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Mindkoo Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker Portable Stereo IP65 Waterproof Speaker with Built-in Microphone for for iPhone 6S Samsung S6, 5 Hours Playing Time (Red , Pack of 1 )
Mindkoo Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker Portable Stereo IP65 Waterproof Speaker with Built-in Microphone for for iPhone 6S Samsung S6, 5 Hours Playing Time (Red , Pack of 1 )
Offered by Mindkoo Tech
Price: £12.29

4.0 out of 5 stars Great speaker for packing away for a camping trip, 24 July 2016
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• Note: The supplier kindly sent me a review sample for evaluation, with a request for an honest and impartial review. •

This is a small wireless Bluetooth speaker (10.5 x 5 x 2 cm approx.) so smaller than you might think. It’s designed to be splash-proof so can be used outside. To this end it comes complete with a small carabiner which can be used to hang on whilst camping for example. You also get a short USB charging lead, a 3.5 mm audio lead and an instruction sheet.

The speaker is certainly smaller than it looks in the product description, which is not a bad thing if you’re going to be carrying it in a rucksack.

Mine is made from red plastic with a red silicone rubber coating around the edges. This provides a degree of protection from bumps and scrapes and also a splash proof cover for the switches and sockets. The USB charging port and aux-in are concealed behind a silicone flap whilst the power and +/- keys are completely covered by the silicone.

The enclosure contains two speakers of around 4 cm diameter and they give quite a good sound with reasonable volume levels. It’s difficult to describe sound quality but it’s a significant step up from that produced by my TV and laptop.

The power button is also the pairing button and pairing is very easy. Alternatively you can connect pretty much any audio device to the speaker directly using the supplied 3.5 mm audio lead. The speaker is charged using he supplied micro-USB cable which is great as it means you can also charge it from a USB power pack if you’re away from mains power.

It’s a small speaker unit so easy to carry with you but with a surprisingly good sound reproduction and the fact that you don’t need to worry about it being splashed with water, means it’s a good choice to have with you when camping.
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LENTION 5 in 1 Nano SIM Card Adapter Kit Converter for iPhone 6 5 4 4S 3G 3GS iPad to Micro & Standard SIM Card
LENTION 5 in 1 Nano SIM Card Adapter Kit Converter for iPhone 6 5 4 4S 3G 3GS iPad to Micro & Standard SIM Card
Offered by LentionDirect
Price: £9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Really useful if you’ve a mix of phone types and need to move between them., 24 July 2016
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• Note: The supplier kindly sent me a review sample for evaluation, with a request for an honest and impartial review. •

This is a handy kit to have around. On a number of occasions when family phones have gone on the blink I’ve had to shuffle SIM cards around. I don’t know why there has to be three sizes of SIM card, but it makes the job of switching handsets unnecessarily difficult.

This kit allows you to take the nano-SIM card from an iPhone 5 for example and by using the supplied adapters transfer it to phones using the more standard SIM card sizes. Note the adapters use an adhesive tape to hold the SIM in place so you need to take care in positioning this tape to make sure the SIM card will fit in the phone.

The set is great for moving up in SIM card size, you’ll need a SIM card cutter to go the other way however.

The set includes an emery file to fine tune your nano-SIM to make sure it fits and a SIM card eject pin.

I still wish they’d all use the same sim size, but at least now I can move SIMs around when I have to.
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Soldering Iron Kit, Blusmart 60W 230V Adjustable Temperature Welding Soldering Iron with 5pcs Soldering Iron Tips, Desoldering vacuum pump, Holder, Solder Wire(Blue)
Soldering Iron Kit, Blusmart 60W 230V Adjustable Temperature Welding Soldering Iron with 5pcs Soldering Iron Tips, Desoldering vacuum pump, Holder, Solder Wire(Blue)
Offered by efsuk
Price: £25.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Not perfect but a much better start that buying a soldering iron alone., 24 July 2016
• Note: The supplier kindly sent me a review sample for evaluation, with a request for an honest and impartial review. •

This soldering iron kit is obviously designed for home hobby use. It’s not perfect, but for home use it’s a pretty good set, and a much better option than buying a soldering iron alone.

