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Teardown & Test: Nelson Cougar 60 Electronic Downlight Transformer

You never quite go to Bunnings without leaving with quite a few items. While walking around the aisles, the Nelson Cougar 60 caught my eye. This is an electronic transformer designed for use with halogen downlights up to 60 watts. … Continue reading

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Power Bank Endurance Test – Hillo Power Jin Gangxia (Part 8)

The endurance testing on the power bank has reached another milestone, this time reaching 400 cycles since the test began, adding 50 cycles from the previous report and now running for a total of around nine months. All in all, … Continue reading

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Power Bank Endurance Test – Hillo Power Jin Gangxia (Part 7)

If you’ve been following along with the experiment from the beginning, then these words don’t really need to be here, as you can already guess that another 50 cycles have been added to the battery pack. But for those who … Continue reading

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Salvage, Teardown: MR16-compatible LED Downlights

At the end of last year, the UNSW CATS room right next to my PhD office in the Vallentine Annexe was undergoing complete renovation. As part of the renovation, they removed all of the old luminaires, most of which were … Continue reading

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Power Bank Endurance Test – Hillo Power Jin Gangxia (Part 6)

The experiment continues, and we’ve hit another milestone with another 50 cycles added onto the counter. This is an ongoing experiment to see just how a lithium-polymer battery within a particular power bank degrades as a function of number of … Continue reading

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Power Bank Endurance Test – Hillo Power Jin Gangxia (Part 5)

In this ongoing experiment which started back in late September here, I’ve been diligently putting a powerbank through controlled charge-discharge cycling while measuring the effective capacity based on a methodology I developed to measure the real capacity of power banks. … Continue reading

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Power Bank Endurance Test – Hillo Power Jin Gangxia (Part 4)

In this ongoing experiment which started back in late September here, I’ve been diligently putting a powerbank through controlled charge-discharge cycling while measuring the effective capacity based on a methodology I developed to measure the real capacity of power banks. … 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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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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Power Bank Endurance Test – Hillo Power Jin Gangxia

After the trouble with endurance of the Orzly power bank which utilized Li-Poly cells of unknown reputation, I became quite suspicious of many unbranded or unknown Li-Poly based power banks. Unfortunately, as endurance tests require manual cycling of power banks, … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: World Solution Technology (WST) A28 8000mAh Power Bank

This will be the last of a long series of power bank related posts, at least for a while. You have no idea how glad I am, since testing easily will drive you nuts. Without further ado, the last power … Continue reading

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Review: Panasonic/Matsushita UJ240 6x Slim SATA Blu-ray Writer

While most people have given up on optical media (and I don’t blame them), as an early adopter of Blu-ray, I continue to stay the course somewhat. Part of that involves getting compatible drives for my gear. I recently purchased … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Lanu Power LP-401B 4400mAh Power Bank

Here comes another power bank thanks to an anonymous donor. This particular power bank is a Lanu Power LP-401B 4400mAh power bank, packaged in the same package with the words “Quality Assurance” as the LP-406B reviewed earlier. As a result, … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Moko Technology MK555 8000mAh Power Bank

Thanks to the anonymous donor, here’s another power bank subjected to the “Gough” treatment. This one, like many others, comes in a very “generic” colour cardboard box packaging with a clear plastic window. The power bank and its included pouch … Continue reading

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Powerbank Testing: A New Test Rig & Powerbank Endurance

It seems like powerbanks are the “essential” product for any digital road-warrior, and reviews of power banks on this site has seen wide readership. While initially concerned with capacity alone, I have also branched out to testing the level of … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Intel 730 Series 240Gb (SSDSC2BP240G4) Solid-State Drive

Intel has been part of the SSD revolution early on, with their X25-M being a fairly popular drive around 2009. Embarrassingly, this drive also suffered from several firmware bugs, which may have driven Intel to perform stringent validation of their … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Crucial M500 240Gb Solid State Drive

