Tag Archives: cheap

Random: Kogan vs Catch Connect LTE Speed, Crap CAT5e, Unboxing RPi3B+

It’s been a while since I wrote my last “random” post, so I thought it was about time to put up another. After all, sometimes there are just some observations that don’t quite warrant their own posting but are still … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Alcatroz Airmouse Duo2 Wireless Mouse

Being increasingly reliant on mobile devices to get some level of work done, I had a sudden need for another Bluetooth-capable mouse. While the Logitech M337 continues to serve me well with its rather unusual colour scheme, I was looking … Continue reading

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Not So Smart: TP-Link TL-SG105E V3.0 5-Port Gigabit Easy Smart Switch

I’ve made a few mentions about VLANs in the recent past as it’s something that I find quite useful along with virtual APs with managing an ever-increasingly-complex home network. But as some more “basic” edge equipment may not be able … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Strontium Nitro 16Gb Class 10 UHS-I MicroSDHC Card

If you like to tinker with single-board computers, then you probably have a bunch of Raspberry Pi (or equivalent) boards all needing a microSD card to boot from. Often, for simple projects, the card doesn’t have to be anything too … Continue reading

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Tested: EDUP 11AC 1900M Dual-Band USB 3.0 Wireless Adapter (EP-AC1621)

In my quest for more wireless throughput, my hAP ac with three-stream 802.11ac wireless seemed to be the right choice. The problem was that I had absolutely no three-stream capable equipment to use with it – so I wasn’t seeing … Continue reading

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Tested: MINI-360 (MP2307-based) “3A” Buck Converter Module

As mentioned in my earlier Canton-Power buck-boost module review, voltages from batteries are rarely exactly the voltages you need to safely and reliably power your electronic creations. While that converter was rather acceptable, the efficiency wasn’t exactly stellar. In the … Continue reading

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Tested: Canton-Power DDO603SA 3.3V Buck-Boost Converter Module

If you like to experiment with electronics, sooner-or-later you’re going to build something you’d like to use in a portable way, perhaps running off batteries. While things that run off 5V are easy to cater for, as USB is ubiquitous, … Continue reading

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Project: Generic Electronic 57 LED Hourglass Kit (TJ-56-205)

I couldn’t help myself, so once I finish one kit, it’s often straight onto another. This kit was sold as an electronic LED hourglass and was a little more expensive at AU$3.07 including postage. Compared to local suppliers, this is … Continue reading

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Project: Generic 18 Red LED Flashing Love Heart Kit (TJ-56-30)

Another day, another classic kit. It seems that LED heart-shaped displays are a timeless novelty, so after building a multi-coloured chasing heart and a breathing heart, why not a flashing one? For just AU$1.68 including postage, I managed to score … Continue reading

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Teardown: Generic Wall-Mountable Passive PoE Midspan Injector

For a lot of modern networked devices, Power over Ethernet (PoE) is a big convenience, allowing the one cable to power a remote device (be it an access point, camera, etc.) and supply the data connectivity to it. While there … Continue reading

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Project: Unbranded Generic NE555+CD4017 SMD LED Chaser Kit (YL-117)

I had a little time this evening, so I thought, why not crack open a kit? After all, I did buy a stack of cheap eBay kits to keep me amused and give me something to write about … so … Continue reading

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Project: EQKit HBL-22 Breathing Green LED Heart Kit

I just can’t help myself, so I grabbed another kit off the pile and decided to build it. This is yet another “cheap” kit from eBay intended for educational use. This particular kit is an EQKit HBL-22 “breathing” LED heart … Continue reading

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Project: Unbranded 38 x 5mm LED DIY Lamp Kit

Trawling eBay listings for some more cheap kits to build resulted in some rather interesting discoveries. The kit in question was a 38 LED do-it-yourself LED lamp kit for AU$1.47. At that price, I thought I’d jump on it despite … Continue reading

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Repair: Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 Power Button

I bought my Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 back at the beginning of 2016 and it’s served as both my data-phone (browsing, data SIM) for a year and as a phone-phone (calls, SMS) for the remainder. It was good value when … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Unbranded 4-port USB 3.0 Type-C Hub (T-511C/K-UH301)

There comes a time when, if you’re like me, you run out of USB ports on your main computer. Like it or not, almost everything connects via USB – for example, I have a webcam, keyboard, mouse, printer (or two), … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Unbranded AC1200 Dual-Band USB 3.0 Wi-Fi Adapter

In the short span of about two decades, Wi-Fi went from being a luxury that you would consider a limited alternative to a cabled Ethernet connection, useful for mobile devices only, to something resembling a near-replacement for the cabled Ethernet … Continue reading

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Repair, Teardown: Edimax IC-1520DP Network Camera

A long time ago … maybe even eight years ago in 2009 … a computer shop I was shopping at had a network camera on sale for the low low price of AU$30 and I decided to buy it just … 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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Repair: Click Surge-Protected & Sansai Switched 4-Outlet Powerboards

Powerboards are very simple and inexpensive devices used to convert one socket into multiple sockets on a (supposedly) temporary basis. Every house has a number of these devices, with basic devices simply bussing together the pins and more complex devices … Continue reading

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Hack: Customize the LED Shake-Stick Images

As I managed to construct the LED shake-stick kit just yesterday evening, I wasn’t entirely satisfied with its operation. For one, the images weren’t particularly inspiring. I mentioned that it should be possible to replace the images in the ROM … Continue reading

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Project: AT89S52-based LED Shake-Stick Kit

Just recently, I built an AT89S52-based LED Heart and an LED Clock Kit, so I wondered just what else is out there that is AT89S52-based. Searching around on eBay led me to a “shake stick” kit for AU$4.37. It looked … Continue reading

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Project: AT89S52+DS1302-based LED Clock Kit (EC1204B-Equivalent)

Since I started along the line of garish LED-adorned kits, I thought I’d order a few other kits built around the AT89S52. In this case, it was a clock based around the AT89S52 80C51 microcontroller and a DS1302 real-time clock. … Continue reading

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Project: AT89S52-based Multi-Coloured LED Heart Kit

As my radio kit-building adventures have reached the “bottom” of the eBay well, with most of the kits available being built, I decided to branch out into other “low cost” kits to see what they are like. Most of the … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: “Generic” BT-168 Battery Tester

A short while back, I posted about this generic battery tester, which was a cheap and nasty clone of a model which was quite popular, which I used frequently as a child. In my quest to buy it, I came … 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, 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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Project: Paeansonic CF210SP CD9088+CD7642 AM/FM Radio Kit

It’s been a bit quiet around here lately – I’m just swamped with work, and it never quite goes away, but neither does the desire to do something for my own enrichment and enjoyment … and the desire to blog … 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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Failed: Cheap and Nasty SMA Right-Angle Adapter (& Site Update)

If you’re a bit of a radio equipment user like myself, you’ll find that you’ve always got an amazing array of different connector needs. For example, you might have some older TV tuners with a “PAL” connector, some satellite equipment … Continue reading

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