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WD-40 400ml Specialist Motorbike Chain Lube
WD-40 400ml Specialist Motorbike Chain Lube
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Useful chain lube, poor spray nozzle and uses hazardous solvents., 30 May 2015
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It seems to do the job as claimed IF given enough time to dry properly, and it might prove very useful for a modern biker if they cannot get the bike serviced properly. But it is not a simple solution and not much different from a normal chain lube.

There are a few caveats to be aware of.
1. The nozzle supplied on my sample (different from the illustrations) is a real pain and should have a straw to be able to better direct the flow to minimise over-spray and prevent wastage. I found an old spray top with a five inch long straw that fitted this can and got much better results. Moral: always keep the old good spray tops.
2. It is essential to clean off the dirt and old gritty lube and dry the chain before applying this lube. This is a good policy regardless of what lube is going to be used.
3. It takes ages to dry, even if left outside on a warm dry day. Not a bad thing, at least it has time to work its way deep inside the chain.
4. When 'dry' it is still sticky and traps dust quite quickly and will eventually need washing off and re-applying. But then so does normal chain lube. It still seems to fling about the same as the normal chain lube or stay-put, but much less than plain oil or ordinary grease.
5. The hazard warnings are quite scary; irritant, poisonous, flammable, explosive, etc. At the end of them it mentions that it contains "Naptha (petroleum), hydrotreated light."

Many years ago (in the bad old days before Health and Safety woke up), as a student I could not afford to pay anyone to service the bike, and it was standard practice to boil the chain in grease for half an hour or so. I remember doing just that at Uni several times with new chains on a camping stove! This system might have prevented all that.

(What is 'hydrotreated light'? Perhaps boiling the chain in grease is not so bad after all?)


Murad Environmental Shield Essential-C Day Moisture SPF30 50 ml
Murad Environmental Shield Essential-C Day Moisture SPF30 50 ml
Price: £51.30

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Non-greasy moisturiser with an effective SPF30 sunblock, 27 May 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
With a refreshing citrus aroma and a luxuriously soft creamy texture this clear and moisturising SPF30 shield is a pleasure to apply. It is not greasy and the skin on ones face looks and feels smooth and normal. After a couple of weeks in daily use the pores remain clear and there have not been any of the allergic side effects seen with some of the cheap own-brand moisturisers.

To my surprise the SPF30 actually works. For example today after several hours of tennis out in the sun our faces were still un-burnt and natural looking, but unprotected arms had definitely caught the sun.

Alas, it is far too much above our limited budget to consider for regular use, even if reserved just for the face. We have only been able to try it thanks to Vine offering us this sample.


2x Miele Type FJM Replacement Filter Bags For Cylinder Series
2x Miele Type FJM Replacement Filter Bags For Cylinder Series
Offered by Atlantic Electrics Ltd
Price: £19.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original Miele bags and filters, they work beautifully., 24 May 2015
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Finding the right bags of the right quality is becoming more difficult as high street retail outlets start to plug their 'Own Brand' replacements which are often inferior, or split or do not filter out all the dust and pollen.

Fortunately, the on-line sources including this one are up to the job, and these bags AND filters, being the Miele FJM sized originals, are excellent. Value for money is about right so long as a box stays under a tenner including VAT and post and packing. You can pay a lot less, but take the risk of splitting and more dust and pollen leaking through.

I'm not quite convinced by the claims for Miele's new self-seal flap-valve (sometimes doesn't close properly when the bag is overfull) on these Hyclean bags, but it works better than the original 'slide-shut with a pull' system.

Note there are four bags and both filters in the Hyclean boxes whereas there used to be five bags and both filters in the previous obsolete style being phased out.

It is worth considering buying a bulk pack of three rather than this pack.


BESTEK® Car Cigarette Lighter Adapter 5 Way DC Socket Splitter Max 3.1A Output Dual USB Car Charger with Separate Switches, Intelligent Car Battery Voltage Detection with Red Digital Display and Blue Indicator (White)
BESTEK® Car Cigarette Lighter Adapter 5 Way DC Socket Splitter Max 3.1A Output Dual USB Car Charger with Separate Switches, Intelligent Car Battery Voltage Detection with Red Digital Display and Blue Indicator (White)
Offered by BESTEK GLOBAL LTD

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful 5-way power Adapter for the car., 21 May 2015
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The 5-way adapter works as claimed in the blurb, the three 12V cigar lighter outlets hold my accessories without them falling out, and the plug is secure in the socket in the car with its right-angle lead ensuring it is easily routed safely away from the gear lever.

Each of the 12V outlets has its own switch and a blue LED light around the relevant socket to let us know if that switch is On or Off. The power lead drops some voltage on load but not enough to be significant.

The red display in the black plastic patch with the three buttons on the top of the white body tells us what voltage is arriving from the car; this is quite useful in its own right, but can be difficult to read because of its positioning.

The two USB outlets on the sides appear to have the same current capacities, either one was happy to supply 1.5A into a 3.3Ohm resistor. I charged a work light (which takes about an Amp) and the Satnav and the FM radio both seemed to work OK even finding the traffic info without interference, but I have yet to try this in a weak reception area.

