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Great AA Alkaline Battery Test – Addendum: 25mA Constant Current Tests

For those following along, they’d probably realize by now that I have left the country and are officially on holiday in the slightly-warmer-than-average-for-this-time-of-year Hong Kong. I had originally planned to make this post before I left home, but things got … Continue reading

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RoadTest Review: Texas Instruments TPS56C215EVM-762 Evaluation Module

It’s new year’s eve and I’m busy working away. Why you ask? Well, I’ve been fortunate enough to be the recipient of another RoadTest item – this time, it’s a Texas Instruments Evaluation Module. The module in specific is the … Continue reading

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Great AA Alkaline Battery Test – Pt 4: Cell Physical Characteristics

After the rather interesting results in the previous section, I was curious as to who actually manufactured the cells for the lesser known brands, and whether that could be determined just by examining the physical characteristics of the cells. Given … Continue reading

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Great AA Alkaline Battery Test – Pt 3: The Results

If you’ve made it this far, congratulations, you’ve earned the right to read the results! If not, you could be doing yourself a big disservice and not understanding the true intricacies that underlie the subject of battery testing and the … Continue reading

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Great AA Alkaline Battery Test – Pt 2: The Contenders

Welcome to the second installment in the Great AA Alkaline Battery Test series, where the contenders for testing are presented. This post is one of the most image heavy posts I have ever delivered, so apologies if my webserver falls … Continue reading

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Great AA Alkaline Battery Test – Pt 1: Battery Testing Fundamentals

Regular readers would probably know that I have a love of batteries, and their associated test equipment. Maybe it was the fact that they were expensive, but pervasive, and my enjoyment as a child relied quite heavily on batteries to … Continue reading

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RoadTest Review: B&K Precision Model 8600 DC Electronic Load

It’s a rather late night for me – as it has been for the past few weeks. But that’s not without reason, as a rather useful piece of equipment headed my way and my review was due. I had a … Continue reading

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Review: Raspberry Pi 3 – More Pi, No Cables Attached?

It’s been a while since I checked out the Raspberry Pi, as my fleet of original Raspberry Pi Model B, B+ and Pi 2 Model B’s have all been working well doing their little jobs around the house. I haven’t … Continue reading

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Friday 13th November 2015: The Night the Power Went Out

Friday the 13th, commonly known as Black Friday, is believed to bring bad luck. While I’m not a superstitious person, and I don’t believe in a fear of the number 13, it seems that something was special about this Friday. … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Raspberry Pi Model A+ & Official Raspberry Pi Case

A while back, I wrote a post for element14, and they offered to send me some goodies in return. At long last, they have arrived, so lets take a quick look at them. Raspberry Pi Model A+ When it comes … Continue reading

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Surprise Package: The MagPi Arrives, by Air, in Hard Copy!

It’s not often, but sometimes things just turn up at your doorstep when you least expect it. Earlier this week, I received this mysterious envelope all the way from element14’s UK office. I wonder what it is … As you … Continue reading

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element14: Identifying Your Model of Raspberry Pi

Well, lets just say that I’ve been invited to write a short piece for element14 about Identifying Your Model Raspberry Pi, and it’s now gone live. As we all know, the Raspberry Pi has been around for a while now, … Continue reading

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Project: Raspberry Pi Door Sign in Under an Hour!

A while back, I wasn’t happy that I was constantly getting interrupted while working or sleeping in my room, so I decided to solve that. Grabbing some parts I had lying about, I decided to make a wireless network-connected door … Continue reading

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Teardown: element14 Wi-Pi USB Wireless 802.11n 150Mbit/s 2.4Ghz Dongle

The end of financial year almost always means discounts and sales, and this year was no different. My favourite shop, element14, had run some promotions in their Connect magazine, which included a further discount of 10% on the already-discounted prices … Continue reading

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RoadTest: Keysight U1461A Insulation Resistance Testing Multimeter

This weekend, I’ve been busy as a bee finalizing this review of the Keysight U1461A Insulation Resistance Testing Multimeter. This was, yet another, RoadTest item generously awarded to me by Keysight Technologies and element14. Electronics field technicians need affordable, robust, … Continue reading

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Experiment: Satellite Hunting for Optus 10 (164 degrees East)

By now, I think it’s clear that I’ve got a bit of an interest in electronics and most things RF related. As a result, I spend a bit of time trying to grab signals of various sorts, be it regular … Continue reading

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RoadTest: Tektronix RSA306 USB 3.0 Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer

Thanks to element14 and Tektronix, I was lucky enough to be a RoadTester of the Tektronix RSA306 USB 3.0 Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer, along with a Lenovo Thinkpad Edge E431 Laptop. This product is very unique, and interesting, as it offers … Continue reading

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The Raspberry Pi 2: Not all from the UK?

The recently launched, speedier, Raspberry Pi 2 continues the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s legacy of providing affordable computing for educators and tinkerers alike. They recently announced that they have exceeded 5 million units sold, making them the fastest selling British computer. … Continue reading

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Random: Concession Opal, Storage Fails, element14 Blogs, etc.

It’s been an age since I last had the time to write up a random post. Normally, if I’m feeling well, I’d be happy to churn one out every fortnight or thereabouts, but lately, I just didn’t quite have the … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day: A Date with the Raspberry Pi 2 (Model B)

Valentine’s Day is normally a time when couples, and prospective couples, celebrate their affections for one another. But what if you don’t have a valentine? It can be a hard time. Sadly for me, it looked like this year would … Continue reading

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Review: Agilent U1241B 4-Digit Handheld DMM & Accessories

Early in December, I made a trip to element14 to treat myself to an early Christmas present. Having posted about it on my element14 blog, inviting members to take a guess at what the surprise would be, I was surprised … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Tenma SMD Rework Station Bundle

Have to say I’m on a bit of a roll when it comes to bargain chasing, because my shopping at element14 continues. One tool which I don’t have, and had always wanted, was a hot air rework station. I’m no … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Tenma Insulation Resistance Tester 72-9400

After my stint at ElectroneX 2014 on behalf of element14, I was rewarded with a gift voucher to spend with them. That’s not a problem, as there’s always something to buy. In the spirit of a bargain-hunting uni student, I … Continue reading

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Review: Raspberry Pi Model B+ & Multicomp Raspberry Pi B+ Case

Having been kept busy with many side projects of mine, I was rather caught unaware when, on 14th July 2014, the Raspberry Pi foundation announced their latest and greatest iteration of the Raspberry Pi, dubbed the Raspberry Pi Model B+. … Continue reading

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RoadTest Review: Tektronix PA1000 Power Analyzer

A big thanks to element14 and Tektronix, as always, for sending me this gem for review. It’s been a long four months since I’ve received the Tektronix PA1000 for review, and due to a rather extraordinary set of circumstances, what … Continue reading

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Getting Started: Freescale Xtrinisic Sense Board on RPi & KL-25Z

Whenever I think of playing with microcontrollers, I think of blending the line between hardware and software. Low cost embedded systems prototyping development platforms have made tinkering very affordable, and with the wide variety of libraries, even easy. If you … Continue reading

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Yay! A surprise package from element14!

It’s a Monday. It’s almost universally known that nothing good happens on a Monday. Even though I’ve been “grounded” by my ankle and its stubborn refusal to heal and not much work for my PhD has been done, I still … Continue reading

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element14 RoadTest: Raspberry Pi Media Centre Bundle

While on my blog, it’s been fairly quiet over the past week or so, it was not in vain. Careful readers may have picked up on a leak earlier in the list of CID and CSD values which included an … Continue reading

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