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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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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: Keweisi KWS-V20 USB Tester

It’s almost been one year since I’ve looked at “USB charger doctor” style devices, but having reverse engineered, tested and modified one, I didn’t think I’d ever bother with them again. That was, until I saw the Keweisi KWS-V20 USB … Continue reading

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Getting Started: Nuand BladeRFx40, XB-200 Transverter, Case & SDRSharp

This is one of those posts that I should have compiled and put up a long time ago, but never really got around to. Right now, I probably shouldn’t be blogging (since there are more pressing things to attend to), … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Anker PowerCore+ 10050 (A1310) QC2.0 Power Bank

When it comes to discussing power banks and USB charging in general, it’s hard to overlook Anker branded products. The company was started by a group of friends working at Google, and has since put out a multitude of USB … Continue reading

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Review: XG autoelectric TL866CS MiniPro Universal USB Programmer

In terms of tools, I’ve always wanted to have something to work with various ROM and Flash chips within computers and peripherals as this can often come in handy for recovering from a bad flash, updating an old ROM chip … Continue reading

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Review: Three Cheap Unbranded 1×18650 “DIY” Power Banks

A common theme I hear from readers is “well, those cheap power banks are rubbish, so why don’t I build my own?” I suppose that is not a bad thought, although designing one properly takes a bit of skill and … Continue reading

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Review: Generic 4-port USB 3.0 to PCI-E Adapter (STAR-UPCIE201-V1.0, TB01200)

If you’re still running an age-old dinosaur system like me (well, make that around six years old), then you’re probably feeling the pinch from not having quite enough USB 3.0 ports. Maybe you have none at all. I’m lucky that … Continue reading

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Teardown: Digi International Edgeport/8 RS-232 to USB Converter

In the things that have happened to me last week, getting a Digi International Edgeport/8 donated to me was one of the more exciting events. A Little Bit of History It wasn’t that long ago that if you wanted to … Continue reading

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Project: Physically Damaged USB Drive Repair & Data Recovery

A while back, on 16th July, I was contacted by a fellow Sydneysider, and a fan of my blog with a request for help. While, ordinarily, I don’t respond to these, there was a rather long story behind this particular … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Astone ISO DOC-130 2.5″ & 3.5″ SATA II to USB 3.0 Dock

When you have a pile of small bare hard drives to use, giving them all a SATA port to use or an individual enclosure is prohibitively expensive. Maybe you have a hard drive to quickly test, or an occasional back-up … Continue reading

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Review: Emtec Click 3.0 32Gb (ECMMD32GB103) USB 3.0 Flash Drive

The other day, when collecting a parcel from the post office, I came across a $10 or less “bargain bin” clearance. Within the bin, I managed to grab a Logitech K400r for $10, a Logitech m353 for $5 and this … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Corsair Flash Voyager LS 32Gb USB 3.0 Flash Drive

Corsair has been a trusted name in DRAM memory for a long time, which resulted in a brand expansion into peripherals, accessories, power supplies and more. It seems like whatever Corsair puts their brand on is a product you can … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Comsol 8Gb USB 2.0 Flash Stick (UF4-8000)

USB flash drives are one of the most ubiquitous storage devices, this one was anonymously donated to me for some testing. It’s not a particularly special looking drive, but it is one that’s available on the market today – it … 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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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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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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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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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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An SSD in a USB 3.0 Enclosure: Part 3 – Sandisk Extreme II & Transcend SSD340 (again)

For those who are interested in the topic, they might also want to see Part 1 and Part 2 to better understand the caveats and limitations, as it will put this article in a better context. So far, I’ve been … Continue reading

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Review: Kingston DataTraveler G4 128Gb USB Flash Drive

When I first tried my “crazy” SSD in a USB External Enclosure experiment, USB memory sticks were paltry in size and performance. While such a solution wasn’t exactly compact or convenient like most USB keys, it did offer the capacity … 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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