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Google Internet Speed Test

Looks like we can now uninstall our Speedtest.net app

Just type “speed test” on your Google Search Bar, scroll the results a little bit and tap “Run Speed Test.”

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Internet Speed Test

Google Search Speed Test

Test was completed on my Zenfone 3

Update: I was at Johor Bahru over the weekend and Speed Test was not available…

Anker PowerPort+ 5 USB-C with USB Power Delivery

Just purchased an Anker PowerPort+ 5 USB-C with USB Power Delivery from Lazada

I actually purchased it weeks ago, but this is the first time I’m using it…

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As you can see, my desk is a bit cluttered today.

You can actually see my Multi Plug Extension in the background…

Don’t get me wrong, I love using my Multi Plug Extension while travelling.

However, as new devices can accept higher voltage/ampere… A faster charger would be handy…

This is where my PowerPort+ 5 comes in… USB-C for my Nexus 6P and Zenfone 3 (and future devices)… Yes, my GoPro Hero 5 also uses a USB-C, but I have a few USB-A to C which should make the other USB Ports useful.

According to Anker (I’ve also sent them emails on this product), it also has enough power to charge a Macbook (including the Pro) and the iPad Air…

I’m not testing it with Ampere this time, but noticeably. It really charges my devices faster…

Zenfone 3 in less than half a day from less than 10% battery and less than 4 hours to fully charge my Power Bank (I needed 2 days to charge this using any of the chargers I have).

Physically, this thing looks and feels good… Even the packaging looks great!

It’s small, but it has a noticeable weight.

It’s tough to recommend this charger to anyone… Most people I know are just happy to use the free charger that came with their devices.

But once you’ve experienced using the PowerPort+ 5 USB-C… You will never find a reason to use your old chargers again.

I can even confidently say, if you use a a Power Bank that’s more than 10,000mAh, you need to have this charger!

Qoo10 Finds! Asus Zenfone 3 Case and Screen Protector

Finally found a case and a screen protector for my Asus Zenfone 3!

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Coming from various Apple and Samsung devices… You’ll notice that finding a case and screen protector for other phone manufacturers isn’t easy…

Even the ever reliable i.Comm Mobile Plus (HarbourFront Centre) only had a tempered glass which means around 2mm per side of the screen is not protected thanks to the Zenfone 3’s curved screen (Asus calls it 2.5D Contoured Glass!)

Case is crystal clear which was thick enough to protect the rear camera hump… I chose the clear screen protector over the matte since it just looks better…

As usual, delivery was quick and items had enough protection to survive the trip.

 

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Highly recommended!

Review: Allwin 0.2m Braided USB 3.1 to USB Type-C USB Data Sync Charging Cable For Phone

Bought a short USB 3.1 to Type-C cable as a back up to the standard USB Type-C to Standard-A cable that came with my Nexus 6P.

Personally, I find shorter cables more convenient when charging devices with a powerbank…

Why I wanted a “USB 3.1” to USB Type-C Connector (yes, the one with a blue insert)… Fast charging…

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Found this cable at Lazada… As usual, delivery was fast.

Product description states the the cable is .2 meters… But it’s actually an inch longer…

Cable feels strong… Especially since it has a nylon braid… Blue insert is blue which should mean that its USB 3…

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Sadly, after connecting it to my Nexus 6P, it DOES NOT charge it “rapidly”

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As you can see, max power my device is getting is 4.399 volts, but only 480mA max! (I’ve seen it go 600mA but that was for a very limited time only.

Other than my issue with charging… For it’s price, I can recommend it to others… But if you can find an alternate cable that supports quick charge… I suggest you go that way.

New Android devices that use USB Type-C support quick/fast/rapid charging and it will always be convenient if your cable supports it too.

Qoo10 Finds! (Deployment Buckle)

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I must admit, ever since I owned by Bulova watch, I’ve had this personal goal of saving leather strapped watches by changing the buckle to a Deployment Clasp!

And since my daughter now owns a Daniel Wellington watch, I purchased a new buckle from Qoo10 and changed it!

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I’m hoping it can make my daughter’s leather strap last longer…

http://list.qoo10.sg/item/WATCH-BUCKLE-CLASP-BUTTERLFY-DEPLOYMENT/433764033

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Qoo10 Finds! (Galaxy S6 Edge Waterproof Case & Action Camera Accessories)

Thanks to our planned holidays towards the end of 2015, I had to buy some accessories to upgrade my gear…

First is a waterproof case for my Galaxy S6 Edge!

http://list.qoo10.sg/item/FOR-IPHONE5-5S-4-4S-6-SAMSUNG-GALAXY/434826995

Some of you might say… Why would I want to bring my phone?

Well, quick answer. Camera!

Something my DMC FT-3 and OM-D E-M10 can’t do, shoot 4K!

Plus taking a selfie using a mobile phone’s front facing camera is much easier!

Since this case is very inexpensive compared to those by lifeproof, I’m not expecting too much from it, although the main goal is to keep my phone dry without the use of a zip lock!

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According to the paper insert, this thing it IP-68! Which means its “totally dust tight” and “protected against prolonged effects of immersion under pressure.”

My S6 Edge fits inside with room to spare.

The case also has this rubber seal to protect your phone inside.

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Do note that the case will make your power and volume buttons unusable!

Only button left for you is the home button!

The front has this soft rubbery feel.

Again, if avoidable, I would still try to keep my phone as dry as possible, having this case will at least give me peace of mind when I’m at the beach!

I’ve scanned the paper insert of the packaging…

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Next purchase was for my POSH W9 Action Camera.

Floating Hand Grip, Head Strap Mount and Wrist Strap Mount

http://list.qoo10.sg/item/GOPRO-HD-HERO-1-2-3-4-FLOATING/417755615

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Yes, they all fit perfectly and I’m hopping there wouldn’t be any issues when I use them on a GoPro.

Strange part is that according to the seller, the Head Strap Mount doesn’t come with a thumbscrew! Both the Floating Hand Grip and Wrist Strap Mount came with it!

Multi Plug Extension with 4 USB Ports

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Bought this item from Groupon Singapore  which looks like a solution to my charger issues when travelling…

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It as 2 USB slots with 1A and 2 USB slots with 2.1A

As you all know, bigger devices (like tablets) will need 2.1A to charge.

The power plug (x 2) will be used by my cameras…

Based on my initial testing.

The 2.1A slot had an output of 920 to 930mA, 1A slot started at 940mA but later changed to as low as 790mA.

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Tried connecting 3 devices (Nexus 7, portable router and a BlackBerry), the 2.1A slot only managed an output of 600 to 660mA… Still enough to charge tablets, but will take longer than usual.

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Just an FYI, it also works with 110V… It will charge a bit slower but it still works.