Here’s How to Make Use of Your Beloved Old Phone Charger

Have you ever thought of doing something with your beloved old phone charger? The thing about buying new chargers is that – it is expensive and it gets old too (plus the fact that it has a shorter lifespan). In the Philippines, high-quality electronics are what most consumers prefer and purchase. This is why when the items get disposed, it is more likely to get upcycled by junk shops and make use of it. For all those who do not have any idea what is upcycling, here is a brief explanation of it.

Upcycling, in its simplest meaning, is the process of making use or converting discarded, old, and waste materials into something useful with a much better quality item. In short, it gives an item a new purpose. For instance, making buckets out of unused tires or making a chandelier out of your used wine bottles. What makes upcycling fun is the fact that you can also always use your creative juices when you decide to upcycle your old items – for this instance your old phone charger.

Aside from the given facts above, here are a few more things you need to know about upcycling:

 

 

upcycling vs recycling

First of all, you might wonder how upcycling is different from recycling – so here’s the thing.

 

Recycling is the breaking down of consumer materials (e.g. plastic, paper, metal, and glass) into a new consumer product – often of lesser quality. Upcycling, on the other hand, is not a process of breaking down anything into something, rather it is the repurposing of an item. Thus, you are only refashioning the original item into something of better quality than the original item.

 

 

upcycling started way back

Even before, upcycling has already been practiced especially from the 1930s-40s.

 

Those were the times when families have minimal resources, and to fill in for the things that they lack, they would reuse almost every item – repurposing them into something that they could very much make use of. They would only dispose the item once it is no longer useful. Instances of which are repurposing old doors into a dining table or feed sacks being used as dresses.

 

 

modern day upcycling

Most especially, for the modern-day upcycling – it’s environment-friendly.

 

As some would say, upcycling was reborn due to its positive impact on the environment. Instead of usable consumer items being disposed to dumpsites, these are being given new purpose in the society – and not just being stacks of useless materials.

 

 

RECYCLING IS ALSO GREEN

However, why not just let the recyclers recycle? Recycling is also green.

 

While this statement may be true, recycling needs energy or water in its process of breaking down materials – unlike upcycling which only requires your creativity and physical effort to make things possible.

With all things considered regarding upcycling, why not try it out now and make use of your own old items. If you are wondering how it can be done, here is an easy tutorial of upcycling your beloved old phone charger by Martin Melchior.

Side note: Be careful with poorly-made electronics as they may cause hazardous accidents.

 

What you will need:

  • Soldering iron and tin
  • Multi-meter or multi-tester (to find positive and negative)
  • Your old phone charger (CAUTION: Please make sure that the output is at least 5V and rated for at least 500 mA, also written as 0.5A)
  • USB socket
  • Hot glue
  • Heat shrink (optional)

 

What you will do:

If at all possible, caution is recommended to ensure your safety and avoid any accidents during the procedure. To start with:

 

  1. The first step would be to trim the cable at about 5cm from the charger and then strip the end. If your charger has a cable protection, it is okay to remove it as it is not really necessary for the procedure.

 

  1. Using the multi-meter, find the positive (+) and the negative (-). Basically, multi-meters have two wires: one red and one black. When connecting to the charger, bear in mind to double check it. With Martin Melchior’s example, the charger he used has the red wire for GND (-), and the white one for VCC (+).

CAUTION: Some of your gadgets may fry if this is done wrong, so always double check to get the procedure right.

 

  1. At this point, you may choose where you will be placing the socket on your charger, then you can cut the cable accordingly. After so, you would be soldering the wires and while doing so, remember that polarity matters – in other words, connectors should be connected in one orientation. With regards to the example, the connectors are as below:

Black: Ground (-)

Green: Date (+)

White: Data (-)

Red: VCC (+5V)

 

  1. After connecting the wires, you can now glue the socket to the charger head. If needed, you may also use heat shrink to make sure that everything gets in its right place.

 

  1. And voila! You now have a new charger, an even useful charger!

 

Additional Tip: Use a fast charging cable connector to make better use of your upcycled charger.

 

 

Key Takeaway

While it may take a few precautions in upcycling an old phone charger, at the very least you would not need to let go of something that is already of quality – plus, you get to upgrade the item! With that being said, the benefits of upcycling should not be underestimated – as aside from learning useful hacks, it would also save you from the unnecessary expenses.

