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Expower(R) Portable High Powered, Extremely Durable Wireless Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker (With Mic and 12 Hour Battery)
Expower(R) Portable High Powered, Extremely Durable Wireless Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker (With Mic and 12 Hour Battery)
Offered by Smart techonology
Price: £35.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb little bluetooth speaker. Excellent value for money, 22 July 2014
I’ve played with an awful lot of speakers costing from £20 to over £250, and each time I get to play with another one, I’m really impressed.

Here's why....

What is it?
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This device is a little Bluetooth wireless speaker. In summary, if you've got a smartphone (ie. Android or iPhone) or tablet (eg. iPad, Nexus or Kindle Fire) or even a relatively modern laptop you can wirelessly stream (play) music from your device.
No wires, no fuss just great quality (and loud) sound!

Let's face it. Increasingly, we listen to music on our smartphone or tablet - not from a CD player. These little speakers use a "Bluetooth connection" (a bit like WIFI - but it's limited to connect two devices together – in this case your Smartphone and the speaker).

You "pair" your phone to the speaker, and then press play. As a bonus can also connect it directly to a headphone socket using the surprisingly high quality supplied cable.

What's it like?
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Well, it looks like a miniature black military radio - the kind of think the SAS would use during "Black Operations". It’s a diminutive little device at just over 6 inches long by 2.5 inches high and under 2 inches deep. Given the relatively small size, I wasn’t
expecting the full rich (and loud!) sound this device produced. So OK, it’s not quite top end HI FI (rock lacks a bit of bass), but at this price point it’s remarkably good.

Certainly enough clear quality sound to fill at room, and at this price (and design), it would be great as a desk-top speaker under a monitor to improve sound quality from a laptop.

Build quality is reasonable, but not outstanding, and it does look as if it will take a few knocks as it’s designed to be taken outside and used during a picnic or camping at a rock festival.

In terms of input you get the following options:-

1. You can stream Spotify, Last FM or similar or play music from your Smartphone or Tablet
2. You can plug in a supplied 3.5mm (headphone socket sized) cable into the “headphone” socket.

I tested it without any problems on:-

* iPhone 4GS
* iPad Air
* Mac Book Pro
* Google Nexus 5 Smartphone

Connection (pairing) was almost immediate (about 3 seconds), and sound quality great!

Features include:-

* Power on switch (
* Separate blutooth connection button for “pairing” to your phone or iPad. You press it for a few seconds, and the light flashes to indicate it’s in “pairing” mode. Pair on the smartphone and off you go.
* Line in - means you can attach an iPod, radio or smartphone directly using the supplied cable to play music
* Volume up/down - so you can adjust volume from either the device or your smartphone or tablet.

Who should buy it?
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Well, at this price almost anyone, but I'd guess it'd be brilliant for....

* You – to improve the sound quality from built in speakers on a laptop
* For a child or young teenager to stream music from a PC, Mac or Tablet computer
* To watch films on an iPad or Android tablet - to boost the sound quality
* To take on a camping trip or holiday. It's small, well built and weighs almost nothing

What's Good about it?
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* Sound quality is remarkably good. Terrific for watching films on an iPad
* Excellent build quality. Very smart top quality finish.
* Incredibly small and light
* Absolutely gigantic 1,800mAh lithium battery with a claimed 12 hours of battery life - wonderful (My £100 JBL Flip claims five hours, lasted around three).
* Absolutely incredible value for money

What's not so good?
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I have to admit, not a lot aside from the instruction manual which is just awful - written in broken English. Having said that I never look at them, and would knock off a star if I needed to.

Sound quality is not absolutely top end - but at the price point it's still incredible value for money, and a lot better than my £1,200 Mac Book Pro. In common with all Bluetooth devices, you do need to keep the audio source fairly close by. I tested this using a Nexus 5 Smartphone, and with a clear line-of-sight it still maintained a clear connection at 30+ feet. However, as soon as a wall got in the way, it dropped to about 10 feet.

Again, you've got to put this in context. This is not a £100 JBL or a £160 Bose Soundlink, but it still works perfectly.

Conclusion
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I've owned and tested a series of Bluetooth speakers, and this is really stands out in terms of sound quality and value for money. It'd be a brilliant birthday or Christmas present for a child or teenager or even for yourself to boost the sound for films on your iPad or PC.

Disclosure: I was kindly sent this by the manufacturer to give an independent unbiased review. Having said that, it's always a pleasure to test and review speakers of this quality and value for money.

Highly Recommended.


