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10M LED WARM WHITE BATTERY OPERATED LED FAIRY STRING LIGHTS IDEAL FOR CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTS, FESTIVE LIGHTS, BIRTHDAY PARTY LIGHTS,WEDDING
10M LED WARM WHITE BATTERY OPERATED LED FAIRY STRING LIGHTS IDEAL FOR CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTS, FESTIVE LIGHTS, BIRTHDAY PARTY LIGHTS,WEDDING
Offered by Golden Battery
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Safe warm Lights., 26 Oct 2014
100 warm LEDs battery powered on 10m of cable. I have used with decent 3x AA rechargeable (2000mAh) and they ran easily for about 12 hours (3x 4 hour stints) and there was still some life but noticeably dimmer. It depends on how good your batteries are and the ambient temperature. The quality of light is akin to a more traditional look of christmas and not the stark bright cold bluish white you can get from LEDS which became a trend. Static on or flash effect.
I used in conjunction with silicon waxberry covers from the same supplier. Ideal for a short display where mains cannot be realistically run. Safe if you are concerned about very young children playing with mains. I would not leave out in the rain, not because they will harm someone but because they wont last as they lack any weatherproofing. So don't expect season long life from batteries, use rechargeable cells.


KooPower 50pcs Waxberry Ball DIY Fairy Lights Lamp Covers Caps Beads Only Transparent Removable Ideal for Solar Powered/ Battery Operated/ Plug In LED Fairy String Lights
KooPower 50pcs Waxberry Ball DIY Fairy Lights Lamp Covers Caps Beads Only Transparent Removable Ideal for Solar Powered/ Battery Operated/ Plug In LED Fairy String Lights
Offered by Golden Battery
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Mini shades for LED lights, 26 Oct 2014
Waxberry = small spheres of soft rubbery spines. These are sleeves or shades that are designed to elastically fit over LED lights sold separately.

Received two packs to fit 100 LED battery set of lights. Let me say fitting 100 of these is a bit of a therapeutic exercise. I combined with warm white LEDs they achieve an interesting effect but I guess they would work on any colour. Don't fit to tungsten bulbs!!

Out of the 100 provided about 5 needed opening up with a "spudger" before the could fit as they had stuck closed. They fit tightly enough to stay on when arranging/untangling the string of LEDS. They do of course add bulk to a set of lights when storing.

In interesting way to change stark LED point lights to something more interesting and less stark.


KooPower 10M 100 LEDs Christmas Party Garden LED String Fairy Lights Warm White
KooPower 10M 100 LEDs Christmas Party Garden LED String Fairy Lights Warm White
Offered by Golden Battery
Price: £20.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Warm white for old fashioned look., 26 Oct 2014
Mains powered string of 100 LEDs for decorating a room or tree. The warm white I would say gives a more old-fashioned traditional christmas look you might compare to old tungsten lighting or maybe candles. The LEDS themselves are not covered. The LED part of the cable has clear insulation and there are five parallel strands of cable as they are a multichannel set for the different lighting effects. There is no ties along the cable bundle relying on the ‘twist’ from the factory to keep it all together. The decorative length is 8m.

UK mains plug, the mains cable (fixed) is about 2m which leads to the white control box. The 1st LED is then within about 5cm of this control box.

There is a pushbutton to cycle through the various flashing effects but some are a bit aggressive for my tastes. There is a choice to cycle through all of them. I think I prefer the steady on (getting old).

Personally I would not use these outside in the UK (in winter). The LED part may be 'spray' proof but I would not use as a display of say the exterior of hose, hedge or tree. You would need to power off as soon as it rains.

In my opinion a bargain for such a long string of indoor 100 point lights with a nice old fashioned warm look.


iPhone 6 Case - Ringke FUSION iPhone 6 Case 4.7 " **NEW** [Dust Cap&Drop Protection][CRYSTAL VIEW] Shock Absorption Bumper Premium Hybrid Hard Case for Apple iPhone 6 4.7 Inch - Eco/DIY Package
iPhone 6 Case - Ringke FUSION iPhone 6 Case 4.7 " **NEW** [Dust Cap&Drop Protection][CRYSTAL VIEW] Shock Absorption Bumper Premium Hybrid Hard Case for Apple iPhone 6 4.7 Inch - Eco/DIY Package
Offered by Ringke Official UK Store
Price: £25.00

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear Case, 26 Oct 2014
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See through case for iPhone 6 at a sensible price. Essentially a rounded rubbery bumper to protect around the edges and corners and more friction in the hand. The iPhone back is also covered with crystal clear plastic. The first challenge is to remove the two plastic films that protect the back (inside and outside) of the case. Look for any bubbles on the edge to give you a start. The inside was easiest but the outside film required good lighting and a sharp point to lift near the camera hole. Careful not to scratch the case. Perhaps a lift tab would help here.

