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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.


Bolse® High Output (32W / 6.3A) 3-Port USB Car Charger, Provides Maximum Power For 3 Devices At Once, For iPhone 5, 5s, 4s; Samsung Galaxy S4, S3, Galaxy Note 3, 2; iPad Air, 5, 4, mini; Motorola and HTC
Bolse® High Output (32W / 6.3A) 3-Port USB Car Charger, Provides Maximum Power For 3 Devices At Once, For iPhone 5, 5s, 4s; Samsung Galaxy S4, S3, Galaxy Note 3, 2; iPad Air, 5, 4, mini; Motorola and HTC
Offered by T.M. Enterprise
Price: £19.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Three from one, 14 Sep 2014
Provides three 5V USB charging ports from a single 12V car accessory/cigarette socket). The design results in less clutter in the car as you only have one plug for three devices. You will need your own USB charging cables as well.

Its light (40g), 81mm long and construction is almost entirely gloss black plastic apart from sprung metal side contacts and tip for electrical contact. Body is not as solid as some other adapters I have tested, the body at the top creeks and clicks a little when squeezed but not a show stopper.

Initially it looks like many other adapters of this kind with the tip having a knurled nut usually there for internal fuse replacement. However unscrewing it reveals there is no user replaceable fuse inside only a short red wire threaded through a spring and soldered to the tip. This does allow a little bit more contact length is needed in slightly deeper 12v sockets. [Caution, this wire-tip is not a strong solder connection so best not mess with it. Had to re-solder mine which was not an easy task].

Common 12v adapters are usually fused at about 4A. If you plan to use this at full load in an existing 12v accessory extender (e.g. get two 12v sockets from one) then be careful as that extender will be probably fused at just 4A.

Two of the USB sockets are labelled "Apple" and one other "Samsung" which is telling you which ones will present the correct sensing voltages to those devices. You should be able to charge some other mobile devices from these ports but probably just not as fast as those intended or at worse nothing at all will happen. I would say if in doubt get something else. Read the description from the supplier for examples of non compatibles.

The fit in the 12V socket in my car was not as constrained as I would like, I could "stir it about" a bit resulting in occasional loss of good contact to the vehicle 12V supply, indicated by a blue led. This LED is deep inside the device and there is only a tiny hole to to let this light shine through and is not nearly as effective as it should be for visibility at many viewing angles. When plugged in to the 12V socket the top protrudes to about 33mm above the socket.

An inexpensive car charger that works just as it should.


Adaptor BNC socket to coax TV plug
Adaptor BNC socket to coax TV plug
Offered by UKDJ - DFB Sound & Light Warehouse Ltd
Price: £0.85

5.0 out of 5 stars Connects a BNC plug to a TV coax socket, 14 Sep 2014
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Used in conjunction with another adapter I already had (MCX Plug to TV Coax Socket) to get an antenna with BNC plug to connect with a RTL-SDR dongle and for that purpose it works perfectly. Firm connections both ends. Reasonable price and quick.


Electrolytic Capacitor Selection - 90 Pieces - Capacitor Kit Values 1uF to 1000uF
Electrolytic Capacitor Selection - 90 Pieces - Capacitor Kit Values 1uF to 1000uF
Offered by M A Components Ltd
Price: £5.85

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bargain Bag of Electrolytic Capacitors, 14 Sep 2014
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Bargain packet of electrolytics. All nicely bagged in to the stated value groups in resealable bags with printed labels for easy access (I did spot the 1000μF bag was labelled incorrectly as 100μF though so do check). for the ones I could quickly measure they were within 5% or better which is the limit of my meter anyway.

Dimensions range from 5.1mm diameter x 11.5mm long (1μF) through to to 10.2mm diam x 17.2mm length (1000μF).

Bookmarked for my next restock.


Centre Loaded Mag Mount Scanner Antenna
Centre Loaded Mag Mount Scanner Antenna
Offered by ROCKET RADIO
Price: £13.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Good for RTL-SDR dongles, 14 Sep 2014
Using as a replacement Rx antenna for a USB RTL-SDR dongle.

Whilst the shorter USB dongle antenna could pick up Airband transmissions replacing with this longer twin coil gave an immediately noticeable signal boost in comparison even at ground level indoors, waterfalls in GQRX was now very lively,much stronger high peaks and squelch now working beautifully. Picking up more activity around MAN airport.

Improvements in signal strength all the way from broadcast FM, AIR, through UHF, through 433MHZ and up to nearly 1GHz but not as much to offer in improvement after that; ADS-B for example with similar weak performance in range and fps to the stock RTL TV twig which is to be expected, back to my home made collinear.

Strong magnet mount base very similar to that supplied with RTL-SDRs. There is a 5m long coax lead terminated with BNC plug so for use with a typical USB RTL-SDR dongle an adapter is needed; I amusing a combination of a MCX Plug to TV Coax Socket and a TV Coax plug to BNC socket adapter. The antenna actually unscrews and fits on the original TV dongle mag mount eliminating the actual need for those adapters but with a much shorter lead.