EasyAcc® 8200mAh Power Bank Aluminum Alloy Design 2.1A Output Compact Portable Charger Backup External Battery Pack for iPhone iPad Samsung Smartphone Galaxy Tab Android Phone Google Nexus MP3 Player Bluetooth Speaker Headset
EasyAcc® 8200mAh Power Bank Aluminum Alloy Design 2.1A Output Compact Portable Charger Backup External Battery Pack for iPhone iPad Samsung Smartphone Galaxy Tab Android Phone Google Nexus MP3 Player Bluetooth Speaker Headset
Offered by EasyAcc.U Store
Price: £45.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful design, lightweight with 8,200mAh power recharger. I love it, 21 July 2014
Don’t know about you, but I’m on my smartphone 24x7. Of course, this also means I can’t spend more than a day away from a power socket - that is until now.

Disclosure: I was kindly sent this by the manufacturer to give an independent unbiased review. On the positive side, I get to review an awful lot of these mobile batteries, and this one really stands out in terms of build quality

Here’s why…..

What is it and what does it do
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This smart “gun metal grey” coloured aluminium box is an external battery pack for an iPhone or Android Smartphone or an iPad or Android tablet computer. Basically, if you’re out and about (on a long rail journey or away camping or at a rock festival), you can re-charge your phone or iPad loads of times back to full charge.

What's it like?
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In a word, lovely. Wrapped in an aluminium grey coloured hard case, and just slightly shorter than a iPhone 5 or Nexus 5 (but a lot narrower and reassuringly heavy), it has a fantastic top quality feel about it.

It comes in at 5 inches long by 2.5 inches wide and just over half an inch deep. It is quite light in the hand (200g), and a lovely top quality finish, with a single button which lights up 4 white LED lights to indicate how fully charged it is. It comes with two micro-USB cables (so you can charge it up), a short one at 20cm and a longer one at 60cm. As expected of these kind of batteries, they don’t come with a cable to charge your mobile, as you’ll already have one that came with your Android or Apple device.

I must say, you’d be forgiven for mistaking this from a Apple designed product, as the quality and finish are top end.

Finally, these things are rated in miliamps per hour (mAh). I’ve tested batteries ranging from 3,000 mAh, and this is a whopping 8,200 mAh. What it means, is it can charge your phone LOTS of times before finally needing a recharge.

What will it charge?
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Well, just about anything as far as I can see. This includes

* Apple iPhone 5, 5s and 5c.
* Apple iPhone 3, 3G, 3Gs, 4, 4Gs.
* Apple iPad
* Almost any Android tablet.
* Samsung Galaxy Note 3 S4 S3 S2 Note 2

I tested it on an iPad Air, iPad 3rd Generation, iPhone 4GS and Google Nexus 5 smartphone.

Does it work?
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Glad to say, yes. it charged my Google Nexus 5 from absolutely flat to 100% in under two hours. What’s more, the 4 lights (which each indicate 25% charge) didn’t even move, and I’d expect it’ll charge loads more before fully flat.

The battery is rated at 8,200Ah (the higher the better) which means it should charge a smartphone several times before finally needing to be plugged in.

For example, here's the battery capacity (mAh) of some popular smartphones:-

* Google Nexus 5 - 2,300
* Samsung Galaxy S3 - 2,100
* Samsung Galaxy S4 - 2,600
* Apple iPhone 5 - 1,400
* Apple iPhone 5S - 1,570
* Apple iPhone 4S - 1,432

So you should get several full charges out of an iPhone 5 before you need to re-charge the unit.

What's Good about it?
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* Absolutely top quality build in cool grey colour
* Solid build quality in aluminium
* Enough power to charge a standard smartphone 4+ times.

What's not so good?
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I honestly can’t find fault with this. Top quality build with lots of power available. What’s not to love.

Conclusion
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Fantastic little charger. Highly recommended.


TaoTronics® TT-BR02 Stereo Bluetooth Audio Receiver for Headphones, Speakers, Home Stereo and Car Audio with 3.5mm Audio Cable and 2 RCA Cable
TaoTronics® TT-BR02 Stereo Bluetooth Audio Receiver for Headphones, Speakers, Home Stereo and Car Audio with 3.5mm Audio Cable and 2 RCA Cable
Offered by Sunvalleytek-UK
Price: £39.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Wireless device. Made me fall in love with my HI FI system again. Love it!, 12 July 2014
If you’re like me, you’ll have a smartphone, a tablet computer (an iPad, Android Tablet or Kindle Fire), and all your MP3 music on an iPhone or online on Spotify with absolutely no way to play all that wonderful music on your existing home HI FI system.

This is, until now.….

What is it?
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This little black box of tricks is a Bluetooth wireless receiver. In short, you plug in the supplied pair of excellent quality photo leads from your stereo system into this little box, and pair it your smartphone. This means you can play music straight from your Smartphone wirelessly to your existing HI FI.

No wires, no fuss just fantastic loud quality sound!

