Sigmaprobe Vehicle Wiring Continuity Tester

This is a simple and easy to use vehicle wiring and continuity tester that can test all the basic electrical functions of the car with three different display methods.

In the box can be found the testing unit itself, stainless steel capped primary probe, and a small but well written user guide. Build quality is lightweight but good quality with all you need included except perhaps for a carry case, which is a pity.

The unit consists of a testing pen with a separate detachable stainless steel probe. A smaller probe is hard wired to the unit for use when the main probe would be too large or other inconvenient. Also hardwired to the pen on a 45 inch silicone protected cable is a medium sized alligator clip in red. On the handset end of the probe is a 5w replaceable bulb
and on the handset body a small turret switch to select the display mode and on the end a red/green polarity status LED. The LED screen a small LED digital display for voltage and within it a 3-bar display for frequency prediction.

There are three display modes:
Mode 1 LED display and bulb
Mode 2 LED display – precise voltage display
Mode 3 Bulb only, bulb brightness indicating signal strength

Polarity Testing – Red/ Green LEDs illuminate accordingly

The unit can test all the standard features needed: voltage, power supply failure, load voltage, pulse signals, polarity. Ground clamp, probe to current – tube shows voltage, bulb brightness display.
Frequency Prediction – bar display in tube >55hz no display, 50 >55hx 1 bar, 50> 38Hz 2 bars, < 38Hz 3 bars

This is a well made and easy to use little device which is worth keeping in the glove compartment of your car or in your workshop and at the 18.99 price, a very decent buy.

The Good
Great Price
Good Build Quality
Easy To Use
LED Display
Polarity Display
2 Probes

The Bad
No Carry Case

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Cozion Infrared Light Therapy Belt

This belt is designed for general pain relief but especially for muscle and deep tissue soreness and can be used on any part of the body apart from the head. It is best suited perhaps for the back and chest but can be used more or less anywhere you can get it to fit.

In the box is the pad and retaining belt itself together with a UK power supply and a well written and easy to read multi-language user guide. Build quality seems fine. The 20 cm by 40 cm pad is made from a heavy-duty reinforced soft felt like cloth with the array of Led’s, 60 visible light and 60 invisible, on the underside. The 120 cm belt again is heavy-duty and wraps around the pad with velcro to hold it in place. On the outside of the pad are the power-in port and the large backlit button to turn it on.

Using it could not be simpler, just wrap the pad around the affected area and secure it with the belt. Turn on using the large and easy to locate button, the button’s internal status LED confirms operation and the unit will run for twenty minutes before turning off automatically. The device can be safely used several times each day if required. The deep red visible LEDs transmit in the 660nm frequency band and the invisible ones in the 880nm band. The red LED’s have a skin surface warming effect whilst the invisible ones a more deep and penetrating one. It is comfortable and supportive to wear for long periods if necessary and can be worn under clothing when watching the TV or reading, the only limitation being the power supply connection.

How well does it work? I certainly found some relief for a bad back but of course, the benefit will vary from person to person.

It is well made, easy and comfortable to use and can be stored rolled around the supplied tube although no case is included, which is a pity.

The price of 95.99 is not cheap but good things are worth paying for.

The Good
Good Build Quality
Good User Guide
Works Well

The Bad
No Storage Case
Mains Power Only

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AUINSKY Rechargeable LED Headlight

This headlamp twin pack from AUINSKY has a premium feel and a robust build quality that the rivals lack and which belies the bargain price but is it really any good?

In the small but attractive box were just the headband, charging cable and a well written but rather small user guide..It is a pity that no storage case was included, but for the £15.99 price that is understandable.

The headlight has a robust elasticated headband with an adjustable buckle and in the centre the light unit itself, which is quite chunky and feels well made and built to last. Facing forward is the main wrap around 30 LED COB light with in the centre the twin LED spotlight with three Red LEDs on either side. On top next to the grommet protected micro-USB charging port is the single easy to feel control button. The whole unit can be angled smoothly downwards up to 90°.

Operating the light is simple enough. Short press the button to turn it on and long press to switch it off. Short pressing scrolls through the six lighting modes: high power COB, low power Cob, high power Spot, low power Spot, Red On, Red Flashing.

