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I have tried plenty of clip-on lights before as I search for the best one to use with when watching the TV at night with my Chromebook on my lap. All the ones I have tried have worked to a greater or lesser extent but none have been without issues and most have packed in after a while.

This new clip light from Azhien is the best yet and ticks nearly all the boxes.

It arrived in a tiny mid-market box containing the lamp itself, a short USB charging cable and a one-page User Guide. Build quality seems genuinely good and better compared to the others I have tried and better by far than I expected for the crazy £5.99 price. this does not seem like a bargain-basement gadget likely to fall apart after a month of use.

The 22cm gooseneck is fully flexible and can almost be tied into a knot. The clamp is large and very firm with a ribbed rubber grip. Once in place, it is pretty firm, although not perfect. There is a single soft touch button on the head of the 7 LED lamp. Short press to scroll through the three modes: warm white at half power, daylight white at half power, daylight white at full power. You should be able to get between five and twelve hours of light depending on the mode selected.

The light can be powered either by USB or from the internal 850ma Lithium Polymer Battery. I was pleased to note that a standard USB to micro-USB cable has been used for charging, so should the cable fail a replacement can be easily found.

This little device has a quality feel to it, works well and is budget-priced. You cannot really go wrong by buying one.

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This T-Shirt can is best described as a Breton Style shirt as the true Breton shirt, adopted as the official uniform of the French Navy in 1858, has long sleeve and smaller more aligned stripes. That is no criticism of this is T-shirt, which is everything I hoped it might be.

The garment arrived simply packaged in a plain and unbranded plastic bag inside of which was just the shirt itself, with no external labelling or tags.

Made from 100% cotton, the shirt is soft and forgiving when worn and feels comfortable and warm. I selected the red striped version although it is also available in blue and black. I was pleased to see that the colour of the stripes was less garish than I was expecting and was far more pleasing to the eye. To avoid colour wash it is best to cold wash by hand or machine.

Build quality seems fine with all the seams well stitched and just one minor hanging thread. The T-shirt has Chinese sizing which is smaller than ours and so I would suggest selecting a garment two sizes larger than normal. I chose XXL and that fits me perfectly, and in any case better too large than too small!

For the £12.99, this attractive T-shirt is rather a good buy.

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For a shade under $38.00, you get two products in one. A pair of versatile and stylish MTB shorts and a separate foam padded liner or undershorts. The MTB shorts can be worn as regular ones without the lining and the lining can be worn with other shorts or MTB kit as required.

I am more of a runner than a biker, but when I do on my bike I know the importance of keeping my rear end protected when out on the trail. My usual cycling shorts are fine but the padding is rather more obvious than I would like and I always feel a bit awkward when wearing them when dismounted.

This new MTB shorts kit from Ally features a separate liner or undershorts with a thick and effective foam liner built in. The shorts themselves have no padding and so can be worn without the liner as a normal pair of outdoor or sporting shorts. There are no less than seven pockets, five of the zipped with two easy access hip pockets. You can get a 5.5" phone, batteries, cards and all your usual bits and pieces into the pockets easily and without feeling overstuffed.

Both the shorts and undershorts feel lightweight and comfortable. The Polyester/Spandex shorts are elasticated and have velcro waist tabs to ensure a good fit. Sizing seems fine but if in doubt select a size up, as I did, to ensure they will not be too tight. The undershorts and shorts have effective wicking to keep moisture and sweat at bay and the shorts are listed as water repellent. They do a good job of protecting the rider and pocket contents from rain and splashes but they will not be much use against water immersion, so take care not to fall in!

The undershorts feature a large padded area on around the seat, this is foam rather than gel padding which I prefer for longer rides. The great thing about this system is that the padding is hardly visible when worn with separate shorts as the material of the shorts hangs away from the padding. This also allows the shorts to be worn separately as regular outdoor or sporting wear, impossible with normal cycling shorts.

I would be perfectly happy to pay the asking price were these just normal shorts, as they are stylish, comfortable and very practical for day to day wear. The separate padded liner in many ways can be looked on as a bonus and should disaster befall the shorts, the liner can be worn with any other pair of unpadded shorts or pants.

This will be a good addition to my summer MTB and outdoor kit and I am happy to recommend them.

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I have seen plenty of plugboards at this price, but none with the build quality and attention to detail that this one has. I have tried other high-end plugboards but none at the budget price of this model from HULKER.

The product one arrived packaged like a techy gadget in a rather posh gold coloured box. The upmarket presentation makes a difference in how the product is perceived and this is not just the same as the rest. This one is designed to sit on the desk rather than under it and the attractive design makes it look not at all out of place there. It comes with a 1.6M heavy-duty power cord with a three-pin UK fused 13A plug hard-wired in place. In the box were just the plugboard and a well written but annoyingly small and hard to read User Guide, which I reproduce at the end of my unboxing video.

As a powerboard, the device is more versatile than most with the three sockets all capable of handling a range of plug formats and voltages: UK, EU, USA, Australia, etc. The sockets are all controlled from a single switch and there are no separate switches for each socket. Keep in mind that this is a power adapter and not a transformer and check that your foreign device will work on UK 240v before plugging it in! Remember too that the plugboard will support devices with a total load of 3250W, so don't go plugging three kettles into it! That said, this plugboard is fully fused and offers surge protection in case disaster strikes.

The unit has a single control button with a good positive click to turn the whole plugboard off, plugs and USB together, with a status LED visible through the USB slots.

