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Unlike some lighting sets which are separate products bundled together, this is a custom designed set with the front and rear lights fully complimenting each other.

The small and rather stylish set consists of a forward facing light that can also be used as a torch together with a multimode rear-facing red light. The current Amazon price of £14.99 and with an additional £5 discount at the time of writing makes this look a particularly attractive deal.

In the box were the front light, rear light, two USB to micro-USB charging cables, User Guide and mounts for the handlebars and rear light. The User Guide is large, well printed, easy to read and in colour.

The front light also works perfectly well as a torch when removed from the quick release mount and away from the bike at night. The 300 lumen light is one of the brightest I have seen in this price bracket. Using it could not be simpler. There is a single large and easy to access button on the top which scrolls through High, medium, and low light modes plus flash. The device is IP65 waterproof which means it should be fine in the rain for extended periods. On the rear is a grommet protected micro-USB port to charge the larger average 2000mAh Polymer Lithium Ion Battery which is claimed to give a runtime of up to five hours at the maximum power from a three-hour charge. An LED illuminates when the device is charging.

The rear light, which like the front has a quick release mount, is also IP65 water resistant and offers always or flashing modes at a choice of power levels. The rechargeable 500mAh is again larger than many rivals battery will run for over six hours when in standard continuous mode.

Both front and rear lights are extremely bright and should keep you hard to miss at night over a considerable distance. Build quality seems fine and both lights are small and neat enough to tuck away in a pocket when not needed. For the price, this is probably the best bike light set I have tried.

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I have used an electric arc lighter before and I have to say I always get a childish delight from using them. This new one from Ronxs is just as much fun to use as the others!

The lighter arrived well packaged in a stylish presentation box belying the £10.99 price and making it doubly attractive as a gift. Inside the box was the lighter itself together with a short but good quality USB to micro-USB charging cable. Don’t worry about losing the cable as any standard micro-USB cable will work just as well. No instructions were included but they were printed in small and hard to read type on the box.

Build quality is excellent with the device body made from high-grade matt finish plastic with the gooseneck itself from metal. The device has a quality look and feel to it that belies the current reduced Amazon price of £10.99. Next to the USB charging port on the side is a on/off switch, important to prevent the device being switched on accidentally from the ignition button on the front. Around the button is a subtle but rather upmarket ambient blue LED status light. On the end is a metal hanging hook so it can be suspended for storage or used with a lanyard.

Using the device is perfectly simple. First fully charge the internal 280mAh, 1.036Wh Lithium-ion battery until the blue status light goes off. We are warned not to overcharge to protect the battery. There are no battery status LED’s, and so just keep using it until it stops working and then recharge. The description says that up to 1000 spark uses can be obtained from one charge, which is quite a bit than the rival devices I have tried. Turn the power switch to On and press the front button to obtain a spark, which in fact is not actually a spark but a tiny electrical discharge between the two terminals on the end of the gooseneck. The gooseneck can be rotated and bent to shape as required for use in awkward locations but cannot be retracted for storage, which is a pity. I was unsure how well it would work but in fact as my video shows it instantly lit my test candle.

The Good
Good Price
Attractive Design
Works Well
Uses standard micro-USB charging
Hanging Hook
Flexible Gooseneck

The Bad
Non-retractable neck
No battery status LED
No storage bag

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I already have a rather expensive Philips Wake-Up light and was interested to see how this budget rival compared to it.

The unit arrived packaged in a reasonably attractive mid-market display box but lacked the stylish and expensive presentation of the Philips. Inside was the lamp itself, a short USB to micro USB power cable, and a User Guide. Build quality is good for the price and the lamp looks quite stylish and attractive. The User Guide is fairly easy to read and makes a pleasant change from the tiny poorly printed manuals so often received. Build quality seems fine although a little more obviously plastic than the high-end rivals.

The lamp offers multiple functions: Lamp, Clock, Wake-Up alert, Sleep-Aid, Alarm Clock, Night Light. It has four built-in sleep assisting ambient sounds, a range of selectable colours for the light and night light, and a choice of battery or mains power via a USB adapter (not supplied). The only significant feature lacking is a radio. It has an LCD panel on the front displaying the time, status settings, and current mode or feature selection. On the rear is the micro-USB power in slot.

The Wake-Up feature operates much the same as on other devices. The sleeper is awakened by a subtle light that gradually brightens over 15/30/60 minutes together with the selected ambient sound (thrush singing, kingfisher singing, white noise, distant bells). A snooze feature is available to supplement it.

The Sleep-Aid feature is more unusual. When selected the background light changes to the 590-750nm wavelength of red-orange light a specific colour said to stimulate the body's natural secretion of sleep-inducing melatonin. This too has a timer to turn itself off automatically.

