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Review: Nitecore NL1835 3500mAh 18650 Protected Li-Ion Battery

If you have a collection of flashlights, the temptation to buy higher capacity protected rechargeable Li-Ion batteries is quite strong. At times, the bundled cells aren’t the most capacious and might not give enough run-time to satisfy all needs, so … Continue reading

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Review: Uni-Trend UT210E Mini Clamp Meter

When diagnosing electronics, I often wished I could make current measurements without having to bridge out a component, or cut a wire. The inconvenience and potential safety issues are sometimes overwhelming and I just decide not to bother measuring the … Continue reading

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Mega Mi Review: Mi Power Bank Pro, Mi Max, Mi Band 2 & Mi Scales

While I was in Hong Kong, I couldn’t resist the temptation to visit the “Mi Home” shop in Hollywood Center – basically Xiaomi’s version of an Apple Store, if I should be so bold as to put it that way. … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Lightway 17W Dimmable LED Bulb (43287 & 43288)

It seems that LED lighting has become mainstream, with CFLs slowly starting to disappear from shelves. It’s a good thing, both from an environmental perspective and from an economic perspective, as it seems that LED globes have fallen in price … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: “Yongsan/Dragon Valley” TR-5000 5000mAh Slim Portable Charger

It’s been a while since my last power bank review, so I thought I might as well get one in. The difference is that there is a bit of a story behind this one – it’s probably not a power … Continue reading

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Quick Review, Teardown: Transcend RDF9K UHS-II USB 3.1/3.0 Card Reader

When I go overseas on travel, shopping tends to be the last thing on my mind. Coming in with almost-overflowing baggage, there’s not much chance to buy anything. After all, if I’m overseas, there’s a good chance I’ve already spent … Continue reading

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Review: Toshiba Exceria N301 64Gb SDXC & Samsung Evo+ 128Gb microSDXC

It’s been a while since I last reviewed some flash memory. After all, if you already have enough cards, there isn’t really much reason to get more unless the price is great. Regrettably, on my recent holiday, I managed to … Continue reading

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Experiment: 8Gb USB Flash Drive Endurance Test

Flash memory is, and has been, a commodity item for a while now. Almost everyone has at least a few USB flash drives (sticks) and maybe even a few memory cards. When it comes to rapidly transferring large files between … Continue reading

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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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Salvage Season: Pt 5 – Fisher-Rosemount Systems Model 275 HART Communicator

“All this gear … and I still can’t get to your heart.” Welcome back to the salvage season series of posts. Lame joke aside, this post will be about a Fisher-Rosemount Systems Model 275 HART Communicator. So … what is … Continue reading

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Salvage Season: Pt 4 – Lighting & AV Stuff

The salvages continue with lighting and AV related equipment. Of course, some of this isn’t that useful nowadays, but it’s more interesting from a “wish fulfillment” and philosophical perspective. Lighting (with Philosophical “Light-Bulb” Moments) It’s no big secret that LED … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X 116 PRO DX II (Nikon)

It’s Boxing Day, so it’s traditionally the time to unwrap gifts. While I do lament the commercialization of Christmas, I’d be lying to myself if I said I didn’t partake in it … at least, for my own benefit. As … Continue reading

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Salvage Season: Pt 2 – Intel X25-M 160Gb SSD

In this day and age, SSDs are becoming quite ubiquitous for their performance benefits and many systems come with them pre-installed. But not too many years back, SSDs were considered performance items for enthusiasts, commanding high price-tags. Hobbyists like myself … Continue reading

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Salvage Season: Pt 1 – Hard Drives

To all my readers – a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all, or alternatively, Happy Holidays or Merry *mas … It’s that time of the year again where we’re counting down to the end and people are … 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, Teardown: IKEA RYET 5w & 7.5w LED E27 Globes

It’s been a while since I had to make a trip to my local IKEA (Rhodes, Sydney, Australia), and as usual, I always like to stop by the lighting department and see what’s new. Last time, they were just introducing … Continue reading

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Video Compression: x264 CRF Generational Loss Testing

Having been involved in some way with video capture and editing from the late 90’s onwards, something we have always been taught is to avoid lossy formats for capture and editing due to the problem of generational loss. Put simply, … Continue reading

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Teardown, Review: Grandstream HT802 VoIP Analog Telephone Adapter

As a VoIP, modem and telephone enthusiast, I’ve reviewed a number of different Analog Telephone Adapters (ATAs) in the past including the Linksys PAP2T, Zyxel Prestige 2302R, Cisco SPA112 and Grandstream HT702. These are standalone devices which let you connect … Continue reading

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Review: Seagate Expansion Portable Drive 3Tb USB 3.0 (STEA3000400)

I thought my external drive buying spree was over, but this week, I came across a promotion where a Seagate Expansion Portable 3Tb drive was on offer for AU$139 at Officeworks. At that price, it represented the best value amongst … Continue reading

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Video Codec Tests: x264 CRF vs enc_qsv CQ vs x265 CRF in Handbrake 0.10.5

After my earlier attempt to do some codec comparisons, I realized that something went grossly wrong with the “difficult case” clip. Specifically, it was an interlaced video clip which I wanted to use, and I naturally assumed that interlaced encoding … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Crest USB 2.0 All in 1 Mini Card Reader (CZUSBCR)

This particular review and teardown is a little different. In fact, this card reader was not one that I had purchased, since I normally swear by my Transcend RDF8‘s as being a decent performing, reliable and compatible reader at a … Continue reading

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Review: Toshiba Canvio Ready 2Tb USB 3.0 External Hard Drive (HDTP220AK3CA)

It’s not often, but today we’ve got back-to-back external hard drive reviews. Maybe the Maxtor 4Tb is a bit too big for your liking, or you just want another “good value” alternative to buy. Well, as it turns out, I … Continue reading

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Review: Maxtor M3 Portable 4Tb USB 3.0 External Hard Drive (HX-M401TCB/GM)

Seeing as I’m going to go on a holiday sometime next year, one thing I knew I would need is some portable external storage to keep all my experimental data and to backup the photos I will be taking. Not … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown, Reverse Eng: Generic Battery Tester

As a kid growing up in the 90’s, one fond memory I had was sorting through piles of batteries to see which ones were good and which ones needed to be discarded or recharged. With many toys and appliances using … Continue reading

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Review, Tested: Generic USB FM Transmitter (FM_MIC_V5.0.9)

It wasn’t too long ago that I purchased a generic pocket radio kit on eBay and built it. But as anyone knows, when it comes to shopping online for cheap Chinese goods, there are often lots of things that can … Continue reading

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Video Compression Testing: x264 vs x265 CRF in Handbrake 0.10.5

Having played around with video since I had a few multimedia CD-ROMs and a BT878-based TV tuner card, video compression is one area that has amazed me. I watched as early “simple” compression efforts such as Cinepak and Indeo bought … Continue reading

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