It does not apply compensation for voltage drop in the USB lead resistance (a feature available with many converter chips, eg LT8697), so most cheap USB power leads will lose significant voltage even on just a 1Amp load. I needed to make up my own USB power leads using connectors from Maplin and decent 0.75mm (18AWG) 6Amp flex. This lead with 28AWG wire is OK for lighter loads, eg up to 100mA.

There are no instructions with this unit and I cannot find a fuse. Most types of these adapters have a fuse in the centre pip of the plug, this one seems not to, and I am not prepared to risk damaging it by pulling it apart.


StarTech 3 feet USB to Type M Barrel 5V DC Power Cable
StarTech 3 feet USB to Type M Barrel 5V DC Power Cable
Price: £2.39

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK light duty USB to 5.5/2.1 power lead, but NOT suitable for maximum charge currents., 21 May 2015
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As a power cable this USB to 5.5/2.1mm barrel is just about OK for the lower normal USB currents around 100mA. But don't bother with it for higher currents such as charging devices that need a solid 5V at 1 Amp or 2.1 Amp.

The resistance in each leg of the cable measures at about 0.22Ohms which corresponds to the 28AWG rating printed on the cable outer.

This means that the load will only see about 4.6V from the USB source if it is taking 1Amp, the rest will be lost in warming up the cable. For example while it plugs into all the 5V items I needed to charge including a work light for the car, the current delivered was only about 300mA, compared to the 900mA achieved with a home-made lead using a foot of 6Amp twin mains flex, (approx 18AWG with about a tenth of the unit resistance of 28AWG)

I am still looking to find a ready-made commercial cable in this style with a thicker wire.


BW® BWET7 1/3" Sony CCD EFFIO-E 700TVL IR Vandal-proof CCTV Dome Camera With 2.0 Megapixel 2.8-12mm Lens,30M Night Vision (Brand: BW)
BW® BWET7 1/3" Sony CCD EFFIO-E 700TVL IR Vandal-proof CCTV Dome Camera With 2.0 Megapixel 2.8-12mm Lens,30M Night Vision (Brand: BW)
Offered by DTV ELECTRONICS
Price: £45.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Super camera, excellent controls, silly implementation, 12 May 2015
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As a CCTV camera this produces excellent pictures, and it appears to match the quoted resolution of 650 'TVlines' colour and 700 'TVLines' Black & White from a sensor with 976 elements on 582 rows (Bayer mask). The sensitivity and AGC operation is excellent, and I find that I have turned off the noise reduction even for night use.

Construction is good, with a solid metal casing and rubber seals on all the joins including the cable exit. There are no claims made about its Ingress Protection but judging by the ruggedising I would suggest it is reasonably dust and splash resistant. It is not suitable for underwater use. I have mounted this one on the ceiling of a porch where it will not be exposed to either direct rain or sun, but might experience mist or secondary spray. It replaced a less clear ten-year-old Swann dome camera.

The infra red LEDs have a good range of about 30metres in the centre of the picture suitable for a long Zoom, but are less effective at the edges when the Zoom is wide. To protect them they have a separate piece of glass from that which covers the lens, so there is no risk of flare from the LEDs upsetting the camera picture when they are on.

The set-up menus allow fine tuning to optimise the performance to suit the application, including adjusting the sharpness to correct for cable losses and yet have a clean picture which is not too edgy. The field of view Zoom is a genuine 4:1 and requires a small screwdriver, but the least touch on that adjustment also requires the Focus to be corrected to match. Fiddly.

Power consumption is typical for this kind of camera; my sample uses 77mA from the 12V supply in daylight, and this rises to about 320mA when the 36 LEDs are lit. So if left on 24/7 it will cost around £3.50 a year to run with a normal PSU and a 13p domestic electricity tariff. Note that the camera does NOT come with a power unit, fortunately I already had a suitable 12V supply and a splitter lead capable of feeding four cameras.

Menu controls include, Contrast, Brightness, Hue, 'Gain' (saturation), Sharpness, Noise reduction for Luma and/or Chroma, Shutter and AGC modes, White Balance modes, Camera ID, Sync modes, and many more security related functions.

So why is it silly? All the menu controls are by a button switch with five-ways of movement (N,S,E,W, and press in), which sounds good so far, but it is on the short lead adjacent to the camera, not inside in the dry at the monitor end of the necessary long extension cable (not supplied with the camera). So to make any adjustment at all after installation you need to be up a ladder with a phone in one hand and the screwdriver or button set in the other while conversing with your helper who is inside looking at the monitor. This is what loses it a star.

I first tested it and set it up indoors and then aimed out a window, using a spare extension cable of the correct length (with the 5.5/2.1mm barrel power jacks and the BNCs) while still able to watch the monitor, and tried to anticipate all the conditions that the adjustments are there to cater for. Fortunately, it remembers the settings. Some of the descriptions of the menus in the data sheet are poorly translated, and really one needs to experiment with the controls to find out what they actually mean; for example the 'Gain' shown in the on-screen menus and in the data sheet actually means 'Chroma Gain' or 'Saturation'. But I still needed someone to help me fine tune the Zoom and Focus and direction when I was up the ladder.

