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1Byone New Release - The World's First Smart Jump Starter. - Start Your Car Countless Times !!! 9000mAh 12V Multi-Function,UltraSafe Lithium Jump Starter, Mobile Power Bank Battery Charger, Emergency Roadside Tool, Auto Car Power Supply. Ultra-bright LED Flashlight for SOS, High Capacity Battery Charger Power Bank for Smart Phones and Other Digital Devices - 1 Year Limited Warranty.
1Byone New Release - The World's First Smart Jump Starter. - Start Your Car Countless Times !!! 9000mAh 12V Multi-Function,UltraSafe Lithium Jump Starter, Mobile Power Bank Battery Charger, Emergency Roadside Tool, Auto Car Power Supply. Ultra-bright LED Flashlight for SOS, High Capacity Battery Charger Power Bank for Smart Phones and Other Digital Devices - 1 Year Limited Warranty.
Offered by 1Byone Products Inc
Price: £100.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, this compact battery pack really will jump-start a car/van/motorhome, 30 Jan. 2015
Length:: 5:22 Mins

To date, I've always lugged around a heavy, bulky and cumbersome 18kg jump starter/battery pack which fills up most of the passenger footwell so it's hard to believe something measuring just 13.5x7x2.5cm will perform the same role - but it does. Simply connect the clips to the battery, plug in the mouse, switch it on, turn on the vehicle ignition and then remove the mouse once the engine is running. And... not only will it jump start a vehicle with a dead battery, it will also charge a phone, tablet or other USB device from its USB port and has a bright LED torch with strobe function. The unit comes neatly packed in a compact carrying case ready-prepared for that unexpected flat-battery emergency situation. But don't just take my word for the fact it works - here's a video to show it in action starting a 1.6l diesel motorhome engine...

A highly recommended purchase for any motorist who wants to be prepared.


Pathfinder Wye Valley & Forest of Dean (Pathfinder Guides)
Pathfinder Wye Valley & Forest of Dean (Pathfinder Guides)
by Dennis Kelsall
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.59

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent range of walks for all abilities through the best of the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean, 30 Jan. 2015
As a keen walker and 'local' living in the Wye Valley/Forest of Dean, I was very keen to accept the invitation from Pathfinder Guides to review their range of local walking guides, particularly as I have previously written area guides and walk routes myself and know the local area and its footpaths well.

The book includes 28 walks of varying difficulty starting with a 2.5 mile walk of 1.5 hours around White Castle through to the 10.5m strenuous hike around Hay Bluff, part of the Black Mountains range. Although described as 'Wye Valley and Forest of Dean' walks, neither of these, nor the 'Sugar Loaf' route (more suited to the Brecon Beacons area), are actually within the typically-defined area of the Wye Valley but they add variety to the book and include very different terrains from flat, easy and gentle to a tougher hill-walk in the mountainous Welsh borders.

The range of walks are varied and cover the mid-Wye Valley southwards from Hay-on-Wye following the route of the Wye to Ross-on-Wye and Goodrich then into the Lower Wye Valley down to Chepstow where the Wye flows into the Severn Estuary and heads for the sea. No walks book in this area would be complete without including the many quiet woodland footpaths of the adjacent Forest of Dean and some of the best have been included.

The book is laid out well with walks grouped by distance up to 2.5 hours, 3-3.5 hours and the longer walks of 4 hours or more, all of which are easily identified by a colour tab for quick reference. Routes can be selected at a glance from a map of the area and this is followed by an 'at a glance' summary page of each route listing distance, time, height gain (important for those of us less keen on steep hills!) plus a short description of each. There is also a well-researched short local history of the area including pre-history, border strife, the Forest's industrial past and the changing role of the River Wye from transport to leisure.

As a local walker and route researcher, I am already familiar with most of the routes and can vouch for them being amongst the best the area has to offer and the authors have carefully devised their routes to include some of the best viewpoints too, including the world famous Symonds Yat Rock viewpoint and the spectacular view from the Devil's Pulpit over Tintern Abbey. The route maps and directions are clear to follow as well as being accurate and these are supplemented by good photography, presumably

Although the routes were first published in 1991, they have been revised and updated to reflect changes in the footpaths and even included the (relatively) new visitor facilities at Goodrich Castle - all very good to see in a guidebook and reassuring to see that it is up to date.

For anyone either lucky enough to live in the Wye Valley/Forest of Dean area for just visiting to enjoy it for a short while, this is an excellent book to help you enjoy some of the best the area has to offer and it is suited to all levels of ability from a gentle afternoon stroll to a full day's stiff walk for the more serious.

A highly recommended book for all.


