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1Byone Easy Chime UK Plug-In Wireless Doorbell Door Chime Kit With Sound and LED Flash 36 Melodies Tunes To Choose - Black
1Byone Easy Chime UK Plug-In Wireless Doorbell Door Chime Kit With Sound and LED Flash 36 Melodies Tunes To Choose - Black
Offered by 1Byone Products Inc
Price: 12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Works well, very simple to set up, everything included., 16 Aug 2014
This plug-in doorbell was very simple and straightforward to set up - all was done in five minutes.

Unlike wireless free-standing units you don't have to supply the batteries for the receiver; the mains plug function makes this an ideal purchase if you are worried about batteries running down without you noticing.

I found that I had to use it on a socket tower extension as the majority of my spare sockets are very close to the floor. The receiver unit is slightly larger than a pack of cards and couldn't be fitted into the floor level sockets.

There is a CR302 lithium button battery supplied for the bell push unit. Opening the bell push unit to fit the battery is the only slightly tricky part of the operation.

It isn't immediately obvious how to open the bell push unit, but there are clear instructions supplied.
There is a small slot at the base of the bell push unit. This needs to have a flat screwdriver - I used a scissors blade and that worked too- inserted, pushed gently forward and then gently twisted, which opens the unit without problems. At first glance it looks as if the unit opens at the other end as it appears to be hinged here, but leave that alone.

The button battery is then inserted with the flat, engraved surface uppermost and the unit closed by pressing it together. The unit closed well and is claimed to be waterproof, it certainly looks as if it is.
When pressed the bell push glows red, a useful way of indicating to the caller that the battery works. A double sided sticky pad is supplied to fix the bell unit to the wall/door/ door frame. It is possible to fix the bell push by drilling holes in the wall/door/door frame, then fixing the unit by drilling through the rear back plate and screwing in the screws supplied.

One feature that the receiver does have is that there is a red LED that can be set to flash, providing a visual indication that the bell is being used. This is great for anyone hard of hearing, if the receiver can be plugged into a socket that is placed in a sight line.

Adjustments are made to volume and chime chosen via a set of buttons on the side. It can be a little tricky adjusting the buttons, then plugging it in and pressing the bell push to try the different chimes and the volume. The default setting for the bell chime is a simple 'ding-dong' and this is probably the best to choose if you want to quickly pick the bell out from background noise.

I tested the unit plugged in to various locations in a three bedroomed modern terrace and it picked up the bell push signal from the back door with absolutely no problems. Before fixing to the door the bell push was taken to the end of the garden - some 20 metres from the receiver and it worked perfectly.

Instructions are given as to how to pair the unit with up to four more bell - pushes, these can be bought separately from 1byOne on Amazon. I received this product without cost from 1byOne, but this is my honest and unbiased opinion.


[Apple MFI Certified] 1Byone Lightning to USB Cable 3.28ft (1M) for iPhone 5/5s/5c, iPad mini, iPad Air, iPod nano 7th Gen and iPod touch 5th Generation.
[Apple MFI Certified] 1Byone Lightning to USB Cable 3.28ft (1M) for iPhone 5/5s/5c, iPad mini, iPad Air, iPod nano 7th Gen and iPod touch 5th Generation.
Offered by 1Byone Products Inc
Price: 8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant - works perfectly at a fraction of the price. A quality item., 16 Aug 2014
Anyone who has owned an iPhone or iPad for some time will know that wear and tear to the charging cable is a particular problem with these as they age. Typically the cables show the greatest wear at the lightning end of the cable, they seem to crack just above the joint.

Replacement 'official' Apple products are not cheap. There are also a lot of allegedly genuine products out there at ridiculously cheap prices that don't work.

This cable is well made, fully compatible and looks as if it will last every bit as long as the cables supplied. No 'not genuine' messages when not plugged in.

The 1byone cable is actually slightly easier to use as the lightning connector is slightly wider and flatter, which makes it easier to grip. It also has an unobtrusive silver 1byone logo on the lightning connector.

The cable is exactly the same length as the original and appears to be made to the identical standards.

I received this product free to review, but I would have been very happy had I purchased it, this is my unbiased opinion.


Vinsic Tulip 3200mAh Power Bank, External Mobile Battery Charger Pack 1A for iPhone, iPad, iPod, Samsung Devices, Cell Phones (Red)
Vinsic Tulip 3200mAh Power Bank, External Mobile Battery Charger Pack 1A for iPhone, iPad, iPod, Samsung Devices, Cell Phones (Red)
Offered by High Tech International
Price: 29.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Not the most powerful, but elegant and portable., 16 Aug 2014
Disclaimer: I received this product free to review, this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

This Vinsic power bank charger is visually very attractive, mine came in a pinkish-red finish of an aluminium brushed metal case. It's the same size as a small tube of boiled sweets or dextrose tablets; about half as large again as a lipstick.