It can operate as a normal dimmable bedside reading lamp and as a nightlight. For the night light, it can either scroll automatically through the seven colours of the display with the option to select and lock the colour of your choice. It can be powered in any mode either by the built-in 3600 mAH battery or from the mains using the USB cord. I was pleased to see that a standard micro-USB interface
has been used so there is no need to worry about losing a device specific cable.

This device looks nice once set up and is quite stylishly designed. It performs all the basic features well enough and works well as an incremental wake-up alarm clock and bedside lamp. The build quality although perfectly acceptable is on the cheap side and certainly cannot compare to my Philips unit – but that cost more than four times the price of this one.

This is a decent quality device and although not as good as much more expensive rivals is still a good buy at the current price of just £29.99 and the time of writing Amazon are offering a 5% reduction.

The Good
Great price
Attractive lighting options
Built-in Ambient sounds
Battery operation mode
Good User Guide
Dawn simulation wake up mode
Standard USB plug
Sleep Aid mode

The Bad
No Power Adapter Included
No Radio
Poor audio quality

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I was expecting something larger. I was surprised when such a small box arrived but inside was the lamp, base stand plate, and a small but well-written user Guide. No mains adapter is included but USB power ports and suitable adapters for this 5W device are widely available in most homes and all offices.

I was expecting a large full sized desk lamp but in fact at just over 13" tall this is larger than a computer reading light but smaller than a normal desk light but in fact, to a large extent will do the job of both. It is small and light enough to clip on top of a computer monitor to act as a keyboard lamp but large enough to stand on the desk or bedside table as a reading light.

The head is 2" across by 2.7" long and has a frosted type front surface to avoid glare from the surprisingly bright lamp. It has three colour temperature modes available between 3000K-6500K and eleven brightness levels which can be selected using the large and easy to use control box on the 200cm power cord. Press the M button to scroll through the lighting modes and the + and - buttons to select the brightness level. Press and hold the power button and the light will automatically power off after five minutes, a handy feature when exiting a darkened room.

Build quality seems excellent. The lamp seems well made and robust and has is attractively designed enough for use in the bedroom as well as the office. The gooseneck is one of the most flexible I have encountered and you really could tie a knot in it. It flexible and easy to twist into position with no need to hold the clamp in place. When the detachable base is fitted the lamp is, of course, less stable but it is by no means top heavy and will stand upright perfectly securely with any normal position for the gooseneck.

The Amazon price of £19.99 (with a further 5% reduction at the time of writing) is excellent for a well made, stylish, and very functional lamp such as this.

The Good
Good Build Quality
Good price
Multi-step adjustment
Colour Temperature Selector
LED Location Light
Auto Off Feature

The Bad
No Power Adapter Included

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This new two-part bike light set from bedee is, in fact, two separate but complementary products bundled together. The set consists of a multimode forward facing light that can also be used as a helmet light or torch together with a multimode rear-facing red light. The current Amazon price of £14.99 and with an additional 7% discount at the time of writing makes this look attractive deal. But are the lights any good?

In the first box was the front light, USB to micro-USB charging cable, User Guide and mounts for the handlebars and helmet. It also works perfectly well as a torch when removed from the quick release mount and away from the bike at night. The 300 lumen light is bright and although not the brightest I have seen it is certainly the best I have encountered in this price bracket. Using it could not be simpler. There is a single large and easy to access button on the top which scrolls through Bright, Normal, Flashing and Off modes. The device is IPX 5 waterproof which means it should be fine in the rain for extended periods. On the rear is a grommet protected micro-USB port to charge the 1200mAh battery which is claimed to give a run time of six hours at the standard power and two to three at full power from a three-hour charge. An LED illuminates when the device is charging.

In the rear light box were just the light itself and USB to micro-USB charging cable. No instructions were included other than those on the box. This quick release light is also IPX5 water resistant and offers four lighting modes: Always On, slow LED scrolling, fast LED scrolling and Flashing. The rechargeable 350 mAh battery will run continuously for up to four hours and up to twelve hours when in slow scroll mode.

Both lights are good and bright, particularly the rear one, and should help to keep you safe on the roads at night. Build quality seems fine and both lights are small and neat enough to tuck away in a pocket when not needed. No real criticism to be made other than that the front light User Guide is almost entirely in Chinese but the illustrations make it clear how to fit the lamp if any instructions are indeed actually needed. I doubt if you will find a better bike light set for this price.

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As Christmas approaches, the season of fairy lights, it is maybe time to start looking around for easy ways to illuminate the house ready for the festive season. This kit from Al-Felice contains all you need to get going and allows for room for expansion later.

