ARRAY(0xab56f594)
 
Profile for Daniel Leigh > Reviews

Personal Profile

Content by Daniel Leigh
Top Reviewer Ranking: 77,757
Helpful Votes: 41

Learn more about Your Profile.

Reviews Written by
Daniel Leigh (Wales UK)
(REAL NAME)   

Show:  
Page: 1 | 2
pixel
Tanco Impex Universal Cell Phone Mobile Battery Charger With USB Port 3 PIN UK
Tanco Impex Universal Cell Phone Mobile Battery Charger With USB Port 3 PIN UK
Offered by tanco Impex
Price: 4.49

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars To avoid confusion, 19 Mar 2013
My wife has one of these for her camera, which wasn't supplied with a charger. We just used it on a three week holiday in the USA and it has been fine. Ours was advertised as a charger for something else, but it is after all universal, and will charge practically all Li-ion batteries up tp 4 Volts. (It won't do 7-8V batteries.) It charges at 600mA, which it is not slow. (My stock Sony charger is rated 250mA.)

Most batteries will fit as long as the two contacts can be slid far enough apart and aren't recessed to far. To fit larger cells, all you do is rotate the sliding battery holder; simply turn it around the other way.

To charge any 3-4V camera or phone battery: align one of the sliding contacts to the (+) terminal on the battery, and the other to the (-) terminal on the battery. It doesn't matter which one goes where. The charger automatically detects the polarity! The light in the upper right corner glows red during charging and changes to blue when finished.

The mains plug fits the same way as on a Blackberry charger. Don't try to push the round end of the retaining tab, instead push a finger under the plug and push down there. The plug is cut away for a finger, but it's not very big.

These don't have a separate transformer plug, which makes them great for travel. Please note that they do not charge AA & AAA cells. I'd give it 5 stars if I could be certain it will last. Its build quality is quite good.


Baby bed travel cot furniture cribs portable child bed with toys entryway 0-36 months blue
Baby bed travel cot furniture cribs portable child bed with toys entryway 0-36 months blue
Offered by JAGO24 UK
Price: 42.04

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good, 26 Feb 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
After you get the knack, this pops up easy as pie. My wife can do it. Folds up easily, too, though it's easiest without the extras. The little tent door at the end may be useful in getting a willful toddler to think of going to bed as fun, or his/her own idea. Delivery was quick.


Peary at the North Pole;: Fact or fiction?
Peary at the North Pole;: Fact or fiction?
by Dennis Rawlins
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Hard to review, 26 Feb 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
5 stars for the facts, 3 stars for the woolly continuity. Chronologically a mess. Factually convincing, though. Changes everything vis-a-vis reaching the North Pole via land (or rather ice).

90 North wasn't actually reached overland by mechanized travel until 19 April, 1968.


Winware Kitchen/Cooking/Bedroom/Sport Countdown Timer - Counts down or up in HOURS AND MINUTES - light easy to use timer with magnet for fridge, big digits, extra loud alarm and instructions included
Winware Kitchen/Cooking/Bedroom/Sport Countdown Timer - Counts down or up in HOURS AND MINUTES - light easy to use timer with magnet for fridge, big digits, extra loud alarm and instructions included
Offered by Winware
Price: 5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, 26 Feb 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Needed a replacement for a similar one that lasted for years, but whose LCD is fading. This one would be 5 stars if the background of the display were lighter. As it is, it isn't as bright as the picture shows - that one must be side lit in a bright room. We have to get good light on ours to read it even straight on from the front. Useful nonetheless.


PowerGen Multi-purpose USB AC / Travel / Wall / Desktop Charger for Nikon EN-EL5 CP1 EN-EL19 EN-EL10 EN-EL12 Battery / Coolpix Digital Camera Comes with UK, EU, US Adapter
PowerGen Multi-purpose USB AC / Travel / Wall / Desktop Charger for Nikon EN-EL5 CP1 EN-EL19 EN-EL10 EN-EL12 Battery / Coolpix Digital Camera Comes with UK, EU, US Adapter

5.0 out of 5 stars So far so good, 26 Feb 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This is better made than the price would suggest. The interchangeable plugs are a tight fit, but secure. There is a trick to getting them off. It looks as if you release the plug by pushing the round recess on the catch, but that isn't it. You need to poke a slender finger under the plug and push down there to release the catch. The plugs are cut away there, but it wasn't obvious at first that that's how they are released.

Note that the clamp rotates to fit larger or smaller batteries. We align the contacts centrally. The charging works as it should. The auto detection of polarity is fantastic. You can charge a camera battery in the charger and connect a phone with its cable at the same time.

These seem to be marked in an odd way - there aren't specific models that only fit a Samsung phone, or a Nikon camera. They're all the same charger. They didn't even show up when I searched for universal chargers for camera batteries. But these are by far the least expensive ones for Li-ion batteries. They're not made for AA or AAA cells. The batteries fit flat rather than standing up like they do in most other universal chargers.

