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Omaker Intelligent 6.6A / 33W Premium Aluminum 3 USB Car Charger With Smart Sharing IC for each USB Port (Tarnish)
Omaker Intelligent 6.6A / 33W Premium Aluminum 3 USB Car Charger With Smart Sharing IC for each USB Port (Tarnish)
Offered by DoReMi Mall
Price: £29.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars This device can now charge three tablets at full whack, 26 Nov 2014
I've used this 3-port charger for over a week now and it has worked faultlessly. I have used it to charge two iPad3s and a smart phone (used as a GPS unit) at the same time and it has coped without any issues. The device has an integrated circuit to monitor charge demand and will adjust the current automatically. Cables fit snugly into the device and it is a secure fit in the power socket. The unit has a helpful LED which lights up when the charger is correctly inserted.

It's a good looking device with a brushed gunmetal effect aluminium top with the chamfers picked out in silver. The plug section (that fits into the car's charger socket) is a high-gloss black injection moulded unit with no flash-marks or sharp edges. The contacts are strongly spring-loaded ensuring an excellent contact at all times. It will operate on 12 volts only (so no use for some lorries) and can provide a maximum output of 2.4 amps from the first USB port. The other pair of ports are rated at 2.1A each and can therefore provide a total output of 6.6 Amps!

I particularly like the fact that this is a socket without cables. I have a bag of dedicated car chargers ranging from the old large and small single pin Nokia connectors, even older multipin chargers and of course two sizes of mini and micro USB connector and lastly Apple connectors. Charging cables fit snugly into the unit and any movement on the cable doesn't affect the USB connection at all (unlike some brands).

With this socket, if I've got the correct separate cable I can charge the device, and in particular three high-current devices at the same time at full charge; I won't be buying a dedicated charger ever again and with this Omaker car charger I know it'll be future proof if another connector standard appears. It also saves space in the glove compartment!

This charger has over heat, current and charge protection and meets United States and European standards as well as meeting standards for use of hazardous chemicals; what more could one want?

This product was sent to me for review purposes and after using it for over a week I'd say it's a very useful addition for any driver needing to charge higher current demanding electronic devices. Recommended.


Aukey Bluetooth Speaker Portable Wireless Mobile Mini Stereo Speaker, Enhanced Bass Boost, Built in Mic Speaker System, 3.5mm AUX Port, Rechargeable Battery, Works for Apple iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5S, 5C, 5, 4S, 4, iPad Air, iPad 4, 3, 2, iPad Mini Retina, iPod Touch, Samsung Galaxy S5, S4, S3, Note 4, Note 3, Note 2, Galaxy Tab, Nexus 10, 7, 5, 4, LG G3, Optimus, HTC One, M8, Motorola Moto G, Moto X, Smartphones, Tablet, PC, Computer, Laptop, MP3 Player, TV, Car and Any Bluetooth Enabled Devices (BT001, Silver)
Aukey Bluetooth Speaker Portable Wireless Mobile Mini Stereo Speaker, Enhanced Bass Boost, Built in Mic Speaker System, 3.5mm AUX Port, Rechargeable Battery, Works for Apple iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5S, 5C, 5, 4S, 4, iPad Air, iPad 4, 3, 2, iPad Mini Retina, iPod Touch, Samsung Galaxy S5, S4, S3, Note 4, Note 3, Note 2, Galaxy Tab, Nexus 10, 7, 5, 4, LG G3, Optimus, HTC One, M8, Motorola Moto G, Moto X, Smartphones, Tablet, PC, Computer, Laptop, MP3 Player, TV, Car and Any Bluetooth Enabled Devices (BT001, Silver)
Offered by duola beauty
Price: £29.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual, minimalist, retro; form meets function ... a great speaker too!, 26 Nov 2014
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This Bluetooth speaker is absolutely superb! I have been using it for around two weeks now and the sound quality from such a small unit is amazing, giving particularly good levels of bass without losing the crispness of the higher frequencies.

