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Charles Wilson Faux Leather Jeans Belt (Large 36-38", Light Brown)
Charles Wilson Faux Leather Jeans Belt (Large 36-38", Light Brown)
Offered by Charles Wilson Clothing
Price: £12.95

4.0 out of 5 stars A well made and decent looking faux leather belt..., 16 May 2015
Length:: 1:27 Mins

The Charles Wilson Faux Leather Jeans Belt is a casual looking men's belt that's perfect for wearing with jeans.

The overall quality of the item is noticeably of a very good standard. Made from a faux (synthetic) leather, the belt nevertheless looks very much like real leather, with close inspection revealing a pretend texture across the surface of the material.

Size-wise, I'm around a 36" waist, so I went for the 'Large' size which is for around 36-38". At 36"there really isn't all that much extra belt to feed through the loops in your jeans. Out of the seven holes on the belt, I found that I was using the third one in from the end (i.e. leaving me with just two holes to move into should I gain a little weight!). Length-wise the belt measure 111cm across the length of the faux leather section, with an added 5.5cm for the metal buckle at the end. The belt is just shy of 4cm wide with the width of the metal buckle being 5.5cm wide. Thickness-wise the belt is about 5mm thick (approx.) which looks and feels about right - not overly thick, but thick enough to last a good number of years' worth of use.

Style-wise, the belt is probably aimed predominantly at men, for accompanying causal jeans, but really is quite unisex and could be worn by all ages. The light-brown colour (which is the one I have) goes well with light, mid and reasonably dark blue jeans.

All in all I'd say it's not a bad belt at all. Looks like it will last many years, and goes well with pretty much all my jeans.

The accompanying video is of the Charles Wilson Faux Leather Jeans Belt in 'Light Brown' at Large (36-38") size.

PLEASE NOTE - This product was supplied to me for free for a 100% unbiased review.


Charles Wilson Check Cotton Casual Shirt
Charles Wilson Check Cotton Casual Shirt
Offered by Charles Wilson Clothing
Price: £21.95

4.0 out of 5 stars A good quality long-sleeved casual check shirt..., 10 May 2015
Length:: 2:19 Mins

The Charles Wilson Cotton Check Shirt is a casual piece of men's clothing that's perfect for everyday use etc.

The overall quality of the item is noticeably of a very good standard. Made from 100% cotton, the long-sleeved shirt has a reasonably thin and light feel to it which is ideal for wearing indoors most year round or outdoors when the weather's warm.

Size-wise, I'm generally a medium-to-large size, with a chest measurement of 42", a neck of 16.5" and sleeve length of 34". This equates to an XL size in the Charles Wilson clothing range. And to be fair, in size XL, the check shirt fits pretty much perfectly.

When being worn, the shirt feels reasonably lightweight and comfortable. The shirt offers a good sleeve length, with double-buttoned sleeve ending nicely at my wrist area without feeling overly long or too short. The collar is slightly thicker than the rest of the garment, giving just that little bit more definition and support around the button-down collar. The majority of the shirt feels loose (but not baggy) and snug around the neckline when the top button is fully buttoned-up.

Style-wise, the shirt probably suits a whole range of ages and looks, with the varying shades of blue, white, grey and yellow checks & strips giving it a casual, everyday design which looks good on men from latter-teens upwards.

The accompanying video is of the Charles Wilson Cotton Check Shirt in 'Sky Blue & Navy' at XL size.

PLEASE NOTE - This product was supplied to me for free for a 100% unbiased review.


Panasonic TX-40CS520B 40-Inch Full HD Smart LED TV with Freetime
Panasonic TX-40CS520B 40-Inch Full HD Smart LED TV with Freetime
Price: £389.00

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb LED HD TV packed with functions and digital options..., 10 May 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Length:: 7:15 Mins

The Panasonic TX-40CS520B TV is a whopping 40 inch HD LED TV with inbuilt Smart and FreeView.

WHAT YOU GET:
The TV arrives tightly packed with protective polystyrene packaging inside a huge reasonably-flat cardboard box. Inside the box you get the TV itself which measures approximately 90cm (W) x 52cm (H) x 4.5cm (D) - when not attached to the stand. The included stand measures approximately 54cm (W) x 6cm (H) x 24cm (D) and when fixed to the TV will add an additional 6cm to its overall height (i.e. making a total height of 58cm). You also get a TV remote which measures 21.5cm (H) x 5cm (W) x 2.5cm (D) along with two Panasonic branded AA batteries for putting into the remote. Finally, the TV comes with a very easy-to-follow instruction manual.

