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AmazonBasics High Capacity 8-Pack AA Ni-MH Pre-Charged Rechargeable Batteries, 500 cycles (Typical 2500mAh, Min. 2400mAh)
AmazonBasics High Capacity 8-Pack AA Ni-MH Pre-Charged Rechargeable Batteries, 500 cycles (Typical 2500mAh, Min. 2400mAh)
Price: 11.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Probably great batteries, but are not delivered fully charged., 20 Aug 2014
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The AmazonBasics cardboard box these batteries come in is pretty small, I was concerned that they were going to be encased in far more cardboard than necessary. Although it's well constructed and tough, the box is small and completely recyclable. A nice touch for us tree huggers is these batteries are pre-charged using solar energy and means you don't have to wait hours charging them before they go in whatever needs power. Even with 500 cycles of recharging (against models with claimed 1000+ charges) you are still getting your money's worth from them.

These are billed as high-capacity rechargeable batteries that won't fail or fizzle out. Are they better than Eneloops? They are certainly cheaper than their rival and certainly look well made with a satin coating rather than a more usual smooth. That also means they don't slide out of the SB-600 as the Duracell Supreme - AA 2450 mAh Rechargeable Ni-MH Batteries I'm using as comparison.

I then checked their power levels using my Universal Battery Tester - LCD Readout - For Standard, Camera & Button Batteries and saw the power level was barely into the "Good" level in the LCD. So they're not delivered fully charged, looks about 2/3 of the way to full charge. I'm currently charging them using the 7dayshop Intelligent and Super Fast AA and AAA Battery Charger with LCD Display - 600LCD on USB. These batteries are ready to go, but you're not going to get full capacity power from them first time around. Drop a star for that.

Anyway, going to be using them with a Nikon SB-600 flash gun. Nikon's own DSLR batteries are renowned for long life when shooting. If these batteries are as good as they say they are, it will to be good to have batteries for the flash that will at least keep up with the camera.


Genius HS-04S Headset and Microphone
Genius HS-04S Headset and Microphone
Price: 8.03

5.0 out of 5 stars Good low cost headset., 12 Aug 2014
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Cheap and very durable headset mic for telecommunication work. Could have spent a whole lot more on something that does the same job, but as working from home there was no need for an expensive brand.

Recommended.


Neighbors: Complete First Season [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Neighbors: Complete First Season [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Jami Gertz
Offered by RAREWAVES USA
Price: 15.38

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not many shows deserve the "Best Thing on TV" tag, but "The Neighbors" does., 12 Aug 2014
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An amazing amount of comedic material in 24 minutes an episode. Everyone in the cast played their parts exceptionally well and no one was spared tomfoolery. We are lucky that the show got two full seasons, but it was cancelled well before its time.

Had to buy the region 1 box set as this show wasn't released in region 2 as of October 2013.


Universal Battery Tester - LCD Readout - For Standard, Camera & Button Batteries
Universal Battery Tester - LCD Readout - For Standard, Camera & Button Batteries
Offered by In21 Direct
Price: 7.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Power for the people, 12 Aug 2014
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Extremely useful gadget to find out the state of your batteries. Even bought one for the workplace as we use a lot of PP9 & AA batteries, which are normally discarded after a single use. This tester has cut the amount of batteries unnecessarily wasted down considerably (and saved money in the process).


Panasonic KX-TG8522EB DECT Twin Digital Cordless Phone Set with Answer Machine - Black
Panasonic KX-TG8522EB DECT Twin Digital Cordless Phone Set with Answer Machine - Black

1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't get the sound loud enough to hear callers properly., 12 Aug 2014
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Okay design and function (even though the displays look like early mobile phones), but the handsets had poor sound levels. Simply couldn't hear what the callers were saying half of the time. Changed to a different make & model and all is good. Hopefully the newer model of this phone has these issues fixed.
The answerphone part of this was very good.


Fiskars Weed Puller
Fiskars Weed Puller
Price: 22.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gardener's best friend against weeds., 12 Aug 2014
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A rare item this. It is a well made garden tool that does exactly what it is designed to do. We have a lawn that does suffer from invasive weeds (dandelions, etc) mainly because we don't treat it like a bowling green. Time and again it has pulled out weeds by the root without having to resort to using weedkillers, bending, digging and all the cursing that goes with hand gardening.


Philips GC6611/30 SpeedCare Iron Steam Generator with 120 g Steam Boost and 1.2 Litre Water Tank, 1200 ml, 2400 Watt, 4.2 Bar, Purple
Philips GC6611/30 SpeedCare Iron Steam Generator with 120 g Steam Boost and 1.2 Litre Water Tank, 1200 ml, 2400 Watt, 4.2 Bar, Purple
Price: 90.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nearly perfect ironing technology, 12 Aug 2014
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Good things

1. The iron itself is very light and gives a very smooth ironed finish very quickly.
2. The joint where the cable connects to the iron has a full range of easy movement, so no problems with ironing in whatever direction you want - right or left handed.
2. You do get a good head of steam.
3. There's an on/off switch in the steam unit for both the steamer and the iron. No more having to unplug whenever you want to stop for a moment!
4. The steam unit has a cable storage area for the iron lead.
5. The steam unit is easy to fill and easy to empty. The water chamber hole is big and well placed. Although the click cover plastic hinge seems a little flimsy and I expect that to break sooner rather than later.

