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Draper 26327 Oil Funnel with Tube
Draper 26327 Oil Funnel with Tube
Price: £5.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Volkswagen T25 Gearbox Oil Change, 13 April 2016
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I used this to change the gearbox oil in my Volkswagen T25. The filler hole is in a difficult to reach area on the side of the gearbox so I used this by placing the funnel in the engine bay behind the carburetor and running the tube to the gearbox. It was the perfect length and simplified the job.
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EC Technology Selfie Stick with Bluetooth Remote for Smartphones, GoPro - Black
EC Technology Selfie Stick with Bluetooth Remote for Smartphones, GoPro - Black
Offered by EC Technology UK Store
Price: £22.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sturdy Selfie, 14 Jan. 2016
My experience of selfie sticks in the past has been of cheap plastic products with a trigger cable, this however is surprisingly sturdy and has a wireless Bluetooth 3.0 trigger.

This selfie stick from EC Technology is made from a strong lightweight metal and comes with an expandable phone clamp, Bluetooth trigger and something else i have no idea what it is (must be the GoPro mount).

There were no English instructions for setting up the Bluetooth button, I worked it out through trial and error:

- Insert the supplied CR0232 battery into the button by twisting off the back
- Hold down the button until a red light starts to flash
- Turn on Bluetooth on your phone
- Select "TRIGGER" from the list to pair your phone with the button. The red light will stop flashing.
- You can now use the button to take fire the trigger on your phone (plus point: you can use it like inline controls on your headphones to play/pause in a music app)

I was impressed with the quality of the selfie stick and variety of mounting options: the tripod mount is multi-directional and the expandable clamp can be used on any type of phone. A recommended buy.

EC Technology® 3200mAh Ultra-Mini External Battery Lipstick-Sized Smart Charging Power Bank Charger with Built-in LED Flashlight for iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 5S, 5C, 5, 4S, iPad Air, mini, Galaxy S6, S5, S4, S3, Note 4 3, Nexus, HTC, LG, Gopro, PS Vita, Most Smartphones, Tablets - Cherry
EC Technology® 3200mAh Ultra-Mini External Battery Lipstick-Sized Smart Charging Power Bank Charger with Built-in LED Flashlight for iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 5S, 5C, 5, 4S, iPad Air, mini, Galaxy S6, S5, S4, S3, Note 4 3, Nexus, HTC, LG, Gopro, PS Vita, Most Smartphones, Tablets - Cherry

5.0 out of 5 stars Tough, high quality and invaluable, 10 July 2015
This battery is extremely well built with a solid metal body. We have been using it for several months and it has stood up to being thrown around, dropped and generally surviving the bottom of my wife's bag.

As with all EC Technology products, the battery arrived in minimalist cardboard packaging with a printed sleeve. I really like the simple and well thought design, it gives a good initial impression of the product which is an excellent plus point if you are buying it as a gift.

On to the actual product, you get a nicely weighted metal tube which at one end has a USB port (for charging your devices), a Micro-USB port (to charge the battery) and a button, the other has a LED light. Inside is a 3200mAh battery (able to charge an iPhone 5s twice from 0-100%) which outputs at 1Amp (iPads need a 2Amp output so look at the alternative versions of this product).

To charge the battery simply plug the supplied USB to Micro-USB cable into the battery then into a USB port such as your computer or wall charger. The Amazon Kindle (and many smartphones) uses the same USB type so you can use any cable you already to do this. One fully charged the LED light will go from red to green. To charge your device plug your charging cable into the USB port on the battery, the LED will go green and it will automatically start charging. To use the LED light just hold down the button for 2 seconds to turn off/on.

That's it really, a simple to use, well made quality product which does the job perfectly.

I'm surprised how invaluable this portable battery has become, there have been multiple times when heading out that one of us have forgotten to charge our phones so we simply take this with us and pop it in our bag/pocket with the USB cable plugged in.

Dear Zachary [DVD]
Dear Zachary [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kurt Kuenne

5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic emotional rollercoaster. However: DO NOT BUY THIS PAL VERSION, 4 July 2013
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If you read the other reviews you will get a good understanding of the content of the documentary so I won't go into that here.

The documentary style is very choppy with, at times, unnecessary sensationalisation (think World's Wildest Police Videos). The story itself has enough impact. Apart from this I found it heartbreaking and emotionally intense, you really do see the best and worst of people. This is a MUST see.

The most important part:

This PAL version skips back a chapter every time a chapter ends. It means you have to constantly have your finger hovering over the next chapter button on your remote to move the DVD forward, you'll be stuck in a loop otherwise. It's a real shame as it ruins the viewing experience and takes away some of the impact. If your DVD player can play it, get the NTSC version.

Crucial 2GB PC3-10600 DDR3 Desktop Memory Upgrade 240-pin Dimm
Crucial 2GB PC3-10600 DDR3 Desktop Memory Upgrade 240-pin Dimm

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to fit and reliable, 24 Jan. 2013
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I ordered the Crucial DDR3 RAM to upgrade the memory in my computer at work. It was running with a 2GB stick already and a spare slot beside it.

RAM comes in DDR1, DDR2 or DDR3 modules, if you are unsure what RAM type you need you can download the System Scanner from Crucial which will recommend the correct upgrade for you. ([...]). Don't worry if you buy the wrong type, it won't fit so there's no worry of damaging your computer. Amazon's return policy is such that it's really easy to do a swap.