In the blister pack was a single 5M 300LED light strip complete with plugs either end, UK power supply, 44 key infrared remote control, control box, female to female 4-pin adapter and a small User Guide. The User Guide is small, hard to read and rather uninformative but for completion, I include a scan of it in my unboxing video.

All you need is included here. There is no need to buy anything more unless you plan to expand the unit with more LED strips which can be daisy-chained onto this one and powered from the same PSU and controller.

To use the kit with the single strip included then simply plug the output from the mains power adapter into the white control box, plug the tiny and delicate female to female adapter into the controller output plug and then connect that to either of the two plugs on the light strip. Remove the battery protector plastic strip from the remote control and connect the mains plug. If you wish to connect additional LED strips then these and other female to female adapters can be easily found online. You can cut the LED strip to length being careful to cut with scissors along the indicated points found every few inches on the strip. The strip is sticky backed and can easily be mounted in place.

The fitted LED strips if discreetly mounted can be left in place for future festive occasions, otherwise, they can be carefully removed and returned to the box for next year. As with all LED strips over time the sticky surface will come loose and so for long time use a more permanent mounting method should be found.

Everything you need from a simple lighting kit is included here and at a very attractive price too at £14.99. It is attractively presented and would make a great buy for the Christmas season.

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This attractive new £29.99 device from BesserGift is a multipurpose health and cleansing tool designed to remove residual makeup traces from the face as well as tone up and refresh the skin and pores.

It arrived in a subtle and rather stylish product box with just the unit itself, USB charging cable and User Guide within. I attach a copy of the user guide to my unboxing video, go full screen and pause as needed to read it.

The device itself is has a soft and silky smooth silica gel skin with all the controls buttons recessed into it with a slightly banana like curved design. It has a stainless steel effect top which I thought was purely decorative but in fact is an 'eye smoothing device' and a set of six control buttons running upwards on the front face. At the top on the front is the large face cleaning pad and on the rear the heated eye pad compress pad. On the rear at the bottom is the grommet protected power in port which annoyingly is a non-standard one, so do not lose that USB cable!

Press and hold the power button for between one and two seconds to turn the device on and it will beep and all the LEDs will light. Scroll through the modes by selecting and pressing the power button. The modes are Cleaning, Massage, Hot Pack, Refresh, Relax. Double press the power button to change the vibration level and heat level from the silica to the metal end. The User Guide explains which levels contain heat, vibration or a mix of the two and how to make the best use of the available modes.

The effect of the device is very pleasant and soothing in all of the available modes. What if any long-term benefits it gives is open to debate but it feels relaxing and sometimes stimulating when in use.

This is a discreet and rather elegant device that will refresh the face, skin or indeed any other body area to which it is applied.

The Good
Stylish Design
Good Build Quality
Multiple Modes
Good User Guide

The Bad
No Storage Bag
Non-Standard USB cable
Simple Packaging
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Available from Amazon at just £20.69 this has to be viewed as a budget headset but in fact, you get rather a lot for your money here with the new gaming headset from ONIKUMA.

The headset arrived nicely presented in a mid-range display box. Inside the box was the headset itself, cable adapter, and a large and easy to read User Guide which I include on the end of my unboxing video.

The headset is nicely made, seems robust and strong, and quite attractively designed compared to some gamer headsets I have tried – which is not saying much. It is moderately well padded on both the earcups, which are of the over-ear type, and on the headband. It is comfortable and easy to wear even for long gaming sessions. The 2.2m braided audio cord has both 3.5mm jack and USB plugs. An adaptor is including which connects to the 3.5mm jack plug to allow the mic and headphone signals to be split to separate jack plugs to allow the headset to be used with computers, consoles, and other devices with separate microphone and audio sockets. The earcups illuminate with multicoloured LED’s when connected using the USB plug and in fact, this is the only purpose of the USB plug as USB audio is not supported and there is no built-in vibration engine. There is a large in-line control box with a thumbwheel to control the audio volume and a mute switch for the microphone.

How does it sound?
The audio quality is actually not bad at all and worthy of a higher priced device. There is plenty of bass, not so much as to be overpowering, with the mid and higher frequencies being clear and well defined without being too sharp or abrasive. When both gaming and listening to music it is becomes a very immersive and enjoyable experience. From a pure gaming viewpoint the lack of direct talkback through the console is a drawback but the fine sound quality and ease of use for general music playing more than makes up for it.

Unlike with some gaming headsets, the LED lighting is quite subtle and not unattractive with the earcup logo scrolling through a range of colours. Colours cannot be preset and the lighting can only be switched off by unplugging the USB plug. It is worth saying again that the USB connection is to power the LED lights and not to allow for system-level interaction with a gaming console. The large microphone stalk is very flexible and can be easily folded out of the way but cannot be unplugged. The mic is sometimes muffled in use and the best I have tried for talkback use.