Things

1. You have to hold a trigger down to keep the steam coming, but it's very ergonomic and doesn't cause any problems.
2. The steam unit sounds like a chase scene in a sci-fi movie. It makes a loud industrial chugging noise as you use the steam function, with the noise increasing in speed as the steam heats up. If you're a
bit stressed anyway it's easy to start speeding up to match the soundtrack playing.
3. The cable from iron to steam unit is easily long enough to accommodate any ironing angle you like. But I would have liked the cable from the steam unit to the electrical socket to be a little longer (but that's a common complaint and dealt with, as always, by an extension cable).
4. Don't place the iron on top of the steam unit whilst you stop and move a garment around on the ironing board as the tray fills up very quickly with residual steam off the iron and you end up with puddles to deal with. Leave it upright on the ironing board, like a standard iron.

One (slight) annoyance

Not very bad, but I wish the temperature ready indicator was more obvious. It's a blue light that pulses slightly whilst the iron is getting to the heat set, then glows steady when reached. But the pulse
isn't hugely obvious, especially in a bright room. An audible beep or a change of colour would have been better.

I'd go 4.5 stars, as the temp indicator is a bit annoying. But as I can't have that, the Philips GC6611/30 gets a full 5 stars.


Logitech K830 Illuminated Living Room (Qwerty keyboard)
Logitech K830 Illuminated Living Room (Qwerty keyboard)
Price: 74.39

4.0 out of 5 stars Nearly a good all-in-one keyboard trackpad., 10 Aug 2014
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The K830 is a wireless keyboard with backlit keys and a built in trackpad. For your livingroom and anything that connects to your network or internet (Media server / X-box / Playstation / Smart TV) . The idea of this is to offer "Effortless PC to TV navigation, even in the dark," which is good.

Firstly: Great battery life. It has an ambient sensor to brighten the keys in darker conditions but there are no built in sensors to turn the keys on when you go to type something. When I was in a darkened livingroom staring at a bright screen trying this out, I kept hitting a wrong key and ended up holding te keyboard up to my face which made me look stupid. Also, if you use it on a table / desk, there's no tilt adjustment stand built in.

The trackpad is smaller than the TK820, so I haven't gotten used to it (seems rather innacurate in use), though having separate buttons rather than clicking the trackpad (like the TK820) is better in use.

The plastic construction seems ... a bit flimsy, especially balanced on my lap, but typing is very nice indeed.

Finally, no Mac support, which is a bit of a bind. For that you would be better going with the Logitech K811, which is the same as the Logitech K810, but with Apple keyboard layout.


The Cabana Cookbook
The Cabana Cookbook
by David Ponté
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 10.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Brasilian Barbeque and Beyond... for Britain, 10 Aug 2014
This review is from: The Cabana Cookbook (Hardcover)
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Now that the 2014 World Cup has been and gone, and all things Brasil has faded (until the 2016 Olympics anyway) does this cookery book still generate South American culinary interest? Sort of.

It's subtitled, "Brasilian Barbeque and Beyond" (niiice alliteration) so a lot of the recipes are given over to barbequing (sadly, the rain has set in and I guess that means Summer's over in the UK), but I guess you could grill them in the oven instead. The marinades are useful and it's always nice to have some new ideas with salads, however all the bright colours don't mount up to much content.

The snippets of Brasilian life, culture and history are interesting, but you're only going to read them once.


Black & Decker STC1820CM-GB 18V Lithium Strimmer with Lawm Mower Deck Attachment
Black & Decker STC1820CM-GB 18V Lithium Strimmer with Lawm Mower Deck Attachment
Price: 132.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Cordless strimmer = awesome. Lawn mower deck = could do better., 10 Aug 2014
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As a strimmer, this is an excellent product. I've had an old electric Black & Decker strimmer for several years now and (apart from the strimming cable breaking too often), having to drag a cable about is (now I find) a bit of a pain. Having a cordless strimmer is a revelation by comparison. As a strimmer, the Black & Decker STC1820CM-GB (catchy name, eh?) works very well. There's the safety lock on the power trigger to stop dangerous strimming and two settings, though there's not much difference in either (stick with the economy setting, the battery will last longer). A wheel on the strimmer head provides the correct height for edging grass encroaching on paths.

When you add the stimmer to the lawnmower attachment, then it all sort of misses the mark. The idea of keeping the strimming head at a horizontal height above the grass is a sound one, but the strimmer just doesn't have the power to deal with grass unless it has already been mown down. It struggled with some longer clumps of grass. The other annoyance, there is no grass collection, so you have to rake the clippings afterwards. Doubling the time taken. My lawn is no bowling green, so it struggled to do a good job (and is probably not the device for that). I suspect that with a better maintained lawn, this combo could work with a daily or two daily mow to keep things smooth and green.


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