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Whitelabel Wireless Portable Shower Speaker with Bluetooth V3.0 Special Waterproof design and Handsfree Mic for Apple iphone/ ipad/ ipod /Sumsang galaxy /Note /Tablet/ PC etc---blue
Whitelabel Wireless Portable Shower Speaker with Bluetooth V3.0 Special Waterproof design and Handsfree Mic for Apple iphone/ ipad/ ipod /Sumsang galaxy /Note /Tablet/ PC etc---blue
Offered by Smart Mobility Ltd
Price: 30.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Moody blues, 23 April 2014
A dinky-sized speaker that easily into the palm of your hand with an integrated loop for hanging, which is particularly helpful if taken into ‘wet’ conditions. Connected easily via Bluetooth or cable, it has a decent sound as well, albeit a little light on bass for my taste. It is water resistant and can be taken into the bathroom, for example but should not be submerged in water, so I’d avoid taking it into the actual shower cubicle. When paired with a phone you can even interrupt your music to take calls.

Charging via USB (short lead provided) takes a couple of hours and to extend the life of the battery you have the usual warning to fully charge before first use; full charge is achieved when the red light goes out. You should get around 10 hours of playback from a full charge.

Pairing is easy and just involves holding down the power/multifunction key for a few seconds until an alternate red/blue light shows; all devices connected automatically and didn’t drop out. When taken out for gardening duties the pairing seemed good even beyond the 10 metre stated limit. It has a rubber rim so can withstand some rough treatment, which is particularly useful in the garden.

Sound quality is pretty decent although I would like a little more bass, particularly for punk and rock music; the volume is acceptable but again a little on the low side at the highest setting. The only available user adjustments are volume control and alternating between speaker/phone.

It’s a cheery little speaker that was provided without charge for review purposes; it is a good all round performer.


(Double USB Output) OXA 10000mAh 5V 1A/2A External Battery Power Bank Charger With Digital Screen And LED Flashlight for iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iphone 3GS, iPad, HTC One, HTC One Mini, Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, Google Nexus 4, Samsung Galaxy S3, Apple iPhone 5, Nokia Lumia 900, Nokia Lumia 920, Nokia Lumia 925, Windows Phone 8, Huawei Ascend G330, Huawei Ascend P2, Huawei Ascend P6, Samsung Ativ S, Motorola Razr HD, Sony Xperia S, Blackberry Z10 review, Nokia Lumia 1020, Nokia Lumia 925, Nokia Lumia 820, Nokia Lumia 720
(Double USB Output) OXA 10000mAh 5V 1A/2A External Battery Power Bank Charger With Digital Screen And LED Flashlight for iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iphone 3GS, iPad, HTC One, HTC One Mini, Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, Google Nexus 4, Samsung Galaxy S3, Apple iPhone 5, Nokia Lumia 900, Nokia Lumia 920, Nokia Lumia 925, Windows Phone 8, Huawei Ascend G330, Huawei Ascend P2, Huawei Ascend P6, Samsung Ativ S, Motorola Razr HD, Sony Xperia S, Blackberry Z10 review, Nokia Lumia 1020, Nokia Lumia 925, Nokia Lumia 820, Nokia Lumia 720
Offered by buyinsummer
Price: 17.29

5.0 out of 5 stars Small box of tricks, 23 April 2014
A very portable power bank (measuring only 10 x 7 x 2 cm) that contains sufficient charge to replenish several spent devices before itself needing a recharge. Two USB outputs provide 10A or 21A charging options (both 5V), which broadly charge small and large devices via myriad supplied connectors and one lead. The power bank also incorporates a handy LED torch (double click to switch on or off). A small instruction leaflet is included.

Full charge takes several hours via USB; the LCD provides a helpful count to allow you to keep track. Mine arrived with about 40% charge already present. I used the power bank to charge a fully discharged itouch, which used about 11% of the capacity of the unit and took about the same time as my usual method of USB via PC. Again the LCD guides on progress.

The piano black finish is not forgiving of fingerprints (a microfibre cloth has been included in the pack should you wish to maintain that mirror finish) and a soft storage pouch protects against scratches when not in use although could have done with a pocket for all of those attachments although they do fit inside the pouch with care.

Provided without charge for review purposes, the power bank is a nifty little number that provides backup in circumstances where you might otherwise struggle if your device unexpectedly runs out of power. Small enough to fit in your pocket on a day out, ready for any little emergencies that might crop up.