They even supply a “audio jack” cable (effectively a headphone socket at either end of a cable), which means you can use this in the car as well.

What’s it like?
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Its a small, incredibly light black box with two LEDs, one to indicate it’s charging, the other to indicate it’s in “pairing” mode - searching for a bluetooth connection. It comes in at a diminutive 3 by 3 inches and just under an inch deep with three sockets on the back:-

*Line Out: The AUX port where you plug in the headphone socket cable
*A pair of HI FI phono sockets (one red, one white) to plug into your stereo
*A Mini USB socket - so you can charge up the device

It comes nicely packaged with all the cables (HI FI, “headphone” and USB), and all are really top quality. As an additional nice touch, it comes with a nicely designed 62 page instruction guide in the usual range of languages - but like many blokes, I just ignored it, plugged it in and it worked flawlessly without any problems first time.

Didn’t even need to read the manual.

The manufacturer recommends you charge the built in battery for an initial 4 hours, after which a short 2 hour charge should give you about 8 hours playing time. Having said that, if you’ve got it attached to a stereo, you can plug in the supplied USB cable into an existing smartphone charger and just leave it there.

I also tried it in my car, plugging it into a USB socket in the cigarette lighter socket, and used the headphone cable to plug into my Kenwood Car Stereo without problems. The box is small enough, and the cables long enough to hide it away in a glove compartment without issue.

What's the sound quality like?
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I have to say, while I’m no audiophile, I was incredibly impressed by the sound quality from both my HI FI and in my car. I have a standard test set of tracks, and they all sounded fantastic.

My test tracks included, the solid bass beats of Radiohead’s “High and Dry”, and the haunting deep echoey lyrics of “Exit music (for a film)”. Bill Withers - Aint no Sunshine - just sounds wonderfully smooth, and his voice like treacle.

The pure rock of “Should I stay or should I go” (The Clash) was equally fantastic with all the shock and raw punch I expected, and Gerry Rafferty’s Baker Street was just wonderful.

The separation (the fact you can identify and listen to individual instruments) is just brilliant, and “Hollow Ponds” by Damon Albarn is great. I can highly recommend the new solo album by ex lead singer of Blur and Gorillaz.

Finally, I paired it up with my iPad Air and played the classic war film “Apocalypse Now”, and can confirm watching the classic helicopter attack sequence complete with explosions, and gunfire to the backing of Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries is just exhilarating through my home stereo system.

In short, given the size and cost of this little box, the clarity and sheer volume it produces is just amazing. It’s just made my “legacy” HI FI system useful again.

I tested it out with no issues at all on my:-

* Google Nexus 5 Smartphone
* iPad Air
* iPhone 4GS

What’s Good about it?
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* Absolutely stunning sound
* Incredibly small and light
* Option of using the pair of phono connections to the HI FI or headphone cable in the car

What’s not so good?
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Not a lot really. It doesn’t come with a transformer (to charge it up), but it’s designed to be used with a smartphone, which means you’ll have one already. Finally, if you use it in the car, you can always buy a cigarette lighter/charger which will accept the USB cable.

Conclusion
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Fantastic device that’s made me fall in love with my old HI FI again, with the bonus if I ever switch over completely, I can use it in the car stereo as well.

Disclosure: I was kindly sent this by the manufacturer to give an independent unbiased review. Having said that it’s a pleasure to test a device this good.

Highly Recommended.
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Expower(R) IPX7 Waterproof Shockproof Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Speaker for Outdoor Exercise and Shower (Black+Blue)
Expower(R) IPX7 Waterproof Shockproof Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Speaker for Outdoor Exercise and Shower (Black+Blue)
Offered by Smart techonology
Price: £15.90

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little bluetooth speaker for the shower! Love it!, 12 July 2014
This is a cute (and for the price quite impressive sounding) bluetooth speaker with the addition of being able to answer the phone in the shower! Terrific stuff...

Here's why....

What is it?
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The Expower IPX7 is a little Bluetooth wireless speaker. In summary, if you've got a smartphone (ie. Android or iPhone) or tablet (eg. iPad, Nexus or Kindle Fire) or even a relatively modern laptop you can wirelessly stream (play) music from your device. No wires, no fuss just great sound in the bathroom.

Let's face it. Increasingly, we listen to music on our smartphone or tablet - not from a CD player. These little speakers use a "Bluetooth connection" (a bit like WIFI - but it's limited to connect two devices together – in this case your Smartphone and the speaker).

The really nice feature of this device is it’s waterproof, and comes with a 1.5 inch diameter suction cup, so it will stick to a glass wall (or on the side of the bath) in the shower. You can even use this device to answer your mobile phone remotely.

