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AmazonBasics Apple Certified Lightning to USB Cable - 3 Feet (0.9 Meters) - Black
AmazonBasics Apple Certified Lightning to USB Cable - 3 Feet (0.9 Meters) - Black
Price: £7.79

5.0 out of 5 stars Jut like Apples but black., 29 Mar. 2015
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Using now on iP6 for a few months without issues. Seems well made. Charging and syncing all work just like the official cables.


Cooker Hood Charcoal 500g to refill cartridge type filters
Cooker Hood Charcoal 500g to refill cartridge type filters
Offered by KGA-SUPPLIES
Price: £9.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Refill your old cooker hood filters., 29 Mar. 2015
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Enough to refill 2x 210mm diameter filter cases. I use new discs of charcoal mat and hot glue to hold. Note the whole pack is 500g. The charcoal contents is actually 480g


Mudder Professional Grade 21 Stainless Steel Blades Meat Tenderiser Kitchen Tool & Knife, Cut Various Meat into Irresistible Juicy, Allows the Marinate Sauce to Penetrate Quickly & Deeply, Achieve Faster Cooking Time (White)
Mudder Professional Grade 21 Stainless Steel Blades Meat Tenderiser Kitchen Tool & Knife, Cut Various Meat into Irresistible Juicy, Allows the Marinate Sauce to Penetrate Quickly & Deeply, Achieve Faster Cooking Time (White)
Offered by Mudder Online UK
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Also useful for crispy pork sio bak, 29 Mar. 2015
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Was looking for a tool used to 'sting' the skin of pork to make Chinese style crispy poky belly, sio bak. The real tool used does not have a name that I can find but this western device is kind of close. Normally the handle is made of wood and does not have the spring protector this has. It seems to do the job and the points are sharp enough and at this price worth trying. It might be good for standard roast pork crackling too but normally the skin is not softened by boiling so will require more pressure. I am not sure how much punishment it will take as the handle is hollow plastic with noticeable mould lines which will be weak point.


Lock & Lock 3.9 Litre Rectangular Container
Lock & Lock 3.9 Litre Rectangular Container
Price: £7.28

5.0 out of 5 stars Good for SD2502 M & L loaves., 29 Mar. 2015
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Ideal for storing a M & L sized white loaf (P1) from a Panasonic SD-ZB2502. L size just touches the lid. It wont take the largest XL though. I only put a loaf in when it is fully cold. Durable and easy open. Easy to clean and the factory sticky labels come straight off without leaving anything behind.


TaoTronics® Water Resistant Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Shower Speaker (Bluetooth 3.0, Hands-Free, Built-in Mic, A2DP/AVRCP)
TaoTronics® Water Resistant Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Shower Speaker (Bluetooth 3.0, Hands-Free, Built-in Mic, A2DP/AVRCP)
Offered by Sunvalleytek-UK
Price: £80.00

5.0 out of 5 stars BT speaker market literally getting saturated., 23 Mar. 2015
This unit brings your mobile sound and calls to the bathroom whilst leaving your mobile safe in the bedroom. You could also relay your TV sound as well if you use a seperate BT transmitter.

In making the unit IPX4 splash proof must be certain compromises in materials used for the speaker cone. Certainly the sound is not as good in a one to one comparison to a standard mono BT speaker. But then again the acoustics and water noise in a bathroom are hardly the place to be worried about fidelity.

It should be noted the IPX4 is protection only from splashing in any direction. So water immersion and more surprisingly for shower use exposure to any water jets should be avoided. Keep it away from the direct shower stream. A crucial part of the water protection is the rubber stopper that covers the charging port. The port is a circular socket rather than a usb slot presumably because a round shape is much more likely to seal with a simple rubber plug. This stopper must be correctly put in place after charging.

For the bathroom it works well in terms of sound volume and reception. The only issue I have is the visibility of the symbols on the control surface. There needs to be more contrast especially when covered in water droplets. A colour choice other than black would be nice for bathrooms.

Leaving aside the question of modern manners of taking calls whilst in the shower, it does kind of work but the acoustics are such it is not a great experience for the caller.

