If I would have to associate summer with something, then without even having second thoughts, it would have to be the honeycomb, chocolate, vanilla and toffee delight known as Golden Gaytime, the classic of Australian ice cream. Is there a better way to refresh? (more…)
Dogs are flexible creatures, and they can sleep anywhere if they don’t have a choice. As fun as that may seem in your eyes, that’s not the best we can do for our furry friends. So, as a pet owner, you should strive to meet the basic needs of your pouch. Just like humans, dogs also need a place of comfort to consider their own and that is why every dog needs it own bed. The benefits, however, are more than just comfort. Let’s investigate.
Besides looking cozy and adorable, a proper dog bed helps prevent behavioural issues as well. You will avoid finding your dog laying on your bed, a habit which in time may become a greater nuisance for you, your partner and the dog. You will break its little heart each time you order it to climb down and lay on the ground instead. So, to put it simply, owning dog bedding can give your dog its own personal space, and it won’t develop a habit to take over yours. (more…)
Carrying a pocket flashlight with you can come in handy in various different situations. The key thing is to choose one that offers many benefits and has various useful features. Here is all that explained in detail.
First, benefits. The main one, of course, is that a flashlight can provide light when there is none. Even though it is not big in size, this tool can definitely be effective and practical, as it can be used for both power-outages and for camping trips as well. Next, a pocket flashlight may come in handy as a self-defence weapon. It can help you by blinding the attacker thus making them cover their eyes and even walk away and not fight at all. In more serious instances, you can use the flashlight as a striking weapon if it is absolutely necessary. And finally we have convenience and when it comes to a pocket flashlight, this benefit is threefold. Convenient to store, to carry and to use. You can easily store such flashlight in your pocket or attach it on your key-chain.
Second, features. Let’s start with the output of the light. This feature is measured in lumens. To put it simply, this is the intensity of the light that comes out of your flashlight. If you are using new batteries, the brightness will be higher. The light output can start from 20 lumens, which is considered a modest power level and can reach up to 3500 lumens, which is quite powerful. Next, the distance of the beam. This is measured in meters and shows how far the light from your flashlight can go to before diminishing the level of brightness. These can vary depending on the mode you choose. In high mode, you usually get around 50 meters of beam distance, whereas in a low mode you get around 13 meters.
Another feature that you should be familiar with is the run time of the flashlight. This is measured in hours, and many flashlights come with a runtime graph which will give an illustration of the performance over time. This, again, depends on the mode you use. Last comes resistance to impact and water. Impact resistance is measured in meters – from what height can the flashlight be dropped without losing its function. Finally, water resistance is rated using an IPX system. This is an essential feature for rainy weather or when you need to use the flashlight underwater. The IPX4 rating means that the flashlight is splash resistant. The IPX7 means that it can be submerged for a maximum of 30 minutes at a maximum depth of 1 meter. And, the IPX8 rating means that the flashlight can be submerged for a maximum of 4 hours at a depth of maximum 2 meters.
Play your favourite music while taking a long hike, energise the party in your backyard, or enjoy the movie you’re watching on your laptop or tablet with some extra sound. A Bluetooth portable speaker can go wherever you go, and you can enjoy a quality sound wherever you are. Relax with your favourite tunes when on the beach, and enjoy clear, crisp audio when listening to your favourite podcast. Rechargeable portable Bluetooth speakers come in a wide range of styles, colours, and sizes, so you can easily find the right one to match your unique preferences and lifestyle.
You can connect all of your devices wirelessly, including MP3 players, tablets, smartphones, portable gaming consoles or laptops easily thanks to Bluetooth technology. Some models go as far as being capable of connecting with each other for a more developed, richer sound. You don’t need any special hardware or applications to use a Bluetooth speaker. All you need is Bluetooth to be enabled on both the speaker and the device you want to connect it to.
Furthermore, rechargeable portable Bluetooth speakers combine great with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and the Microsoft Cortana voice assistant, and they give you superior voice control. With that said, you can stream music conveniently and have your own personal assistant telling you the latest news, ordering products just by talking to it and what not. Additionally, most Bluetooth speakers let you charge your phone or tablet by plugging your charger into them.
If you need a speaker for outdoor purposes, make sure you get a weather and water resistant model that can withstand the harsh Australian climate. Ruggedly built Bluetooth speakers are dirt, weather, and water resistant, and there are models that can survive an accidental drip into a pool or lake. With that said, ensure the speakers you’re looking at have the appropriate features for the way you intend on using them.
For instance, if you’re going to use them in large spaces, you need something that can dish out more sound so that everyone can enjoy the music. If you’re going to use them in your home, you probably want a model with high sound quality and that also looks stylish and blends in with your home’s interior. Looking online is probably your best bet, as you’ll have more models to pick from, as most physical retail stores don’t stock that many different models.
Tim Leatherman, a young engineer, back in 1980 came up with the idea of pliers that could easily be carried in your pockets. A few years later, he released the Pocket Survival tool that was priced at about $25 and carried a dozen tools, including needle-nose pliers. You could use the Pocket Survival tool for a wide range of purposes including tackling roadside repairs, small house chores and many more. Ever since, Leatherman multi-tools have become one of the most sought after tools by outdoor enthusiasts, DIY-ers and everyday Joes who like to have a couple of essential instruments at hand that they can use to quickly fix something. (more…)
Now that we’ve entered a new year, this is the perfect time to give your life and home a fresh start with a bit of interior change. How’s that for a resolution of the year?