We haven't used it long enough to comment on long-term durability. Fingers crossed. If it lasts, it's a real bargain.


Crumpler PP 70 Compact Camera Pouch and Strap - Brown
Crumpler PP 70 Compact Camera Pouch and Strap - Brown
Offered by CameraKing
Price: 2.25

5.0 out of 5 stars Gift for wife, 26 Feb 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
My wife used the smaller version of this case for a Sony P200, and it's as good as new after 6 years. This PP70 is just as well made.

Initially it was a bit too tight on a Nikon P310, but within a few days it stretched just enough to fit perfectly.


Hahnel HL-XR1p Sony Type Li-Ion 3.6v 1250mAh
Hahnel HL-XR1p Sony Type Li-Ion 3.6v 1250mAh
Offered by Great Western Cameras
Price: 19.99

2.0 out of 5 stars A Word of Warning, 10 May 2012
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
The new HL-XR1p does not work properly in my older Sony cameras. The cameras report incorrect battery time remaining.

With a fully charged HL-XR1p in a Sony V3, its display shows only about 85 minutes of battery time remaining, when it should show at least 180. The same thing happens in a Sony P200, albeit with slightly higher numbers.

This was not a problem with the previous version of Hahnel's HL-XR1 (as shown), which I have used for several years and found reliable and (crucially) compatible. The heading on the ad here, however, said 'HL-XR1p', so I checked Hahnel's web site. There the HL-XR1p is described (and I quote) as a 'Replacement for Sony NP-FR1'.

But, unfortunately, it is no such thing. It's not the equivalent of an NP-FR1 or a Hahnel HL-XR1, at least not in a Sony V3 or P200.

Interestingly, Tantronics has this note on its current web page for the Energizer NP-FR1 equivalent:

"Please note, this battery does not seem to work with the Sony DSC-P200 which requires a specific version of the Info-Lithium chip - All the other cameras & camcorders seem to be OK."

Maybe they are based on the same cells. It certainly rings true. It may be that these HL-XR1p's will work in all relevant Sony cameras other than the V3 and P200. Who knows? A list would be useful, so consider this the start of one.

Uniross have just brought out a new higher capacity (1200 vs 1050mAh) NP-FR1 replacement, joining Hahnel. It wouldn't surprise me to find that this new one shares the same fault as the new Hahnel, and the latest Energizer. There are probably others.

In any case AVIDES refunded me instantly... they can't be faulted.

Please take note that this report (and its score) only applies to my two Sony cameras, a V3 and a P200. I awarded the second star for Hahnel's inclusion of a decent plastic storage case. Owners of other Sonys may well find this a 5-star battery, but owners of V3s, P200s, and perhaps other models may well be in for a rough ride trying to find a new battery from now on, if so many top brands are starting to use the new higher capacity cells without the correct Info-Lithium chip.


Energizer CA7L Digital Camera Battery Equivalent to Canon NB-7L Battery
Energizer CA7L Digital Camera Battery Equivalent to Canon NB-7L Battery
Price: 15.77

5.0 out of 5 stars Good reliable long-lasting power, 13 April 2012
I have two of these, one for 7 months and the other a few weeks. Both appear to be as good at holding their charge as the Canon original, and though it's too soon to write about the long-term I expect them to be reliable. Twice when the G12's battery ran down sooner than I was expecting, I thought ah, it must be the Energizer, but both times it turned out to be the Canon.

I decided to stick with known brands of good quality like Energizer, Hahnel or Duracell after having been sold two counterfeit "Canon" NB-7Ls (one positively confirmed by Canon Europe Anti-Counterfeiting). My experience with cheaper batteries hasn't endeared me to them, and I would never trust a fake battery with possibly dodgy innards.

Thus it was somewhat of an unfortunate coincidence that the new CA7L arrived just after I'd been looking into identifying counterfeits, and right away I noticed three things on it that raised doubts about its authenticity. One, it didn't look anything like the one I already had, or the one in the picture on Amazon. Two, there was no protective cover in the gas pressure release area (the small recess where the casing is very thin and hence vulnerable). Third, there was a grammatical mistake on the front - the 2nd "Do" was spelled "DO". A fourth indication of a fake would have been the quality of the packaging, but here I found no fault whatsoever. Still, for peace-of-mind I contacted the supplier, PowerPlanet, and Fameart, the UK distributor whose name was on the guarantee.

PowerPlanet promptly sent a comprehensive and reassuring reply explaining that the Energizer distributership had in recent years passed to a Dutch company, and perhaps the latest batteries were now sourced from another manufacturer. That didn't explain the spelling mistake. But, then I had an opportunity to borrow a new Duracell DR9933 (supplied by Duracell Direct with a 3-year warranty).

