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Tru Moroccan Best Natural Shampoo - This Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo Is The Best Moisturizing Shampoo For Dry Hair - Guaranteed To Instantly Give Your Hair Silky, Shiny, Body - Sells Out Fast!
Tru Moroccan Best Natural Shampoo - This Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo Is The Best Moisturizing Shampoo For Dry Hair - Guaranteed To Instantly Give Your Hair Silky, Shiny, Body - Sells Out Fast!
Offered by Tru Moroccan Products
Price: £12.97

5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful stuff. My daughter loved it, 18 April 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Having reviewed on Amazon for several years, I was delighted (or more precisely my daughter was) to be invited to produce an independent and unbiased review of this Tru Moroccan Shampoo. In fact, she’s tried just about everything on the market for her dry and frizzy hair, and was particularly delighted with this one. Even better that it was a free sample. She’s now ordered some herself, and is looking into argon oil conditioner.

First impressions were very positive. It comes in a dark brown plastic bottle (presumably to protect the contents from light), and has a pleasing, but simple design. Overall impression was the kind of shampoo you’d find for sale at top UK stylist “Toni & Guy”. In fact she did a bit of research herself, and contacted her ex-T&G hairdresser in Cambridge, and he gave it the thumbs up too, from a professional viewpoint.

Press down on the firm button to pop open the top, and squeeeze out a small amount (about the size of a UK 10p or a US Quarter - depending which side of the pond you are), and rub into wet hair. As this product has no harmful sulphates, it does produce a lather, but not as strong or as rich as you’d expect with the shampoo from the big corporates.

What are sulphates?

Sulphates are what turn the shampoo into a thick, rich lather in the shower. They’re trick you into feeling you’re buying a luxurious quality product, when in fact they’re proven to cause frizziness in curly hair and may dry and damage heavily coloured hair. Certainly my daughters stylist recommends sulphate free shampoos, especially if you’ve got frizzy hair, or after dying or receiving a chemical treatment such as Keratin.

Sulphates are found in shampoo because they help separate out oil and dirt from your hair, allowing you to rinse it out. However, as stated above, it can also lead to dryness.

Back to the Tru Moroccan.

It’s also nice to see this shampoo is Paraben free, not tested on animals and suitable for vegans. Reading the list of ingredients is also a pleasure. Instead of the list of unpronounceable list of dodgy chemicals including Hydroxyethyle cellulose and Benzyl salicylate, you’ll find Horsetail Dandylion, Apricot Kernal Oil and a huge list of organic naturally occurring herbs including rosemary and Jojoba.

Of course the unique ingredient is Argon Oil from Morocco which has a proven track record of making hair soft, silky and shiny. It’s especially effective on frizzy hair.

What my daughter thought of it?

Well, firstly, she was surprised that there were so few bubbles, but loved the soft fruity smell, and particularly remarked upon the fact her hair was “squeaky clean” after a shower. Unlike the “leading brand” she normally uses, this left her hair quite literally squeaking when she rubbed her hand over wet hair.

However, once she had been using it for two weeks she was absolutely delighted. “My hair now feels rich and all the dryness has gone. Even the dry scalp and dandruff I had has almost completely cleared up”.

Good to see, it’s also doing remarkably well in the States, where over 80% of customers rated this as 4 or 5 stars.

Conclusion
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Me, I just use whatever shampoo happens to be available. But my daughter (who’s very picky) was absolutely delighted.

Highly Recommended.


ieGeek® Mini 300Mbps Wireless-N 802.11b/g/n AP Wifi Repeater, Portable Bridge Network Expander for Home / Hotel / Office / Travel
ieGeek® Mini 300Mbps Wireless-N 802.11b/g/n AP Wifi Repeater, Portable Bridge Network Expander for Home / Hotel / Office / Travel
Offered by GLOBALEBUY-UK
Price: £24.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute joy if you stay in hotels a lot. Broadcast your own WIFI signal or boost an existing one, 18 April 2015
Having reviewed on Amazon for some years I was delighted (and then confused), when I was offered this Wireless Router/Bridge in return for an unbiased and independent review. I say confused, because reading though the instructions, I couldn’t quite figure out what this does, let alone how to make it “do” it.

