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ACER Iconia Tab A700 - Universal Black Micro USB 3 Pin UK Home Wall Mains Travel Charger Plug Adapter BY SHUKAN®
ACER Iconia Tab A700 - Universal Black Micro USB 3 Pin UK Home Wall Mains Travel Charger Plug Adapter BY SHUKAN®
Offered by Shukan
Price: £9.75

1.0 out of 5 stars Will not charge the Icona A700, 1 Mar. 2017
This will not charge the Acer Iconia A700 which requires a 12v supply. This charger only provides a standard USB 5v supply.


Yukatana Pjanda Mummy Sleeping Bag Kids Adjustable 300 g / m² Hollow Fibre Filling
Yukatana Pjanda Mummy Sleeping Bag Kids Adjustable 300 g / m² Hollow Fibre Filling
Offered by Electronic-Star-UK
Price: £44.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Children’s sleeping bag with adjustable length and compression storage bag., 28 Nov. 2016
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The product description doesn’t do a very good job of describing what this is, in fact most of it seems to be gobbledegook, so let me try.

It’s a sleeping bag designed for children. It’s a mummy style bag and the maximum size is around 145 cm from the bottom to the top of the hood. With the hood pulled tight it’s a little less than this. Strangely it has a section at the bottom which can be zipped up reducing the length to around 115 cm. I’ve not seen this before, but it makes the bag smaller for use by a young child.

There’s a side zip which runs down the side of the bag and a drawstring which pulls the hood tightly around the child’s face. The zip mechanism has a fabric protective flap to help prevent it scratching the child’s face

The sleeping bag is made from nylon and seems reasonably well padded with hollow-fibre though I think the minus 5 degrees Centigrade claim is rather ambitious. I’d regard it as suitable for Spring, Summer and Autumn use in the UK.

It comes with a storage bag with four compression straps that can be tightened to make it easier to store. It can easily be compressed to 30 cm long by 20 cm in diameter.

In total including the storage bag it weighs 980 grams. It’s quite a good sleeping bag and the compression storage bag is a nice feature, but at nearly sixty pounds at the time of the review, it does seem rather over-priced.

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I bought this sleeping bag at a discount with a request for an impartial review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to set up mood lighting strips., 28 Nov. 2016
Length:: 1:14 Mins

This kit provides a mains to 12 volt power adapter, a remote control receiver and remote control plus two reels of individual LED lights.
Set up is very easy, simply connect the power cable to the remote control receiver and then add the lighting strip. Switch on power and you can control the light display using the remote controller.

It’s possible to select colours, flash patterns and brightness levels using the controller. Unless you’re having a disco it’s best to avoid the flashing modes. I prefer either using the lights permanently on, or gradually fading from one colour to the next.

The light strips have sticky backed tape so you can easily attach them to a flat surface where they can be used to create a mood or to provide emphasis to a picture for example.

I’ve included a video so you can see the lighting effects.

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I bought these strip lights at a discount with a request for an impartial review.
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100pc 12" Multi Colour Latex Balloons Birthday Wedding Party Decor Balloon
100pc 12" Multi Colour Latex Balloons Birthday Wedding Party Decor Balloon
Offered by Cathy Toy Shop
Price: £2.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly good balloons and good selection of colours, 28 Nov. 2016
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I wanted some balloons for a party and saw the ridiculous prices Sainsbury’s wanted to charge me for a small pack of half a dozen balloons so I opted for these.

These balloons are made of a thin latex material, thinner than a standard balloon which I like as you don’t get the popping behind your ears feeling that I normally get when blowing up balloons. They’re not huge, around 24 cm tall and 20 cm across, but plenty big enough. The latex is thin but strong and I didn’t have any burst whilst blowing them up. They’ve stayed up for a few days so far.

The pack size appears to be measured by weight (120 grams) and my pack had 98 balloons. There were lots of pinks and reds, which is good as they were for a girls party, but there’s also a selection of other colours included. See photos. I used a few for the party and will keep the rest in a drawer until needed.