Good buy and almost half the cost of a very similar product in the high street.


Omaker Premium 3 USB 26W 5.1A Aluminum Panel Compact Designed High-Speed USB Car Charger
Omaker Premium 3 USB 26W 5.1A Aluminum Panel Compact Designed High-Speed USB Car Charger
Offered by DoReMi Mall
Price: £19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Charge 3 USB devices in your car., 14 Sep 2014
Provides three USB charging sockets from a single car accessory socket (cigarette lighter socket). You bring your own USB charging cables. This design approach results in less clutter in the car. I used to have car chargers for each device with permanently fixed sometimes coiled cables shoved in the glove box.

A few things things stand out. Its size, he high total current output 5.1A (2.1A + 2.0A + 1.0A) and the materials used; the top appears to be machined out from a block of aluminium and coated with a matt gold effect. This gives the adapter added weight and thus a nice feel of quality. The height of this aluminium top is short (18mm) and gives a nice low profile when installed. On the colour I would prefer a choice of a darker coating (eg black) instead of 'gold' and I also wonder if the coating will start to show signs of marking from inserting USB plugs over time.

Unlike other adapters of this kind it does not disassemble at the tip and thus there is no user replaceable fuse. Normally 12v adapters max out at about 4A. If you use an 12v accessory extender (e.g. get two 12v sockets from one) then be careful as that extender will be fused at 4A. If you have slightly deeper 12v sockets then there is no way to adjust the distance to the tip.

Good connection to the vehicle is indicated by a blue led, this is deep inside the device and the hole it is supposed to shine through is not as effective as it should be; more light is seen leaking through the neighbouring USB socket for example than the hole. However it is bright enough to be noticed in daylight.

Solid, neat and compact.


OxyLED T-03 Super Bright Wireless Motion Sensing LED Wall Light for Pathway/ Staircase/ Step/ Garden/ Yard/ Wall/ Drive Way (1 x OxyLED T-03)
OxyLED T-03 Super Bright Wireless Motion Sensing LED Wall Light for Pathway/ Staircase/ Step/ Garden/ Yard/ Wall/ Drive Way (1 x OxyLED T-03)
Offered by Thousand Shores
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Automatic light, anywhere., 14 Sep 2014
OxyLED Motion Wall Light

Large motion detecting 4xAA battery powered white LED light.
Illumination is from the large front diffuser and also more directed lighting from two LEDs on the one edge intended to light the local floor area. The unit determines if ambient lighting is already bright enough where it is located by a light sensor. This saves battery life during daytime for example. Detection range extends for at least 4m.

Its fairly lightweight construction, plastic body shell, metallic front decoration frame, and a plastic diffuser. It is not weather proof and should be for indoor use only. There is a concealed three position slide switch in one edge corner for OFF, Light ON (permanent), Auto (motion daylight sensing). The back slides off for battery replacement. Adhesive pads and two screws are provided for mounting the back plate on to a vertical surface so then the unit then slides up and off for battery replacement.

I actually don't have this unit mounted permanently or in its intended upright orientation, in fact I have it resting on its back on a low shelf in a shaded under-stairs kitchen storage area with no mains lighting. The on-its-back configuration means what should be the front diffuser lights upwards to the sloping stair ceiling which spreads the light out even more. The two edge LEDs light an area of interest horizontally and this turns out to be perfect. The detector dome can still sense motion and ambient light correctly as it protrudes in a small dome on the front surface giving a wide angle view.

This OxyLED switches on as soon as I enter that area removing the need for the occasions when a torch is needed to read labels etc. It switches off in just a few a few seconds after leaving.

Being LED the batteries should last. A current of 200mA is drawn when triggered and just 60μA when on standby. Interestingly it draws 60μA even when the switch is in the off position but this is so little that it is of the order of battery shelf life.


5 Pcs 20mm Water Pipe Fittings PVC Slip End Caps Covers White
5 Pcs 20mm Water Pipe Fittings PVC Slip End Caps Covers White
Offered by sourcingmap
Price: £2.56

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for WiFi or ADS-B antenna, 1 Sep 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Hunted high and low in the UK for end caps for 20mm OD plastic pipe. You can buy the 20mm pipe anywhere quite cheaply but not the end caps. I expect these are great for the intended water pipe applications but if you happen to be into making homemade antennae for receiving ADS-B signals or WiFi for example then these make a nice way to seal of the ends of your mast.


Xbox Live £10 Gift Card [Online Game Code]
Xbox Live £10 Gift Card [Online Game Code]
Price: £9.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Cheap way to buy a tenner, 28 Aug 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Best way to put credit into Xbox if you don't want to put your debit/credit details into Xbox itself. Get the code from amazon in seconds then type into Xbox. And ten for nine can't be argued with.