What does it do?
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It’s designed for two different problems:-

1. You’re in a hotel room with a wired internet connection and a LAN cable, but you’re stuck with WIFI on a tablet computer or laptop without a LAN socket. Plug in the LAN cable (not supplied), and this device broadcasts a WIFI signal. Means you can connect wirelessly

2. You've got a WIFI signal (at home or in a hotel), but the signal strength is poor. Plug in this device to a smartphone charger (or the USB port on your laptop), and it creates a "WIFI Bridge”. Effectively, it boosts the existing WIFI signal so you can get a stronger (and faster) connection to the net.

Simples.

What’s it like?
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In a word tiny. Just under 2 inches square and half an inch deep it weights a featherweight 17g (to put this on context an iPhone 6 is 133g). It comes along with a 4 inch long flat USB - Micro USB cable which is used to power it from your existing smartphone charger (or laptop USB), and is a doddle to set up and use. This is great as you can just keep it in your travel bag in case you need it, and not even notice the extra weight.

Personally I found two flaws with this otherwise terrific device. Firstly the USB cable was a little short - so perhaps take a spare. Fine if you want it dangling from your laptop, but it got in the way of other USB devices. Secondly, I found the instructions, however clear were simply too small. For example, it included full size screen shots which were minimised down to 2 inches by 1.5 inches. That’s micro sized.

Having said that, it was very easy to set up, and I had it working within minutes as both a WIFI and bridge device, so I can’t really complain.

Who should buy it?
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* Anyone who stays a lot on hotel rooms with either a wired (or more likely) a poor quality wireless connection. It’d be great to boost a poor WIFI signal.
* Anyone with an existing WIFI signal at home, but some dead spots. It’d be great for example, to plug it into your laptop while you’re out in the garden (now the weather’s getting better), and use it to boost your existing WIFI signal.

Overall, I love it.


Ecosusi Men Briefcase Office Bag (Brown-1)
Ecosusi Men Briefcase Office Bag (Brown-1)
Offered by ECOSUSI INC
Price: £50.25

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice build quality, but it's not leather, 18 April 2015
This review is from: Ecosusi Men Briefcase Office Bag
Having reviewed on Amazon for several years, I was delighted to be asked to provide an independent and unbiased review of this mens satchel bag in return for a free sample.

My expectations were set a little high, when I opened up the Amazon box to find the bag was beautifully packed in sealed plastic bag in addition to a thin material “travel bag” to prevent it being scratched in transit, plus a plastic air filled pocket to ensure the bag keeps it’s shape. In short, I was expecting a top quality leather product. I’m afraid I was disappointed. It’s lovely - but it’s definitely not leather.

For the record, this bag is not leather, and the manufacturer states that clearly. It’s made of “PU Leather” which a quick google search reveals is “PU (Poly) Synthetic leather. A man made material which successfully emulates the look and feel of genuine leather, but is not. PU material is far less durable, considerably cheaper in cost, and may not last as long if used often”.

To be fair, the manufacturer has made no attempt to pass this off as leather - but at first glance you’d be forgiven for mistaking it was real leather. It looks and feels like leather - it’s just that bit “too perfect”. It doesn’t include the microscopic imperfections you find in genuine leather. Having said that, at the right price it’s a nice case.

Measuring 14 inches wide by 10 deep, it’s certainly big enough to carry a few papers around, although it’s not quite big enough to comfortably accept a laptop. You could certainly carry an umbrella, and iPad and keyboard or a kindle and your sandwiches in the single zippered compartment. Inside you’ll find a 7 x 5 inch zippered inner compartment for cash or mobile phone, and on the outside, two slim tight “saddle” pockets for cables, kindle or a power-bank.

In terms of quality, it’s hard to fault. The “leather” is about 1.5 mm thick, and there’s an additional 1mm of brown “suede looking” fabric lining which has a lovely brushed feel to it. Likewise, the magnetic brass closing studs and buckles appear sturdy and well made. The spring loaded clips which attach the shoulder strap to the bag also appear sturdy and nicely designed. These (like all the brass fittings on this case) are finished with a “worn, aged” look, and they swivel 360 degrees so the shoulder strap won’t get all tangled up.

Having said all that, the entire feel is let down by a measly thin, one inch narrow shoulder strap, and the main carry handle feels thin. I’d be concerned it might break after prolonged use - especially if you carried a lot of stuff in this bag.