It was identical to the new CA7L in every detail (other than labeling and price). Same colour. They weighed the same to a tenth of a gram, and neither had protective caps in the pressure relief recess. Although their specs differed slightly, performance-wise the two were indistinguishable. (There is a similar battery from Uniross as well.) The new CA7L costs less, but the DR9933 has a 3-year warranty - the Energizer two.


Netgear Wireless-N 300 Router with DSL Modem for ADSL (BT) connections
Netgear Wireless-N 300 Router with DSL Modem for ADSL (BT) connections
Price: 46.05

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DGN2200 plus Modfs firmware = a revelation, 2 Mar 2012
The DGN2200's build quality is very good, and it's aesthetically pleasing to look at. It's petite - smaller than early DG834s - and easy to set up. I'm no longer disappointed that I missed a few Billion BiPAC 7800N's on ebay over the past couple of months.

I bought one because it could be wall mounted, has a familiar interface and easy-to-use built-in guest networks so visiting family members can use their own security mode.

The DGN2200 is like earlier versions of the DG384, with the same familiar interface plus a few new settings. Performance is about the same here, with synch speeds roughly 2 to 4 megs below the advertised limit for my Orange line. The only noticeable differences: line attenuation dropped from 39.5 to 38.5, and it runs cooler than any of my 3 previous Netgear 834s.

Then, and this is the clincher... I discovered the Modfs project on Sourceforge [...]. The two files for the DGN2200 are found at the bottom of the download page, under Modfs 0.2 beta release: "modfs_image-0.2_beta.zip" and "World Wide Annex A". This free firmware can turn a DGN2200 into a THOROUGHBRED (there's firmware for the DGN3500 as well). Within two days of tweaking just a single parameter, my speed went up to 9,510 kbps and, so far, has stayed there. The first file contains the bulk of the firmware; the second file is a modified Netgear firmware.

I'd never risked custom firmware on a modem/router before in case anything went wrong and recovery might not be possible. The Modfs firmware is not like other custom firmware. It is not a complete replacement; it's one file on a USB stick in the socket on the back of the DGN2200 (and in my opinion this is by far the best use for that socket, all things considered).

There is a firmware update to perform (the link labeled "World Wide Annex A"), but it's mostly original Netgear firmware (v1.0.0.20), slightly modified to make the DGN2200 boot the .bin file on the USB stick, the file un-zipped from "modfs_image-0.2_beta.zip."

After a re-boot, use "192.168.0.1:8081" to access the new Modfs interface. (The password is easily guessed.) You can still access the DGN2200's Netgear GUI, too, at 192.168.0.1, and you can have both GUIs open simultaneously.

The main setting of interest in the new GUI is on the Setup page, Main tab, and it's called Target SNR Margin (%). Try working your way back from the default 100% in cautious steps over a period of a few days, ideally making changes at times when web traffic and noise levels are low, and with luck you could be in for a few surprises. After my last tweak, my DGN220 actually went up from 8832 overnight to 9510 the next morning, and this on a line with a history of instabiity. It's an Orange up-to-9 Meg package with 5.5 to 6 Mbps available according to line checkers. Immediately before this new firmware the synch speed was 5,868 Kbps. We're about 1.7km from the exchange, and our phone line and box are the same ones that were here when we moved in in 1980. Our phone went out catastrophically twice last year when Open Reach botched some connections in the town centre.

You can run your DGN2200 without the USB stick as a standard DGN2200. The Modfs BIN file can be updated without needing to flash any firmware. You can disable the Modfs firmware completely by flashing official Netgear firmware and you can still reset the DGN2200 to factory defaults.

The only other changes I made to the Modfs defaults were to clear the Annex M, G.lite, T1.413, and Re-adsl2/2+ boxes under Adsl Settings > Modulation, ticked Bitswap and SRA (Seamless Rate Adaption), and ticked the Kill Email program and Kill DDNS program boxes just for the heck of it.

A few of the many other new features available in the Modfs firmware are a full-time Telnet server option(!), LAN, WAN, and WLAN monitoring graphs, and even a Linux package manager. There is a Retrain script, but I could not get it working right. Maybe I just need to find the right inputs - it kept re-booting the router.

As I write this, the line has been stable for a week at the highest synch speed I've ever had. My downstream Noise Margin has been between 4.8 and 6.8 dB - lower than it's ever been by a about half. And there is still room for further experimentation in the Modfs GUI. It's been a revelation.
Comment Comments (4) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Dec 10, 2012 8:42 AM GMT


Chrome Plated Three Shelf Corner Shower Caddy
Chrome Plated Three Shelf Corner Shower Caddy
Offered by Top Star
Price: 25.00

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for this customer, 8 Nov 2011
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Our Mira shower's original 3-way shower head had problems with its O-ring seals from early on. We only ever used one setting anyway, so after seeing how much a new set of O-rings cost, I bought this single speed handle. Its spray pattern and the force of the jets is ideal for our shower/plumbing combination, and it's dead easy to open and clean out if necessary.


Page: 1 | 2