The headlight is good and bright, and distinctly more powerful than any other I have tried although it is larger and more bulky than some. The light is rechargeable with a built-in 2000 mAh lithium-ion battery charged through a micro-USB port on the top, although it is a pity the more modern USB-C interface was not used. One charge should give between 4 and 30 hours of white light depending on the operating mode selected with an amazing 50 hours of red emergency light possible.

Brighter and more robust than most head lights and a little heavier and more bulky too, I feel this it would be best suited for garage or workshop use or for shorter sporting activities rather than for long night runs although the extended battery life would support them well.

Easy To Use
Good Build Quality
Comfortable Headband
6 Operating Modes
Powerful Output
Long Battery Life
Great Price

The Bad
No Storage Case
Large Size

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Tesery TPMS Relearn Tool and Tire Gauge TPA01

This handy and well made gadget is a tyre pressure gauge and also a Tire Pressure Monitoring Reset device for use with GM vehicles. I don’t have a GM car and so can only test it as a tyre pressure monitor and as such, it is quick and easy to use with an easy to read display and a choice of four system modes

In The Box are just the device itself and a well written and easy to read user guide. The unit sits perfectly in the hand and is not too small or fiddly to use and despite the light weight feels robust enough for sustained garage or roadside use.

On the front of the device is the small LCD display which despite not being backlit is easy enough to read in daylight. Below this are confirmation LEDs for the pressure reading and TPMS reset operation status with between them a battery/power-on LED. On the front are the two large and easy to find buttons for tire pressure reading and TPMS reset operation. On the rear of the device is the large recessed power button. On top and on the left is the tire pressure reading probe and next to it is the stub antenna used to transmit the TPMS reset signal.

To take a tire pressure reading simply turn on the device with the rear button, confirm the power status LED is on and press the probe onto the tyre valve for 3 seconds, having removed the valve cover first. The green status LED will light and the reading will be shown on the screen. Press the left hand button to scroll through PSI, BAR, KPA and Kg/cm2 readings. The device auto resets after holding the display for 30 seconds with no need to manually reset or recalibrate.

To reset your GM tyre pressure system, which you may have to do after rotating the tyres or other tyre maintenance, just set the car to TPMS learning mode and the car horn will beep twice, hold the unit to the left front tire and press the power button on the unit, the car horn beeps once, then do the same for the front right, left rear and right rear tires with the horn beeping once each time and twice at the end of the procedure. It displays readings in the ranges: 0-150PSI / 0-7Bar / 0-7Kgf/cm² or 0-700KPA.

It should work with GM series vehicles (Chevy / Buick / GMC / Opel /Cadillac etc) equipped with 315/433MHz tire sensors, but not for large commercial vehicle systems.

That’s it, that’s all there is to it.

This is a simple, well made and easy to use device that gets the job done without making a fuss about it.

For me, it is a pretty good buy.

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Jugeman Bluetooth 5.1 In-Ear Headset

This new mono headset from Jugeman is designed primarily for business use, in the office or on the road. Priced at £24.99 it is not the most expensive in what is now something of a specialised market, but has been built to premium quality and aimed at higher end users.

In the attractively designed box can be found the headset, magnetic charging case, charging cable, three earbuds of varying sizes (one fitted) and a well written, nicely printed and easy to read User Guide. Build quality throughout has a distinctly upmarket and high end feel to it with nothing looking likely to fail anytime soon.

The 180° rotating ear hook is a comfortable fit, looping over the ear with a 270° adjustable microphone stalk pointing to the mouth. The headset has three buttons, Multi-Function and Volume Rocker on the outer face with a Switch button on the rear with below it the status LED. The case has an LCD battery status display on the inside with a USB-C charging port on the outside.

Using the headset could not be easier. Use the MF button to turn on and off, Bluetooth pairing, call switching and to turn the microphone on/off. The Switch button for play/pause, take/end calls and engage with Siri or other personal assistants. The Volume Rocker controls audio volume and music track navigation.

As with all Bluetooth 5 devices, pairing was quick and easy and with seamless reconnection later on. Call quality was perfect with a clear distortion-free call with no dropouts or outages during my testing.