If you just want a kitchen speaker I would choose a standard BT speaker. If you must have one for a shower whilst waiting for that once in a lifetime call then this is probably it. If you want it to talk to your clients in the bathroom then you must be Saul Goodman.
Based on a review sample.


TaoTronics® Portable Bluetooth Speaker (Wireless & Mobile, 10 Hour Battery Life, 33 ft Range, Built-in Microphone, USB & Aux Input, NFC Compatible)
TaoTronics® Portable Bluetooth Speaker (Wireless & Mobile, 10 Hour Battery Life, 33 ft Range, Built-in Microphone, USB & Aux Input, NFC Compatible)
Offered by Sunvalleytek-UK
Price: £100.00

4.0 out of 5 stars JET Black Bluetooth, 23 Mar. 2015
So many bluetooth speakers to choose from so why choose this one? I would say its strengths are the shape and size, short processing delay and then if you like the simple style.

Compared to others tried this TaoTronics is long narrow footprint so you can place it in places other speakers will never fit, I can easily rest it on a very narrow kitchen blackboard chalk ledge but not when charging or with aux cable because they stick out of the back. The red/blue status led is also on the back which I think would be better placed on the top.

Style is a matter of personal taste. It is matt black plastic, exact 90° edges all-round. Centre section is a rubber band surrounding all controls. Designed for ease of manufacture. Personally I would say its not going to win any design awards, and its not something that draws attention.

It has a replaceable battery so in theory you could buy extra ones to extend playback time in a remote spot or replace it when its capacity tired but there is no information on the type to order. It looks like a samsung mobile battery but cannot be sure. I easily got the 10 hours claimed usage which is becoming the standard target it seems.

The sound quality is reasonable for the size, not spectacular compared to others I have tried especially when it comes to bass. I find the quality of the sound is somewhat directional, just moving side to side you notice a change in tonal balance but not so much in loudness. Interestingly you can hear just as well from the rear. There are two speaker cones and they are producing stereo (many BT speakers are just mono) and are correct left-right wired and in phase. A central non-driven single diaphragm acts to try to boost the bass. Stereo spread though is hardly noticeable as the cones are so close together.

BT radio range indoors I would rate at medium. I have a location in the kitchen which many speakers relay sound from living room sources without issues (5m & through 2 walls). This unit only just manages there and suffers occasional dropouts as I move around the kitchen. For closer range, line of sight use there is no problem. Pairing with phones, laptop and BT transmitters was easy. Also noteworthy was there was very little processing delay, perhaps due to less error correction, so echo effect between two rooms or lip-sync issues were minimal.

Pros
Small and narrow
Removable battery
Stereo
micro usb charging
Aux port

Cons
Basic style
Low frequency lacking
Directional sound quality
led indicator hidden on rear
range through walls less than others.

Finally the sensitive issue of the selling price. I have to say I would be more or less happy if I had paid up to thirty squids, at fifty I would be disappointed and no way would I bite at one hundred.
Based on a review sample.


Vandesail® CAT7 High Speed Computer Router Gold Plated Plug STP Wires CAT7 RJ45 Ethernet LAN Networking Cable Professional Gold Headed Network Cable High Speed Premium Quality Cat seven / Patch / Ethernet / Modem / Router / LAN (3-meters-Black Oblate Shielded)
Vandesail® CAT7 High Speed Computer Router Gold Plated Plug STP Wires CAT7 RJ45 Ethernet LAN Networking Cable Professional Gold Headed Network Cable High Speed Premium Quality Cat seven / Patch / Ethernet / Modem / Router / LAN (3-meters-Black Oblate Shielded)
Offered by VanDeSaiL
Price: £14.50

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5.0 out of 5 stars Cat7 in a thin cable format., 7 Feb. 2015
Very thin Cat7 cable. The main selling point is basically that combination of shielding and `tape' format. It is 2.3mm thin (7.6mm wide so its like a tape) for concealing under floor coverings etc but it still has all the extra shielding that Cat7 requires including the metal covered end RJ45 jacks.

