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Best Bubble Wrap Dispensers 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]

Last Updated December 1, 2018
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Billy JacobsHey, I’m Billy Jacobs. After considering 46 of the most highly rated bubble wrap dispensers and testing eight of them for more than 18 hours, we’re find the best bubble wrap dispensers of 2018.

In fact, it was the first time I had been in this situation and what I thought was going to be a very quick and easy task turned out to be a good many weeks of research. So, you will find reviews on some models of bubble wrap dispensers that impressed me (and a good many other people), and you will find a few informational pages as well.

Best Bubble Wrap Dispensers of 2018

After carefully examining the reviews and ratings of the people who have used them earlier this listicle has been made. Following is the list of top three bubble wrap dispensers of 2018.

There are dozens of choices for an bubble wrap dispensers these days. These are composed of modern styling with modern technology to match it. Here are some good examples. Customers need to be careful on how they spend their money on these products.

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№1 – Cushion Foam Sheets 12″ X 12″

Cushion Foam Sheets 12

PROTECT YOUR FRAGILE ITEMS: These thick low-density polyethylene foam sheets are perfect for your delicate items like dishes, glasses and china.
PERFECT FOR MOVING: Wrap furniture legs and corners to protect from scratches during bumps in the move or when shipping. Great alternative to bubble wrap or packing paper.
For such a price and the level of quality it can’t even have any cons, only pick holes.

Why did this bubble wrap dispensers win the first place?

The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack. I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product. I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing! I was completely satisfied with the price. Its counterparts in this price range are way worse.












№2 – Polyair Handi-Pack HPS12 Durabubble Bubble Cushion Dispenser Style Box

Polyair Handi-Pack HPS12 Durabubble Bubble Cushion Dispenser Style Box

Protects goods from damage in storage or transit
3/16″ Air cap perforated every 12″
Reliable burst strength and superior puncture resistance
A bit pricier.
Lack of durability.

Why did this bubble wrap dispensers come in second place?

The material is pretty strong and easy to wash if needed. The design quality is top notch and the color is nice. I recommend you to consider buying this model, it definitely worth its money. I really liked it. It is amazing in every aspect. It did even exceed my expectations for a bit, considering the affordable price.












№3 – Pratt Polyethylene Perforated UPSable Economy Air Bubble Dispenser Box

Pratt Polyethylene Perforated UPSable Economy Air Bubble Dispenser Box

Perforated upsable economy air bubble dispenser box
Perforated every 12-inches, recommended for short shipping cycles
Comes in a dispenser box for fast and easy use protecting your products
Longevity is in question.
Not the best for professionals.

Why did this bubble wrap dispensers take third place?

A very convenient model. It is affordable and made of high-quality materials. It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time. It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment. I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new.












Bubble Wrap Dispensers Buyer’s Guide

If you keep the before points in mind, you can easily go out to the market and buy bubble wrap dispensers, right? No!

Roll width

Bubble wrap comes in rolls, usually 12”, 24”, and 48” widths. We need to decide how wide you want the roll to be, which depends on how you’ll be using it. Are you wrapping large framed artwork or office supplies? To minimize using excess wrap, we recommend you get the widest roll needed and you can cut it down for smaller items.

All the bubble wrap we stock is perforated every 12” to make your life easier. Have you ever tried cutting bubble with a knife or scissors? Not efficient, and not nearly as fun as popping bubble in your spare time. Luckily, the perforations are durable and won’t just break without human force. You can truly customize each item you pack by ripping at the “perf” (packaging lingo, now go impress someone else).

Roll length

Last but not least, how much bubble wrap do you need? We have rolls as small as 100’ long (if you were to unroll it), which come in a nice corrugated dispenser box, perfect for the small business or moving customer. Since All Packaging has a significant following of industrial and business customers, we also stock 250’ (large bubbles) and 750’ rolls (small bubbles). Incidentally, both rolls are about the same overall size!

Product details

This bubble wrap provides medium duty protection that is ideal for shipping items of lighter weight. It features bubble cushion which is lightweight, ensuring minimal shipping cost. The bubble wrap comes in a roll and is perforated every 1inches to facilitate easy and straight tearing.

Kite launches bubble wrap material for antiques and furniture

Kite Packaging has launched a range of coated bubble wrap protective material known as ‘Tuff-Wrap’.