Headset charging is done by simply placing the headset onto the charging block with charging status confirmed by the LED. A full charge from flat takes about 90 minutes and gives about eight hours of talk time depending on the volume setting. The case is charged through a USB port on the outside of the case.

One feature of this device is the ability to connect to two Bluetooth devices at once. To do this connect to the first device in the normal way and then disconnect it. With the headset turned on and the first device turned off then simply pair the second device as before. Now turn on the first phone again and both phones will be connected. This is easier to do than it sounds and works well for me.

The headset is water-resistant although not fully waterproof, so do not swim with it on. There is no grommet protection for the charging port which means the case is not water-resistant.

Playing music through a single earpiece is never a good experience but the sound was clear sharp and about as good as you could expect from this form factor.

This is a quality piece of kit and would look great not just in your truck but also in your home office or workplace.

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Lumary 24W Smart WiFi LED Floodlight

You have probably all used smart bulbs, multicoloured lights that can be controlled through an app or by voice. Well, this is a floodlight that works in a similar way but is built like a tank and can be used indoors or out. It works well as an indoor feature light or for all weather use in the garden or patio. You can use multiple lights and control them together through the app.

In the attractive and rather upmarket box is just the 22.8 x 15.9 x 6.4 cm IP66 waterproof Floodlight and a well written and detailed user guide. Build quality is first rate and this unit, which weighs in at 810g, is built to last and should be fine for long term use indoors or out.

The light unit resembles a small tablet display unit contained in a robust metal chassis with two adjustable wifi antennas on the top. The heavy duty but rather short mains cable is hard-wired into the unit and has a three pin UK plug on the end. It is a pity there is no power switch as this would come in handy should the wifi connection drop out.

It is simple enough to set up and control using the Lumary app and I think it will also work with the widely used Smart Life app, although this I have not tested. Either app will offer a walk through guide through the bsetup process. Once connected and when the apps have been linked together the device can also be controlled through Amazon Alexa or Google Home.

The light can be used as a conventional high powered light for indoor or outdoor security purposes with a range of dimmable white light between 2700K-6500K available. The lamp really comes into its own when used as a feature light with no less than 16 million colours, colour combinations and patterns available in addition to the 32 preset scenes controllable from the app. The app also offers music control, timer, schedules, and group control of multiple floodlights or other compatible lights. When paired with Alexa or Google the floodlight can be linked to other smart devices to respond to a range of triggered events.

The light looks spectacular and is very versatile and can be used as a party light, outdoor security light or general purpose home lamp as well as integrating fully into the smart home ecosystem.

Priced at £52.99 it is not cheap, but this is a robust and high quality device designed to last for years.

For me, this is an excellent buy.

The Good
Great Build Quality
Very Bright
Excellent App
Works With Alexa and Google
Timer
Schedules
Music Mode

The Bad
Short Power Cable
No Power Switch

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Xbro 1080p Security Camera and Baby Monitor

This new indoor security camera from XBRO is a camera designed to watch over pets, babies or for general home security with 1080p video, motion detection and two-way audio using the widely adopted OSAIO smartphone app. I should say that this little camera offers far more features than I was expecting for the £34.98 price.

In the box can be found the camera, UK power supply, USB cable, dual-use stand, sticky mount, and a nicely printed and well-written User Guide. Although lightweight, the build quality seems fine and the camera has an attractive and modern square format design.

On the camera front is the lens with Night Vision LEDs, a status LED and the microphone opening and on the rear, the speaker grill, power in port and reset button. On the side is the easy to access micro-SD card port. It features an adjustable stand which can be attached to the base or rear of the camera. There is no Ethernet port or external antenna and the camera emphasises compact size and stylish looks.

The excellent OSAIO app for Android and iOS app offers a simple walkthrough connection and is the same app used by several other security camera suppliers. Two connection methods are available, with the camera either scanning a QR code generated by the app or using a wifi hotspot from the camera. The QR code method worked first time for me.,

Setting up the cameras is simple enough. The first thing to do is to download and install the OSAIO app, You have to register the app before use but doing so is free and you can use a disposable email address to do so. Take note to ensure the phone used to configure the camera is connected to a 2.4Ghz network, not 5Ghz. After installing and registering the app and plugging in the camera follow the in-app instructions to add a new camera aided by audio alerts. After inputting your home wifi details the app automatically and very quickly sends this to the camera which then connects automatically to the wifi network. Unlike with older cameras, there is no web-based interface so you cannot connect directly to the camera using your web browser.