One of the reasons for going with a 'Dome' camera rather than the cheaper 'Bullet' cameras is that the spiders are less keen to cover a dome with their webs. Except this camera has several spider-sized holes in the mounting plate, to encourage them to use it as a home base even if not stringing their webs across the lens. So I had to fill those holes with white silicone. Yes, I know it is cruel to exclude all those spiders who do such a valuable job in keeping the biting insects at bay, but my security is even more important to me.

On balance this is a very good camera, and if the menu controls could have been at the monitor end of the extension cable I would have said it was brilliant. This is my third camera of this EFFIO type, but the first in a white case.

If you need a wired camera (but without the IR LEDs) that does have the controls at the monitor end of the cable there are two alternatives I have used which are worth considering:
1. PRO-750 PTZ camera kit from Swann, but it has almost doubled in price since I bought mine, and its lens is not so good as this dome,
2. PTZ EFFIO 700TVL camera which is better with an excellent 12:1 Zoom, but it is not a complete kit solution like the PRO-750, and therefore more expensive to implement.
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Adafruit 2.1mm Female/Male Barrel Jack Extension Cable
Adafruit 2.1mm Female/Male Barrel Jack Extension Cable
Offered by Makersify
Price: £4.14

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reasonably good 5.5/2.1 barrel jack M-F 166cm extension lead, 9 May 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
The extension cable supplied was as described and is 166cms long plug tip to socket tip.

I measured the conductor resistance at about 0.1 Ohm in each wire for a return loop of about 0.2 Ohm, ie 1 Amp of current will lose about 0.2 Volts in the cable. I also found that while the metal of the outer contact was reluctant to make a good connection to my test meter probes the cable worked OK to extend a power lead for a CCTV camera, and its mere 0.085 Amp supply current did not lose any significant voltage in this cable.

This cable has more copper and is a lot better than most of the cheaper barrel jack power leads. It carries the markings " ROHS E313286 RU AWM 2468 VW-1 80°C 300V 20AWGX2C CRU AWM 1 A FT1 80°C 300V 20AWGX2C YU XUAN =F= " (where the two instances of RU are the backwards Underwriters Labs symbol).


10 Pcs BNC Female to BNC Female CCTV Camera Adapter Straight Coax Connector
10 Pcs BNC Female to BNC Female CCTV Camera Adapter Straight Coax Connector
Offered by sourcingmap
Price: £2.62

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Basic BNC barrels., 9 May 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
A bag of basic BNC female to female Barrels. The contacts have nice low surface resistance and seem to match the usual specifications for low duty use such as extending an installation.

They are unmarked concerning characteristic impedance, be it 50 or 75 Ohm, but this has rarely been a concern for general use in the past because most connectors tend to use the more robust 50 Ohm centre pins even in a 75 Ohm installation.

One always needs another barrel, so buying in bulk like this to keep a few spares in stock makes good sense.


Electric Shock: From the Gramophone to the iPhone - 125 Years of Pop Music
Electric Shock: From the Gramophone to the iPhone - 125 Years of Pop Music
by Peter Doggett
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In depth, the history of modern popular music, 29 April 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a massive tome, well researched and it covers in significant depth many of the elements of popular music from the early years of recording up to the digital age. It is squarely aimed at the music, its roots and evolution, the artists and their experiences, and works through most of the genres that the public have enjoyed during this time - more than a century and a quarter.

I was given an advance review copy by Vine and would dearly have loved to be able to use the absent but promised indices to access relevant points because there is so much interesting detail in it that months will be required to assimilate it all otherwise!

I have some personal history in the technical side of the acoustic recording business at the beginning of the last century and was interested to see how much of this would be covered - almost nothing. But this actually makes a very significant improvement in the readability of the book compared with the most in-depth equivalent technical history From Tin Foil to Stereo.

I've skipped through it with the idea of taking lots of mental snapshots, not once was it boring and each time I found myself extending the snapshot into a session, and having to put it down to go to bed. Yes, this book is rather good - especially if you like discovering what was really going on behind the scenes as well as out in the glare of publicity. Be prepared for the long haul, be prepared to be entertained by comments from those who were there, be prepared to learn new aspects of why things were done the way they were.


TONI&GUY Glamour 3D Volumiser 150ml
TONI&GUY Glamour 3D Volumiser 150ml
Offered by Solretail LTD
Price: £7.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful volumiser., 29 April 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
It works as claimed, and while the hair is not left greasy or too brittle/dry, it does tend to feel a bit too stiff. It eases after a few hours, but still retains most of the volume. This is on shoulder-length medium-weight lightly-coloured hair with a gentle perm for some wave.

It dries quickly and one has to be fast and precise with the brushing. I guess the lacquer is quite strong, and it might take practice to get the best results of volume without 'dry' stiffness.

The bottle is a pump spray that fits nicely in the hand and is not too heavy when being used.


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