Available to purchase via the UK distrubutor’s website, the new range offers durable protective wrap and, according to Kite, is very competitively priced.

Tuff-wrap has a non-abrasive woven layer to one side, which offers advanced protection to even the most delicate and valuable furniture. A firm favourite for the furniture, removals and storage industries, it has been designed to safeguard items from knocks, scuffs, scrapes and surface damage providing strong yet cushioned protection.

Suitable for furniture retailers, manufacturers and antique dealers, Kite’s tuff-wrap offers the protective qualities of bubble wrap with an outer coating designed specifically to be kind to highly finished surfaces.

Tuff-wrap is supplied on a roll and can be cut to size, meaning that as little or as much can be used, minimising waste.

Bubble wrap

An adequate amount of bubble wrap will provide a surprising amount of protection by distributing pressure and impact across a wide area. Bubble wrap does two important jobs: 1) cushions the art in the event of impact 2) fills empty space, preventing unwanted movement within your packaging. For these reasons, bubble wrap should be your padding and filler of choice. 

Garbage bin bags

You don’t want your artwork associated with garbage, so DON’T use garbage bin bags to pack it. You want your collector to remain absolutely confident in their decision to purchase your work. Using items like garbage bin bags, second-hand filler, or other items not intended for shipping artwork will, more often than not, leave a bad impression on art collectors.

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Your home office should be a place where you feel comfortable doing your best work day after day. A team of work-from-home veterans spent more than 150 hours researching and testing equipment for a variety of workspaces and picked out a selection of great gear, including things that many of us use daily in our own home offices.

Our pick

Brighton Professional Black Wire Mesh Square Wastebasket

Modern and lean container stands up straight, lets your trash breathe, and works with or without a bag.

However, if you’re looking to do heavy-duty shredding and get through bigger piles of paper faster, our upgrade pick, the Fellowes 100% Jam Proof Shredder 73Ci, may be a better option.

Eufy Lumos ADesk Lamp

One of the best combinations of brightness, color temperature, and minimal glare, the Ais also widely adjustable and surprisingly affordable.

Along with natural daylight, dimmable ceiling lighting, and (if needed) freestanding lamps, a good desk lamp helps to provide layered, multidirectional lighting, which reduces eyestrain and irritation. Multiple, adjustable office lights reduce the contrast between the light on the object you are focused on and the surrounding area, allowing for detailed focus and the prevention of headaches. Adjustable desk lamps can make you more active and productive with cool light, or they can calm your mind and help you prepare for sleep after late-night work with warm hues. The link between color temperature and productivity is not concrete, however; some people may prefer warm lighting for long work hours, depending on their temperament and the tasks of their job.

We researched two dozen desk lamps and spent 2hours testing them. In our full guide on LED desk lamps, we recommend the Eufy Lumos ADesk Lamp as the best choice for most people. It has five brightness settings and four color-temperature modes which help make working at home—at any time of the day—a bit more comfortable. Its frosted panel eliminates direct glare and both its head and arm are more adjustable than others that we tested in the same price range. The Lumos’s nonreplaceable bulb promises to shine for 50,000 hours. Overall, we think the Ahas the best balance of style and functionality, at the best price, of all the other lamps we considered.

If you’re willing to spend a little more and are looking for a lamp that’s even brighter and has a broader range between color-temperature settings, consider our upgrade pick, the Eufy Lumos ELED Desk Lamp. Its head and arms pivot and tilt like the A4’s, but this lamp comes equipped with a rotating base that has two USB charging ports. It also has a backlit touch panel that makes it easier to turn on in the dark.

The IKEA Forså, a more affordable option for those on a budget, looks better than any multiple-setting LED lamp we saw at a reasonable price, and it has a 6-foot-long cord and a small weighted base that frees up surface space. This stylish, adjustable lamp was our previous top pick and throws a warm light on documents or around your desk. The drawback: It doesn’t have brightness or color-temperature settings but IKEA sells bulbs for the Forså with a 2,700-kelvin “warm daylight” temperature, and LED candelabra bulbs with a cooler temperature that are uncommon and somewhat pricey. That limitation is fine if you use the Forså exclusively for calm reading or for nighttime work. If you use it as your main desk light, your other office lighting must be warm, or the conflicting temperatures (colors) may cause discomfort. —Kevin Purdy and Anna Perling

The Duck EZ Start tape dispenses silently.