Often plugboards now come equipped with USB charging sockets but too often they output a have a low power standard output of just 1A or even lower. Not so here as this plugboard comes with three smart sockets and will automatically detect and deliver the amount of power your USB device needs between 0.1 to 2.4 A. It is a pity, however, that there is no USB-C output, a feature I have yet to see on any similar powerboard.

The thing that strikes me most about this plugboard is the high-end build quality together with the care and attention detail used in the production. There are plenty of equally well-specified rivals out there but I am sure none for the same budget price.

This is an excellent plugboard designed for the modern home or office use, and for the current Amazon price of £9.99, it is a very attractive buy.

The Good
Attractive Design
Good price
Smart USB sockets
Fast Charge USB socket
International Power sockets

The Bad
No wifi or Voice control
No USB-C socket
No individual socket switches

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The new and excellent DJI Osmo 3 gimbal can be bought alone for £99 or as the DJI Osmo Mobile 3 Combo which gives you the gimbal and standard accessories plus a semi-rigid case and mini-tripod for £158. When I received mine I was annoyed to discover that the supplied mini-tripod would not fit into the case and it was such a tight fit that it was all I could do to get the two cables needed in there!!

Checking online I found there was a wide selection of Osmo 3 cases now available. There were multiple versions of the case under test today from Kismaple with prices between £12 and £20. I suspect they are all the same item rebranded.

The case arrived with no external packaging other than a ziplock bag and the Amazon box it was sent in. There were no instructions or paperwork and none was needed.

The 23.5 x 18.5 x 6.4cm 290gm case is of the semi-rigid type - slightly flexible, not hard plastic but robust enough to protect the contents and very similar in build quality to the much smaller DJI official case. The box has a full-length zip with two grippers, and a full-size internal mesh pouch again with a zip opener. Inside the case are five padded flexible spacers which can be positioned to protect the gimbal and tripod with the spare spacers used to pad the small extra space which can otherwise contain extra items. There is a padded internal flap which offers further protection and this flap has eight elasticated openings each capable of housing an SD card or other small items.

I am very impressed by the design and build quality particularly for this low cost.

I would advise any prospective Osmo 3 buyers to avoid the official Combo set and instead buy the Osmo 3 alone and pick up a case like this and third party mini tripod. That should get you a better protected kit and save £25 or more.

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Seasonal Affective Disorder is a recognised and well-documented type of depression that's related to changes in seasons — SAD begins and ends at about the same times every year. With SAD, symptoms start in the autumn and continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody. Treatment for SAD may include light therapy (phototherapy), medications and psychotherapy.

This is where this light comes in.

This unit does not resemble a table light or other domestic light but takes the form of a 24.8 x 17.8 x 2.7cm panel with a large LED display on the front with below it a backlit LCD screen and easy to use control buttons next to it.

The idea is that you sit in front of the lamp for set periods with the lamp set to either 6000k simulated daylight or the more power mood affecting Blue light which the unit can also emit. The light can be switched from Daylight to Blue at 5 brightness levels and there is a built-in timer to control the operating time. The unit has a fully adjustable kickstand which slots into the body when not in use to adjust the positioning angle of the lamp. The large backlit LCD panel and well sized and marked buttons make operating the unit a breeze. The large, well written and easy to read User Guide advises on the optimum distance to sit from the lamp and for operating times needed for most effective use.

The unit is mains powered and comes with a UK power supply with a hard-wired power cord somewhat shorter than I would have liked. It is a pity there is no built-in battery or remote control to enhance ease of use, but no matter, all the key features needed are found here.

If you find yourself depressed and down at heel during the winter months maybe this £54.99 lamp is just what you need.

The Good
Good Build Quality
Good price
Easy to Operate
LCD Display
Good User Guide

The Bad
No Carry Case
No Battery Option
No Remote Control

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You cannot expect much for £3.99 but it will get you this lightweight but perfectly functional Vernier Caliper.

The device survived the journey to me in a plain unpadded shipping bag inside of which was the Vernier Caliper itself along with an LR44 battery but no instructions or paperwork of any kind. No big deal as operating this little device is not rocket science.

Build quality is lightweight and as you would expect for the budget price. The device feels distinctly low end with a rather dim display and buttons that feel soft and squishy. The unit extends to measure lengths of up to 150mm and features a non-backlit LCD screen. On the front below the LCD screen are the three control buttons to select Metric/Imperial, On/Off, Reset to zero. As the unit opens the depth bar extends to allow interior distances to be measured.

The device can measure in four different ways: internal, external, step and depth. The track moves smoothly when in operation but there is no way to lock the unit in place to hold a distance. Also, there is no memory feature to store measurements. However, the unit can quickly switch from Metric to Imperial units and be reset to zero at the touch of a button.

That it works at all makes this a good buy for just £3.99 and impossible not to recommend. Personally, I would prefer to pay more for a more robust build quality along with some memory and distance lock features together with a storage case.

The Good
Good Price
Fully Functional
Easy to Use

The Bad
Lightweight Construction
No Case
No Backlight
No Measurement Lock

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Although I have tried several endoscopes before this is the first ear health-focused otoscope I have tried, although in reality, the real difference is in the application rather than design.