Firstly, if one hasn't had the time to look at the six pictures on the product's page, it's worth doing so; this really is a case of what you see is what you get. I'd call the finish spun-gunmetal and it looks just great.

I wondered for a while about what the shape reminded me of? For me it's reminiscent of a trumpet's mute with the longer cone trimmed back (must try playing some trumpet music!); I love the shape ... unusual, minimalist, retro; form meets function.

The controls are on a smaller diameter black ring near the base of the circular unit. These comprise three buttons which are easy to use; they are black against a black background and are almost invisible unless one tilts or picks up the unit; I like that, it adds to the speaker's very smart, smooth-lined appearance. The markings for the buttons are easy to read; however one soon learns which button does what without looking.

The top of the speaker is a rather solid pierced disk (rather than wire mesh) and I've found this is very useful protecting against my daughters' enquiring fingers. The base has a non-slip rubberised finish and houses the on / off / pair switch.

The speaker can be connected via a (supplied) 3.5mm jack lead and this is concealed behind a rubber flap ... the micro-USB charging port lives here too (again, there is a supplied cable).

I have been using the speaker with my Galaxy Note 2, my daughters' iPads and an iMac. The device paired easily every time (look for BT001 if one has a long list of Bluetooth devices) and it remembers the last paired device.

When fully charged (around 90 minutes) the device easily gives the suggested three hours of sound. If left connected but not in use, the standby time has been very good. The device will give an audio warning when the battery requires a recharge.

With the volume turned up full (rated at 3 Watts) it's easily loud enough in a medium sized room. As mentioned above, I found the sound quality from the speaker to have good bass response without losing the brighter notes. I did experiment with iTune's graphic equalizer to push the bass ... not a problem at all, the speaker just got on with it.

Paired with the Note 2 I've used the speaker in the car so I can hear Sat Nav instructions easily (going deaf as well as blind!); it also allows calls to be answered with a single press of a button and the built in microphone works well.

I have to say that the speaker really does a great job and if you couldn't find more than one use for it I'd be surprised. Oh! And apart from the easy-to-read (and follow) instructions, the speaker is supplied with a smart olive-green drawstring bag ... useful for keeping cables and speaker together. Even the packaging is really well-made and stylish and it would make a great gift.

So in conclusion I have to say that this is a super-looking speaker; it's well designed and very well made and is supplied with an 18-month warranty. It should definitely be worthy of your consideration if you're in the market for a small Bluetooth speaker.


Aukey Dimmable LED Desk Lamp, Multi-function Eye-care Table Lamp, 4 Lighting Modes (Reading/Studying/Relaxing/Bedtime), 5-Level Dimmer, Flexible Arm, Touch-Sensitive Control Panel, 1-Hour Auto Timer, 5V/2A USB Charging Port, Mobile Device Charger (15 W, LT-T1, Piano Black)
Aukey Dimmable LED Desk Lamp, Multi-function Eye-care Table Lamp, 4 Lighting Modes (Reading/Studying/Relaxing/Bedtime), 5-Level Dimmer, Flexible Arm, Touch-Sensitive Control Panel, 1-Hour Auto Timer, 5V/2A USB Charging Port, Mobile Device Charger (15 W, LT-T1, Piano Black)
Offered by duola beauty
Price: £79.99

5.0 out of 5 stars An elegant, flexible lamp with twenty light settings, 26 Nov 2014
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I have been using this desk lamp for around two weeks now and it is really very, very good.

Firstly, if one hasn't had the time to look at the eight pictures on the product's page, it's worth doing so; this really is a case of what you see is what you get. The only 'error' is the third image which gives the imperial sizes (inches) incorrectly ... the metric measurements are correct.

The lamp is supplied in high-quality packaging (great for a gift) and the instructions are clearly written, although they aren't really needed. At its simplest, unpack the lamp, base and power supply. Unscrew the threaded ring from the lamp; insert the lamp into the base and screw the threaded ring tight. Plug in the power supply (it's around 1.5 metres long) and the lamp is ready for use.

