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  Reply # 1907454 25-Nov-2017 07:20
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Bugger, order was cancelled due to "suspicious activity".


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  Reply # 1907460 25-Nov-2017 08:22
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Looks like I was successful with B&H ordering the mini. Used my YouShop address and paid via PayPal using the billing address the same as YouShop and everything processed. Just received an email this morning saying that the item has shipped, so all seems good. Received a $10 gift card too.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1907499 25-Nov-2017 09:16
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I ordered via B&H too - logged in to my account and used my standard NZ credit card, shipping to YouShop. If you are adding your YouShop address for the first time, you definitely need to select your entered address rather than accepting their "cleaned up" version which removes the vital suite#.

 

It's still working, as I used the $10 voucher I was e-mailed this morning from yesterday's mini purchase to buy another one for $19. It seemed too good a price to miss, although as I will now have five homes and two minis I think I don't need any more for the foreseeable future :) 


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  Reply # 1907522 25-Nov-2017 10:50
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Dingbatt: 

Because I have several items purchased with US plugs on them that are capable of 100-240V, I was considering picking up a US multi board and just putting an NZ plug adapter on it. That would mean not having to adapt each individual item's plugs. Anybody see flaws in doing that?

 

I did this with my European items and no problem. I bought a loose plug from Mitre 10 and put that on the power lead so I wouldn't have to use a flimsy adaptor.

 

 





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  Reply # 1907533 25-Nov-2017 11:38
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Rikkitic:

 

Dingbatt: 

Because I have several items purchased with US plugs on them that are capable of 100-240V, I was considering picking up a US multi board and just putting an NZ plug adapter on it. That would mean not having to adapt each individual item's plugs. Anybody see flaws in doing that?

 

I did this with my European items and no problem. I bought a loose plug from Mitre 10 and put that on the power lead so I wouldn't have to use a flimsy adaptor.

 

 

Ive bought a few universal powerstrips off aliex to run all my foreign plugged things. Still dont hold that absurd EU style plug very well.

 

Just watch if you get one from the US, they love putting pointless surge protectors into things, also they are technically not going to be rated for 230v, and their standards are very low as far as allowing single insulation etc, and sockets that allow for misinsertion etc, which the multiple outlet type powerstrips seem to mostly have solved.





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  Reply # 1907748 25-Nov-2017 20:45
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richms:

Rikkitic:


Dingbatt: 

Because I have several items purchased with US plugs on them that are capable of 100-240V, I was considering picking up a US multi board and just putting an NZ plug adapter on it. That would mean not having to adapt each individual item's plugs. Anybody see flaws in doing that?


I did this with my European items and no problem. I bought a loose plug from Mitre 10 and put that on the power lead so I wouldn't have to use a flimsy adaptor.



Ive bought a few universal powerstrips off aliex to run all my foreign plugged things. Still dont hold that absurd EU style plug very well.


Just watch if you get one from the US, they love putting pointless surge protectors into things, also they are technically not going to be rated for 230v, and their standards are very low as far as allowing single insulation etc, and sockets that allow for misinsertion etc, which the multiple outlet type powerstrips seem to mostly have solved.



Most of the ones I checked out at Best Buy were only rated for 110V, and all had some sort of surge/over current protection built in (thanks Rikkitic for pointing this out). European ones should be rated for 240V.
I think a travel adapter from M10/Bunnings (or Lowes/Home Depot) for each device will suffice as they should be a straight connection with no electronic wizardry.
Then again a multi-port USB charger could replace all those pesky powerpacks in one go.




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  Reply # 1908263 27-Nov-2017 09:18
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i just use a 10w ipad charger with normal usb to micro cable. Works fine


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  Reply # 1908680 27-Nov-2017 20:52
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you can also bend the pins around pretty easily with a pair of pliers. just be gentle

 

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  Reply # 1908738 28-Nov-2017 06:37
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greenbone:

you can also bend the pins around pretty easily with a pair of pliers. just be gentle


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The NZ Fire Service does not recommend this practice.




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  Reply # 1908929 28-Nov-2017 12:13
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Looks like PB Tech got a big shipment of Google Home minis

 

https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/SPKGOG1001/Google-Home-Mini-Speaker-Charcoal


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  Reply # 1908982 28-Nov-2017 13:05
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How good are the speakers on the mini?  


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  Reply # 1909034 28-Nov-2017 15:15
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eluSiveNZ:

 

Looks like PB Tech got a big shipment of Google Home minis

 

https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/SPKGOG1001/Google-Home-Mini-Speaker-Charcoal

 

 

Still seems like more than US$30, but if you don't have any other purchases to consolidate I'd suppose that with shipping it could be close in price buying from the US.

 

So, thanks to Black Friday sales I have a Google Home & Google Home Mini on the way to my Shipito address in California so I can dip my toe in the home assistant arena.  I'm not looking at setting up stuff throughout the house but I might get a smart LED bulb for my room to play with voice activated lights.  What would be the best option for a single WiFi bulb in a house?

 

I have a Mitsubishi heat pump with WiFi which I control with this laptop, is there any way of controlling it with Google Home?


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  Reply # 1909103 28-Nov-2017 17:51
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Anyone know where else I can order Home Mini through YouShop? It looks like B+H has sold out. I tried BestBuy but had my order cancelled.


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  Reply # 1909128 28-Nov-2017 18:37
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hairy1:
greenbone:

 

you can also bend the pins around pretty easily with a pair of pliers. just be gentle

 

 

 

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The NZ Fire Service does not recommend this practice.

 

At least that will fit tightly in a plug unlike those rubbish adapters that are looser than a hookers knickers on pay day!


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  Reply # 1909156 28-Nov-2017 19:12
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MarkH67:

 

Still seems like more than US$30, but if you don't have any other purchases to consolidate I'd suppose that with shipping it could be close in price buying from the US.

 

So, thanks to Black Friday sales I have a Google Home & Google Home Mini on the way to my Shipito address in California so I can dip my toe in the home assistant arena.  I'm not looking at setting up stuff throughout the house but I might get a smart LED bulb for my room to play with voice activated lights.  What would be the best option for a single WiFi bulb in a house?

 

I have a Mitsubishi heat pump with WiFi which I control with this laptop, is there any way of controlling it with Google Home?

 

 

The sonoff B1 lamp has good cool to warm white varying, but useless RGB, the arilux has very powerful RGB leds in it, but pretty bad attempt at warm white by adding some red to the cool white LEDs.

 

Otherwise you are looking at spending a hell of a lot more on things like the hues, which need a base and the NZ available gen 2 ones have trash colours, and gen 3 is something that philips NZ are pretending doesnt exist so they can keep peddling overpriced obsolete stuff here like its the 1980's still.

 

There are some very nice xiaomi lamps, but no home or alexa integration yet from them.





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