Friday, December 8, 2017


The HAIBIKE TREKKING 5.0 is a hybrid on and off road bike equipped with a Yamaha crank drive motor and with 700c wheels for low rolling resistance that are happy on the tarmac and versatile enough that you can use it off road too. Together with the new 500Wh Yamaha battery and a small quick charger, this Trekking bike gives you the range for up & down hill rides

Equipped with one of the best e-bike systems on the market the Yamaha PW mid-engine Drive Unit is proven to be a powerful, light and reliable motor. Thanks to its Zero-Cadence system, it supports the rider from the first revolution of the crank. It's compact size, this middle mounted system, where the power unit and the battery are mounted close to the pedals, creating a low and central gravity point. The end result is an outstanding weight / balance ratio and excellent riding stability. The PW unit by Yamaha has an eceptionaly quick power delivery and ample amounts of low-down torque – up to 70nm in High Mode – making electrical assist on hills and gravel roads – under the harshest of conditions – extremely powerful. The level of assistance reaches an impressive level of 280% at maximum output! Its compact size, and its low noise, the Yamaha PW is one of the best eBike systems for sporty use.

The LCD multi function Drive Controller is designed to be Clear and informative.
The newly adopted vertical display makes information such as remaining assist distance highly visible. Attachment is also ergonomically designed, with the display on the center of the handle bars and switches adjacent to the hands. The display can be controlled without taking your hands off the handle bars, resulting in a safer rode, and smoother control of the switch.

Drive control: 4 selectable assist modesBattery capacity indicator: 10 scale bar Digital display (in %)Assist power meter
Cycle computer
Range meter
Cadence meter
Removable display
USB connector is added:5V electric power can be supplied to connected device.

A new mode of assistance has been added to the exisiting three (Eco, Medium and High). The new mode, called Eco , is more conservative and will extend the range up to 30% ! A great addition considering the amount of power that was already on the Eco mode.

Impact-resistant plastic SkidPlate, similar to a helmet, the SkidPlate protects the motor from damage and is strong enough to absorb even the hardest of strikes that would otherwise damage the motor. Conventional eBike motors sit low in the frame and run the risk of being damaged by strikes to the underside of your bike. In 2012 Haibike introduced the SkidPlate, a simple protective element that effectively protects the motor from below.

The centerpiece of the frame: the motor interface. At this connection point many important functions come together: the engine mount, swing arm and shock mounts, and the battery and downtube connection. The more stable the interface is, the more stable the entire frame is.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Xiaomi Power Bank 2 10000mAh Quick Charge 2.0 Portable Charger

This is the latest offering of the Xiaomi portable charger line, very similar to the previous “Xiaomi Power Bank Pro” model which also has a 10,000mAh battery. Key differences are the micro-USB instead of the USB-C port and the price. I’m a big fan of Xiaomi portable chargers (like GOAL ZERO YETI 150  ) and I immediately pre-ordered mine when it appeared on BG. This is not a free-item review as I paid full price for it 

Specs from Xiaomi:
Model: PLM02ZM
Material: Aluminium Alloy
Capacity: 10,000mAh 3.85V ( 38.5Wh )
Product weight: 0.250 kg
Dimensions: 130 * 71 * 14.1mm
Battery Type: Lithium polymer battery
Input: 5.0V2.0A, 9V/12V18W
Output: 5.1V2.4A 9V/12V15W MAX

One of the reasons I love Xiaomi power banks is because they state all the numbers in the spec, including the energy rating which is useful to measure efficiency. This version uses a 3.85V battery which gives it a slight advantage in energy as compared to 3.6V and 3.7V chemistry. Higher nominal voltage and an extremely efficient conversion module gives the Xiaomi 2 the almost unbelievable results in the discharge tests (See below).

It comes with a short USB cable and a brief instruction manual in Chinese (not pictured)

Build quality and interface:

The Xiaomi Power Bank 2 is very sleek and can easily be confused with a 5,000mAh power bank. Being made from an aluminium casing, build quality is great and it feels very solid.

Close up of the finish and CNC machined logo. Very even anodizing in a dark blue-grey tone.

Operation and performance:
-It has auto start when a device is connected
-Will automatically turn off after 30 seconds if a load is not detected
-One single button operates the power bank, it will turn on the output or restart it when pressed.
-Double click activates a low current mode, designed to charge/power low power devices such as bluetooth headset, USB lamp, keychain flashlights, etc. These devices draws very small of current and in normal mode would not keep the power on.
-Pass-through charge is possible but QC is disabled for both input and output.