What’s good about it
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* It’s clearly good enough quality to fool many reviewers into thinking it was leather.
* Excellent thick quality material, and appears well built
* Nicely styled, although it was that “just too perfect” look about it. A bit like stuff in Marks & Spencers. Nice quality, but something “not quite right”.

What’s not so good?
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* It’s not leather. OK, so it’s not advertised as such, but you’d expect it to be
* Main handle and shoulder strap are just too thin for comfort. I’d have preferred if the shoulder strap had a padded area too
* Only a single main compartment in the bag (plus the two tight saddle pockets on the front).
* Personally, I don’t think it’s big enough. Certainly not suitable for a teenager to carry a lot of books around.

Conclusion
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Difficult one. Excellent build quality, but you need to compare it price wise to genuine leather bags. Otherwise recommended.


Designer Waterproof Nylon Tote Bag Beach Bags (Wine red)
Designer Waterproof Nylon Tote Bag Beach Bags (Wine red)
Offered by ECOSUSI INC
Price: £49.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Light weight, stylish and waterproof. Lovely bag!, 18 April 2015
Having reviewed on Amazon for several years I was delighted to be asked to provide an independent and unbiased review of this Nylon Tote bag in return for a free sample. My wife’s pleased as well - because she get’s to go out shopping with it, while I get to sit in the study on a sunny day to write the review.

What’s it like?
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Very light weight and stylish, it’s more a “day bag” or “beach bag” than a smart handbag. Made of a flexible waterproof nylon material, mine was in “wine red”, and it has a matt sheen on it that I quite like. Almost a subtle “two tone” look in bright sunlight, and very smart.

The handles, and trim are all leather, although I must admit I’m not 100% sure. Maybe the cut is too clean, they look like an incredibly good copy of leather - although I’m reassured by the manufacturer they are in fact genuine leather.

Be aware, this bag doesn’t come with a long shoulder strap, as my wife first assumed. It does come with the two long loops though which come nicely protected in plastic during transit.

Inside there’s what feels like a quality fabric lining in dark brown with repeating “Ecosusi” label (a nod to the more expensive designer styling), and two open pockets on one side, and a zippered pocket on the other. So plenty of room for hankies, make-up and mobile phone, purse and power-bank.

In terms of volume, it’s plenty big enough for a day out (unless you have a small child, in which you’ll need “the bag of requirements” from Harry Potter). You get about 10 inches deep by about 16 wide, and the base opens up to give you 7 inches wide. Certainly enough to take a towel and some sun-tan lotion down to the beach.

Finally, it has some quite nice styling touches including:-

* An extra long/thick zipper tab so it’s easy to open/shut
* The zip extends over one side of the bag by 3 inches with a thick leather tab, making it easy to grab and open
* There’s an leather oval shaped label marked “Ecosusi” on the side. Nice styling touch.

Overall, I’d say this was good value for money. While I don’t normally read the other reviews, but I looked at the one star reviews, and can’t quite understand the why reviewers were so critical. I gave my wife a “blind test” on the price, and she was correct to within 99p. As a beach, tote or “day” bag it’s great.

My wife loves it.


Osail iPhone 6 4.7 Mirror case--NEW Luxury Metal Ultra-thin Mirror Metal Case Cover for Apple iPhone 6/6 Plus UK delivery (iPhone 6 4.7, silver)
Osail iPhone 6 4.7 Mirror case--NEW Luxury Metal Ultra-thin Mirror Metal Case Cover for Apple iPhone 6/6 Plus UK delivery (iPhone 6 4.7, silver)

5.0 out of 5 stars Smart shiny iPhone case, 18 April 2015
Having reviewed on Amazon for some years, I was pleased to be invited to produce an independent and unbiased review of this ultra-slim aluminium iPhone 6 case in return for a free sample. It’s really quite cool.

Incredibly simple in design, it’s effectively a two piece iPhone silver metal bumper with an ultra-thin back complete with circle cut out for the Apple logo, and even still includes the “iPhone markings” including the model number and IMEI number. I guess it’s to make it look like it’s part of the phone.

In terms of weight it comes in at 162g (from the original 132g), and feels like it adds nothing. I was impressed by the buttons which are completely metal covered, but until some other plastic or rubber covers, these buttons work remarkably well, and it’s as easy to use the buttons with the case on, as it is off.

