Sunday, 4 April 2021

Bike LED Lights

 Well this one is a short blogpost for some lights that might make it easier to cycle at night in the future, but this was not bad a purchase from menkind actually. But this was from a while back and this was  time to finally fit now the bike was cleaned again and a vlog that was planned as a new years resolution. But it was time to see how it fits and works. There is no video for this. 



The Packaging, 


Now its a simple based one, with the blister packaging so its hard to be able to open it without damaging the paper label inside, this makes it a bit of shame and also the writing can be confusing but paladone use the multi language which can confused when looking for the manual.

The Front of the packaging 



The Back of the packaging 

Now it makes things not easy to read  and can be confusing, especially on how much text on the back of the packaging and has some clear-ish instructions to be able to make it fit. So lets see how it looks once the packaging is open. 

The ready to open section

Once its cut you basically get the 2 tubes and the paper on the guide which has more disclaimers and translations and then it was the tubes, now at first it made me confused on how it works, but then It was to then unscrew the cap and it was the batteries in the cellofane to wrap it up, which makes the batteries last longer from factory. so it was then inserted the correct way. it does make it tricky to put it in the correct way. 

The cap and the lights 




The buttons 



The batteries which were in cellophane 

Once that was fitted, it was time to test how they work 

The Fitting and testing:

First it gives actually a few functions, about 4 settings #, 1 solid and 3 flashing effects. It had a nice easy way to switch. 

The lights 


When its off



Now this actually works via replacing the Tyre Cap, which works nicely since of the issues I face are with Tyres bursting, This was a good idea to get it  added, so I finished pumping the tyres up, then put the caps on and turned it on with the button. 

This is how it looks on 



A wider shot, 

Then it was time to put the bike in the Shed to make sure it stays and also it shines nicely in the shed. Which means when its in the dark it will shine brightly. 

The light on the tyre cap on the front 



The tyre in the back light .

Now this was simple to use and sure it will be nice to have a look when cycling in the dark. But for now 

omracer's Rating: 6/10


The Good Points: 

  • Easy to Fit
  • Quite Bright, even in the day 
  • Good Value for money

The Bad Points: 

  • Can be hard to source 
  • It does seem sort of Flimsy 
  • Batteries does not easily fit sometimes


Well this will show more on how it performs in the future, so this might be changed overtime. But we can check it later 









Thursday, 11 March 2021

Ring Light 120 Triple Extendable Selfie Lamp

 Well, this was a quick new review which was planned to get due after a vlog being filmed and the tripod being made to break since the mechanism was stiff. It was time to get  replacement or wait for one, another one was actually ordered but I never got chance to use it and then this one came up, even when month or more later. This was from a firm that actually has some relevance to goose fair, but for the price of £19, it was pretty good, it is a simple and is it amazing to use, we will find out. Who made it is part of this firm. Enjoy the video below:










The Packaging: 


Well, this is actually quite busy for packaging with a fair bit on each side, even if some is small print. But it doesn't explain its separately packaged, but it does advertised features of both boxes on well, both boxes. Things such as the light colours and also the height is a bonus too. 

Both boxes together 



The front of the tripod box 




The Side of the Tripod Box



The back of the Tripod box 



Another side of the tripod box 



The bottom of the side of the box with the features there 



The disclaimer at the bottom 



The Logo at the top 



Another side to show the height of the tripod extended






The made by J H Trading UK LTD here 




The Disclaimer was here as well



Now we have the made by section on the Ring light part



Another side of the box with the Logo and the 120 LED 



The other side with ring light logo and the selfie light name



The front of the Ring light box


As we look inside its a basic design so not much in terms of manual but just the: 

Tripod Box: 
  • Tripod 
  • Wrapping for it
Ring Light Box: 
  • Right Light 
  • Flexible Stand for phone
  • Adapter for Flexible stand to fit on to ring light 

Which from what I saw, was not including any manuals for it inside. But then it leads to getting the choice of how to set it up. 

The Tripod: 

Now this is a lightweight metal with a similar sort of design to the other tripod i had, with bolts that sort of move as you move the pole up and down, but this had a nice easy screw method to loosen and tighten to make it easier to extend .

The Base when folded down



The Bottom of the Base 



A bt of the base folded upright 



A blurred look at the top part 



You can loose the screws 



stretching the legs 



How they look when stretched out. 

Then it was the chance to get the upper part unbolted to the bit that can extend it much much higher. Which how high was MUCH higher than it looks to be and that is a good bonus, as well as this, the screws look like there should be for more than the amount of sections but there are 2 adjustable sections which make the base the first of the triple extendable. The second is the middle and the first is right by the screw. 

