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nico less E-Cigarette E-Shisha Starter Kit
nico less E-Cigarette E-Shisha Starter Kit
Price: 11.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A simple starter set, 30 Jun 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This starter set consists of a standard CE4 disposable clearomiser and an ego style battery. This is a reasonable quality CE4 with no burnt taste, no leaks and pretty good vapour production. I've definitely had bad ones in the past, and I've only had one supplier with better. It's not a bad battery for the price. I'd suggest that is a reasonable very first starting point for someone who is wondering if vaping is for them, definitely better than most of the ones that look like a cigarette.

When you first get it the very first thing to do is charge the battery. Battery safety is important. Use the manufacturer's charger (only ever use the manufacturer's charger for everything you ever charge) and leave it until the red light turns green. This takes about 2 hours to charge. Don't leave it unattended, and don't charge it with the wrong charger, ever. Always make sure that the battery connector and charger are clean and free of juice before charging. Check for leaks from the base of the clearomiser regularly because this battery doesn't appear to be totally sealed.

The CE4 clearomiser is made from polycarbonate, so it is important to check that any juice you put in here is safe for use in polycarbonate. If it goes cloudy or cracks, then throw it away immediately. In the starter kit this is assembled when it gets to you. To fill it you unscrew the mouthpiece, which can be a tight fit, and fill on a tilt to the max line without getting juice in the chimney. The opening on the CE4 is pretty narrow; it is a tight fit to get a fat juice bottle nozzle in there. You'll want something with a pointy end on it. That said, the chimney itself is a tiny little tube so it's actually quite easy to avoid getting juice into it. Once you've filled it, screw the mouthpiece back on and then you can screw the CE4 onto the battery - but don't over tighten it. You want it so that it won't move in use, but no effort will unscrew it again. You want to leave it for about 5 minutes to make sure the juice has wicked through to the coil. Press the fire button five times fast and it'll flash at you three times to say that it's switched on or off. Press it once and see the blue light comes on to check that you've switched it on and not off, and then it's ready to use. Press the button while you inhale and let go once you've stopped. It won't let you hold the button for longer than 10 seconds. You'll be able to see where the wicks stick out inside the CE4. These absorb your juice and wick it to the coil so that when you press the button it heats up and produces vapour. As you vape down the tank the wicks will appear. Don't worry about them not getting wet because you naturally tilt the ecig to use it so plenty of juice will get to the wick.

I'm nearly at the bottom of my second fill of juice in this, and it hasn't needed to be recharged yet. So I'd say that even though the battery isn't marked in mAh it has to be 1100mAh or 900mAh, which backs up the meaningless "800 puff" suggested in the instructions. It's meaningless because a puff on an ecig is totally different from a puff on a tobacco cigarette. The thing to remember with ecigs is not to take a short sharp inhale. It's far better to take long, slow puffs and the inhale should be much more gentle than you would on a tobacco cigarette.

It produces not a bad vape for what it is and for the price I'd say you're getting your money's worth. If vaping suits you, you are going to want to upgrade from this kit in a very short time. The CE4 is disposable and should last you about 2-3 weeks before it needs replaced. For a serious attempt at switching with this I suggest at least a week's supply of juice in a variety of appealing flavours - please don't just get tobacco flavour, and 2 spare CE4s. A second battery wouldn't go amiss either. Unfortunately the juice that will probably suit a smoker best in switching isn't available via Amazon. There is a lot of help and advice for new vapers available on the internet.


Rapesco Supaclip 60 Dispenser with 8 Clips
Rapesco Supaclip 60 Dispenser with 8 Clips
Price: 5.85

5.0 out of 5 stars What a great idea this is, 12 Jun 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Reinventing the paper-clip to be more efficient is definitely not a simple design task, and yet this product does just that. It was never easy to get a paper-clip to hold a large bundle of sheets of paper without bending the clip,or damaging the paper. Growing a third arm and hand often seemed like the easiest solution, or resorting to a staple, which again causes damage. With this clever little dispenser full of supaclips you simply knock your sheets of paper smooth and press the dispenser against the edge, while flipping the blue slider button forward.

The supaclips are reusable, and you don't need the dispenser to put one on. You can put clips back into their dispenser one at a time as well, without having to open it up. All the convenience of a stapler, all the advantages of a paper-clip, less hassle and for a very nice price. The only drawback I've found is people helping themselves to my stash of supaclips, and my dispenser seems to have legs and wings as well. If folk are pinching them, you know they're a good idea.


Tacwise 191ELS with 180 Nail Selection Pack & 91 Staple Selection Pack (Bundle Pack)
Tacwise 191ELS with 180 Nail Selection Pack & 91 Staple Selection Pack (Bundle Pack)
Price: 76.37

4.0 out of 5 stars No more hitting my thumb., 12 Jun 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I've always been wary about getting a nail gun. I wasn't sure how safe it would be or if it would be too heavy and awkward for me to lift and use with my grip issues. I am able to use this, a long as I am careful and lift it with both hands. I couldn't use it for a long job, but for simple repairs, like tacking leather tot he bottom of the sofa to hide the gap, or banging a single nail into something for a temporary repair, it's absolutely fine. The safety features are pretty robust where you have to have it plugged in, switched on and pressed against a surface to make it fire. It did jam on me once with a fence emergency (dog proofing) repair, but the clearing mechanism is really simple.