All cut-outs are present and correct, although I noticed the headphone socket is about half a millimetre off centre. Having said that, it still works well, and I’m just being picky pointing it out.

Surprisingly, despite the shiny metal back, it’s not as slippery as the “naked” iPhone back. Perhaps this is because the metal bumper makes the phone more stable in the hand. One of my personal gripes about the iPhone 6 (sorry Sir Jonny Ive - British born iPhone designer), is it’s just too slippery. Before I put it in a case, I was constantly worried I’d drop it. Glad to say, that’s not the case in this iPhone case.

The back is buffed to a complete shine, and acts as a mirror, and overall it works a treat. Should keep your valuable investment free of scratches until it’s time to eBay it.

What’s good about it?
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* Incredibly light at just 30g doesn’t feel like it adds any weight at all
* Very slim, the bumper adds about 2mm to the edge, and the back almost nothing - wafer thin
* Smart shiny finish - makes your iPhone stand out

What’s not so good?
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* My iPhone is “space grey” and you can see the grey colour though the rear “window”. (But I guess it was a space grey cover there’d be no point)
* The rear is a real fingerprint magnet, although a quick rub with your sleeve and it’s shiny again
* It won’t protect your device from a 6 foot drop onto concrete - but it will protect it from scratches and the odd drop

Overall - highly recommended.


GRDE® Newest NFC Lightweight Bluetooth 4.1 Stereo Headphone Sweatproof Sport Music Wireless Earphone, Support Answer Call Redial Earbuds Efficient Noise Cancelling Headset, Dual Pairing Earpiece Microphone, Voice Chat with MSN Skype for iPhone Android Cell Phones most of Bluetooth Mobile Phones In Ear Headsets (Blue)
GRDE® Newest NFC Lightweight Bluetooth 4.1 Stereo Headphone Sweatproof Sport Music Wireless Earphone, Support Answer Call Redial Earbuds Efficient Noise Cancelling Headset, Dual Pairing Earpiece Microphone, Voice Chat with MSN Skype for iPhone Android Cell Phones most of Bluetooth Mobile Phones In Ear Headsets (Blue)
Offered by Highway Techbuy
Price: £55.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Nicely designed wireless headphones - great sound!, 18 April 2015
Having reviewed on Amazon for several years I was delighted to be asked to provide an independent and unbiased review of the quite stylish and surprisingly high quality bluetooth headphones. They’re really impressive.

What are they like?
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Weighing in at a featherweight 13g they are connected by a 20 inch super-thin (flat) ribbon cable which connects two tiny pale blue “boxes” each about an inch square. Designed so the cable sits behind the head, I found the supplied medium sized ear-buds fitted perfectly, although they also come with alternative small and larger sized buds plus a pair of replacement “stabilisers” - designed to sit in the ear, and hold the headphones in place. I tested them out for a day, and even took them out on an off-road bike ride, and they were terrific. Hardly even noticed they were there.

Sound quality is remarkably impressive for the size and price, and they handled my standard Bass test “Blue Monday” by New Order perfectly well. While I’m no audiophile, I do get to test a lot of headphones, and these were excellent. I even tried a test phone call using my iPhone, and call quality was excellent, and I was clearly heard without issue.

Nice to see it also includes voice prompts to step you though the process of pairing it with your smartphone over bluetooth. The NFC pairing is also a bonus, although I wasn’t able to test this, as Apple don’t support standard NFC

In terms of charge, they come with a short micro-USB cable (to plug into your smartphone charger or laptop), and although I found connecting it to the headphones a bit fiddly, it’s good to see the headphone socket includes a rubber cover to keep out dirt and sweat, in addition to a connected rubber tab - so it won’t fall off.

I managed to get pretty much a full days use of of them (at least 5 hours) and it still had juice left so it’s fair to say the manufacturers claim of 8 hours talk/music time may well be correct.

One final point though. They are unusually good at noise cancelling which is great if you’re in a noisy environment, and want to block out the annoying poor music selection during the work-out at the gym. Do play safe though. Playing music at full bast on a road-bike is a recipe for a visit to Accident and Emergency. You have been warned!

Overall, I’m delighted with these headphones. Highly Recommended.

