Showing posts with label Gadgets. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Gadgets. Show all posts

Monday, 13 October 2014

4 Wireless Power Outlet Reviews | Wifi & App Controlled Switches & Plugs

Searching for Remote Controlled Power Outlets? WiFi is the Answer

Someone monitors their outlets on the go.
Monitoring Power on the Go
Photo Credit: Belkin
Remember the days of the 'clap' light? Clap twice to turn it on and off? 

It was pretty cool technology at the time, but it invariably led to rage when the clapper wouldn't respond. 

Thankfully, we've come a long way since then. With so many devices around the house, it's easy to forget something. That's why a good wireless power outlet can make your life simpler and more economical.

This article is written to review some wifi controlled power outlets, and we'll only be covering the 'best of the best'. For each item I'll be outlining a few things: the pertinent features, any 'need to know' cons, and of course how user friendly it is.

Sound interesting? I hope so!

Monday, 6 October 2014

4 Good Soldering Iron Stations for Electronics | Reviews & Tips

What's the Best Soldering Station for the Money?

A soldering project in action.
Photo Credit: Albertas Agejevas
Any electronics or gadget junkie worth their salt needs a good quality soldering iron station. They make the task of repairing and modifying electronics so much easier. 

Whether you like messing around with Arduino boards and gizmos like the Raspberry Pi, or just want to do some basic repairs, they're wonderful to have on hand. 

But there's a problem.

Most of our electronics come from overseas. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but certain items tend to have questionable build quality. Portable soldering iron stations are in that category.

I hate wasting money, and I assume that you do too! I'm writing this piece so that you won't have to 'roll the dice' on a kit. I'll be offering several soldering station reviews, including digital, temperature controlled, portable and basic models. 

What you won't see on this list: cheap junk that breaks easily. I'll be focusing only on items that will make a hobbyist or professional proud.

Friday, 3 October 2014

4 Energy Saving Tips: Lower Your Home Power Bill

Cut Your Energy Use With These Simple Steps

Electricity is an expense that can really eat into your wallet each month. Saving cash where you can is important, and we spend an unnecessary amount on energy for no good reason.
So what's the answer? A couple of simple, affordable upgrades can offer a huge benefit.

Here's the key: replace the hungriest power drains in your house with more efficient alternatives. 

Once that's done, you'll notice a marked improvement in your energy bill each month.

Not sure where to start? Here are a couple of simple suggestions to cut your energy costs without spending a fortune to begin with.