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Kamasa 56017 Socket, 1/4-inch, Set of 58
Kamasa 56017 Socket, 1/4-inch, Set of 58
Price: £37.39

5.0 out of 5 stars A mini socket set with a good mix of tools, and top end quality, 10 Feb. 2016
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I was on the look out for a small compact set of sockets to keep in the car/house, but not a complete set as I have a larger one at hand. I looked at a few makers, and there are some nice quality sets around. I considered the Bahco S330 (which I have used), but concluded that I don't need spark plug sockets (they are not often used and I have them already) and this is a more complete set for just a few pounds extra, Teng make some great tools but not a set with the ratchet and screwdriver in this size, though Draper Pro came close the deeper driver sockets and T bar won the day. The idea isn't to replicated my bigger set, or get a larger set..but one that has most of the items I might need at hand, in a small case.

The set came in a good quality "blow moulded" case this measures: 24cm length, 17cm deep, and 5.5cm thickness, easily small enough to store in the boot tidy without impacting storage capacity.

Despite the small size this set contains quite a lot these are:
-1/4" Ratchet with 72 teeth with a comfy rubber grip
- Extension bars, 50mm, 150mm
- Sliding T bar, 160mm long

9 Deep Sockets:
5-13mm

13 Standard Sockets:
4-14mm

6 Star Sockets:
E4-E10 sizes

8 Star Bits:
T8/10/15/20/25/27/30/40

3 Hex Bits:
7/8/10mm

12 Bits:
1-3 Pz, Flat 4/5.5/7mm
Hex: 2/2.5/3/4/5/6mm

And the adapter to attach the Bits/Universal joint

Areas that stood out to me, firstly the Ratchet this has a whopping 72 teeth which might not sound that exciting but in areas with limited movement it allows you to get a turn on where a low teeth Ratchet would require a larger movement. Push the back button to release/load the bits and it's comfy to hold with a firm grip handle this has some good grip too, as does the screwdriver and it's smooth in use with a reassuring click for each stop. I don't have a lot of deep sockets so a mini set of these is something that was also a factor for me, as was the star sockets (again I have some but not that many). Not only does this give me a portable set that is space friendly, it adds some items I don't have.

Finish on all the parts is superb, a satin effect on chrome vanadium. A mention on the case, nice thick plastics but critically it has a hinged back and double hinged latch. Too many socket sets have a single mould crease at the back of a weedy latch, both of which can break over time, it's spoiled some decent sets as the maker cheaped out here. Not so here Kamasa have a sturdy case that should last the distance, you also get a foam padded section to reduce noise between the sockets/bits etc. I might have liked a small carry handle included in the case design, but I'm nit picking on what is a fine set. There are plenty of cheaper sets around, this strikes a very good balance between quality/quantity and price. For me this is one of the best small socket sets I have used. A very very strong recommendation from me.
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Genuine Reisse Fuel Filter Service Part - Part No. 48100006
Genuine Reisse Fuel Filter Service Part - Part No. 48100006
Offered by AP Motor Store
Price: £4.96

4.0 out of 5 stars Does the job at a reasonable cost, 10 Feb. 2016
Fuel filter replacement is frequent on Diesel engines but less so on Petrol models. Usually every oil change the fuel filter is also done with a Diesel. Whilst Petrol engines don't need this, it's not a bad idea to change them every so often many service manuals suggest 4/5 years but mileage can also be a factor even more so if you've bought a second hand car and don't have a complete service history it's worth changing this just to be on the safe side.