The lamp is made from high quality injection moulded parts with no flash marks or sharp edges. It has a piano-black high gloss finish that I imagined would show fingerprints and collect dust; well that has not been a problem at all.

The control panel is touch operated and is wonderfully sensitive to the lightest touch; apart from on / off, there are four preset lighting levels (Sleep, Relax, Study and Read), a 60-minute sleep timer and a up / down control to manually adjust the lighting intensity from dim warm yellow, to bright white. Each of the four presets can be adjusted 2 clicks higher or lower (and the lamp remembers the last settings unless it is physically unplugged).

I also like that the control panel's on / off switch illuminates gently when switched off ... ideal in the dark! The lamp also has a 2 Amp USB charging port and that is a very useful addition too.

In use the lamp tilts and rotates easily and there is sufficient friction in the joints for the lamp to stay in position. The lamp weighs in at around 1250 grammes and for the most part can be operated by one hand, but occasionally, a light touch on the base with one's other hand may be required.

Anything not to like? No not really; the lamp itself can rotate 90° either side of vertical ... mine seemed to move only a fraction of this, but with a little bravery I found that the unit does indeed rotate through 180° ... it was just slightly tight to start with and it's fine now. There is a very fine plastic film over the control panel (I've only just spotted it!) which should be peeled off.

So there we are; a very good-looking useful desk lamp that performs very well indeed, supplied with an 18-month warranty. Definitely recommended.

*Light levels*

I measured the various lighting levels in Lux (L) and Kelvin (K). The values above and below the default are those obtained with one or two clicks up and down. These settings are remembered until adjusted again or power is disconnected. My purpose here is to show just how variable the light settings are. There's something for every occasion!

1400L & 4750K
1028L & 4750K
760L & 4650K = Reading default
538L & 4600K
268L & 4600K

994L & 5900K
822L & 5900K
620L & 5840K = Study default
418L & 5770K
235L & 5750K

1000L & 3740K
856L & 3740K
684L & 3700K = Relax default
556L & 3700K
430L & 3700K

849L & 3570K
622L & 3560K
460L & 3500K =Sleep default
254L & 3500K
111L & 3500K


1Byone Mini 400W Output 2000CFM Fog Machine, 500ml Tank Capacity And 2.5 Meters Output Distance Fog Machine, Apply For DJ Disco House Party Stage Camping Field Halloween And Christmas
1Byone Mini 400W Output 2000CFM Fog Machine, 500ml Tank Capacity And 2.5 Meters Output Distance Fog Machine, Apply For DJ Disco House Party Stage Camping Field Halloween And Christmas
Offered by 1Byone Products Inc
Price: £34.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Fog? Oh yes ... lots of fog, 22 Nov 2014
We've been using this fog machine for around four weeks now and it's had rather a lot of use. My wife has been using the machine in a play that is touring primary schools; it also gets use in rehearsals. It's been used on Halloween night and also whenever my daughters can think of an excuse to use it.

The product's pictures accurately show what the machine looks like (remember to order smoke fluid ... plenty on Amazon, just search for ... smoke fluid!) and make sure one chooses fluid that matches the rating of the machine (400 Watts). The machine dimensions are 245 x 170 x 150 mm (L,W,H) and it's supplied with a 1.3 metre hard-wired mains cable and a removable 1.8 metre on/off switch with a 'ready' LED.

At its simplest, unscrew the cap and pour in the liquid. The capacity is 500ml and there's a gauge on the back of the machine so one can see how much fluid is left. Plug it all in and wait about three minutes for the LED on the remote to illuminate.

Switch the remote on and away we go! Very dense fog is produced within seconds. If the machine is left on continuously, firstly you won't be able to see a great deal and secondly the machine will have to reheat before it can generate more fog. We found it's best used for around 20 seconds to get a decent amount of fog and then top up as necessary.

If one wishes to create a great really atmospheric effects do get some lighting out ... torches, LED lights, or even a strobe; the effects are fantastic. The children just love the fog (smoke?) and in the play, so did the adults.