The Duck EZ Start dispenser is a little confusing to load the first time—the tape goes behind the plastic tabs and in front of the roller—and doesn’t come with directions, but it isn’t too hard to figure out with a quick Google search. Some tapes we tested, such as the Scotch Heavy Duty Shipping Packaging Tape, were extremely loud. The Duck EZ Start tape dispenses silently, which is a nice perk.

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Packing up to move home, or renovating both are daunting. Do you know how many packing boxes you will need? Probably not, you’ll always find things you’ve not seen in years buried deep inside cupboards. How do professional removal companies pack so quickly? What can I use to pack my TV? How do I pack Pictures and Mirrors? Can you get boxes for bicycles or Golf clubs?

Latest feedback on our products

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Home tech

Grab a toastie maker, a hunk of cheese and a couple of slices of bread, and you’ll be on the way to hot sandwich heaven

A sandwich toaster is probably the first appliance you ever bought, and may since have become car boot fodder, so why get a new one?

Because, oozing with cheese, with perhaps a couple of slice of juicy tomato and a crispy buttery coating, a tasty toastie is about as resistible as un-popped bubble wrap.

It’s the ultimate kids’ teatime treat, student hangover cure and soup side order. Even celebrity chefs aren’t immune to its charms. Pick up a copy of Jamie Oliver’s 15-Minute Meals, and you’ll find filling suggestions like honey mashed with dark chocolate and banana.

Scroll down, and you’ll find more great reasons for buying a toastie maker. But first check out our best sandwich toasters.

Lakeland fold-out grill

One of our toasties bugbears is when the bread is squished so hard that all the filling leaks out. You’ll have no such  issues with this grill, however. Whether you want slim panini or a chunky doorstop, this cleverly hinged model’s five height settings lets you adjust it to the thickness of your sandwiches, cooking evenly and without ever squashing them. You could also use it open to grill cheese on toast. Yum.

Fold it out and you have yourself an indoor barbecue – sadly, something all too useful this summer. The plates are angled and fat runs into a drip tray for healthier breakfasts, brunches and dinners.

Dimensions H165mm x W365mm x D370mm Plates Removable, non-stick, dishwasher safe Features Variable temperature control (90 to 230ᵒC), drip tray, storage lock, power-on and indicator lights

Tefal Snack Collection sandwich toaster

Two sets of plates are included in the box, for making toasties and waffles. Once you’re getting regular use out of those, you can buy extra plates and create your own donuts, bagels, pies and more. There are 1sets to collect in total.

All the plates are non-stick, can be cleaned in the dishwasher and come with little boxes that keep the sets together when they are not been used. A recipe book is also thrown in, to give you a bit more ‘snack-spiration’.

Dimensions H115mm x W22x D280mm Plates Removable, non-stick, dishwasher safe Features Vertical storage, cord storage, indicator light

Cuisinart Overstuffed toastie maker

Extra-large plates with deep pockets mean you can use really thick bread or focaccia, and cram in more ingredients, to boot. Cuisinart even recommends experimenting with omelettes, calzones and fruit-filled turnovers.

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Sandwich toasters versus grills

If you want more versatility, a grill may suit you better. Traditional panini grills fold down, but unlike sandwich toasters don’t shut tight as they don’t seal the bread, so they’re able to accommodate thick speciality loaves.

Some also open out 180 degrees, creating a double-size cooking area that you can use to grill a mountain of meat and vegetables.

Always check the plates sit at a slight tilt so any excess fat can run easily into a drip tray for healthier meals, and if you’d like to be able to cook pancakes or eggs, buy a model with flat griddle plates as well as ridged ones.

Songbird Sports Liquiwax

Just bought this to try having used the songbird sports wax/reflexology wax. It’s great! Light fresh fragrance, warms in the hand easily, smooth application but not too greasy. Easily absorbed into the skin. Much more convenient to apply than the wax and economical as you only need a little. will be buying some more.


General inspection

After you’ve determined the bike is the right size for you, lift it up a few inches and allow it to drop, listening for rattles or clunking. With steel, titanium and – to a lesser degree – aluminium, any damage to the frame and fork should be apparent, but that’s not always the case with carbon. First, check the seatpost clamp area, particularly the slot. Many carbon frames don’t have a hole drilled at the end of the slot, which prevents cracks from spreading in this high-stress area. Also, check the seatpost hasn’t seized up: loosen the seat clamp and try to twist the saddle, it should move easily.