Hinged dust covers for headphones and Lightening sockets (a stubby 30 Pin Apple brand adaptor will not fit but the one with the 20cm cable will). Volume and on/off buttons work nicely maintaining a firm click feel. Mute slider is exposed through a hole thats very easy to get to.

The back of case has slightly raised 1/4 corners lifting the back clear of any flat surfaces whilst the front rim is raised above the screen all the way around.

Comes with a screen protector which actually is quite good quality. Skill required for bubble and grit free finish. My tips I always give are to use aluminium foil work area, micro fibre cleaning, and use magic tape as a hinge at the home end to position the protector and exactly centre (with films still in place) on the front camera before peeling adhesive. Lift as you go with more magic tape to clear bubbles and use another piece to pull out any nano grits. I will still order my usual brand of screen protector but this will do whilst I wait.


Velcro VEL-EC60253 10mm x 5m Brand Reusable Ties - Black
Velcro VEL-EC60253 10mm x 5m Brand Reusable Ties - Black
Price: £5.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Double sided velcro for tidy cables, 26 Oct 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Double sided velcro strip. Bought to make custom length cable ties and a mains cable wound on a power tool. You can cut to any length you want. Cardboard package is useful to keep the remaining roll away from getting unrolled and messed up with fluff. Would buy again.


Dymo D1 Standard Labelling Tape 12mm x 7m - White on Transparent
Dymo D1 Standard Labelling Tape 12mm x 7m - White on Transparent
Price: £8.80

5.0 out of 5 stars Discreet Labels for dark or metallic surfaces, 12 Oct 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
White characters on transparent tape. Perfect for unobtrusive labelling on darker backgrounds. Competitively priced and quick delivery.


Electrolux Stair and Carvac  Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner
Electrolux Stair and Carvac Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner
Price: £46.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High powered sweep & suction., 12 Oct 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
The two features lifting this above other handhelds either 12V or rechargeable models is the rotating sweep roller and the huge power of the suction from the mains powered motor. Now I can clean my stair carpets with ease. It is heavier than a 12V or battery model because of the mains motor so if you have weak wrists or arms be aware this will require more stamina.

It can also clean the car boot and seat surfaces easily but you will be using the built in hose and crevice tool (with the roller sweep off) for everywhere else. Electrolux should include a couple of other hose tools like a brush or a wide head but you can use tools you may have already from other cleaners, those from my old Dyson fit as well as those from a 12V.

This is not a cleaner for regular large area room cleaning as you would be on your hands and knees but it does give you power sweep cleaning in places where an upright can't get to.

The filter can be washed every so often but I ordered a spare filter from Electrolux so I don't have to wait for one to dry after washing. To help you find one, the model code for the machine is "Z61A" and the Electrolux part number for the filter is "506008320000" and can be found for under 6 pounds online.

Thankfully as I say you can supplement the hose tools with those you already have but the simplest thing Electrolux should have included is a small rubber clip on the mains lead that keeps the cable wound tightly around the base. I added my own double sided velcro tag to do the job.


Smart Weigh Body Fat Digital Precision Scale with Tempered Glass Platform, Eight User Recognition, and 200 kg Weight Capacity, Measures Weight, Body Fat, Water, Muscle and Bone Mass
Smart Weigh Body Fat Digital Precision Scale with Tempered Glass Platform, Eight User Recognition, and 200 kg Weight Capacity, Measures Weight, Body Fat, Water, Muscle and Bone Mass
Offered by Five Star
Price: £59.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Smart Looking Bathroom Scales, 21 Sep 2014
Stylish Digital bathroom scales that measure weight, BMI,and also giving body composition estimates, fat, water muscle and bone for up to 8 individuals P1 to P8.

My first impressions were the heft of it. Quite heavy due to the glass I guess, the gloss finishes do show usage on its surface though but is easy to clean. At the same time very thin compared to an old set of mechanical scales. It is a tad over a square foot in area and so think about where this is going to live, small bathrooms may struggle. It needs to be on a good firm surface. Carpet gives inaccurate weight readings so a hard tiled floor or vinyl is going to be required. Your carpeted bedroom is not going to be a good place. I would also suggest using it on the same place day to day for complete consistency.

