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iNeibo Manual Coffee Grinder, Portable Stainless Steel Hand Coffee Mill, Adjustable Conical Ceramic Burr-Perfect for Outdoor Camping,Traveling
iNeibo Manual Coffee Grinder, Portable Stainless Steel Hand Coffee Mill, Adjustable Conical Ceramic Burr-Perfect for Outdoor Camping,Traveling
Offered by Keisound-UK
Price: £15.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Little Gadget, 23 Jun. 2016
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I bought this specifically for travelling to grind coffee for my AeroPress coffee maker. I have only used it for a few test brews and first impression is quite positive.

For its low price the quality of manufacture seems quite good. The main construction being stainless steel. It all fits together and comes apart as it should and set on a very fine grind gives me a great cup of coffee. The handle unclips so it is easy to pack for travelling.

The only minus is it is a little slow to use but a suppose it is asking rather a lot to get a portable manual grinder to produce a grind at the same rate as my big electric home grinder. It does however produce enough coffee to make a cup in less time than it takes my stove to heat the water - and gives my wrist some exercise as a bonus so this is hardly enough to drop any stars.


TrustFire Protected 14500 3.7V 900mAh Rechargeable Lithium Batteries Battery (2-Pack)
TrustFire Protected 14500 3.7V 900mAh Rechargeable Lithium Batteries Battery (2-Pack)
Offered by Technamix Ltd
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Little Batteries, 23 Jun. 2016
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I bought these to power a LED torch that can use either 1.5 or 3.7 volt AA sized batteries. They definitely improve the output from the torch and seem to hold the charge OK and give a decent length of time in use. I am not quoting figures as this very much depends on the application.

IMPORTANT

If you are new to this type of battery it is important to know that they CANNOT be charged on standard 1.5 v Ni-Mi type chargers Trying too do so risks fire and explosion. They need a special charger specifically designed for Li-ion batteries. There are plenty of these on Amazon and need not cost a fortune. I already had two of these chargers, one which takes one or two batteries and gets it's power from a USB socket which is great for travelling and cost very little. The other takes four batteries and can also charge 1.5 volt Ni-Mi as it analyses the battery time and changers accordingly. Both work with various sizes of Li-ion batteries so can be a good investment.


Lightning Cable Nylon 1m / 3.3ft - [Apple MFi Certified] Rampow® - LIFETIME WARRANTY - iPhone 5 Cable / iPhone 5 Charger Cable - Aluminum Head for Charger iPhone 5 / 5s / 5c / 6 / 6s / 6 plus / 6s plus / SE, iPad Pro/ Air / Air 2 / mini2 / mini3 / 4thGen, iPod Nano 7th Gen - iOS10 - Space Gray
Lightning Cable Nylon 1m / 3.3ft - [Apple MFi Certified] Rampow® - LIFETIME WARRANTY - iPhone 5 Cable / iPhone 5 Charger Cable - Aluminum Head for Charger iPhone 5 / 5s / 5c / 6 / 6s / 6 plus / 6s plus / SE, iPad Pro/ Air / Air 2 / mini2 / mini3 / 4thGen, iPod Nano 7th Gen - iOS10 - Space Gray
Offered by Rampow
Price: £21.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Does it's Job, 23 Jun. 2016
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I bought this cable for charging my phone in the car. As the cable is likely to spend most of its time laying on the car floor where is is probe to damage from feet I wanted something a little stronger than the standard Apple version. I also wanted black so it was not so obvious. This cable ticks the boxes. It is definitely much solider than the Apple cables and, so far, has worked perfectly.


Columbia Tech Shade Hat - Miami, One Size
Columbia Tech Shade Hat - Miami, One Size

5.0 out of 5 stars Does the job, 23 Jun. 2016
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Bought this hat for my wife for use in our rag top car to stop her hair blowing around. For this use a hat needs to stay on head in a blast and her last hat didn't as it was too shallow but this one seems perfectly secure. As it is for summer use in southern Europe it also needed to be cool and the light material plus ventilation areas means it ticks the box for this as well.

Not totally convinced about the colour but she wanted something a bit girly and all the other colours were drab browns and greys.


