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Char-Broil model 140 692 - X200 Grill2Go Portable Gas Grill Carry Bag.
Char-Broil model 140 692 - X200 Grill2Go Portable Gas Grill Carry Bag.
Price: £59.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Costly but very well made..., 19 Aug. 2017
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The bag is very well made, though perhaps a bit expensive. Adds considerable convenience and portability though, which I'd recommend regardless of the 'buy once' price tag.


Char-Broil X200 Grill2Go - Portable Barbecue Grill with TRU-Infrared technology, Grey/ Cast aluminium.
Char-Broil X200 Grill2Go - Portable Barbecue Grill with TRU-Infrared technology, Grey/ Cast aluminium.
Price: £142.08

5.0 out of 5 stars Barbecued steaks really are that good !, 19 Aug. 2017
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We've never tasted such perfectly-barbecued steaks since buying and using this model. My partner and I love it! We also purchased the bag, which keeps everything conveniently together.

Do get the adaptor hose if you have a large gas bottle. Runs significantly better and cheaper on pure propane, reserving the portable cannisters (which are a propane/butane mix) for odd occasions when you actually need them.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect replacement negating pipe disassembly to fit, 19 Aug. 2017
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Not suitable for 15mm water pipes that also support the auxiliary shower head, though I was aware of this and simply used a small section of garden hose, split along the length and tucked invisibly inside the clamp. Worked a treat.

As to the comments that it didn't fit the base of the flexible hose, do check it both ways first as the fitting has a recess with shallow taper and a standard hose collar will only fit one way around. Get it right and the shower head hose fits into it very well.


Surefire EP7 Filtered Foam Tipped Sonic Ear Defenders Ultra - Black, Medium
Surefire EP7 Filtered Foam Tipped Sonic Ear Defenders Ultra - Black, Medium

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good performance but forget replacement tips from the UK!, 8 April 2017
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Bought these for shooting and performance is good, as others have said. HOWEVER... Try to buy those replacement foam buds in the UK and you'll doubtless discover you'll need to buy an entire new kit every time the inserts wear out (3-6 months).

Replacement buds are available from SureFire as a set of 3 for $18 in the USA (including Amazon USA - not shippable to UK). Like trying to find hens teeth in the UK of-course, unless you buy privately from the USA and factor in shipping on top.

Don't take just my word for it - try Googling for UK spares before you buy and make your own decision.


Bolse® 60W / 12-Amp 7-Port Fast Charging USB Wall / Desktop Charging Station With SmartICᵀᴹ Technology - Full Speed Charging for iPhone 5, iPad, Samsung Galaxy, Touch Screen Tablet, Cell Phone, MP3 Player, (AC 110-220V International), Detachable 5 ft / 1.5 M Power Cord
Bolse® 60W / 12-Amp 7-Port Fast Charging USB Wall / Desktop Charging Station With SmartICᵀᴹ Technology - Full Speed Charging for iPhone 5, iPad, Samsung Galaxy, Touch Screen Tablet, Cell Phone, MP3 Player, (AC 110-220V International), Detachable 5 ft / 1.5 M Power Cord

3.0 out of 5 stars High priced charger, failed after 18 months light use, 25 Mar. 2015
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I 'paid the money' for what I was hoping to be a higher quality charger, but failed after 18 months (overload constantly flashing with nothing connected). Also, no warranty stated, so something to watch out for. Last time I trust to quality on a cost basis, so back to the Chinese cheapies. Save your money - these are clearly just as bad as the cheapies.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Delighted with the performance, 28 July 2014
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For years I've been messing around with the typical cheap soldering stations, as most do given the price tag of these professional models.

Having since privately designed and developed professional electronics and demonstration prototypes with largely small and fine-pitch SMT parts, the pain and problems with the mass-market offerings inspired me to invest in proper professional kit. Suffice to say, I'm just so glad I did.

This particular model offers two switchable accessory ports, with a claimed 80W heating capacity 'at the tip' which makes a very considerable difference to prototyping ease and efficiency. Commonly-available low-end stations employ conventional heating element with variable thermal transfer efficiency between heater and interchangeable tips, relying more on larger bits to sustain tip heat - particularly on flood-fill grounds and components with higher thermal mass. The MetCals however have the heater integrated into the interchangeable bit, providing rapid thermal sensing and heating, negating the need for thicker/larger bits and allowing the heater to be switched off each time the iron is reinserted into the stand (full heat is obtained in less than two seconds). This also dramatically reduces tip oxidisation and correspondingly increases tip life.

The tips (with embedded heater) are naturally more expensive, though you'll find many varied tip styles on a popular auction site, ranging from about £12 to £30. There are also a host of accessories available for MetCal kits as they're widely supported due to popularity for professional use.

Should you do a lot of fine pitch soldering (or any kind of professional soldering for that matter), and if time and efficiency is an important consideration, then I have no hesitation recommending this product. They are expensive, but that's for a reason.


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2.0 out of 5 stars VERY unsafe with my 15hp Four-Stroke (52kg) Tohatsu !, 16 Aug. 2013
I didn't purchase this trolley from Amazon (although the same "improved" version), but felt it necessary to mention some significant flaws in the design which once nearly threatened my personal safety and expensive new outboard.

I'd read much about the popularity of this particular trolley and, desperately needing something to transport and store my weighty new 15hp Tohatsu four-stroke short-shaft, I bought one - The stated specifications of the trolley ticking all the boxes.

Sadly, I have to say that I'm both surprised and disappointed in this 'improved' design which could have been considerably "improved" with just a little thought. It will doubtless be good enough for most lighter/smaller two-strokes (my Evinrude 4hp fits fine), but NOT bigger fours with a larger heavier body. This caveat doesn't feature in the specs however, and the stated 60kg load capacity is just ridiculous.

Whilst good for wheeling the outboard around, I have to prop the outboard on its trolley against a wall as it will tip over and fall with only the slightest nudge or uneven ground, so can never be left unsupported.

The problem with the current design is that the "V" bar that directly supports the bottom of the motor is about 6" too short, meaning that the centre of gravity of the motor body is almost beyond that of the adjoining foot bar. It would help considerably if the foot bar were designed to raise the "V" bar to the horizontal in line with the wheel axles. Furthermore, there are just two seam welds where the thin foot bar meets the "V" bar, so if it did start to tip then either the bar(s) will twist and give way, or the weld would break.

I tried lowering the block for the transom clamps and pushing firmly down on the motor to get it to sit further forward towards the wheels, but the main body of the transom clamp prevented this due to the thickness of the clamping block holding the motor back. The clamping block cannot be re-mounted on the other/forward side of the vertical bar as would then foul other motor parts and couldn't be clamped up.

On a final note, the recess in the transom clamp block is inadequately narrow for my engine (only about half of each clamp cup actually reaches the block), and doubtless the same for many larger engines up to the stated 60kg capacity, suggesting wishful thinking by marketers where the specs are concerned.

If the manufacturers are listening I would STRONGLY advise re-appraising the stated specifications of this model, or do something significant to both strengthen and improve its point of balance. Against the current specs however, I regret to say that it is demonstrably unsafe and unfit for purpose.
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