Check with your local auto parts store, most accept old antifreeze. Some communities have recycling programs for antifreeze. Another option is to take the antifreeze to a household hazardous waste facility in your area. You can contact your local solid waste department for the best way to dispose of the used product.


Contact youth programs in your area; backpacks might be useful for outings or trips. You could also donate them to a local church. If they run a thrift store or flea market, backpacks could sell well. The American Birding Association also accepts donated backpacks. Check them out at americanbirding.org.

Butane Cans

Most city and municipal recycling centers accept old butane canisters. However, all remaining pressure has to be released first. Vent the remaining gas and punch a whole through the sidewall using a screwdriver or other sharp object. Then you can safely put it into a recycling container.

Car Seats

If your car seat has never been in an accident and is less than six years old, consider passing it on to someone else. Some areas have car seat recycling drop-off centers. If not, you can take the seat apart and sort it yourself, but first make sure your local recycling facility accepts the disassembled parts.


Concrete can be repurposed to create paving stones or small garden walls, so sustainably minded landscapers and homeowners may be willing to take old concrete off your hands. Also, check with local businesses that sell topsoil, gravel and other similar materials. They often accept old concrete, but may charge a small fee.

Fabric and Textile

Many animal and homeless shelters accept machine-washable blankets and pillows. Donate Stuff allows you to donate fabric and textiles by mail. They make it easy by providing pre-paid UPS bags and even home pickup in certain areas.

Food Waste

Composting food waste at home is a great way of keeping it out of the garbage, and the compost makes a good fertilizer for gardens. If the food is safe to eat and has not expired, take it to a food bank or food rescue organization. You can also check with your city to find out if there is a local food waste recycling collection service.


You may want to consider upcycling large furniture items to give them new life. Many charity organizations like Salvation Army will take old furniture off your hands; some will even pick it up. Some cities offer curbside recycling for furniture, so check to see if that is an option.

Gift Cards

Mail in PVC plastic gift cards, including identification and credit cards, to Earthworks System for recycling. Gift cards from companies like Chipotle, LL Bean and Wal-Mart are biodegradable corn-based cards that will naturally decompose in a compost pile.

Bottle glass is one of the easiest items to recycle; simply place in your curbside collections bin.

Kitchen Cabinets

Nonprofit organizations and churches can often put used cabinets to good use. Habitat for Humanity might also have local projects in need of cabinets. If you are having new cabinets installed, ask your contractor if he is interested in taking your old ones to resell.

Kitchen Utensils

Since kitchen utensils are commonly made of steel, an iron-chromium alloy, they can be recycled as scrap metal.

Goodwill, thrift stores, or nonprofit organizations are good options for donating used knives. Otherwise, the metal can be recycled as scrap steel.


Utilize a household hazardous waste facility or designated community pickup/drop-off days to properly dispose of and recycle mercury products.

Metals like aluminum cans can often be recycled through curbside collection programs. Other metals may need to be taken to a drop-off center for recycling or proper disposal.

Milk Cartons

Some communities will take the cartons, while others may not. Find out if cartons are recyclable in your community through the Carton Council Web page. You can also upcycle them into birdhouses, storage boxes and other kid-friendly crafts.


Check with your local recycling facility. They may be able to recycle mirrors, even if they are broken. Mirrors in usable condition can be donated to secondhand stores.

An old iPod can fetch you percent off a new one at any Apple store. Target also accepts MPplayers in their recycling collection bins.

Paint Cans

Steel paint cans are recyclable, but not every community accepts them, so check with your local recycling or HHW center. The paint can must be empty and all paint contents dried prior to recycling.

Most paper products can be placed in a curbside recycling bin. Paper products should be clean and free of food waste, oil or dirt.

Plastic Toys

If your plastic toys are in good shape, consider finding the toy a new home. Organizations like Stuffed Animals For Emergencies collect toys for children in crisis situations. Domestic Metals and Plastics accepts plastic toys of all types for recycling.