My wife loves it as she now takes Nicky Campbell (Radio Five Live Breakfast show) into the shower every morning!

What's it like?
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It’s a lovely little device.

It’s a diminutive little speaker at around 4 inches diameter by about 2 inches high, and feels quite light in the hand.

While the sound quality is not quite HI FI (as you’d expect at this price point), I was pleasantly surprised by the full sound this device produced. The case is hard shiny black plastic with rubber buttons for volume up and down, and if you’re playing songs (for example from Spotify), you can skip to the next track. Great feature if you want to skip a track you’ve heard too many times already.

In terms of build quality, it does feel a little light-weight, and I’d be concerned the plastic casing might break if it fell off the shower wall (but only time will tell). I will update this review in a few months, as I don’t want to drop on purpose to find out.

It’s rated at IPX7 which is an International Standard for waterproof devices. A quick look on Wikipedia shows it should be waterproof to about 3 feet under water. Or to be exact: "Ingress of water in harmful quantity shall not be possible when the enclosure is immersed in water under defined conditions of pressure and time (up to 1 m of submersion)”.

Certainly, it’s loud and clear enough to use in a bathroom (unless you’re bathroom is absolutely massive), and will have no problem in the shower.

I tested it without any problems on:-

* Google Nexus 5 Smartphone
* iPad Air
* iPhone 4GS
* Mac Book Pro

Connection (pairing) was almost immediate, and sound quality great!

Who should buy it?
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I’d say the main reasons you’d buy this are:-

* You want to listen to the radio on your iPad or Smartphone in the shower in the morning
* If you want some fun music playing while you bath the children (they’d love it!)
* If you want to go camping and want some music, but are worried about it getting wet.
* You want some soothing music while you’re in the bath

What's Good about it?
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* Sound quality is surprisingly good.
* Voice quality (for example listening to the radio) is incredibly clear.
* Water proof and designed for the shower.
* Incredibly small and light

What's not so good?
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I have to admit, the build quality is not top end (but then again at this price point you’d hardly expect Apple quality brushed aluminium), and the sound quality is not HI FI, but considering the price point, and the fact it’s waterproof and designed for a bath or shower it’s terrific.

Finally, the instructions are surprisingly clear, but like most blokes, I never bother to read instructions. Still. Nice to see the efforts made.

Conclusion
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A great little waterproof bluetooth device which would be terrific both indoors (in the bathroom), and outdoors in heavy rain at a rock festival. I love it.

Disclosure: I was kindly sent this by the manufacturer to give an independent unbiased review.

Highly Recommended.


Expower® Bookshelf Desk Bluetooth Speaker for Samsung Galaxy S5 and Iphone5S and Iphone5 and Ipad and other Smart Device with Bluetooth (Blue)
Expower® Bookshelf Desk Bluetooth Speaker for Samsung Galaxy S5 and Iphone5S and Iphone5 and Ipad and other Smart Device with Bluetooth (Blue)
Offered by Smart techonology
Price: £21.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little speaker. Good build quality, great sound and an incredible price, 11 July 2014
I’ve played with an awful lot of speakers costing from £20 to over £250, and each time I get to play with another one, I’m really impressed.

Here's why....

What is it?
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The Expower Bookshelf is a little Bluetooth wireless speaker. In summary, if you've got a smartphone (ie. Android or iPhone) or tablet (eg. iPad, Nexus or Kindle Fire) or even a relatively modern laptop you can wirelessly stream (play) music from your device.
No wires, no fuss just great quality (and loud) sound!

Let's face it. Increasingly, we listen to music on our smartphone or tablet - not from a CD player. These little speakers use a "Bluetooth connection" (a bit like WIFI - but it's limited to connect two devices together – in this case your Smartphone and the speaker).

You "pair" your phone to the speaker, and then press play. As a bonus can also connect it directly by the supplied cable, and play music from a Micro SD card, which would be great to set up a huge play-list for a party.

What's it like?
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Well, it looks like a miniaturised TV Sound bar. It’s a diminutive little device at just under a foot long by 2 inches high and under 2 inches deep. Given the relatively small size, I wasn’t
Expecting the full rich (and loud!) sound this device produced. So OK, it’s not quite top end HI FI (rock lacks a bit of bass), but at this price point it’s remarkably good.

Certainly enough clear quality sound to fill at room, and at this price (and design), it would be great as a desk-top speaker under a monitor to improve sound quality from a laptop.

Build quality is nothing short of excellent, and for a device designed to sit on your bookshelf it’s remarkably tough, and should take a few knocks if taken out for example to a picnic.

In terms of input you get three options:-

1. You can stream Spotify, Last FM or similar or play music from your Smartphone or Tablet
2. You can plug in a supplied 3.5mm (headphone socket sized) cable
3. You can load music onto a Micro SD card, and play your MP3s. (Which means you don’t need to stay within 30 feet of it!)