The Amazon packaging is small enough to fit through your postbox so no trips to the Post Office if you're not in. Inside is the clear plastic Crucial packaging containing the RAM stick. Nice and minimal.

To install the RAM use a screwdriver to remove the side panel from your computer tower, once open look inside and locate a memory stick the same as your new one. There should be a slot to the side of it waiting for your new stick. Simply remove the RAM from the plastic packaging (try not to touch the gold connectors), line up the groove with the slot (it only goes in one way) and push until the clips on both side click into place. Put the side back on your computer and turn it on. You're done!

Since installing the RAM the computer is far snappier and handles multiple applications and tabs much easier. I've had no problems at all so far and along with the price I can only recommend this product to anyone wishing to upgrade.

Sennheiser MM 30i Ear-Canal Headset - Black
Sennheiser MM 30i Ear-Canal Headset - Black
Offered by Electronics and Gadgets Direct Ltd
Price: £28.49

161 of 170 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The lovechild of the CX-300's and Apple earphones, 3 Sept. 2012
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I had been a happy owner of a pair of Sennheiser CX-300's for over 2 years until I stood on them and snapped off an ear piece, since then i've been using the bundled Apple iPhone earphones. Although the sound quality has dropped and they constantly fall out of my ears i've found the inline volume and control buttons as well as the microphone to be really very handy.

As i've just started a gym membership I wanted to upgrade to something that would stay in my ears while exercising, block out the other sounds and have high quality sound. I was about to purchase another pair of CX-300's as they are exactly that but thought: "Is there a way to combine the features of the CX-300's with the Apple earphones?" I tried putting both earphones in a tank together to see if they would mate but alas! there was no need...

The answer is yes and they come in the form of the MM 30i's.

There's an obvious price difference between the CX-300's and the MM 30i's but it is well worth it in my opinion. The controls work on my iPhone, iPad and the iPod Nano I wear as a watch. There are up and down volume controls as well as a centre button which can Play (one click), Pause (one click), Skip track (two clicks), Skip back one track (three clicks), Answer Calls (one click), and End Calls (one click). The only thing I would change is that the controls are placed on the left hand wire (good for lefties?) instead of the right like the Apple earphones, it's no biggie though.

The earphones come in a see-through plastic box and contain the earphones, instructions and a set of 3 various sized earpieces to guarantee a good fit in your ear. As with all Sennheiser products I have used the MM 30i's are built to a high standard and sound fantastic.

All in all, if you're looking to upgrade from the standard Apple earphones or want extra functionality than your CX-300's you can't go wrong with choosing the MM 30i's.
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Undercover iPad Tablet Sleeve by Luckies
Undercover iPad Tablet Sleeve by Luckies
Offered by CuteBitz Limited
Price: £12.40

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great design and a perfect fit for the new iPad., 14 May 2012
I am very impressed with this sleeve.

I already have the SmartCover on the front and an Incipio Smart Feather Case on the back of my new iPad but needed something to protect it when carrying it around in the street or dropping it in my bag. I'm happy to report that the sleeve comfortably addresses all of these points.

The sleeve looks and feels just like a normal jiffy bag but is made from a tougher material with stitching around the edge. You can write on it and stick on your own stickers to make it that bit more authentic if required. (I would recommend you do this for the pretend address label as it says: "Mega Byte Co. Inc, Hard Drive, London, England, 2GB 1MB", a big giveaway).

Turing it over you have a "Sender" style sticker on the flap so you can put your own address here maybe. The flap is secured by a strong velcro tab, pulling this open reveals a striking red lining where you can insert your tablet. The lining feels silky to the touch with stitching and is of a high quality.

The PE foam layer won't save your tablet from smashing if you drop it in this case (what case will?) but will protect it from scratches and marks when out an about and potentially, prevent theft.

All in all i'm very happy with this sleeve, key points being it is well made and can be customised, a recommended purchase.

Samsung PL60 Digital Camera - Silver (10MP, 5x Optical Zoom) 3.0 inch LCD
Samsung PL60 Digital Camera - Silver (10MP, 5x Optical Zoom) 3.0 inch LCD

38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you need in a tiny package, 17 July 2009
While on the hunt for a new digital camera I narrowed it down to the Canon Ixus 100 IS or this, the Samsung PL60. After much analysing of all the stats and having a fiddle with both I opted for the Samsung. Here's why:

- Resolution: Although the Ixus pumps out 12mp compared to 10.2 on the PL60 there is no way i'm going to need that extra bit. If all i'm ever going to do is pop my pictures on Social Network sites and have 6x4 hard prints there is no need for anything over 3mp. I have it set at 5mp and i'm happy as larry. (That gives me over 300 shots on a 1GB SD)

- Optical Zoom: The Ixus has a measly 3x zoom where as the PL60 comes with 5x built in.

- Size: The Ixus is slightly smaller that the PL60 but this is small enough for my liking anyway. You're looking at a few millimeters bigger than a credit card, the depth is abough a third of a credit card's length.

- LCD Screen: The screen on the PL60 is 2.7" compared to the Canon's 2.5", enough said.

- Price: You can pick up a PL60 for just over £110, a Canon Ixus 100 IS will set you back £190. I'd rather keep the £80 thank you.

- USB Charging: This was the killer selling point. You do not have to pop out the battery and stick it in a charger. The camera charges directly from the USB port, so you can charge and transfer the images at the same time. Supplied is a mains adaptor with USB slot so you can charge when away from a computer as well.

All in all I cannot recommend this camera enough, it is quiet, responsive and fast. A definate buy.

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