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Solar Panel, VINSIC Solar Panel 14W USB Charger, Foldable and Portable Dual-port Solar Charger for iPhone 5 5S, iPad, Samsung Galaxy, 5V USB-charged Devices (Black)
Solar Panel, VINSIC Solar Panel 14W USB Charger, Foldable and Portable Dual-port Solar Charger for iPhone 5 5S, iPad, Samsung Galaxy, 5V USB-charged Devices (Black)
Offered by High Tech International
Price: £89.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not ultralight, but has dual charging ports and is well made & very powerful - even in moderate UK sunshine., 22 Aug 2014
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Excellent high-power solar panel. I've (unscientifically) checked its performance using my digial USB power analyser and it easily puts out more than the standard 500mA on both charging ports in moderate sunshine and charges "fast charge" devices at up to 2.1A in direct sunshine on a single channel. The charged device has logic circuitry to decide how much power it draws and some devices (our son's iPad Air for example) may require a "fast charge" cable (I have one from PortaPow) which emulates the USB Fast Charge standard to persuade the device to draw the maximum amps this panel is able to put out.

This panel is very powerful and has spare capacity to keep charging - albeit at slower speeds - even when the sky starts clouding over. It is ideal for charging external battery packs; just make sure your battery pack is able to draw +2A of charging power or you'll be wasting capacity.


The De-Textbook: The Stuff You Didn't Know about the Stuff You Thought You Knew
The De-Textbook: The Stuff You Didn't Know about the Stuff You Thought You Knew
by Cracked.Com
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.40

5.0 out of 5 stars Funny! Educational! Cracked.com!, 11 Jan 2014
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If you're a regular reader of Cracked.com, this needs no further introduction - just press "buy it now" You won't be disappointed. If you're not, go to the website!


De'Longhi ICM2B Filter Coffee Maker, 10 Cup
De'Longhi ICM2B Filter Coffee Maker, 10 Cup

5.0 out of 5 stars Makes good coffe!, 11 Jan 2014
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We have this and a £1,200 bean-to-cup machine, both are Italian and both make great coffee. At this price, the DeLonghi is a steal and a must have for when you need a whole pot at a time.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - Good quality is always cheaper in the long run., 11 Jan 2014
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Perfect fit, original look and actually works - even when the temperature drops below +10C, which is when the cheap wipers go rock hard and wipe as well as pebbles. Mine last about 18 months which is acceptable since the recommendation is to replace every 12 months.


Pants Are Everything
Pants Are Everything
Price: £3.60

5.0 out of 5 stars Our 11-year old loved it, 11 Jan 2014
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Great book - a worthy follow-up to "Socks aren't enough" according to our son. Great for getting kids to read more according to Mum!


RETRO Wayfarer READING GLASSES +1.00 Brown 1950's 60's Geek Nerd +1 Prescription
RETRO Wayfarer READING GLASSES +1.00 Brown 1950's 60's Geek Nerd +1 Prescription
Offered by W2S - Watches2Sunglasses

3.0 out of 5 stars 5-star styling, 1-star build quality, 10 Mar 2013
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Looks great, fits great, feels great. My only complaint is that lenses are not very well made - the plastic lenses are slightly cloudy (right out of the plastic bag they came in) and very, very soft so scratch pretty much as soon as you put them down.

Given how good they look, I'd happily pay twice the price to get good lenses. Alas, I'm now disappointed with my purchase since they not usable.


GELERT ADVENTURE CAMPING/HIKING MAP READING COMPASS NEW
GELERT ADVENTURE CAMPING/HIKING MAP READING COMPASS NEW

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars More of a toy than a real compass, 8 Feb 2012
I bought this compass as a backup, (wrongly) assuming it would be a compass capable of taking bearings/azimuths. Unfortunately, it is not very well made and neither liquid-filled nor dampened. As a result, it is very inaccurate and unable to consistently give a bearing - repeated attempts can be out by as much as 10 degrees.

The needle housing turns well, but the needle binds too easily to the inside of the housing, meaning each bearing reading requires a fair bit of time to let the needle settle. To add to my concerns, the needle also appears to be weakly magnetised, meaning bearings are inconsistent.

Overall, this would probably have been a good compass in the 1950's but it's simply not good enough given you can today buy an excellent, semiprofessional compass from Silva or Suunto for less than £10 and a toy "button" or "key ring" compass as accurate as this Gelert for about £2.00


True Utility Fire Stash (unfilled)
True Utility Fire Stash (unfilled)
Offered by Imago Global
Price: £7.07

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well-made and great as a backup, 17 Mar 2011
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This lighter appears very well made; the thread-on cap fits perfectly and has a rubber O-Ring seal, meaning fuel won't evaporate and water won't get in - exactly what I was looking for since mine is an emergency backup and will be taken hiking, camping, canoeing and sailing.

The wick is adjustable and while it's designed to use lighter fuel, I suspect that (like other liquid-and-flint lighters) it will light acceptably well on petrol (careful - it can, and probably will, explode), methylated spirits, or 50%+ booze in a true emergency situation. I've docked one star for the relatively feeble spark since, like other reviewers, I found mine takes a couple of strikes to light. Unfortunately, that means the flint will wear out relatively quickly but I don't think that's a great problem if used as a back-up.

All-in-all, a great product which does exactly what it says on the tin and looks good doing it.
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Black & Decker Workmate WM825
Black & Decker Workmate WM825
Price: £74.95

26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No longer the best product on the market, 22 Jan 2011
My previous workmate, bought in the late 1990's finally packed in after years of being stored in a damp boat shed and seeing an enormous amount of abuse - Having been very happy with it, I bought the new, improved version (the WM825 listed here, although not from Amazon)

Unfortunately, this proved to be a huge mistake as there are a number of major flaws with the new, improved, version:

- The top surface (the "jaws") are now made of something similar to cheese or balsa wood
- The plastic (!) threaded parts which exert the clamping force between the jaws strip (presumably to not damage the "jaws" by enabling the application of actual clamping pressure)
- The metal frame is now made of much thinner metal than the old model - I expect this will rust better than an Alfa Romeo in the salty air of my boat shed!

In other words, steer clear as there are much, much less expensive (about £15) workbenches available at similar quality, although not bearing the B&D name...
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How to Design a Boat: Power and Sail (Sailmate)
How to Design a Boat: Power and Sail (Sailmate)
by John Teale
Edition: Paperback

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent primer!, 19 Aug 2009
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They should make two covers for this book: One called "How to Design a Boat", the other called "How to Understand a Boat Design" because you are getting an excellent two-for-one deal here. If you are a boatbuilder, interested in designing your own, or just want to better understand (or even improve or customise) an existing design, buy this book now!

In this relatively small book, Teale has written an outstanding primer on the process of designing a small boat and what the considerations, compromises and key factors that influence how the boat will behave in the water are. The book contains all the necessary information - without resorting to differential equations describing compound curves or otherwise making it overly complicated.

Yes, there are some shortcuts in the proposed design process but, unless you're building a 200ft gin palace or really pushing the performance envelope, they won't make a blind bit of difference to the finished product - they do, however, make the rather huge difference between reading this 1/4-inch thick book for fun and pleasure and taking a 4-year university degree in ship design and mathematical analysis.

I've built a number of boats over the years and am currently working on a wooden blue water cruiser - I only wish I had came upon this book 4 or 5 boats ago and can't recommend it enough.


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