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Dymo D1 Standard Labelling Tape 12mm x 7m - White on Transparent
Dymo D1 Standard Labelling Tape 12mm x 7m - White on Transparent
Offered by 9to5 Supplies (VAT receipt supplied)
Price: £9.30

5.0 out of 5 stars Discreet Labels for dark or metallic surfaces, 12 Oct 2014
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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: £44.89

5.0 out of 5 stars High powered sweep & suction., 12 Oct 2014
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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 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.

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.


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
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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.


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 MFL Qualtech
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 for iPhone 6 Plus 6 5S 5 4S, iPad 5 4 3 2, Air, mini, Galaxy S5 S4 S3, Note 4 3 2, Tab 4 3 Pro, HTC One, PS Vita, Gopro, External Batteries and more (Black/Gold)
Omaker Premium 3 USB 26W 5.1A Aluminum Panel Compact Designed High-Speed USB Car Charger for iPhone 6 Plus 6 5S 5 4S, iPad 5 4 3 2, Air, mini, Galaxy S5 S4 S3, Note 4 3 2, Tab 4 3 Pro, HTC One, PS Vita, Gopro, External Batteries and more (Black/Gold)
Offered by DoReMi Mall
Price: £19.99

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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, the 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.


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