How tall it goes even before the 2nd extension 




The tripod before the poles extend




The poles 




How it looks when you extend it 



Which then it was the chance to see how the screwing works and well, its a standard form so that gives a good indication on how easy this can be to connect other devices such as Cameras and even the Action Cameras to the tripod. But again this is to the tripod alone and the ring light works differently, which I will explain soon. 

The screw cap on the tripod



The screw comes off 


The Ring light: 


Now this box, it was time to use the light and the see how it looks. Which actually is just a circle plastic with a usb cable sticking out and 2 holes, one for the tripod (bottom) one for the phone holder (top), The USB cable was good too since there was a switch and brightness control. The Cable does look thin but it is a nice 2m cable too. 

The ring light in the packaging 



The Ring light outside of it 



The USB cable 



The back of the ring light 



The top screw hole of the ring light 



The bottom screw hole of the right light. 



Then it comes to the plan of  the extra accessories that are with this, which is the flexible phone stand and the adapter to screw the stand to the actually ring light itself. which the flex bit that has a push  in effect to secure it to the stand but it sounds like bones creaking as you flex it, so the sturdiness is there. 

The flexible cable and the adapter for the ring light 



How the cable attaches to the stand 


Then we finally come to the attachment to make it fit on to the ring light and that has 2 screws, one for the stand to be firmly secure and one for angle to be made permanent as far as I remember. It helps for a nice touch. but a bit of pressure needed to screw it in.  

The Bottom of the ring light section 



A closer look at the screw


And that was that, it was finally all looked at and it was soon time to finally build it and see how it looks. 



All the bits laid out read to builder 



The Tests: 

The Building:

Now this was not as hard as it seems, like this really does have a simple screw one way and then the pole can push or pull upwards or downwards and screw in the opposite direction to then it will tighten indeed.  Which that explains how to build it and it is almost as tall as me.

The bottom of the tripod spread out 



Looking a bit higher 



How it looks standing up with the ring light 



A height comparison 



Now that was not long to build the time lapse was about 2 minutes at 1x speed so not a whole age but the base you will have to be careful on since if too much pressure, it will snap, like the first silvercrest tripod did to me. But then it was time to test how the phone looks on it, which really I didn't show. 
 
But it did fit into place and then was hardly moving when fitting it on there, which is good. The ring lights cable 

The Lights: 

Now this was simple too, plug the lights into a 5v 1A usb charger and it worked no problem, even using an extension cable, then it was a case of pressing the button. One for Power, one to change the type of light which were 

  • Warm Light
  • Normal Light
  • Cool Light
Then there were the + and - buttons for the brightness control. which has about 8 stages of brightness on each mode. 

Now enjoy some selfies for each type of light, in both light and dark. 

Selfie with no ring light one 


Selfie in warm light mode 



Selfie in the normal light mode 



Selfie in the cool light mode 



Selfie in the max brightness normal light mode 



Selfie in the mid brightness cool light mode 



Selfie in the low brightness warm light mode 



The light showing in the dark 








Testing other devices: 


Now there is a good and a bad side to  this, the good is that other devices such as webcams and even normal DSLR cameras can use, an the good thing is, YES is the standard hole so it will fit, but ONLY to the tripod, the ring light will need to use an adapter to be able have those fitted on. That means the lighting on those will not be as effective on this and that can be frustrating for some I will admit. For example another smartphone hold has the bolt not fitting on.

The Bolt missing from the plastic smartphone holder (from the old tripod) 



The Camera screws in fine on the tripod alone 



The better look at the camera screwed in



The Conclusion:


All in all this was a nice buy, yes it is a trend due to a lot of video and content creation but well its needed for the best way to get things done and it can be effective in the long term. Its a standard connection for most of it which is a good bonus for use with other devices as well as smartphones too. The light is very bright and not too blinding at the same time, either. Yes it has a cheapy look but is can be effective as well. 

With all this in mind. 

omracer's Rating: 8/10


The Good Points :

  • Good Value 
  • Easy to setup
  • Quite Tall 
  • Nice and bright but not blinding
  • USB for the light 
  • Supports other devices (tripod only) 
  • Light-weight 

The Bad Points:

  • Packaging could made clear it was a set or even made the box bigger to fit both as part of the same set  
  • Base can be quite flimsy and fragile at the best of times
  • It needs adapter to support other devices if wanting to use the ring light
  • Cable can be easily frayed and twisted with the tripod when having to screw/unscrew ring light 




And that is is, another review done and more ways to improve the quality of videos in the near future,  even  if I go on holiday with me again (maybe late 21/early 22) to be able to film a bit more. Especially now I have the first person aspect back again. 

But for now its time to catch up with other things and well its a fair bit of emotions to deal on. 

omracer