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Topic # 195307 15-Apr-2016 00:56
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There's so much great stuff on aliexpress, but sometimes it can be hard to filter it down and actually find the really useful things, so I thought maybe we could all share various products and projects we've found stuff / done?

 

Insect screens: I couldn't find anything cheaper than $40 at bunnings, but these were awesome. I did 2 toilets, bathroom and kitchen with only 2 packs! 

 

Drill bits: seems pretty simple, but this little self locking quick release bit head makes my life so easy. I also got some drill bits that use the standard hex and it's so much easier to swap between drill and screw. 

 

RGB Wifi LED strip lights: Wired them to my ceiling, great for ambiant lighting, disco parties, instant themed decorating, you name it. All runs off my phone. 


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  Reply # 1533334 15-Apr-2016 06:32
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 Paging @richms ....


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  Reply # 1533341 15-Apr-2016 07:16
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I suppose I could go thru all 65 pages of order history and pick a few out...





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Nice quiet powerful enough DAC and headphone amp

 

USB charger doctors - this one no good for QC 2.0 tho

 

Wall anchors for hardiflex garage walls etc - although not too huge saving over handy warehouse in glenfield to deal with the delay in getting them.

 

HDMI capture box

 

Thread gauge to try to sort out what stupid non metric thread things are

 

Digital Micrometer

 

Double screen rear view mirror for backing cameras

 

AC wireless card to upgrade the inexcusably crap 2.4GHz N that my slim HP laptop came with

 

Retro USB game controllers -

 

Another retro USB game controller

 

Many of these wifi sockets that

 

banana plugs for speaker wire

 

12v toggle switches for the car -  

 

black hot melt glue sticks

 

Funny looking round pillows

 

USB DAC and amplifier

 

Pimp looking chrome microphone

 

Pillow covers that look like the fancy ones in all the magazines

 

nerf compatible rounds

 

Little waterproof electronics plastic boxes

 

160mm holesaw for led downlights -  

 

USG OTG adapters that just go into the USB plug

 

Laser tape measure - seem accurate to about 20mm

 

USB micro cables that go both ways for plugging in without looking easier. - 

 

Tablet holder for the car, the end will swap with the phone holders but I couldnt find this gooseneck supplied with the phone holders, so just got the tablet one and a phone holder and swapped the ends - 

 

router bits

 

cable glands for the waterproof electronics boxes

 

benchtop 0-16v power supply

 

Clamp to hold a camera over my workbench

 

Mount to hold a softbox over my workbench

 

Cat bed -  

 

another cat bed

 

powerstrip that takes all sorts of plugs





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  Reply # 1533354 15-Apr-2016 08:05
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Thats prettymuch the things that are still listed and I have used enough to know how they are. Also have bought a crapload of arduino and similar stuff that if you know you want it you would buy anyway, and LEDs etc too.





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  Reply # 1533441 15-Apr-2016 10:12
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Haha nice, added a bunch of those to my cart.

 

 

 

That Laser tape measure, is it pretty easy to use? I've been wanting one for a while, but I've never used one before...


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  Reply # 1533447 15-Apr-2016 10:33
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 Richms: How do the Orvibo power sockets go? I have a Wemo one, and everything about it is great, except the price. These look almost exactly the same.

 

Can you control them from outside your house (the Wemo works without needing to do any fancy stuff on my router).


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  Reply # 1533449 15-Apr-2016 10:35
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Yeah I am interested in those power sockets as well - much cheaper than Z-Wave enabled ones. Is the API open? And can you connect direct or is it via some 3rd party cloud based service?


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  Reply # 1533450 15-Apr-2016 10:37
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On lan they are fine, from outside it seems their cloud servers are sometimes slow or do not respond well.

 

They are quite a bit smaller than the belkin wemo's, but still block all adjacent outlets for normal plugs which is my biggest gripe against them. There are some other wifi sockets that are smaller but I have not tried them much to know if they are any good, and they have a chinese plug which may cause some issues in some extension cords or other recessed sockets.





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  Reply # 1533451 15-Apr-2016 10:42
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SumnerBoy:

 

Yeah I am interested in those power sockets as well - much cheaper than Z-Wave enabled ones. Is the API open? And can you connect direct or is it via some 3rd party cloud based service?

 

 

Someone has reverse engineered the lan protocol to discover them and get the name and swtich them etc when I last looked into it.





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  Reply # 1533456 15-Apr-2016 10:51
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Bunnings sell the Orvibo power sockets relabeled as a Arlec Wi-Fi Remote Control Power Point




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Anyone been looking at these smart light switches? Am I correct in thinking with this unit, I can wifi via my phone to the radio emitter (the RM2) which then tells the light switch to turn on (TC2)?


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  Reply # 1533646 15-Apr-2016 17:10
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Lol richms, my banggood orders page must look like yours too.

 

 

 

Funny to see the same items coming up too, like the Nerf bullets for example.

 

 

 

I tried those Gillette blades and found them horrible.  Then I tried the real ones and realised it's just the design in general!

 

 

 

So much good stuff, so cheap, so cheaper postage than sending internally in NZ.

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1533654 15-Apr-2016 17:56
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dammit... now im going to go buying more stuff!





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