If using in a room with a smoke detector, I'd suggest temporarily removing it, or disabling it in some way because almost certainly it will be set off by this machine. After use the machine should be stored flat with fluid left in it (and remember to sort the smoke alarm out).

There is a wireless version of this machine available, and that can make the machine even more flexible to position and operate. If one really wants to have greater control then I'd recommend getting the 1Byone timer remote control.

Would I recommend this machine? Most definitely and so would my wife, my daughters and the children involved with the play (and the adults too).


1Byone 7" Digital TFT-LCD Color Screen Wired Video Door Phone Doorbell Entry Intercom System Home Security - Surface touch function- Waterproof, Anti-oxidation and Anti-vandal Outdoor Pinhole Camera -16 Polyphonic Melodies-Flush Mount
1Byone 7" Digital TFT-LCD Color Screen Wired Video Door Phone Doorbell Entry Intercom System Home Security - Surface touch function- Waterproof, Anti-oxidation and Anti-vandal Outdoor Pinhole Camera -16 Polyphonic Melodies-Flush Mount
Offered by 1Byone Products Inc
Price: £109.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Peace of mind (for all concerned), 21 Nov 2014
I have had this video door system for about three weeks' now and it has proved to be a very good product indeed. At its simplest the device will allow you to see who is at the door and talk to them if you wish. The system as supplied does not open the door, but it is capable of doing so if an electronic door lock is fitted (need to purchase separately). It is also able to act as a baby monitor (with additional purchases). Also one should note that the door bell will need to be mounted at around 155 -165 cm from the ground to provide a reasonable view of a caller's face.

Anyway; I have installed the system in my Parents' house. They are in a quiet spot and this set up gives all concerned (that included me) a little extra peace of mind. If one is interested in a video door system one should take in account getting it installed. It can be fitted by a competent DIYer, but depending on one's circumstances and building layout it may require fitting by the local handyman / woman.

There are several review discussing different systems ... mine is coded OUKVP-0362. This has a screen with buttons on the right-hand-side and a rectangular brushed aluminium door panel (approx: 18 x 12 cm). My door unit is designed to be flush fitting and requires a cavity (or hole) into which a plastic enclosure box (supplied) is fitted and then the front panel is screwed on.

There is a version of this system that has a surface mounting bracket with a hooded enclosure that can be screwed straight to the wall (so no hole or cavity needed) but one will still require a hole in the wall to feed the cable through.

So! Firstly I pulled all of the kit out of the packaging and connected it together. It's really quite straightforward but the instructions could be better (and the diagrams bigger).

There is a 15 metre 5-core cable (good quality ... nice and flexible) and on one end is a 5 pin flat moulded connector that pushes into a socket on the back of the monitor; it can only be inserted one way, so no worries here. The power supply is connected to the 2-pin socket that sits right next to the 5 pin socket. The supply itself is a small power adapter with a 1.5 metre lead (possibly on the short side for some).

The other end of the cable terminates with about 80mm of the outer sheath removed exposing the five coloured cores. The last 5mm of wire has been stripped to expose the copper (which has been thoughtfully tinned to make it easier to insert into the terminals on the back of the door push).

On the back of the door push is 7 pin socket; one needs a small electrical screwdriver (or similar) to push down small spring-loaded plungers so that the wire can be pushed into the terminal (one at a time). It was at this point that I felt the instructions / diagrams could be better; I could not decide / fathom which wires went into which terminals. Looking closely at the printed circuit board (PCB) on the back of screen I could see a series of printed characters that matched the markings on the door push ... bingo!

The correct connection on the push is:

A: Brown
G: Black
B: Blue
V: Green
The next 2 (DO) are for the door opener; so in my case left empty.
12V: Yellow

Once connected and the power supply switched on it worked a treat. If testing before installing (sensible), keep the units apart otherwise there will be feedback (high pitched squeal) between the units when they are tested.