No instructions are supplied but it isn't difficult to work out what to do - this is the sequence.

A USB cable is supplied to initially charge the Vinsic device. The cable connects to the Vinsic charger via a mini USB.
To charge your iPhone, iPad etc from the Vinsic charger, you will need to use your own charging cable and plug the standard USB end into the Vinsic charger.

When the Vinsic charger is being charged for use the four white lights just below the power button flicker, gradually becoming static as the charge accumulates. I found that mine charged fully in around three hours.

To charge your iPhone etc once the charger is fully charged, connect your device to its own charging cable. The USB end of your device's charging cable is connected to the Vinsic charger,and the power button is pressed once.
Your device should then indicate that it is charging. Pressing the power button again when the charger is connected to the device lights up the LED lights to indicate how much power is left.

When the sequence above was followed I found I had no problems in getting my iPhone to take up the charge.

The device did seem to lose some charge when left for a few days, but still held enough to charge an iPhone to 3/4 capacity.
The packaging for this was minimal - if giving it as a gift, you may want to consider this, plus the fact that there are no instructions.


Pentel 0.7mm Tip 0.35mm Line Energel Rollerball Pen with Metal Point - Black (Pack of 12)
Pentel 0.7mm Tip 0.35mm Line Energel Rollerball Pen with Metal Point - Black (Pack of 12)
Offered by AONESTATIONERY
Price: 13.91

5.0 out of 5 stars Quick -drying, smooth writing, non-smudging, suits right & left-handers, 16 Aug 2014
Gel ink pens offer a much smoother writing experience than standard ballpoints and this Pentel Energel pen offers quality usually associated with far more expensive instruments.

This is a straightforward stick pen, but very well made. The top clips on firmly with an audible click at both ends of the pen, no danger of losing the top or having it come loose in a handbag with disastrous results.

The 0.7mm tip is officially medium, producing a 0.35mm line width. A big advantage of this pen is that the gel ink dries extremely quickly.

This would be a suitable pen for left handers; their hands and fingers often smudge writing by moving over them as the hand travels from left to right across the page.

For people with arthritis who find they cannot apply much pressure to pens, gel ink pens are ideal as the lightest pressure leaves a mark. It also has a lightly ridged slightly rubberised grip to make writing for long periods a more comfortable experience.


Aukey Amzdeal Portable Power Bank Charger External Battery Pack (8000mAh Li-Polymer 2.1A Output) for Apple iPhone 5S, 5C, 5, 4S; iPad Air, mini; Samsung Galaxy S5, S4, S3, Note 3, Note 2, Galaxy Tab 3, 2 ; Google Nexus 4, 5, 7, 10; LG G3, HTC One, One 2 (M8); Motorola MOTO X, G; Nokia Lumia 925 1020; other Smartphones & Tablets, Google Glass, Bluetooth Speaker, PS Vita, GoPro, Smart Watch and USB Charged Device - White
Aukey Amzdeal Portable Power Bank Charger External Battery Pack (8000mAh Li-Polymer 2.1A Output) for Apple iPhone 5S, 5C, 5, 4S; iPad Air, mini; Samsung Galaxy S5, S4, S3, Note 3, Note 2, Galaxy Tab 3, 2 ; Google Nexus 4, 5, 7, 10; LG G3, HTC One, One 2 (M8); Motorola MOTO X, G; Nokia Lumia 925 1020; other Smartphones & Tablets, Google Glass, Bluetooth Speaker, PS Vita, GoPro, Smart Watch and USB Charged Device - White
Offered by AukeyDirect
Price: 29.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Elegant, functional, beautiful and practical., 14 Aug 2014
I received this product to review for free; it's so good that I'm considering buying more as gifts for Christmas. It's an outstanding product both in looks and in function.

The packaging is visually very attractive, a vivid green Amzdeal presentation box is opened by a silky ribbon.

Inside is the white, slimline charger measuring some 5'' x 3'' x 0.3'' with mini USB and USB 2.0 ports, a beige/grey protective sleeve of thick non-woven material lined with extra-soft green suedette, a charging cable with mini and standard USB and INSTRUCTIONS - something that not every charger comes with. You will need the lightning cable with a USB 2.0 end from your device to use this charger

The first step is to charge the charger- this charged up fully in 3 hours from the box, using the cable supplied, attaching the mini USB to the device and the USB to a pc/laptop or charger plug. It's a fairly short cable of roughly 15'', I used a USB charger plug, as supplied with smartphones and digital cameras rather than a pc/laptop USB 2.0 port as suggested in the instructions.