7.0 Kg Single Tub Washing Machine Review

This is a guest post.

 

Doing household chores is such a hassle for someone that wants to spend their time with their family or friends instead. It’s something that I, personally, hate. However, completing these tasks is necessary in order to have a clean and tidy house.

One chore that people especially hate is washing dirty clothes. Even people, who live in countries that still hand wash their clothes, want an easier way of cleaning them. This is the reason why they end up searching for the best possible home appliances in the Philippines. They want to buy them in order to make their lives simpler.

It’s a good thing that Fukuda has developed a new washing machine; one that will solve your entire “dirty clothes” problem.

Do you want some proof that the 7.0 kg Single Tub Washing Machine is the best? Then, you may want to read some facts below:

 

 

7 kg Capacity

7 Kg Capacity

 

The first time I heard that this washing machine has a 7 kg capacity, I was really skeptical about it. I mean, can you imagine how a washing machine would work with 7 kg of clothes inside it? It could have been a complete disaster, but when I tried it out (by putting exactly 7 kg worth of clothes in the machine) it actually worked perfectly!

It didn’t make any noise or any sound that would’ve meant that it had trouble washing the clothes. I also tried other washing machines from various brands. Let me tell you what I found out, I realized that Fukuda’s was by far the most time and energy efficient one that I have tried!

I really recommend it to those that don’t want to spend their time going back and forth from the washing machine to put in sets of clothes; this will really reduce your washing time by a lot!

 

 

Damping Tempered Glass Lid

Damping Tempered Glass Lid

 

If you don’t know what a tempered glass is, it’s basically reinforced glass that can withstand the pressure that would normally break an ordinary glass. Fukuda coupled it with a damping process that makes the tempered glass become almost sound-proof. So, if you don’t like washing machines that produce a lot of noise while washing, maybe this one is for you!

 

 

Automatic Features

Automatic Features

 

The 7 kg Single Tub Washing Machine from Fukuda also has an automatic off function! It turns off once it senses that all the processes are done; I was able to save time and energy when I used it because even after I left it on and forgot to check on it, it still turned off by itself!

One other function that amazed me with this washing machine is its automatic imbalance correction. Basically, it senses whether there is something wrong with the extraction of water or soap in the machine. It will automatically adjust its system to correct the error, thereby reducing the damages on the inside of the washing machine!

 

 

Air Dry

Air Dry

 

Rather than the conventional dryer, the 7 kg Single Tub Washing Machine has the air dry function. I would say that it is better than the conventional one! It makes drying 30-40% faster, and there’s less wear on the clothes!

I was able to save so much time. Apart from that, I managed to save my clothes from eventual damage!

 

If I would use one word to describe the 7 kg Single Tub Washing Machine, it would be “revolutionary.” The features it brings to the table is years ahead of its competitors. Based on my experience, it will stay ahead for years to come!

 

 

About the author:

Katrina is your average gal living inside the metro who has passion for writing, travel and photography. She admires nature at its finest and always wanted to become one of them. Dreaming to have the Cinderella life one day, humming with the birds, dancing with the clouds.

Hot & Cold Stand Type Water Dispenser Review

This is a guest post.

 

Today’s technology is so impressive. Soon, we no longer need refrigerators or electric water thermos to cool or heat water. I, myself, who lived and grew up in the Philippines, with the best kitchen appliances, am so impressed with Fukuda’s Hot & Cold Stand Type Water Dispenser.

This water dispenser can essentially dispense both cold and hot water from its nozzles, which is pretty convenient. If you come to think of it, you no longer have to exert so much effort just to create the right temperature for your chosen drink.

Of course, I’ve found out more than that in my experience with this product. Let me share with you a couple things I really appreciate as I was using it.

 

 

Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel Water Tank

Within Fukuda’s water dispenser is a stainless steel water tank that maintains the cleanliness of the water inside the dispenser because it does not rust even while being exposed to water! I’ve been using it for a while now and I can safely say that every time I use it, only clean water—without any impurities—comes out.

 

 

ABS Plastic Material

ABS Plastic Material

I researched what ABS plastic was, and I was amazed at how Fukuda chose the best material for their product. ABS plastic is something that can be repeatedly heated and cooled while not receiving any damage or wear. This means that even if you regularly use the hot and cold option of the dispenser, it will not sustain any damage!

