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Joby Suction Cup and Locking Arm for Camera - Black/Red
Joby Suction Cup and Locking Arm for Camera - Black/Red
Price: £23.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Quickly attach and detach a camera to smooth surfaces to shoot video, time-lapse or still images, 4 Feb. 2016
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The Job Suction Cup and Locking arm are designed to work with action cameras; but it works fine with my compact Nikon 9900. I bought the suction cup at the same time as i bought the Joby Action Clamp and GorillaPod Arm. The Suction Cup is great for using on smooth surfaces like glass (as in the image), the clamp is great for anything that is about 2" across to attach to. The box had the suction cup, a rigid arm and a go-pro tripod mount.

The suction cup is compact around 8cm diameter; you press it onto the surface; and then turn the red surround which adjusts the diaphragm creating more vacuum to support your camera. The rigid arm is adjustable at either end for tilt and swivel. You can also get it with a joby gorilla pod arm which gives you a bit more flexibility in position. The suction is very good; it held the camera in the photo for over an hour without moving.

The compact size of the Joby Suction cup make more likely for it to be in my camera bag. My PRO SLR Capable Manfrotto suction mount is so large that it only gets used sparingly; its just not practical to carry it around. With the growing video quality in compact cameras the Job Suction cup lets you quickly attach and detach a camera to smooth surfaces to shoot video, time-lapse or still images without leaving any residue behind. Paired with the clamp you have a solution for most circumstances.


Camera Wrist Strap with Padded Neoprene and Quick Release System by USA GEAR - Works With Canon EOS Rebel T6s , PowerShot SX410 IS , G3 X and More
Camera Wrist Strap with Padded Neoprene and Quick Release System by USA GEAR - Works With Canon EOS Rebel T6s , PowerShot SX410 IS , G3 X and More
Offered by Accessory Genie
Price: £14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Comfortable, Adjustable Camera Upgrade, 4 Feb. 2016
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I hooked the USA Gear Camera Wrist Strap to my Panasonic DMC-LX100 which is a fairly large compact camera. The camera weighs around 400gms with the battery and card installed. I have been using it on a Panasonic leather strap which looks /fabulous/ but has an air of tourist about it. Being Neoprene you can also get it wet; unlike the leather strap I removed; so you could maybe use this with an aquatic camera. When you are done with your camera you also benefit from not having to carry the lengthy neck strap around with you; which makes it easier to get a camera back into a pocket.

After going through the trouble of unthreading the Panasonic strap; i appreciated the superior ring design on the USA Gear; attaching the strap to the loops was more like adding a key to a keyring - and far quicker. Once attached its apparent USA Gear have nailed soft feel. This is far nicer than the thin polyester / nylon wrist straps you get with most cameras. The weight is distributed; and there isn't any cutting when you let go of the camera.

To work with all sizes of wrist the cuff has a plastic limit ring; that lets you quickly adjust it to smaller wrists. This adjustment means you could also use the strap to protect a camera whilst a child uses it as it will vastly reduce the chance they drop it. There is also a quick detach buckle; which you might want to use if switching to a tripod to reduce the sail effect the cuff might cause; other than that I'm not sure of the benefit of it though as taking the wrist cuff off is easy to do.

The length of cord between the wrist strap and the camera is fairly generous and gives you a free range of movement when using the camera. Letting go of the camera leaves it dangling on the strap; but lets you use your hands for something else. This combination of dangling and quick release makes it a great alternative to the neck strap.

The USA Gear Camera wrist strap is ideal for use with compact cameras. If you have an SLR (except maybe the tiny Canon 100d) you might want to try something that uses your shoulder to spread the weight. I certainly wouldn't want my heavy slr supported only by my wrist. When used on a compact camera; its easy to attach and makes it easier to use your camera as you move around.