Don't buy the oblate if you just want a standard flexible patch cable because the tape format makes it flexible in one direction only.

Do buy if you need the thin form factor plus the noise / crosstalk shielding this CAT7 cable provides. A long run of this is going to beat PowerLine or Wifi every time. Obviously don't expect miracles if your network limitations lie elsewhere.

Well made and all the shielding seem to be in order. Pings from laptop to router (both ends 1 Gigabit) were in order.
Based on a 3m review sample.


kwb Bits for Bytes 119100 30-Piece Bit Box Green
kwb Bits for Bytes 119100 30-Piece Bit Box Green
Price: £21.61

5.0 out of 5 stars High grade tool set for fixing mobile tech, 6 Feb. 2015
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German brand (made in Taiwan) collection of professional grade 24 hex bits with quick change handle and other tools handy for fixing mobile devices. Included among the bits are two pentalobes, the smaller of which will open iPhones 4 4S and 5. All the bits are stamped and their case positions labelled. Also included: a pair of tweezers for handling small screws etc, a SIM ejector tool which is made from a very stiff metal, a plastic sucker for pulling on glass displays, a blue nylon spudger for prizing connectors etc and a hex shaft extension. All the tools are well made. Do not confuse with christmas cracker grade mobile tools which break easily.

The rubberised handle for holding the hex bits deserves some attention: it has a push forward spring-back back grip mechanism rather than a screw-unscrew action. This allows very quick swapping of the hex bits. Took a few uses to understand the subtleties here because the bits feel too easy to pull out without doing anything to the slider, but this is intensional. There is in fact fantastic grip focussed for just when the chosen bit is under compression and torsion loading.

All items fit in a very sturdy case with a rotate away hanger. The bit holes have a friction material and spring clips hold the other tools. The only item not firmly held in place is the sucker which just lies in between the rest. Apart from this if you invert the open case nothing falls out. The case lid also features a spring loaded clip in the lid.

You could spend many times less for a just a few of these items but they will be made of inferior materials and you will loose them. This set feels like it was engineered to last longer and is a pleasure to use. There is a pdf (German) on the KWB website, serach for "The 5 kwb bit boxes / Prospectus 2014" in downloads section.


MeasuPro DCT350 Instant Read Programmable Digital Cooking Thermometer with Stainless Steel Probe, White
MeasuPro DCT350 Instant Read Programmable Digital Cooking Thermometer with Stainless Steel Probe, White
Offered by Five Star
Price: £29.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Know exactly when your meat is done, 26 Jan. 2015
A digital thermometer that sits on the counter, that constantly monitors the temperature of meat roasting in an oven or cooking on a griddle, that also tells you when it is safely cooked to guideline temperatures for a specific meat type.

Especially useful when you have to use an a unfamiliar oven, an oven that has temperamental behaviour or a meat joint size or shape you are not sure about or you just want to be sure you are not taking any health risks for a particular guest. It takes out any general time based calculation on your part and instantly alerts you when cooking is really finished based on the temperature measured at the probe tip.

Powered by a standard AAA battery (supplied), and the heat proof probe wire is about 1 metre long. You can choose °C or °F. Silent or audible alarm. Instructions on a folded A4 sheet double sided in English and German. Range on display is 0-200°C.

Timed vs Probe cooking.
Cooking books or handed down family rules will give you a formula to work out how long to cook meat joints, poultry burgers etc based on so many minutes per pound or kilo then add some more for rare to well done.

Packaged supermarket bought meat will also often give a total cooking time based on the weight of the item in the packet.

Thats how I have cooked meat for years but both of these also depend on many assumptions such as the temperature actually inside of the oven you are using, the starting temperature of the meat, different things also placed in the oven not to mention the deviation from the standard shape of the item being cooked or the presence of stuffing and coating ingredients. we all have experienced shoving it back in for ten more minutes or carving a leg of lamb deciding thats maybe a little to red.