This kit is very nicely packaged and presented and contains not just the device itself but a range of accessories designed for ear health and cleanliness. In the rather posh box can be found the Otoscope, USB to micro-USB charging cable, 22 piece accessories kit, and a well printed, easy to read but rather brief User Guide. The accessories kit consists of a silicone sleeve that sits around the steel tip of the unit to prevent it being inserted too far and a range of ear spoons, swabs, and scrapers and a curious item resembling a tiny fly whisk. I have no wish to know what some of them do, I can only shudder and guess at their purpose,

Build quality seems first-rate. From the presentation box onwards the item has a quality and upmarket feel to it with the otoscope itself lacking the clinical design that might be expected but instead having the subtle, smooth design of a high-end digital pencil.

The unit has built-in 300mAh battery which can run for about an hours from a single charge and uses a standard micro-USB port. A short USB to Micro-US cable is provided but thanks to the avoidance of a proprietory socket replacement cables can easily be found.

Operating the device is entirely done using the bebird app. The Android version I used was slick and easy to use. There is no need to register an account, a refreshing change in itself, and it was simple and easy to jump from the bebird app to the Android settings to link to the password-free hotspot generated by the pen-like device. Once connected you can stream and view [email protected] live video in either upright or landscape formats and record video or still images. I found the resultant video to be rather jerky but that may well be down to issues with my phone. I encountered no dropouts and the app was stable and responsive.

Although designed for examining the ear I doubt I will use it for that purpose. I tried it down my ear briefly and even though my ears were syringed by the nurse just a few weeks ago the resultant images were too disturbing for public viewing. The device itself did a great job.

For home use, this would be an excellent choice as it is quick and easy to use and the non-clinical design will serve to reassure those intimidated by medical instruments. The is a Quality piece of kit, and for such a specialised item, a good buy for £43.88.

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This small footprint lamp is perhaps the most versatile and handy of the several models I have tried from
Gerintech and at just £15.99 is certainly the most inexpensive.

In the attractive mid-range box was the lamp itself, USB to micro-USB cable, and a well printed and easy to read User Guide. I include a scan of the User Guide at the end of my unboxing video.

Although lightweight and compact nevertheless build quality seems excellent. It is made almost entirely of glossy plastic but it looks more upmarket than you might expect and would be at home on any modern desk. The lamp has is larger than I was expecting and at full stretch is 18″ in height with the base about 4.7"x3.3" x3.8" in height. The main 5w 250 lumen gooseneck light is pretty bright at full power but has a choice of three brightness levels. The gooseneck can be bent and twisted as much as needed without causing the lamp to overbalance.

The unit is controlled by two touch-sensitive buttons on the front face of the unit. There is one button to control the gooseneck lamp, short press to turn on/off and scroll through the three brightness levels.
The second button turns the night light on or off. On the base of the lamp is the micro USB socket which can power the unit directly or charge the battery. The base also has a receptacle for pens, two clear plastic drawers and phone holder grooves.

The lamp can be powered either from the built-in rechargeable 2200mAh Li-ion Battery or from any USB socket. One charge should give between three and twenty two hours of operation depending on the light options used. No mains adaptor is provided but the socket is a standard micro-USB and cables of varying lengths are widely and easily available. The battery can be removed and looks to me to be the widely available 18650 model.

The main light is good and bright at full power, easily bright enough to work by or to use as a feature light, the Nightlight is subtle and attractive although the nightlight brightness cannot be adjusted. There is no option either to vary the colour temperature of either light.

This is simple and easy to operate desktop lamp that would be just as at home in the bedroom or nursery and a decent buy indeed for the budget-friendly Amazon price.

The Good
Good price
Good build quality
Good Battery Life
Dual power source
Excellent User Guide
Nightlight feature

The Bad
Nightlight Brightness Preset
No colour temperature control
No Mains Adaptor Included

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As a runner myself I have tried a few night lights. The ones I have tried have been armbands or shoe clip-ons that work well enough and are fine for road runs of up to a couple of hours or so. However, off road runners don't just need to make passing vehicles aware of them but also to navigate and find their way in total darkness. This is where a powerful front-facing lamp such as the one here is needed.

The kit arrived in a colourfull mid-market box containing the pre-assembled harness with lights in place and a short USB to micro-USB charging cable. No instructions or other paperwork was needed or included.

The kit consists of a chest harness with quick-release buckle and an adjustable elasticated strap. On the front is a plastic holder for the small but powerful 500 Lumen lamp with a 3 position button built-in. The front assembly also includes a small compass and a mount for a GoPro style camera. You will need to provide your own standard clip to mount it in place. A thin wire runs from the chest assembly to the rear lightbox which contains the powerful rear-facing flashing red LED and rechargeable battery with a grommet protected USB port. The single control button operates front and rear lights together, they cannot be used singly, but you can scroll through the three brightness levels of the front lamp whilst the rear lamp remains the same.

Charging the 2200 mAh battery from flat takes around five hours and can give up to six hours of light, depending on the brightness level selected.

In use the light works well and when off-road it is very useful to be able to point the lamp downward to see immediately in front as you run. The camera mount works well too and my camera fell safe and secure at all times. You can mount the camera above or below the mount bracket, although you may need to adjust the image orientation when editing to allow for the inverted image.

This is not a light that will suit every runner, but off-road runners or walkers will find it particularly useful due to the down-facing path illuminating light option and the extra-long battery life. The device is IPX5 water resistant, so it should be fine in normal rain but avoid water immersion.

For the current £15.59 Amazon price for those that need it, this is a great buy.

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This set of bathroom accoutrements has a sort of rustic charm to them and it clear that they are genuinely hand made. The set consists of two varnished wooden soap holders, each 11.5 x 8 x 2cm, and three 12x9cm sisal fibre soap bags. The products arrived in a plain unbranded box and with no paperwork or User Guide and none needed.