This is a large and well-made set of headphones described as being for gamers but really they are fine for general purpose listening with a full and rich sound not often found at this price. If you are a serious gamer, particularly a console user then my advice would be to walk away. If you are looking for a budget headset for music, PC Gaming and general use then this would be a decent buy.

The Good
Good sound
Great price
Good build quality
Comfortable to wear
LED Illumination
Audio/Mic adaptor
Adjustable mic position
Long 2.2m braided cable
Passive noise reduction

The Bad
Microphone muffles audio
Not suitable for some gaming consoles

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I currently use a Black and Decker cordless drill screwdriver which cost more than twice the price of this new one on offer now from Worksite. But is this one as good?

You certainly get a lot for your £36.99. In the surprisingly small box was the drill itself, power supply, UK plug adapter, 13 piece drill and bit set, set of screws and wall plugs in a useful reusable plastic box, a magnetic wristband, User Guide for the drill and wristband. It all seems to be of decent quality with nothing that looks like it will fail anytime soon. Sadly, no storage/carry case was included.

Operating the drill is almost exactly the same as with my older and larger B&W. No Allen key is needed to fit the drill bit into the standard 3/8" chuck, just twist and lock. Rotate the ring around the chuck to select the 15 step torque level desired or to the screwdriver setting, squeeze the trigger button to vary the drill speed, press the button above the trigger to select clockwise or anti-clockwise drill rotation. When the drill is operating a LED on the base of the device comes on which is designed to help view the drilling work area and although it does help it is a pity it could not be situated more directly in line with the drill bit.

Unlike with the more expensive rivals, this unit has a built-in battery rather than a removable one. This makes the drill smaller and removes the need for an external charger but does mean that multiple batteries cannot be swapped over to keep the drill working over an extended period. Of course, it could be argued that it might be cheaper just to buy a second drill and swap them over as needed than pay for additional batteries and an external charger. To charge the device just connect the small-sized power supply plug into the rear of the drill and an LED on the drill will indicate charging status. It takes three to five hours for a full charge from flat. Note that the power supply is a multi-voltage American two-pin type and that a UK adapter is included.

The wristband bundled with the drill is quite large and chunky but having never used one before I was surprised just how useful it was. It is magnetic and allows drill bits, screws, washers etc to be literally to hand when you need them. It would be an item I would happily buy as an addition to my toolkit.

This drill is compact, neat and easy to store away for everyday use to tackle minor household repairs is small enough to keep in a kitchen drawer rather than in the toolshed. That is really what it is designed for. The relatively small 7.2V 1300mA Li-ion Battery is not up to heavy duty work so forget about using this as your main drill for stone and metal work projects or all day use on the building site. This unit is perfect for putting up shelves, woodworking, fixing loose screws, etc and the small size makes it easy to use in confined spaces.

The Good
Great price
Good Build Quality
Compact Size
Accessories Included
UK Adapter Included
Work Light

The Bad
Fixed internal battery
No Carry Case
Two pin Plug
Not Suitable for Heavy Duty Work

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This light, which is really three lights in one can be used as a mood projector lamp, coloured night light, or as a normal reading or bedroom light. For the £19.99 Amazon price, it is really rather a good deal.

In the simple but attractive branded product box were the light itself, four stencils, tripod mount, USB to micro-USB power cable and User Guide. I include a scan of the User Guide in my unboxing video, switch to full screen and pause to read it. The device made entirely of plastic but seems robust and well made enough to cope with life in the average child's bedroom.

The lamp is spherical in shape and has a removable clear top into which the four supplied stencils are placed and which reveals the four LED lights - red, blue, green and white. Around the base is a translucent night light panel showing the currently selected colour and above it the three control buttons: Projection On/Off, Rotation On/Off, Snooze On/Off. On the rear is the micro-USB power in slot and on the underside the battery port for three AA batteries.

Operating the device is easy enough. After selecting the power source - do not use the USB port if batteries are inserted - remove the clear top half of the device and insert the stencil design of your choice - Ocean World, Birthday Greetings, Romantic Love, or Spaced theme. Pressing the left button switches between white, yellow, blue scrolling lights. The centre button turns the rotation of the dome top on or off. The right button turns the night light Blue, green or off. The lamp can be used as a rather bright desk or table lamp by removing the stencil. When in rotation mode the entire top of the unit revolves, not just the stencil inside, so do not touch the top when it is working as it may damage the motor. It is almost entirely silent when in rotation mode and so it is easy to forget. It will work off batteries but I am not sure what the battery life would be but in any case, in most situations USB power would be easiest.

The lamp works well in any mode and gives atmosphere to a bedroom or children's party at a price that will not break the bank.

