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DJI Phantom 2 Vision quadcopter: Your Eye in the Sky - Part I

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in Miscellaneous

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You might have noticed that remote-controlled aircraft of every shape, size and price have showed up in our retail stores and online shops in the last year. You can find them in Harvey Norman and similar chains, photo shops and even outlets that normally only cater for car parts! And then there are myriads of online traders that specialise in quadcopters and any type of camera equipped UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle).


Undoubtedly, most of you reading this article are interested in this sort of technology and are perhaps looking also to in getting into this fast evolving field. And why not? A modern quadcopter is probably the most exciting toy and tool you can lay your hands on. Yes, there's a lot of fun to be had with the inexpensive gear and some of them do even have a small camera on board. However, quadcopters can also be an extremely useful tool and arguably the most popular one in the current marketplace has to be the Phantom 2 Vision from DJI.


In a series of reviews we will put the Phantom 2 Vision through its paces and will show you what to expect and to watch out for. Plus, we will have a recommendation on where best to source the Phantom 2 Vision.


So let's come fly with us!

Back pain Blues? The WiTouch Pro TENS Brings Relief to this Reviewer...

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in Miscellaneous

Read more: Back pain Blues? The WiTouch Pro TENS Brings Relief to this Reviewer...Back pain is one of the most common and disabling pains. That is no surprise given our sedentary lifestyle but what to do when it hits you? If you can afford the time off, staying in bed might give some relief but even then the pain is ever present.

For most people the use of TENS devices will help considerably to alleviate the pain and today we are reviewing one of the best designed and most practical of these units: the WiTouch Pro from Hollywog. Spoiler alert: it's a brilliant device!

 

Who Needs a Cord Anyway - Bissell AirRam Vacuum Cleaner Reviewed

Written by Paul Moons on . Posted in Miscellaneous

Read more: Who Needs a Cord Anyway - Bissell AirRam Vacuum Cleaner ReviewedWe haven't seen a vacuum cleaner cross our review desk since June 2011 when we took a look at the impressive Dyson Slim DC35. Like the DC35, Bissell's AirRam is cordless, compact and for a vacuum cleaner, kind of cool looking.

And here is where the Bissell steps it up a notch: Unlike every cordless vacuum cleaner we have ever seen, the Bissell AirRam is aimed at actually replacing, not complementing your mains powered vacuum cleaner!

Read on for our full review.

Unleash the Dogs! Hands on with the SureGuard Solar Powered Dog Electric Fence

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in Miscellaneous

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It's a perennial problem: how do you contain your dog on a property with enough freedom to roam around a bit, yet within safe boundaries?

Case in point: we have a large, 11 acre property with rather porous fences and an open gate next to a busy road. Our inquisitive labrador loves to check out the neighbourhood when not locked up.

SureGuard Australia seems to have the right solution for this and similar problems. Let's review their Solar Powered Dog Electric Fence Model 605.

ESDS Electronic Shark Defense System

Written by Joe Baker on . Posted in Miscellaneous

 

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Do shark shields or electronic shark defense systems work, you ask? Sure they do! Well it did last time we tested a similar product that produced an electrical field to keep the big "bities away" (an alternative to the ESDS, the Freedom 7 was reviewed here on this site in 2009 - see link ).


We have been using an electronic shark shield pretty much every second day in summer and occasionally even during winter for swimming protection since 2009 and we have not been eaten yet, although nearby sightings have been made. We are absolute believers in the principles that these work on and have done so since the practical first evaluation. We have just been given one that's just been released to the market, the ESDS.

Let There Be Light! Daylight Magnifying Lamp – Reviewed

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in Miscellaneous

Read more: Let There Be Light! Daylight Magnifying Lamp – Reviewed It was only a few months ago that we had a good look at the Foldi Lamp from Daylight, a very handy small desk lamp with natural daylight LEDs. We were quite impressed with the difference it makes if you need to do colour matching. And in the good tradition of the Mythbusters, we need to upscale the test! So today we are reviewing a much bigger Magnifying Lamp from the Daylight Company.

Want Daylight at Night? Foldi LED Lamp – Reviewed

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in Miscellaneous

Read more: Want Daylight at Night? Foldi LED Lamp – ReviewedThere are times in your life when you wish you could see the stuff you’re working on in natural daylight. Particularly crafters, quilters and hobbyists who want to see their material in living colour, not tinted by the colour of the lamp they’re working under.

Working under an open window is the best way – during the day. But what if the room is dark or it’s dark outside?

Enter the Foldi, a stylish, folding table lamp fitted with 30 bright daylight LEDs.

What difference does it make? Let’s find out.

Thrunite Catapult V3 Best Brightest LED Torches – Reviewed

Written by Joe Baker on . Posted in Miscellaneous

Read more: Thrunite Catapult V3 Best Brightest LED Torches – ReviewedHas the Thrunite Catapult V3 LED torch now got the “golden crown” as the brightest light thrower on the market today? With Catapult quoting ANSI lumens and the Jetbeam LED RRT3 torch quoting lumens, which shines the furthest??

I have been assured by someone who has ALL varieties of torches available to test in his retail store, that the Catapult V3 by Thrunite shines a lot further than the Jetbeam RRT3 and most other LED torches. Well words are cheap! So we said to James at www.ledtorchshop.com.au “never mind the specifications or which lumens they declare, send us one and we will find out for sure”.

We will do an independent test of the Thrunite Catapult V3 against the Jetbeam RRT3 in a “shine the furthest” contest. Mind you, we are still going to comment on ease of operation as well as the build quality.

So if you want to know if it is bright enough to win, read on cos’ I reckon it’s too bright only when it burns out someone’s eye sockets at 300+ metres.

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