Maxxlee 10000 Solar Power Bank

I said I’d be back with a bit more information about the new Maxxlee 10000 solar power bank. As I explained in my first post, it was the one I could get. In another time I would have bought a bigger one and a bigger one would have been available. We do what we can at the moment.

I am not unhappy with this at all. It is so sturdy and so well designed. I really like the dual torch. I bought it for the solar power , though. It charges my phone as fast as being connected to mains power. I have a Samsung A8. It charges my small android tablets effectively and quickly. One is my old Telefunken and the other is my old Galaxy Tab 2. It will not charge my iPad. That said, I am not looking for state of the art charging capability at this point in time. I am finding out what it does do and what it does is enough.

It needs to be fully charged on mains power and then it tops up on solar power. Charging my phone and tablet don’t take long so the rest of the day it can just sit there and soak up the sun. This way I shall recuperate the money I spent and I have a handy little brick which can solar charge my devices. I am now going to investigate what solar power units charge normal size iPads.

Solar charger power bank

I am looking to buy a solar charger power bank for my devices. So many  homes have solar power now and renewable energy is the future. We need portable solar power too for when we are out and about for long periods of time, camping, bushwalking, strolling or if we don’t have solar panels at home and there is an outage for whatever reason. These days it is quite hard to function without access to mobile networks and the internet. In times of difficulty it is essential so you can get the help you need. The Plug and Play video gives you an idea of what power banks are and what they do and what to look for. Two things you need to know are how long the power bank takes to fully charge in the sun and that it is 15, 000 milliamps minimum and 20, 000 is probably the most suitable size.

I am busy doing my research. I have found one I’d buy but it is currently out of stock locally. I’ll wait and see if it becomes available. We have had a difficult summer, it pays to be patient currently. If it doesn’t become available , I shall be doing my research again because the one thing I have learned is that in 2020 one thing is available one minute and the next minute it is a different brand or upgrade. Upgrades tend to come quickly if the market likes the product. Make sure you are reading and looking at current reviews for products.

Solbot Energy Rush

Solbot Energy Rush is a mobile game where you collect orbs to create renewable energy. It is , at least, a game which focuses on 21st Century energy issues. There is information accessible from within the game to give you tips and ideas for creating a more sustainable planet. To be a true educational game I’d like that information to be coming up as I play. The little robot changes colour as you go through the game levels and you collect the energy orbs which match the colour of the robot. It’s a drop down and collect game and then you need the navigational skills to be able to avoid the energy balls you don’t want to collect.

It’s a good game to have on your phone to fill in time if you are having to wait for something. It didn’t work so well on my iPad Air which I have had since 2015. It kept hanging. That might not be the game’s problem. I am on an Australian nbn connection which can drift in and out at times and then create lag on some apps. We are still putting in the infrastructure for our nbn and these sorts of things cause band width problems.

On my phone Solbot Energy Rush has worked perfectly fine and has been advantageous to me to build up my thumb skills. I don’t naturally use my thumbs on my phone as some people do. One of the advantages of playing different games is they get you good at screen skills. There are times when the robot moves of its own accord and I have been blown up by bad energy. That doesn’t bother me because its’ part of the repetitious learning in games to enhance your skills.

I quite like the graphics. I think they are well designed for a phone screen which has such a small screen real estate. Everything stands out well and is placed appropriately. You don’t make inadvertent clicks because the graphics are in the wrong place. I haven’t minded the adverts either. There have been things I have seen which have interested me and I have already downloaded one of the games which was advertised. For me  it’s good because I won’t naturally go looking for that type of information.

My favourite phone game is Bejewelled Blitz and I find Solbot Energy Rush to be another good option. It’s a Unity built game by Freakout games.  They  have a Facebook page  and are on Twitter @freakoutgames. They are pleasant and polite to deal with. They were keen to resolve my iPad issues with the game so they take user experience seriously. There’s another review of this game on XNVR. In the end, you find the games which suit your needs but this one is worth a try.

You can get the Apple version for iPad and iPhone from the App Store here and the android version  for  other tablets and phones  from the Google Play store here.

 

 

Sustainable living – CD repurposing

I have just made one of these drop spinners from a couple of old DVDs and it works like a charm. It is a good way to recycle, reuse, repurpose and create something which is functional. I find the CD drop spinner very easy to use because I can easily get the clockwise twirl with one hand as I hold the yarn with the other. It is all good thinking. You have to trouble shoot, look for bits which will make the drop spindle and find the fibre which works the best. You can start with cotton wool balls to get started. it teaches hand eye co ordination, develops peripheral skills and then you have to develop a rhythm. The CDs can be decorated to get a nice pattern as you twirl them. The video is evidence of life long learning and a commitment to a sustainable planet. I actually used the backs of teddy plastic eyes to hold the CDs in place and then some grommets to buffer the CDs. I also used some beads to weight the bottom of the stick. It’s a great maker learning project. There are written instructions on World in a spin.

Thoughtful e-waste recycling

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Art piece Rodrigo Alonso

Recycling e-waste creatively is a great idea but we need to pay attention to whether we are being thoughtful about it or not. Rodrigo Alonso has made e-waste furniture art pieces as a statement about e-waste and the fact we have so much to recycle. They are indestructable , though. They look really cool but they are literally are going to last forever because the e-waste is cast in epoxy resin. We need to find a different material which is biodegradable because these furniture pieces are seriously geeky and could be part of an e-waste management and recycling programme. It is worth reading the treehugger article on them so you understand the issues at stake. The Greenpeace site keeps you up to date on the green contributions and advancements of different electronics companies. This Pinterest board keeps you informed about creative recycling and what countries are doing to manage the e-waste problem. weburbanist has an amazing array of examples of how people have recycled e-waste in particular and other waste into lighting. From weburbanist there are links out to other eco friendly sites.

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