I tested it without any problems on:-

* iPhone 4GS
* iPad Air
* Mac Book Pro
* Google Nexus 5 Smartphone

Connection (pairing) was almost immediate, and sound quality great!

Features include:-

* Power on button (which also acts as the “pairing” button). You press it for a few seconds, and a voice tells you it’s in pairing mode. Pair on the smartphone and off you go.
* Line in - means you can attach an iPod, radio or smartphone directly using the supplied cable to play music
* Previous/Skip track - pressing a button on the device you can skip to the next/previous track. Great little feature.

Who should buy it?
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Well, at this price almost anyone, but I'd guess it'd be brilliant for....

* You – to improve the sound quality from built in speakers on a laptop
* For a child or young teenager to stream music from a PC, Mac or Tablet computer
* To watch films on an iPad or Android tablet - to boost the sound quality
* To take on a camping trip or holiday. It's small, well built and weighs almost nothing

What's Good about it?
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* Sound quality is remarkably good. Terrific for watching films on an iPad
* Excellent build quality. Very smart top quality finish.
* Incredibly small and light
* 600 mAh lithium battery with a claimed 15 hours of battery life - wonderful (My £100 JBL Flip claims five hours, lasted around three).
* Absolutely incredible value for money

What's not so good?
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I have to admit, not a lot. Sound quality is not absolutely top end - but at the price point it's still incredible value for money, and a lot better than my £1,200 Mac Book Pro. In common with all Bluetooth devices, you do need to keep the audio source fairly close by. I tested this using a Nexus 5 Smartphone, and with a clear line-of-sight it still maintained a clear connection at 30+ feet. However, as soon as a wall got in the way, it dropped to about 10 feet.

Again, you've got to put this in context. This is not a £100 JBL or a £160 Bose Soundlink, but it still works perfectly.

Conclusion
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I've owned and tested a series of Bluetooth speakers, and this is really stands out in terms of sound quality and value for money. It'd be a brilliant birthday or Christmas present for a child or teenager or even for yourself to boost the sound for films on your iPad or PC.

Disclosure: I was kindly sent this by the manufacturer to give an independent unbiased review. Having said that, it's always a pleasure to test and review speakers of this quality and value for money.

Highly Recommended.


[ Apple MFI Certified ] Innowatt® 8 Pin Lightning to USB Sync Charger Data Cable Cord Data 3.3 ft / 1m for iPhone 5s / 5c / 5, iPad Air / Mini / Mini2, iPad 4th Generation, iPod 5th Generation, and iPod Nano 7th Generation Charging and Syncing Compatible with All iOS Version White HK238
[ Apple MFI Certified ] Innowatt® 8 Pin Lightning to USB Sync Charger Data Cable Cord Data 3.3 ft / 1m for iPhone 5s / 5c / 5, iPad Air / Mini / Mini2, iPad 4th Generation, iPod 5th Generation, and iPod Nano 7th Generation Charging and Syncing Compatible with All iOS Version White HK238
Offered by XCSOURCE
Price: £16.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent quality, Apple certified replacement lightning cable. Works a treat!, 10 July 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
If you’re anything like me, you’ll have been suspicious of the many cheap Apple compatible cables for sale on Amazon. Seems there’s an awful lot of poor quality cables out there.

I’m glad to report this is not one of them.

It’s a standard 1 metre long, white with excellent quality USB and lightning plugs. It looks and works exactly as the Apple supplied cable. Glad to see this also is Apple MFI certified so you shouldn’t expect any problems, and if you do it’s covered by 2 year warranty.

This is really useful to know, as I’ve so far gone through an original Apple supplied cable, and an Amazon Basics, and both were replaced under warranty.

Unlike the 1 inch wide 30 pin connector, this is the new (small) “Lightning” connector which works with:-

* iPhone 5s, 5c, 5
* iPad 4th Generation and iPad Air
* iPad mini and Mini with Retina display
* iPod 5th and iPod Nano 7th generation

Personally I’ve tested it out without problems on my iPad Mini, iPad Air and iPhone 5S, and all worked flawlessly.

Incidentally, MFI means “Made for iPhone” – which means it’s been tested and certified by Apple, and presumably meets their demanding design and quality standards. It means you won’t get the “This cable is not authorised to be used” message that you may get with non-certified products after a software upgrade.

Disclosure: I was kindly provided this by the manufacturer to give an independent and unbiased review. Pleased to report it works well.

Highly Recommended.