They seem to be a bargain compared to supermarket prices.
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RGTech Monarch 40 Black - Indoor Freeview Mini HDTV Aerial - True 40 Mile Range, Multidirectional Reception, Flat Paper Thin HDTV Antenna, UWB Technology and 4G filter for Maximum Freeview/UHF/VHF/FM/USB TV Tuner/DVB-T/DAB Radio reception
RGTech Monarch 40 Black - Indoor Freeview Mini HDTV Aerial - True 40 Mile Range, Multidirectional Reception, Flat Paper Thin HDTV Antenna, UWB Technology and 4G filter for Maximum Freeview/UHF/VHF/FM/USB TV Tuner/DVB-T/DAB Radio reception
Offered by Max Signal Limited
Price: £25.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tiny digital TV aerial but really surprised me with its performance., 28 Nov. 2016
How well an aerial works is often difficult to judge as even moving it around a room can make a significant difference, however what surprised me about this aerial was how small it is and how well it worked without me having to fiddle around with it.

I wanted an aerial for my daughter’s bedroom where there’s no connection to the roof aerial. I didn’t set my expectations very high and would have been happy if it received the main stations. But I was impressed when after plugging it in and placing it on the windowsill it picked up 112 TV stations and 32 radio stations, pretty much the same as the TV downstairs using aerial on the roof.

It’s really small, measuring only around 30 x 9 cm and is very thin with a cable that’s about 3 metres long. It would be nice if it came with a couple of suckers so you can actually fix it to the window, but mine works well just leaning against it.

I wouldn’t promise that it will work as well for you as aerials can be such fickle things, but it certainly exceeded my expectations.

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I bought this aerial at a discount with a request for an impartial review.
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BlueFire 12m 100 LED String Lights with 31V Safe DC Plug and 8 Lighting Mode for Wedding/Christmas/Party/Outdoor&Indoor(Warm White)
BlueFire 12m 100 LED String Lights with 31V Safe DC Plug and 8 Lighting Mode for Wedding/Christmas/Party/Outdoor&Indoor(Warm White)
Offered by BlueFireTech
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Basic single colour LED mains powered lights that work well., 26 Nov. 2016
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Length:: 0:50 Mins

This is a simple mains powered set of white LEDs. I’d call them warm white as they tend towards yellow.

The lights are powered using a supplied 3-pin mains adapter which converts the mains to 31 volts DC. The mains adapter has a push-button control which is used to select the lighting effects. The lights are divided into two banks, and the lighting effects generally flash the alternate banks of lights at different speeds, sometimes fading the lights up and down. They’re fairly routine effects and to be honest I think the lights look best when left on or gradually fading up and down, rather than the migraine inducing rapid flashing.

The mains adapter isn’t waterproof so needs to be kept indoors but the lights themselves appear to be protected from the elements and as they’re low voltage can be positioned outside by running the cable through a window for example.

The video will give you some idea of the operation of the lights. The sound isn’t coming from the lights, it’s just my camera struggling to focus in the dark

They’re pretty basic no-frills lights, but they work well and look good.

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I bought these lights at a discount with a request for an impartial review.
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ORICO Ultra Mini USB Hub (4-Port, 2.0, White) - Portable Compact High Speed with 0.5 m (1.6 ft) Cable for Laptop Notebook Ultrabook Tablet MacBook iMac
ORICO Ultra Mini USB Hub (4-Port, 2.0, White) - Portable Compact High Speed with 0.5 m (1.6 ft) Cable for Laptop Notebook Ultrabook Tablet MacBook iMac
Offered by ORICO EU Direct Store

4.0 out of 5 stars Expands the USB ports on your laptop for data connection but not for charging, 25 Nov. 2016
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Note: This page has reviews for several quite different USB Hubs. This review is for the small square 4-port USB 2.0 hub, see pictures.
This is a neat 4-port USB hub for use typically with a laptop. It’s provided with a hard-wired 40 cm lead which is perfect for use with a laptop. It provides three additional USB ports by converting one available port on your laptop to four available ports.

This will allow the connection of pen drives, mouse, keyboard etc. Please note the port is unpowered so only has the power supplied by the USB port on the laptop, so whilst it will charge devices that are plugged into it, the charge rate is likely to be low or very low if several devices are attempting to be charged from the single laptop USB socket.