 

 

High Quality Compressor

High-Quality Compressor

When I read about the specs of Fukuda’s dispenser, I didn’t know what a compressor was and I found out that it was actually the cooling and heating system of the dispenser!

Basically, it was responsible for producing the hot and cold water that comes out from the tank, so it being high quality meant that the dispenser spent faster time in heating up or cooling down the liquid inside. I tested it for myself and I was amazed at how fast the water heated up and cooled down! It didn’t take long for the water to become smoking hot or iced cold after I put in the gallon of water.

 

 

Silicone Water Outlet Pipe

Silicone Water Outlet Pipe

The last thing I need to tell you about this water dispenser is the silicone water outlet pipe, which can be found in its interior. Its function is that it carries the water from the inside of the tank into the faucet/nozzle!

Now, you may ask why I think this is an important piece of information; well, think about how important the pipe is when carrying either hot or cold water. If the pipe can’t withstand the heat, it’ll eventually melt. If it can’t withstand the cold temperature it’ll either become stiff or it may have blockages inside. So, what Fukuda did is use a pipe that was both heat and cold resistant!

This would mean that you’ll always have a hassle-free experience getting and drinking your water!

 

I highly recommend this product for those who want to have a long lasting and durable dispenser! I had an amazing time using this product and I hope you have a great time using it as well!

 

 

About the author:

Katrina is your average gal living inside the metro who has passion for writing, travel and photography. She admires nature at its finest and always wanted to become one of them. Dreaming to have the Cinderella life one day, humming with the birds, dancing with the clouds.

32″ HD Ready LED TV FLED Review

This is a guest post.

 

Television sets have been around for almost a century, providing revolutionary home entertainment for families. Innovation in the TV industry has been ongoing ever since it has been invented, and slowly but surely, TV has reached heights that were unattainable before.

I am a TV enthusiast. For so long now, I have been looking for the best TV in the Philippines to prove that advanced TV sets are also available in developing countries! Recently, I tried Fukuda’s 32″ HD Ready LED TV FLED. If you’re curious to see what Fukuda’s TV has to offer, continue reading them below:

 

 

Resolution

Resolution

The resolution of a television set is directly related to how clear and sharp it can show images. Fukuda’s TV has a 1366 x 768 resolution, which means it can provide clear and crisp images! Also, it’s 32”, which means it’s a perfect medium sized television set for those who don’t like excessively large TVs.

I will admit that I went in as a skeptic on its HD ready function, but I was really blown away at how high definition the images were! It was almost like the pictures were coming alive!

 

 

Ultra Slim

Ultra Slim

There are many slim-sized TVs today, but if you physically see how slim Fukuda’s TV was, you’ll be amazed–like me! It was so slim that you wonder how they fit everything inside an extremely thin TV. But, don’t worry about its thinness because it has been made to last! Its durability can withstand bumps and minor impacts, so you can rest assured that you have a TV that will surely stand the test of time.

 

 

Live Colors & Viewing Angle

Live Colors and Viewing Angle

If you’re wondering what the picture quality is, this TV offers live colors, which means that it can offer extremely vivid colors that heighten the viewing experience of its viewers! With extremely crisp colors, you need to see it from whatever angle you’re looking at, and the 178 degree angle that this TV offers, you can view it even when you’re standing at the side of the TV instead of the front! I tried standing beside the TV and I can still see the series I was watching! It was so amazing that I was genuinely blown away!

 

 

Lower Power Consumption

Low Power Consumption

It’s an LED TV, which means that it has lower power consumption when compared to other non-LED TVs. You can literally watch a whole day without worrying about your electricity bill. I tried using it for almost an entire day for a whole week and I was thankful that my electricity bill only went up slightly from what it was before.

 

If you’re looking for a money-saving, quality TV you can check out this LED TV FLED from Fukuda!

I’ll be honest, I was really skeptical when I tried out this TV. I kept asking myself, why don’t I just buy from other brands? But when I finally tried it out, it was essentially better compared to the others. It had everything I could ask for!

 

 

 Jeric       

About the author:

Jeric is a freelance writer that features food, lifestyle, travel, DIY subjects, and nature. He is an adventurer, taking on the world and everything it has to offer, may it be the good and the bad. He also has a weird love for reggae and sharks. See: Reggae Shark