SET-UP:
I've literally never had a TV that was so easy to set up. First of all you need to screw the stand to the TV (unless you're putting the TV onto your wall). Then it's a simple case of plugging in your aerial, plugging the TV into the power, and then switching it on. The TV will then guide you through the whole set-up, including an auto-scan for channels, sorting out the SMART channels/apps and even provides you with a visual guide of the various functions and options available once it's done.

I'd say that from getting the TV out of the packaging to being fully set up and checking everything out, took around 15 - 20 mins. And this included linking up to our wireless router to enable the SMART aspects.

IN USE:
First of all the picture quality that the TV provides is (in our opinion) excellent. Being a flat LED screen, there's almost no glare at all across the screen (from lights or windows), the picture is also very sharp and crisp, with vivid and bright colours. When using its full HD capabilities (such as when linked up with a Blu-Ray player etc) the picture quality is nothing short of superb. The clarity and definition is crystal clear and everything looks pretty much as if it was real life.

The TV guide and 'Homepage' / 'Menus' are all very easy-to-read and very user-friendly. The text is all bold and large enough for easy reading - even if you're the other side of a reasonably sized room. Flicking between channels brings up a 'What's on' and 'What's next' at the bottom of the screen. When you're searching through or just perusing the TV guide, you still have the sound and a small picture is left on of what's currently playing. Setting reminders and choosing `Last Viewed' etc is incredibly simple. In fact, it's really all been designed for very easy day-to-day use.

Using the full scope of the Freeview (aka 'Freetime') facility is simplicity itself. Here you have all of the usual additional digital channels such as 'Dave, 'Film Four', 'BBC Three, 'E4' etc. Again, excellent picture quality, easy to access the channels, and all of the additional channels you'd expect.

The Smart TV stuff is just as good (if not better). Here you have access to all the internet channels, like 'BBC iPlayer', 'YouTube', 'ITV Player', '5 on Demand' etc. With these you can watch films and programmes that were broadcast from up to a month ago, internet videos and films, internet games, and anything else that's available on the Apps etc. This is such a handy on-demand facility for when there's nothing else on or you missed something or need to catch-up with a certain programme you've been following. Again, vey very easy to access and use. All you need is internet access and a wireless router.

Finally, if you're not sure how to work a particular function, or how to access something etc, then the remote control comes with a very handy 'e-help' button which provides the user with detailed instructions and step-by-step guides on every aspect of the TV. In fact, the e-help instructions are far more detailed and expansive than those in the accompanying 'Operating Instructions' manual, and are well worth looking at when first using the TV.

SUMMARY:
We've had the TV for a little over a month now and both my wife and I agree that it's by far and away the best TV we've had. We love the user-friendly design of all the menus and guides. The controller is well-designed and easy to get to grips with. Accessing the Smart TV channels and Apps is incredibly easy. If you subscribe to Netflix then there's even a designated button on the remote to go straight to this for you.

To be honest we just plain love this TV. From the picture and sound quality, to the amount of digital channels and online options available, to the easy streaming of content from our Smartphones etc (we've recently been experimenting with this) - it's just got so much going for it. And even with all these in-built functions, it's still incredibly easy to navigate and use them all. Love it!
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Dazzne P2 1080P HD Sports Action Camera DV Helmet Camcorder + 18 in 1 Mouting Accessories Kit + 32G SD Card
Dazzne P2 1080P HD Sports Action Camera DV Helmet Camcorder + 18 in 1 Mouting Accessories Kit + 32G SD Card
Offered by Bravo Tech
Price: £92.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A decent little 'Action Camera' which comes with pretty much everything you could ever need..., 10 May 2015
Length:: 8:44 Mins

The Dazzne P2 1050P HD Sports Camera is a 'GoPro' style HD camcorder which comes with an incredibly impressive array of accessories - most of which enable the user to affix the camera to their body, helmet, or on to a piece of equipment (such as a bike or car etc).