This model has a clean 1080P image quality which is not the upscaled 720p of some lesser rivals. Video quality from the wide-angle lens is one of the best I found for this price bracket. Unlike older budget security cameras, this one boasts an i/r cut filter which when not needed removes the nighttime infrared filter to ensure good colour fidelity daytime images. Night Vision works well with coverage suitable for a small to medium sized room. . It supports two-way audio which means it serves well as a general-purpose app to camera communications monitor and in fact audio quality recorded by the camera is excellent. It also integrates with Amazon Alexa and Google Home for voice and automated control and live video streaming.

Like most rivals, this camera has both audio motion detection triggers and even offers detection zones although there is no motion tracking. The lack of audio in/out ports means external hardware cannot be used to improve the speaker quality. The camera is not weatherproof which means it should be used indoors only.

The camera has the option to save video and audio manually or automatically with motion/audio detection to the SD card or an optional cloud interface. Cloud storage is simple to use and works well and is cheaper than offered by the big-name rivals. However, remember that the camera works perfectly well using the SD card alone. If you use an SD card (none is provided) make sure you use a Class 10 or better card – the card must be able to cope with the high-speed data stream from the camera otherwise the results will be jittery and poor. A card of up to 128GB can be used.

This is a high-quality security camera set capable of excellent results. The price is not the cheapest but still worth it for the features on offer and ease of use.

The Good
Stylish design
Great price
Night Vision
Motion Detection
Detection Zones
In-app real-time push alerts
Two-way audio
SD card slot
Good Video Quality
Supports Amazon/Google

The Bad
No 5Ghz wifi support
No audio out port
No audio in port
No Web Interface#

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GooSpy Bluetooth Speaker Wifi Spy Camera

This Bluetooth and SD card music player is also a spy camera that can record 1080p video with audio onto a second hidden SD card, The camera can be monitored and controlled remotely over wifi or can work unattended with wifi turned off recording detected or continuous motion to the SD card. It can be powered either by a USB cable or using the built-in rechargeable battery for up to five hours.

In The box can be found the speaker, USB Charging Cable, x2 Rubber Grips, two Cleaning Wipes, a Reseting Pin, and a nicely printed user Guide. Build quality seems fine, not premium quality but robust enough for everyday use.

Looking at the speaker on the top there are three good sized track control buttons, the middle one also turning the Bluetooth on and off. On the rear are the USB power in port, music micro-USB card slot, wifi on/off switch and a Bluetooth Status LED. On the base is the Video files micro-USB card slot with wifi status LED inside. The two supplied rubber grips are designed to be stuck to the underside, one of them concealing the SD card slot from prying eyes.

As a music player, it is fine for the 15 x 5 x 6 cm size, with a good clear sound although lacking a bit in bass. It is easy enough to use with three large track transport buttons on the top. When Bluetooth is turned on it defaults to that playing mode, otherwise, it automatically plays tracks from the SD card.

Bluetooth setup is quick and simple. Long press the central button on top of the unit until the Bluetooth SLED starts flashing. On your PC or phone Bluetooth page find the nearby C6 device and pair to it in the usual way.

Connecting to wifi is a little more trick although the HomeEye app walks you through it. First, you need to turn the wifi switch to the on position and confirm the red LED in the Video SD card slot is on. You can now open the HomeEye app and press the add camera button, you need to then connect your phone to the wifi network generated by the camera, this will begin with the letters AYS -.You can now return to the app and continue to follow the walkthrough guide remembering to assign the app Location monitoring permission. The phone will return to your normal network in the background at this point also connect the camera to it.

You can now use the app to configure the camera pretty much like any other security camera with motion detection and three levels of video quality being available. The highest level is a true 1920×1080 with the frame rate varying according to the light level and using the excellent H264 codec. The video quality will vary according to the ambient conditions and it is worth taking time to use the app controls to tweak the image settings when the camera is in position. The camera can be left plugged into a USB port otherwise it will record from the internal battery for up to five hours with Bluetooth and music playing off. The camera can be remotely controlled and monitored or with wifi off can record either continuously or with motion detection on. The app user can view and delete existing recordings as well as manually start new ones, and control the motion detection settings.