I could no more use a hammer to tap a nail in than fly to the moon, but with this I have the freedom to do very simple emergency repairs that help me get things sorted without waiting for minions to help me.


Staedtler Karat 2420 C36 Oil Pastels - Assorted Colours (Pack of 36)
Staedtler Karat 2420 C36 Oil Pastels - Assorted Colours (Pack of 36)
Price: 15.28

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For the coloured pencil artist, oil pastels are a perfect next step, 7 May 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I'd never tried oil pastels before, and so when I got a chance to review this set I jumped at it. This is a good basic range of colours, plus the gold and silver metallics, that will suit anyone just starting to branch out. The techniques are remarkably similar to coloured pencil, just on a larger scale. You can use the same strokes - crosshatch, scumble, pointilism - and blend in the same way as you're used to using pencils. Even the same thinners can be used like Pebeo 75 ml Odourless Mineral Spirit, Transparent which will allow you to almost paint on the page. As long as the paper you're using has a decent tooth to it, it's not difficult to produce some stunning results.

These pastels are artist grade, and the quality shows. Thick, gorgeous colour that glides on to good paper. Scgraffito the top layers off, and reveal lower layers, or even the paper. Put a riot of colour under black and use a stylus to create fireworks. The only limit is how many layers of colour your paper can take and your own imagination.


Staedtler Karat Aquarell 125 Professional Watercolour Pencils Tin - Assorted Colours (Set of 48)
Staedtler Karat Aquarell 125 Professional Watercolour Pencils Tin - Assorted Colours (Set of 48)
Price: 55.09

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely pencils, good pigment quality, 7 May 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
With some watercolour pencils you find that a tiny little bit of water removes all of the pigment. Not the case with these pencils. I applied a shaded base to paint a water background in a picture, including all the shades and tones, and went over it with a light touch of water on cotton wool to produce a wash effect. The pigment stayed pretty much where it had been drawn on. Wet on wet let the colours blend beautifully though, and a smudge with a moistened cotton bud removed mistakes perfectly. For detail work dip a very sharp pencil point into water, dot onto kitchen paper and then draw with thick, creamy colour.

I can't fault the quality of these pencils. The range of shades and colours in this tin of 48 is lovely. However the shade names are not written on each pencil which means that you have to refer to the written list on the insert for specific colour names, rather like having to look at the chart to identify the chocolates in a box. This can get annoying until you get used to what you've got in the tin.

It is worth paying a little more for good quality art materials, and these represent good value for money. You will need a reasonably good quality paper to work some of these techniques properly.


Olympus VN-731PC DNS Voice Recorder with DNS Speech Recognition Software
Olympus VN-731PC DNS Voice Recorder with DNS Speech Recognition Software
Price: 65.90

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A really neat little voice recorder, 17 April 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
In the box you get the voice recorder, batteries, PC conecting cable (very short!) and Dragon Naturally Speaking Recorder Edition on disc. I am already a big fan of Dragon Naturally Speaking, but this software falls down really badly when you already have Dragon installed on the computer. There is no way to automatically add the voice recorder software to an existing installation. Recorder edition has to go in first, and then you install Dragon on top to allow you to use your voice recorder. Don't get me wrong, I couldn't do very much at all on the computer without Dragon. The system itself works well; it's the software installation and compatibility that always seems to create hassle when it comes to Dragon products. Once you get the software working the voice recorder opens up realms of possibilities. With 64 hours of recording time you are no longer tied to a computer doing your voice dictation. I've written chapters of my book lying in bed. Blogged in the Bath. Made notes on reviews sitting in my back garden while the dog was barking.

The voice recorder itself is light and charcoal grey, easy to hold onto, robust enough to withstand being dropped. It has a nice flip out cover to the USB port that doubles as a stand so that you can put it on a table pointing towards your sound source. The controls are clear, simple to use and can be simplified even further using the inbuilt software that allows you to select a novice user profile.

As an addition to Dragon NaturallySpeaking I can highly recommend this voice recorder. Even though this is the first time I've ever used one I'm finding it easy, and the little self-consciousness you get when first starting to speak into a box soon goes. I can see this little piece of kit giving me a great deal of freedom to create pieces of writing wherever I happen to be.


Pinnacle Studio 17 Ultimate (PC)
Pinnacle Studio 17 Ultimate (PC)
Price: 80.38

4.0 out of 5 stars A good upgrade from standard video editing tools, 17 April 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Installation is reasonably simple, there are a lot of extras on the disc that I haven't installed yet but selecting 'custom installation' allows for a reasonably clean install of just the program itself. Pinnacle 17 ultimate and the standard content pack comes in at just under 2gig HDD space. The 50GB of free box.com cloud-style storage was a nice surprise thank you for registering. Registration also opens up support from within the program, and activates your warranty. Registering and putting the serial number in before the program installed was also a really nice surprise. No need to sit poised to enter the code; walk away and let the computer get on with it. When you've installed the first screen you get is an uncluttered workspace with a single popup asking which public folders you want Pinnacle to watch. After you close that the program checks for updates, which you can install or not at that point.