What is sisal, used to make the soap bags, you may ask? It is a species of Agave native to southern Mexico but widely cultivated and naturalized in many other countries and produces a soft fibre traditionally used for rope and twine.

The soap holders are made from bamboo wood, varnished to a mild teak colour and are designed to allow prevent soap from becoming wet or slimy when not in use and to dry naturally in the air. The soap bags have a similar function but can be suspended from a hook to do so. The soap bags can also be used with the soap in place during washing to generate and enhance the lather as well as to allow the soap to be held more securely. No more dropping the soap! You can also use the bags with shower gel or other skins cleaning products for a better exfoliating effect. Although it depends on the soap you use, take care not to squeeze the soap too hard when working up a lather to prevent is sticking too hard to the bag.

Both items perform their simple tasks well and in particular, I found the bags to work well both for keeping the soap dry and working up a good lather.

For the low Amazon price of £5.99, this set would make a good stocking filler gift as well as a useful addition to your bathroom kit.

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This simple pair of mercury thermometers, priced at just £2.95, look identical but have different scales, one for the fridge and the other for the freezer. The scale is colour coded to indicate if the temperature is too hold, cold or within the target zone for the appliance.

Although each of the 14.5cm x 2cm x 0.7cm thermometers is made from plastic the build quality seems fine and they seem perfectly robust enough for daily use. They have hooks so they can be suspended within the fridge or freezer which may give a more accurate reading than when laid flat.

In use, they work well enough but can be rather difficult to read as they have to be held at an angle to read the mercury and this is doubly difficult with the freezer one which I found has a tendency to frost over the mercury glass. That aside, they could not be easier to use and are fine for the purpose intended. If a more accurate reading is needed then more expensive rivals are available. Models using a bimetallic strip should be easier to read but avoid battery-operated models as battery life will be restricted when left in the freezer over time.

This is a perfectly good buy for home or non-critical use and the price certainly cannot be bettered.

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This EMS Muscle Stimulator and Abs muscle trainer from ANLANis new on the market and available for just £22.98, so I decided to give it a go. I had an earlier and similar device but this one uses rechargeable batteries rather than coin-sized ones and replaces the remote control with more intuitive and easier to use on-device buttons.

The unit was presented an attractive imid market box resembling that of a high tech gadget rather than an exercise device. In many ways that is what it is as it aims to simplify and rationalise muscle toning through the application of smart new technologies. Of course, electrically stimulated muscle toners have been around for quite a while but this is one of the first I have seen of this type.

In the box was the large abdominal pad, two smaller pads, three identical control pods, a single very short USB to micro-USB charging cable, a pack of gel pads and a large, easy to read User Guide. I attach a scan of the most important sections to my unboxing video. No storage bag or case is provided. Although we probably all have plenty of the USB adapters needed to power this device it is a pity that none were provided in the box. Keep in mind that to charge all the units at once three USB charging ports will be needed as well as two additional cables.

Using the device is simple enough. After charging the controller units (which takes about two hours via USB, carefully clip the units to the exercise pads. Fit the gel pads to the body areas in need of work, pushing down carefully and holding in place for a second or so if necessary. Make sure the skin is dry, clean and sweat-free first. Take care the pads are applied correctly as failure to do so can be painful when the device is turned on. Moisten the gel pads slightly to ensure good electrical contact and ensure a firm connection to the skin is made.

Turn the unit on by pushing and briefly holding the power button in the middle of each battery unit, a tiny LED will turn on. It begins at intensity level one and the level can be adjusted from one to ten using the plus and minus buttons, the blue status LED will indicate which button you have pressed. To turn off long-press the power button again. The abs pad and the two supplementary pads are controlled separately and independently of each other. The LED's on the control pods indicate the selected mode.

It is important to remove the gel pad slowly and carefully, pulling it off roughly may damage the delicate pad. Wipe the pad with a dry cloth and then stick it carefully to the shiny side of the storage board provided in the kit. You can

It takes a bit of getting used to at first. It can be quite uncomfortable if not painful at first if the device is turned up too high. It is best to start at the lowest level and to work your way up over time. It goes without saying that this device will only work in conjunction with a healthy diet and at least moderate whole-body exercise. This device can only be looked at as being part of an overall fitness regime.

I have not yet had the kit long enough to give a definitive answer over how well it actually works but I can say that in about a week or so my upper arm muscles are certainly looking more toned and fit and my abdominal muscles certainly feel like they have been working hard and so I am hopeful for the future.

There are many more upmarket rivals to this device but I doubt any of them work any better and expect to pay twice the price or more of this budget unit. If you are new to EMS training then this might well be the best place to start,

The Good
Great price
Good Build Quality
Easy to use
10 intensity levels
Six exercise modes

The Bad
No Storage Case
Needs delicate handling and storage
No USB charging adapter provided
Only 1 USB cable included

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I have tried several holiday light projectors before and they all used slot-in cards containing coloured slides to be projected like an old-style magic lantern. This new Halloween projector from Gvoo uses a new and rather more modern technique to project a rotating circular image pattern that is far brighter and more vibrant than the old-style units although with a smaller range of images.

Inside the unmarked white product box was the projector itself, a ground spike mount, a stand mount with base, and a multi-voltage 14w power supply. The projector comes with a standard UK plug which is IP44 waterproof with the projector waterproof to IP65. The projector should be good anywhere in the garden but keep the plug out of direct rain. It is a pity there is no hood to keep water off the lens as although it is perfectly safe to use water might degrade the projected image. No User Guide or instructions are included or required.