What's Good about them?
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* Really quite nicely designed. Smart blue colour with matching flat cable
* Sound quality is really very impressive. Even more so given the price
* Comfortable to wear - would be great at the gym - sweat proof too
* Wireless! A real sense of freedom to listen to music without wires
* Ability to receive a phone call is a bonus

What's not so good?
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* I can’t find fault with these.

Conclusion
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Nicely designed wireless headphones - great sound!

Disclosure: I was kindly sent these by the manufacturer for an unbiased, independent review.


Aukey 3600mAh Portable Charger External Battery with AIPower Tech for Apple iPhone 6 Plus, 6, 5 (The First and the Only Portable Charger in the World with Apple Lightning Input Port, Lightning Cable is not included) - Black
Aukey 3600mAh Portable Charger External Battery with AIPower Tech for Apple iPhone 6 Plus, 6, 5 (The First and the Only Portable Charger in the World with Apple Lightning Input Port, Lightning Cable is not included) - Black
Offered by AukeyDirect
Price: £39.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Top quality super-slim power bank. Love it, 18 April 2015
Having reviewed on Amazon for several years, I was delighted to be offered this super-slim power bank from Aukey in return for an independent and unbiased review. I’ve been consistently impressed by the design and build quality of Aukey products, and while I remain critical and impartial, I’m pleased to give this yet another five star review.

What is it and what does it do?
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Coming in at five inches long by just under 2 wide and about a quarter deep, it appears to be made of a black plastic material and looks a bit like a slightly elongated version of the original iPod - probably an intentional nod to the design of the iconic device. Weighing just 86g and being super slim with rounded edges it will easily disappear into a pocket or bag, and you’ll not even notice you need it - that is, until you really need it.

There's a bit of an "arms race" in these power-banks, as they get bigger and heavier with more power. However, typically I find I only need mine in an emergency, when I'm running out of juice, and the best power-bank is the one you have with you. Not the huge device you keep in the car or stashed away in the cupboard at home.

At this price it’s an absolute must have device for anyone with a smartphone, and looking at the list of battery sizes below, it should double your talk time.

The battery is rated at a 3,200 mAh which is absolutely great for an emergency. Here’s the battery size of a range of smartphones:-

* Google Nexus 5 - 2,300 mAh
* Samsung Galaxy S3 - 2,100 mAh
* Samsung Galaxy S4 - 2,600 mAh
* Samsung Galaxy S5 - 2,500 mAh
* Samsung Galaxy S6 - 2,600 mAh
* Apple iPhone 5 - 1,400 mAh
* Apple iPhone 5S - 1,570 mAh
* Apple iPhone 6 - 1,810 mAh
* Apple iPhone 6 Plus (Phablet) 2,915 mAh

As you can see you should get at least one, possibly two full charges from this device.

What's Good about it?
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* Tiny little device sits easily in the hand, pocket or handbag.
* Remarkable light weight at 86g (an iPhone 6 is 133g), means you could carry it in your bag without noticing it
* Nice design with rounded edges

What you should be aware of
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* It doesn’t come with a wall charger or USB to iPhone cable (but these devices seldom do).
* My wife recommended buying the white one so you can see it in the dark recesses of a handbag - but for blokes, only black will do
* Otherwise great!

Conclusion
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Top quality super-slim power bank. Love it

Highly recommended.


EC Technology® 3200mAh Ultra-Mini External Battery Lipstick-Sized Smart Charging Power Bank Charger with Built-in LED Flashlight for iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 5S, 5C, 5, 4S, iPad Air, mini, Galaxy S6, S5, S4, S3, Note 4 3, Nexus, HTC, LG, Gopro, PSP Vita, Most Smartphones and Tablets - Black
EC Technology® 3200mAh Ultra-Mini External Battery Lipstick-Sized Smart Charging Power Bank Charger with Built-in LED Flashlight for iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 5S, 5C, 5, 4S, iPad Air, mini, Galaxy S6, S5, S4, S3, Note 4 3, Nexus, HTC, LG, Gopro, PSP Vita, Most Smartphones and Tablets - Black
Offered by EC Technology UK Store
Price: £45.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Small but beautiful!, 18 April 2015
Having reviewed on Amazon for several years, I was delighted to be offered this combined torch/powerbank in return for an independent and unbiased review. I already own a 6,000 mAh torch/powerbank from EC, and I love it. I've used it every day (well every night really) on the way home as I cut though a local park. It's also saved my bacon on a couple of times when I was running low on battery on my phone.