I tested the accuracy by weighing myself plus known items weighed in the kitchen (+ 0.5 kg, +1kg etc) and the scales did seem to pick up these differences. Note that the weight display freezes on to a reading quite quickly (its not continuous refresh) so testing like this requires step on step off each time.

Use is very simple. Just stand on it and it turns on and presents your weight measurement (which it then uses to deduce which person out of the eight stored and retrieves your personal parameters), then it attempts a resistance measurement (0 0 0... march across the display) If you are wearing anything on your feet it gives up on the resistance and just presents weight and nothing else (shame because it could do BMI at this point) otherwise it takes the resistance calculates and it cycles through the estimated composition results and BMI three times.

Since each person using the scales puts in some general parameters like age, height, male, female, active, inactive stored in profiles and named P1 to P8. the scales use these values in internal calculations for example from the height input and just measured weight it will give you your BMI. That I can trust as its simple enough to do.

From an electrical resistance measurement up through your feet it deduces what your body composition in terms of fat, water, muscle and bone. As an engineer I would say this is quite a leap from such a simple measurement and I would say don't get hung up on precise figures and just look for trends over time. I suggest perhaps writing this data down which is quaint idea these days, lets say using a pen with a real nib. Anyway, electrical resistance is going to vary greatly even during the course of a single day, vary with how damp or sweaty your feet and legs are (don't worry I will stop right there) and even the humidity and temperature in the room. Many things are going to effect this simple reading even down to the condition of the battery. At best these are at just estimates. I would suggest doing your weigh-ins as close to identical circumstances as you can, down to time etc.

It is strange however that the power source is two coin cells (easy to source here on Amazon) with their limited charge capacity and not instead say a few AA or AAA cels given the ample volume available inside. A strange decision by the design team given the display also lights up for about a minute each use.

I think in the current age of smart phones, Bluetooth and the trend of the quantified self something could be done to send weight to an App on your phone I would trade all the composition data for that functionality any time.

There are a lot of these sorts of composition scales on the market and the execution this scale is as good as I have seen elsewhere and quite happy with them just as a weight and BMI calculator (my only wish is a way turn of the resistance theatre part but stil get get BMI). The build is good as is the style and clarity of the display.

Based on a review sample.


SOLEMEMO ® TP801 Mini Handheld Wireless QWERTY Keyboard + Air Mouse with Touch-Sensitive Controls for PC, Pad,Andriod TV Box, Google TV Box, Xbox360, PS3&HTPC/XBMC/IPTV/Linux,Raspberry Pi,Mac (Black)
SOLEMEMO ® TP801 Mini Handheld Wireless QWERTY Keyboard + Air Mouse with Touch-Sensitive Controls for PC, Pad,Andriod TV Box, Google TV Box, Xbox360, PS3&HTPC/XBMC/IPTV/Linux,Raspberry Pi,Mac (Black)
Offered by Solememo
Price: £23.79

5.0 out of 5 stars Keyboard ideal for home entertainment system, 21 Sep 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Small radio remote touch-glass qwerty keyboard intended for occasional use on applications like filling in one-time data on home entertainment etc but can function on pretty much any device that can take a USB keyboard. Unboxed it weighs 95g.

So far I have used it on XBMC (Raspberry Pi), MacOSX Mavericks, Xbox 360, Panasonic TV, iOS (via camera adapter) and a few linux applications. Of course it works on Windows machines but I found it also worked on MacOSX without the need of any custom programming of special keys. It even seems to have a few simple multi-touch gestures (but not the full range by any measure) and the up down sound volume linked to those in the system. The wireless receiver reports itself as a USB 12Mb/s speed device requiring 50mA. However whilst it does work on desktop/laptop OSs it is more at home with light data entry use or good mouse movement in home entertainment situations (probably not a gaming keyboard though).

The unit has a non replaceable rechargeable battery inside but I have not had the chance to assess its true capacity yet but it is marked 750mAh. How do I know? The glass on mine came apart from the back all too easily without any tools so I would say keep out of reach of inquisative small children. It also came with its own USB charge cable but that did not work as the micro USB connector on one end that inserts to the keyboard was too short to make any electrical contact inside. It works with the board out of its back case but not in it. Fortunately there is nothing special about the cable and any micro USB cable will work. Charge from your computer, USB charge plug, or any standard USB socket. There is a master on off slide switch to help preserve charge. So there are a couple of build quality issues here but neither were disasters and could be fixed.

