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Made to Measure: the M2 Laser Distance Meter from 4Cabling

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in Miscellaneous

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It's amazing how much measuring we all do, even if we are not in the building trade.
Most households do a fair bit of DIY around the place, from measuring windows to planning a patio or building a veranda. And here I'm just listing a couple of things that are happening in my household right now. All of this requires a fair bit of accurate measuring but never before has it been so much fun or accurate as with the M2, an inexpensive laser measuring device.


Time to ditch the old tape measure? Probably not as we first need to do some comparisons.
Let's see how the M2 measures up.

UPS For When the Chips Are Down: Hands-On with the Socomec NETYS PR RT 1700VA

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in Miscellaneous

Read more: UPS For When the Chips Are Down: Hands-On with the Socomec NETYS PR RT 1700VAWe don't realise how much we depend on electricity until the lights go out. And if you happen to be in the middle of an urgent task that you need to finish (or save) when the electrons stop flowing in your business, you will praise the day you invested in an Uninterruptible Power Supply or UPS.


Today we'll have a close look at the Socomec NETYS PR RT solution that will do more than provide backup power.

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.

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