A month has passed and I’m back to wrap up all my tech-related purchases made throughout the January 2018. These purchases are done for various reasons, sometimes because I have a project in mind, sometimes because I’m sad and I need some tech retail therapy! Either way, I hope you find a gem or two on my shopping list for yourself!
Shopping List – January 2018
I probably should let you know, that products listed on here are paid for by me (no sponsored content) but I do use affiliate links, so if you buy something through the links provided I get a small kickback to fund my future projects… or coffee. With that aside let’s take a look at the crap I buy sometimes! Prices could change, I’m listing the current prices for you.
1TeckNet Bluetooth Mouse
My wife’s mouse died. Usually, when these things happen, I hear loud ‘Help’ call from her office – and my assistance is needed immediately. The USB dongle has been damaged so badly, that I figured out I would pick a mouse with Bluetooth. It’s not the first TekNet mouse I got her, the other one is serving her well at work. The mouse is OK. I can’t compare it with the productivity monster I use, but after putting 2 drained rechargeable batteries it simply worked. I’m impressed enough with 24 months battery life, and no USB taking dongles that I will order another one for myself (my laptop has only 2 USB ports).
2Heat Shrink Tube
I was browsing the deals on Banggood the other day and I’ve seen a great deal on Heat Shrink Tubes. I know I only just both some and it will be a while before I run out, but at $3 – it was a perfect impulse purchase! Plus my OCD requires me to fill my organiser fully, as currently only half of the box is populated with heat shrinking material.
3Multimeter Probe Test Leads
Currently, I own a single set of cables. This is problematic as I have to share the cables between my bench power supply and the multimeter. It was long coming, new cables should arrive soon. Another impulse buy around $3!
4Ethernet CAT6 Flat Cables
I wired half of my house, you can read about it here. I still had some cables left, but the spares were like 5m long. The collection of the hard-wired devices grew since and I needed few shorter cables to get everything hooked up. CAT6 means future proofing. Custom length means no more dealing with excess cabling.
58W USB Portable Iron Solder Tips
I broke the soldering tip (my bad) on my portable soldering iron. here is the dilemma – should I buy 2 replacement tips for $4 or an entire USB iron for about the same price? I went with the more environmentally friendly option. Now I have 2 tips that don’t fit my iron! I will figure out the way eventually, but I’m slightly annoyed. The collar of the iron is slightly too tight to get the tip through. I guess next time I’m not going to think about the planet as much!
6Solder Welding Paste
As a proud owner of the soldering station with a heat gun, I thought at some point I will try to solder SMD components. To do this you really need a soldering paste. The container looked much bigger in the pictures. It’s tiny, but let’s face it, I don’t need a spoonful of the paste to get the job done!
7Replacement batteries for Nikon D5200
It’s been a few years since I got my camera. Due to YouTube the battery gets a fair use. I started to observe the battery degradation and it’s time to get new ones. They are not the original batteries, but that’s OK, I will use it with the battery grip to extend the camera power on time even further.
8Battery Grip for Nikon D5200
I’m shooting more videos and the videos are considerably longer now. It’s time to go dual batteries. I had stopped the shooting multiple times due to lack of juice. Waiting for the battery to charge feels like wasting my time, so it’s time to fix this. I should be able to record more than an hour of footage between each charge.
That’s sums up the list for the January 2018. We shall see what I gonna buy next month soon! Use social media to let me know if you came across something you think I might be interested in.