IMAGE®No Drip Dog Top-Fill Water Bottle Drinker Pet Water Dispenser pet water Feeder stainless steel inlet 350ml
IMAGE®No Drip Dog Top-Fill Water Bottle Drinker Pet Water Dispenser pet water Feeder stainless steel inlet 350ml

4.0 out of 5 stars Handy, top-filling water bottle suitable for rabbits and guinea pigs living in indoor cages, 29 Jan. 2015
I ordered this water bottle for use on my pet carrier and to use with my rabbit's indoor cage.

It's quite a sturdy bottle with a wider diameter than other widely-available pet drinking bottles, particularly the 'Classic' range with the red tops. Unlike these, however, this bottle fills from the top, not the bottom, which means it doesn't have to be removed from the cage to be topped up (although drinking water must still be changed daily). Simply remove the plastic top to fill from a jug or bottle then replace it - so much easier than removing the bottle, inverting it and trying to fill via a narrow bottle neck as per a certain other brand.

The bottle fits onto the side of a typical cage using the side with the vertical bars while hooking it onto the horizontal strip mid-way along. Disappointingly, the spacing was wrong to fit onto the the section of my cages with horizontal wires (Ferplast range). I also found it fitted easily to the opening doors of my pet carriers of several designs.

In use, it doesn't drip and my rabbits were able to drink easily from it. It is only a small 350ml bottle and as rabbits drink 50-100ml of water per kg body weight per day, it is only suitable for small-breed rabbits unless you either buy two bottles or are on hand to replenish them as needed. It would also be suitable for guinea-pigs and other small furries. Although described as a water bottle for dogs, I have never yet seen a dog drinking from a spouted water bottle but I stand to be corrected on this. In the meantime, for anyone looking for a small water bottle for a small furry living in an indoor cage then this fits the bill splendidly.


Aukey USB Car Charger Power Adapter (24W/4.8A 2Ports) with AIPower tech for Apple iPad Air, iPad 4, 3, mini, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5S, 5, 4S,4; Samsung Galaxy S5, S4, S3, Note3, Note 2, Galaxy Tab; Nexus 10, 7, 5, 4; LG G3, Optimus; HTC ONE M8; Motorola Moto G, Moto X; Bluetooth Speaker, GPS, External Battery Charger and Many other USB-Powered Mobile Devices ¨C Black (black)
Aukey USB Car Charger Power Adapter (24W/4.8A 2Ports) with AIPower tech for Apple iPad Air, iPad 4, 3, mini, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5S, 5, 4S,4; Samsung Galaxy S5, S4, S3, Note3, Note 2, Galaxy Tab; Nexus 10, 7, 5, 4; LG G3, Optimus; HTC ONE M8; Motorola Moto G, Moto X; Bluetooth Speaker, GPS, External Battery Charger and Many other USB-Powered Mobile Devices ¨C Black (black)
Offered by duola beauty
Price: £19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Fast 12v charging while driving, 29 Jan. 2015
This is one of those handy little gadgets that very quickly becomes indispensable.

I have been travelling frequently over the last few weeks and seldom home for long enough to charge my used-daily USB devices including my phone, tablet, satnav and other devices and this little 12v charger has been just what I've needed for recharging items while driving.

It plugs into the lighter socket and provides fast (2.4amp) and reliable charging from both its USB charging points, one of which is via a very handy coiled micro-USB lead. There is also a second USB port which can be used with any USB lead including proprietary connectors which ensure that it is compatible with all USB devices. To date, all other 12v car chargers have simply had two USB ports - this is the first to include the integrated micro USB lead. This charger also has a much firmer fit in my car's socket than many others I've used.

A very versatile gadget with a good quality build. Highly recommended for charging USB gadgets while driving, or for outdoor leisure use, eg in a campervan, motorhome or on a boat. Excellent!


Finish All in One Max Lemon Dishwasher Tablets (Pack of 74)
Finish All in One Max Lemon Dishwasher Tablets (Pack of 74)

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Consistently clean and shiny washing up first time - every time!, 26 Jan. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I have always used supermarket own-brand dish-washing products on the assumption they were all made by the same company and probably the same products with just a different label. I've also tended to buy power/liquid, salt and rinse-aid separately so it is both a novelty and convenience to use all-in-one tablets - but I'm all for innovation and variety in my life!

I've now used 'Finish' all-in-one tablets and have been converted....

The tablets are especially easy to use: They are individually-wrapped in a film which doesn't even need to be removed but simply popped into the dispenser in our Bosch machine and then press the button to start the 2-hour wash cycle. Their clean, fresh, lemon scent smells good too

With just two of us in the household, we wash-up just twice weekly which means some plates and cutlery can occasionally have traces of dried food on them for a few days presenting more of a challenge to detergents than plates washed more promptly.