Propane Tanks

Contact the local AmeriGas office nearest you to safely dispose of your 20 lb. propane tanks at no charge. You can also exchange or recycle through the Blue Rhino Company. Many stores, including Dixieline, Home Depot and Kmart, accept refillable propane cylinders.

While glass quartz is not the same as other glass products, it is recyclable. Contact your local recycling center to see if they accept glass quartz.

Donate Stuff accepts fabric by mail. The material can be in any condition, since it can be broken down into fibers and reused. Also, see T-shirts.

Roof Shingles

Find a recycler at shinglerecycling.org. You can also use their website to learn about current specifications for each state.

Contact a business that manufactures rubber mulch, like Rubber Recycle, to find out where you can recycle rubber products, since most cities do not pick up rubber left with curbside recycling.

Shredded Paper

Shredded paper has less fiber value, so be sure to check with your local recycling service to see if they will accept it. If you have used non-toxic inks, you can put it in your compost pile. Shredded paper also makes great packing material!

Smoke Detectors

Some states conduct an annual round up of ionization smoke alarms. Several manufacturers accept used smoke alarms. Contact individual suppliers for information. Curie Environmental Services offers smoke alarm recycling.

Reuse slivers of soap in creative ways such as making liquid soap, or donate your pieces to Clean The World, a nonprofit organization that combats preventable disease in developing countries

Soap Dispensers

Many bathroom bottles, including soap dispensers, are marked with resin code or 4, which makes them easily recyclable. Check the number on the dispenser to be sure.

Use your mismatched socks as a dust rag, drink cozy or dog toy. Send your worn-out socks to Emi-G Knitting, Attention: Zkano Recycles Program at 171Airport Road, Ft Payne, AL 3596to have them recycled.


Synthetic sponges are not recyclable, but can be repurposed. Try placing them at the bottom of a potted plant to make a homemade self-watering pot. Sea sponges and natural sponges are biodegradable and can be composted. Natural sponges also last a lot longer!

Three-Ring Binders

Poly binders can be recycled once they are disassembled. Pop out the metal spine and separate the plastic from the cardboard inside, and recycle each component individually. The American Thermoplastic Company offers a recycling program for vinyl binders in good condition.

If you have a curbside recycling program, tin and steel cans are usually accepted.

Aluminum foil can most often be placed in the recycling bin with aluminum cans.

Used tires can be taken to a local recycling facility or tire retailer.

Wine Corks

Copper is the most recycled wire material. Uncovered wiring can often be placed with your curbside recycling. You can take it to electronic stores like Office Depot or Staples, or donate both plastic-coated and bare wiring to the Boy Scouts.

B.W. Recycling, Inc. is a nationwide X-ray recycling company that includes a free pickup and cash back for your X-ray films. If you have a small quantity of x-rays, try a community group like the Boy Scouts.

Infant car seat

This is the best seat for young children (birth to years old). It boasts a harness and, in a move, cradles and crash with the child to lessen the stress to their spinal cord and fragile neck. The car seat is designed to ride in a car in the rear-facing position. It can be used for to 2months, depending on the baby’s growing rate and the car seat’s size.

Convertible car seat

A convertible car seat can be used from birth until a child gets too large for a car seat. Meaning to say, you can make best use of your investment. It can either be used in the rear facing or forward facing positions, depending on the child’s weight.

Travel systems

Travel systems are the granddaddy of strollers, which combine a stroller and a car seat that makes it impossible for parents to use it throughout the toddlerhood and infancy of their baby. The car seat locks in the stroller for an easy transport. A smooth ride is offered.

This is favored by many moms due to its classic style. It is designed with a stylishly oversized wheels and curved lightweight metal frame. Also, this can be the cozy place of your baby to take a nap while going around. Since it is only meant for infant use, you will need to buy another stroller when your baby can sit up.

Britax B-Agile and B-Safe Travel System

The B-Agile and B-Safe Travel System is specially designed to offer maximum safety and effortless travel while you are traveling in style. The maneuverable, extremely easy to fold and lightweight is the ultimate choice of the stroller to sail across modern life. With a top combination of style and features, this travel system is the best go-to product.

High practical appeal is one of the most essential things parents want to see in a stroller item. This may not have the most appealing style or design available on the market, but the speed, safety and general safety features will surely give real value for your hard-earned money. This product is suited for months to years old children.

The only downfall about this product is that, the car seat bracket is not durable, which could lead to damage after a year. But generally, it is a safe and stellar choice even for conscious mommies.