WHAT YOU GET:
The Dazzne P2 Action Camera set comes in two boxes, the first containing the camera itself (measuring approximately 6cm x 4.5cm x 2cm) with its clear-plastic protective casing, along with a few of the accessories, whilst the second box contains the rest of the camera's accessories. The accessories include:

- 2x J-Hook mount adapters
- 3-Way adjustable pivot arm
- 360° Rotatable Flat Adhesive
- 360° Rotatable Curved Adhesive
- Bike handlebar mount
- Tripod mount adapter
- Suction cup
- Chest strap
- Head strap
- HDMI cable
- 32GB Micro SD card
- Mini USB cable
- Micro HDMI cable
- 2x Batteries (one for use and one for spare / charging)
- Battery charger

SET-UP:
Setting up the camera is a doddle. The camera comes with a detailed fold-out 'Quick Guideline' (i.e. a reasonably brief instruction manual) which runs you through the basics of using the camera and its functions, and how to attach and use the various accessories. However, the camera really is quite a simple piece of equipment, and you'll no doubt get comfortable using it within a matter of 5-10 mins of playing around with it. Similarly with the various accessories for attaching the camera to your body or your equipment. If it's not self-explanatory then it's pretty much just a matter of having a play around with it for a minute or two.

THE RESULTS:
The picture quality from the Dazzne Action Camera really is very good. It shoots in HD, and provides a clear and crisp image without blurring or digital distortion. Sound quality isn't the best, but this will have a hell of a lot to do with how and where you mount the camera. Setting the camera to record and then turning it off again is a simple case of pressing a button and you're done. You have to learn which one does what as they're not actually labelled on the camera or on its protective casing. However, you'll soon learn and have no problems quickly setting it to record your many sporting adventures.

SUMMARY:
All in all I've been incredibly impressed with the Dazzne camera and in particular the vast amount of accessories it comes with. Having two batteries is excellent - having one for in use and one for spare. The inclusion of a reasonably decent 32GB Micro SD card is another definite bonus. And already having all of the accessories means you really can attach the camera to pretty much anything, and you don't have to go out and buy anything else to be able to go right ahead and start using it. As such, I have absolutely no qualms in awarding the product a full and very well-deserved five stars.

DISCLAIMER:
The product was provided to me free of charge for a 100% unbiased review.


iXCC ® Apple Certified 10ft 8 pin Lightning Cable White EXTRA LONG USB SYNC Cable Charger Cord for Apple iPhone 5 / 5s / 5c / 6 / 6 Plus, iPod 7, iPad mini / mini 2/ mini 3, , iPad Retina / iPad Air / iPad Air 2 (Compatible with iOS 8) [MFI Certified]
iXCC ® Apple Certified 10ft 8 pin Lightning Cable White EXTRA LONG USB SYNC Cable Charger Cord for Apple iPhone 5 / 5s / 5c / 6 / 6 Plus, iPod 7, iPad mini / mini 2/ mini 3, , iPad Retina / iPad Air / iPad Air 2 (Compatible with iOS 8) [MFI Certified]
Offered by iXCC-UK
Price: £19.99

31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good quality and good lengthed Lightning cable for use with your iPhone etc..., 26 April 2015
Length:: 1:11 Mins

The iXCC Apple Certified Charger Cable is a non-Apple branded cable that can be used with newer models of iPhones etc for charging and/or linking it to your PC/Laptop.

WHAT YOU GET:
Inside the usual Amazon cardboard packaging you get an air-tight sealed foil packet that contains the neatly packed iXCC cable.

THE PRODUCT:
First off, the iXCC cable is a darn good length. Measuring approximately 104cm from end to end, this cable has a really good reach making your life just that little bit easier. Furthermore, the quality of the cable seems to be absolutely top-notch, with the joining ends (where the cable meets the USB or 'lightening' connector bits) feeling tough, and very unlikely to get damaged when accidentally knocked or yanked.

IN USE:
In use the cable seems to work just as well as the Apple branded one that came with my iPhone 6. The connection / charge-time seems just as quick, and I haven't experienced a single problem with the connection at all.

SUMMARY:
All in all I've been incredibly impressed with the quality of the iXCC cable. It's very handy to have a couple of these types of cables around (I have one at home and one left in work). The length of the cable is also excellent. At just over 1m in length it gives you the flexibility of a particularly good reach. Can't really fault it at all!

DISCLAIMER:
The product was provided to me free of charge for a 100% unbiased review.


