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Pick of the Camera Reviews

(Click the pictures for reviews & links) 


Yi 2 - Best Budget 4K 

Gitup Git2 (My Pick)

Xiaomi Yi

Dazzne P2

DR02 D - Best Budget Dual Cam

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%! 


3M Sound Page - Recordable Paper

I've been on the lookout for one of these machines for a while, and while they do occasionally turn up for sale on ebay, I'm so glad I managed to acquire this particular one as the unique accompanying material weaves quite a tale. Hearing non-commercial recordings from the past is always a bit eerie and the subject matter of these is something that is going to stay with me for quite a while.



Show 'N Tell

The Show 'N Tell is a vintage multimedia educational children's toy imported from the US.  It's a shame that age hasn't been kind to the programs, however I still had a lot of fun making this video and I think you'll enjoy it too. 



Random Number Machine

In this quick video I take a look at a stand-alone random number generator that uses Nixie tubes. The ebay advert for this suggested that the buyer could gut it for the tubes. When I saw that I knew that I had to rescue this unusual little piece of electronics history.   

The Record Runner

Here's a quick video about the Record Runner, that little VW van that drives around a record, both playing and destroying it at the same time.  
However I know that some people will be more interested to see this video features the comedy outro puppets. If you just want to see the outro on it's own - here's a link to the video I also updated the merchandise with a new design of mug
I'd recommend watching it before going on to read the rest of this post that explains where the idea for it came from.
First I should mention that all the interactions you see with the smart speaker were real - this is how it actually responded at the time, it wasn't dubbed in later.
The idea for this video came as I was watching Episode 1 of Series 2 'Hap and Leonard' on Amazon Prime. I asked my phone to Shazam a song being played near the beginning that I couldn't remember the name of. It was 'Let the Bass Go' by The D.O.C. I then tried to get my HomePod to play this because I thought it would be a good way to test the bass reproduction. 
However despite repeated requests I couldn't get it to play the track I wanted. It kept wanting to play AC/DC. I tried spelling it, shouting it, talking slower, quicker, sarcastically and in various accents, however the only way I could get it to play was when as a last resort I just asked for the track name without the artist. . However when I tried this again later, it had never heard of the track again. 
This experience demonstrating the worst of the modern age, felt exactly like the kind of thing that the puppets should demonstrate. 



Sound Burger & the clones

A video about the Audio Technica Sound Burger (AKA Mister Disc) - a portable battery-powered record player from 1983 that looks like a cheap child's toy, but looks can be deceiving. 
In the video I replace the belts, as well as take a look at a Crosley clone of the Soundburger, The Revolution - or it's more than likely that it's really a clone of a Crosley clone of the Soundburger.



LED Watches & the Pulsar P3

It's been a while since I made a video about wristwatches, this one focuses on the early LED digital models. There are few things in this world less fashionable than a LED watch, which is exactly why they might have finally become fashionable again - everyone loves an underdog. 

In this video I take a look at the Pulsar P3, a timepiece that went from riches to rags and then back to being relatively affordable again. 


Other LED Watches
Old Magazine Articles from the early 1970s
LED PULSARS ON EBAY (Affiliated links)
UK   US   DE   CA   NL   AU 
***All eBay links are Affiliated*** 

Spinbox - The DIY record player

In this video I'm assembling a Spinbox - another of my unwise late-night Kickstarter purchases.  On paper it seemed to be right up my street, a self-assembly kit and a record player, both things I usually enjoy, however...


A vinyl record you play backwards

A quick look at an unusual record that was recorded inside-out because it sounds better that way.

Purchased from here

(This is not an affiliated link and I paid for my record).


Finally! A good & affordable Front & Rear 1080p DashCam

For the last few years I've been trying to find a Dual 1080p front & rear dash-cam that I could recommend, and here it is.  

I've been using this for quite a few weeks now and I have no intention of replacing it with anything else in the forseeable future.  To see if it's suitable for you too, watch the video below. 

If you are unclear on any of the terminology or features mentioned then I've provided a Guide To Dashcams (link at the top of the page).  Below the video you'll find the Amazon Links and downloadable sample clips. 


You can buy the Dual 1080p Aukey Dashcam on Amazon. (All links below are affiliated links).

Amazon US (Likely to be out of stock)
Amazon DE  (I've been told dashcams are not legal in Germany)

-------Camera Links Above-------

Other Links

Downloadable Sample Clips HERE  (Don't stream these). Download and play them locally on a computer. 

Recommended Memory Card - Toshiba Exceira 64GB

Amazon UK:

Amazon US:

Amazon CA:

Amazon ES: 

Unfortunately as I was finishing editing this video, Amazon US ran out of stock and don't have an ETA for any more, however it does still seem to be readily available elsewhere. I suspect there's a container ship slowly making it's way to the US full of Aukey Dashcams as I type...however I can't wait forever, so I've published this video for viewers residing elsewhere.


The Swiss Army Knife of CD Machines


It's become a modern day cliché to pile on and criticise CDs, but in my opinion there's absolutely nothing wrong with them and there never has been. They still do today what they set out to do over 35 years ago.
Yes you can get poorly mastered CDs with brick-walled sound, but that's not the fault of the CD, and I'll never understand how the same people who complain loudest about the format's digital sound will then go and happily listen to streamed music. 
I do wonder if the CD will start to make a bit of a comeback in coming years when a new generation of people start formulating their own opinions about the format, as seems to have happened with vinyl records. 
This video is about a CD Player & Recorder, but one that many people won't have seen before. It comes from that parallel world of musician's electronics where DAT was a success and boomboxes played MIDI files. Its one of those things that might have been seen in music equipment stores, but your average person had no idea existed. 
Watch the video below to find out all about the Superscope PSD300.



CD Video (not Video CD)

CD Video is a confusing format, not just because of the similarities of its name to Video CD, but also because it's really two formats pretending to be one, and one of those already existed under another name. In this video I attempt to navigate through this confusion to explain what CD Video was and why it’s all but forgotten nowadays.



Full 1988 Promo Disc Here:

Also if you're interested, back in 2015 I made a video about Laserdisc:
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The BBC Domesday Project Laserdisc Players were connected to BBC Masters not Model B’s as erroneously stated (as well as IBM compatible PCs)
Early access here on - It will be live to all on youtube tomorrow.