There’s a blue LED to confirm that the hub is correctly connected.

It’s not actually the smallest 4-port hub I’ve seen but is still pretty small at 6 x 6 x 3 cm so won’t take up much room in your laptop or tablet bag. It would take even less space if the cable was detachable, but at least having an integral cable means it can’t be lost.

The transfer speed is USB 2.0, so technically not the fastest rate available, but my laptops only have USB 2.0 ports so not an issue for me, and USB 2.0 is pretty fast anyway.

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I bought this USB hub at a discount with a request for an impartial review.
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Car Cleaning Wash Mitt Nakeey Microfiber Glove Mitt Premium Microfiber Glove Cleaning mit 2 Pack (blue)
Car Cleaning Wash Mitt Nakeey Microfiber Glove Mitt Premium Microfiber Glove Cleaning mit 2 Pack (blue)
Offered by NakeeyUK
Price: £8.69

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars In fact we they’re more like boxing gloves than mittens, 25 Nov. 2016
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These are very large microfiber mittens that can absorb a lot of water. In fact we they’re more like boxing gloves than mittens. Probably the best way of using hem is to have one wet and one for drying. They make a handy alternative to using sponges, particularly if like me you’re prone to dropping the sponges and having them pick up bits of road grit if you’re cleaning a car.

The downside of this is that they’re not as easy to wring out as a sponge as you need to take them off to wring them properly.

They have an elasticated cuff to help keep them in place and after use need to be rinsed and wrung out so they can dry.

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I received these cleaning mitts at a discount with a request for an impartial review.
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Multifunctional Kitchen Food Scissors,Vicloon Stainless Steel Knife with Cutting Board Built-in,2-in-1 Kitchen Tool Slicer for Vegetable Fruit Bread Cheese
Multifunctional Kitchen Food Scissors,Vicloon Stainless Steel Knife with Cutting Board Built-in,2-in-1 Kitchen Tool Slicer for Vegetable Fruit Bread Cheese
Offered by Vicloon
Price: £6.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It works, but so does a knife and chopping board., 25 Nov. 2016
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This has the feel of an idea that didn’t need inventing. It’s a kind of pair of scissors for vegetables. However instead of having two cutting blades it has one, so it cuts like a knife. Instead of a blade, the other half is a flat plastic piece, a little like a small chopping board. So it’s a knife and a chopping board combined into something that looks like scissors.

Is it easier than using a knife and a chopping board? Not really. If you live in a house that has neither a knife nor a chopping board then this could be just the thing for you. For the rest of us, there’s a place at the back of the drawer that’s specially designed to store this.

It does cut and can slice things up, so it does work, but unless you are, or know someone who must have every kitchen gadget going, stick to your knife and chopping board.

Three stars because it’s ok and it does cut fruit and veg.

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I received this vegetable knife with a request for an impartial review.
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G4Free 3-Way Travel Duffel Backpack Luggage Gym Sports Bag with Shoe Compartment
G4Free 3-Way Travel Duffel Backpack Luggage Gym Sports Bag with Shoe Compartment
Offered by TYFung
Price: £44.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Handy sports bag that can be converted into a rucksack style day sack., 25 Nov. 2016
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As a sports bag it measures around 60 x 25 x 30 cm. The main compartment has a wrap-around zip fastening so can be fully opened. There’s a zipped pouch on one side that’s suitable for storing papers or thin items. At each end there’s a zipped compartment that has an isolated bag so anything stored in these compartments will be kept separate from the contents of the main bag. These compartments are ideal for storing your shoes and dirty sports clothing. Note however that if you fill both of these bags, there will be very little room left for the main compartment.
There are plastic hoops to which you can attach a shoulder strap.

The bags party trick comes from unzipping a compartment in the base of the bag. Here you can pull out two shoulder straps that convert the bag into a day sack. It’s not something you’d want to hike far using, but for casual walking it’s a useful feature and makes the bag pretty versatile.

The bag is made from an orange nylon fabric which looks water resistant and quite strong. It’s well-suited to carrying your sports kit.

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I bought this sports bag at a discount with a request for an impartial review.
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