Chicco Cortina KeyFit 30 Travel System

Designed for the Chicco KeyFit 30 infant car seat, the stroller functionally works as a travel system for babies and a full-size stroller for growing infants. One-pull harness loosening and tightening in the car seat enables for quick fitting; the tightly-padded infant insert offers extra support for smaller children around the back, neck, head and bottom. The aluminum stroller is loaded with features to make the strolling comfortable for kids and convenient for parents.

The Handle

The handle of Saber Forge sabers are machines from pieces of aircraft aluminum. My first impression of the handle was largely informed by my previous Lightsaber experiences, which range from “none” to “the toys my kids have.” Having never handled one that wasn’t made out of plastic I was immediately struck by how heavy it felt. Not too heavy by any means – but it felt very solid.

The Disciple’s handle has the option to have leather wrap on the lower part, and I opted for the colour called “Cobalt Stingray” which is a royal blue colour. The handle has a narrow section where your hand naturally falls when gripping single handed. When wielding with two hands you are required to “choke up” your grip a bit more, but I still found it comfortable.

There is a small wheel/knob at the bottom of the handle which is used for connecting the Lightsaber to the belt holder. It affects the grip somewhat, but all you need to do is adjust your hand position and the issue resolves itself. I had no problem finding a comfortable way to hold the Disciple

Below the activation button is something called a “kill key,” and it slides into the charging port to disconnect the battery from the electronics

Where to stick it

Most grills come with cheapo thermometers that are an afterthought to manufacturers and are usually bought bulk from cheap producers. To make matters worse, the probe is located high in the dome well above the food. Unless you plan to eat the dome, this is a bad place for the thermometer. You need to know the temperature where the food is. So put the probe about 2″ to the side of the food (it is cold and there is a cold air bubble around it), and about 1″ above the grate (it is hot).

Some thermometers, like the Maverick, come with a handy clip that does the job just fine.

If you don’t have a clip, use a ball of foil. Make sure the tip, where the sensitive parts are, protrudes from the foil.

Listen to this email from a reader “I had been clipping the probe on the underside of the upper rack. That had the probe about 3″ to 4″ above the top of the meat. My food was taking much longer to cook than your recipes say. So I tried the probe in that location for about 1/hour and then moved the probe to the cooking surface, clipping it to the cooking grate about 4″ to 5″ below the previous location. The difference in temperature was about 2to 30°F cooler at the cooking grate location! I never would have believed it! So in actuality, when I thought I was cooking at 22to 230°F, I was actually cooking at 19to 200°F! No wonder everything was undercooked!”

Ice water.

Fill a tall glass with ice cubes, not crushed ice, add cold water, and let it sit a minute. Insert the probe and make sure the tipis not below the ice or touching the ice. The temp below the ice can be several degrees above 32F (0C) and the temp of the ice can be below 32F. The experts at ThermoWorks say “Make sure the probe is in the middle of the ice water mixture and then gently stir for best results.” The ice water test does not vary with altitude.

Only one colour option

This smart holster happily holds an entry-level DSLR or mirrorless camera with its kit lens attached, with a memory card pocket on the inside of the flap and two pockets around the side for other small items such as lens caps and cloths.

You can wear it on your shoulder or hook it through your belt, although the grab handle on its top lets you carry it around in the hand when it’s more convenient to do so (and you can remove the shoulder strap when doing so).

Mac users need to format drive first

Small enough to be taken anywhere but perfectly happy to just stay put, this affordable 1TB hard drive from storage specialists Western Digital is perfect for those whose libraries are starting to outgrow their computer hard drives.

The USB 3.0 port gives you speedy data transfer with the latest computers, but it’s backward-compatible with USB 2.0 types too, and you don’t even need a power supply – you just pop it in and drag and drop. 

Mac user? Just reformat the drive before you use it and off you go. You can also grab it in a range of other capacities if you need more or less storage space.

Not as tall as regular tripods

There are many situations in which you might need to support your camera in some way, and not all of them will suit a tripod. From Christmassy group shots and long exposures on the fly to general holidays and travelling, it’s good to have a lightweight but effective support to hand for times when a conventional tripod simply isn’t practical.

