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3DP

8,238 posts

117 months

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graphene said:
Do oxford have a reputation for quality? Admittedly, they produce/sell a huge range of items, probably buying most of it from China, like everyone else. I suspect, they do very well out requiring exclusivity of supply to traders, which is why they seem to be the only option, in many shops, for anything other than clothing and helmets.
Speaking from personal and family experience of the Oximiser, it's been great. The Optimates are clearly better (I have a couple of 4s), but they are a different price point.

Batteries seem to last forever on these conditioners.

Silver993tt

8,430 posts

122 months

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3DP said:
Silver993tt said:
The Aldi chargers also come with a 3 year guarantee.
Which is useful when your £70 battery dies early.

Just noticed it also doesn't come with a permanent connection with Tamiya adaptor, so by the time you buy one of those seperately, you've paid more than you would for an Oximiser.
These adaptors are £2 from Maplins, or much less online if you buy a multi-pack (they always come in useful). At the end of the day it's your choice but to criticise Aldi product quality is totally wrong. They do a great deal of research into their promotions and buy huge quantities with the capability of selling all of it which is why the can offer such great prices. Their food products are also fantastic.

3DP

8,238 posts

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Silver993tt said:
3DP said:
Silver993tt said:
The Aldi chargers also come with a 3 year guarantee.
Which is useful when your £70 battery dies early.

Just noticed it also doesn't come with a permanent connection with Tamiya adaptor, so by the time you buy one of those seperately, you've paid more than you would for an Oximiser.
These adaptors are £2 from Maplins, or much less online if you buy a multi-pack (they always come in useful). At the end of the day it's your choice but to criticise Aldi product quality is totally wrong. They do a great deal of research into their promotions and buy huge quantities with the capability of selling all of it which is why the can offer such great prices. Their food products are also fantastic.
They are about £8 if you want to buy a fused one from the battery with a waterproof connector - not just the tamiya connector and splice.

I have no view on the quality of Aldi but am slightly cynical when a budget supermarket sells a discounted generic brand motorcycle/car accessory for marginally less than a known quality item.

I do shop at Costco, but prefer to buy quality brands at their discount bulk buy prices than own/generic brands.

moanthebairns

8,581 posts

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what the fk is a tamiya connector.

someone explain this sparky pish to me I only understand clunky st.

What do I need one for.

3DP

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moanthebairns said:
what the fk is a tamiya connector.

someone explain this sparky pish to me I only understand clunky st.

What do I need one for.
Basically, this is what we are talking about.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/OPTIMATE-Accumate-12V-Wa...

Allows you to connect your conditioner/charger to the battery on a bike without removing seat or accessing the battery. The Tamiya connector is the standard type of male/female connector that these chargers use.

No idea if Tamiya invented it, but it's the type of connector that Tamiya used from the 1970s onwards and everyone calls them this.
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Silver993tt

8,430 posts

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moanthebairns said:
what the fk is a tamiya connector.

someone explain this sparky pish to me I only understand clunky st.

What do I need one for.
it's a connector that you permanently leave on the battery. To put on charge, you simply plug the charger end of the connector (male/female) into the one hanging off the battery (which is also male/female). Alternatively use the crocodile clips but then you need to access the battery itself which on some bikes in very easy, on others a bit more effort.

moanthebairns

8,581 posts

81 months

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Ah, im all good. My Garage doesnt have power to it so I have to take the battery out anyway.

Thanks though.

srob

9,204 posts

121 months

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moanthebairns said:
Ah, im all good. My Garage doesnt have power to it so I have to take the battery out anyway.

Thanks though.
You need a bike like mine, with no battery. Far simpler hehe

3DP

8,238 posts

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moanthebairns said:
Ah, im all good. My Garage doesnt have power to it so I have to take the battery out anyway.

Thanks though.
This is where the cheap connectors that 993tt mentions come in useful. As these conditioners carry very little current and volts, you can buy cheap thin armoured cable and put a Tamiya connector on either end. If you have a garage with no power, you can run the extended cable with tamiya connectors from the charger to your garage. The wire is thin enough to close in house windows and close in car doors or bonnets too.

