Monthly Archives: November 2014

Review, Teardown: Philips GreenPerform Highbay BY619P LED Luminaire

This week, I was very lucky to receive a rather large and heavy box. (No, It wasn’t pizza …) It was “unlovingly” left outside my front door by the postman. I wonder what it could be? It says Philips on … Continue reading

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Power Bank Endurance Test – Hillo Power Jin Gangxia (Part 3)

This is a rather long-term experiment that started a while ago to try and graph the aging of a power bank’s Lithium Polymer cell. Up to the last part, a total of 100 cycles was run for the experiment, which … Continue reading

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Teardown, Repair: Varta Power Play (Ready2Use) 15 Minute Charger (Type 57275)

There was once a time when most portable electronic devices used AA or AAA batteries. Many users would opt to use Carbon Zinc or Alkaline disposable cells with these products, which proved to be costly financially and environmentally. An alternative … Continue reading

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Investigation: How Accurate is that 3.5 digit Multimeter?

A few weeks ago, one of the commenters made a suggestion that I test some more inexpensive test equipment, after my stint at reverse engineering USB charger doctors/detectors and determining their accuracy. While I won’t go chasing low end test … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Microsoft Word Version 5.5 (MS-DOS) and 6.0a (Windows)

Most people who use a computer have undoubtedly used a word processor before. Whether it was to type up an assignment, a letter, a thesis or something else entirely, the dominant word processor for at least the past decade has … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Toshiba Exceria 64Gb UHS-I Class 3 microSDXC Card (SD-C064GR7VW060A)

Our demand for storage is pretty much insatiable, but companies continue to roll out new products which are larger, faster and sometimes even cheaper than before. Of note is the proliferation of microSD-slots in Android and Windows phones, tablets as … Continue reading

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Site Update: The Camel’s Back is Well-and-Truly Broken!

As this site slowly steams towards its second anniversary at the http://goughlui.com address, and (nearly) half-a-million views, this week has been a week of terrible service. The site was down or intermittent for the better part of the past two … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Dick Smith’s Fun Way into Electronics Vol. 2 and 3

Continuing on from the previous part, possible due to the generosity of an OCAU member, lets continue our nostalgic trip down memory lane by looking at Dick Smith’s Fun Way into Electronics Volume 2 and 3. Dick Smith’s Fun Way … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Dick Smith’s Fun Way into Electronics Vol. 1

Regular readers will no doubt already know my passion for Dick Smith’s Fun Way into Electronics series, as it was one of the big reasons for my interest and continuing self-education in electronics. This introductory series of projects were designed … Continue reading

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Melbourne Cup Day: A Grid Frequency Analysis

Another year, and another “race that stops the nation.” While I’m not of the betting sort, and I didn’t really get into it as such, it’s almost a tradition that no matter where you are, at 3pm on the first … Continue reading

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Testing: Charger Doctor and USB Detector Accuracy

Ever since I got my Charger Doctors/USB detector, I have been fascinated with how they have been able to provide such a useful tool for a low price. After taking each of them apart and analyzing their circuitry and connections, … Continue reading

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Reverse Engineering: The KW203 USB Detector

Since I decided to take apart the other USB Charger Doctor unit to determine how it worked, my curiosity could only be satisfied if I took apart this unit as well. Out of the two units, this was the pricier, … Continue reading

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