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

Taobao product recommendation – Projector

A projector is no match to the ultra large (60″+) 4K TVs we have today, but it’s far cheaper. Also, a projector can easily scale beyond 100″ to give you the big screen experience. Projectors no longer cost a bomb like they used to, if you source from Taobao.

As with most popular products, you will find hundreds of sellers and brands for a projector on Taobao. Here’s how i shortlisted mine: Continue reading Taobao product recommendation – Projector

Taobao product recommendation – Floor wiggle cleaner

There’s nothing quite like this quaint product. The brand name – 洒哇地卡 (which they abbreviate as SWDK) sounds like the Thai “hello” greeting. A silly brand name if you ask me. But, the product actually works! It cleans the floor by wiggling the attached cleaning pads back and forth. Continue reading Taobao product recommendation – Floor wiggle cleaner

Taobao product recommendation – Pad mop

Years ago, the spin mop was seen as revolutionary in making it much less tiring to remove dirt from a mop as well as wringing out water. However, it still didn’t make it any easier to actually mop the floor. Only the part of the mop that is pressed against the floor is effective in picking up dirt, whereas the loose strings just make the surrounding area slightly wet. Since the contact surface area is very small, it would take a long time to cover the entire space.

The latest iteration of pad mops finally solves this problem. The entire surface area of the pad, which is rather large, is at work in picking up dirt from the floor. It makes mopping the floor quite effortless. Continue reading Taobao product recommendation – Pad mop

Taobao product recommendation – Broadlink Smart-home devices

A Smart-home setup is all the rage these days. I say this because i have two friends who have done-up their new homes with Smart-home features. It is not exaggerating to say that a Smart-home is synonymous with Broadlink (a Chinese Tech company), at least in this part of the world, because their products are the most accessible and popularized ones. There are many sources for Broadlink products, but Taobao is likely the cheapest one for obvious reasons.

I bought the RM Mini 3 during the Singles (11.11) day promotion, and it was only 60 Yuan (S$12.50). Including shipping, it was probably under S$15 overall. I recently also got hold of the SP3 plug during the CNY promotion, and it was only 39 Yuan (S$8.15). I noticed that the official Broadlink store on Taobao often run out of stock during the promotional period. Either that, or, for some reason, they would withdraw items from sale on their store. Thankfully, other stores on Taobao would match their pricing, and that was how i managed to get the SP3. Continue reading Taobao product recommendation – Broadlink Smart-home devices

Taobao product recommendation – 4A USB charger

I was looking for a USB charger primarily for use with my Intel Compute Stick. I basically did an exhaustive search on Taobao looking for a USB charger that could supply 3A on a single USB port, and believe it or not, it was hard to come by.

Just about all the USB chargers offered have a maximum cap on the current output of its individual USB ports (2.4A is quite common) despite being able to supply more than 3A overall. It was distressing trying to find what i needed, but Taobao proves itself again as the ultimate supply of all things you can imagine – i stumbled upon the Smart Power 4. Continue reading Taobao product recommendation – 4A USB charger

Taobao product recommendation – Intel Compute Stick

One of the best things about Taobao is being able to buy export-oriented products at a fraction of their overseas retail prices. I just got hold of the Intel Compute Stick at only 299 Yuan (S$62), which is quite a steal. It is a fully functional PC designed by Intel, and it comes pre-installed with a legitimate copy of Windows. It’s next to impossible for any other sub-S$100 stick computer to include a Windows license, so, in that sense, nothing beats this. Continue reading Taobao product recommendation – Intel Compute Stick

Taobao product recommendation – LED light, the definitive guide

So, i’ve moved to a new place, and all the existing lighting were of the fluorescent type. Granted, they were installed more than 7 years ago, and back then, LED was expensive. The fluorescent tubes were unbearably dim, and some don’t even light up. Depressing. Replacing all of them with LED light was top priority when it comes to the makeover of this new place.

Obviously, i was going to buy all the LED lighting from Taobao, like i did before. Even though there are many brick and mortar shops here selling LED lighting that are also sourced from Taobao, with similar pricing as compared to Taobao, my preference is still to buy directly from Taobao. Continue reading Taobao product recommendation – LED light, the definitive guide

Taobao product recommendation – under table lighting

I came across this product purely by chance (on Qoo10 in fact), and bought it purely for fun. At present, it cost only 46 Yuan (S$9.50), so it is quite an affordable toy. I had the idea of illuminating the underside of my bar counter table, like it’s commonly done these days at bars and cafes. Continue reading Taobao product recommendation – under table lighting