What is it and what does it do?
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This tiny little black aluminum tube is effectively a combined torch (with a built in rechargable battery) that you can use to give you extra talk time on your mobile when needed.

Measuring just over 4 inches long, by under an inch thick, it's small enough to carry around in the pocket or handbag, and at 87g adds almost no weight. To put this in context, an iPhone 6 is 133g and a Samsung Galaxy S5 145g.

I think there's a bit of an "arms race" in these power-banks, as they get bigger and bigger with more power. However, typically I find I only need mine in an emergency, when I'm running out of juice, and the best power-bank is the one you have with you. Not the huge device you keep in the car or stashed away in the cupboard at home.

The fact this little nipper includes a built in torch is a great bonus. Just press the button on the rear to light it up, or plug in the supplied micro-USB cable to re-charge your phone.

Simples.

Does it work?
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Glad to say, yes. it charged my wife's iPhone 5S from absolutely flat to 100% in around 90 minutes.

The battery is rated at a 3,200 mAh which is absolutely great for an emergency. To put this in context, here’s the battery size of a range of smartphones:-

* Google Nexus 5 - 2,300 mAh
* Samsung Galaxy S3 - 2,100 mAh
* Samsung Galaxy S4 - 2,600 mAh
* Samsung Galaxy S5 - 2,500 mAh
* Samsung Galaxy S6 - 2,600 mAh
* Apple iPhone 5 - 1,400 mAh
* Apple iPhone 5S - 1,570 mAh
* Apple iPhone 6 - 1,810 mAh
* Apple iPhone 6 Plus (Phablet) 2,915 mAh

As you can see you should get at least one, possibly two full charges from this device.

For the record, if you like the idea, but prefer a bigger powerbank (and a really blindingly powerful torch as well), take a look at the alternative. I absolutely love it!!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/EC-Technology®-External-Flashlight-Smartphones/dp/B00MO7G0EM/ref=sr_1_1?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1429296902&sr=1-1&keywords=ec+technology+torch+power+bank

In terms of the torch, it’s not quite as bright or powerful as the alternative from EC technology, but certainly enough to light the way.

What's Good about it?
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* Tiny little device sits easily in the hand, pocket or handbag.
* Light weight - means you could carry it in your bag without noticing it
* Built in torch. For these dark winter nights or the late night summer festival season

What you should be aware of
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* It doesn’t come with a wall charger or USB to iPhone cable (but these devices never do).
* This particular device only comes in black. My wife preferrs the brighter colours as it's easier to find at the bottom of a hand-bag. Just a thought.
* Otherwise great!

Conclusion
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Top quality smartphone battery/power-bank that’s also a torch.

Highly recommended.


Homido Virtual Reality 3D Wireless Headset Glasses for Smartphones - Black
Homido Virtual Reality 3D Wireless Headset Glasses for Smartphones - Black
Price: £69.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Quality VR headset. Works with Apple and Android., 16 April 2015
Having reviewed on Amazon for the few years, I was delighted to be asked to produce an independent review of the HOMiDO Virtual Reality Headset. You may have seen the “Google Cardboard” project - effectively a cardboard version of these VR glasses, but this (as far as I can see), is the closest thing we can get to the Oculus Rift before it’s finally released.

Open the box, and you’ll find a well designed and built 3D headset inside a hard sided (soft finish) zippered case. A nice touch as it means you can store all the stuff away when you’re not playing with it.

The “Glasses” themselves are surprisingly light at 225g (to put this in context an iPhone 6 weights about 133g), are are made of what appears to be a tough plastic material, complete with soft foam material to protect the face, and a comfortably wide (1.5 inches) head band, plus an additional over-the-head band to ensure your valuable investment stays in place.

They also come with a set of “silicone cups” - lens holders for short, long and normal sighted.

Download a suitable VR App from the Google Play or Apple App store, and drop in your smartphone (Android or Apple - it’s software agnostic), and enter the weird world of Virtual Reality.