Orchid Myst 750ml Sprayer
Orchid Myst 750ml Sprayer
Price: 10.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Blooming marvellous, 21 April 2014
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I have had mixed success with Orchid food over the years, having tried drop feeding bottles inserted directly into the soil or concentrates that need to be mixed and applied with the weekly water. This ready to use spray has resulted in some of the fastest flowering turnarounds I have ever seen, as well as much healthier looking plants.

Part of the success is probably the fact the feed is ready to use. It is simplicity itself to just spray onto the leaves and roots of each plant once or twice a week (avoiding the flowers), removing any tendency towards laziness that might otherwise reduce the frequency of feeding.

I credit this food with reviving a fairly sickly looking specimen I decided to take a bit of a punt with; the orchid not only perked up enormously, it put on an added spurt to produce six buds on a stem that had actually appeared dead. Another plant produced further flower buds and bloomed only five weeks after its last floral display. The other plants just seem to be on a healthy cycle of blooming or getting ready to do so - one or two have been saved from the compost heap as well.

There is no waste as you only spray as needed and directly onto the plant, so a bottle lasts for an age. This is one of the larger sized bottles that I found available to buy, offering good economy by comparison to the smaller versions. I also found this spray easier to use compared to the smaller bottles. I'm won over but, more importantly, so are my Orchids.


Smart Weigh Digital Kitchen Scale and Timer - Food Scale - Slim Stainless Steel Design - High Accuracy - LCD Backlight
Smart Weigh Digital Kitchen Scale and Timer - Food Scale - Slim Stainless Steel Design - High Accuracy - LCD Backlight
Offered by Five Star
Price: 44.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Weighing it up, 21 April 2014
A good looking, accurate set of scales that weigh in grams, ounces, fluid ounces and millilitres, up to a capacity of 5Kg in 1 gram increments (or equivalent), making them highly practical as well.

Powered by three AAA batteries (supplied) with life-extending features of auto power-off after 60 seconds and a time-sensitive LCD backlit display, it is not a battery guzzling device. The scales have also been designed so that you can hang them on the wall or inside a cupboard door for easy storage.

I get the impression that a lot of thought has been put into the design, which is sleek as well as practical.
Whilst the stainless steel surface is not as resistant to fingerprints as I would have liked, it is easy to wipe clean after every use.

Switching between weighing in grams or ounces (or the fluid equivalents) is straightforward at the touch of a button and the inclusion of a tare function means that adding ingredients as you go along (or deducting the weight of the mixing bowl) is nice and easy.

A built-in timer allows you to keep an eye on what's cooking for up to 199 minutes and is loud enough to be heard from a distance, which means one less gadget to clutter up the work space.

The backlit display switches off after around 5 or 6 seconds preserving the weight of ingredients already measured out; the display is illuminated again as soon as another ingredient is added or the tare button is pressed.

With a capacity to weigh up to 5Kg in 1g increments (or up to 11.4lbs, 5 litres or 176.4 fl.oz), the scales are ideally suited for use in the kitchen whilst also having the capacity to double up for weighing parcels and other post.

The scales were given to me by the manufacturer for review purposes.


UltiMat PolyCarbonate Chair Mat for Use On Low to Medium Pile Carpets (Rectangular Shape with Lip 120cm x 134cm)
UltiMat PolyCarbonate Chair Mat for Use On Low to Medium Pile Carpets (Rectangular Shape with Lip 120cm x 134cm)
Price: 78.18

1.0 out of 5 stars A moving story, 16 April 2014
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I recently needed to replace my chair mat and expected to find no problems with that task, as long as I was prepared to pay for a reasonable quality one. Unfortunately it appears that chair mats designed for use on carpets have changed - the teeth are no longer as long or sharp as they used to be - so the mat moves about on the carpet as though it has a life of its own, several inches in just a day.

I have tried four different mats and all exhibit the same characteristics; instead of staying in place where you want it (in front of your desk and under the wheels of your chair), it moves. That's despite my placing a good few inches of mat underneath desk pedestals - I have no idea how the mat manages to move with a heavy desk holding it in place but move it does, even managing to travel several inches up the side of the desk on one occasion. I've even washed the carpet in the hope that raising the pile would make a difference - nope.

At this price point I was not prepared to hang onto a chair mat that offered more problems than solutions so I sent it back.


Ultrasport Pilates Combo Set - 5 Piece
Ultrasport Pilates Combo Set - 5 Piece
Price: 19.37

3.0 out of 5 stars Tangoed, 16 April 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I rather liked this set overall, or at least it grew on me once I had managed to straighten out the plastic skipping rope and inflate the ball (a small pump is included in the pack). The constituent parts all feel up to the job of accompanying workouts for years to come although the gel expander I received was smaller than the one shown in both the product information and illustrated on the box.