What I like about the set is that you have everything you need. It’s alright buying a soldering iron, but without a stand, you’re going to burn through a table top or worse before long and without a de-soldering tool, or solder sucker, you’re going to make the job a lot more difficult than it need be, and without a sponge you’re going to be trying to wipe the iron clean with old rags or paper.

As well as these essentials, the kit comes with a set of six soldering iron tips and a small supply of solder.

You need to ‘build’ the stand and soak the sponge before you start, but you then have all you need.

The stand could be better. The soldering iron is rather thin so could almost slip straight through it, so I added some pieces of wire part way down the stand to stop this happening.

It’s a lightweight iron, both literally and in terms of wattage, but it’s plenty good enough for electrical repairs and better suited to small jobs than larger more powerful irons. There’s a temperature control and the numbers are far too small, but I generally leave irons on one setting in any case.

You can buy similar looking soldering irons on their own, but I think it’s worth investing in the kit, even if you only have to resort to soldering fairly infrequently.


Luxebell® 50KG Digital Travel Portable Handheld Weighing Luggage Scales with Blue Backlight/Tare Function/Auto Power off
Luxebell® 50KG Digital Travel Portable Handheld Weighing Luggage Scales with Blue Backlight/Tare Function/Auto Power off
Offered by Simple Tek
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Easy way to avoid excess baggage charges, 24 July 2016
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• Note: The supplier kindly sent me a review sample for evaluation, with a request for an honest and impartial review. •

This luggage scale can weigh cases up to 50 kg in weight and can pay for itself with one excess baggage charge avoided.

It’s ok balancing on the bathroom scales holding your case and a bit of maths to make sure you don’t go over your limit on the way out, but often there’s no bathroom scale to use for the return trip. Width this little scale you simply loop the strap around the handle of your case then lift your case using the handle of the scale and the readout tells you exactly the weight of your case.

There’s a button to choose between grams, ounces , pounds and kilograms and it’s small enough to easily pop in your case to weigh everything before your return trip.

I like the fact that it uses standard AAA batteries (included) so you can always find spares should they be dead and the display is nice and big with a backlight.
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Discoball 12V 6-LED Amber Emergency Vehicle Strobe Warning Light Bar / Flashing Beacon - 50K Hour LED Life
Discoball 12V 6-LED Amber Emergency Vehicle Strobe Warning Light Bar / Flashing Beacon - 50K Hour LED Life
Offered by Discoball
Price: £19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Multi light pattern vehicle strobe light, 24 July 2016
Length:: 1:16 Mins

• Note: The supplier kindly sent me a review sample for evaluation, with a request for an honest and impartial review. •

This is a simple self-contained strobe light unit. The unit has six high intensity LEDs and is designed for surface mounting using the screw holes at either end of the unit.

The light measures around 10 x 3 cm and has three flying leads. These have soldered ends and no connector. The light requires a 12 volt DC source via the red and black cables. The third yellow wire is used to select the strobe pattern. Simply connect a pushbutton switch (not provided) between the yellow wire and the vehicle earth or black wire. Each press of the pushbutton cycles the light around a sequence of different strobe patterns.

All of the electronics is incorporated into the light. There is no external control box. All you need to add is a simple pushbutton to select the required mode.

The light is very bright and certainly eye catching and would make a very visible warning light for vehicle breakdown for example.

I wired up the lamp with a switch to test the functions and the video shows the various modes available. The mode switch cycles around the available modes and you can stop at any of the modes.