Another way is to check the temperature in the meat with a probe to make sure the coldest part has indeed reached the minimum temperature for the type of meat you are cooking. This I have in recent years done with a digital probe but I have to remove the meat from the oven to do this because the probe display was not designed to be exposed to the oven temperatures and I also needed to look up the minimum safe temperatures for each type of meat.

The DCT350 gives you an automated way to do all of this without needing to know the safe temperatures and without the need to remove the roasting rack from the oven. It constantly monitors the temperature and alerts you when the meat is cooked the way you want it.

All you have to do is insert the probe so the tip is in the centre of the thickest part of the meat and select the type of meat it is and taste setting (rare to well done if applicable) and thats it. You get an audio alert just before it reaches the safe cooked point, an second alert exactly on the cooked point and an overcooked alert. Its loud enough to be heard in an adjoining room.

Heres my general observations on trying this out.

It takes a little adjustment in your thinking arrangements for cooking a whole meal. Everything else you prepare you do based on known cooking times; I often work backwards from a predicted serving time but using the meat probe you do not know exactly when the meat alarm will go off, thus you still have to estimate when that might be. Since meat should rest for 15-30 mins anyway so there is some flexibility for cooking vegetables etc.

So far oven roasting a chicken and a beef joint went well and I am beginning to like trust this method. I have also used it on some unusually thick burgers on a cast iron griddle and this also worked really well on the ground beef setting (I had to cook 3 mins more than I would have guessed by sight alone).

The safe temperatures it knows are from the USA based USDA guidelines which you may or may not agree with. If you don't want those there is one spare setting you can put your own temperature. You can also edit the standard ones to your own but removing the battery resets to the stored USDA ones. Feature wise there should be one or two more spare user programable slots and it would be nice to be able to name those.

My suggestions for improvement are largely the look of it and a few additional case moulding features. The LCD display segment design aesthetic is a bit crude by 2015 standards the word `ground' is in a font size a little to small for me to read without glasses (old eyes). The folding body is like someone tried to make it look like a curvy mini laptop but it ends up looking a bit cheesy, it only bends 90°anyway which is useful for the countertop but not totally in half for storage. At least one of the slide switches could have been put on the back (once I select °C I never want to change it again). The curved layout of the buttons, a dummy button in the centre that does nothing and the white body and silver plastic is a bit too 1990s and needlessly cheap looking which is a shame as it performs a serious task well. It would be nice if there was a slot somewhere in the base to push the probe in for storage and two `hooks' to wind the meter of wire around whilst its all kept in a draw and maybe a loop so I could hang it up. Plenty to improve on hence my star rating.

Ignoring the styling and concentrating the functionally though I will say this is a great gadget for the kitchen that actually does something useful for me that I could not do before and cannot fault its technical performance. It does what it aims to achieve. The only skill you need is identify the meat correctly, and insert the probe so the tip is in the centre of the thickest part of the meat and not touching bone, fat or pan.

Based on a review sample.


NooElec Extruded Aluminum Enclosure Kit, Blue, for Ham It Up v1.1 & v1.2 RF Upconverter for RTL-SDR Radios
NooElec Extruded Aluminum Enclosure Kit, Blue, for Ham It Up v1.1 & v1.2 RF Upconverter for RTL-SDR Radios
Offered by NooElec Inc.
Price: £16.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Tailored for the Ham It Up PCB, 25 Jan. 2015
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Ordered this blue anodised case with the Ham It Up v1.2 - NooElec RF Upconverter for SDR PCB from NooElec at the same time (add both to basket, then buy) to save messing about later trying to make my own. Both items arrived in one package in just over a week from New York state without gathering additional charges, I may have been lucky.

Getting the case is a good decision I think as it is the best way of preventing damage and accidental shorts but also shields from any stray RF. I did clean off the blue anodised coating in the countersunk screw hole surfaces on the end plates so they made a `complete' conducting cage. You could go the full hog and clean the edges where the plates touch the box. The only other thing missing is a hole/optic to see the LED on the pcb.

Supplied with all required mounting hardware (screws and brass stand-offs).

Put together with the PCB it makes a neat little SDR gadget that performs well.


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