Anyway; pressing the door push button results in a ding-dong (or other melody from the pre-sets) from the monitor and the screen switches on. The caller's face is illuminated by a series of super-bright (yes SUPER bright) LEDs that are either side of the camera.

At this point the person indoors can see clearly the caller and then decide what to do. If one is happy with the caller a conversation can be had. The user can press a button to open the door (if an electronic door lock is fitted) or decide to open the door in the usual manner. The system can also be set to silent should one not want to be disturbed.

The quality of the image is fine and can easily be adjusted for brightness and contrast. The sound quality is perfectly acceptable and the volume can be adjusted on either unit.

OK then! It all works so let's install it. The monitor needs a metal bracket to be screwed to the wall (wall plugs and screws supplied) and the screen drops easily into the bracket. The suggest height is 155 - 160 cm from the ground, but it really doesn't matter; I installed it next to the settee at sitting height!

The door push was installed in a plywood panel that sits beside the front door, so I did not need a hammer / chisel / masonry drill to create a recess in the brick wall (as mentioned earlier, if it's going on a wall consider getting the version of this system that has a surface mounting bracket with a hooded enclosure that can be screwed straight to the wall).

I routed the cable (it's about 8mm diameter and white) along skirting boards where possible. I started at the monitor end. I had to dill a couple of holes through door frames (best to drill a small pilot hole and then dill in from both sides with the correct sized bit to prevent splitting). The kit does not have cable clips, but they're not too expensive to buy.

It may be necessary to shorten the cable (depending on circumstance and neatness) so again do consider one's kit and capability. If one is going to shorten the cable, it will be worth tinning the ends of the cable with solder to make the contact insertion easier (so one will need a soldering iron).

Phew! Well once it was all in and connected again, it has performed faultlessly.

Any downsides? Not really; not at this price. The LEDs on the door push are very bright so sometimes expect to see squinting callers. The instructions aren't the best but I've dealt with that. It takes a fair bit of DIY-ing (about 5 hours for me) but I did fuss and make a very neat job.

Do I recommend it? Yes, and so do my parents.


Veetop® HiFi AirMusic Box - AirPlay,DLNA WiFi Wireless Music Receiver Adapter for iOS(iPhones,iPads,iPod touch,Mac), Android (phones ,tablets) - Turns any existing Speakers Docks & Sound Systems B&W Zeppelin into Wireless Streaming Systems (Black)
Veetop® HiFi AirMusic Box - AirPlay,DLNA WiFi Wireless Music Receiver Adapter for iOS(iPhones,iPads,iPod touch,Mac), Android (phones ,tablets) - Turns any existing Speakers Docks & Sound Systems B&W Zeppelin into Wireless Streaming Systems (Black)
Offered by Veetop
Price: £31.89

5.0 out of 5 stars Makes on old Hifi happy, 18 Nov 2014
I've been using this clever box, sent to me for review purposes, for almost two weeks now, and it is just excellent.

What does it do? Well at its simplest it uses one's WiFi network to allow music stored on a computer, tablet or Smartphone to played through any sound system that can be physically plugged into the box.

I have a decent (older) HiFi system and I hate the idea of cables trailing around (especially since my music is on a desktop PC); this kit is all that's needed (oh! and a phone charger to power the box).

The instructions are OK; I had the box working in around 10 minutes from start to finish. Here's what I did:

After unpacking connect a power supply to the box (not supplied ... I used a power bank to begin with) and select the desired cable from the three supplied and plug the box into (say) one's HiFi.

1: On the device where the music is stored (an iMac for me) find the box on the wireless network list ... mine appeared as Veetop_A03A2A and connect to it.

2: In one's browser type in http://192.168.22.254 ... One now has a window called AirMusicBox and four clickable boxes (and at the bottom there's a Firmware version; if its 1.0.04, there will be no firmware upgrade required any more).

3: Click on the Internet Connection box, find one's home network and enter the security key (which you'll need to have at hand!)