A great safety light to warn other drivers in the event of a breakdown.
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Universal Waterproof Case, 3 Pack UKCOCO Dry Bag with Armband for Boating, Hiking, Swimming, Work with iPhone 6S, 6, Plus, SE, Galaxy Note S6, S7, HTC
Universal Waterproof Case, 3 Pack UKCOCO Dry Bag with Armband for Boating, Hiking, Swimming, Work with iPhone 6S, 6, Plus, SE, Galaxy Note S6, S7, HTC
Offered by BESTOMZ STORE
Price: £19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Passed my bucket of water test with flying colours., 24 July 2016
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• Note: The supplier kindly sent me a review sample for evaluation, with a request for an honest and impartial review. •

These cases are designed to keep your mobile phone safe from water whilst still letting you operate the phone. They are IPX8 certified which means they should be waterproof up to 30 metres deep. You get three identical cases in different colours.

To be honest, if ever my phone is 30 metres deep, I hope I won’t be alongside it!

I guess for most of us we want to protect our phone from rainy days or being immersed in the soggy bottom of a rucksack or bag.

Using the bags is easy, you simply slide the device in and then close the two special clips at the top of the bag. Each bag is fitted with a lanyard for wearing if you choose.

I didn’t want to test them using my phone, so placed tissue paper in one of them since it should show up even the lightest traces of water getting in. I then submerged it under a brick in a bucket of water and left it for an hour

After taking it out of the bucket I carefully dried the outside of the bags to prevent drips getting in when I opened it and spoiling the results. I must admit I couldn’t see how the simple clips at the top of the bag could keep the water out, but the tissue paper in the bag was perfectly dry. Pretty impressive.

You get a set of three bags, and they’re perfect for my Garmin Satnav as well as a small power-bank, keeping all of them safe in my rucksack whilst out and about in the rain.
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Discoball 12V 8-Piece 16-LED Amber Emergency Vehicle Strobe Warning Light Kit / Flashing Beacon - 50K Hour LED Life
Discoball 12V 8-Piece 16-LED Amber Emergency Vehicle Strobe Warning Light Kit / Flashing Beacon - 50K Hour LED Life
Offered by Discoball
Price: £39.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Bright strobe effect vehicle warning lights, 24 July 2016
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Length:: 1:08 Mins

• Note: The supplier kindly sent me a review sample for evaluation, with a request for an honest and impartial review. •

This is a set of eight lighting fixtures each containing two bright LEDs. It’s designed to be mounted and with all the lights being operated together.

In the kit you get:-
• Eight LED light fixtures on flying leads
• 12 volt power connector
• Operating switch on flying leads.
• Two connector cables
• Lighting control box

Note the control box is not a transformer, you need to supply a 12 volt DC source, typically from a vehicle battery.

The eight LED light units are all designed for surface mounting through two screw holes. Each unit contains two very bright strobe style LEDs. The light units are wired as two groups of four.

There is a simple on/off switch which triggers the lights to follow a predetermined sequence of flashes. There is no option to select the lighting pattern, it follows the pattern shown in the video. The on/off switch isn’t suitable for panel mounting and you may wish to replace it if you choose to have a panel mounted switch.

The LED lights are very bright and eye catching and would provide a very good warning to other traffic if your car was immobilised on the motorway for example.

I’ve included a video showing the lighting sequences.
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Stay Put 3 Sizes Suction Bowl and Hot Safety Fork and Spoon Set, Snap Tight Lids, FDA Approved and BPA-Free, Microwaveable
Stay Put 3 Sizes Suction Bowl and Hot Safety Fork and Spoon Set, Snap Tight Lids, FDA Approved and BPA-Free, Microwaveable
Offered by Plai's Boutique
Price: £19.90

4.0 out of 5 stars Three children’s food bowls that stay where you put them., 24 July 2016
• Note: The supplier kindly sent me a review sample for evaluation, with a request for an honest and impartial review. •

Half the fun of mealtime with young babies is the semolina in your hair and the mixed vegetables flicked in your eye. Ok, these bowls won’t get rid of all the fun but they will help with the bowl tipped onto the floor which seems to be a favourite with so many youngsters.