SanDisk Ultra Android 128 GB microSDXC Memory Card plus SD Adapter up to 80 MB/s, Class 10 FFP [Newest Version]
SanDisk Ultra Android 128 GB microSDXC Memory Card plus SD Adapter up to 80 MB/s, Class 10 FFP [Newest Version]
Price: £39.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Fast, Reliable - 128GB much more cost effective than the 200GB Card, 31 Jan. 2016
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I bought this to use with a Micro SD Storage Aluminium Adapter for MacBook Pro. Together then read at 100Mb/s and wrote at 50Mb/s which is more than enough for a backup drive. I bought it with frustration free packaging which made it cheaper; ensured it was a genuine card and saves some packaging. I comfortably took a 80gb backup of the critical files on my laptop; in under and hour. There is a 200GB version but at its current price (4x) it doesn't make sense to choose it over one or more of these 128GB drives.


Micro SD Storage Aluminium Adapter for MacBook Pro Retina 15" A1398 8MOBILITY iSlice + Memory Card Case (iRepair Mac)
Micro SD Storage Aluminium Adapter for MacBook Pro Retina 15" A1398 8MOBILITY iSlice + Memory Card Case (iRepair Mac)
Offered by iRepairmac
Price: £28.00

5.0 out of 5 stars No Snags, 31 Jan. 2016
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I had long been eyeing devices like these; that came with the storage built in; but was put off by the three figure prices. The 8Mobility Micro SD Card adaptor for Macbook was less than half the price, even factoring in the micro sd card to go in it.

The attached photo explains my gear envy; I have been using a Sandisk 128Gb USB Thumb Drive as a backup to the SSD in my macbook pro. The USB drive works great but sticks out from my computer and that makes it easy to catch on things (especially on the way in and out of my bag.) The Micro SD Storage adaptor uses the SD Card socket on your Macbook Pro and with a Micro SD Card gives you the same experience - only without the bit sticking out.

I bought a SanDisk Ultra 128 GB to go with it; the micro SD Card slots into the adaptor; then you slot the reader into your computer. It does stick out; only only so you can get it back out again. It is stiff removing it; my fingernails buckled under it - but a credit card did it; both, undamaged.

Plugged in the Drive mounts on your desktop with an SD Card Icon; when you restart your machine it sometimes complains it was removed; even though it wasn't, but it has remounted it fine.

Performance is the most important thing - in my case compared to the speed of the thumb drive i was using. I bought a fast Sandisk Micro SD Card, the same brand as my Thumb Drive. The USB thumb drive is marginally quicker. Blackmagic disk speed test rates its at about 99Mb/s Read and 50 MB/s write. The USB3 drive managed 110 / 59 - I'm not sure in most normal usage you will notice any difference. For my use; backing up important files its ideal.

If your macbook is running low on disk space or you want some space to backup to the 8Mobility adaptor gives you good performance, its very discreet; most importantly it won't snag on anything.
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DSLR Camera Shoulder Strap Sling by USA GEAR with Padded Neoprene , Underarm Support & Accessory Pockets - Works With Sony Alpha a7II , a6000 , a7 & Many Other DSLR , Mirrorless or Instant Cameras
DSLR Camera Shoulder Strap Sling by USA GEAR with Padded Neoprene , Underarm Support & Accessory Pockets - Works With Sony Alpha a7II , a6000 , a7 & Many Other DSLR , Mirrorless or Instant Cameras
Offered by Accessory Genie
Price: £14.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Soft and Strong; carry your camera all day long., 31 Jan. 2016
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I'tm on the train coming back from London having spent the day yesterday walking around with the USA Gear camera sling carrying my Canon 6d and 24-70 (the original f2.8 heavy version.) I have some great photos but I don't have a sore neck.

I have been using the black rapid strap for a while without any complaint; but any chance for a better strap is worth exploring. The USA Gear strap is a nice soft neoprene; rather than nylon web, which also gives it a bit of bounce. The strap goes diagonally across your chest; the padded shoulder section also has a small pocket for memory cards. I like this style of strap as it distributes the weight better for me; and i prefer having the camera at my side than protruding from my stomach as I walk around.

There is a second strap you can wrap under your arm to give more security but i didnt find it worth it. On the long strap are two adjustable clips which prevent the camera moving past them; you can adjust these to fit best for you; these allow you to lift the camera; and as it is on a movable ring on the strap it doesn't move the strap with it. When you lower the camera its sits on your side allowing you to use both hands.