LianSan titanium Rimless reading glasses men women's reading eyeglasses super light Sun Readers reading glasses Sunglasses lmo-013 (+2.00, silver)
LianSan titanium Rimless reading glasses men women's reading eyeglasses super light Sun Readers reading glasses Sunglasses lmo-013 (+2.00, silver)
Offered by LianSan Glasses Store
Price: £29.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Great Glasses, Shame about the Case, 23 Jun. 2016
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These rather unusual eye glasses came packed like they cost a fortune rather than costing very little. The outer very smart strong box with a lift off lid covered a high quality glasses case with the glasses nestling like a jewel inside. all very nice but while giving the glasses a quality feel is hardly practical for carrying around.

Now to the glasses. They work as they are supposed to, i.e. I can see things in focus and the diopter rating seems about right. They look like they will withstand some rough handling from a guy who has a drawer full of glasses with broken arms and stay on place OK. Not like some I have used which fall off if I lean forward.

The bendy arms instead of hinged arms is an interesting design feature which seems to work well when the glasses are worn but is not so clever when carrying them around. I tend to just dump glasses in a shirt pocket but the springy arms make this impractical and they really need restraining in a case. Unfortunately the supplied case, while very smart, is too big and heavy to carry around. I keep them in a soft plastic slip case which came with some other, now broken, glasses. For the difficulty in carrying around they lose one star. If they came with a slip case instead or in addition to the quality packaging they would probably get that star back.


UnsichtBra Women's Comfort Bodysuit Set of 2 (2 x white, L-XL)
UnsichtBra Women's Comfort Bodysuit Set of 2 (2 x white, L-XL)
Offered by BGT Versandhandel
Price: £22.87

5.0 out of 5 stars Veery good, 23 Jun. 2016
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Not a lot to say. Very comfortable and ideal under close fitting clothes. Nice material with loads of stretch.


Aerobie AeroPress Coffee Maker
Aerobie AeroPress Coffee Maker
Price: £22.96

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Travel Coffee Maker, 22 Jun. 2016
Although this item gets some really good reviews it also gets some poor ones so, for what its worth, here are my comments on some of the criticisms.

I love my coffee but can't get obsessive about it. Over the years i think I have tried every means of making it including electric filter, electric espresso, Cona, stove top espresso, French press and many others. At home I now use Nespresso for convenience but what to do on our camping trips? The best option to date has been a small stove top espresso machine. It makes good espresso coffee but I have had a few "moments" with it balanced on top of a wobbly camping stove and it is very messy to clean without access to a sink and running water. Now I come to the AeroPress.

First comment I will address it that makes poor coffee. It is not an espresso machine forcing water through coffee at 19 bar so it does not make espresso or produce a crema on the coffee. I prefer to think of it as an upmarket improvement on a French Press and I think the coffee it makes is pretty good. I have seen comments that it is impossible to push the plunger and, conversely, all the coffee jut drops through the filter. It is just a case of getting the grind right. I use a fine grind on our electric burr grinder and a steady push with no effort takes about 15 seconds to push the liquid through and the result is good coffee.

Is it dangerous? There are comments about it being unstable, coffee spilling everywhere. hot liquids spilling etc. All I can say is I have never had a problem with any one of a variety of different cups I have used with it. It is perfectly stable on the cups and I have never feared for anything spilling. There are many posts online about using the "inverted" method. This involves putting the plunger just into the housing, balancing the whole thing on the plunger end while pouring the water in. Then fitting the filter holder and turning it all the right way up over a cup. Now this can be a little messy but, having tried it, I don't think the coffee is different enough to deviate from the normal method.

Messy? it is probably the cleanest way of making coffee other than pods. One comment I saw said the coffee was the same a a French press and it was just as messy to use. Well yes the coffee is similar to French press but I have never managed to make coffee that way without fine scum on the coffee and getting coffee everywhere when trying to clean it. After using the AeroPress the plunger is almost at the bottom of its stroke. I then unclip the filter holder, hold the AeroPress over a bin and push. All the coffee plus paper drops in the bin in one lump with no mess leaving just a few grains of coffee on the surface of the plunger. Unlike the mesh used on a French press the rubber gasket on the plunger cleans everything from the inside of the cavity so there is nothing to clean other than rinse off the plunger face. When the plunger is pushed fully home the rubber seal comes all the way through the housing so there is no pressure on the edge to weaken the seal and it is easy to rinse without taking anything apart.

