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David Ashton
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Re: Travelling Toolkit
David Ashton   8/3/2014 7:51:54 AM
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@Max...not a bad idea from _hm....can I suggest also that if you get another one, get a bit of chain and connect it to the loop on the knife, and to one of those mini-karabiner things so you can clip it onto a belt so it can't get lost!

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Re: Travelling Toolkit
_hm   8/3/2014 6:29:13 AM
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@Max: You can never alter first love. I strongly suggest to get one more pocket knife, may be look a like or custom made.

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Re: Handy tool kits
David Ashton   8/2/2014 8:26:43 PM
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@Max this brings me to another pet peeve.   Here are the prices:

Qty     USA     AUS

1+    $3.25   $4.95
3+    $2.75   $4.45
6+    $2.50   $3.90

Now the AU$ is a bit less than the US$ (about 93c) so $3.25 in the US should mean that we pay A$3.50 for one.  We pay A$ 4.95.    Sucked in!!!   This is a very common complaint in Australia with pretty much everything technical.... phones, Ipads, R/C stuff etc.   everything comes from China and we're probably a bit closer than you are to China, so someone is doing very well out of this!

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Re: Handy tool kits
David Ashton   8/2/2014 8:11:52 PM
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@Max: ... "...this will make a great "stocking filler" at Christmas".  

Or giveaways at EELive 2015? :-)  (You listening, Karen?)

Yeah, for $2.50 you can't go wrong.

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Re: Handy tool kits
Max The Magnificent   8/2/2014 4:42:43 PM
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@David: ...one of my suppliers had some dinky little DMMs - about 3 x 1-3/4 inches - for $5 some time ago, and it would be ideal for a travelling kit...

Good news: it is available in the USA from www.jaycar.us

Bad news: They have a minimum order of $25

Good news, the price drops to $2.50 each for more than 6, so I ordered 11 because this will make a great "stocking filler" at Christmas

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Re: Handy tool kits
Max The Magnificent   8/2/2014 1:52:28 PM
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@David: ...one of my suppliers had some dinky little DMMs - about 3 x 1-3/4 inches - for $5 some time ago, and it would be ideal for a travelling kit.

I like this one -- I'll have to see if it's available here in the USA

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Re: Duratool tool kits
David Ashton   8/2/2014 7:53:35 AM
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@Elizabeth - I had a gander on the Newark site and there they are $10.28 - there are three types listed in Element 14 Aus and the cheapest is 6.88.  Still a good deal though...

http://www.newark.com/duratool/d00197/mini-tool-kit-26pcs/dp/94M6919

PS ref my comment to Max above re the mini-DMMs.  I'm glad SOMETHING is cheaper in Australia!! :-)

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Re: Handy tool kits
David Ashton   8/1/2014 9:06:50 PM
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@Antedeluvian - good idea.  In travelling toolkits I try to include an analogue multimeter (with a meter and a needle - remember them?) because they don't need a battery to measure volts and amps and it's easy enough to include a spare AA battery in the pack in case the ohms battery does run down.   They are pretty rare these days though.  

But one of my suppliers had some dinky little DMMs - about 3 x 1-3/4 inches - for $5 some time ago, and it would be ideal for a travelling kit (as long as you remember to switch it off before putting it back in the kit.  Also for mounting next to your breadboard.  Not top-notch by any means, but neat and adequate for these uses.  No pic I'm afraid, if I can find one I'll post it.  You also get the larger, but thinner, wallet type DMMs which are also good for toolkits.

OK, here's a pic and a link.  The size is 94 x 46 x 26 mm (3.7 x 1.8 x 1 inch)

http://www.jaycar.com.au/productView.asp?ID=QM1502



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Re: Travelling Toolkit
Max The Magnificent   8/1/2014 1:22:29 PM
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@MeasurementBlues: I don't know. Haven;t been there in years. It was all so shocking.

Arrgghhh ROFG (rolling on the floor groaning :-)

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Re: Travelling Toolkit
MeasurementBlues   8/1/2014 1:18:05 PM
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@Max, I don't know. Haven;t been there in years. It was all so shocking.

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