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Yi Ultra 2.7K
Mobius (also works as a Dashcam)
Polaroid Cube+
Sena Prism Tube

My favourite USB battery power Pack

This is the excellent USB power pack I use when I travel.

2 x 2.1amp outputs. 8400mAh capacity.

Two digit Led display shows battery level


What SD CARD should I buy?

If you want an SD Card for your camera - these are the ones I use and recommend. 

I'd strongly recommend not to buy any SD cards off ebay - I've heard about too many issues with counterfeit cards - often sold on by unwitting resellers. My inbox regularly gets messages from people who bought a £150 camera then cheaped out and bought a £3 memory card on ebay - Then when it doesn't worth they blame the camera! It doesn't make any sense. Good memory is cheaper than it's ever been - see the links above.

A lot of HD cameras will not work properly with cards larger than 32GB (cards over 32GB are usually SDXC rather than the SDHC standard used by 32GB cards. SDXC cards use the ex-FAT system rather than FAT32 - in short they are a different standard). - so don't just buy the biggest card you can afford - read the specs in the manual to see what it accepts.


RECOMMENDED CARDS (for action cams - see dashcams below)

CLASS 10 UHS-1 CARDS (For HD Cameras)


U3 CARD (For 4K cameras)




The SD card in a dashcam is re-written over, more frequently than in other types of cameras. Some manufacturers void their guarantee if an SD card was used in a dashcam. So, no surprise, there are special High Endurance SD cards made just for's some.


VERY IMPORTANT. These links take you to the product, however Amazon have three different ways of selling. There's Amazon Direct - This means that you are only dealing with Amazon themselves, then there's other sellers that use Amazon's facilities - these show as Fulfilled By Amazon and finally there's Market Place sellers that advertise on Amazon, but operate independently.  I strongly recommend that you only use the first...the Amazon Direct - Sold By Amazon option. Even if it appears that you are paying a couple of £/$ more it is more than likely you are comparing the price of a real item against the price of a fake.

To give you an idea of the extent of the fake goods problem. In a 2016 survey by Apple - 90% of the 'Apple' chargers sold through Amazon - using the other the two methods..which includes the "Fulfilled by Amazon" option -  were found to be counterfeit....90%! 


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The Useless Machine from Spikenzielabs

I've assembled the latest kit from Spikenzielabs, and it's completely useless. If you watch the video below you'll find out why this isn't necessarily a bad thing.

If after watching this demonstration of the Useless Machine you want to pick one up for yourself then here is the direct link to the product on the Spikenzielabs website.

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Reader Comments (15)

Is there any chance of you doing a review of the polaroid cube?

September 30, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterblitz

Yes, every chance. I was shooting with one today.

September 30, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Great, looking forward to it.

September 30, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterblitz

Love a real chuckle out of that useless machine..

October 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterFlasher

:D :D

Really funny. Thanks for the free laughs.

October 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCalvinH

Hehe, good one! :)
That movement of the 'hand' reminds me of the 'THING' hand appearing in a Addams Family pinball machine! You should get a Addams Family pinball machine for your home, I guarantee you will love it!

October 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMatte

I'd love a pinball, but there just isn't the room in my house unfortunately.

October 2, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Nice Seiko 5 :)

October 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJason

At least this black box has a purpose. Nuff said.

October 3, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercrusades

"Is there any chance of you doing a review of the polaroid cube?
September 30, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterblitz"

Why? As a dash cam? Aren't there are enough other reviews on the internet already..?

Iit's an odd design, and if it works for you in your situation, then get it.

It doesn't compare to the new Ambarella chips.. so not even worth it.

October 4, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterbman

I don't care how many reviews there are. There's no 'mattological' review as far as I can see.

And not to destroy your limited dashboard horizon 'bman'.
There are other uses for cameras besides filming street bumps and the rear parts of cars.
Did I mention there are other uses?
Maybe it's a completely useless camera. But that could be fun, couldn't it?

I am curious why the Polaroid Cube would be better than, while being twice as expensive but much less versatile, the Mobius.

October 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterFrank

Tsk, call that useless...

Now this is uselessness gone mad

October 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMark Whalley

Ha ha, Techmoan. I always like your videos and I was intrigued with the 'Useless Machine' title. Okay, I admit I'm not going to buy one, but you sure do know how to make even a useless machine appear interesting. Well done, Mat.

October 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterQuaser

Would like to put one of these on my sales counter, wholesale repair parts. I see the same customers quite often. And then, wire in some sort of digital counter to see how often the customers play with it. You have to provide them with a toy, or they get into things, somewhat like children. And lastly, bolt it down so it doesn't grow legs.

Just watched the above link and other videos. This is a worldwide sickness. Fantastic...

And, put a discreet camera on it !!!

November 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterArt

I'm quite astonished that you have rewiewed the most simple of the ”useless machine”...If you take a look on youtube,you'll find at least two more sophisticated boxes,based on the same idea.Of course,more complex,even more funny...They are moving,not stationary,making different noises,pulling a white flag at the end,and so on...Anyway,I'm starting to be a big fan of your videos...!

December 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDarian Gheorghe

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