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Review: New Trent IMP50D

If you’re like me and you use your phone a lot for everything from GPS to a video camera, Twitter & Facebook to even something as outrageous as making calls, then you’ll know that mobile phone batteries have not advanced at the same rate as the mobile phone.

This is where the “external battery pack” steps in.  Think of it like a normal phone charger, but without the need for a plug socket when you’re out and about.  You just plug your phone into the battery pack and it recharges it as it sits in your bag, on your desk, on the seat tray on the train, wherever you need external power.

The IMP50D is not the most powerful in the New Trent range, but, at around the size of an iPhone, it’s small enough to slip into your pocket or bag and not be chunky or a weight burden.  It has a 1A output and a 500mA output, so you can charge big devices like iPads or Galaxy Tabs in less time than a lot of normal USB chargers would.

The IMP50D has a charge indication on the front – three lights showing the charge state, so no excuses for taking it out without charging it – a word of warning, the lights remain on until you press the button again, so make sure you switch off after use, or you’ll eventually drain the battery!

You charge the IMP50D using a mini USB input – this is not the normal phone USB (that’s a micro USB) but it the USB that most cameras have.  The lead supplied with it has interchangeable ends, so you can just plug into your PC if you don’t have a mains USB charger to hand, no big dramas there.

I have a, rather juicy, HTC One X, and this product can give at least two overnight charges, so it’s ideal for a night or two camping, backpacking or a day when you know you’re not going to be near the mains for a long time.

The IMP50D is available from Amazon for just under £20 and is a good “starter” battery pack for those who require power on the move for their phone or tablet device – an extra battery for your phone (if you can even replace the battery – iPhone users take note!) will probably be at least this price and will only give you one charge.

5/5

Steve Pilfold’s Bonfire Buildup on Rocket FM

Steve Pilfold and guests will be building up to this year’s procession, bonfire and fireworks by the Lewes Nevill Bonfire Society in 87.8 Rocket FM, Lewes between 5 and 7pm this Saturday.

As well as information on the bonfire at Nevill, Steve will also have information on the inaugural event by the reformed Seaford Bonfire Society aka the Seaford Shags and one of the most popular village events of the season at Fletching.

So sit back, light a rookie and stick a guy on the fire before donning the stripes and heading off to your local bonfire event.

Sussex Weather 5th-14th August

A quick look at the weather:

A fine and dry evening today (5th) will lead into a dry night and a fine morning, although it will be a bit breezier than it has been today.  Mostly dry through the morning but some showers will crop up through the afternoon, which could hit anywhere, with some places staying dry.  Sunday will see an increase in the showers, but the day won’t be a total write off.  Not as warm as it has been, but not cold, with a temperature range over the weekend of 20-23°C.

The start of the working week looks a bit damp and murky on Monday, but I think it will soon cheer up and by the middle of the week things are looking good.  Temperatures could well be heading into the mid-twenties by Wednesday and Thursday.

The end of the week looks like there is a chance of some showery rain, but we’re a long way off yet.  Certainly the weekend is looking to see a breakdown, with Saturday the wettest day – so bear that in mind and keep an eye on the forecast if you are heading to Airbourne or Pride over the weekend.

Sussex Weather for Week Beginning 10th July 2011

MONDAY:

After a dry night, with temperatures down to around 12-14°C, Monday will be a fine, dry and often sunny day, especially along the coast.  There may be some cloudier spells though, especially across the High Weald.  Temperatures up to a rather pleasant 22-25°C.

TUESDAY:

Not as sunny as Monday, but I think that there will still be places that see the golden orb, although cloud will thicken as a front moves in towards the end of the day.  This will generate some overnight rain, which may be heavy in places, and I think all of us will see some of it.  Slightly cooler than Monday, with temperatures in the low to mid 20’s, peaking out around 24°C.

WEDNESDAY:

After the overnight rain clears, it will be a day of variable cloud, with the chance of seeing some sun, and temperatures around average at 22°C

THURSDAY:

As it stands at the moment, Thursday is looking to be quite a pleasant day, with some decent sunshine and warm temperatures, around 23°C

FRIDAY:

Not as sunny as Thursday, mostly cloudy but it should be dry.  Still pleasant at around 22-24°C

Sussex Weather for Week Beginning 27 June 2011

HEADLINE:

HOT ON MONDAY, THUNDERY SHOWERS OVERNIGHT AND THROUGH TUESDAY THEN DRY WITH SUNNY SPELLS.

MONDAY & TUESDAY:

After a warm and humid night (during which temperatures in many places remained above 20°C), today will be a hot and sunny day, with temperatures above 30°C in Sussex, with temperatures possibly peaking as high as 32°C mid-afternoon.

As we head overnight into Tuesday, cloud will increase and thunderstorms will head in from the South West.  Not everywhere in Sussex will get one, but, where you do expect a large amount of rain in a short space of time.

The thunderstorms hang about as we head into Tuesday, but there may also be some sunny spells, although it will generally be more overcast than the last few days. They mark the boundary between the hot, moist, and humid air we have been experiencing and cooler, fresher air behind, coming in from the Atlantic.  Temperatures on Tuesday less high, but still warm, around 23-25°C for most places.

WEDNESDAY to FRIDAY:

A similar theme Wednesday to Friday – dry, with good spells of sunshine and temperatures in the low 20’s.  Once the thundery showers have cleared away into Wednesday, the cloud should break to give some nice, sunny spells, with temperatures in Sussex around 19-21°C, it’s a similar story on Thursday and once again on Friday, although high pressure from the south will move in slightly into Friday, helping raise temperatures a couple of degrees to a rather pleasant 22-24°C across Sussex, although it may be slightly cloudier.

NEXT WEEKEND:

If you asked me to dip my toe into the water, I’d say, in the southeast, we have the best chance of seeing any dry weather, with Saturday looking warm and pleasant and, hopefully, at least most of Sunday too, but that’s a long way away yet, with some weather fronts already lining up in the Atlantic, although currently looking more likely to affect the North West of the UK, not the South East.