Over time a blocked filter can cause problems putting extra strain on the fuel pump and in really bad cases can block up entirely though this is relatively rare. This arrived with silicone caps on both ends, and one top shows the flow of the fuel so you can't make a mistake fitting it. Quite a simple job to fit but do depressurise the fuel system (remove the fuse) and keep a container handy for any small amount of fuel that will come out. I've had no problems with the Reisse filters I have used and fitted quality is fine and for the small cost it's worth integrating this into your service schedule.
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★Karma Active Deluxe Multi Purpose - Yoga mat/Exercise mats/Pilates Mat - 1/4 Inch Extra Thick Memory Foam - Anti-Tear and Non-Slip surface - With FREE VELCRO Carrying Strap★
★Karma Active Deluxe Multi Purpose - Yoga mat/Exercise mats/Pilates Mat - 1/4 Inch Extra Thick Memory Foam - Anti-Tear and Non-Slip surface - With FREE VELCRO Carrying Strap★
Offered by KarmaActive
Price: £20.00

5.0 out of 5 stars A somewhat "thicker" yoga mat made with more eco friendly materials, 10 Feb. 2016
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Note: The maker supplied a review sample for evaluation, the opinion of the product is my own personal view

Most Yoga mats are made with substances that are fairly eco challenged, so it's nice to see a maker try to address this at least to a reasonable degree. This mat doesn't contain latex, and whilst it does contain Phthalates they are at least SGS approved and likely less damaging than traditional ones. The sheet inside the mat is made from recycled paper too, so a nod to the maker for putting a bit of effort in here.

Moving onto the mat, I gave it to a Yoga teacher to test and provide me with some hands on feedback. The mat has a good texture to it and has smaller patterns compared to some mats, grip is good for both surfaces this is really important as you might be using the mat on carpet and not just hard surfaces. Thickness is 1/4 of a inch which is a fair bit thicker than some standard mats, though not as thick as the bulkier offerings.

Strap attaches on both ends via Velcro for carrying, it's secure and easy to throw it over a shoulder and can be used with other mats too as the size is adjustable. The black colour might not be as visually striking as some, but it's a practical colour as marks don't show up. Cleaning can be done using a damp cloth, though it is possible to wash and hang mats out to dry. An improvement on the standard mats that are quite numerous and I like the use of more environmentally friendly materials during manufacturing.


ieGeek® WiFi Wireless OBD-II Mini ELM327 OBD2 Auto Car Diagnostic Scanner Tool Adapter Reader Scan Code Tester for iPhone4S/5 iPad4 iPod mini IOS PC Windows, Android Device
ieGeek® WiFi Wireless OBD-II Mini ELM327 OBD2 Auto Car Diagnostic Scanner Tool Adapter Reader Scan Code Tester for iPhone4S/5 iPad4 iPod mini IOS PC Windows, Android Device
Offered by mayers-eu
Price: £22.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Well featured wireless OBD scanner with an extensive software bundle, 10 Feb. 2016
Note: The maker supplied a review sample for evaluation, the opinion of the product is my own personal view

For review I looked at the ELM327 model

With a Wi-Fi connection this model is an alternative to the Bluetooth models with two potential advantages, firstly for notebook users who don't have built in Bluetooth, you just use the Wi-Fi to connect, and if you are doing real time monitoring with a phone/tablet you can use your Bluetooth at the same time (maybe of some use if you are driving around and likely to get calls) . A mini CD is included this has software for Android/iOS and Windows. Software is more extensive and includes Dashcommand demo, OBD Car Doctor, Torque Pro, Mini OBD; Windows has ScanMaster, ScanTool.net, PCM Scan. More than enough choice, though you'll have to transfer the files from the disc to the phone to install, or just use one of the many available downloadable apps.

Using the scanner is pretty simple you plug it into the OBD port (usually located near the central heater area or under the steering wheel/handbrake console) pair it up and you're ready to roll. It paired up fairly quickly and once it's running you can then monitor/read/wipe codes via the software. For Android I use Torque it's quite comprehensive giving you some customisation for real-time dials and data logging as well as basic code reading or resetting any fault codes. It does take a while to get used to but it is fairly comprehensive. I used OBD Car Doctor this has an easier to use interface and is a bit easer to start with, there are a fair few diagnostic apps around some so it's worth trying a few out to see what grabs you, some GUI's are a bit glaring and others are easier to change settings/more intuitive in layout.

