBest for US$169 or for US$164 with coupon code ALFVCCP01

A look at the technology

The Alfawise V8S Pro has a BLDC brushless motor with 1800Pa of suction power and does not exceed 65dB. There are three modes of cleaning: Auto, Edge and Cleaning along the planned route. In mopping mode it never goes over 30dB. Of course, it has sensors to prevent collisions and falling from the staircase if you have one.

The power modes are Low, Normal and High. After experimenting with these I found that keeping it on Normal works for my apartment. High makes a lot of noise and Low leaves some dust behind. I also always use is Auto mode.

There is one button on the robot that you only need to activate Wi-Fi. After that you probably will never use it again.

It’s 7.6cm thin so it can easily clean under a couch, bed, or other furniture. Sadly, it doesn’t fit under my European toilet.

It has a 350ml water tank, which is more than enough to clean 90 square meters, with around 25% of liquid left in the tank. The dust box is 600ml and I empty it once a week, with around 10 sweeps a week.

We like that Alfawise didn’t try to make their own software. It uses Smart Life, a third-party app that’s aiming to be the go-to app for your smart home appliances and devices.

Battery life and charging

The Alfawise V8S Pro is equipped with a 2500 mAh battery. A single battery charge lasts about 2 hours of cleaning. At the end of the cleaning or if the charge level drops below 20%, the robot returns to the charging dock.

A full charge takes 4-6 hours. If it had to return to the base to charge in the middle of cleaning, it will pick up from where it left off once it’s done charging.

The things you get in the box

  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Side Brush (2x)
  • HEPA Filter (2x)
  • Microfiber mop (2x)
  • Charger base with adapter
  • Remote controller with 2 x AAA Battery

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At US$ 169, the sweeping and mopping features of the Alfawise V8s Pro E30B are amazing. It’s intelligent, and the auto cleaning mode seems to be getting better and better as I use it.

Pick it up on GearBest for U$169 or for U$164 with coupon code ALFVCCP01

Once I figured out the ideal schedule for my home between the sweeping and mopping features, this robot has been more than welcome to move into my home. Spraying a liquid solution in problematic areas before setting the V8S Pro to mop results into floors that look and feel clean. The only parts you’ll have to worry about are the 3 inches closest to the wall and corners.

You do need to be involved with your robot since you have to change the dust bin out of the mopping pad, and the first tries can be a struggle. But once you get used to it, it won’t feel so much of a chore. The dust bin is large enough that I only change it once a week after a total of 10 sweeps.

If you’re looking for something that nearly removes the need for you to mop your floors and don’t want to spend more than US$200, the Alfawise V8S Pro E30B is a steal.

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How to make your crush view your Instagram story

Three easy steps to get that validation

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Catching up with friends entails a discussion about your love life. Being single for a long time, a friend asked if I were dating someone new. I responded gleefully, “no, I’m not dating anyone but I have a new crush I met at an event.”

Giggly about my newfound love interest, my friend advised me how to tease my crush. However, it’ll only work if we’re following each other on Instagram. To see if my friend’s strategy works, we used our own accounts and to my surprise, we succeeded.

While it may yield different results, here are three easy steps you can do to make your crush view your Instagram story.

Step 1: Post a story you want your crush to see

Uploading a story feels like a small window to our lives. Make sure the photo you upload is something that you want your crush to see. It’s like making an impression, and you only have one shot if he/she ever sees your story. I posted my gym photos and pizza stories — something that both my crush and I enjoy.

Step 2: Edit your story settings

Here’s the not-so-tricky part! We’re calling it the hide-unhide strategy. When your story is uploaded, immediately adjust your story settings and hide your story from your crush. Save it, and then change the story settings again to unhide the story. This strategy beats Instagram’s algorithm and pushes your story to one of the first stories he/she can view.

Step 3: Enjoy the validation

As long as you and your crush follow each other on Instagram and regularly use the app, then it’s guaranteed that he/she will view your story. Enjoy the frickin’ validation. I’ve been doing it for almost a month now, and I always giggle whenever I see my crush’s name.

There are times that the strategy won’t push you to the first story he/she can view. For some reason, my friend tried hiding and unhiding her story to me, and she only ended up being second on the queue. Instagram still prioritizes the accounts you engage with the most through reacts and direct messages. However, being at the first five ensures you have a shot at making an impression that lasts.

Now, hurry and make your crush view your story. It won’t be long before Instagram’s algorithm changes again!

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6 shows on Netflix with hot sex scenes

Netflix keeps it wild and steamy

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The following is intended for readers 18+

Netflix has a variety of shows that you can enjoy: From romantic comedies that make you blush to thriller films that make your heart race. Common knowledge, but Netflix also has a lot of TV series with steamy sex scenes.

Below are six shows on Netflix with sexy scenes. If you’re looking for a show that’ll give you a wild, hookup idea or make you drool over someone, you’ve come (pun not intended) to the right place. And oh, there are spoilers ahead so read at your own risk.

Marvel’s Jessica Jones

Photo by GadgetMatch | Marvel’s Jessica Jones Season 1, Episode 3 (06:20)

Marvel’s Jessica Jones has the thrill you’re looking for — crimes, investigation, murder, and wild sex scenes. Its season 3 may have a lot of sexy scenes, but nothing can beat the first episodes in its first season.

I mean, come on! Luke Cage and Jessica Jones — two powerful superhumans — thrusting while moaning hard, and breaking the bed? That’s WILD.