I have never attended a Pilates class and do not have the opportunity to do so where I live, so the inclusion of some sheets detailing exercises was very useful, although some guidance on what to do with the ball would have been welcome. There are plenty of books and exercise DVDs around however so it won’t be too difficult to fatten out the routine and make the most of the equipment.
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RSPB 500g Super Suet Hanging Cake with Mealworms (Box of 8)
RSPB 500g Super Suet Hanging Cake with Mealworms (Box of 8)
Price: 23.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Feeling peckish, 14 April 2014
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A high energy bird food packed full of fat and with some added mealworms; it sounded like it should attract a host of birds searching for nutrition during the winter months.

I had one of these hanging in the garden for a number of weeks receiving absolutely no interest from the birds whatsoever, even though it was at a time there was little natural food available. On the verge of removing the treat to see if the ground-feeding birds would like a peck, I noticed a pair of Robins diving in, followed swiftly by a number of Blue and GreatTits. Word had obviously taken a time to get around and the treat is now a hive of activity most times I look out.

I admit to being rather surprised to see the Robins taking an interest as they tend to be ground feeders but were presumably attracted (eventually) by the mealworms hidden inside. Ground feeding birds do benefit from the Starlings that now take an interest; they are messy eaters and enough of the treat falls to the ground in bite sized pieces for those waiting below.

The treat is moulded around a plastic post with a hole cut out to make it easy to hang. No hook or other device is included in the pack and I had difficulty finding anything that would fit through the hole, having to resort to thin string in the end (all of the garden ties I had were too thick).

Previous experience suggests that these are best hung out of direct sunshine, particularly in the summer months as the suet is prone to melt.

It has become the first choice amongst the foods that I hang out in the garden with other varieties only attracting interest if there is too long a queue for this one.


Weetabix Breakfast Biscuits Fruit and Fibre 50 g (Pack of 4)
Weetabix Breakfast Biscuits Fruit and Fibre 50 g (Pack of 4)
Price: 8.76

4.0 out of 5 stars Hmm, surprised, 14 April 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I passed these to my partner for feedback because there is nothing on the packaging to state whether or not they are suitable for vegetarians. Responses in order: 'like a ship's biscuit', 'too dry but I will finish them', 'surprisingly filling when taken with a cup of tea', to 'where are those biscuits? I couldn't find them this morning'.

We are both looking for foods that are filling on busy mornings to avoid us snacking. Whilst these biscuit packs look very nondescript and uninspiring they seem to have been a surprising hit. The equivalent of a chap with a dog that can croon to Oasis' Wonderwall winning Britain's Got Talent.

However, it would be nice if manufacturers could make clear whether products are vegetarian because even innocent foods can turn out to contain animal fat or rennet. Had I been able to try these they may have earned another star.
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Pharmavits 100mg Raspberry Ketones Vitamin Supplements - Pack of 60 Capsules
Pharmavits 100mg Raspberry Ketones Vitamin Supplements - Pack of 60 Capsules
Offered by OP Supermarket
Price: 29.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Approved by Mice, 14 April 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Before trying these I looked up what science there is and in a 2005 study mice reported significant weight loss to their tummies after taking ketones (although some were already attending Weight Watchers and others attributed their success to vigorous sessions on their wheel). Apparently the US administration also concluded in the sixties that ketones were safe for humans, at least at dosage fifty times less than these pills (but bear in mind that at that time asbestos was still seen as a good insulating medium). So far, so good.

The theory is that Ketones are meant to increase the rate at which fat is metabolised and at least do not carry the side effect of tablets that reduce fat absorption. There are also claims that they reduce the rate of aging of the skin and improve hair tone.

Well, two thirds of the way through it is almost impossible to say whether these supplements have aided my weight loss or are harmless. If anything, I suspect that they assist the Placebo effect by reinforcing the mind’s message ‘lose weight’ and thus help provide a stimulus. Even that is enough because most of the battle with weight loss is fought in one’s head. As a result and unless I notice any downside I will probably use them ad hoc as a ‘reinforcer’. However, until more is known about high dosages of ketones I will not be taking any of the super strength versions that are out there.


Alpen Porridge Cranberry and Blueberry Pot 60 g (Pack of 8)
Alpen Porridge Cranberry and Blueberry Pot 60 g (Pack of 8)
Price: 7.04

2.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat lacking, 14 April 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I prefer the ‘milk and microwave’ versions of these convenience style breakfasts and, by comparison, this tasted slightly watery and insubstantial. It works out slightly faster if I have one of those ‘dash out of the door’ mornings but was otherwise slightly unsatisfying. However, it may prove useful for the office as a standby because you just need a kettle.


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