Downsides are only one that is the scanner is longer than Bluetooth versions by a fair bit (about double the length of the Bluetooth version I have used), I don't see that as a big issue as it's a lot more portable than hand held OBD readers. It won't give you dealer level access only a much more expensive machine can do that, but it has enough features to cover many users needs. I'd prefer to have an included quick start guide in the pack just to give a few pointers on setting it up and use, but there are PDF guides for the included software and it doesn't take long to get to grips using it. If you don't want a dedicated unit with it's own display, this offers better functionality at a lower cost than those units, both types have their uses.
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DIGIFLEX Luxury Digital Mens Red LED Light Sport Wrist Watch Gift Style - Black
DIGIFLEX Luxury Digital Mens Red LED Light Sport Wrist Watch Gift Style - Black
Offered by Digiflex
Price: £8.00

2.0 out of 5 stars Nice idea, but it's uncomfortable and bulky, 10 Feb. 2016
This looked like a nice watch to add to my collection, partly down to the distinctive LED display.
However the downside to this is that it's off until you press a button, and then it comes on for about 4 seconds.

I could live with this but other problems became more apparent. The case feels solid enough, but has some odd uneven indents as if the mould was poorly shaped, it's not too noticeable from a distance but it's a weaker element of the watch. Usual functions are here time/date and 12/24 hour there are no settings for an alarm or hourly chime I could find. Biggest problems are it's a thick watch and doesn't sit well on your wrist, it needs to be much slimmer and this isn't it falls into the "it's not comfy at all" category for me which is a major problem for a watch. I also felt the strap which was fairly thick and reasonable, didn't provide enough flex as it's fixed on both case points..it doesn't move to the shape of your wrist. The LED display is pretty attractive, but it needs a much slimmer, sleeker design to pull it off.
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Sleep Mask, PLEMO Silk Sleeping Mask, Lightweight Ultra-Soft Silk Fabric Contoured Eye Mask, Breathe-Easy Eye Shade for Bedtime & Travel
Sleep Mask, PLEMO Silk Sleeping Mask, Lightweight Ultra-Soft Silk Fabric Contoured Eye Mask, Breathe-Easy Eye Shade for Bedtime & Travel
Offered by Avantek UK
Price: £19.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Comfy padded sleeping mask, 10 Feb. 2016
Note: The maker supplied a review sample for evaluation, the opinion of the product is my own personal view

Used a few sleeping masks as I find them of benefit particularly if I'm working odd hours and need to block out the light. I have tried a few "shaped" sleeping masks and they work quite well, but for comfort the traditional normal masks tend to provide better comfort for me. This one is black on both sides, though the maker offers a few different colour types if you want another one (silver/blue etc). Material is soft, but also thick giving a good feel to the mask.

Back has a single elasticated band which is a little under 2cm in width, adjustable size which covers a good range (a few people tried this and it covered a variety of head sizes no problem though small kids might want a children's mask). Padding is a bit thicker than some masks I have, but it's a nice fit and the oversized mask cuts out all the light once fitted properly. I hand wash sleeping masks and drip dry, so would suggest the same with this one. A thumbs up from me


Sabrent 2 Pack Battery Set with Dual Battery Charger for GoPro HERO4 [AHDBT-401, AHBBP-401] (GP-KTH4)
Sabrent 2 Pack Battery Set with Dual Battery Charger for GoPro HERO4 [AHDBT-401, AHBBP-401] (GP-KTH4)
Offered by Store4PC-Europe
Price: £29.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good charger/battery set, but came with the incorrect cable, 10 Feb. 2016
Note: The maker supplied a review sample for evaluation, the opinion of the product is my own personal view

This mini charger and twin battery set is pretty good value, normally a dual charger alone would cost more than this and once you mix in the two batteries it's a bit of a bargain. The mini charger did come with a micro USB cable, but it takes a "mini" USB type. I have a few of those around, but it's disappointing that a packing error happened and it appears a customer also had a similar issue. Maybe limited to a batch but one to watch.