Inateck Compact Kindle Paperwhite Cover Microfibril PU Leather Protection Cover Case - Sleep Mode Control Through Magnetic Induction for New 2014 2013 2012 Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 6" 3G / Wi-Fi + 3G - Simple & Lightweight - Black (will only fit Amazon Kindle Paperwhite)
Inateck Compact Kindle Paperwhite Cover Microfibril PU Leather Protection Cover Case - Sleep Mode Control Through Magnetic Induction for New 2014 2013 2012 Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 6" 3G / Wi-Fi + 3G - Simple & Lightweight - Black (will only fit Amazon Kindle Paperwhite)
Offered by Inateck
Price: £28.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great way to protect your investment in a Kindle! Works a treat, 8 July 2014
If you're anything like me, you'll be worried you lovely new Kindle Paperwhite needs to be protected from knocks, scrapes and scratches, and you'll have spent ages looking around for a suitable cover.  I really like this one, and here's why....

Firstly, I wasn't interested in a real leather cover because aside from the huge price tag, they all appeared to be really bulky - and the whole point of the Kindle is it's light and thin. This one fits the bill beautifully as it's a hard shell that covers the entire Kindle when closed, with a magnetic snap to hold it in place.

It's incredibly light (around 3oz I think) which adds hardly anything to the weight, and very slim indeed. When closed it automatically shuts off the Kindle, and the snaps nicely in place, and what's more holds it there.

My previous cover simply held the Kindle in place by a couple of elastic bands on each corner which really worried me it'd slip out. This one holds it firmly in place - so no worries there.

The outside is textured (so it looks/feels a bit like leather) which is a huge advantage as it means it won't easily slip out of your hands. It also comes in a range of colours (mine is black - which looks great next to the Kindle), and works a treat for me.

I think at this price it's excellent value and therefore highly recommended as a way to protect your valuable investment in reading.

Disclosure: I was kindly provided this cover by the manufacturer for an independent review. Having said that, I've switched over to this cover, as I prefer it to my previous one which cost at least double the price.

Highly Recommended

 


SANNCE Home & Business 4Ch Full 960H DVR and 4 x 800 TVL CCTV 42 IR Cut Leds Night Vision 110FT Indoor Outdoor Cameras System Complete Kit ( NO HDD)
SANNCE Home & Business 4Ch Full 960H DVR and 4 x 800 TVL CCTV 42 IR Cut Leds Night Vision 110FT Indoor Outdoor Cameras System Complete Kit ( NO HDD)
Offered by sannce
Price: £433.33

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top quality surveillance kit for small business or home use. Terrific!, 7 July 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Length:: 1:01 Mins

This is an incredibly impressive video camera system. Here's why....

What is it and what does it do
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Effectively it's a video surveillance kit which could be used to protect a home or small business. It comes with:-

* A "control box" - 10" x 9" by 2" - (about the size of a small DVD player) which is "the brains" of the operation
* 4 top quality video cameras. Solidly built with a metal shell - they feel built to last
* 4 sets of cable (each 60 feet long) to connect each camera to the Control Box
* A USB mouse (to configure the device)
* A remote control to control basic operations (eg. play back)
* Screws and plugs to install the cameras either indoors or outdoors as required
* HDMI cable (so you can plug the Control Box into a TV or computer monitor)
* Three user guides: A quick installation guide, Camera User Guide and Video Recorder operating instructions

Out of the box, you can set up between 1 and 4 cameras, and then configure it to alert you when motion is detected, however, it really becomes useful when you fit a hard drive.

What's missing?
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To keep costs down, this system doesn't come with a hard drive. However, if you're like me, you'll have half a dozen of them sitting around the place. As you'll see from the video, it's a cinch to install.

1. Remove the small black screws from the Control Box. (Three at the back, and one either side of the box).
2. Gently remove the black case exposing the internals, and taking care not to touch the sensitive electronics
3. Lift the taped down grey cable, and place the hard drive over the 4 screw holes, and use the supplied screws to fix the hard drive to the base
4. Plug in the two cables to your HDD, and screw the lid back on

You'll need a SATA 2.5" or 3.5" hard drive. Easily available on Amazon for about £40.

What's it like to use?
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I must admit, I was hugely impressed by this device. At this price point, I expected something fairly unsophisticated. However, having played around with it, it's remarkably configurable.

For example, you can change the Hue, Brightness, Contrast and Colour Saturation for each camera independently. Once you've tuned one camera to your liking, you can copy the settings to others, and you can even set the language, which has a huge range of options including English (default), Chinese, Russian, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish, Italian, Iranian, Hebrew, French, Polish, German and Korean.

You can also configure the cameras to detect movement (identifying particular zones and adjusting sensitivity - so the cat doesn't set it off), and contact you on your mobile to warn you.

In terms of build quality, it's remarkably well built, and instructions are fairly clear. In particular, the cameras are particularly well built - which is reassuring as they'll proably be exposed to the elements.

