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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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Obscure HiFi - The Stereo MicroCassette

Interest in my vintage HiFi equipment videos has really picked up since the Tefifon demonstration a couple of months ago. So with this in mind, I used my consumer electronics time machine to retrieve a Brand New HiFi component from 1982. In the video below I take a look at an audio format that came and went with barely a whisper in the early 80s and has since been largely forgotten.

If you want to see this item on ebay - click here.

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Reader Comments (10)

Hi Mat, interesting, that these machines can be still found and in a new condition, after all these years.....amazing.!!

Great stuff.

Thanks for listening,


June 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDaz

I love these reviews of obscure tech. Have you even considered getting a minidisk recorder? I have a Sony MZ-R50. I initially bought it for making recordings at concerts but all I ended up doing was recording people screaming "Woo-Woo" in higher quality. To my untrained ear it seems to make excellent recordings.

June 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMarv Harris

Excellent... perhaps one of your best videos yet, though not to suggest that any other video was sub par. I just really enjoyed the history and overall presentation. Very entertaining, well-edited, just really good stuff Mat. Thanks!

June 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMike W.

Thanks chaps.

As far as MiniDisc goes - there's a reason why I haven't gone into this, and it's mostly to do with the fact that I was all-in on MD back in the day and stuck with it for years and as a result it holds very little fascination now. I feel that it's still a recent product that everyone is familiar with. However I recently picked up (transported?) an unusual new and unused machine just for the heck of it. I have the intention to do a short video about this particular machine in a few months.

June 21, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

thank you, this will not cost me as the review of the Sony HAP-S1 did.

June 22, 2015 | Unregistered Commenteraxel

Hello Techmoan, i know this is a little awkward but i would love to know the name of the song at 7:57 it's so lovely and there's a few YouTube comments trying to know as well, I'm willing to reply to all of them to let them know, and believe it or not i went through all the video comments all the way to the chat that said 'first' and couldn't find the name of that song anywhere. Thank you and keep up the good work =)

September 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDash Tesla

I don't's been a while. I have a playlist consisting of all the (non-attribution) tunes in the YouTube audio library. It will be in there somewhere.

September 16, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thanks for posting a nice video bro. Old is Gold.

November 22, 2016 | Unregistered Commentern songs

Hello Techmoan! I just wanted to add this so someone else can find out, at 7:57 that lovely song that even you didn't know what it was it took me several tries with shazam and other similar videos until i finally found it:

The 126ers - The Bluest Star [Instrumental Extended]

Feels good to finally find a song it took me two years to find, but I hope this helps someone else out there.

February 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterDash Tesla

I have two of these Sanyo units & a JVC model,Ive found the belts cause a problem after years..I bought a supply of metal micro tapes from Tandy before they folded.I have a couple of Olympus SW55 and a Grundig hand held recorder with built in AM,FM radio sadly faulty,I recorded dozens of radio comedy in the 60/70s sadly cannot play at present.Remembered also have another handheld stereo unit.Best way to record was metal function & dolby then listen at normal settings.Used an SW55 at many Johnny Cash concerts.Had couple Sony units but they were poorly made.

March 16, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterBob

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