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

2 x 2.1amp outputs. 8400mAh capacity.

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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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Wednesday
Jul262017

(Not) My Ten Year Youtube Anniversary

A few months ago I noticed that my first video (on my original channel) was uploaded on 26th April 2007…which meant my 10 year anniversary on youtube was imminent, so I put the date in my calendar to remind me when it arrived. Well today’s the day and it turns out that I was mistaken…it’s almost eleven years since I uploaded my first video. I explain more in the moderately shambolic video below.

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Reader Comments (19)

It's amazing how time just flies past, it was your pioneer RT 909 video that got me hooked. I actually bought one and recently found a company in the US that completely overhauls them, I like your videos and the non-sponsored way in which you give an honest review instead of the world is great promotional buy me videos.

Thanks for making great videos, I really have enjoyed them over the last 4 years.

July 26, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJames Tervit

I'd imagine the shipping costs on a RT-909 would be considerable...but I'd love to find a really good refurb company for some of my old tech here in the U.K. Thanks for the kind words.

July 26, 2017 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Congrats Techmoan - loving your work, keep it up! Thanks :)

July 26, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterOtto-Mate

Just watched your posting on record cleaning and like yourself was looking at one of those cleaning machines until I saw the cost £1500+... I don't think so!!
And so decided to build my own budget version
I found like you the pads don't get right into the grooves to clean out all the muck
So after weeks of research found a quick and easy way to do it
Place record on turntable (low speed is best)
For the liquid you need distilled water and a bottle of isopropanol ( can get from Amazon)
Mix 1 part isopropanol to 3 parts distilled water and with something like a syringe squrt some onto the record (not to much just a thin layer KEEP AWAY FROM LABEL!! )
Then use one of them long haired micro record cleaning brushes and brush it all over record (hand still record turning)
Then to suck it off I personally use an old fridge compressor or a hover will be fine uou need to have a jar or container so pipe goes from hover into container and another pipe out to record
You will be AMAZED how much muck comes off it!!
Any more info email me @ stevo-01@hotmail.com and I'll hopefully be able to help more
KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK FELLA!!

July 26, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterStevo8291

Under normal circumstances many of your subjects up for review wouldn't interest me in the least, yet each and every time I come away very satisfied, educated, and entertained, can't ask for anything more than that. We chock it up to what I consider your down-to-earth approach and lovin it.

Anyhow, a BIG CONGRATS! and hope we'll be seeing you for another 10+ years.

July 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSlivy58

I was hoping to see more cats in the videos

July 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMr.G

Excellent stuff! I only discovered your videos a year or so ago, but am well and truly hooked. Your friendly, conversational style is both entertaining and informative. I have bought several items having first seen you demonstrate them. Keep up the good work. Btw, do you still have the toaster?

Best,

Roland

July 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRoland

Thanks to everyone for all the kind words.
The toaster got replaced with a toaster oven when I saw a £300 Sanyo one going for £40 in a sale....it makes great cheese on toast.

July 27, 2017 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Congratulations and keep up the great work for at least another ten+ years :)
Got into buying the keyring videocamera and some other small spycams, also got myself dashcams after watching your reviews about them.

July 28, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterViewer from Finland

Things dried up a bit in the keyring and dashcams - it seems that after a while they became good enough so there was no need to develop them any further. Although if anything new crops up that changes up things, then I'll revisit them.

July 28, 2017 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Congratulations on your anniversary- whichever one it is really- I’ve been watching your videos for some time and they keep getting better.
Once-upon-a-time I used to earn my living teaching cameramen, and later directors, for a well known broadcaster, so I hope that means something when I say how much I’ve enjoyed them all – thanks and keep it up.

July 28, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBill B

Yes it means a lot. I’m sure you can tell I’ve never had any training for anything I do, but I usually know when something doesn’t look right, which is probably half the battle.

July 28, 2017 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi Matt, Great relaxed video. Long may you prosper. Always enjoy your output, especially when I see clips around Standish, which was a happy hunting ground for me once upon a time. BTW what's your lapel badge?

July 28, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDr Bob

I have watched your videos for a few years and always enjoyed them.I appreciate what you do and hope you carry on for many more years to come .All the best
John

July 28, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

Thanks John...I hope so too.

July 28, 2017 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

@Dr Bob The lapel badge came with the jacket...it's a bit like a ladybird crossed with a flower.

July 28, 2017 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Really interesting movie. keep up the great work

July 29, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJohn W

Congratulations Matt from admin www.newdwf.com

July 29, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKasper

Congratulations on whatever anniversary it is. Really appreciate your work and have bought a few dashcams based on your recommendations. From your footage it also looks like you're very local to me - one junction further down the M6! 😄

August 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterIan

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