Taobao product recommendation – OTG SD Card Reader

History teaches us that we don’t learn our lessons. Years ago, i received a free SD card reader together with some other Taobao product i purchased. All was well until i tried to move a large amount of data using the SD card reader. The SD card was actually physically damaged. I threw the darn SD card reader away and bought a cheap replacement, something that cost around S$2.

History just repeated itself and I binned the SD card reader again. Moving a large amount of data using a cheap SD card reader just won’t do. Coincidentally, i needed a USB-C OTG SD card reader for my new phone, so i looked up Taobao for a reputable product, and ended up with the UGreen USB-C/USB-A Card Reader.

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Taobao product recommendation – Sound Mixer

A sound mixer is one of those gadgets you’d imagine to cost a bomb. Well, not anymore, when you can find them on Taobao. I would presume not many people need a sound mixer for use in a home setting, and the two use cases i can think of are music production and hosting of events. My use case is the latter.

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Taobao product recommendation – Silicone Sous Vide bag

Anova sells the stasher silicone bag for S$28. Way too expensive. Unfortunately, you can’t find the exact same product on Taobao, yet. The closest alternative i found is this one meant for kneading dough, costing only 13.5 Yuan (S$2.70).

I’m taking it for a spin on a Pork Collar slab. The medium sized bag is perfect. I might buy the small sized bag as well in the future, for smaller cuts of pork or beef.

The curved bottom is perfect for Sous Vide – the cooking liquid will not end up in the corners like they do in a rectangular bag

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Taobao product recommendation – Silicone tongs

Not much to say on this one, except, well, it works. Don’t expect a very refined product for 13.6 Yuan (S$2.7 plus shipping), but no complaints for this price. If you did a search on Taobao (硅胶食品夹子), you’ll realize that more than half the sellers are selling the very same product.

Taobao product recommendation – KZ ZSR earphones

I bought these earphones primarily for use with an IEM (In-Ear Monitor) system (on-stage musical jamming). They would work very well when doing sports or during commute or just casual listening. I came across these while looking through earphones sold on Amazon, and there are just so many of them (90% Chinese products)! These ones caught my attention, because one reviewer mentioned he used it for IEM. As usual, you save a bundle when buying from Taobao instead of Amazon. Continue reading Taobao product recommendation – KZ ZSR earphones

Taobao product recommendation – Bluetooth transmitter and receiver

When you use a projector, you invariably encounter one problem – the projector has to be placed far away from your sound system (unless you got the now-still-very-costly short throw projector, which may come bundled with the sound system even).

Two ways to solve the problem – either you run a long HDMI/audio cable between the projector and the sound system, or, you transmit the audio signal wirelessly. These days, it is actually quite cheap to do the latter, by using Bluetooth wireless transmission. Continue reading Taobao product recommendation – Bluetooth transmitter and receiver

Taobao product recommendation – Spiral Vegetable Cutter

There’s no way you can cut vegetable into strips quickly and evenly with a knife. If you searched on Taobao, you will find quite a few variations of tools to help you do that. They don’t look convincing. In the end i settled on the tried and true method – the Japanese method. Continue reading Taobao product recommendation – Spiral Vegetable Cutter

Taobao product recommendation – Wireless Microphone

Wireless Microphones used to cost a bomb. Thanks to advancement in technology, all things wireless cost a fraction of what they used to. I got hold of a Wireless Mic for just 89 Yuan (S$18), and it’s the set with a mini stand. It worked right out of the box. Two pieces of AA batteries as well as a 1/4″ to 3.5mm stereo plug adapter are included. No audible noise. Happy.

If your old folks are the Karaoke loving type, this would make a nice (and cheap but not cheap looking) gift. The lowest end one (the one i got) uses slightly cheap feeling plastic, but you can choose the higher end metallic one for just a bit more.

Taobao product recommendation – Automatic plant watering system

No, you don’t want your plants to die when you go on extended holiday. That’s why i got hold of an automatic plant watering system from Taobao. Yes, it sounds like a fun project to DIY, but, why waste precious time when you can just buy one for only 89 Yuan (S$18.6)?

A comprehensive set including 10m of tubing and detailed instructions

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Taobao product recommendation – power transformer and plug adaptor

If you have been buying gadgets and appliances from Taobao, you invariably run into the problem that i do – you keep running out of plug adaptors.

China’s power plug configuration is usually the same two pin type used in the US, but sometimes they also use the 3 pin type used in Australia. For either case, the universal to UK 3 pin plug adaptor pictured below will work. Most of us will intuitively buy such an adaptor from the typical neighbourhood homeware shop, since it usually doesn’t cost much (probably S$2 to $3 per piece). However, if you need lots of them (and you do if you’re a frequent Taobao shopper), you might as well buy them from Taobao. Buy lots, one shot. Continue reading Taobao product recommendation – power transformer and plug adaptor