4: I then went to iTunes and clicked on a small rectangular box with a blue triangle (it's at the top on the right of the volume slider). In the drop-down menu I had the choice of Computer or MusicAirBox. I Clicked on the latter, pressed play and away it went!

Great sound with no drop-outs. My iMac was still happily connecting to the internet with no loss of speed.

Next I tried the box with my Galaxy Note 2:

As above I used the Note's Wifi manager to connect to the box. My home network was ready for use.

I downloaded from the Play Store an App called iMediaShare (suggested in the instructions).

I ran the app and was able to stream music (and video sound tracks) to my HiFi.

Finally I connected it with my daughter's iPad3. No problems at all. Only this time (as an experiment) I connected the box with a cable to a bluetooth speaker and a power bank. This time I went for a walk around the house and up the garden too! Absolutely no loss of connection at any point. Had I been using bluetooth to stream the music from my computer it certainly wouldn't have worked on the top floor (or at the top of my garden).

This will be great for Summer barbecues; great sound and better WiFi connection for our phones too.

So there we are; it worked very well for us and breathed new Life into my HiFi. I note some reviewers have suggested that WPA protection needs to be switched back on? I'm not quite sure what they are referring to; I did not need to switch my Network's security off, but perhaps I'm missing something? If anyone knows, please let me know.

Based on my experiences I can definitely recommend this product.


Veetop® Dual USB High Speed (MFI Certified) Car Charger UPGRADE 3.4Amp 15.5W - 2.4A & 1.0A, Smart charging for all iPhones (6, 6 plus, 5S, 5C, 5, 4S, 3GS, 3G),iPad Air, iPad Mini, Apple iOS7, iPod,iPod Touch, Samsung Galaxy S4/S3/Note 2/3, Nexus, Sony, Nokia, HTC, LG, Motorora,Huawei, Lenovo, ZTE, GPS,Smartphones & Tablets (Black/Green)
Veetop® Dual USB High Speed (MFI Certified) Car Charger UPGRADE 3.4Amp 15.5W - 2.4A & 1.0A, Smart charging for all iPhones (6, 6 plus, 5S, 5C, 5, 4S, 3GS, 3G),iPad Air, iPad Mini, Apple iOS7, iPod,iPod Touch, Samsung Galaxy S4/S3/Note 2/3, Nexus, Sony, Nokia, HTC, LG, Motorora,Huawei, Lenovo, ZTE, GPS,Smartphones & Tablets (Black/Green)
Offered by Veetop
Price: £10.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Great charger, 18 Nov 2014
I've used this 2-port charger for over almost two weeks now and it has worked faultlessly. I have used it to charge an iPad3 and a smart phone (used as a GPS unit) at the same time and it has coped without any issues. The cables fit snugly into the device and it is a secure fit in the power socket. The unit has a helpful blue LED which lights up when the charger is correctly inserted.

It's a good looking device with a matt-finish aluminium ring. The plug section (that fits into the car's charger socket) is a high-gloss black injection moulded unit with no flash-marks or sharp edges. The contacts are properly spring-loaded ensuring a good contact at all times. It will operate on 12 - 18 volts and can provide a maximum output of 2.4 amps from the first USB port. The second port is rated at 1A and can therefore provide a total output of 3.4 Amps.

The port rated at 2.4 Amps is for higher-charge capacity units such as Apple devices; the charger has MFi certification (Made for iPhone/iPod/iPad) ... excellent; and the 1 amp port is for pretty well everything else.

I particularly like the fact that this is a socket without cables. I have a bag of dedicated car chargers ranging from the old large and small single pin Nokia connectors, even older multipin chargers and of course two sizes of mini and micro USB connector and lastly Apple connectors. Charging cables fit snugly into the unit and any movement on the cable doesn't affect the USB connection at all (unlike some brands).

With this socket, if I've got the correct separate cable I can charge the device; I won't be buying a dedicated charger ever again and with this Veetop car charger I know it'll be future proof if another connector standard appears. It also saves space in the glove compartment!

