Minding Your Mechs – Ep15 – Choosing coil resistances for series/stacked mechanical mods



Minding Your Mechs – Ep15 – Choosing coil resistances for series/stacked mechanical mods

Many vapers just double their coil resistance when going from a single battery mechanical mod to a series/stacked one, thinking that gives them about the same power at the coils. But doing that actually results in a LOT more power to the coil than what they had before.

In this video I describe a simple way to choose what coil resistance to use when switching to a series/stacked mechanical mod.

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Misusing or mishandling lithium-ion batteries can pose a SERIOUS RISK of personal injury or property damage. They are not meant to be used outside of a protected battery pack. Never exceed the battery’s continuous current rating and keep the plastic wrap and top insulating ring in perfect condition.

Where known, the ratings set by Samsung, Sony, LG, or Panasonic/Sanyo will be used.

Any battery from Samsung, Sony, LG, Panasonic, or Sanyo can be a lower grade battery or a fake. Only buy from a known, trusted source of genuine batteries. Even then, there are no guarantees.

Carefully research any battery you are considering using before purchasing.

Testing batteries at their limits is dangerous and should never, ever, be attempted by anyone who has not thoroughly studied the dangers involved, understands the risks, has the proper equipment, and takes all appropriate safety precautions.

These tests I do only note the estimated ratings for the batteries at the time I tested them. Any battery that is not a genuine Samsung, Sony, LG, Panasonic, or Sanyo can change at any time This is one of the hazards of using “rewrapped” batteries or batteries from other manufacturers so carefully research any battery you are considering using before purchasing.

The information and opinions contained in this video are for general information purposes and are not intended to constitute legal or other professional advice. This video should not be relied on or treated as a substitute for specific advice relevant to particular circumstances.

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Choosing Cycle Lights

Switch

As bike lights get more and more sophisticated the switch does more than just turn on and off your lights. It also tends to allow you to select one of what may be several different modes. That means that the switch can not be fiddly to operate. You might after all be out on the trail in the middle of Winter wearing thick gloves and you need to still be able to operate your lights without having to stop and take them off. The flip side of this is that they should also not be easy to operate accidentally. A lot of manufacturers have now started to add backlit switches to allow you to see where the switch is easily at night. Many of these also double as battery life indicators as well as mode indicators.

Batteries

There has been a revolution going on in the battery industry and ever more efficient, charge resistant Lithium Ion batteries are still evolving. Current batteries are not only more powerful but they are also lighter and tougher than they have ever been before, especially when compared to older lead acid and NiMH batteries. However, as I said, things are still evolving and the efficiency of batteries can vary wildly from one model to another. So, when you are out shopping and comparing different lights do not try and estimate run time by the size of the battery and quoted ampere hours of the manufacturer. Seek out independent reviews in your favorite cycling magazine or online and go by the tested run times.

Mounts

There are many different ways now to mount a light to your bike and in some cases you may not want to mount the light on your bike at all and may want to opt for a helmet mounted light, or maybe even both. Go for the type of mount that suits you best and this will depend on the main type of cycling you do. If you go for a helmet mounted light though, make sure that the mount is really secure but also ensure that the total weight of the helmet once the light is fitted is not to high or you will end up with neck ache.

Chargers

This is probably the item that you will least be concerned with when buying new lights, but that may be a mistake. There are many charger types to choose from, including simple USB lead cases to full on battery docking stations that let you set up your lighting options via your PC. Again, choose something that suits you and remember to check what the charged charging times are or you might end up being left in the dark if you have chosen one that takes a long time to charge when you only remember an hour before you need your lights that they are flat from the night before.

LEDs

In a similar way to the battery industry, the lighting industry has also been going through a bit of a transformation recently. It's not that long ago that LEDs or Light Emitting Diodes were not practical for anything more that decorating the Christmas tree due to their low power. That has all changed despite and year after year LEDs are emitting more light. For example, on average, cycle lights that are on offer in 2012 are 7% – 10% brighter than they were in 2011 and that trend is set to continue. They also draw a lot less power than normal bulbs and there before your batteries will last longer. One thing to be careful of though and something you may want to compare between one light and another is the operating temperature. Some of them get quite hot and controlling the heat they produce has been one of the challenges for LED manufacturers.