Longevity. No idea how long it will last but it is simple, cheap and little to go wrong. Bought it for use on holidays and so far no problem but if it did break I would just buy another one. It's about 1 % of a holiday cost so hardly worth thinking about.


iPhone 6 Plus / iPhone 6s Plus Case, PITAKA® [Aramid Fibre] Ultra Slim Protective Case for iPhone 6 Plus / iPhone 6s Plus (5.5 Inch) - Black/Grey( Plain) [with FREE Tempered Glass Screen Protector]
iPhone 6 Plus / iPhone 6s Plus Case, PITAKA® [Aramid Fibre] Ultra Slim Protective Case for iPhone 6 Plus / iPhone 6s Plus (5.5 Inch) - Black/Grey( Plain) [with FREE Tempered Glass Screen Protector]
Offered by PITAKA®direct
Price: £47.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Super Case, 19 Jun. 2016
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Apple make a big thing of shaving a few grams of every new phone - and then we put them in heavy plastic and leather cases. This little case is the answer.

It weighs almost nothing, add almost nothing to the size of the phone, looks good and offers some protection. Whether it protects much in a drop, I am not so sure. Thicker cases offer more give in their structure which softens the drop but I guess the solution is don't drop the phone.

The screen protector is of the new glass type. it offers great clarity and is hard to scratch. the only downside I have found in the past was that the edges became a little chipped. Whether this one is the same only time will tell.

Overall I am very pleased with the case and it was not a bad price on a Lightening deal so definitely worth 5 stars.


UltraFire Mini 3-MODE 7W 400Lm CREE Q5 LED ZOOMABLE Zoom Flashlight Torch Light
UltraFire Mini 3-MODE 7W 400Lm CREE Q5 LED ZOOMABLE Zoom Flashlight Torch Light
Offered by coolloodas
Price: £2.17

5.0 out of 5 stars What's not to like, 12 Jun. 2016
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Wow. Once upon a time I spent serious amounts of money on quality aluminium torches. Some massively larger and heavier than this but with a vastly lower light output. This torch rewrites the rules. The aluminium casing is nicely machined and well finished. The belt clip is very strong and fixed to the case with two solid screws and the bit that really matters, the light output is phenomenal for such a small torch and it costs less that a packet of cigarettes.

The output is probably helped by the ability if LED torches to be flexible on voltage and the fact that this torch may be used with standard 1.5 v AA batteries or same sized 3.7 v lithium cells. A couple of rechargeable lithium cells costs no more than similar AAs and really add to an already impressive light output. Remember though that a dedicated Lithium charger is required. Don't use a NiCad charger.

The torch came in a plain box with no instructions but it's just a torch so instructions were not really needed. It was soon discovered that it has three light modes. Very bright, bright and strobe. Pressing the button on the rear always turns the torch on to very bright and a lighter press on the button without clicking it cycles through bright and strobe. The front of the torch slides in and out to focus and it is possible to produce a very small focus area. So small that the LED itself is clearly defined.

For a torch that fits in the palm of the hand it is pretty amazing.


★ NEW FOR 2016 ★ Efest IMR 18650 3.7v 3500 mAh High Drain Recharging Flat Top Battery | Authenticity Scratch Serial Security | Ecigarette Mod | Eliquid Mod (Single Pack)
★ NEW FOR 2016 ★ Efest IMR 18650 3.7v 3500 mAh High Drain Recharging Flat Top Battery | Authenticity Scratch Serial Security | Ecigarette Mod | Eliquid Mod (Single Pack)

5.0 out of 5 stars No Complaints, 6 Jun. 2016
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Bought for a Thorfire torch. I could, as some other reviewers go into long reviews about actual capacity, voltage etc. but it gives a decent life in the torch I bought it for and it charges OK. That's all I need to know.


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