The results from these Finish tablets have been noticeably good. We use a strong 70-degree wash cycle and our first observation was that there wasn't a spot of residue left in the dispensing tray nor any remnants on our washing up. Next we noted the cleanliness of our crockery, cutlery and pans and whereas we previously had to occasionally wash a few items twice, every single item came out clean first-time. Further, whereas glasses used to sometimes have a few white grains of undissolved powder down one side and some streaky-smears, there were none of these either. Everything looked and felt not only clean but also shiny and gleaming, looking like new. I'd even go so far as to say the dishwasher also looked shiny too!

They definitely work more effectively in our Bosch dishwasher than the previously-used shop-brand powders. Although shop-brand and budget powders etc may be cheaper, it can be false economy if the washing up has to be done twice!


Helly Hansen Women's Dry 2-Pack Base Layer Set
Helly Hansen Women's Dry 2-Pack Base Layer Set
Price: £28.50 - £60.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best-performing wicking base-layers available., 20 Jan. 2015
Over the years, I've worn many different types of baselayers from a variety of different manufacturers but in terms of wicking performance, these stand out as the best.

I use mine for walking, cycling, kayaking and as a general daily baselayer all year round. In chilly weather, I wear a merino wool layer on top: because merino doesn't wick as effectively as Helly Hansen's 'Dry' range, this provides the best combination of warmth and wicking without any clammy stickiness.

Worn alone in cold weather, they don't provide much warmth and they don't have much wind resistance either but they're not really designed as a thermal layer hence if you're standing around in cold temperatures then you're likely to feel cold. However, worn during activity then they are the best - sweat is wicked away quickly leaving your body still feeling (relatively) fresh but, most importantly, dry. (They're also perfect for dealing with menopausal hot flushes and night sweats too - although this isn't promoted on their sporty ads and packaging!)

They are true to size. I'm a UK 10-12 and a size small top but medium in the bottoms which is a bit tricky when buying a set, so have to choose the medium size. There's plenty of 'give' and stretch in the fabric so sizing isn't critical.

Because they wick sweat so effectively, they can be worn for several days without becoming smelly and after washing they they dry quickly too.

Definitely 5-star quality, fit, wicking performance and value for money.


Helly Hansen Women's HH Dry Original Baselayer - Magenta, Small
Helly Hansen Women's HH Dry Original Baselayer - Magenta, Small
Price: £18.06

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best-performing wicking baselayers available, 20 Jan. 2015
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Over the years, I've worn many different types of baselayers from a variety of different manufacturers but in terms of wicking performance, these stand out as the best.

I use mine for walking, cycling, kayaking and as a general daily baselayer all year round. In chilly weather, I wear a merino wool layer on top: because merino doesn't wick as effectively as Helly Hansen's 'Dry' range, this provides the best combination of warmth and wicking without any clammy stickiness.

Worn alone in cold weather, they don't provide much warmth and they don't have much wind resistance either but they're not really designed as a thermal layer hence if you're standing around in cold temperatures then you're likely to feel cold. However, worn during activity then they are the best - sweat is wicked away quickly leaving your body still feeling (relatively) fresh but, most importantly, dry. (They're also perfect for dealing with menopausal hot flushes/tropical sweats and night sweats too - although this isn't promoted on their sporty ads and packaging!)

They are true to size. I'm a UK 10-12 and ordered the small size. At first it felt tight due to the close fit but after a few hours, I'd completely forgotten about it as it stretches freely with every move. The close-fit is needed for the best wicking performance and the close-fitting sleeves don't ride up.

Because they wick sweat so effectively, they can be worn for several days without becoming smelly and after washing they they dry quickly too.

Definitely 5-star quality, fit, wicking performance and value for money.


Poweradd Pilot Plus Huge 20000mAh Solid Portable Charger External battery Power pack for iPhone 6 Plus, 6 5S 5C 5 4S 4, iPad Air, mini 2 3, (Apple Adapters Not Included), Samsung Galaxy S5 S4 S3, Note 4 3 2, LG G2 G3, HTC one M8, mini, Motorola Moto G, Sony Nexus Z2 Z3, Google Nexus 4 5 6 7 10, MP3/MP4, PSP, NDS, Tablets, more Android Smartphones and Charged Devices - White
Poweradd Pilot Plus Huge 20000mAh Solid Portable Charger External battery Power pack for iPhone 6 Plus, 6 5S 5C 5 4S 4, iPad Air, mini 2 3, (Apple Adapters Not Included), Samsung Galaxy S5 S4 S3, Note 4 3 2, LG G2 G3, HTC one M8, mini, Motorola Moto G, Sony Nexus Z2 Z3, Google Nexus 4 5 6 7 10, MP3/MP4, PSP, NDS, Tablets, more Android Smartphones and Charged Devices - White
Offered by Poweradd
Price: £79.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Massive power from modest-sized power pack - brilliant for off-grid camping or high power-demands when on the move!, 17 Jan. 2015
Powerbanks are getting bigger and better – and this is the best I’ve used so far. Measuring 143x77x27mm and weighing 440g it packs a hefty punch with a huge 20,000mAh of power. Bear in mind that I have a 9,000mAh powerbank to jump start my car and this puts the power of the Pilot Plus into perspective.