Leads

All in one systems for lights are becoming increasingly popular as they do away with the need for leads running from the battery unit to the light unit. However, being aware of the limitations of two unit systems is important. Cheaper systems may only offer simple 'water-proof' jack to jack leads but the more you pay the more you tend to find an efficiency increase in complexity and sealing making your lighting system more reliable, especially in wet weather.

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Choosing the Best NFL Watches For a Great Gift

Are you looking for the perfect gift for a sports lover in your life? Why not get him a gift he can enjoy now and forever? NFL watches make for a great gift. You can choose a wrist watch that has the logo of his favorite team, letting him show his team pride no matter where he goes.

Of course, not all NFL watches are the same. You need to make sure you choose the right watch, and that entails a few different factors. Keep reading to learn how to select the perfect team gear for your sports lover.

The first step is to make sure you know which team he roots for. Is he loyal to the local NFL team? Or do his allegiances lie elsewhere? Sports fans are very particular about which teams they are devoted to, so it's very important to make sure you get a watch with the logo of his favorite team. Otherwise, he may not enjoy the gift.

If you're unsure about which team he likes, just ask him. Guys love talking about sports, and your sports lover will be more than happy to talk about his favorite team. In fact, beware; you may not be able to get him to stop talking about his favorite team. Take note of this, and now you're ready to start looking for football watches from an NFL watch shop.

The first step is to look online for companies that sell sports watches. You want to make sure you're doing business with a reputable company that sells brand new, high quality watches that your sports lover will be proud to wear. You should specifically avoid auction websites and out of country retailers as they tend to sell low quality, unauthentic watches that look cheap and do not last.

Once you've found some reputable companies to consider, the next step is to compare their offerings. Most importantly, do they sell NFL watches of your sports lover's favorite team? If not, you can disqualify them from your search immediately. Look for a watch retailer that has a complete NFL watch shop with offers from all the teams. This way, you know you have access to a huge inventory and you can get the team watch you're looking for.

Of course, quality is key. Sometimes team watches are flimsy and cheap looking. They're really something an adult would wear seriously. But not all football watches are like this. The best companies sell high quality team watches that are stylish and built to last. This is the kind of wrist watch you want to look for … a watch he can wear in all different types of situations … a watch he's proud to wear.

You also want to make sure you get a fair price on the watch. Compare prices on similar team watches to be sure you're getting the best possible deal. That's the great thing about shopping online. You can compare prices in just seconds so you can always get the best bang for your buck. When comparing prices, make sure you factor in shipping costs. Some companies will offer free shipping if you spend a certain amount, helping you stretch that dollar a little further.

Finally, make sure you look at the returns policy before placing your order. You want to make sure you buy from a company that gives you a reasonable amount of time to return the watch if for any reason you are not fully satisfied. This way, you have absolutely nothing to lose when you place your order. Start shopping for NFL watches online today. They make a great gift!

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What Factors To Consider When Choosing Between Auto Shops And Mobile Repair Services

Are mobile car repair services an option, and if it is, does this option make sense or will it cause more harm than good, to yourself and to your environment?

There are types of repairs that can be executed at home, or any location, with ease. Some home repair services, however, can become an even bigger problem for you. Knowing which services should be done where can save you from more serious problems that can be prompted by ignorance about home repair services.

Fixing or Changing a Problem Battery

Fixing a battery can address many problems with failed start-ups. Practically all automotive organisations and repair services have specially equipped vehicles that are customised in order to fix any battery problem. The vehicles carry diagnostics devices, supplies and all kinds of tools to make sure your battery is fixed, or replaced. If there’s something that can’t be addressed while at home, these services can send a wrecker to tow your automobile to where it needs to be properly serviced. Used batteries are taken to recycling plants.