The Good
Good Price
Good Build Quality
Easy to Operate
Gives atmosphere to Child's bedroom or party

The Bad
No power adapter supplied
No Batteries supplied
Reading Light mode rather harsh.

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This delightful set of twelve Bath Bombs comes exquisitely presented in a robust pink box which looks like it might contain fancy chocolates. The box is far too nice to throw away and it can easily be repurposed to store trinkets or small cosmetics items.

The twelve 2.2" 3oz Bath Bombs are each differently scented in traditional aromas that put me in mind of the Yardley perfumes of yesteryear. The scents are listed as 'Smooth', 'Sky', 'Love', 'Rose', 'Sunrise', 'Nature', 'Starry Night', 'Heal', 'Caramek', 'Ocean', 'Sakura', and 'Lavender'. The scents are subtle but pervasive and lift and enhance the atmosphere of the bathroom.

Using the bombs is easy enough and the same as with any other. After removing the outer wrapper and plastic seal just pop the bomb into the bath. It will rise to the surface bubbling and agitating the water and move around the bath colouring the water and diffuse the scent. It takes several minutes to fully dissolve. One bomb is more than enough for a normal sized bath and I suspect that just a half a bomb would do if you wished to economise. The bomb will make the bath an even more pleasant experience than usual and leave the skin feeling cleansed and refreshed.

Currently priced at £16.98 on Amazon these bombs are not ultra cheap but the price is at least equal to if not better than that of most high street rivals. In any case, who would not like to pay out for an indulgence such as this.

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I have tried several similar night light projectors but this one is probably the best so far. It has an excellent range of features combined with a very attractive £14.98 price on Amazon.

This 14.2 x 12.8 x 12.8 cm device is basically a nightlight or mood light that projects a shimmering sea type pattern on the walls and ceiling of the room using a moving Fresnel lens with a three coloured LED light source. A choice of LED combinations and control of the movement of the lens means that a range of lighting options are available. The USB powered device has a 3W speaker built in and can play from one of four built-in ambient sounds, as well as from a TF card or external sound source via a 3.5mm mini-jack socket. It comes with a small sized but well made remote control - a dedicated labelled remote not just a repurposed generic model - using easy to find AAA batteries (not included). It can also be operated from a set of front panel controls with a master On/Off switch situated on the underside of the unit. The design is rather cheap looking and plasticky but well made and robust enough for normal use.

Operating the device is very easy using the remote control. You can scroll through the built-in sounds and light patterns using the dedicated keys as well as select an auto-off preset timer of up to four hours. If you insert a TF card or external audio jack then the internal sounds are replaced by the new sound source but you cannot control them using the remote.

The sound quality from the built-in speaker is fine for the ambient sounds but less good for music reproduction, as might be expected. There is no audio out, which is a pity, so you cannot play the internal sounds through your hi-fi. You probably would not want to anyway as the sound samples used are very short in duration often with a noticeable gap between the loops although this is not too noticeable through the small speaker.

The device works well and the chunky remote control is easy to use, as are the front panel controls. It does a good job of what it sets out to do. The lighting patterns are relaxing and hypnotic and coupled with the low-level ambient sound the overall effect is relaxing and sleep-inducing. For the budget price, this is an excellent buy and may well soothe a boisterous youngster off to sleep.

The Good
Great price
Good Build Quality
Three Sound sources
Good Remote Control

The Bad
Cheap appearance
Short audio samples
No Audio Out
Unattractive Design

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I have tried several similar night light projectors but this one is probably the best so far. It has an excellent range of features combined with a very attractive £14.98 price on Amazon.

This 14.2 x 12.8 x 12.8 cm device is basically a nightlight or mood light that projects a shimmering sea type pattern on the walls and ceiling of the room using a moving Fresnel lens with a multi coloured LED light source. A choice of LED combinations and control of the movement of the lens means that a range of lighting options are available. The USB powered device has a 3W speaker built in and can play from one of four built-in ambient sounds, as well as from a TF card or external sound source via a 3.5mm mini-jack socket. It comes with a small sized but well made remote control - a dedicated labelled remote not just a repurposed generic model - using easy to find AAA batteries (not included). It can also be operated from a set of front panel controls with a master On/Off switch situated on the underside of the unit. The design is rather cheap looking and plasticky but well made and robust enough for normal use.

Operating the device is very easy using the remote control. You can scroll through the built-in sounds and light patterns using the dedicated keys as well as select an auto-off preset timer of up to four hours. If you insert a TF card or external audio jack then the internal sounds are replaced by the new sound source but you cannot control them using the remote.