As a spy camera, it’s pretty good for the £69.99 price. Video quality is fine but needs to be adjusted using the app before recording for best results. The microphone works well and is better too than I expected. The only drawbacks are the lack of zones, audio triggering, and cloud storage.

That aside this is an excellent mid-range spy camera which works well and at a price which will not break the bank.

The Good
Easy To Configure
Easy To Use App
Good Quality Video
Good Quality Audio
Hidden SD Card
Night Vision

The Bad
No Detection Zones
No Audio Detection
No Cloud Storage

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Vemico NP-F550 Battery Charger Set

If you regularly make videos then you will know that batteries are always a problem. It is always best to keep multiple spares on hand both for the cameras and for any portable lights used. The high price of batteries and the time needed to keep them charged is always an issue but this new kit from Vermico may help.

In the box is the twin bay charger itself along with two Vermico NP-F550 batteries, a short USB power cable, a well made semi-rigid carry case and an easy to read user guide. Build quality all seems first rate and at least as good as the high end and expensive rivals.

This handy charging set comes with two Vemico Li-ion 3000 milliamp hour batteries which are compatible with the widely used NP-F550 range. The bright orange batteries are certainly easy to identify and so far as I can tell are just as good as the premium priced rivals and certainly do seem to have a running time as good if not better.

The battery charger will charge two batteries at once, although be sure to connect to a 2 amp USB socket to allow for the extra power needed. The charger has a backlit LCD to show the charging status of each battery. It has a USB-C power input which shows that it is hopefully a recently designed unit. The charger should work with a wide range of batteries compatible with the NP550 format, there are far too many to list here but the Amazon listing for the charging kit gives an extensive list. If it fits the charger, then it will probably charge it. Charging times I found to be excellent too, but the precise time will depend on the battery type used.

The price is £31.99 which I think is pretty good for the quality of the items

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NYXI Wireless Transparent Pro Controller for Switch

Available now from Amazon for a shade over £36 this new wireless game controller from NYXI has to be the most visually exciting gaming controller I have ever used. It is made from high quality completely transparent ABS with seven multi-coloured LED lights.

The device arrived in a simple but attractive branded product box containing the controller, USB charging cable, and a rather hard to read User Guide. I append a scan of the User Guide to my unboxing video, switch to full screen and pause to read it.

It is made for use with the Switch and unlike many rivals, it will not work with any other device or Operating System. It claims to also work with Android and iOs, but this I have not yet tested. It is powered by a 600mAh rechargeable battery with a USB-C port for charging and data connection.

The controller has a tough ABS construction with an amazingly clear, almost glass-like transparent body revealing all the internal components within. The controller is probably the best equipped I have yet tried and features adjustable twin vibration engines, 15 control buttons, D-Pad, two joysticks, a reset button, motion sensor, 6 Axis Gyro and 7 eight coloured LEDs.

To connect the controller first power on the Switch with the controller plugged in via USB and touch any button on the controller to wake it up. Unplug the cable and the controller will pair automatically to the Switch. Next, when using the controller for the first time, on the Switch go to the ‘Handle Settings – Change Grip/Order’ page and press the Controller Y key and then press and hold the Home key. The LED lights will flash to confirm the connection. Subsequently, the connection should be automatic when the controller is switched on.

After a two hour charge of the non-replaceable battery, it is claimed to work for up to 8hours and with up to 25 days on standby. I have no reason to doubt this. It will operate normally when charging and is designed for both wired and wireless use.

The construction feels reassuringly robust and ergonomically friendly in the hand. The buttons and controls are all easy to use and resistance-free. I must say I noticed hardly any latency when using it, which is a distinct step up from some controllers I have tried.

This is a fine product for the money. High-level gamers may be prepared to pay much more for the slightly smoother gaming experience and reduced latency of a native controller but for most Switch gamers, this new device should offer all they need.

The Good
Good price
Great Build Quality
Built-in Rechargeable Battery
Wired or Wireless Use
Spectacular Display

The Bad
No Carry case
Only Works With Nintendo Switch

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