“Real world” device compatibility test:
When doing tests on a power bank it is much different to use a USB load than a real device. Most of the times a dummy load will force the power bank to put out certain power while in a real world situation it will not do the same with a phone or other devices. My devices for this test each have certain characteristics when it comes to drawing power:

-iPhone 7: Charges up to at 2A, but limited to 1A if the coding is not correct.
-YZXstudio 8th Gen powerbank: will automatically detect the output and switch to highest possible charging voltage (12V).
-Aukey 30,000mAh powerbank: one of the few devices to draw 2.4A, some chargers don’t provide Apple 2.4A coding or can’t handle this current and will trip.

-iPhone7: Charged fine at 5.2V/2A
-YZXstudio powerbank: Maximum charge rate detected was 12V/1.2A. The YZXpowerbank will draw as much current as possible until the voltage drops 0.5V. This is inline with the specs, 15W @ 12V Max.
-Aukey powerbank: Charged fine at 5.1V/2.4A

The included USB cable is the flat type and measured 0.09 Ohm resistance at 5V 2A. This is good compared to my other short cables.

Charge test:
-Maximum input using a QC3.0 adapter was 9V/2A
-From empty to full it only took 3hr 38min, impressively fast.
-49.6Wh required to fully charge with an efficiency of 77%
-After being fully charged it draws 33mA while idle
-There is a current dip to 0 every ~10 minutes during the CC phase, this only lasts a couple seconds but it is enough for the graph to pick it up. I think this is how it tells the battery voltage without applying a charge. The dip is sightly visible in the voltage line because the Anker PowerPort+1 has voltage compensation when under load (lower current = lower voltage, as you can see towards the end of the charge). I will have to test it again with another charger and see if this happens as well.

This is my new style of graph for my power bank reviews, now includes the energy axis. That is a nice and sharp CC/CV drop.

5V/1A: output was completely flat, putting out 36.84Wh in 6:57 and achieved an amazing 95.6% efficiency. This is one of the highest of any power bank I’ve ever seen, a very close match to the YZXstudio 8th which is several times more expensive.

-Spec shows 6,900mAh of output capacity at 5V/1A rate and I got 6,959mAh. Not something you see everyday!
-The internal battery is LiPo with a nominal voltage of 3.85V, so compared to a 3.7V 18650 power bank of the same capacity there is a small energy increase.
-Compared to the older Xiaomi 10,000mAh (pictured above), I’m getting roughly 7Wh more at 5V/1A which is a dramatic 23% increase. This is enough to give an extra full charge to a smartphone with a ~1300mAh battery.

Final words…
I’m overall very impressed with the performance of this power bank, given its compact size and price I would say this is simply the best 10,000mAh power bank you can buy.

The good:
-Slim, lightweight and great build quality.
-Extremely high efficiency, out-performs most higher capacity and more expensive power banks.
-Strong output enough to charge the most power hungry devices. Recharges very quickly as well.

The bad:
-None! For the price I have no complains.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

India Initiates Dumping Probe Into Chinese Solar Imports

India opened a probe into whether Chinese solar-equipment makers are hurting its domestic industry by dumping inventories and driving down prices to unfair levels.

“A causal link between the said dumping and injury exists to justify an initiation of an anti-dumping investigation,” according to a notification published on the website of the Directorate General of Anti-Dumping and Allied Duties. The probe will also include solar cells originating in or shipped from Taiwan and Malaysia.

Indian officials are the latest to join a growing list of countries targeting Chinese solar manufacturers. The U.S., the European Union extended anti-dumping duties on imports earlier this year. Turkey published a list of anti-dumping fees for Chinese photovoltaic imports in April.

China said India should conduct its anti-dumping probe strictly adhering to rules and avoid abuse of trade-remedy measures, according to a statement on the microblog of its Ministry of Commerce. It offered to solve problems in trade through cooperation.

India’s probe and China’s response come in the shadow of elevated border tensions between the Asian neighbors over territory in a remote area of the Himalayas, one of the most serious flareups since a border war in 1962. Those tensions come against the backdrop of a tussle for influence in the region.

China is the world’s biggest solar manufacturer and India is its second-biggestmarket, with imports worth $3.2 billion for the financial year ending March 31, according to research by Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

Level Field

Chinese solar goods dumped in India have undercut prices by almost 40 percent, according to the Indian Solar Manufacturers Association, the industry body which petitioned for the investigation.

"For Chinese modules, this price is at 30 cents a watt compared with over 40 cents a watt for Indian products," said Dhruv Sharma, a coordinator for the association, said by telephone.

ISMA represents companies with 3.5 GW of cell manufacturing capacity and 80 percent of the country’s 8 GW of panel manufacturing capacity in India. The green energy arms of Indian Adani Group and Tata Group are part of ISMA and support levying anti-dumping duties on Chinese imports.

Tata Power Solar, with 400 MW of module and 300 MW of cell manufacturing capacity, says Indian manufacturers are struggling to compete.