Apexel 180 Degree Fish Eye Lens + Wide Angle Lens + Micro Lens Kit for iPhone 4 4S 4G 5 5G 5S 5C 6 Plus Samsung Galaxy S2 I9100 S3 I9300 S4 I9500 S5 S6 Note I9220 Note2 N7100 Note3 Note 4 mini i8190 S7562 HTC LG Black (No Dark Circle by the Fisheye Lens)
Apexel 180 Degree Fish Eye Lens + Wide Angle Lens + Micro Lens Kit for iPhone 4 4S 4G 5 5G 5S 5C 6 Plus Samsung Galaxy S2 I9100 S3 I9300 S4 I9500 S5 S6 Note I9220 Note2 N7100 Note3 Note 4 mini i8190 S7562 HTC LG Black (No Dark Circle by the Fisheye Lens)
Offered by TopBrandBoxUK
Price: £9.59

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A nice little kit offering 3 different lenses for clipping onto your Smartphone..., 26 April 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Length:: 3:43 Mins

The Apexel 3-in-1 Lens Kit is a small kit comprising of two detachable lenses which can be quickly and easily clipped on to your Smartphone to enable three different types of shots including a 'fish eye' 180 degree one.

WHAT YOU GET:
Inside the box you get two lenses, one being the fish eye lens and the other being a 2-in-1 which incorporates both a wide angle lens and a macro lens. Alongside the lenses you get the plastic clip to attach the lenses to your device, a soft lens-cleaning cloth, and a handy carry case to protect the lenses.

SET-UP:
Attaching the lenses to your Smartphone is an absolute doddle. Simply slide the desired lens into the plastic clip then clip the whole thing over your phone's camera lens. It literally is that simple.

IN USE:
In use the lenses produce surprisingly good results. The macro lens really does help with close-up shots, bringing close-up objects into crisp focus. Similarly the wide angle lens does extend the width of the shot by some way - particularly noticeable when taking shots inside expansive rooms etc. Finally, the fish eye lens does that weird and wonderful warped fish eye look perfectly - and without a circular black frame around the picture too.

SUMMARY:
I have to admit I'm no photographer! It's one of those things that I'd like to get good at, but just can't find the time to explore the techniques properly. That said, having these three different lens types on hand, and with them being incredibly easy to slip on over my iPhone 6 camera lens, has got me playing around a little more with what I can do. And to be fair, these simple lenses do make taking quite decent looking photos much easier.

For the price, the ease of use, and the really quite excellent results you can have with the lenses, I really can't fault them. Okay, so they're not going to be something I end up using all of the time, but if I'm trying to get a particular shot, such as a wide angle shot, a close-up macro one, or going for a quirky fish eye look, then it's nice having these ones on hand for just that.


MeasuPro BPM-50W Digital Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor with Heart Rate Detection, Hypertension Color Alert Display, Two User Modes, IHB Indicator and Memory Recall
MeasuPro BPM-50W Digital Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor with Heart Rate Detection, Hypertension Color Alert Display, Two User Modes, IHB Indicator and Memory Recall
Offered by Five Star
Price: £24.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A well made and professional looking device that's very easy to use and produces reasonably accurate results..., 26 April 2015
Length:: 2:35 Mins

The MeasuPro BPM-50W Digital Blood Pressure Monitor is a small blood pressure monitor that's designed to be used by one or two users to keep track of their blood pressure.

WHAT YOU GET:
Inside the box you get the blood pressure monitor and a reasonably small instruction manual. The main body of the blood pressure monitor measures approximately 7.5cm (H) x 6.5cm (W) x 2cm (D). The light-grey cuff has a total unfolded length of 28cm.

DESIGN / QUALITY:
To be honest, when I agreed to review this product I wasn't expecting anything near the quality of what arrived. The blood pressure monitor feels incredibly well-made, looks to have been constructed with good quality materials, its strong, hard-wearing and looks very good. For the price that these are being sold for, it's incredibly impressive.

INITIAL SET-UP:
Initial set-up of the blood pressure monitor is a doddle. Just pop the two AAA batteries (included) into the device, and then follow the on-screen instructions. Set-up quite literally takes less than 60 seconds.

USING THE DEVICE:
Using the device is again very simple. First you need to remove all accessories from around the wrist you plan to take the measurement from. Then roll up your sleeve, apply the Velcro cuff to your wrist (the instruction manual tells you exactly where to position it), and then level the centre of the device with your heart.

With this done, you just need to press either the 'User 1' or 'User 2' button, and the device will start to inflate, and within around 30 seconds you'll have your results. You can also do a memory recall which shows you the average per user from the last three results.