Fixing or Replacing Windshields and Windows

Cracked or Broken windshields can easily be remedied at almost any location. An issue that might come up when working on glass installations is temperature and moisture due to the fact that the adhesives used are quite sensitive. This type of job may require a sheltered or heated area. And, of course, glass installations will not work in the rain. The larger mobile repair services are adequately equipped to handle the waste produced during installation.

To save some money, look into car wreckers in Australia for used windshields and glass.

Scratches and Dents Repaired Sans Paint

Professionals who are experienced with this type of work do not have any difficulties when delivering this service, no matter the location of the vehicle. Using a large skillset and many different tools will make quick work of any dent or scratch in need of fixing, and without the need for repainting. Having paint-free body work is a great environmentally safe type of repair.

Automobile Chassis and Body Work

Automobile chassis and body work should not be done outside of a traditional auto shop. First of all, it produces a lot of noise which is sure to be a problem for any neighbouring homes or establishments. Acquiring second hand parts from a car wreckers in Australia may require getting a paint job and can seriously mess up a space. Although used parts from car wreckers in Australia are an affordable and great alternative to buying new parts, they tend to be a little dirty. Auto paint can only be used in an area where conditions are controlled to protect the work from forming bubbles in the paint and to keep the environment around the work area safe. Reusing automotive parts from car wreckers in Australia is an excellent practise in recycling and sustainability for the environment.

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Laptop Buying Guide – Choosing One That's Right For Your Needs

Given their portability, increased performance, and lower cost, laptops have become the computer of choice, gradually replacing desktop systems. Need a new laptop? Here are the key items and features to look for before you make your next purchase.

RAM / Memory
Every computer comes with a certain amount of physical memory (how much information and data it can store). Typically, laptops are limited compared to desks when it comes to the amount of memory they have. Determine the maximum memory the system can handle and if a memory upgrade can be completed by you or needs to be installed by a technician. 2GB is recommended for Windows Vista or Mac OS X while 512MB is suitable for all other Windows and Mac operating systems. Make sure to take into account the applications you plan on using the most – this will have an effect on how much RAM you'll need.

Size / Weight
While a light, ultra-portable laptop is ideal if you're on the move frequently, you may have to sacrifice certain things such as a disk drive (much like the Apple MacBook Air). On the contrary, you do not want the ultimate performance laptop if it's inconvenient or inconvenient to tote around.

Display Size
Unlike desktop screens, laptops have thin, liquid-crystal displays – or LCDs. These displays determine the brightness, color, and sharpness of the screen. Notebook LCD sizes range from 10 inches to 20 inches; 14 inch or larger is usually recommended for LCD screens. Compare different screen sizes at your local dealer and be aware that the size of the screen will directly effect the overall weight of the system.

Hard Drives
A hard drive allows you to save and store programs and files for as long as you want (or at least for the life of the drive). How much storage space you think you'll need will determine the amount of space you'll want to get. 60GB to 80GB is reliably standard on most budget laptops and should be plenty, unless you plan on storing lots of music files, movies, and digital photos. If that's the case, look into a system that offers much more space or research external hard drive alternatives.

Battery Life
What good is a portable laptop if you can only get one hour out of it on a single charge? Check out the manufacturer's listed battery life and look for laptops that offer media bays that can also serve as an extra battery slot. At the very least, you should be able to get 2 hours of battery life.

Check out Your Local Dealer
Do your homework! Check out local computer dealers and stores to research and handle different models in person. This is especially ideal if size and weight of the system is of the utmost importance to you.

Read Consumer Product Reviews
Consumer product reviews can offer a wealth of information regarding the laptops you are interested in. Users share the pros, cons, and other miscellaneous information regarding various systems, typically providing you with additional information to help you make the right purchase.

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Choosing and Installing an Inverter/Charger



There are two basic types of inverters, modified and pure or true sine. Learn why there is a big difference when powering modern appliances and laptops. Find out how inverters incorporate multi-stage chargers that are designed to condition batteries. Jeff Cote, of Pacific Yacht Systems, will also take a look at some new options like automatic generator start and using your onboard Wi-Fi to remotely monitor your inverter.

