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The Wednesday Banggood Round-Up – Scargill’s Tech Blog

The Wednesday Banggood Round-Up – Scargill’s Tech Blog

I arrived household yesterday to additional goodies from Banggood – the to start with getting a new Blitzwolf smartplug. As it happens I have a need for a new a person with power checking. If you have seen my website about Spanish energy and putting all the things on “cheap” rate exactly where sensible, I a short while ago put my twin scorching h2o tanks on the midnight to 8am slot and which is good, not only do I save but I can check how substantially electrical power they use, many thanks to a few of Meross Good sockets. But the washing device was until now simply just on a mechanical timer.

See BW-TH14 updates below…

The Wednesday Banggood Round-Up – Scargill’s Tech Blog

So NOW I have a 3680W (16A MAX) Blitzwolf smartplug BW-SHP13 with electric power monitoring – but not like my other plugs, this a single is Zibee 3., not WiFi.

The leaflet that came with the BW-SHP13 product says to search for the Blitzwolf App or scan the QR code – as it happens I already have the App on my cell phone.

Ok, let’s go. Plug in socket, blue flashing light…. add socket.. “configuring wireless gateway” – oh, dear, not a great start – my Zigbee2MQTT installation did not know about the Blitzwolf BW-SHP13.

In my Node-Pink set up, I checked the debug output from Zigbee2MQTT and certain sufficient, it discovered the device… but “supported: false”

I continued, as the blue mild on the BW-SHP13 was no for a longer period flashing – and pressed the ON/OFF button on the prime of the plug. This now developed a purple gentle as the plug turned on – but in my debug output, a new concept.

Following, I seemed up and according to the Zigbee2MQTT web page, the Blitzwolf gadget identifies as “TS011F_plug_1” – effectively, it DID, but still reported “unsupported”.

Improved than practically nothing – at the very least it was acknowledging the system exists – but what is this manufacturer identify and design? So after a rapid browse of the initial comment in below from STEVE, off I went to the Zigbee2MQTT internet site to get my Zigbee2MQTT up-to-date.. and the BW-SHP13 now is effective a Deal with.

Employing the pushbutton to convert the unit on and off reliably generates the ideal effect as does, in my scenario, working with the Node-Pink nodes to regulate the output. and monitoring recent and electrical power also is effective – see image previously mentioned ideal.

SO, lets put that to 1 aspect – the OTHER Blitzwolf machine which arrived is this…

It is the BW-TH14 Docking Station and it is a MONSTER 🙂

My only concern so far is this… it comes with a twin-USB-C input for ability, presumably – and I do not have a solitary pc or product that has a matching pair of completely spaced USB-C connectors like that – it seems that the twin USB-C is for MACs. My tiny CHUWI mini-Pc box which I originally wished to use this with hub, has no USB-C outputs at all, just USB-3 as does my Laptop. I do have adaptors having said that. I also have a charger with PD output, so I connected that to the PD connector on the BW-TH14 – and the (major still left corner) white electrical power light arrived on. Fantastic start….

Now, if only the handbook experienced absent into a very little additional element.

Notice the twin HDMI outputs and the VGA output – VGA – does everyone however use that? 4 USB3. and a pair of USB 2. outputs will certainly appear in helpful but the online video outputs are down to the Personal computer and not all PCs support such a aspect – I know that from reviewing a USB observe some time in the past. it labored perfectly on just one of my PCs but very little on the other.

I plugged my community guide into the Ethernet relationship and, taking a USB to USB-C connection from my modest chuwi Laptop, I plugged the USB-C lead into the front USB-C connector on the hub… very little. I moved it to the initially USB connection on the back – a information popped up on the Chuwi about keep an eye on compatibility – but no indication of a new Ethernet link. I moved the USB-C on the hub to the next of the two USB-C connectors on the back. Exact same Displayport warning but this time a new Ethernet connection appeared. I’ll want to find a Computer system that supports USB-C driven monitors to just take this even more.

There will be extra to this tale soon as I have just purchased a new Beelink Mini-Computer system which DOES have USB-C online video ability and so I count on it will be feasible to increase a 3rd observe to the Laptop working with this device.

Update May 2022

Ideal – I HAVE the BeeLink GTR5 Mini Personal computer and the BW-TH14 is now connected to it (working with a USB-3 and USB-C connector to attain whole performance – not completely clear why, but one permits USB, Ethernet etc, the other allows added monitors). Beautiful. See BeeLink write-up if fascinated.

End of update

Finally, a odd one – Banggood questioned me to verify out their Nuclear Radiation Tester – seemingly no unique manufacturer title.

Not the most effective commence – the box was all in Chinese 🙂

Box for the radiation detector

Nice case…

Nice protective case

Luckily the “manual” is in English and the display can be easily switched to English. Not only that but the guide basically contains a ton of handy information and facts.

In the meantime the unit itself is referred to in the guide as “X,y Radiation own dosage Equal Hp(10) Monitor” (my keyboard doesn’t want to know about the GAMMA character which appears to be like a “y” above) and looks alright – real-time radiation dose, typical dose and full dose in this case in microSeiverts (changeable). The only challenge I have in saying nearly anything about this is the pretty reduced and relatively consistent radiation concentrations out in this article in rural Spain – not confident what Banggood considered I was heading to arrive up with… even so, you have the backlink.

The device has a basic menu technique giving measurements, routine, report preserving, an alarm which can be set to result in previously mentioned presettable degrees for “ordinary people” and “professional staff”… I guess I class as “ordinary people” 🙂

Models can be changed and there is a clock and timer for getting readings for a personalized time period – presumably although standing at a secure length:-)

Display screen slumber can be set along with vehicle-shutdown and display brightness, all aimed at prolonging battery demand.

Okay, I mentioned I’d produce about this machine but without any usable resource of radiation there is not substantially I can say suitable now. Upcoming time I have to visit a hospital I’ll be sure to provide this pocket gadget with me (I’m guaranteed the clinic personnel will locate that hilarious).

Many thanks to just one of you guys I have been out borrowing bananas from the neighbours – examining drinking water pipes and investigating the cats – very little to much away from .08uSv to .2uSv no matter what I try out. Extra later… The banana appeared greater (00.23uSv) than the relaxation at very first, but not consistantly – so I have just instructed my neighbour Fred he can keep consuming them 🙂

Off to the pub to see if the beer is radioactive.