Finally, the visual quality of recordings was good to excellent. The video I took was indoors looking out into the garden (so it was particularly difficult lighting conditions). However, as you'll see, although the colour has a rather green cast, it's still clear. I also found in better lighting conditions, colour rendering worked much better, and it'd be fine for normal security use.

The only fault I could find (which is trying really hard), is it came with 4 retaining screws for a 3.5 inch disk, but not a 2.5 inch. But that's hardly a serious criticism.

Conclusion
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Despite the low price, this really is a top quality video surveillance kit. Although it doesn't come with a hard disk, you can easily install one with very little technical know-how. Of course it appears the same manufacturer does an entire range of options including hard drive and even better quality camera, so you've always got the option of avoiding the hard disk install.

A great little package and highly recommended.

Disclosure: This was kindly provided by the manufacturer for an independent and unbiased review. Having said that, it's a pleasure to review products this well made.
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Expower(R) Mini Portable 4500mAh Lithium Battery power Bank Charger for Samsung Galaxy S5 Iphone5S 5 and Other Smartphone
Expower(R) Mini Portable 4500mAh Lithium Battery power Bank Charger for Samsung Galaxy S5 Iphone5S 5 and Other Smartphone
Offered by Smart techonology
Price: £12.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tiny sized battery with a 4,500mAh punch. Great to carry around for emergencies, 6 July 2014
Lets face it, we're now connected to the internet 24x7 which means we can't spend more than a day away from a power socket without needing to re-charge the mobile. This little device, means you can go out and about, and still update FaceBook. Great for the Summer Festival season.

Here's why.....

What is it, and what does it do?
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It's a terrific little external external battery. Basically, if you're out and about, camping or at a festival for a couple of days, and away from mains power, it's a portable power cell - which you can connect to your mobile to get a bit of extra charge.

What's it like?
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Small, light and compact. It comes in at 4.5 inches by 1.5 inches by 0.5 inches.

It comes complete with:-

1. Just a small white box. No additional cables, converters or blue LED lights to indicate its charge level
2. Oh - but there is a little red LED to indicate it's charging

Basically, you plug in your smartphone cable. The USB plug into this box, the other end in your phone and you're good to go.

What will it charge?
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Just about anything you've got the cable for. A little research shows it's good for:-

* Apple iPhone 5, 5s and 5c. (Using your own cable)
* Apple iPhone 3, 3G, 3Gs, 4, 4Gs.
* Samsung Galaxy Note 3 S4 S3 S2 Note 2
* Blackberry, HTC, LG, Motorola, Sony android Smart Phones and Tablets.
* Google Nexus 4 and 5 smartphones and Nexus 7 and 10 tablet computers
* Kindle Paperwhite Fire HD, GPS and just about anything else with a USB connector.

Does it work?
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Glad to say, yes. I tried it with a Google Nexus 5, an iPhone 4S and an iPad Air (but be aware, you'll not get anywhere near a full iPad Air charge from a battery this small).
The battery is rated at 4,500 mAh (the higher the better) which means it should charge most smartphones, and still have room to spare.

For example, here's the battery capacity (mAh) of some popular smartphones:-

* Google Nexus 5 - 2,300
* Samsung Galaxy S3 - 2,100
* Samsung Galaxy S4 - 2,600
* Apple iPhone 5 - 1,400
* Apple iPhone 5S - 1,570
* Apple iPhone 4S - 1,432
* Apple iPhone 4 - 1,420
* Apple iPhone 3 - 1,150

What's Good about it?
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It's Tiny. So small in fact you could carry it around (along with a cable!) in a bag and have it for emergencies.

What's not so good?
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You need to carry a cable to charge your mobile or you'll have the battery but no way to charge your phone.

Disclosure: I was kindly sent this by the manufacturer to give an independent unbiased review.

Hope you found this review useful.
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Expower(R) Solar Panel waterproof shockproof Charger 5000mAh Portable Charger Backup External Battery Power Pack for iPhone 5S 5C 5 4S 4, iPad Air, Other iPads, iPods(Apple Adapters not Included), Samsung Galaxy S4, S3, S2, Note 3, Note 2, Most Kinds of Android Smart Phones and More Other Devices (Green)
Expower(R) Solar Panel waterproof shockproof Charger 5000mAh Portable Charger Backup External Battery Power Pack for iPhone 5S 5C 5 4S 4, iPad Air, Other iPads, iPods(Apple Adapters not Included), Samsung Galaxy S4, S3, S2, Note 3, Note 2, Most Kinds of Android Smart Phones and More Other Devices (Green)
Offered by Smart techonology
Price: £24.99

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for the Summer Festival season, 6 July 2014
Lets face it, we're now connected to the internet 24x7 which means we can't spend more than a day away from a power socket without needing to re-charge the mobile. This little device, means you can spend a few days away on a camping trip, and still update FaceBook. Great for the Summer Festival season.