Using the device is simple enough. Position the projector a good distance from the house to get a large image, ten to twenty metres is suggested, and switch on. There are no controls, not even an on/off button and no option to select images or vary image rotation speed. Just plug it in and walk away. It is a pity there is no timer to allow it to be plugged in overnight without annoying the neighbours.

The effect is striking and very different from the lantern type rivals. The image is very bright and can produce images far larger and brighter than the old style rivals.

Currently available from Amazon for £14.99, this would make a nice addition to your Halloween garden.

The Good
Good price
Good Build Quality
Easy to Use

The Bad
No lens hood
No Timer

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In the garage or workshop a way of accurately measuring objects is often needed and this simple to use
Vernier Caliper can do this.

The device arrived nicely presented in branded cardboard box inside of which was the Vernier Caliper itself, a
CR2032 Battery and a well printed and easy to read multi language User Guide. Build quality seems fine with the device made from good quality but lightweight plastic. The unit extends to measure lengths of up to 150mm and features a larger than normal easy to read non backlit LCD screen. On the front below the LCD screen are the three control buttons to select Metric/Imperial, On/Off, Reset to zero. As the unit opens the depth bar extends to allow interior distances to be measured.

The device can measure in four different ways: internal, external, step and depth. The track moves smoothly when in operation but there is no way to lock the unit in place to hold a distance. That said, this is still one of the easiest calipers I have used and the LCD display is large and easy to see although it does lack a backlight. The unit can quickly switch from Metric to Imperial units and be reset bto zero at the touch of a button.

For just £7.99 this caliper is rather a good buy and is a worthwhile advance on my older and rather more cheaply made model. I would have been happier to pay a bit more for a hard case to protect the rather delicate device but even so this is a worthwhile purchase and would be a useful addition to the workshop or garage.

The Good
Good Price
Good build quality
Good User Guide
Easy to Use

The Bad
No Case
No Backlight
No Measurement Lock

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This little £8.49 pen could save your life. Powered by two AAA batteries (not included), hold it close to a suspected power source and it will light up and beep. The alert intensity varies according to the distance and power level detected and distinguishes between Live and Neutral wiring.

In the box were just the pen itself and a simple two page User Guide, which I append to the end of my unboxing video. No batteries were included, which is a pity. The device is made entirely of plastic but the build quality seems fine and robust enough for home or business use.

The pen has a screw top to access the compartment for the two AAA batteries with below it a large pocket clip. On the other end is the clear plastic sensor robe with above it a small LED inspection light. On the side are the row of LED signal indicators with switches for the indicator light and Off/On status.

Using the device could not be simpler. Just hold the tip adjacent to the wire or area to be tested - no need to touch the tip to the wire - and the device will beep and the LED's will light up. There are six LED's, graduated from orange to red. Two will illuminate whenever an electrical field is detected, four will light to indicate a Null or Neutral line and 6 when a Live line is found. The beeper varies in intensity in tandem with the LEDs. The inspection light can be turned on to aid when working in dark or confined spaces. The device is very sensitive and often it is hard to tell how strong the signal is. To help with this try and keep wires to be tested as far apart as possible. That said, it gets easier with experience and better too sensitive than not enough, that way at least it will keep you alive.

For the budget price, this is a good buy and a handy device to keep in the home. Professionals and more experienced users will probably wish to pay extra for a more sophisticated alternative.

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Finding decent quality but affordable Halloween lights can be a problem. The supermarkets are full of cheap, nasty and overpriced lights but they usually fall apart after a few days and rarely survive until the next Halloween. This new set from Fooxon priced at £11.99 is not the cheapest I have seen but it is decent quality, well made and looks good.

The 3M 20LED kit arrived packaged in just a cellophane display bag, a branded product box would help to sell the set and be useful for storage, but might have added somewhat to the price.

In the bag was just the lighting set itself and the hardwired battery box, no instructions were included and none were needed. The twenty LEDs are on a 3M string with a gap of around 15cm between each light. The clear plastic box holds the three AA batteries needed, accessed by a rather awkward to open side hinge, with a three-way turret switch to turn the lights On, Off or to Flashing mode. The switch is quite large and easy to operate in the dark. The 5cm pumpkin heads are easy to remove, they just pull off the LED light mount and can just as easily be replaced, which I guess would give you the option of using the light kit as a simple white light string if required.

Battery life seems fine and one battery set should last throughout the Halloween holiday.

This is a decent quality light kit which is safe to use inside and outside the home due to the low voltage battery powered operation. The price is good for the quality and if looked after the kit should be able to give service over many Halloweens to come.

The Good
Great price
Removable Heads
Battery Power
Good Battery Life

The Bad
No Storage Box
No Mains Power Option
Only Two Light Modes

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I have used similar multi-purpose desktop lamps before, including ones from Gerintech, they are all very similar but this new model is better made and more thoughtfully designed than most.

In the attractive glossy box was the lamp itself, UK power adaptor, USB to proprietary plug cable, and a well printed and easy to read User Guide. I include a scan of the User Guide at the end of my unboxing video.

Build quality seems excellent and far better than I was expecting. It is made almost entirely of glossy plastic but it looks more upmarket than you might expect and would be at home on any modern desk. The lamp has is larger than I was expecting and at full stretch is 23.6" in height with the base about 4.3 square at the base. The main 8w 300 lumen gooseneck light is very bright at full power but has a choice of three brightness levels. The gooseneck can be bent and twisted as much as needed without causing the lamp to overbalance.