"If it’s a level playing field and if the subsidy portion given to Chinese can be quantified and can be provided as an incentive or penalties placed, there is no reason why Indians cannot compete with Chinese products," Tata Power Solar Systems Ltd. Chief Executive Officer Ashish Khanna said in an interview.

While Chinese imports may have hurt local manufacturers, they’ve supported Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s goal of installing 100 gigawatts of solar energy by 2022. Cheap cells (for example: GOAL ZERO SHERPA 50 POWER PACK ) and modules from China have enabled tariffs in India to fall to one of the lowest in the world.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Top 10 characteristics of a good SEO company

Finding the right SEO company could be as simple as Google best local SEO company. But there are plenty of other factors to consider before making your decision. Even in the event that you are equipped with plenty of knowledge in SEO, you might nevertheless want the professional services of a professional SEO firm. Having a powerful understanding of SEO is barely adequate in certain situations. Even if you're doing your best to try to get an excellent rank for your site, you might still end up wondering why your site is not really doing nicely. For starters, you need to realize your site will need to be completely optimized in all components. Not only that, but your site must be kept on a regular basis. SEO is a constant process that features an excellent deal of time and effort. To make things easier, you'll be more fortunate using the employment of a qualified Search Engine Optimization firm to do the job for your website.
Google best local SEO company

There are numerous Search Engine Optimization firms now, and there are plenty of trustworthy businesses in addition to unreliable ones. Therefore, it's imperative that you simply choose the Google best local SEO Company. Here are 10 significant points that you need to remember when choosing Search Engine Optimization services:

Website Assessment Guide

Is it true that the Search Engine Optimization firm offer you a website assessment guide? A trusted SEO company should possess the aptitude offer you an extensive evaluation of your website, involving position and design construction. This is carried out by performing a site audit. The end result of the website audit will permit the Search Engine Optimization company to provide you with a suggestion of just how much work must be carried out to bring you to a specific amount of position. They need to have the capacity to inform and troubleshoot all facets associated with operation, content, and layout which may hinder the reading or indexing of your pages.

Tools in Figuring out Key Words

What tools does the SEO Agency use to try to find keywords? Do they offer competitive analysis predicated in your preferred keywords? Comprehending what methodology the SEO Agency uses for keyword assessment or research is essential. It's going to be a great assistance in the event that you perform your own due diligence using basic tools, like running keyword research and evaluation through the usage of keyword planner in Google AdWords.

Backlinks to Website

Where will the SEO Company return links from? Backlinks are just as, perhaps more, critical in Search Engine Optimization than onsite optimization. The SEO Company ought to have the capacity to get high-quality backlinks from reputable sites which are highly associated with your market. Request your SEO Company what techniques they use for collecting backlinks.

Price Construction

A dependable SEO Company is not going to only supply you with a quote as soon as they figure out just how much work must be contained. Billing you high prices Won't always make certain you receive top quality services. In addition, it does not ensure that the speed being quoted is proportional and consistent with the services you expect the SEO Company will supply. An excellent SEO Agency ought to have the ability to supply you with a rundown of services to which the performance and cost contract will likely be based upon.

The Timeline

Is it true that your SEO Company offers you a timeline? It's through hard work and right preparation that results can be achieved punctually. Some SEO Companies offer SEO strategies that promise to set you on the initial page of search results in merely a matter of 10 days. Practically, however, no SEO Company can ensure you the number 1 position in Google in as short as 10 days.

An SEO effort will take 6-18 months to produce the very best results you anticipate. Be sure to do not give in to false assurances. Conversely, prevent SEO services that give you a time limit. An excellent SEO firm understands that optimization is a continuous procedure and they ought to have the capacity to provide you with routine care, customer support and appropriate updating.

SEO Technique

What SEO strategy will your SEO Company use to increase your rank? You ought to consider firms which will use spam marketing techniques to rank you on top immediately. In case the strategy contains any kind of dishonest practice, for example spamming or deceiving on-line search engines, then you definitely ought to immediately turn away.

A great SEO firm will definitely see that you Won't be subjected to spam or misleading services. Remember that if it's founded on using deceitful strategies, your website may be taken out of Google's indexing, which will surely lead your website to being blacklisted. Understanding your SEO Company and doing your own analysis on how suitable SEO is done is very critical in picking out the perfect business.

Supplying Targeted Traffic

Do they comprehend the differentiation between basic traffic and targeted traffic? You'll hire the professional services of an SEO Company primarily as a result of truth that you might want to bring traffic in your site. Nonetheless, what you need is targeted traffic which gets you visitors who might be truly interested in buying your services or products. This really relies on your own desired keywords to be able to produce leads.