Four lights alongside the USB 2.0 port on the device flash to indicate charging, static lights indicate a full charge.
After charging the charger, the mini USB cable is removed and the device to be charged connect to the 'out' USB 2.0 port. Pressing the power button once switches the charger on and charging begins.

Charging an iPhone 5 was quick and efficient, not quite as quick as using the mains but not much slower either.
The charger worked first time every time, unlike some devices, no plugging and unplugging to get the phone to recognise the charger.
The amount of power left in the charger can be quickly checked by pressing the on button - the indicator lights light up for some 20 seconds before the device returns to stand-by.

I have yet to charge the phone from fully discharged with this charger but the power indicator stayed at full after charging my phone up from 50%.
One extra little design feature that I really appreciated was a little pocket on the front of the protective cover which is ideal for holding your charger cable. I will be using this when I'm out and about in the confidence that it will work first time and give me reliable service.

The manufacturers make the point that a special surface on the charger allows the user to personalise it and decorate it with pens - I think it's beautiful as it is. A really elegant but fully functional and very efficient object.


Tayogo Magic Cube Rechargeable Portable Bluetooth Wireless Speaker with 3.5mm Audio Port for Iphones, Ipads, Android Cell Phones, Touch Screen Tablets, Macbooks, Laptop Computers, Mp3 Players & Portable Cd/dvd Players (Black)
Tayogo Magic Cube Rechargeable Portable Bluetooth Wireless Speaker with 3.5mm Audio Port for Iphones, Ipads, Android Cell Phones, Touch Screen Tablets, Macbooks, Laptop Computers, Mp3 Players & Portable Cd/dvd Players (Black)
Offered by Tayogo_Direct
Price: 19.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it - great design and works beautifully!, 13 Aug 2014
Magic Cube sums up this beautifully designed speaker perfectly. It's very nicely packaged and would make an ideal gift, but above all, it works really well.

Visually it's extremely attractive with textured brick patterns on 5 of the 6 surfaces, the sixth being a non slip rubberised plastic base. The ports for audio and charging via a mini USB (cable supplied) are very unobtrusive at the rear of the cube.

The stated charging time for the cube is 90 minutes, at the completion of the charging time the red button changes to green. I did find that my cube took longer to charge fully, the green light was showing at the end of 3 hours. However this is still a relatively quick charge and subsequent charges will no doubt be quicker.

Pairing the speaker up via Bluetooth once charging was complete was an absolute breeze. The instructions were in clear English, but in tiny print, so for future reference they are reproduced here.

Stating the obvious, you need to ensure that bluetooth is first enabled on your device (phone, tablet, iPad) The unit is switched on by pressing the clearly marked power button until a rising four-note tone sounds. The blue indicator light flashes to let you know the unit is operational but not connected to Bluetooth.

Pressing the Bluetooth button enables Bluetooth on the cube and the blue light blinked rapidly to indicate it was ready to be paired. My iPhone quickly found the Magic Cube and paired up with no problems.

The sound quality is great when using the Bluetooth and when using the cube as a wired straightforward external speaker, when connected to devices such as a laptop or portable CD/DVD player.
It's worth noting that all the buttons on the Magic Cube are disabled when the audio cable is used and the audio buttons on the device (laptop etc) have to be used.
The only function that didn't quite function as it should was pressing the phone button on the top of the device once to pick up an audio call, but that wasn't important to me as I was testing, rather than needing to take an important call.

That didn't detract from my opinion of the Cube or from my giving it five stars. I love it!

I received this item to review without cost, but this is my honest and unbiased opinion.


Tayogo 2014 Upgraded Active Waterproof comfortable Sport Bluetooth Wireless Headset, Award-Winning Design Microphone for Hands-free Call Answering,Compatible with iPhones, iPads, Android Cell Phones, Touch Screen Tablets, MacBooks, Laptop Computers, Rechargeable Longer Battery time (Black)
Tayogo 2014 Upgraded Active Waterproof comfortable Sport Bluetooth Wireless Headset, Award-Winning Design Microphone for Hands-free Call Answering,Compatible with iPhones, iPads, Android Cell Phones, Touch Screen Tablets, MacBooks, Laptop Computers, Rechargeable Longer Battery time (Black)
Offered by Tayogo_Direct
Price: 29.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great, well made, stylish, worked beautifully with iPhone 5 and iPad, 13 Aug 2014
I am very impressed with these waterproof Bluetooth headphones. They arrived very securely packaged with a foam inset protecting them, in an attractive presentation box; certainly good enough to give as a gift.

I was particularly impressed by the fact that five sets of ear buds are supplied so that an optimum fit can be obtained in use. The stylish head-hugging design also made for a comfortable wearing experience.
Design would be nothing if the headphones did not perform effectively and these do.

