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Solar phone USB charger

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I bought this 30 000mAh solar USB battery from
I'm sceptical about the 30 00mAh, so I'll be undoing the screws in the next few weeks to check out what the actual power cells have written on them. Other sites are selling 3000mAH batteries for more, without the solar panel.

When I first charged the powerbank overnight, the power LEDs wouldn't switch off. It was crazy, they stayed on for days. However, once I charged it even longer, and then put the powerbank in the Sun for the solar battery to charge it, the power LEDs went off when it was out of the sunlight. It looks like it just needed to be filled with enough charge to behave normally.

Now the LEDS flash when its in the Sun, when its connected to the mains, and when its recharging my phone. They now switch off when I hit the "off" switch, as they should. The built-in solar panel delivers 1.5 W.

Its very light, so I carry it in my backpack at all times, and always have it available to recharge my phone. It comes with a 2A and a 1A USB port. The phone recharges in AC mode, so its pretty quick. T

he only down-side is that the LEDs are very bright when the powerbank is recharging my phone. It also comes with a super-bright LED to work as a torch. I bought mine for just $20!

At home I've teamed it up with a 7.5 W fold-out solar panel to speed up the solar recharging time. With my extra solar panel I can recharge in a day of full sunlight, or a few days of indirect sunlight.

Solar powerbank
Solar powerbank
Solar powerbank
Solar powerbank

Got a second tweet on TV

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QandA on ABC on April 28th:

When was Australia last in an air battle? When do we anticipate being in an air battle next? #QandA

The tweet was in reference to the 24 BILLION DOLLARS spent by the Abbott Government on American jet-fighters that can't turn, and can't fly far enough to reach outside Australia. An obvious waste of money, like the faulty submarines, helicopters, tanks, aircraft carriers and other expensive broken war toys we buy from the Americans and can never actually use.

When was Australia last in an air battle? When do we anticipate being in an air battle next? #QandA

My previous tweet on TV was on QandA on April 6th.

Obey the sign

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Welcome to Sydney.

Sydney Harbour last weekend

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I took a trip with a meetup group to the Fair Trade Markets in Manly on the weekend, and took these pictures of the ferry trip:

iwoolf's items tagged with Harbour More of iwoolf's stuff tagged with Harbour

Sydney Mini Maker Faire gallery

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The Sydney Mini Maker Faire was held for one day at the Powerhouse Museum. I recorded 13 interviews which were broadcast over the last month on Diffusion Science Radio, and I took 78 photos, which you can browse by clicking below:

iwoolf's Sydney Mini Maker Faire 2013 photoset iwoolf's Sydney Mini Maker Faire 2013 photoset

Click above to see the rest of the photos.

Cycle reindeer

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Cycle reindeer
Cycle sleigh

This bird actually opened the lamp-cover itself before climbing in.

Cockatoos playing with street-lamp
Cockatoos playing with street-lamp

Cockatoos playing with street-lamp
Cockatoos playing with street-lamp

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In light of the revelations that the US and UK spooks are treating us all like criminals by spying on our every move, I went to the very noisy Pitt St Mall to talk with David W. Campbell Senate candidate for the Pirate Party about PRISMbreak and the Protect Our Privacy protest.

Pirate Party Australia
PRISM break
Snowden reveals Australia's links to US spy web
NSA Surveillance of Australia Exposed!
Agreements with private companies protect U.S. access to cables' data for surveillance 

NSA recruitment drive goes horribly wrong

iwoolf's PRISMbreak  Sydney 2013 photoset iwoolf's PRISMbreak Sydney 2013 photoset

Going up or coming down?

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iwoolf's items tagged with rocket More of iwoolf's stuff tagged with rocket


CeBIT 2013 gallery

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I took these photos at the CeBIT exhibition in Darling Harbour as I recorded interviews for Diffusion.

iwoolf's CeBIT 2013 photoset iwoolf's CeBIT 2013 photoset

I took these photos last night at Eat The Collection at the Powerhouse Museum, featuring 3D printing of chocolate. I'm editing an interview for next week's Diffusion about 3D chocolate printing.

Capital A in the sky

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Pareidolia normally makes you see faces, but I see a huge capital letter "A" in the sky. Can you see it, too?

Water Cannon

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Water Cannon

Originally uploaded by iwoolf.

Water Cannon

Ice Hockey at UTS

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Note the penguins

Art and Science Soiree

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Science Art Soiree
Ultimo Science Festival

Moon day

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This is my best moon shot yet. No multiple photos stitched together, just one capture. Same old Pentax, better use.
In honour of Neil Armstrong.


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Surveillance 24 hours
This sign from the railway might be good on a t-shirt, for Looxcie-wearing.

Explosive mixture

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Explosive mixture
Seen at the supermarket.

Interviewing Dr Gideon Chitombo
I interviewed Dr Gideon Chitombo about his ATSE Clunies Ross Award and Extreme Science Workshop on mining research at Darling Harbour.

I'll be posting the interview with the full Science Extreme Experience special edition of Diffusion for Monday's broadcast.

The Problem with Christianity 2

The Ashfield Anglicans continue with their message.

Not shopped

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 This is the actual sign at St John's Church in Ashfield, they're inviting doubters to engage over the next few weeks.

not shopped




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Robosapien at Questacon in Canberra.


Deregulation department

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I didn't know we had a department for abolishing legislation! The minister should report more often on her successes.

Department of Deregulation

Fairy shroom?

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This looks like the hallucinogenic Fly Agaric mushroom depicted in all the Fairy illustrations. Can anyone confirm its identity?

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