Well designed with an attractive embossed design to the base, this is a well-built and attractive piece of kit which is also massively functional. I’ve been using it over the last 10 days and charged two Samsung phones, a Nokia phone, two 10” tablets, an 8” tablet (twice), a 7” tablet plus a Kindle followed by a Memory Map GPS unit. Operation is simple – just charge it via USB until all four LEDs are illuminated then reverse the supplied USB to micro-usb lead to recharge a device, switch it on the the connected device is recharged. There are two charging ports – 1A which I use for my phone and 2.4A which I use for more powerful devices with larger batteries and a higher drain. All devices charged fully.

This is the perfect powerbank for anyone with larger power requirements such as campers who will be off-grid without access to a power supply or even for day trips by those heavily using phones, tablets etc and likely to drain batteries quickly.

First-rate performance from a quality product I would highly recommend.


Philips InfraCare HP3643 650 W Infrared Lamp Half Body Treatment
Philips InfraCare HP3643 650 W Infrared Lamp Half Body Treatment
Price: £197.47

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First-rate: instant soothing relief for lower back pain and a pleasure to use, 14 Jan. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
We're now 75% of the way through a DIY house move taking place a few days at a time over the last four months along with a new building project and refurbishment of our old house so the offer of this infra-red lamp for review couldn't have come at a better time. Both my husband and I have been suffering the effects of continued heavy-lifting - both of us with lower back pain which triggered the re-emergence of my old back injury while my husband is also finding the additional strain on his arthritic knees combined with the cold damp weather is causing him ongoing pain - hence perfect timing and optimum conditions for putting this heat lamp to the test....

The lamp unit is powerful at 650w and quite large at 48x20cm which affixes to a vertical stand with a sturdy base. The angle of the lamp can be smoothly adjusted according to the area being treated - eg upright at a low level for treating a knee or higher or rotated 90 degrees to focus on a back while laying on a bed.

The heat is instant and highly soothing - immediately. It's not just warmth like sitting in front of a fire and getting hot or overheated but is a deep and penetrating heat, radiating deep into the tissues; warming, soothing and relaxing joints - at least this is how it feels.

It's very pleasant to use and I noticed the benefits immediately. It's tempting to relax beneath its warmth for hours but to avoid any skin damage, its timer switches it off after 15 minutes and I reluctantly tear myself away.

We have both felt the benefits of this lamp. It doesn't work miracles, can't heal an old back injury or cure arthritis but it can most definitely help with the aches and pains they produce. The lamp isn't cheap to buy but we unanimously agree it's definitely worth the price and much better and healthier than popping pills. Although there are smaller and cheaper lamps available, this feels far superior not only from its design and build quality but its powerful performance and it feels like a piece of professional equipment you would expect to pay a fortune for in a private pain clinic.


Logitech [+] drive Universal Dashboard/Windshield Car Mount for Smartphone
Logitech [+] drive Universal Dashboard/Windshield Car Mount for Smartphone
Price: £32.13

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Firmly holds phone (or sat-nav) secure in all conditions, 14 Jan. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Although intended for a phone, I started using this for my NavMan sat-nav. It worked well in holding my phone secure while driving but on every single journey my sat-nav sitting alongside would take an annoying tumble as it toppled onto the dashboard and slid from side to side. Having had enough - the magnetic pad is now attached to the sat-nav and it has never budged since.

The logitech +drive is supplied with one mount and two magnetic pads. Initially I used one on my Samsung smartphone and having seen how well it worked I then tested it on my sat-nav and haven't removed it since. For the last month, come rain, shine, dripping condensation, freezing fog or sub-zero temperatures, my sat-nav hasn't budged even once. The grip provided by the +drive is strong - very strong. Simply place it against the windscreen and turn the yellow tab and it is completely secure. Bumps in the road, streaming condensation... nothing at all disturbs the grip other than deliberately twisting the yellow tab anti-clockwise to release it.

No doubts at all - the best and most reassuring sat-nav (and phone) holder I have ever used. Absolutely brilliant!


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