As well as the MFi certification, this charger has over heat, current and charge protection and meets United States and European standards as well as meeting standards for use of hazardous chemicals; what more could one want?

This product was sent to me for review purposes and after using it for around two weeks I'd say it's a very useful addition for any driver needing to charge electronic devices. Recommended.


Hoover Smart Upright Vacuum Cleaner with 5 m Cord, 3 Litre, 700 Watt - White and Red
Hoover Smart Upright Vacuum Cleaner with 5 m Cord, 3 Litre, 700 Watt - White and Red
Price: £79.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's really quite good but the dust re-emission rating lets it down, 17 Nov 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a rather mixed bag of a bagless vacuum cleaner. It does perform quite well and it's easy to use. As others have mentioned it has a relatively short mains lead (6m) and depending on one's spacing of sockets this could be irritating for some.

I take an interest in the energy ratings labels on appliances, and in the UK from September 2014, all vacuum cleaners must display an energy label.

Energy efficiency class: this machine is rated at A, although a lower Wattage (700W in this case) motor will help the machine obtain an A rating. There are also five other ratings that helps one compare performance:

Average annual energy consumption: (This calculation is based on an average household with 87 sq m who vacuum about once a week). Another 700W cleaner I have reviewed is rated at 24.1 kW hours per annum. This machine is rated at 27, so it's a little (just a little) more expensive to run.

Dust re-emission class: This tells you how clean the exhaust air is; clean exhaust air is important for people with allergies. Unfortunately (for some) this machine is rated at G (the lowest rating); the comparable machine was awarded B.

Sound power level: The sound level is given in decibels. If the level is below 70dB, you'll still be able to hear music, your phone or a baby crying. The average vacuum cleaner is 78dB. This cleaner pops in at 89dB ... the other one at 86. Both are rather loud in my opinion.

Carpet cleaning performance class: This measures the dust pick-up on a standard test carpet. The vacuums that pick up the most dust will be rated A. Higher dust pick-up reduces allergies and will suck up dirt which is deep down in the carpet. For a clean and hygienic carpet one should choose a C rating (or above). The Hoover was rated at C and that's not bad for a lower Wattage motor.

Hard floor cleaning performance class: This measures dust pick-up (from a crevice) and scores the amount of dust that is removed. For a clean and hygienic floor one is advised to choose C or above. The Hoover was rated at C and again, that's not bad for a lower Wattage motor.

Well how does all this data compare to actual performance? Well! Despite the dust emission (which I can't see but now know it's there), I rather like the machine. It doesn't have the highest quality mouldings I've ever seen but neither could one expect it if one wants a vacuum at this price point.

The hose and attachments work very well and the machine really does seem to be able to lift a fair amount of rubbish from our carpets. On the stairs it is quite manageable and the 2.5 meter hose is pretty flexible. Our house has several short flights of stairs (over three floors), so given the cable length it does involve a fair bit of 'up and down' to do top to bottom.

Emptying the dust container is easy and it holds a fair amount (3 litres)and the HEPA filter can be washed (great).

Overall then? Well I rather think that a G rating for dust re-emission lets it down somewhat. If I hadn't found out about that I'd have said four stars; unfortunately I have found out and that's why I think it's 3 stars even though I think the machine performs very well and is great value for money.


Paul Lamond The Story Telling Game
Paul Lamond The Story Telling Game
Price: £10.40

4.0 out of 5 stars Great with younger children ... (rules? ... what rules?), 17 Nov 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
We've been playing this game with our daughters (aged 4 and 7) for a couple of weeks now and they both rather enjoy it. The game comprises a series of cards and a battery-powered timer. My youngest was able to play the game, especially if we made sure she was given the cards aimed at younger children; these have yellow-highlighted phonetic words and pictures.

The object of the game is to get rid of all one's cards. Should one still be speaking whilst the timer sounds then that player has to pick up 'used' cards. Each player has to use one of the words from their current card and tell a story ... its amazing where 'Once upon a time' can go!

