Charging items for a holiday

When going onĀ  holiday you may need to charge a number of items before you go. If you have children who are taking tablets, hand held consoles or dvd players for use in the car and on holiday then you can spend days prior, making sure that everything is charged.

When charging any electrical item always insure that you are using the correct charger as if you do not this can have serious effects and can cause fires. Also try not to charge items when you are out of the house of when you are asleep in case they do catch on fire, and make sure that you tunr off and unplug the charger after use.

Be wary about buying any chargers online especially if they have not passed the EU checks as they are more likely to cause an accident.

If you are taking chargers with you be sure to have the correct plugs i.e. USB plugs.

Charging your power tools

If you have a job that requires you to use power tools when out and about you may need a way of accessing power to run or charge your equipment. Sometimes electricians struggle on site where they may not have power or may have to turn it off to carry out certain jobs. If they have plug in drills they may not be able to carry out the work unless they have an onsite generator which they can plug in to.

Some people fit an inverter in to their car or van which converts the 12 volt power that comes out of the car socket in to 750 or 1000 watt for example. This will then allow normal house hold plugs to be plugged in to the invertor allowing them power and to charge batteries off the car battery. If you are using an inverter then try to do so when the car is running, but if you do use it without the engine running be sure that you do not run flat your car battery.



Mains powered smoke alarms

Smoke alarms are so important and really can save lives. Having battery powered smoke alarms can be dangerous if you do not remember to change them or simply remove he battery when it starts to bee to say it is low.

You can have smoke alarms that are linked up to the mains allowing them to run constantly off your electricity supply. This means that you do not have to worry about replacing batteries. Often they will have a battery inside to keep them operative should the power go off, but as this is not often needed, the battery will last for years before needing to be replaced.

These smoke alarms can also often be designed so that they do not sound when you burn your toast for example but would if there was a fire.

Mains powered smoke alarms do not cost a lot more than battery powered ones but you can easily make the difference back in the money you save from buying batteries.



Returning electrical goods

The law states that if you buy goods that are faulty, unfit for purpose or not as described, you have the right to return them and you also have additional rights when you shop online. The sales of goods act states that if you buy an item that is faulty you have 30 days in which to return it for a full refund, after this thirty days the retailer has the right to try and repair or replace the item.

With electrical goods you get a 12 month warranty on anything new. Sometimes this warranty is with the manufacturer rather than with the retailer, but if within the 30 day period then your first port of call should be the place you bought it from. If after 30 days the item develops a fault some retailers will still accept you returning it provided you have the receipt, otherwise you may be asked to contact the manufacturer who will have their own returns policy.



Banking on the move

For years now many of us have used online banking as a method of checking balances, transferring money and paying bills. Most banks have some sort or secure log in systems to make this possible, but many have also invested in apps for smart phones and other smart devices such as tables. These apps can often be downloaded for free and linked to your current and saving accounts. They will instantly show you a balance and most of them also allow you to make simple transaction (such as paying a person you have paid before). Some of them, such as the Nationwide app, remembers your details and will display your balance simply by clicking one button, without having to log in.

As with all things online, I you are using the internet to carry out banking, make sure you have a secure connection and that your device has an up to date antivirus software package installed.