I know, sadly, not all of us have the means to afford large-scale makeovers, but it doesn’t matter because there are home decor products that can make all the difference in a home, so if you were thinking you couldn’t pull off interior changes, great news is you can and it’s all in the details. (more…)
Judging by my forest-like living room, I can definitely say that I have a thing for houseplants. The last plant I bought for myself was a calathea flower. Although I had already sworn not to bring in any additional plants, I just couldn’t stay immune to its beauty. The calathea, also nicknamed the peacock plant, is flamboyant and unique just like the bird. It’s luscious foliage displays a vivid mixture of deep green with splashes of red, maroon, pink or white, making it an unforgettable decorative feature, rivalling any expensive artwork. (more…)
The number of work-related accidents is at an all-time low in Australia, and it’s expected to get even lower in the future. This is all thanks to the increased safety precautions and updated rules and regulations about what work attire people across every industry need to wear in order to be as safe as possible in their specific circumstances. Construction workers are arguably one of the most exposed groups of workers to safety hazards as most of the time the hazards they are surrounded by can’t be completely controlled or removed.
With that said, construction workers, and many other commercial and industrial workers, must wear personal protection equipment at all times to minimise the injuries in case of an accident. However, it’s the employer’s duty to provide PPE to their employees where there’s a risk of a health and safety hazard that can’t be controlled any other way. You can find PPE in a specialised PPE store and many industrial equipment stores online relatively easy. There are some general rules that the PPE must abide by, so you can’t just enter the first PPE store you come across and buy the cheapest equipment you can find.
For instance, the PPE you get must be appropriate for the risks of your specific working environment. It should take into consideration the user’s health, fitness level, ergonomics, and it should be compatible with any other piece of PPE that the user wears. Furthermore, it should comply with all of the relevant legislation implemented by Safe Work Australia. All PPE should be properly maintained and stored to ensure its functionality, otherwise, it might not offer the optimum levels of protection.
There are many different types of PPE available for use in the workplace, and you can visit the Safe Work Australia website for more information about the one required at your specific workplace. With that said, when shopping for PPE, you’ll come across different types of it, including head and scalp protection, eye protection, hearing protection, respiratory protection, hand and arm protection, body protection, access and height protection as well as foot and leg protection.
Consulting the people that are going to wear the PPE is another crucial aspect of shopping for safety equipment, as ultimately, they’re going to be the ones that will wear it and need the protection. Proper training about using, cleaning and storing it is also highly advisable for the PPE to have the ultimate longevity and functionality.
As one of the leading causes of disability and chronic pain in Australia, it’s no secret that rheumatoid arthritis can be a debilitating condition. But being diagnosed with arthritis doesn’t mean you cannot lead a fulfilling and comfortable life. Today, there’s a huge variety of practical arthritis equipment designed to assist you in your day-to-day activities and help improve your comfort and safety. With the help of the following aids, arthritis sufferers can have more freedom to do anything they want to. (more…)
Australian energy production is going through some rapid transformation which has a great impact on agriculture and rural economies. Many people living in rural areas, as well as farmers, have turned to renewable energy, as the conventional power sources are unreliable. The two most popular renewable energy sources in Australia are solar and wind. Wind energy is one of the fastest-growing energy sources in the world, and for all the right reasons.
First and foremost, wind power is incredibly cost-effective. You can find large and small wind turbines for sale that meet your energy demands. They’re one of the lowest-priced energy sources available, and they’re estimated to cost somewhere between 2 to 10 cents per kilowatt/hour, depending on the project’s financing and the wind resource. Due to the fact that there are many wind farms nowadays, electricity harvested from them is sold at a fixed price, and since it’s fuel-free, wind energy mitigates the uncertainty in the price that fuel costs usually add to traditional energy sources.
Next, wind is a clean energy source. It doesn’t pollute like coal or natural gas, which are used in conventional power plants that cause economic damage and health problems due to the release of particulate matter, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen oxides. Wind turbines don’t produce any atmospheric emissions that cause greenhouse gases, smog or acid rain. Furthermore, wind is sustainable, just like solar. In fact, wind is a form of solar energy, as winds are the product of atmospheric heating combined with the rotation of the Earth and the Earth’s surface irregularities. That being said, as long as the wind blows and the sun shines, there will be energy available for harnessing.
Moreover, wind turbines can be built onto existing ranches and farms, which greatly benefits the rural economies, as they’re the ones that have the best wind sites in the country. Once you find the ideal large or small wind turbines for sale, you can install them without halting all other work on the land around it. Small wind turbines are especially compact and easy to install.
There are many who claim that farmers should stick to growing food and fibre, and leave energy production to companies dedicated to that. However, with energy demands constantly increasing, and the fact that Australian agriculture has the capacity to assist in harvesting a lot of energy from renewable energy sources, it’s an opportunity that shouldn’t be neglected. In my opinion, the quicker we shift from coal and natural gas to solar and wind energy, the better for everyone.