What's it like?
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I found myself getting really lost in the 3D experience produced by the two images on two different lenses. At one point I nearly fell over the dog, and in the end decided to put a swivel chair down in the middle of the room so I could spin around without the risk of injuring myself.

If I understand it correctly, the App makes use of the gyroscope in your phone, and therefore tracks your movement. This gives the appearance of moving around in the virtual world. Although not strictly part of the product - you can play with a number of VR worlds. Although there’s lots available from the Google Play store, I tried mine on an iPhone 6 using:-

* Polar Sea - Fly over the polar ice cap in a helicopter
* RoundMe - immerse yourself in panoramic 3D photographic images
* Dive City Rollercoaster - a Virtual Rollercoaster. Really weird being able to look around while on a roller coaster ride!
* Moorente - Shoot the ducks
* Stereoscopic Tunnel Effect - Very hypnotic
* The Height - Climb the scaffolding
* Tales for the Minus Lab
* Dive Zombie - Zombie game

What’s different to the “Google Cardboard” option?
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Well, firstly the price. This costs a lot more than the cardboard variety, but do you get what you pay for. I’d say the big plus points are:-

* A better designed, more resilient VR headset which will stand the test of time.
* Holds your £500+ smartphone securely in place (I’m not sure I’d be quite as happy with some of the cheaper cardboard options)
* Ability to adjust the headset if you’re long/short sighted
* The thick elasticated head-band which is rubberised on the inside to hold it in place (nice touch!)
* An additional head-band over the head (Makes you look like one of those Special Forces guys wearing “Night Vision” goggles

Conclusion
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While I’ve tried several “Cardboard” options, if you want a top quality VR headset, look no further. Very impressive.

Highly Recommended.

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


ThorFire PF01 Cree LED Pen Torch Flashlight Mini EDC Penlight Clip Use AAA Battery
ThorFire PF01 Cree LED Pen Torch Flashlight Mini EDC Penlight Clip Use AAA Battery

5.0 out of 5 stars Tiny pen-torch throws out a surprisingly bright light, 15 April 2015
Having reviewed on Amazon for several years, I was delighted to be asked to test and provide an independent review of the ThorFire PF01 pen-light in return for an free sample.

First thing that strikes you, is just how small this is. Measuring just over 4 inches long and about 1/2 inch diameter it weights only 39g complete with an AAA battery (not supplied).

Made from tough black anodized aircraft grade aluminium, this is a tough little beast, and aparently includes an LED bulb with an expected lifespan of 20 years, and to prove it, includes a two year guarantee.

Build quality appears excellent, and it's certainly been a hit on Amazon USA where it's received a 94% rating of 4-5 stars by over 150 customers.

Carefully press the rubber covered button on the base of the torch, and it switches on using "low power" (or moonlight) mode which just barely throws out a beam 6 inches wide from about two foot away. Just enough light to light your way in pitch darkness at close quarters. For example, to find your keys in the pitch darkness.

Double press the button again, and it switches to “medium power” which throws out a brighter beam about two foot maximum at two feet away. Double click again, and it’s on “full power” which is about the same beam but very bright. Certainly enough light to sweep around a room. Full power (for example) produces a beam of about of about five foot wide at a distance of five foot.

Update:  Just tried it outside in the garden in the dead of night.  Incredible!  At full power it lights up an area which must be 30 foot in diameter at a distance of 50 feet.  Surprisingly powerful light from such a tiny source.

On the more critical side, I personally found the method of switching quite annoyingly difficult to use, and I kept switching off the torch when I was trying to turn it to maximum brightness. I’d have preferred if (like other similar torches), an additional half-press switched it to the next level - but maybe that’s just me. Either way, it’s perfectly functional.

Good to see it’s also rated “water resistant” at level IPX7. Personally, I think it’s playing on the safe side, as the legal definition of IPX7 involves placing the item under water up to 1 meter for 30 minutes. It certainly means you could take it camping or out in the rain without issues. Just don’t take it into the bath with you - although I did a quick test and dropped it in a bowl of water, and it was fine.

What’s good about it?
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* Great quality build - aircraft grade aluminium - nice “military” design
* Effectively water-proof - certainly “Water Resistant"
* Very light and small - disappears into a pocket

What’s not so good?
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* Method of switching annoyingly difficult to use

Conclusion
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Tiny pen-torch throws out a surprisingly bright light


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