THE RESULTS:
The blood pressure monitor provides the user with the following results:
(1) Systolic blood pressure (high pressure result)
(2) Diastolic blood pressure (low pressure result)
(3) Pulse (pulse per minute)

It also tells you the time of day which is handy if you're tracking and recording down your results. These results are also all presented clearly to the user on one screen, with large digital numbers making them very easy to read. There's also a small indicator on the left-hand-side that shows you if you're in the green, yellow, orange or red (i.e. green = normal, all the way to red = hypertensive crisis).

SUMMARY:
Both my wife and I have been incredibly impressed with the blood pressure monitor. It's very well-made, looks the part, is very easy to use, and it produces clear and easy-to-read results. The simplicity and ease of being able to check on your blood pressure in just 60 seconds makes this such a handy device to have around the house if you're at all concerned about your blood pressure. Furthermore, the results seem to be very accurate, tallying almost perfectly with those I had from a nurse from her (much larger) professional equipment. To be honest, I'm really struggling to find fault with this product. Hence the full five stars awarded!

DISCLAIMER:
The product was provided to me free of charge for a 100% unbiased review.


Belkin 9,000 mAh Portable Dual USB Rechargeable Battery Pack with 2.5 A Quick Charge Port - Black
Belkin 9,000 mAh Portable Dual USB Rechargeable Battery Pack with 2.5 A Quick Charge Port - Black
Offered by BESTBUYIT
Price: £39.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly handy, easy to use, and offers plenty of charge..., 25 April 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Length:: 1:55 Mins

The Belkin Dual USB 9000mAh Portable Power Bank is a handy portable charger which can be used to recharge most portable electronic gadgets such as phones, tablets, digital cameras and portable e-reading devices.

Upon opening up the packaging, the first thing that you instantly notice about the Belkin Power Bank is the size and weight of the beast. Measuring 9cm x 6.5cm x 2.5cm, it's quite a substantial piece of kit to cart around with you. Indeed, it's not something that you'll simply be able to slip into your pocket or a small handbag with ease. However, it is ideal for stashing away in your car, in a bag, or in your luggage whilst on holiday.

The idea and design behind the Power Bank is simple. You've got two USB Output ports which offer either a 1 Amp charge or a very fast 2.5 Amp charge (depending on the type of device you need to charge). There's also a separate Micro-USB input port located on the side of the Power Bank which you use to re-charge up the Power Bank itself. These sort of power banks can usually be recharged around 400 - 500 times before they stop holding the power effectively. Whether this is the same for the Belkin Power Bank is thus far to be seen, but you'd expect (and hope for) a similar level of performance.

Whilst the Power Bank is charging, there are four small blue LED lights on the side of the unit that light up to indicate how charged the Power Bank is. Once it's fully charged (which does take quite a few hours by the way) the Power Bank offers up enough charge to be able to recharge your devices around 4-5 times (although this depends heavily on the device), or just the once or twice if it's for an energy-sapping tablet. The time it takes to charge up your device also depends on what it is - but from our use, it seems to be around the same (or maybe just a tad longer) as if it was plugged into the wall etc.

On the side of the Power Bank there's a small power button that when pressed illuminates the small blue LEDs telling you how much power is left in the bank. This is a nice feature that's not often included on cheaper Power Banks.

The charger does not come with any charging cables for connecting the Power Bank to your device. You'll undoubtedly already have at least one of these, but it's a shame that the Belkin Power Bank doesn't come with any additional leads like many other Power Banks do.

Aside from the size and weight of the Power Bank, both my wife and I couldn't be happier with it. It performs well and ultimately gives you peace of mind when you're out-and-about.


ThorFire VG10 Tactical Flashlight Torch Cree XM-L2 LED 4 Modes 0.5 - 847 Lumen Use 18650 or CR123A Batteries
ThorFire VG10 Tactical Flashlight Torch Cree XM-L2 LED 4 Modes 0.5 - 847 Lumen Use 18650 or CR123A Batteries

4.0 out of 5 stars A good quality compact torch that will undoubtedly last for many years..., 25 April 2015
Length:: 2:54 Mins

The ThorFire VG140 LED Tactical Flashlight is a hardwearing and solid metal LED torch which is designed to last in the great outdoors.

Size-wise the torch is very compact - measuring approximately 13cm in length with a diameter of around 3.5cm at the head and 2.5cm for the main body. The torch is also reasonably lightweight, with its construction being mostly from what appears to be a matt-coated hardened aluminium alloy.

