Ok, I know, this is a tech blog – but given the heat we have in Southern Spain right now, sometimes the best thing to do is either soak in the pool, write reviews or better – both at the same time. Right now I’m catching up with a backlog of mail including yet another new soldering iron – and – in with my tech gadget postbag, I found myself the owner of 60 2-layer dust-proof, blue, non-woven single-use masks.
Sorry about the photo – I just realised I look like a victim in the photo above 🙂
In a few years time people will be wondering what the fuss was all about – right now in many countries including Spain and the UK, you’re not supposed to venture outdoors without a mask, so when Banggood slipped some masks into my order, I thought – why not. Erm, price?
Inc shipping – at least to Spain so I assume to the UK and other parts of Europe, possibly also the USA, around 35 Euro cents a mask – I can tell you that is way less than the same mask sells for in some local stores – including the Chinese stores.
- Covid Protection
- Avoiding Undesirable People
- Buying Underage Alcohol
- Robbing Banks
Of course some of the above list comprises suggestions in arguably poor taste – but there is the obvious use and don’t dismiss “Soldering” and “3D Printing” – I’ve spent a lifetime soldering small electronic components and for years I suffered from a painful eye-problem called Uveitis before realising the cause. I had eye injections, steroids and all sorts of treatments and not once did the medical guys (in the UK or USA) twig to the cause – soldering.
Apparently, “Uveitis is associated with ” X and Y and everything BUT the actual cause in my case. I changed industries and became a medium-size-company IT Director and for maybe 3-4 years I did no soldering at all – and magically – my problems went away. I then re-commenced soldering as part of my once hobby – then career – then hobby of microelectronics – but this time, at the very first attack – I twigged – and started wearing goggles and a mask – and guess what – no more eye problems. I’m convinced there are two sides to this – direct eye contact and through the nasal passages.
Today we have 3D printers (I have a review coming up) and they give off potentially troublesome fumes too. I also have a couple of new soldering irons to review then use – glasses and a mask then – works every time.
Meanwhile of course, to help protect our essential services during the pandemic, it makes good sense to wear a mask. There are many solutions – re-usable and “single use” – I got it wrong at first – washing the cheap masks sounds like good economy but single-use masks tend to turn “fluffy” if re-used and I found myself sneezing purely through wearing a mask (not a good idea when you’re out on the streets – not everyone realises that sneezing has nothing to do with Covid).
Anyway, enough of that – thanks Banggood for the box of masks – they don’t have fangs or Mexican colours (like my locally produced mask shown above) but other than that, perfectly acceptable and cheap. And on deliveries, many packages from China to Europe are taking no more than a couple of weeks now.
While I’m here, a sneak preview of my latest gadget – the DANIU PX-988 90W Backlight LCD Digital Soldering Iron – ok, the box front is in Chinese – but do we really need many instructions for an iron? All I can say at this point is that it looks ok and I liked the default tip size – actual testing to see how well it performs will come in it’s own blog entry – after the weekend shopping trip.