You do not need unrelated traffic that comes to your site because of unrelated keywords. Unqualified traffic just improves your bounce rate (surfers that arrive on your own page and promptly leave) and not your sales. The correct SEO Company will create useful content for your website and distribute it to related channels, social media and Press Releases (PR). This can possibly result in natural backlinks that'll improve your entire position in the search engine.

Clear Deliverables

A professional SEO Company ought to have a clear strategy to achieve the desirable outcomes in a particular time period. They ought to have the ability to demonstrate the customer what is being finished for the very first month and following months. With this, you'll have the capacity to discover simply how much work is being done in regard to your prices, letting you find out your ROI. A clear outline of work in the proposition ought to be accessible at any given moment to reveal the degree of the effort. This consists of how much fresh and high-quality related content they may be going to print in your website weekly. How many distribution channels? What social media, post directories, and sites are they going to utilize to spread your content? How many PR entries? And how many backlinks have been created? All these really are the qualifying questions that must be answered by a great SEO company.


An all-inclusive report system ought to be given to reveal the improvement of the Search Engine Optimization effort, in addition to the standing of the website. This reporting could be monthly or quarterly. The report ought to be clear and concise, utilizing the perfect mix of graphic and texts. This is going to be the standard of the means by which the business is advancing towards your desired position standing.

Operation Guarantee

Is it true that the SEO Company offer some type of guarantee, including a percent increase in traffic? Although there are plenty of variables involved in an SEO effort, a professional SEO firm will undoubtedly have the ability to give performance guarantees predicated on their years of expertise and proven methodology.

All these really are the important factors you must look at when hiring an SEO Agency to ensure that you just do not pour your money down the drain. SEO is an essential marketing strategy to produce your brand exceptionally visible online to your intended market and to grow your organization. It's a time-consuming effort, but it's greater ROI in the very long term in comparison to other advertising alternatives.


Saturday, April 1, 2017

The Missing Link: How Startups can Target Small Businesses with Solutions

We are living in the Golden Age of technology innovation. If you look around technology startups are popping up everywhere targeting numerous industries and business applications. The arrival of cloud computing, mobile technology and social media has enabled anyone with innovative idea, and willingness to work hard, to launch a startup for mere few thousand dollars. No wonder Silicon Valley is overflowing with number of twenty year old looking to strike it rich with a startup.

I always find solutions developed by these startups for small businesses very fascinating. When you consider limited number of resources and number of constraints under which small businesses have to operate the technology solutions developed by these startups can benefit them tremendously. Consider how smartphones can help small business owners conduct number of business tasks on the road, including checking emails, ordering, bill payment, contacting customers and vendors and so on. This is why large number of startups are focusing on solutions for small business.

However, many of these startups miss the link to sell and market their technology to small businesses that can benefit from these technology. As a result number of these startups go out of business even before they have an opportunity to prove themselves to their small business customers. If someone can establish this missing link for them the startups could benefit greatly from having that link to customers. This is exactly what a company called Test Drive aims to do.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

4 Point Checklist to Ensure your Business Investments are Secure

If your business relies on providing loan or investing in assets, you know how important it is to make the right choices. The wrong choice can be disastrous for the business, and for you personally. While most businesses that are already established will have checks and balances in place already, start-ups may not be at that stage yet. If you are looking at entering a business with this kind of model, it is worth having some idea of what you are looking for before committing to an investment. Here is a handy checklist to help you ensure your investments are secure.

Have you checked credit history?

If you are planning on lending money to an individual or business, a credit history check is a basic part of this process. This is how you will know if the applicant has any unpaid debt, previous bankruptcies or previous applications for credit which were rejected. Depending on your model, you will most likely place your own importance on each of these points – just make sure you are considering each applicant carefully and being consistent in your choices.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

How to Make Positive First Impression of Your Business with Attractive Signage

You’re taking the plunge and opening up your own restaurant. You’ve planned all of the details, from the d├ęcor to your menu and advertising. You’ll be ready to open your doors soon, but you have one more item that you need to take care of before the grand opening. Restaurant signage needs to come at the top of your list. Your sign will be the beacon that draws customers into your establishment. Once you’ve hooked your patrons, your food and setting will take care of the rest. It all begins with a sign.

You Need a Partner in Signage

At Priority Sign, you’ll find a dedicated staff that is committed to bringing you excellent results. It all begins with an initial consultation as you discuss your vision for your restaurant and the sign that will be your brand. A design team will take into consideration the space and location for your sign. The next step is to create a design that represents you. Your input is essential in order to ensure you are satisfied with the final product.


The HAIBIKE TREKKING 5.0 is a hybrid on and off road bike equipped with a Yamaha crank drive motor and with 700c wheels for low rolling ...