It uses a tiny USB stub for its receiver which can be stored in a small recess in the back under a detachable cover but the stub will probably live most of the time in the device you attach it to. Whilst the separate cover is a nice touch filling a hole it is a bit loose fitting and may need a bit of blu-tack to remain long term.

There are no actual moving keys for the main typing area. The keyboard is a flat glossy surface which I am sure is a thin sheet of glass (it does show finger marks) with the keys printed under it. This allows the full surface to function as a large touch pad (mouse movement) as well as a keyboard. I do find the `shifted' characters (numbers and punctuation symbols) are hard to see in low light situations and maybe a different colour from brown should have been used. There are two real buttons to simulate left and right mouse and cursor key cross. The movement of the mouse is very slick with no appreciable lag. The large glass surface available is of noticeable benefit here for mouse movement with a high resolution and accuracy. I have tried similar keyboard remote controls with small plastic touch side areas and this by far is the best I have found for mousing from the armchair. The penalty is having to toggle between mouse and keyboard.

You switch between the keyboard and touchpad modes via a button on the left side, with the current mode indicated by two small LEDs. This takes a bit of getting used to since you have to force yourself to remember to toggle between these modes, you find yourself either attempting to type when you are in mouse mode or accidentally typing stuff in somewhere thinking you were in mouse mode. This is not what we are used to doing and is quite alien compared to either normal desktop interfaces or mobile touch. As such this is not a keyboard/mouse replacement suited for regular computer style use. If you are going to do extensive development work on say a Raspberry Pi then get a real keyboard and mouse.

The purpose of this device is for those few occasions when account details and long passwords, search terms and maybe credit codes are need to be entered into entertainment centres (Xbox, XBMC, etc) that you watch on your main TV for example. Yes you could peck your way through an on screen keyboard using up/down left/right on your standard remote or game controller but this is a hideous task no one enjoys doing. A full sized keyboard (wired or remote) is just going to use up all the coffee table space. The SOLEMEMO TP801 on the other hand is about the size of a remote and can speed through these tasks.

You could potentially use this for controlling presentation mode of a slide show and demo a web site in a lecture theatre (it has the range) as you can navigate a web page with mouse clicks and fill in text fields. However you do have to pause and consciously switch mouse/keyboard mode. This mode switching, the hard to see characters and the lack of a built in laser pointer and suggests to me you may wish to consider other similar options more suited for teaching.

However it well suited for a media centre/console input device for those occasions where seeing the dreaded on screen keyboard cause you to groan. Being glass fronted think about the probability of it being dropped on a hard tiled floor.


Bolse® Wireless Presentation Presenter with Red Laser Pointer Pen
Bolse® Wireless Presentation Presenter with Red Laser Pointer Pen
Offered by T.M. Enterprise
Price: £19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Presentation pointer and controller., 14 Sep 2014
Red (wavelength 650nm) laser pointer with the added ability to control the slide show via a wireless USB dongle. Very solid construction weighing in at about 47g with battery, 135mm long and 14mm diameter.

Have several laser pointers of different colours and how well they show up for the audience depends not only on the spot size but also on the nature of the screen surface, the colours of the slides you use and the power of the projector it is fighting against. This one is <5mW and the red spot size is larger than a Kensington pointer I currently use (which also controls slides costing more than twice the Bolse).

Contrary to the supplier Amazon description this pen only uses one AAA battery which is the first I have come across, most use two. I had to double check. Triple check. Yes just one battery.

Slide control is via a tiny USB radio dongle stored in the pen top. My only wish is that the presence of the dongle in the pen should act as a master off switch preventing accidental laser triggering and power drain (the Kensington does this for example)

Naturally the dongle works with Windows and MS PowerPoint. I can also confirm it also works with PowerPoint and Keynote in MacOSX 10.9 (Mavericks) and 10.8 (Mountain Lion) where the dongle presents itself as a keyboard device. On insertion just click any button when asked to identify keyboard type and choose european or US. The 3 slide controls act as if the up, down arrows or the Tab key (in Keynote presentation mode the Tab key does nothing but in Powerpoint it selects any hyperlink). Long press on 'next' sends a 'b' (blank screen} and long press on previous seems to send an 'esc'.

Two things I have noticed in use in lessons, (a) the direction of the laser in mine is quite a bit off axis, my years of aiming with other pens I find this one was a bit off. If I roll the pen on a flat surface with the laser on I see it describes a cone. (b) with the buttons in a line and all the same size I often press a slide advance instead of laser. A pimple or size difference would help as when you are teaching you are not looking at the pen.


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