The camera connects to your camera's tripod socket; and unlike the blackrapid straps this is easily done as there is a metal baseplate with a finger turnable knurled screw. I walked around all day and the bolt never loosened up; being something finger sized makes it easy to adjust when you want to; rather than the small adaptor on the blackrapid. The baseplate is solid metal with two rings you can attach the strap's carabiner to. This also makes it easy to remove the camera from the strap when you need it (to put it back into your bag.)


Joby Action Clamp and GorillaPod Arm
Joby Action Clamp and GorillaPod Arm
Price: £16.05

5.0 out of 5 stars Rigid; quick; dependable., 31 Jan. 2016
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I used the job Action Clamp to take a timelapse at the Shard yesterday; and given how many people came to ask me about it have sold a number just on watching it get used. The photo is the camera (with the rigid arm mounted @ the shard.) The clamp turns rails into a nice solid tripod for action; and compact cameras. The box has the clamp; the gorilla pod arm, and two gopro adaptors.I was using it with a Nikon 9900 compact camera and it give me a rigid platform. The options allow for this model or one with a rigid arm; i have the rigid arm - i bought it with the suction mount. In this case the gorilla arm is stiff and allowed me to move the camera close to the window to avoid more of the reflections. The clamp opens to about 2" and is quick to adjust and tighten down. Once clamped its super rigid; a wet rail didnt cause an issue and neither has hanging the camera upside down.

The Job Clamp is too small for my slr; but its considerably smaller and lighter (being plastic) than the manfrotto clamp i have for that. Its won a place in my bag 5*


KMASHI 15000mAh External Battery Power Bank, Dual USB Charger Backup Battery Pack For iPhone 6s 6 Plus, iPad Air Mini, Samsung Galaxy S6 S5 Note 5 4, LG G4, HTC One M8 M9 and More
KMASHI 15000mAh External Battery Power Bank, Dual USB Charger Backup Battery Pack For iPhone 6s 6 Plus, iPad Air Mini, Samsung Galaxy S6 S5 Note 5 4, LG G4, HTC One M8 M9 and More
Offered by TECKIT-UK
Price: £45.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Fast Charge over and over, 31 Jan. 2016
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
The kmashi 15000 mAh battery pack is about twice the size and weight of my iPhone 6 Plus. The high capacity allows it to charge it around 6-7 times before needing to be recharged itself. Charging the pack is done by a micro usb socket; a cable is supplied but you will want to make sure you have a high current output usb socket to charge it back up quickly.

When plugged into my iPhone (and turned the pack on by the swtich) it delivered a high power charge over the usb able; this was seen in the charge time being fast; 10% roughly every 12 minutes - a lower output charger would have taken twice as long. The nice thing was plugging two iPhones into the charger; both charged at the higher speed - and it didn't slow down the charge rate.

The battery pack is big; but it lets you charge your phone repeatedly - or other devices that charge over usb. I happily plugged it into a usb powered camera whilst it took an 8 hour timelapse and the Kmashi battery kept it topped up. The build is hard shiny plastic; the chequered black contrasts nicely with the red. The only thing i would quite like on a device this size is 4 usb sockets ...


Wireless Charger, Vinsic® Qi Wireless Charger for Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Nexus 6, SONY Xperia Z3V, Moto 360 Smart Watch, Nexus 5 /7(2013) / 4; Nokia Lumia 1020/ 920/928; LG G3 / G4 / Optimus Vu2, D1L, LTE2, G2; MOTO Droid Maxx/Droid Mini; HTC Droid DNA, HTC Rzound, Blackberry Z30, and Other Qi-Enabled Phones and Tablets (AC adapter not included)
Wireless Charger, Vinsic® Qi Wireless Charger for Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Nexus 6, SONY Xperia Z3V, Moto 360 Smart Watch, Nexus 5 /7(2013) / 4; Nokia Lumia 1020/ 920/928; LG G3 / G4 / Optimus Vu2, D1L, LTE2, G2; MOTO Droid Maxx/Droid Mini; HTC Droid DNA, HTC Rzound, Blackberry Z30, and Other Qi-Enabled Phones and Tablets (AC adapter not included)
Offered by Vinsic_Direct
Price: £19.90