The integral bluetooth unit separates neatly from the 'arms' of the headphones and plugs into a USB PC/laptop/adaptor port for charging via the short cable supplied.

Once charged the Bluetooth unit fitted back into the headphones easily.
It linked to a Bluetooth enabled iPhone 5 with absolutely no problems, when the clear instructions, written in good English, were carefully followed. If you are giving these to someone who you think doesn't read instructions - or if you are that person - it does pay to follow the directions for use, the use of the buttons to link to Bluetooth isn't completely intuitive. The manufacturers claim they are compatible with a wide range of devices and this certainly includes iPhones and iPads as the headphones worked with both these well.

The adjustable volume button was impressive, even when the volume control was on the highest setting on the iPhone in a very noisy environment a quick press really boosted the sound and enabled the caller to be heard when used for a voice call.

The USP of these headphones is that they are waterproof to 10 metres. Without an underwater device available to fully test these headphones this wasn't totally verifiable. They certainly look waterproof.

However they were worn in the shower for the purposes of testing and there was no deterioration in performance when they were deluged, so they are certainly splash proof. I would have no qualms about wearing these whilst swimming, for example, to listen to music.
I received this product free to review, this is my honest and unbiased opinion.


Rapesco Supaclip 60 Dispenser with 8 Clips
Rapesco Supaclip 60 Dispenser with 8 Clips
Price: 6.40

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sturdy specialist clip dispenser that is a good alternative to staples, 11 Aug 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a slim and stylish little device that provides an effective way of fastening a large number of sheets of paper together with reusable stainless steel clips. It's not meant for anything less than ten sheets of paper; the Superclip 60 takes, as one might expect, up to 60 sheets.

As a semi-permanent or temporary fastening solution it is ideal - unlike conventional staples the clips do not damage the paper in any way. Single sheets can be slid out from the clip without tearing or the entire sheaf removed without any marks being left.

The action of clipping the pages together is very simple and straightforward. The sheets of paper are inserted between the see-through smooth plastic 'jaws' of the clip dispenser, sliding a button forward pushes the reusable clip out over the sheets of paper. When removed, the clip can be placed back in the dispenser for safe storage. The see through body of the dispenser means that the number of clips left in - it holds up to eight - are always visible.

This will be of particular value to all those who still use paper based materials that have to be quickly collated and kept securely together. A useful addition to the home office or workplace.
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Ambi Toys Humpty Dumpty
Ambi Toys Humpty Dumpty
Price: 10.04

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tried and tested classic toy from 7-8 months upwards., 11 Aug 2014
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Ambi Toys Humpty Dumpty (Toy)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This roll and come back toy has been a feature of nurseries and toyboxes for a few years now. It's sturdy, well-made and can survive hard knocks.

The idea is that the child pushes the toy away from them and at the end of its run of a few feet, the toy returns to the delighted baby. It's a very simple, repetitive action that can keep a small child amused for quite some time.
In practice, this isn't what always happens.

It seems to take a few short runs to build up the stored energy that releases and triggers the return of the toy. Children do seem to love it though, and it's certainly a toy that an older brother or sister will enjoy amusing the baby with.

Other reviewers have reported that the Humpty Dumpty seemed to spin round and unwind quickly, risking injury to small fingers. This isn't something that has happened with the toy we were sent, but it may be something that a buyer might wish to bear in mind, perhaps supervising play with a little extra care.


Galt Toys B Glam Fashion Designer Studio
Galt Toys B Glam Fashion Designer Studio
Price: 10.55

4.0 out of 5 stars Good for a rainy afternoon or two for 7-11 year olds who love fashion., 11 Aug 2014
= Durability:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:3.0 out of 5 stars 
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a craft kit for age 7+ that promises a little more than it delivers. The design studio comes attractively packaged in a sturdy folder resembling a model's portfolio and has the Galt name, usually an indicator of quality.
The main part of the kit is a pad of forty sheets of paper with a pre-printed design of a model. The plastic stencils are used to create fashions on sheets of patterned paper which are then cut out (scissors not supplied and embellished with pens (not provided) and stickers (extra glue really needed for these which is also not provided.)
It is frustrating for long term use as whilst there are plenty of clothes stencils, there isn't one to reproduce the model.

Surely it wouldn't have hurt to have included this? It isn't really suitable for children younger than 7 as they won't have the fine motor skills needed to use the scissors. The stencils can be re-used with ordinary paper but without the model stencil much of the appeal may have been lost.

The folder is sturdy enough to be re-purposed and may be the part of the kit that lasts long after the other parts have been discarded.

This is great to entertain a solitary child for a few wet afternoons, particularly one who is in to fashion and takes care over what they do, the kit has enough detail for some very creative creations to be made. There just isn't enough in the kit to keep two or more children happy for more than an hour or two.


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