The sound quality from the built-in speaker is fine for the ambient sounds but less good for music reproduction, as might be expected. There is no audio out, which is a pity, so you cannot play the internal sounds through your hi-fi. You probably would not want to anyway as the sound samples used are very short in duration often with a noticeable gap between the loops although this is not too noticeable through th..

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I have tried quite a few very similar flossers and this new model from Blusmart seems as good as any of them and the current price of £29.99 is very attractive compared to that of the Big Name rivals.

In the well designed mid-market product box was the flosser itself, a USB power cable, two standard colour coded heads in a plastic storage box, two spare colour coded heads, UK Power Adapter, carry bag and a User Guide. The User Guide although small is well printed and easy to read and I enclose a scan of it in my unboxing video.

The flosser seems very well made fine for the price and I was pleased to see that it uses a USB power source, which makes it great for taking on holiday as no mains plugs or adapters are needed. It is IPX7 waterproof so it can be used with safety in the bathroom. Unlike some rivals, the 200ml water tank can be fully removed for cleaning although it also has a quick access point to refill.

It has an internal 1400mA lithium battery and one four hour charge can give up to ten days of normal use. It is a pity though that a non-standard power socket is used on the flosser end rather than a normal micro-USB. So take care not to mislay the cable.

Using the device is easy enough. On the front are two large buttons, one for power Off/On, the other to toggle through the three cleaning modes: normal, soft and pulse. There are LED lights to indicate the selected mode and the pitch of the motor varies in intensity between modes so you easily know which is selected. The modes vary between 30-100 PSI hydraulic pressure with a water pulse of 1400-1800 per minute. The device will switch off after two minutes of use if the current mode is not changed. The mode selection lights are also used to indicate charging: flashing when charging, solid when fully charged. Below the jet tip holder on the top is quick release button for use when changing heads.

As a long-term user of these devices I was pleased with the power of the device, often battery powered flossers can only manage a rather feeble flow, not so here. I usually use it in standard mode and switch to soft or massage modes for the gums. The 200ml water tank is more than enough for a cleaning session and can be quickly refilled from the tap. One battery charge is enough for more than a week of normal use. The travel bag is handy when on vacation to protect the flosser and heads and if not away for too long there is no need to take the cable.

This is a well made and easy to use device, works well, and compares very favourably to similar units from market-leading brands.

The Good
Good price
Effective Cleaning
Quiet in use
Three cleaning modes
Four Heads
Carry bag
Power Adapter included

The Bad
Non-standard USB cable

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We already have a fridge whiteboard but it is getting old, the pen does not work too well and when it does is near impossible to remove, so it was time for a change. This new whiteboard from POPRUN is a bit smaller at 43.18x27.94 cm than our old one but has several advantages over the old and works far better.

The whole set arrived in a surprisingly small robust cardboard tube, mine seemed to have been around for a bit but hopefully yours will be OK, inside of which was the whiteboard, eraser, two black markers, two blue, and two red, two large coloured magnetic buttons, some emoji stickers and a large and well-printed User Guide.

Everything it the kit seems to be working fine and appears well made and robust. You may have to uncurl the whiteboard for a few minutes to get the best adhesion to the fridge door but after that, it will stick firmly with no sign of movement. All the pens worked well and unlike some rivals wrote clearly and easily on the board. I found the magnets on the pens to be a little feeble, they would stick well enough to the door but not to the whiteboard where they tended to slide down the ultra smooth surface. The buttons, on the other hand, attached nice and firmly. There is a small eraser on the end of each pen but the larger eraser works really well and wipes clean with one swipe and can be then be attached to the fridge door for storage. Unlike with some lesser rivals, the ink can be as easily wiped when left in place for some weeks.

This is a practical and useful addition to any kitchen, home office or school room and at just £15.99 will not break the bank

The Good
Good Build Quality
Great price
Bright coloured inks
Easy to Write with
Easy to wipe clean
Attractive Packaging
Good User Guide

The Bad
Pen magnets could be stronger
Eraser pad on pens may get Dirty

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This small, neat and rather upmarket looking Qi-Certified wireless charger from HBorna arrived nicely present in a low key but attractive product box. Inside was the charger itself, a medium length USB to micro-USB cable, a thin black pad, and a better than average User Guide. I am not quite sure what the little black pad does since it is not mentioned in the User Guide or Amazon product page. It may be to protect the shiny surface of the charging unit.

Build quality seems fine. The 7.9x7.9x0.7cm 73g charging pad appears well made and robust with a high gloss finish which looks great now but I suspect it is a fingerprint magnet and may scuff and scratch over time. The charger has four anti-slip pads on the underside and a micro-USB port on the side. It is a pity that in the new USB-C could not have been used at least as an option. It has a multicolour LED to indicate charging status which must be subtle indeed as I did not even notice it when I first used it.