The unit is controlled by two touch-sensitive buttons on the front face of the unit. There is one button to control the gooseneck lamp, short press to turn on/off and scroll through the three brightness levels, long press to select the colour temperature with again a choice of three on offer: warm, daylight, and cool white.
The second button turns on/off and scrolls through the nine nightlight colours which gently illuminate the main body of the lamp. On the base of the lamp is a switch to turn battery power On or Off.

The lamp can be powered either from the built-in rechargeable 2200mAh Li-ion Battery or from any USB socket. One charge should give between three and twenty hours of operation depending on the light options used. No mains adaptor is provided and the USB cable needed is a proprietary non-standard mode, so take care not to lose it.

The main light is good and bright at full power, easily bright enough to work by or to use as a feature light, the Nightlight is subtle and attractive although the nightlight brightness cannot be adjusted. The base of the lamp has a storage area suitable for pens, pencils or other small office items along with a cutaway suitable for resting a phone or tablet.

This is simple and easy to operate desktop lamp that would be just as at home in the bedroom or nursery and a decent buy indeed for the £26.90 Amazon price.

The Good
Good price
Good build quality
Good Battery Life
Dual power source
Excellent User Guide
Nightlight feature

The Bad
Non-standard power port
Nightlight Brightness Preset
No Mains Adaptor Included

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This rather attractive little man's wristwear item, I hesitate to call it a bracelet, reminds me of a western style Bootlace or Bolo tie.

It has a black braided cord with a stainless steel adjustable clasp on one side and a linked horseshoe steel decoration on the other and comes packed in a rather upmarket leather-look presentation box.

I have a rather slim wrist and the bracelet fits me perfectly. Measure your wrist before buying as the item is best suited for those with wrists circumferences of 21-22.5 cm. The maximum size includes the use of the extension link for the clasp which is supplied prefitted but can easily be removed. Both clasp and the Lucky Horseshoe charm are made from high-quality 316L Stainless Steel and the cord from braided leather. It weighs in at just 18g, the charm is 1,7 cm x 1,3 cm x 0,4 cm and the clasp 1.5cm in length without the extra link. The spare link can be easily fitted or removed and it is easier to do it than explain, just examine the link and you will see how to adjust it.

This little wrist adornment from COOLMAN is well made, nicely presented and at £22.99 is certainly not expensive. With Christmas on the way, this would make an attractive gift for the man in your life.

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This £14.99 set from PHILORN consists of a mixture of heavy-duty silicon storage/cooking bags and mesh storage/shopping bags both in a range of sizes.

The set arrived sensibly packaged in a eco friendly cardboard box with all you need to know about the contents printed on it. No further instructions or information were included with the set. In the box were just the bags themselves:

2 x 1000ml / 30oz silicon bags: 17 x 19 x 8cm
2 X 1500ml / 50oz silicon bags: 21 x 24 x 10cm
2 X Small Mesh Bags: 28 x 43cm; 15G
2 X Medium Mesh Bags: 28 x 43cm; 20G
2 X Large Mesh Bags: 28 x 43cm; 25G

The silicon bags here are far thicker and stronger than any I have used before and in fact the thickness can make them rather unwieldy to use at times, but warming the bag in hot water first makes it far more easy to use and allows the plastic seal strip to draw in place quickly and without too much effort. Yes, these have a separate plastic sealing strip that the mouth of the bag is passed through and once in place the bag is fully air and watertight. You can drop it and even stand on it without it coming open or bursting. Unlike lesser rivals, these silicon bags are fully microwave, oven, refrigerator, freezer, and dishwasher safe. They are registered as safe for use between -60℃ to 220℃. The bags are all marked with a rather hard to read measuring scale of the contents and when full can stand upright as the bottom pulls apart to form a base.

As shops become increasingly eco-friendly they are starting to drop shrink wrapping and plastic bagging fresh fruit and veg and allowing shoppers to use their own reusable bags. The mesh bags included here are perfect for this as they are strong, with a robust drawstring seal and allow air and moisture to keep the contents fresh.

This is a useful and well-made set that will be handy both in the kitchen and at the supermarket and without damaging the planet.

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This £33.99 camera from SriHome is typical of the new generation of home security cameras. Like many of the new generation cameras. It is simple to configure, easy to operate, works well and is bargain priced.

The camera arrived in an attractive and well designed branded product box. Inside was the camera itself, a wall/ceiling bracket, UK plug power supply, wall mounting kit, USB to micro-USB cable, User Guide, and, an increasing rarity, an Ethernet networking cable. The build quality seems good throughout and although the camera is quite large it is well made and looks impressive if slightly old school.

On the front of the camera are the camera lens and infrared night visions sensor, and a microphone. Easily overlooked is the 128G max SD card slot which is on the front of the camera but visible only when the 120 ° viewing angle lens is tilted upwards. On the rear of the unit are the non-removeable antenna, micro-USB power input port, Ethernet port, and Reset button. On the underside of the base, there is the interface for the supplied mounting bracket or a standard tripod along with two wall hanging slots. There is no interface for an external alarm system. The camera is powered by a USB adaptor and so can work with any standard phone charger if the one supplied is unavailable. I was pleased to see that unlike with some rivals, a standard USB to micro-USB cable is used.

