Tag: gadget

  • Hackable spoke lights? Sign me up!

    Hackable spoke lights? Sign me up!

    The naysayers about the ‘valve-stem lights’ were wrong: they are still working! But, time goes on, and, well, nobody can really tell what those things say and there’s no obvious way to update the firmware. (Yes, bike valve-stem firmware, its a thing, get over it). So enter this. Its *much* brighter (driven by an 18650 […]

  • The brave new world of soldering iron software: work-around QuickCharge 3.0 charger issue

    The brave new world of soldering iron software: work-around QuickCharge 3.0 charger issue

    Recently I bought the TS80. I was sad to find that it does not do USB-C PD, only the proprietary Qualcomm QuickCharge 3.0. I was even sadder to find that, although the OLED and software will work @ 5V, it will cowardly refuse to light the engine and make heat. I was even sadder to […]

  • Even more gadgets! light-up valve stem for the bike

    Even more gadgets! light-up valve stem for the bike

    OK, the price was right at about $1.  The description sounded pretty cool: “Bicycle Wheels letters Blue 7LED Light double-side Cycling Bike Tire Blue Flash Light Letter Change Wheel Spokes Bicycle Lights”. The picture suggests that: 100% Waterproof, Do not worry about the led light will be damaged when it rains or car wash LED […]

  • Another new gadget: the TS80 USB-C soldering iron

    Another new gadget: the TS80 USB-C soldering iron

    Just arrived! The TS80 USB(-C) powered soldering iron. And its pretty fantastic. Sadly its not USB-PD (power delivery), its USB-QC3 (QuickCharge), and double-sad, my USB-C power adapters are all PD. There’s a great video by Dave Jones (linked below). Its augmenting (not replacing) my Yotec 936P (pictured below) which is a somewhat questionable unit. I […]

  • Gadgets! my new travel buddy: the Xioami usb-c active-node-cancel headphones

    Gadgets! my new travel buddy: the Xioami usb-c active-node-cancel headphones

    Airlines don’t allow Bluetooth headsets (the air regulators don’t. Some mention this in a passive-aggressive kind of way but do nothing. Others are less passive and more aggressive. Modern phones are getting rid of the 3.5mm jack. Sure there are usb-c dongles, and the dongles are tiny so not really an issue. but… this leads […]