Unlike many cheap imports, this charger is fully Qi certified which hopefully means the power output is correct and as promised. It has three charging modes which are automatically selected according to the device attached: 10W, 7.5W or 5W. Take note that to get the advantage of the higher speeds a QC2.0 or better power adapter must be used. The one that came with the phone being charged should be suitable. You will see from my video that it also works with other devices, such as my Motorola smartwatch. The LED shows you the mode in use: flashes green slowly for quick charging, flashes orange slowly for normal charging, flashes green fast when a problem is detected (such as a metal object in a phone case interfering with the signal), solid green when charging is complete.

Currently priced at just £14.71 this is is a budget high-speed charger with a distinctly upmarket look to it. If you have a wireless charging phone or other devices this would be a nice addition to your desktop.

The Good
Great Price
Good Build Quality
Up Market Looks
Attractive Packaging
Auto Selected Charging Modes

The Bad
No USB-C
Fingerprint Magnet
No USB adapter included

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The reason I bought this item, which cost the princely sum of £3.84 was that the same Bluetooth parking locator technology using the iPark app was built into two car wifi chargers I recently tested. My current daily driver phone does not use wifi charging but I though a small and discreet device such as this one using that system might be worth having.

In the nicely designed product box was just the device itself. No User Guide was included and no useful information was to be found on the box. Some sparse information is on the Amazon product page but luckily I knew from previous experience how the device functioned.

This device does three things.
1. It is a cigar lighter to USB adapter with three outputs of 5v/2.1A, it is not made clear if this is the rating for each port or the total output. This worked OK for me.

2. It has a tiny LCD screen showing the current voltage output to the port. This does seem to work but how accurate it is I cannot say.

3. The charger has a built-in Bluetooth beacon and after installing the free iPark app the beacon will connect to your phone and automatically tell the iPark app to remember the current GPS location. When you leave the car and go out of Bluetooth range the app can be used to show you where you last parked and guide you back to it using Google Maps. The app also allows you to take a photo of the precise location and append that to the map. You can add other information, such as the car park floor level and timers with audible alerts.

When working the Bluetooth parking locator is a useful thing to have and probably the main reason to buy this device. Sadly, from the adapter I received there was no Bluetooth signal detectable by any of my phones. I contacted the company and got a full refund from them. I may well have just got a rogue unit and the all the rest may work perfectly as it did with the two wifi chargers I test..

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I own and am very happy with my Netatmo Weather Station but the external sensor is rather small and easily lost in a cluttered garden like mine. This new housing unit will allow me to wall mount it in a secure location within range of the Base Unit and with easy access to change batteries and otherwise administer to it. At head height on the wall, it is less likely to get lost than in the old location freestanding on top of the compost bin.

I was a bit wary having read some of the negative Amazon reviews for this product but in fact, the reality proved to be rather better than I had feared.

The product arrived very well packaged in a robust mid-market product box inside of which was the sensor mount itself, a wall mounting kit, two lockable cable ties, a velcro mount, and a well written but largely unneeded User Guide. The two cable ties were entirely useless, were brittle and snapped instantly, so who knows where they got them from or how long they had been in store. The sensor mount itself seemed fine and free from any such issues. Many reviewers complained about the colour and indeed the mount is not true white but in fact has a slight but perceptible magenta or even pink hue to it. I cannot say this concerns me unduly. The build quality itself seems fine.

The sensor housing is made from a medium weight plastic if you dropped it would be fine but if you stood on it it would break, fine in other words for the use it is intended for - to protect the contents from extremes of weather without skewing the sensor readings. It is more than large enough to house my Netatmo sensor and has an interior capacity of 60mm (diameter) x 160mm height. It has a sensor cable access hole on the bottom which can also serve as a drain hole. The entire unit can be fairly easily slid up and off the wall mount or the base twisted to release and remove the sensor.

Fitting it to the wa..

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I prefer wireless keyboard and mouse sets. The technology has developed now so dropouts and high battery use are no longer issues they were even for budget models like this one. My current set comes from Logitech and is similar to this new model from BJL in many ways although is more than twice the price.

In the well designed mid-market product box were the keyboard, mouse, User Guide, USB dongle and batteries. The keyboard takes two AA batteries housed in a housing on the underside, the mouse just one battery housed in a compartment also used to store the USB key. Unusually for the price the keyboard sports LEDs for caps lock, Numeric pad and low battery. Again, surprisingly for such a low priced device, the wireless mouse has no less than five selectable DPI levels of between 800 to 2400DPI. Both Mouse and Keyboard have default energy saving to switch them to sleep mode after eight minutes without use. Both devices have power switches, useful for long-term storage. The keyboard has a stylish sculptured fluting to the base which means there is no kickstand needed, good as they invariably break over time. However, this does mean that the keyboard is always positioned at a preset angle and cannot be made to lay flat on the work surface.