The first thing that you need to do is charge up the (quite chunky) 2200mAh battery that comes included. First you'll need a micro-USB to USB/plug lead to enable the charging unit to be plugged into your mains (or another such source of power). You'll then need to peel off the small pad of grey paper from the + side of the battery (not sure why this is on there). Then it's a simple case of slotting the battery into the included charging unit, plugging it into your mains socket, and then leaving it to charge for a few hours (it seemed to take around 2-3hrs to fully charge the battery). The charger has two small LED lights on it which lights up red when the battery is charging and then green when the battery is fully charged (a nice touch).

The torch offers a reasonably strong beam of light which can be adjusted down to lower light levels by double-clicking the torches 'On' button and then going through the four different beam strength settings. The small instruction manual that comes included states that you can also set the torch to strobe by fast double-clicking the button. I've not managed to do this myself - and I would suggest that as such, the fast double-click required is too fast for ease of use.

The torch also comes with a handy little lanyard 19cm in length (approx.) as well as a small metal clip for slipping the torch on to your belt etc. Also included is a small bag containing a variety of replacement parts for the torch - a very nice touch!

All in all I have to say that the torch exceeded most of my expectations. I've already tried out and reviewed a few different torches over the years and this is definitely one of the better made ones. The different beam strength settings are perhaps a bit too much of a faff to select between and the strobe setting seems nigh-on impossible to do, but as a standard one-light-setting torch, this is pretty darn good. And the overall quality of its construction and high-quality materials used makes for a torch that will undoubtedly last for many years to come.

PLEASE NOTE: The product was provided to me free of charge for a 100% unbiased review.


Foxnovo® FP10 10400mAh Lithium Polymer Ultra-thin Aluminum Alloy Dual-Port Backup External Battery Chargers Power Bank Charger for iPhone 6, 5S 5, 4S 4, iPod, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad 4 3 2, Samsung Galaxy S5 S4 Note 4 Note 3 Tab 2, Sony, HTC, Blackberry and Most USB Devices (Silver)
Foxnovo® FP10 10400mAh Lithium Polymer Ultra-thin Aluminum Alloy Dual-Port Backup External Battery Chargers Power Bank Charger for iPhone 6, 5S 5, 4S 4, iPod, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad 4 3 2, Samsung Galaxy S5 S4 Note 4 Note 3 Tab 2, Sony, HTC, Blackberry and Most USB Devices (Silver)
Offered by FoxnovoStore
Price: £49.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly easy to use, offers plenty of charge and looks stylish too..., 25 April 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Length:: 3:22 Mins

The Foxnovo 10400mAh Portable Power Bank is a handy portable charger which can be used to recharge most portable electronic gadgets such as phones, tablets, digital cameras and portable e-reading devices.

The charger comes with an incredibly handy 4-in-1 charger cable which accommodates four of the most adapter heads (i.e. for iPhones, iPads, micro USB etc), making it suitable for use with most devices.

Upon opening up the packaging, the first thing that you instantly notice about the Power Bank is the size and weight of the beast. Measuring 12cm x 6.5cm x 2cm, it's quite a substantial piece of kit to cart around with you. Indeed, it's not something that you'll simply be able to slip into your pocket or a small handbag with ease. However, since we've had the item, we've been leaving it fully charged in our car with the 4-in-1 adapter lead stashed alongside it in the velvet carry pouch that comes included, so that should either my wife or I need to charge up our phones whilst we're out-and-about with the car, we can.

The idea and design behind the Power Bank is simple. You've got two USB Output ports which offer either a 1 Amp charge or a 2.1 Amp charge (depending on the type of device you need to charge). There's also a separate Input port located on the side of the Power Bank which you use to re-charge up the Power Bank itself. These sort of power banks can usually be recharged around 400 - 500 times before they stop holding the power effectively. Whether this is the same for the Foxnovo Power Bank is thus far to be seen, but you'd expect (and hope for) a similar level of performance.

Once it's fully charged (which does take quite a few hours by the way) the Power Bank offers up enough charge to be able to recharge your devices around 4-5 times (although this depends heavily on the device), or just the once or twice if it's for an energy-sapping tablet. The time it takes to charge up your device also depends on what it is - but from our use, it seems to be around the same, or maybe just a tad longer, as if it was plugged into the wall etc.

Aside from the size and weight of the Power Bank, both my wife and I couldn't be happier with it. It performs much better than we thought it would, it's versatile enough that it can be used for almost all devices and ultimately gives you peace of mind when you're out-and-about.

PLEASE NOTE: The product was provided to me free of charge for a 100% unbiased review.


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