The three bowls all have a strong suction cup on the base that works well and has a lift-up tab to remove it. Of course the suction relies on you having a smooth surface on which to place the bowls. The bowls also have tightly fitting lids so you can prepare foods ahead of meal times. The lids fit well but aren’t held securely. A couple of clips to hold them securely in place would solve this.

A nice feature I’ve not seen before is that the plastic spoon and fork have a special feature where they change colour if the food is above around 39 degrees centigrade so you might even miss out on the fun of having to test the pumpkin, potato and beef by having a taste yourself.

Come to think of it these bowls will take away a lot of the fun of meal times with the little ones. They’ll take away a lot of the mess too, thankfully.
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Luxebell® Universal Cellphone Tripod, Mini 360 Rotatable Stand for iPhone, Samsung and Most Smartphone - Come with Phone Clip Holder and Gopro Mount Adapter
Luxebell® Universal Cellphone Tripod, Mini 360 Rotatable Stand for iPhone, Samsung and Most Smartphone - Come with Phone Clip Holder and Gopro Mount Adapter
Offered by Simple Tek
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great mini-tripod for carrying on your travels, 24 July 2016
• Note: The supplier kindly sent me a review sample for evaluation, with a request for an honest and impartial review. •

This is a small tripod that can easily be stored in a rucksack so you always have it to hand. It’s lightweight so not for a regular camera, but good for a GoPro style camera or a smartphone. It is fitted with a standard sized tripod mount screw so you can also fit accessories you have, so long as they have the standard screw thread.

In the box you get two attachments, one a spring loaded clip which can hold a smartphone, and one which has the standard GoPro fitting which will work with GoPro cameras and accessories as well as the dozens of similar look alike cameras.

The tripod has a ball joint on the top which allows full movement so you can even swing the camera from the horizontal to vertical as well as rotating it. There’s a catch mechanism which locks the ball joint in place holding the camera in position. It’s spring loaded so you push the small lever, position the camera, then release the lever and it locks in place.

The legs open out to provide a stable platform so long as you don’t load it up too much. I attached a Doogee X5 and a GoPro style camera and the tripod had no problem with either. The legs can only be put in the fully-open position. There are no intermediate position options.

I like the small size and the universal fitting means you shouldn’t have problems with mounting. It’s a handy thing to have to take selfie pictures from other than the end of an outstretched arm or for taking video or long exposure shots. With the legs folded together it makes a kind of handle, so you don’t have to keep unscrewing and screwing your camera to it.

It’s one of the best small tripods I’ve seen.
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Rose Kuli Multifunction Waterproof Military Metal Sighting Compass For Expedition Map Reading Hiking Walking Climbing Biking Camping Survival
Rose Kuli Multifunction Waterproof Military Metal Sighting Compass For Expedition Map Reading Hiking Walking Climbing Biking Camping Survival
Offered by FashionLife Store
Price: £14.97

4.0 out of 5 stars Good starter sighting compass, 24 July 2016
• Note: The supplier kindly sent me a review sample for evaluation, with a request for an honest and impartial review. •

In a world of GPS, there’s still a place for a compass and map reading, and not just for nostalgia’s sake. There’s something nice about a real map that lets you really understand the terrain your walking through, and it’s great from the summit of a hill to be able to pick out hills and features on the horizon and using a map and compass be able to recognise and identify them.

My daughter has been doing the DoE award and navigation with a compass is a key part of the orienteering.

I use a GPS and I know there are compass apps, but they’re not the same as the real thing. This compass is a pretty good sighting compass and looks ok in its military colours. It’s robustly made so can happily jog along in a rucksack until needed without fear of damage. It’s fitted with sighting guides and is easy to use and gives you a chance to be out in the countryside and spending some time not looking down at a mobile phone screen.
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