Intocircuit® Power Castle Series PC11200 11200mAh Heavy Duty 5V 2A/1A Dual USB Ports External Battery Pack Charger for Apple: iPad mini, iPhone 5 New iPad (Lightning Cable not Provided) / iPhone 4S, 4 3Gs 3G iPad 2, iPod Touch ; Most Android Phones: Samsung Galaxy S3 i9300 S2 S II i9100, Galaxy Nexus,Galaxy Note 2; HTC Sensation, One X V One X V S, EVO 4G, Thunderbolt; Nokia Lumia 920 900 N9; Motorola Razr; LG Optimus; PSP
Intocircuit® Power Castle Series PC11200 11200mAh Heavy Duty 5V 2A/1A Dual USB Ports External Battery Pack Charger for Apple: iPad mini, iPhone 5 New iPad (Lightning Cable not Provided) / iPhone 4S, 4 3Gs 3G iPad 2, iPod Touch ; Most Android Phones: Samsung Galaxy S3 i9300 S2 S II i9100, Galaxy Nexus,Galaxy Note 2; HTC Sensation, One X V One X V S, EVO 4G, Thunderbolt; Nokia Lumia 920 900 N9; Motorola Razr; LG Optimus; PSP
Offered by Thousand Shores
Price: £22.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Be Mobile for longer, 27 Aug 2014
The idea is quite simple, extend the usage time of power hungry mobile phones and tablets whilst away from mains power by carrying this small power bank. A bigger bank capacity equals more charges. The PC11200 does hold a lot of charge, sufficient for filling my iPhone a few times and my iPad at about once with a bit to spare for a phone too. Ideal for avoiding zero charge in a mobile problem at the airport too. My tests reveal you put 11200mAh in and you can get about 7000mAh out.

Appearance:
Handling for the first time from the packaging was a pleasant surprise. The immediate impression was that some thought had been put into the choice of the external materials. Most of the bank surface is finished in a tear turned aluminium skin which on mine was coloured blue but there is also a grey version. This was both a style choice and user friendly because it does not suffer from finger marks at all.

The backlit LCD (held in hand so it is at the bottom for reading purposes) shows the estimated charge left in the bank shown as 0-100% in 1% steps in large seven-segment digits as well as which USB ports are in use (but in much smaller characters).

The only control is a small push button in the corner of the display, general use on/off by single presses, LED torch on/off by double presses. If nothing is being charged and the torch is off then the device auto powers off.

The end nearest the LCD display has the two USB-A charge out ports out, a flashlight LED, and a microUSB port for recharging the bank itself. Both out ports do in fact work at the same time so two phones could be charged simultaneously.

Build:
The PC11200 feels very solid and quite dense. No rattles or squeaks. No permanently fixed cables which makes it easy to slip in a kit bag so must remember to bring the correct USB cables for the mobile devices being used. A small cloth bag is supplied to help prevent scuffing on other items and perhaps to put those cables in.

Two cables supplied, one to charge the bank up and another which takes a range of adapters on one end to fit five different charging ports. Lightning is not among the adapters but any existing USB cables could be used.

Recharging Power Bank:
The bank arrived with 99% charge on the display. I topped it up anyway to 100%. Then I drained the bank completely by using it to top up as many mobile devices I could find had until the PC11200 shut down at 0%. This took some time due to the large capacity of the bank. The high output USB port was delivering 1.4A to an only partly empty iPad and maintaining 5V. I have to say at this stage the linearity of the % on discharging seemed questionable and I am certain noticeably less than the stated capacity was delivered. I am testing further.

Recharging the now empty PC11200 bank using the supplied cable and a 2A capable USB power source it recharged to 100% in 11 hours and 21 minutes and taking in 11225mAh of charge at a constant 5V according to my charge monitor rig, very close to the stated capacity. This input maybe the basis of the claimed capacity. Also the % display seemed to fairly linear during this part of the cycle.

However what you get back out of course will be a somewhat less than this due to inevitable battery inefficiencies. So the description of charging an iPhone 5/5S (which has approximately 1500mAh battery) 4-5 times seems a reasonable claim as this would be about 60% efficient and 5x would be 67%.

Testing Update: after putting in 11225mAh I can reproducibly get 6900 to 7000mAh back out charging a combination of iPad and iPhone (neither from fully drained). So thats about 62% efficient. I think the best you can get from todays affordable batteries is maximum 70% so reasonable. As long as people are aware stated capacities are probably not what you get out in real life.

Also what you cant see is the quality of the battery and how this stands up to repeated cycles of usage and with a capacity this large can take time to gather data. I will continue to exercise it, test further and update.

Buzzkill alert: On a safety note this is an energy storage devicesso should be treated with respect. Energy is the capacity to do work. By design a lot of energy is packed into quite a small volume here so be sensible.

Good design execution, works out of the box and so recommended so far on that basis.

Supplied as a review sample.


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