My girls aren't the greatest good-losers, so we had to engineer victory for them most of the time, by either not using the timer, or by surreptitious use of the timer's stop button!

In terms of fun and playability it's only limited by the the creativity of the players' minds; in our house it has reminded me just how funny kids can be.

So there we are; great with kids and adults alike, but especially good with younger children even if it does mean bending the rules.


Foxnovo F-4S 4-Slots Li-ion Ni-MH Ni-CD Sound Prompt Battery Capacity Testing LCD Intelligent Battery Charger with UK-plug Adapter 12V Car Adapter for 26650, 22650, 18650, 18500, 18490, 17670, 17650, 17500, 16340, 14500, 10440 Ni-MH and Ni-CD A, AA, AAA, C, SC Rechargeable Batteries (Black)
Foxnovo F-4S 4-Slots Li-ion Ni-MH Ni-CD Sound Prompt Battery Capacity Testing LCD Intelligent Battery Charger with UK-plug Adapter 12V Car Adapter for 26650, 22650, 18650, 18500, 18490, 17670, 17650, 17500, 16340, 14500, 10440 Ni-MH and Ni-CD A, AA, AAA, C, SC Rechargeable Batteries (Black)
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Price: £59.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Versatile intelligent charging, 17 Nov 2014
I have been using this charger supplied to me for review purposes, for around two weeks now and I have to say it is a very good product indeed.

Firstly one should note that this charger does not have rechargeable batteries supplied. Also, please note it does not charge 9v batteries. I have a host of rechargeable batteries and already have one 'intelligent' charger that is sits regularly with a queue of batteries waiting to be recharged (mostly from my daughters' toys!).

The intelligent feature is very useful. The charger is able to automatically detect the type (Li-ion, Ni-MH and Ni-Cd) of battery and selects the appropriate voltage and charge mode. I have found this is very useful for charging batteries that are not completely flat (Ni-Mh batteries give out the same voltage until just before they go flat, so it is difficult to know when they need charging).

The charger accepts a whole host of round batteries, (up to and including C cells) and a range of Li-ion cells that are used in less common applications, for example I own a torch that has a 3.7 volt 2200 mAh 18650 cell. Until I received this charger it could only be recharged in situ with the torch's dedicated charger; I can now use a second battery and still have full use of the torch ... excellent!

Physically this charger is a little larger than some, not least because it can accommodate the C cell; it measures approximately 13 x 10 x 3.5 cm and has a large blue backlit LCD panel that displays the current charge and voltage for each battery. The charge rate can be set at either 500mA of 1000mA; I prefer the lower setting ... it takes longer but stresses the batteries a little less. It is handy to be able to charge more quickly if one needs a battery charged more quickly (my daughters!).

Incidentally it might be useful to have approximate charging times for batteries:

At a 500mA charge rate a 750 mAh NiMH size AAA needs 1.6 hours to be fully recharged.

An AA 2000 mAh NiMH needs 4.8 hours to be fully recharged.

A 3000 mAh NiMH size C rechargeable battery needs 7.5 hours to be fully recharged.

When a battery is charged the device beeps to let one know; I find this useful, but it cannot be disabled.

The charger also has a very useful charge / discharge function which is very good for refreshing Ni-Cds when they seem not to last as long as they used to.

The power is supplied to the charger either with the wall adapter (100-240V) or with the very useful car charger lead; an excellent idea and very useful for us when we go camping without a hook-up.

So in conclusion; this is a great charger, in particular because it can accommodate a good range of standard and non-standard batteries and automatically looks after the charge and voltage, (sub-text; it's looking after my beloved rechargeable batteries).

There is no instruction manual supplied, rather some useful info' is printed on the box (but I hate keeping boxes). I looked on the Foxnovo website for a manual but one could not be found. I'd also liked to have seen a bag to hold it all together, but I can sort that out!

Rechargeables are the way forward and if you've not yet converted do have a go and consider buying a proper smart charger; this one is great and it'll pay you back in no time. If you're already using rechargeables then this is a great additional or replacement charger; recommended.


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