Build quality felt fine although the mouse felt lighter weight than I prefer. The keyboard is claimed to be spill resistant but I would not want to put it to the test. One minor issue is that the USB dongle is a plain and anonymous black with no marking on it which makes it hard to identify and easy to mislay.

No setup is required other than plugging the USB dongle into the computer, fitting the batteries to the keyboard and mouse and ensuring both devices are switched on. The computer will immediately recognise the BJL set and you can begin using it at once. One major selling point is that this is a UK configured keyboard with a £ k..

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I chose the Daschund cover from the range of twenty-one covers available in this series as for me it seemed the most colourful and appealing. You might want to check through the list to see if there is one available that looks like your own dog.

The cover arrived simply presented neatly folded within a plain resealable plastic bag. No paperwork or other items were included and none needed.

The cushion cover is 18" x 18" and made from a coarse weave cotton/Linen mix and feels strong and robust enough for everyday use. Along one side is a narrow zipper to allow the pillow to be inserted and although the zip does not feel particularly strong it does not need to as it will be very seldom used. The cover material feels quite rough to the touch as you would expect with broadloom linen but not unpleasantly so. It is eco-friendly and no nasty plastics or chemicals are used in the cushion cover. This does mean that care has to be taken when washing so be sure to cold wash only without bleach and do not dry clean or tumble dry.

The cushion covers vary of course throughout the range but this one has a particularly colourful and amusing look to it. All the canine designs have their own appeal especially if your own dog's breed is there. For the £4.99 price, it is a quick and easy way to jolly up the bedroom or sofa.

The Good
Attractive Design
Great Price
Good Build Quality

The Bad
Delicate Zip

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Poor Blenheim feels the cold. Poppy our other dog does not due to her thicker coat but Blenheim the whippet trembles away during the winter unless he is tucked up warm under his blanket or given the best position in front of the fire. So it was that we decided to invest in a winter woolly jumper for him and this Halloween themed onesie from The Trendy Whippet seemed to best fit the bill.

It is available in five sizes and after measuring Blenheim we chose a medium. This proved to be too small when it arrived and it may well be that the measurements we made we inaccurate and so we sent it back and ordered the next size up. This one was fine for length but it still seems a little tight across his shoulders at the front.

No problems with the way the fleece is made. It is thick and substantial, all the seams are well stitched and secure and it feels lovely to the touch. If I could fit in it I would wear it myself. The Halloween theme consists of a row of lightly padded humps along the back and they add to the charm of the garment.

There is a technique to getting it onto the dog. Put the head in first, then carefully pass each front leg through the leg opening, slightly more difficult than with some other onesies as the legs here are almost full length, then finally the back legs.

This is an excellent onesie, perhaps better suited for inside rather than outside wear, which is warm, comfortable and well made. Priced at around £30 depending on the size selected and including shipping (Prime not available), this is not cheap but not a bad price for such a quality item. Take care to measure the dog carefully before ordering and if in doubt select a larger size.

The Good
Well Made
Thick and Warm
Halloween Design

The Bad
Expensive
Tight around Shoulders

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When you need quick access to your phone it is not always convenient to have to search through your pockets. This new silicone lanyard set from TOOVREN will allow quick and direct access to your phone and secures it firmly around your neck. I have to say I am not sure these are sold in two packs rather than individually but no matter as the price of £15.99 for two is far from excessive.

Packaged in a simple plastic resealable bag I received a set of two lanyards, one black and the other am eye-catching purple although other colour combinations and single colour sets are available. No instructions or paperwork came with the set and indeed none is needed.

Each lanyard is made of silicone with stainless steel for the mounting clip assembly and a black metal alloy for the side grips. The phone is held in place by four metal grips that hook over and around the sides of the phone but are narrow enough not to obscure any part of the screen. A silicone eyelet on the top of the mount is secured to the steel J-clip keyring style holder to which the neckstrap part of the lanyard is also attached. On me, the phone hangs to the mid to upper chest level and this length could be shortened if necessary but cannot be extended. The phone feels secure, does not flap around my neck too much and can easily be positioned for calls or camera use. I am always aware that the phone is there and for added security, it can be easily tucked inside a shirt or jacket whilst still on the lanyard.

The holder is designed to fit any phone between 4.7" to 6.7" and this seems pretty accurate. I should say that when I tested it on a 6.5" device it fitted perfectly well but I could see that the silicone was discolouring around the grips where the tension was greatest. That said, it worked fine on all the phones I tried it with. There is an opening on the rear designed to allow rear camera access but it ..

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