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Screwdriver and Torch 

Not one item but two, first a battery powered screwdriver from Black and Decker and second a nice powerful USB torch from Brando in Hong Kong and as you would expect it does have another function, read on to find out what.

Black and Decker Screwdriver AS36LN

It comes in a fairly substantial tin so anyone storing it in a less than waterproof place should be okay. The gun is 14x16x5cm and weights 390grams.

It has a rechargeable battery. The trigger turns the chuck but in the central position just turns on a blue light, with the slider above the trigger out on the left it screws in and with it out on the right screws out. If you forget there is an indicator on top of the device.

The front has a novel device to hold the screw for any of those hard to reach places meaning that 2x1.5cm is all the clearance you need. Twist behind the chuck to auto select the length and size of the screw.

Inside the tin you have the power supply and a holder that charges the Lithium battery. There are ten different sizes of screwdriver to fit in the chuck and even a small drill for pilot holes. So surely this makes even the most inefficient DIY person able to do basic work.

Certainly no power to turn the screwdriver is required and because of the fitting in front of the chuck you can screw to an exact amount and even screw under things that are not easy to move without putting your back out.

Doing my Internet searches found the Black and Decker Screwdriver AS36LN at a best price of £29.99 from the first link below.

http://www.diytools.co.uk/diy/Main/sp-1-1-87260-black-%26-decker-as36ln-lithium-ion-auto-select-screwdriver-with-magnetic-screw-holder-3.6-volt.asp?sQuery=Black%20and%20Decker%20Screwdriver%20AS36LN

http://www.blackanddecker.co.uk/

Brando USB Rechargable Torch with Card Reader

This is 11x4x1cm and weights only 25grams. Mine was black but I see they also do white. It is a USB rechargeable torch and the plus is the other end has an SD card slot.

The front 3cm pulls off to reveal a standard USB plug and thus you can hot swap any SD card you insert in the back end of the unit.

Placing it in a USB port lights two small LED’s one green and one red. The red relates to any SD card inserted and the green light will go out when the battery for the torch is fully charged.

The torch itself has three LED’s that give an amazingly bright light so ideal should you need to find the fuse box in the dark or even for peering into a dark corner of your loft. The only control on the unit is a switch on the side of the unit to turn the torch on/off.

The stated capacity of the Li-ion battery according to the instruction sheet is 40mAh and the unit should work with any Windows PC from 98SE or later. Linux 2.4 and MAC 8.5 or higher. I have only tried it under Windows using ME, XP and Vista.

One word of warning that certain recessed USB ports may need an extension USB lead as there is only 1cm before the 3.5cm width of the end of the unit sets in and on at least one of my PC’s this meant I needed an extension lead, this is not provided.

It is available from the link below for $12US plus $3US post and packing whatever the size of the order.

http://usb.brando.com.hk:80/usb-rechargeable-torch-with-card-reader_p00899c031d15.html

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