5.0 out of 5 stars you don't lose anything to the small size of the vin sic qa charger, 28 Jan. 2016
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The Vinsic QI wireless charger is lightweight and super compact; at about 8cm square. It is also nice at lightweight. In the box you get a the QI pad, a small USB-Micro USB Cable that you need to plug it in. These two combined with its slight weight make it great to slide into your bag to take wireless charging with you. The slight weight is offset by 4 grippy rubber feet that stop it sliding around your desk; though the top surface doesn't have any grip to it so you can knock your device off it.

The thing you aren't losing in the small size is the speed to charge. When you power the charger up you get a blue status light. Placing a QI compatible device onto the pad the color changes to green through the charging time. I have another charging pad from another supplier it charges my iPhone 6 (I have a QI case on it) 10% in around 13 minutes (When the phone is low on charge recharging slows down the higher the charge for some reason on my phone.) The Vinsic charges up my phone in the same time despite being 1/2 the size.

I didn't have any no charging spot issues that older QI chargers had; placing my phone so the width was across the Vinsic it always charged my phone. That make it super easy to use; combined with a competitive price; and supreme portability the Vinsic 5* charger is a handy bit of kit to wireless charge your car
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McNett Freesole Rubber Repair Glue, 28 g
McNett Freesole Rubber Repair Glue, 28 g
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars All you need, 26 Jan. 2016
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Kicking my almost new shoes off by the heals went very wrong and the heal split away from the shoe. I applied the free sole rubber to my shoe; on a saturday; following the instructions for how to do it - apply glue wait some time then apply pressure with a water bottle. I left them through till monday morning and the shoes are as good as new. The pack comes with instructions, a little brush to apply / clean up the glue and a plastic wrap to hold heels to bodies of shoes. The tube is enormous; and would last for a lot of shoe repairs if it doesn't dry out - the instructions recommend avoiding moisture in a dry dark place to store it.

It worked very well on my shoes; I waited a couple of weeks to see if it let go; so far all is well. 58


Motorola MBP662 Connect Baby Monitor
Motorola MBP662 Connect Baby Monitor
Price: £99.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Poor quality handset; weak wifi, 26 Jan. 2016
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We all want the best for our children and this includes keeping an eye on them while they sleep. On paper the Motorola MBP662 looks impressive and is one of few baby monitors available that allow the option to use both the supplied monitor and a wifi compatible device.

Open the box and you'll find the camera unit, monitor, power cables for both and the monitor battery pack. Setup was very easy, simple plug in the camera and switch it on, power up the monitor and it connected to the camera without issue. Setting up a wifi device requires you to download the Motorola Hubble app from your compatible device.

Some of the features on offer are a temperature display which is accurate enough. Two way communication which works ok but the sound from the camera isn't loud enough and there's no way to adjust this volume. The 5 built in lullabies isn't something I'd use as they are quite loud with no volume adjustment again.

Down to the main features of this monitor, the sound and video. The mic on the camera is very sensitive and picks up the slightest sound, there is a small delay but the sound is clear. Boasting a 720p camera I was expecting big things from the video unfortunately this was the biggest let down. The monitors screen is just too small and too low res to make use of the camera, objects are clearly picked out but the colour representation in daylight are off and in night mode things become very pixelated making it hard to pick up small movements from baby. The camera does have a nice wide angle of view and plenty of manual adjustment to get the image you want.

The video quality is a lot better when using a wifi device such as a smart phone but I found the Motorola 662's wifi connection to weaker than similar products with the camera soon becoming unavailable. When using the App; the delay is increased over using the monitor.

I've used wifi cameras before that produce better image and sound quality over the web at a lower price, this made me think why buy a purpose built baby monitor. The extra features are not without there problems and the dedicated monitor needs improving if its to make use of the cameras HD spec. 3 star; Poor quality video considering 720p HD Spec.


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