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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.

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RECOMMENDED CARDS (for action cams - see dashcams below)

CLASS 10 UHS-1 CARDS (For HD Cameras)

 

U3 CARD (For 4K cameras)

 

 

SPECIAL DASHCAM CARDS

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 dashcams...here'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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Sunday
Nov262017

Your own plug and play Retro Arcade

If you've always wanted your own retro arcade cabinet, but don't have the space or money for one, this all-in-one arcade stick might be the answer.
  
The Pandora's Box 4S is a two player arcade quality controller containg hundreds of classic games that you can plug into a TV.
   
You can see my video demonstration below.
   
   
    
The links below will direct you towards Pandora's Boxes on ebay, there are a number of different configurations to choose from, but please look out for anyone pretending to sell these for just £30-£50, it costs more than that for the components.  You should expect to pay £120 - £150 for a Pandora Box 4S model like mine (or the equivalent of this in your local currency). Turn on international search to get the widest selection.
   
   
ebay buying tips
1) If it's too cheap to be true then it's not true. 
2) Only buy from someone who has sold plenty of things and has good feedback
3) Read the feedback to see if they have recently sold something similar to the item you are buying. e.g. If you are buying an arcade joystick but they only sold socks and gloves and their last sale was over a year ago, it's likely you are looking at a hijacked account. 
4) If possible buy from someone within your country to avoid paying duties - that may be  difficult with this, so factor in any potential duty costs.
5) Use Paypal for buyer protection

 

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Reader Comments (5)

I was never into gaming but my son was. I will have to ask him for his opinion.
I could not even cope with Riven on my own Apple computer back in the late 90's and someone stole the disk anyway.
I looked on ebay and I am aware of the ebay effect where the price goes up just after a renew is posted.
They seem to list several versions like a 999 versions and an 800 version, and an 1099 now !
It appears the higher number models have more games and the ability to add even more via a USB stick.
Thank you for your fantastic videos Mat. I would support you on Patrion but I am a pensioner living son a State pension.

Regards Jeremy AKA Teletape

November 26, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJeremy

Avoid the 1099 versions...apparently they are cheap knock-offs that don’t work properly.

November 26, 2017 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I asked my son who said it's ok for people who cannot be bothered to set up a PC and an emulator and connect it up their TV.
He said you can now downward roms and the games on the internet.
So not for him, but it could be my type of machine except I only like flight sims.
Thanks Mat

November 26, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJeremy

That allwinner a13 cpu is quite old - probably you would be better off with a picade (or similar) with a pi3 as it has much more oomph so it could run the lagging games better.
Otherwise cool video, Mat! :D

November 26, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSzabi

I built a shuttle PC about 10 years ago for my Jamma. This is quite nice if you want to travel. I was born in the 60s, and still love Mr.Do and Galaxians and when I travel these are ideal to plug into hotel TVs. OK the joysticks and buttons aren't original quality, there is no trackball for Crystal castles, but it's fine for a few hours per night to recapture my youth.

November 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMr.G

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