Crucial/Micron has been a known name in memory for a very long time (think 80286 era). Best known for their DRAM products, their collaboration with Intel to produce NAND flash memory has proved to be a big success with IMFT … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Kingmax SME35 Xvalue 240Gb SSD

An SSD is one of the best upgrades you can make today – a machine booting and working with files from a traditional hard drive with spinning platters often sits waiting as the drive seeks away. By using flash memory, … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Orzly Portable Power Bank (Black) 4050mAh

Update: It appears that there may be problems with endurance of the batteries used within this power bank. As a result, I can not recommend its purchase anymore. UPDATE 2: Further investigation of the endurance problem confirms rapid degradation in … Continue reading

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Tested: Teac CA-200 Internal USB2.0 Card Reader (OEM for Dell)

Being connected to staff at a university is often a rewarding experience, if any of the salvages on this website are anything to go by. Universities are a hot-spot of electronics and information technology, and from time to time they … Continue reading

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32Gb microSDHC Shootout: Sandisk Extreme, Toshiba Exceria HD, Kingmax Pro

This is the final part of my little crazy venture into testing 32Gb microSDHC cards. All seven cards that I ordered have finally arrived, and in this post, we will see how the Sandisk Extreme, Toshiba Exceria HD and Kingmax … Continue reading

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Review & Testing: Powertraveller Powermonkey Discovery 3500mAh Power Bank

As part of the last “gift voucher that needed spending”, I picked up a Powertraveller Powermonkey Discovery 3500mAh power bank. I didn’t really need one, but nothing else really interested me from the particular shop (which will go unnamed). The … Continue reading

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Review & Testing: Comsol 11000mAh Dual Output Power Bank

This post actually came about because I was chatting with Robert about a few electronics and computing related things when he mentioned that he owned a power bank himself. Knowing from past experience that some power banks are really not … Continue reading

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Tale of two Flash drives: LaCie Porsche Design 16Gb vs Kingston DataTraveler 100 G3 32Gb

It’s a bit of an unusual review this time around, since I had a gift voucher I absolutely had to spend, I decided to grab some USB 3.0 flash drives (amongst other things) with it. LaCie Porsche Design 16Gb A … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Sandisk Ultra 32Gb UHS-I microSDHC

This is the latest installment of my microSDHC craziness – the long-awaited Sandisk Ultra 32Gb UHS-I microSDHC. If anything, the Sandisk Ultra is pretty much the “yardstick” by which other cards are judged by – performance, value, compatibility and reliability … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Sony 32Gb UHS-I MicroSDHC Card (SR-32UYA)

As part of my microSD craziness, we’ll be looking at a Sony branded 32Gb UHS-I MicroSDHC card, model SR-32UYA. The cost was about AU$36, and it includes the memory card (Made in Taiwan) and an adapter (Made in China). I … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Samsung Plus 32Gb UHS-I microSDHC Card

Many of the reviews you’ll see are from products which I’ve ended up buying out of necessity and decided I should give them a thorough test run before putting them into use. This is no different – as a departure … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: MP3 Encoding Through the Years

It may be hard to believe, but the MPEG-1/MPEG-2 Layer III standard (commonly known as MP3) is now 19 years old (from public release date, or 21 years old from the first standards release). In technology terms, this is an … Continue reading

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Testing: SD Card Sequential, Medium & Small Block Performance Round-Up

Most users are aware that flash memory comes in a variety of speeds and capacities. Early-on, flash manufacturers attached different monikers to their memory to confer their relative speeds (e.g. Ultra, Ultra II, Extreme III, Extreme IV), which were sometimes … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Toshiba Exceria Type 2 64Gb UHS-1 SDXC Card

Photographers and hobbyists alike continue to have a nearly insatiable need for “large capacity” memory cards with high speed and reliability and preferably low cost. The “traditional” people who claim to know better tend to stick with Sandisk and Lexar … Continue reading

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