Monthly Archives: October 2014

Power Bank Endurance Test – Hillo Power Jin Gangxia (Part 2)

The endurance test for this power bank started back here, with the last update providing the data for the first 50 test runs (total of 66 cycles since new). Now, another 50 cycles have been completed, for a total of … Continue reading

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Reverse Engineering: The USB Charger Doctor

In my last post, I had a good look at the features of two different USB charger doctors, and went through a quick teardown. It was fascinating, especially for the blue unit, that they could make and supply such a … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Two Popular USB Charger Doctor/Detector/Current Meters

There seem to be many circumstances where checking the current and voltage to a USB device could come in very handy. For example, maybe you are troubleshooting a slow charging device – maybe it’s cable related and the voltage is … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: P.Power (or Generic Unbranded) 12000mAh Power Bank

Back in January 2013 (which seems a long time ago), before I started all of this powerbank testing, as someone who was none-the-wiser, I bought one of my friends a pair of “generic” unbranded power banks. The cost was about … Continue reading

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Random: Sydney Trains Rail Observations, DTRS Sites, Opal & Other Thoughts

Readers have probably noticed that it’s been awfully quiet as of late. Unfortunately, that quietness coincides with the fact that I’ve been insanely busy with my studies and will be for the foreseeable future. Whenever the time permits, and I’m … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: *Fake* Xiaomi (Mi) NDY-02-AD Silver 10400mAh Power Bank

It might seem that I’ve been singing the praises of Xiaomi/Mi power banks lately, and that’s because they’re very good products. However, the journey to obtain the product is often fraught with more difficulty than expected. In my case, when … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Xiaomi (Mi) NDY-02-AD Gold 10400mAh Power Bank

This post comes to you thanks to a generous reader from Germany (thanks Tobias!), who decided to contribute a power bank for testing. Unfortunately, the reader didn’t tell me what it was before it was dispatched, and it turns out … Continue reading

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Visited: Floriade 2014

This week, I had the opportunity to go on a short day road-trip to Canberra, and on the way, we stopped off at the Big Merino. After that, I spent some time admiring the month-long Floriade display, in its final … Continue reading

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Random: Site Stuff, LG D686 Fail, Shellshock, Transport Stuff, etc.

It’s been a few weeks since my last random post, and many things have happened in the tech world. Unfortunately, because of the amount of work that I’ve had to do, I haven’t been able to take a break to … Continue reading

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Event: Lunar Eclipse (Blood Moon) 8th October 2014 in Sydney

A lunar eclipse is one of those “events” which happen only sporadically enough to warrant taking the time to go out and peek at the skies. Unfortunately, the last time it happened, we were completely clouded over. I had much … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Microsoft PowerPoint Version 3.0 (1992) & 4.0a (1994)

Given it’s been a long weekend, what better way to spend it than to indulge in a hobby? Just this week, news of a new addition to the Microsoft Office suite came in the form of a new presentation application … Continue reading

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Teardown: Glade Sense & Spray Automatic Air Freshener (SCJ-158)

Sometimes, it seems the posts around here have no rhyme or reason, and that’s exactly the way I like it. As a part of a sampling “club”, a while back, I received a Glade Sense and Spray Automatic Air Freshener. … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Lotus 1-2-3 for Windows Version 1.1 (1992)

Lotus 1-2-3 was one of the major spreadsheet software packages that propelled the PC to the forefront of business. First released in 26 January 1983 for MS-DOS, it was feature rich, as well as high performance compared to its contemporaries, … Continue reading

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Project: Audio Induction Loop Receiver (Part 2: Sydney Trains DVA Collection)

In the last part, I decided to design and build myself an audio induction loop receiver. Part of this was just out of pure curiosity as to what sort of signals exist in the electromagnetic spectrum at audio frequencies, but … Continue reading

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Project: Audio Induction Loop Receiver (Part 1)

In daily life, you might have come across signs like this, with a picture of an ear, and the letter T on them. Maybe you didn’t think any more about them, as an average person with perfectly good hearing – … Continue reading

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Real or Fake? The Lexar 600x 64Gb MicroSDXC Card Mystery

A few weeks back, eBay had a 15% off everything sale on a Sunday, and I was feeling like I needed to make the most of it. There wasn’t too many things I could really need but I did decide … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Xiaomi (Mi) NDY-02-AD Silver 10400mAh Power Bank

On an earlier post about power bank endurance and modification, Joy Test made a recommendation in the comments for me to test a Xiaomi, otherwise known as Mi, branded power bank. This is a Chinese manufacturer, which is most widely … Continue reading

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Lycamobile Data: No More VPN Shenanigans!

I’ve been with Lycamobile for my data services for a while, mainly due to price and coverage reasons, but one of the biggest drawbacks was the wacky way in which their transit arrangements routed your traffic, resulting in high latencies … Continue reading

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USB Cable Resistance: Why your phone/tablet might be charging slow

Tablets and smartphones are now ubiquitous, and almost universally, they rely on some form of USB connection to provide the power to charge the device. This is, in no doubt, because of a desire to reduce waste and meet EU … Continue reading

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