The charger is very compact and has an unusual "rubber" type finish to the case material, I'm not sure how that will hold up longer term but it feels quite well made. Both batteries were fairly close to the GoPro originals in terms of power output/run time, though a touch tight in the charger they were a good fit in the camera. As this is powered via USB it makes for a very portable charging solution, from power banks to car USB chargers you can be on the move and charge 2 cells at the same time. LED indicators are red when charging, then turn to green when it's finished.

It's a great little set and a must have for more intensive GoPro users, just a shame the cable wasn't the right one. Might have been an idea to use the more common micro USB socket insteand of the less popular "mini" type.
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AVANTEK WiFi Smart Bulb with Emergency Light Mode, Compatible with iOS and Android Smartphones, Adjustable Dimmable E27 LED for Party and Camping
AVANTEK WiFi Smart Bulb with Emergency Light Mode, Compatible with iOS and Android Smartphones, Adjustable Dimmable E27 LED for Party and Camping
Offered by Avantek UK
Price: £89.99

5.0 out of 5 stars It not only looks great, but offers a fine degree of user control, and 3 ways to power it, 10 Feb. 2016
Note: The maker supplied a review sample for evaluation, the opinion of the product is my own personal view

Despite the simple appearance of this light it's quite a bit more flexible then I expected. A similar shape to a normal bulb with a screw thread and base, the bottom part merely holds the bulb it doesn't have any electronic parts. As a stand it's pretty stable though, and with a silicone pad base holds the light firmly. If you wanted to you could use this in a mains light socket (you can get adapters for screw to bayonet) it runs from 100-240 volts or just 5 volts making it quite versatile in how you use it.

Controls are simple only a single button (for the power selection AC for mains DC for the USB or built in battery) A button on then back cycles through various colours, but it's only when you connect this to your Wi-Fi network that it's real strengths come alive. After downloading the app just key in your network code and you've control of the light via your phone/tablet. The app is simple, but very easy to use and well laid out. Some pre-sets are included and you can program your own to store those too; adjust the speed of lighting effect, colour/hue/brightness with a circular wheel adjusting the intensity of the light.

A few fun modes are included too voice response, music even a shake control. Over time I'd expect a few more added, though what's included is quite good enough. I would love to see a timer mode though which tells the light when to turn on/off (the only area I can find to improve the product if that is possible) Light output is similar to a 20 watt standard bulb, a little more possibly with the white light. It's quite an effective reading/night or mood light, could even find some use for displays or commercial applications. I could see this getting some use as a bed light it's much more compact than larger lamps. The built in battery (micro USB cable supplied) can give around 4 hours lights at full intensity, but quite a bit longer with lower levels the maker quotes 12 hours use. Being able to use this via the mains and USB plus the build in battery is a major advantage.

It did at first sound a little gimmicky, but with first class materials, a smooth even light output and fine colour/power control... If you want some tasty mood lighting, this makes normal bulbs look horribly boring.
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LITOM 1200 Lumen Bright Bicycle Light for Mountain & Kids & All Bicycles with IP-X65 Waterproof,5 Modes, Quick Release Mounts, 2 FREE Tail Lights Set
LITOM 1200 Lumen Bright Bicycle Light for Mountain & Kids & All Bicycles with IP-X65 Waterproof,5 Modes, Quick Release Mounts, 2 FREE Tail Lights Set

5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, yet lightweight LED bike/head torch, 10 Feb. 2016
Note: The maker supplied a review sample for evaluation, the opinion of the product is my own personal view

Used a few variations on this design, the concept is a good one with a bike torch a power pack (which straps to the bike frame and has a belt loop. This works very well for both tasks, but it's also lighter thanks to a strong plastic outer case, with a red metal case inside that. The metal acts as a heat sink for the LED, it's important to cool them properly as they are more susceptible to heat than normal bulbs.

