Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Review: Belkin IQ Wireless Charging Pad

A good while ago I got myself an iPhone 8+ a HUGE upgrade from my tiny iPhone 5C

The iPhone 8+ can be charged via USB port or with a charging pad. I'm always breaking the USB cords for charging so I thought this time end I'd spring for the charging pad this time round.

I saw the Belkin IQ Wireless Charging Pad and thought I'd have a go seeing as buying a new USB cable for my iPhone 8+ is pretty expensive these days, for a good quality one. For £30 thats like 3 apple cables, maybe less.

It comes with a USB cable to power it and that's pretty much it. I've used it for about 2 weeks now and from what i can tell it charges the same rate as the cable maybe even faster. It even charges though my case so i don't even have to remove it to charge

The only niggle I have with is is that the phone has to be perfect in position for it to charge sometimes. Just a different way to charge your IQ enabled device

till the next ride, bee safe.....

Monday, 7 January 2019

Review: Shimano MT34 Mountain Biking Shoes

So after a number of years with my current clipless shoes Specialized  BG Tahoe shoes I felt the need to get a new pair.

Wanted to get pretty much the same kind of design so I looked into my local Decathlon Sports store and found these Shimano MT34 Mountain Biking Shoes

Bought these from Decathlon as they where pretty much the same kinda of design as my old Specialized  BG Tahoe shoes

  • TRACTION - EVA midsole and rubber sole for comfort when walking.
  • BREATHABILITY - Areas with breathable fabric.
  • FIT - This shoe provides good support with its lace-up tightening system.
  • FITTING COMFORT - Specially-designed inner volume for better comfort and support.
  • LIGHTWEIGHT - 378 g in size 7.
  • RIGIDITY - Fibreglass sole reinforced with polyamide for greater rigidity.
  • COMPATIBILITY - Compatible with SPD cleats (not included)

I've been using these since the middle of November 2018 on my commute rides. I have to say they feel pretty damn solid and feel hard wearing.

The only thing I may have a problem with is the clipless mounting system.

As you can see before the mounting plate is in there is a big hole in the bottom of the shoe. At the time of writing I haven't walked or ridden in the rain yet to see if they are still waterproof after the clips been mounted. If not what I may do is put some kind of sealant around the inside where the metal plate mounts to make it waterproof.

There is a metal plate that goes in the inside of the shoe and the clip part that you see screws in and tightens up pretty good but also adjustable. In time ofcourse I will probably get some yellow laces like the last pair.

till the next ride, bee safe.....

Thursday, 6 December 2018

HiVE 2.0 is Online

Well HiVE2.0 is finally here.

After swapping out the power supply the screen blanking issues disappeared. I thought it was all over and finally got a working system. Started up my game and it started without any problems. Soon after I heard the fans on the graphics card going at full speed. I thought shit something broke somewhere. I checked the fans where working but the case wasn't getting much cool air in or moving inside the case.

Took apart the water cooling system and moved it to the roof of the case so the 2 big fans up front can pull the air inside. Managed to clean up all the wires as well so the case so it looks VERY clean inside.

Booted up again, played my game watching the temperatures and CPU never went over 35C and graphics card didn't go over 65C when before it was hitting 90C. So its up and running without any issues now.

I present to you, HiVE2.0

till the next ride, bee safe.....