To use the camera it is necessary to install the “SriHome” app to your Android or iPhone and register an account with it before use. You can use a disposable email address for this. Once registered just click the + button to add a camera with walkthrough instructions for Wifi (2.4Ghz only)or Ethernet Cable. This is an easy enough process using your phone to scan the camera's barcode and then either connecting using Ethernet or a camera-generated Wifi hotspot to configure the device to your home network.

You can use the app to configure the camera in detail including trigger alerts, notification, schedules and zones. Captured video and stills can be downloaded to both the phone and the camera micro-SD card.
. The app will also receive push alerts from the camera when abnormal activity is detected. Like most similar devices it has motion detection for security use and this detection works well and is easy to configure. The user can customise the motion sensor sensitivity as well as configure scheduling so the sensor will be active during set periods only.

The camera has an IR cut feature which means the filter which is used for night time infrared use is removed during daylight to preserve colour fidelity, a feature some cheap rivals lack. It has two-way audio which means it can work as an effective baby monitor as well as a security camera. It is a pity however than an external speaker and microphone cannot be connected and neither can third party alarm systems. Sadly, and unlike many more expensive rivals, there is no Amazon Alexa or Google Home integration.

The [email protected] video quality I found to be fine for the price, sharp, clear and with good colour fidelity, perhaps due to the use of the latest H.265 file compression. I have to say that it looks better on camera screen than it does from the SD card file. The camera offers full Pan, Zoom and Tilt control through the app. As my video shows there was little latency between the phone and camera Pan and Tilt movements. This was better than I have found using some cameras costing several times the price.

I found few issues with this camera. The lack of free off-site video storage – you can only save to the SD card – the need to register an account before fully using the app, no motion detection zones, non-standard power cable. That said, all the features most people will need are here plus a few more besides.

If you want a good quality and easy to use security camera or baby monitor and at a very reasonable price then this would be an excellent buy.

The Good
Great price
iOs and Android apps
Two-way audio
Good 1080p H.265 video quality
Good build quality
Pan and tilt control in-app
In-app alerts
Night Vision
Motion detection with scheduling
Zones
SD card slot
In-app and email alerts

The Bad
No Audio out socket
No Audio In socket
No 5Ghz network support
App needs to be registered
No Alexa or Google Home Integration

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Firstly, let me at once say that I am not going to attempt a review of the DJI Osmo Mobile 3 gimbal here, there are plenty of excellent reviews already out there. I am just going to why I am going to send my DJI Osmo Mobile 3 Combo kit back.

As a keen user of the DJI Osmo Mobile 2, I was happy to preorder the newest version and happy again to buy the kit version, as it would be cheaper than buying the components alone at the pre-order price of £119. I was a bit put off by the lengthy shipping delay but decided to bite the bullet and put up with it.

The Combo kit I received contained the Gimbal, tripod, semi-rigid case, soft carry bag, a short USB-C to USB 2 charging cable, a short Micro-USB to USB 2 cable, and a lanyard strap. No Setup Guide nor the stickers shown on the Amazon product page were present.

When it arrived I had to question why the kit included a soft carry bag as the supplied semi-rigid case was clearly well made and small in size. When I realised that the tripod supplied as part of the kit was too large to go in the case it was clear that the kit had been cobbled together from stock items. That meant I would have to buy a third-party case to hold all the items in the kit. There are now plenty of such cases available from about £12 onwards.

I should also say that I am not impressed particularly with the DJI Mimo software used to control the gimbal and to allow the gimbal buttons to control the recording process. It seems full of bloatware features that I suspect few users will need and more annoyingly still on my OnePlus 5T Android phone the applications locks on the setup wizard that starts by default and ends on the unquitable Advanced Settings screen. Of course, that may be just down to my phone, have not read of others with the same issue, and the full set of Mimo features are available to a relatively small number of new and high-end phones. Also, the DJI software does not allow for simultaneous focus and exposure lock and so I would probably stick with the tried and trusted FilmicPro app in any case.

Let me just say again that I have no real criticism of the Osmo Mobile 3 itself, it is a major advance on the previous model, is well made, well-specified and bargain priced. In my opinion, it is by far the best phone gimbal on the market for even double the price.

Although in my case I will not save much money by returning the Combo set it will still work out cheaper even when I buy a new case as I already have the mini-tripod I used with my Osmo Mobile 2. For anyone else contemplating spending the full price of £149, I would certainly advise against it as the Osmo Mobile 3 together with a third party mini-tripod and case could be had for less than £120 on Amazon if you shop around.

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Priced on Amazon at just a penny less than £40 this lightweight but powerful rechargeable handheld cleaner has to be one of the best I have tried in the sub £100 price bracket.

In the attractive but deceptively small product box was Vacuum cleaner itself, long extension hose, extension nozzle, brush head, small cleaning brush, two filters (one inserted), storage bag, UK Power Supply, and a short but well-written User Guide. Although the device feels lighter than others I have tried and is smaller at 36 x 11 x 12 cm with a weight of 699g and bin capacity of 500ml, nevertheless, the build quality seems fine with nothing looking likely to fail anytime soon. The kit includes a zippable carry bag with handle and although it is a squeeze all the items will fi inside inlcuding the spare filter. This, I suppose, is why the cleaner is described as being 'portable' and why the customary wall dock has been left out of the package, a fair trade-off in my opinion.