You get a fair bit of kit with this light, the 4 cell 18650 battery pack, case with Velcro/belt loop, 4 silicone bands one pair short one longer, a UK 3 pin adapter and a USB cable which can power the light (at a reduced output) via a battery pack (5 volts is the standard for USB) The light's power button glows green when it's connected, pressing this cycles through the 3 power levels and 2 flashing modes (SOS and constant flashing). At the top setting it's "lights on" you can see a long way into the distance, if you are cycling it's probably overkill unless you are off road...but the power is there if needed, though at a cost of reduced run time (a few hours on this setting much longer on the lower ones) The lowest setting is fine for normal cycling.

One area I did like is the head strap this has padding on the back making it ideal for directly wearing on your head, comfort is good and it's adjustable, though I'd like a few cable retainers to attach the lead from the light to the headband. It is possible to use the power pack looped through the band, but it works best in a pocket or belt. Power pack consist of 4 x 18650 cells which are sealed, it would be nice to be able to get to these without pulling it apart, a replacement is a fairly easy purchase down the road after years of use.

Also included are a couple of "button cell" powered rear red lights, these are made from silicone and are also shower proof. Whilst I'm not a fan of button cell lights, these are a bonus item as such and you do get extra batteries with them (AG10 size) they have a clip to attach to the seat stem and provide good visibility with 2 LED's. 3 modes on those static constant light and 2 flashing speeds. Handy as a back up light or extra lighting I prefer to use a larger battery light myself; but as an additional inclusion it's a nice touch from the maker.

In terms of build and power this is right on target, very few areas to fault (bar those small points mentioned) This light set for me has an advantage for those who are using it as a headtorch, as the main light is quite a bit lighter it's far less burden when wearing it. As a bike torch it's also a versatile and potent light. A double thumbs up from me on this one.
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Litom 2-in-1 Upgraded Super-Bright Solar-Powered Spotlight Built-in Auto-on/off Light Sensor, Remote illuminated, Waterproof, Built-in Battery with Wireless Plastic Exterior Security Lighting
Litom 2-in-1 Upgraded Super-Bright Solar-Powered Spotlight Built-in Auto-on/off Light Sensor, Remote illuminated, Waterproof, Built-in Battery with Wireless Plastic Exterior Security Lighting

4.0 out of 5 stars Clever "dual solar" flip out panel, 10 Feb. 2016
Note: The maker supplied a review sample for evaluation, the opinion of the product is my own personal view

Solar garden lights usually feature a single panel in various sized usually a single one. Here the maker has gone for a completely different approach and I find it both refreshing and worthwhile. Flip open the top to reveal two panels, and whilst the size is comparable to some larger single panel (total solar area), it does have one advantage and that is two angles can catch different sun positions better than a single one (in some cases)

Included is a single spike, plastics are used all around but they feel first rate not the ultra hard break easily type that can cause problems, but thicker and with a degree of slight flex to them (the spike feels hard to damage) 4 larger LED lights on the front with a lens which can be removed (a thick silicone water seal on this). Angle of the light adjusts via a locking screw on the stem. If you want to wall mount this instead you can as you have screw holes in the section the spike can attach too, with 2 mount methods it's a more complete light and not just for the grass area (screws and plugs are included).

Light output has 2 settings a standard and low, at the top setting I could see to the bottom of the garden in darkness (about 50 feet or so) The button has to be pressed hard to adjust this (or turn it off), it's a bit stiff on my sample requiring a very hard push until you hear the click. Light output varies hugely depending on the weather, the maker says this has a 17% conversion rate which doesn't sound great, but it's quite a good rate for a solar panel. Winter months will yield lower light times so I would suggest setting it to the lower output, very bright sun can give an excellent charge for the battery. This auto turns on once the light is low enough with a build in sensor, it's not motion activated. I would have liked an easy way to get at the lithium battery to replace it, perhaps with a newer model. I do like the build and the design it's effective and practical.
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