Riverdale

Photo by GadgetMatch | Riverdale Season 3, Episode 5 (15:00)

Sure, it’s all about murders in Riverdale town, but teens from Riverdale are so hormonal, they’re also obsessed with sex. Some of the hottest scenes are from Season 3, Episode 5 (15:00) where Veronica uses her connections to get to Archie — and have sex in the locker room.

Another is from Season 4, Episode 2 (04:00) when Betty and Jughead started making out in front of Archie and Veronica. At first, you’ll think it’s going to be a foursome, but the two had their one-on-one session in another room instead.

Elite

Photo by GadgetMatch | Elite Season 1, Episode 3 (48:58)

Another teen series starring some of the casts from the popular La Casa de Papel, Elite follows three teenagers who transferred to an elite school. If you think this is some high school drama, you’re kidding yourself. It has a lot of murder, alcohol, party, and of course, sex.

Starting with Season 1, Episode 1 (20:40, 41:43) where a shower and bed scene happened while the couples were being watched. Then, there’s Season 1, Episode 3 (47:41) where a threesome between two guys and a girl happened, and Season 2 Episode 2 (38:28) where two guys did the deed while someone beside them is sleeping.

Orange is the New Black

Photo by GadgetMatch | Orange is the New Black Season 3, Episode 2 (54:08)

Orange is the New Black has a lot of girl on girl scenes, obviously because the show took place in a women’s prison. The show follows Piper Kerman’s memoir when she was indicted for money-laundering and drug-trafficking.

One of the hottest scenes in the show was between Alex Vause and Piper Chapman. At Season 3, Episode 2 (54:08), Alex and Piper had a “fight” that led to a pushing, grabbing, and hair-pulling sex scene. There was a lot of strength and aggression.

Sense8

Photo by GadgetMatch | Sense8 Season 2, Episode 1 (53:12)

Sense8 might be a sci-fi drama revolving around the theme of “connection,” with lots of superhuman powers but its sex scenes are abundant. At the finale of Season 1 and during the first episode of Season 2, an orgy happened. Most of the scenes were shown in unrealistic places like inside a toilet cubicle.

Sense8 is filled with steamy sex scenes that might make you want to stay away from your favorite adult sites. Maybe you can just use this as a buffer for your date night. You can really get them in the mood with the show’s intriguing plot and steamy scenes.

Bodyguard

Photo by GadgetMatch | Bodyguard Episode 2 (57:08)

What’s hotter than having a relationship with someone you’re not supposed to be with? Say, someone older than you, your client, or probably your direct superior at work? At Bodyguard, fans reveled at the sexual tension between the hot bodyguard David Montague and hot politician Julia Montague.

In the second and third episodes, the sexual tension hit a fever pitch with fear and anger becoming one of the driving forces for both David and Julia to do the deed — even though it’s going to get things complicated. Also, nothing sounds sexier than hearing someone as hot as David being polite while humping you on a desk.

Bonus: The Witcher

Photo by GadgetMatch | The Witcher Season 1, Episode 3 (14:00)

The Witcher has been the talk of the town lately — from memes to incredible fight scenes, and its nudity. Almost every episode has it, but the scene between Istredd and Yennefer at Episode 3 is something to watch out for. *wink emoji*

Finding the right show to Netflix & Chill to

Identifying a scene as hot, wild, and steamy is purely subjective. Some shows might be hot for you, some might not. However, the key to enjoying these shows is to watch and dive into the story. Follow the plot and understand the dynamics between the characters.

The plot is integral since it builds sexual tension. And honestly, we’re always pumped in those moments where we can’t wait for the characters to “just do it.” 😏

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3 fitness apps for people who travel a lot

No excuses!

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Traveling makes sticking to a workout routine difficult; but in an era with apps that cater to just about everyone’s needs, it’s now easier to achieve your fitness goals.

If you’re committed to making health and fitness a priority this year or simply feel bad about not having a go-to workout, here are three apps that can help no matter how busy you are, wherever in the world you may be:

FlexIt

Work out whenever your schedule allows it, wherever you may be — sans the contract. That’s the idea behind FlexIt, a pay-by-the-minute app that gives you access to thousands of gyms.

You simply scan a QR code at the front desk before and after a workout so you only pay for the time you spend at the gym. The app also lets you see which gyms offer the best per-minute rate in your area, and which times are off peak hours so you can get an even better deal.

FlexIt is currently available across the US, and will soon be expanding to Canada, Europe, and Australia.

ClassPass

Finding a workout that you enjoy can be daunting. With ClassPass, you get to try different physical activities for as little as US$ 19 per month. It’s also perfect for people who get bored with sticking to just one type of workout.

With the app, you can search classes offered by the different gyms around you. Whether it’s indoor cycling, yoga, HIIT, or boxing — booking a class that you feel like taking that day is one tap away. Can’t find a gym in your area? A ClassPass membership also gives you access to on-demand workout videos.

ClassPass is available across the North America, Europe, Asia, and Oceania although monthly subscriptions vary per country.

J&J Official 7 Minute Workout

If time constraints and the lack of gyms in the area are what’s stopping you, try J&J Official 7 Minute Workout app. It’s completely free and it gives you access to a virtual coach and a video library of workouts that you can do in 7 minutes.

If you have a little bit more time to spare, there’s a Smart Workout mode that creates a variety of workouts based on your fitness and motivation level.

The best part is none of the workouts require weights or machines, just your own body weight, making it easier to get your heart pumping whether you’re in an airport lounge or an Airbnb.

Committing to a one-year gym membership can be too much — not just for people who travel a lot like me, but also for beginners. These three apps don’t require contracts, but a self-commitment to make working out not just a New Year’s resolution but also a lifetime habit. With everything accessible with a few taps on your smartphone, there are just simply no excuses.

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