When it came to testing the cleaner I was not expecting too much as previous handheld vacuums I have used have not performed well. In fact, cleaning power was excellent and exceeded my expectations by quite some mark. I found the device more than capable of handling minor spills and spillages in the kitchen as well as doing a decent job in the car. Don't throw your Dyson away yet, this little cleaner is not in that league, but for the size and money, it did an excellent job. Quiet in operation it can cope with wet and dry spills and it comes with two filters which are washable and each good for around 1000 operation cycles. I was impressed by the extra cleaning heads included and using them did not seem to reduce the suction power in any way, agian, unlike with previous rivals. A bonus is the switchable front-facing LED lamp which is handy when cleaning in corners or under worksurfaces.

Charging the device's 3*2500mAh lithium-ion battery takes two to three hours and gives around forty minutes of cleaning time. It charges from Power Supply Unit with a built-in UK plug and although it is not so easy as USB charging, I would guess that re[lacement PSU's should not be too hard to find.

This is a decent quality device, lightweight and compact sized, it is powerfull enough to deal with minor spills and upsets and at a price that will not break the bank.

The Good
Great Price
Good Build Quality
Powerfull Suction
Good Accessories
Carry Bag

The Bad
No Wall Mount
No USB Charging

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As autumn draws on the sun is rising later each day and now I find I have been making my morning runs in the dark. Living in a rural area there are no street lights for much of my standard 10K route and so I decided to test a selection of night running accessories including this shoe LED light from BASEIN. There are a vast amount of budget armbands and reflective straps, much cheaper than the £13.99 asking price here. However, I wanted a decent quality item that would actually function reliably. This one seemed to fit the bill.

The light arrived speedily enough, as most Amazon ones do, and I was soon ready to hit the road with it. The packaging was basic but attractive enough and did not look low end. The included instructions were rather basic but for a one-button item such as this what more is needed?

Build quality seems fine. The device is made from heavy-duty ABS plastic with a single large button and a wrap-around LED panel that can be seen from both sides as well as the rear. The clip is quite tight and is designed to clip around the rear of the shoe although I prefer to have it around my ankle. It could just as easily be worn around the wrist. The inside of the clip has a non-slip gripping surface although I still worry about losing it when I am running with it, although I have to say it has shown no sign of working loose yet. I would feel happier had their been a velcro strap or some other way of giving it a wrap-around grip. I am a worrier, so maybe that is just me. The device is rated IP67 water-resistant which means it should be fine in the rain and should survive splashes and even short spells in a shallow puddle with no worries.

When in use displays a 180 LED brightly illuminated matrix of eleven scrolling colours, shapes and inspirational messages. The LED panel curves fully around and is large enough to make it unlikely for it to obscured by mud, socks or running pants. When running with it at night you are lit up like a Christmas tree and it will certainly not be your fault if you are ran over. It does feature multiple display modes but of course, it is not possible to read the messages when running and I think the scrolling or static colours are the most visible. Only one clip is included in the box but this should be more than enough to keep you safe but I would have rather have had two clips, if only for balance.

Charging is easily done using a grommet protected standard Micro USB port and a short cable is provided although no wall adapter. The LED panel lights up to confirm charging is taking place. It takes a couple of hours to charge and I found this is more than enough for my a 10K run, even at the pace I run at.

This is a simple but well-made solution to the problem of nighttime visibility and would be a good buy for runners, cyclists or anyone that wants to keep themselves safe in poorly lit areas at night.

Features
Good Build Quality
Bright wrap around display
Good Price
Standard port USB Charging
IP67 Waterproof

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Although not the cheapest on the market at £65.99 this garden arch is more attractive than most and is well made, robust and straightforward to assemble. The arch is above average size at 91" tall x 47" wide x 18" deep and is made from tubular steel with an antique bronze effect finish, impressive Fleur de Lys detailing on the top and is part of the Gardman Versailles Signature Range. The tubular construction is of a heavier gauge than some others I have tried which adds to the strength but can make assembly rather more difficult.

In the box were 4 ground spikes, 2 lower side panels, 2 mid section side panels, 2 top section arched panels, Nut/Bolt assembly set, 2 wrenches, User Guide. Build quality of everything is strong and robust but I found that one of the panels was a very tight fit but after a brief struggle all was well. This was due to a slight misalignment of the upper and lower tubes, the heavy-duty nature of which meant that they could not be easily bent into position.

At 2.4m in height, it is taller than most arches and needs to be well bedded in place to maintain stability. Although easy enough in principle to assemble you may need a mallet to get the tubular construction properly in place. Customer Support from UK Garden Supplies was excellent and offered to send me a full replacement rather than the new panel I requested but in fact it was not needed and the mallet sorted the problem out in time for me to cancel the request. It is worth taking the extra time to ensure solid construction and secure deep emplacement. You might even consider using postcrete or a similar concrete embedding solution to make the assembly rock solid and bombproof.

Once in place, the arch looks good and is easily tall and wide enough to pass through without snagging. The bronze effect of the tubing is subtle but attractive and a cut above the usual black finish. Unlike many lesser arches, this one has trellising on the side panels to facilitate speedy coverage by climbers and gives a more enclosed feel when passing through the arch. I have to say that in close up the Fleur de Lys spikes look rather crude and are not actually in the centre but fixed to the top of one of the arch panels only. However, you cannot see that unless you look for it and if you don't then it looks fine.

This is an above-average garden arch both in size and quality and should last for many years. Assembly was easy and straightforward and the final appearance is both striking and impressive. The trellising will make the arch particularly attractive for those planning to use it with climbers.

The Good
Heavy-Duty Build Quality
Attractive Design
Easy to Assemble
Locking Wrenches Included
Great Customer Support

The Bad
Crude finish to some joints
Top Spikes Not Central
Poor User Guide
Cheaper Rivals

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