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  • REMF33REMF33 Posts: 641
    I have a cherry stoner. Very useful.
  • FireFire Posts: 17,116
    Fire said:

    Does anyone use a face steaming gadget for use with a cold or similar?

    I got one second hand on Ebay for a few quid and it is, indeed, unexpectedly great. I have a horrid bug and it is a life saver. 130 watts but only used 5 mins at a time.
  • A reading light that can be clipped on to books and my Kindle, or stand on its own on the bedside table. Has 3 light settings so I also use it as a mobile night light.
  • FireFire Posts: 17,116
    I’m not sure if I mentioned this before, but I find a good battery pack to be a game changer. I have an old iPhone 6 with little battery life but with the battery pack I never have to worry about running out of power. It holds about 48 hours of charge and keeps charge well over months. You can also charge some laptops and tablets from the pack - good for travelling with on trains and planes etc. 

    Anker is a very good firm. 

  • I have one like that @Fire … I once ran out of phone battery while stranded in my car on the side of a motorway with no hard shoulder and couldn’t plug my phone into the car because the breakdown was due to an electrical fault. With a power pack in my bag I’ll never be stuck like that again. It was the most terrifying 40 mins of my life …
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • FireFire Posts: 17,116
    That's good, Dove. I'm back and forth to hospital and it's really takes a weight off my mind knowing my phone isn't going to run out and I can get a cab back home after procedures. (I don't have a car). If I had a car I would keep a spare battery pack in the boot for emergencies.

    It's strange how one small gadget can be a game changer and slightly change a life.
  • FireFire Posts: 17,116
    edited October 2022
    I must seem gadget mad. Ho hum.

    I would like  your reviews of Ring / Anker / Nest video doorbells please. Or similar products.
    Upsides, downsides, best aspects, worst aspects, cost value, ease of use....
    Video function, phone compatiblity ...

    I hate Amazon. They bought Ring in 2018

  • B3B3 Posts: 24,469
    edited October 2022
    My new hedge pruner came with a grass trimmer attachment. It works fine but I can't see how I  would ever bother using it. Is there anything else it might be useful for?
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • FireFire Posts: 17,116
    edited October 2022
    Uff said:
    This is the neck torch Fire, the black legs are bendable so can be bent to fit whatever task you are doing but leave your hands free. Nice and light too.

    Well, huge thanks to @Uff for this recomm last year. I got myself a neck torch by CAT and it's a thing of wonder. It's not really just a neck torch as you can wear it comfortably on the head and is easy to carry. I took it for a stay in the woods - it's just so bright and so light - it illuminates the landscape. It's rechargable - you plug it in, so the battery system is lighter for it. Hard wearing, showerproof. What's not to love?

  • chickychicky Posts: 10,326
    I use one for embroidery - it’s fantastic 
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