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Choosing Your Forex Trading Platform

How to choose a forex trading platform

It can be intimidating to choose a forex trading platform when you first start trading – here are some features that any good forex trading platform should have:

Security

Does the forex broker offer information about the security measures of its platform? Your trading and personal data should be encrypted, so that your money and identity are secure, whether you are paying and being paid through PayPal or online bank transfers.

The forex broker should also offer advice on how to increase your online security – I’d be very suspicious of one that didn’t because they might be making themselves liable if there are any problems.

Also, are there backup systems where your information can be stored in case of an IT problem?

Reliability

When can you use the forex trading platform? As forex is a 24-hour a day market, 5.5 days a week, look for something that you can use constantly. Even when the market is closed, you want to be able to place orders to open when the market does.

The trading platform should also be efficient – if it is slow then the prices at which you are trading might be out of date. A good forex trading platform should update several times a second.

One-click trading

If a forex trading platform is unreliable, slow or prone to interruption, a trader can miss a quick opportunity. A platform that offers one-click trading will allow you to buy or sell forex contract with one click, which means there’s no need to deal a ticket, and you won’t miss the price you want.

Trading style suitability

Does the trading platform suit your trading style?

Is it easy to understand, or can it only be interpreted by a Wall St retiree? Look for a platform where it is

easy to search for your market, and, if you want to trade more than forex, look for one that also allows you to trade on shares, options and indices.

Where are you trading from? If you use a Mac, can you use the platform on it? Likewise, can the program be accessed using different browsers and different smart-phone handsets.

Basically, does it do what you need? A good forex trading platform should be customisable to suit your trading strategy – does it allow automated trading, and does it allow you to micromanage every trade. The trading platform should be able to alert you to good trading opportunities, as well as accept complex orders, including the various stops and profits that the forex broker offers, so you can easily minimise your risk while maximising your profits.

Charts

Does the forex trading platform have a separate charting platform, and how easy is it to navigate? And, if you want to trade from your iPhone or Blackberry, can you access these from your handset? And, can you trade directly from the charts, or do you need to deal a ticket?

Depending on your level of experience, you might want a charting package with a pattern recognition tool that will monitor the markets on your behalf, and could even let you know when the chart patterns are indicating trading opportunities.

And, if you want to trade forex throughout the day, it is essential that the charts are updated in real-time.

Market Analysis

Does your forex broker offer market analyses, and is this available using their trading platform or do you need to visit their website?

A good forex trading platform should include market analysis tools, including news feeds, in-house research and third-party research. As information is power, you want to be able to access as much of it as possible, and to have access to it without crawling the internet for the information you need.

Any trading that offers market analysis should also have historical data available, so you can see how the forex was affected when a similar situation occurred.

Price

Is the platform free? Many online forex trading platforms offered by reputable brokers are free, and your only costs will be if you make a loss.

If forex trading software isn’t free, or if there is a nominal charge, find out what the added benefits are. And, if it isn’t free, is there a money-back guarantee if you aren’t happy with the software?

Price, 2

Does the trading platform offer the same pip spreads as the broker has advertised, or do you need to phone to get the best deal?

A pip is a 0.0001 unit of currency, and the pip spread is the difference between the buy and sell price of your currencies – so if the AUD/USD is quoted at 1.0578/1.0579, the sell price is 1.0578 and the buy price is 1.0579. For any spread, the price of the currency needs to make up the difference of the spread before you can make a profit. So, in the example, if you buy at 1.0579, the AUD only needs to rise two pips from 1.0578 to 1.0560 for you to make a profit. If there is a three pip spread, the currency would have to move by 4 pips before you made a profit.

Customer support

Is your forex broker just interested in getting you an account, or do they provide ongoing support for customers using the trading platform?

You should be able to email and/or phone your broker with questions ranging from placing trades to the button on your trading platform that isn’t doing what you want.