The layout of the program window will be intuitive enough for anyone coming into Pinnacle from free video editing utilities, and sophisticated enough for most home and small business uses that I can think of. Editing Vlogs is a breeze using this, and the five year old in me is LOVING the sound effect library, oh the evil fun I'm going to have winding the parrot up with sound effects. The transitions and effects mean that it would be possible to edit your graphics based animations with this as well, perfect for editing gaming footage. Sound tracks clean up and match up pretty well; I ran some footage my friend shot in Disney Paris that I couldn't use any of the original soundtrack from before, and it's actually useable and more to the point, watchable.

The minus points for me is that there is no tutorial at all within the program. I know that they are annoying to any experienced user, but a dismissable walkthrough of creating a simple video would have helped me get into the program faster. As it is I had to wait for a project I needed to do and learn as I went. Not a horrible way to learn, but I'm sure that this thing has bells and whistles that I've missed because I don't know they're there. The help system is pretty good though.


IdealVape Genuine Kanger Protank 2 Mini Version V2 Ego Bottom Coil Clearomizer for Electronic Cigarettes
IdealVape Genuine Kanger Protank 2 Mini Version V2 Ego Bottom Coil Clearomizer for Electronic Cigarettes
Offered by SNS Supplies Ltd
Price: 11.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The mini protank II packs a lot of flavour into a little unit, 28 Jan 2014
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For anyone new to the world of vaping this little ego (510) threaded beauty gives all the punch of a full sized clearomiser in a small form that sits beautifully on pen type batteries. I've paired it with an Itaste VV V3, and it looks really smart. The tank itself is made of Pyrex, meaning that you will have no issues with juices that can crack polycarbonate tanks. The whole thing is push and screw fit, without glue, meaning that it can be completely taken apart to be cleaned. The drip tip is removable and the coil heads can be replaced, so although it is a slightly higher cost than some of the cheaper options to go on your ego device, there is less cost in upkeep. I've had no leaking issues, any gurgling can be fixed by removing the tank and blowing sharply through it into a tissue, and the thing itself produces a cracking vape, with a slightly airy draw. I don't think you can go wrong with this.


Fellowes Silicone Wrist Rocker - Sunset Orange Pattern Sunset Orange
Fellowes Silicone Wrist Rocker - Sunset Orange Pattern Sunset Orange
Price: 10.52

3.0 out of 5 stars A really good idea but has some issues, 11 Dec 2013
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This feels like a sturdy and well-made product. It looks as if it should last a good long time, the way the silicon is fastened to the plastic base looks solid and that type of plastic shouldn't wear with regular mouse use in the same way some fabric-based mouse mats can. It is comfortable when used properly. Your wrist sits nicely against the silicon protecting it from resting on the edge of the desk and cutting the circulation off.

The colour is awful though. Egg yolk yellow with mismatched orange silicon. Why not something sensible, like black? I feel I want my sunglasses on in December in Scotland with that on my desk, and it matches nothing else I own.

The rocking idea would work perfectly but for the fact that the mat slips sideways on the desk when the mouse is being used vigourously (i.e. for gaming). It has landed on the floor twice, the other seat once and finally it was fielded by the Jack Russell as it flew over his head. He now thinks it's a dog toy and is waiting patiently for me to throw it again. I am trying very hard not to oblige.

I think it's a great idea and it would probably be ideal for someone with carpal tunnel doing a little light computer work. For gaming it is an utter loss because as soon as you move the mouse more than a little the dog's back on duty playing fetch.


RHS Botany for Gardeners: The Art and Science of Gardening Explained & Explored
RHS Botany for Gardeners: The Art and Science of Gardening Explained & Explored
by Geoff Hodge
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 13.04

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just a coffee table book, 11 Dec 2013
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I wouldn't be ashamed to have this on my coffee table at all; this book is visually stunning. From the board binding to the subtly patterned front pieces, the ribbon bookmark, the beautiful illustrations on almost every page, the line diagrams illustrating points, everything about it feels expensive and reeks of some seriously good design.

And yet unlike your average coffee table book, the information in this book is as useful as it is beautiful. Everything from storing bulbs to "how to create a pollard", soil moisture and rainwater, pests diseases and disorders a comprehensive textbook on every aspect of gardening. The information in here is probably more than you'd get doing a term of evening classes. And presented in such a way that you'd want to dip in and read even when you've not got an issue that you're trying to solve.

I don't think this is the sort of book that you'd want to read cover to cover in one sitting as I did to review. But it is so appealing I can imagine losing a great deal of time being pulled in to read just one more paragraph; the sort of book that my grandfather would have kept in the downstairs privy and thoroughly annoyed everyone by being in there for hours.

If you're looking for a gift for the keen amateur gardener, or even for the more experienced green fingered friend, I don't think you can go wrong with this.


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