I used to charge my old TVR that used to sit on the drive via this method. Optimate indoors with an extended cable and tamiya connector out of the house window and into the TVR passenger footwell.

MonkeyBusiness

2,802 posts

70 months

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Sat on the train reading RIDE magazine. If you subscribe for 6 months (£22) you get a free Oxford Oximiser 900.

moanthebairns

8,581 posts

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3DP said:
moanthebairns said:
Ah, im all good. My Garage doesnt have power to it so I have to take the battery out anyway.

Thanks though.
This is where the cheap connectors that 993tt mentions come in useful. As these conditioners carry very little current and volts, you can buy cheap thin armoured cable and put a Tamiya connector on either end. If you have a garage with no power, you can run the extended cable with tamiya connectors from the charger to your garage. The wire is thin enough to close in house windows and close in car doors or bonnets too.

I used to charge my old TVR that used to sit on the drive via this method. Optimate indoors with an extended cable and tamiya connector out of the house window and into the TVR passenger footwell.
my garage is almost 2 and a 1/2 miles from my house. biggrin that might not be a cost effective way

3DP

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moanthebairns said:
my garage is almost 2 and a 1/2 miles from my house. biggrin that might not be a cost effective way
hehe

Does it have a window?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/12v-Solar-Panel-Battery-...

hman

5,651 posts

77 months

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moanthebairns said:
3DP said:
moanthebairns said:
Ah, im all good. My Garage doesnt have power to it so I have to take the battery out anyway.

Thanks though.
This is where the cheap connectors that 993tt mentions come in useful. As these conditioners carry very little current and volts, you can buy cheap thin armoured cable and put a Tamiya connector on either end. If you have a garage with no power, you can run the extended cable with tamiya connectors from the charger to your garage. The wire is thin enough to close in house windows and close in car doors or bonnets too.

I used to charge my old TVR that used to sit on the drive via this method. Optimate indoors with an extended cable and tamiya connector out of the house window and into the TVR passenger footwell.
my garage is almost 2 and a 1/2 miles from my house. biggrin that might not be a cost effective way
cant believe your'e being so negative wink

The Tramp

909 posts

100 months

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I'll like the Pistachio nuts from aldi.....

Now you can all sleep easy tonight....

J B L

3,436 posts

98 months

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I recently bought one of Lidl's cordless drill with 2 batteries for 1/3 of the equivalent budget brand at B&Q. Remove the sticker and you'd think it's a Bosch.
They are German shops and sell in Germany. They have to be TÜV approved I think so if they were selling tat they would already be out of business over there, which they aren't. Good enough for me.

3DP

8,238 posts

117 months

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Anyone fancy their £15.99 torque wrench? I wonder what its calibration tolerences are and how accurate its calibration would be in 5 years time?

tr7v8

4,624 posts

111 months

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3DP said:
Anyone fancy their £15.99 torque wrench? I wonder what its calibration tolerences are and how accurate its calibration would be in 5 years time?
The same as another torque wrench that has been kicked around your garage. When Practical Classics tested a load a while ago the most expensive wasn't the most accurate & the cheapest wasn't the worst.

moanthebairns

8,581 posts

81 months

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3DP said:
Anyone fancy their £15.99 torque wrench? I wonder what its calibration tolerences are and how accurate its calibration would be in 5 years time?
I used to calibrate torque wrenches as part of my job many moons ago as a lab technician testing dangerous goods.

We had a static meter that we used to calibrate our wrenches off every 3 months.

Ones that were never used never showed any variation, ones that had be dropped and used every day were sometimes 2 or 3 nm off. That was only 3 months after 5 years I guess they wouldn’t be worth a fk.

moanthebairns

8,581 posts

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3DP said:
moanthebairns said:
my garage is almost 2 and a 1/2 miles from my house. biggrin that might not be a cost effective way
hehe

Does it have a window?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/12v-Solar-Panel-Battery-...
I have one of them they are to put it bluntly st.


tr7v8

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