Teminice 4 in 1 Wireless Charger Review

Posted on 14th July 2020 by Mark Tiddy.

A few months back I picked up the Teminice 4 in 1 Wireless Charger from Amazon and this is my review.

Spoiler…I now own two of these!

If you’re well and truly part of the Apple ecosystem then you probably have a need for something that can charge your phone, watch, AirPods and pencil (1st gen) at once.

You’ve also probably noticed that most ‘all in one’ chargers require you to wire your existing Apple Watch charger in…which is great if you don’t want to use it anywhere else but it doesn’t give you a spare charger to use.

This is where the Teminice charger differs.

Out of the box you get the charger itself and a USB C cable…it doesn’t come with a USB to socket but any USB plug will work with it (and let’s be honest, we probably all have some of these kicking around!).

The design is pretty simple. It’s got rounded black edges, a status light on the front and a USB C socket on the back. The phone/watch charger has two upright positions and folds flat giving you a choice of setup. I think it looks pretty good!

In terms of spec, it charges any phone that supports wireless charging (with the case on your phone!) and has 10w, 7.5w and 5w modes depending on your phone*, it gives 2w to your watch, 2w to your pencil and 5w to your AirPods…if your AirPods support wireless charging you can charge them on the pad or the dock.

*For the 10w charging to work you’ll need a 10w charging brick!

It also has built in heat protection which means it doesn’t get hot when charging your devices…and, unlike many Apple Watch chargers out there it actually chargers your watch (although I find you need to angle it to the left slightly because of the strap weight).

And that’s all there is to say really…

The Teminice 4 in 1 charger is probably the best Apple charger out there. It works well, doesn’t get too hot, is portable and looks great!

You can pick one up from Amazon here.

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Issues Creating a Bootable Hard Disk Clone in Mac OS Mojave

Posted on 12th May 2019 by Mark Tiddy.

Recently I needed to add some more storage to my 2012 MacBook and so I picked up a whopping 2TB hard drive from Crucial…cloning drives isn’t something I’m new too…in fact, I already have Carbon Copy Cloner on my Mac which I use to create a bootable backup regularly and I installed a 1TB SSD in my MacBook a few years ago (which I’ve filled up…hence a new drive!).

I already owned a USB hard drive docking station and so plugged in the new drive to that, formatted it to APFS (the same format as my existing drive running Mojave) and then cloned my existing drive to the new drive in Carbon Copy Cloner.

Then the problems started…

I went to boot it via USB to check the clone had worked and was presented with this…

So, wondering if USB simply couldn’t handle it I went ahead and installed the drive into my MacBook Pro and went to boot it up and was presented (after it got halfway through the boot cycle) with a no entry sign.

So I tried reformatting it and then cloning again using Carbon Copy Cloner with the same results.

The help pages of CCC and google didn’t help me solve my issue so I reformatted again and tried the restore mode of data transfer using Recovery Mode.

This time, after a day of ‘restoring’ using disk utility in Recovery Mode it presented me with an error after verifying that read ‘Status Error 22’ (at least it was a new error!).

This time I found people on Google having the same issue as me but running different versions of Mojave (or even older versions of Mac OS) but no solutions.

I had three choices: I could assume the drive was faulty and contact crucial, I could assume there was a problem with my existing drive and go down the route of a clean install and then restoring via Time Machine or I could try a different way of connecting the drive…so for £6 I picked up this USB 3 USB to SATA cable off Amazon and tried my Carbon Copy Clone again (this time it look 3 hours rather than 16 thanks to USB 3 over 2!) and it worked!

I thought I’d write this post just in case anyone else has had the same issue and hope it helps someone out!

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