Here's why.....

What is it, and what does it do?
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It's a terrific little external (Lithium Polymer) battery with solar charger. Basically, if you're out and about, camping or at a festival for a couple of days, and away from mains power, it's a portable power cell - which you can connect to your mobile or tablet to get a full recharge.

As an added bonus, it's also possible to recharge itself for free, user the built in solar power panel.

What's it like?
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Quite a nice chunky design, it's about the size and heft of a phablet - almost exactly the same size as my 5 inch Google Nexus phone. It comes in at 5.5 inches long by 3 inches wide and a half inch deep. Quite a chunky design, with a solar powered face framed by a rugged plastic yellow shell, and rubber around the edges (to protect it from a few knocks).

It comes complete with:-

1. The battery itself with a built in solar power face, 4 blue power status LEDs and a small white LED torch.
2. In instruction page - small print but clear
3. A USB to micro-USB cable - so you can charge most Android phones, and power this device
4. A converter which converts the micro-USB cable to an iPhone 30 pin. (For an iPhone up to the iPhone 4GS).

Basically, you plug in the supplied cable into one of the USB ports in the battery, press the black button (top right), and the other end in your smartphone to re-charge.

Note - if like me you NEVER read the instructions first, be aware you need to switch on the battery to start charging your phone. You’ll know it’s switched on, because all four blue LEDs will light up to indicate the power level left in the battery. You can also “double-click” the power button to light up the white LED “torch” - a handy extra if you’re out camping and it’s dark.

Straight out of the box it indicated 4 lights (75-100%), and will gradually goes down as you discharge the battery.

What will it charge?
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Just about anything with a Mini or Micro USB or a cable with a full size USB plug - which is pretty standard on nearly all battery powered devices. A little research shows it's good for:-

* Apple iPhone 5, 5s and 5c. (Using your own cable)
* Apple iPhone 3, 3G, 3Gs, 4, 4Gs. (Supplied 30 pin adapter)
* Samsung Galaxy Note 3 S4 S3 S2 Note 2
* Blackberry, HTC, LG, Motorola, Sony android Smart Phones and Tablets.
* Google Nexus 4 and 5 smartphones and Nexus 7 and 10 tablet computers
* Kindle Paperwhite Fire HD, GPS and just about anything else with a USB connector.

Does it work?
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Glad to say, yes. it charged my Google Nexus 5 from 25% back to 100% in a just over 1.5 Hrs - very impressive. The battery is rated at 5,000 mAh (the higher the better) which means it should charge a smartphone several times before finally needing to be plugged in.

For example, here's the battery capacity (mAh) of some popular smartphones:-

* Google Nexus 5 - 2,300
* Samsung Galaxy S3 - 2,100
* Samsung Galaxy S4 - 2,600
* Apple iPhone 5 - 1,400
* Apple iPhone 5S - 1,570
* Apple iPhone 4S - 1,432
* Apple iPhone 4 - 1,420
* Apple iPhone 3 - 1,150

So (roughly speaking), you should get around 2+ full charges out of an iPhone 5 before you need to re-charge the unit.

What's Good about it?
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* Nice build quality with black rubber edging around the top and base
* Two USB ports - mean you can charge two devices at once (subject to the battery power you’ve got left)
* Enough power to charge a standard smartphone 3+ times.
* Built in 4 blue LEDs indicate how much power you have left (nice)
* White LED which helps is your out camping - stumbling around in the dark
* Rubber covers over the USB ports to keep out dirt or sand.
* Added benefit of a solar charger if you're out camping/festival (weather permitting)

What's not so good?
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Not a lot really. I was a bit confused at first about needing to switch it on, but otherwise fine.

Be aware it does take 7-8 hours to recharge from flat when connected to the power. Not really a problem if you plug it in over-night before your camping trip.

Finally, you'll need a very sunny day in the UK to benefit greatly from the solar power. I left it in the garden for several hours on bright sunny day, and the power indicators when up one notch, but I'd expect re-charging it from flat would take several days in bright sunlight. I will update this review once fully tested.

Great as an added bonus, but I wouldn't rely upon the British weather.

Conclusion
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Provided you see this as a powerful battery to recharge your smartphone or tablet, I'd say it's highly recommended (ie. don't expect miracles from the British sun). It's nicely designed, appears fairly rugged, and at this price is a great addition to your out-door toolkit.

Disclosure: I was kindly sent this by the manufacturer to give an independent unbiased review.

Don't forget to fully recharge it though, before you go on the camping trip!


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