Step in the Gorillapod Hybrid, which weighs next to nothing and still holds up to 1kg of camera kit, with the included ballhead allowing you to get your framing spot on. You can use it like a conventional tripod if you want, but it’s main advantage over other supports is that it can wrap around all sorts of things, from posts and railings to table legs and even smaller tree trunks!

No filter pouch included

Cokin is one of the most popular names in filters and this kit provides landscape photographers with three separate ND grad filter options to help balance exposures. 

Each filter has been designed with a different opacity, and they can be used either on their own or in combination with one another. You just slip them into the provided holder and line them up with the details in your scene. 

Bear in mind that to attach the holder to your lens you’ll also need an adapter ring, something that’s not provided as standard as the one you need depends on the lens you plan on using. These are very cheap, however, so don’t let that put you off.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9

Fujifilm’s hugely popular instant camera comes in a variety of colourful finishes

Highlight specs: 6x 46mm picture size, 60mm (35mm equivalent) lens, Real image finder with 0.37x magnification, 0.6m-∞ focusing range, 1/60sec shutter speed, x AA batteries

Limited creative control

In an age of smartphones, filter effects and constantly changing technologies, it somehow doesn’t make sense that an instant camera like the Instax Mini should be such as hit – but a hit it is.

Available in five colourful options, the Mini has been designed with a mirror next to the lens to help you capture the perfect self portrait, and prints are spat out as soon as the image is taken (with just a brief wait until they are fully developed).

While you’re somewhat limited in terms of control – an unchangeable 1/60sec shutter speed, for example, and flash firing for every frame – the Instax Mini is hardly intended for technical masterpieces. It’s all about fun and rewarding you with something a little different to the norm. 

VERY first post.

Even before I introduce this new blog website of mine, which is taking the place of my old MySpace blog (remember

MySpace?) and the free blog that came with my businesses web domain hosting (with its character limit).  My second post here will introduce it a little more thoroughly than these three sentences, and after that I will start moving old existing content here.


Your polytunnel should be an integral part of your permaculture system. In terms of zones*, the tunnel fits firmly into Zone due to the frequency of visits required and the complexity of the work.

Key factors in placing the polytunnel within Zone are sun, temperature and wind. Wind is the easiest to deal with. If you build your polytunnel correctly it will not be structurally affected by the wind, with the exception of tornados. It is however practical to have it somewhere sheltered from the wind, thus reducing heat loss and in turn increasing yields. In Cambridgeshire where I live, we are open to the cold east winds so I situated the polytunnel on a sheltered side of the garden. Clearly the use of windbreaks in the wider context of the whole plot is the best solution.

More important is to get the maximum sunlight to the polytunnel. Placing the long axis east-west is optimum. However, this does lead to a dilemma in the middle of summer when you really could do with some shading due to high temperatures. What I have done is place the polytunnel so that in summer a nearby tree provides some shade around noon time and prevents scorching. During the rest of the day the shadow doesn’t cover the tunnel and the amount of sunlight is maximised. As the tree is a silver birch, in the winter – when you need all the sunlight you can get – it doesn’t shade the tunnel at all. If you don’t have such an arrangement you will have to be very careful about keeping temperatures down in summer and providing shading by other means – either artificial or natural. Place the tunnel to avoid frost hollows!

Do not forget access when locating your polytunnel. Not only will you need access to the doors but you will need to clean the polytunnel from time to time and thus access around the tunnel is helpful. Also covers will have to be replaced sometime in the future. Plan the services you might need in the polytunnel, is it close to a water supply and do you need electricity for heating or lighting?


Assembling your polytunnel is rather like assembling flat-pack furniture – it should be easy but can be frustrating. I would ask your proposed supplier to send you a copy of the instructions before ordering to check they are easy to use – look for ones that show real pictures of assembly and are not all text. Check the parts you receive matches the parts list – it took me ages to realise that a piece was missing and I spent a whole afternoon trying to figure out how to assemble one part of the structure.

You will need help! Two people are about the minimum for the structure and a third could be useful for the cover. Do not try and put the cover on when there is any wind or you will either rip the cover or else end up with it sailing down the road. A hot day is good as the heat will soften the material, allowing a tighter fit. This will increase both the strength of the structure and the life span of the cover. Remember to put the cover on the right side up (yes, there is an outside and an inside to many types of cover) – having to remove a cover and replace it cannot be much fun.





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