Demo account

No matter how many questions you ask a customer support, it’s hard to know how well a forex trading platform will suit you without being able to try it, so get online and see which companies have demo accounts available. The demo account should have all the functionality of the full account, or close to it.

My recommendation

One of the companies I currently trade with, IG Markets, has an excellent trading platform called PureDeal. I’ve found their customer service, charting packages and market information to be very good and its interface is fairly customisable.

You can also open a free demo account through their website, with $20,000 pretend money to play with, so why take my word for it? Try it yourselves.

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7 Things You Have To Know Before Choosing Bodybuilding As A Career!

Are you having problems gaining the serious muscle you want to? Are you working out a lot with little changes to your body? Want to get that ripped look men and women will envy and desire with a goal of becoming a pro bodybuilder? This article will reveal seven things you have to know if you are thinking about becoming a professional bodybuilder whilst on your way to building your ultimate physique.

1. Earning Your Pro Card

In order to become a professional bodybuilder, you must first earn your Pro Card. A bodybuilder looking to do this must first win a regional contest weight class.

When a bodybuilder wins or places highly they earn an invite to compete at their country’s National Championships contest for that year. The winners of each weight class at the National Championships will then go head to head in a separate contest to see who is the overall champion for the year.

Depending on the federation, the overall Champion will be offered a pro card. Some federations offer pro cards to winners of individual weight class champions. This can mean that each year more than one bodybuilder may earn a Pro Card.

2. Membership

Qualification as a professional may require membership of a professional bodybuilding organization such as the IFBB (The International Federation of Bodybuilders). Many Natural Bodybuilding organizations such as the INBF (International Natural Bodybuilding & Fitness Federation), NPA (Natural Physique Association) and NANBF (North American Natural Bodybuilding Federation) also have professional ranks.

3. Income

It is possible, though difficult except at the highest level, to earn a reasonable income purely from competition winnings. It is more likely that a particular athlete will be sponsored by local companies and supplement manufacturers. Many bodybuilders use their new found fame and knowledge to pursue business ventures such as higher level personal training, or opening their own fitness centers. Guest posing and appearances also support income.

4. Work Harder Than Anyone You Know

If you do, everything else that is meant to be will follow. If you focus is only on becoming a pro bodybuilder, then you are not approaching the sport properly. The core of bodybuilding is not about achievement in a public forum, such as on a bodybuilding stage. It is about the private sense of accomplishment you get in achieving your goals, whether you’re in the gym or on a stage.

5. Learn To Be Smart

At the gym, learn to be smart about your training. Go there to work, not for recreational purposes. Determine ahead of time what your workout will be for that day and stick to it, making modifications only for logical reasons. Apply the same standards to your nutrition. Decide ahead of time what you will eat throughout the day and adhere to that plan.

Don t skip meals. Don’t indulge in gluttonous behaviour that will negatively impact your physique.

6. Do You Have The Necessary Genetics?

If you have the desire to compete, prepare for a competition as if you are a professional bodybuilder. Through perseverance and feedback from the judges, you will be able to determine if you are lucky enough to have the necessary genetics.

7. The Odds Of Attaining Professional Status

Above all, put as much effort into your education as you put into your training and nutrition. Too many young guys pursue a pro career without having a backup plan. The odds of attaining professional status, let alone making a comfortable living at it, are remote at best. But if you want to be a professional bodybuilder, you have to approach bodybuilding with a professional attitude.

Although passion is important, you must also have the self-awareness and logic to accurately assess your own chances of success. If you do, you will be a professional.

Your ultimate body is within reach providing you follow the proven principles in this article. Muscle building is not a pipe dream or only for those with the perfect genetic makeup. Use these strategies and very soon you will experience the private sense of accomplishment whether you’re in the gym or on a stage.

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DRIFTOMANIACS – Choosing The Right RC Battery – Choosing A Lipo Battery



Here’s my guide to Choosing The Right RC Battery. In many cases that’ll be choosing a lipo battery, So which RC battery is best? Have your say on this!
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