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Infographic: GP's Dos and Don'ts for proper battery care

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5 easy ways to power your Raspberry Pi

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For Raspberry Pi enthusiasts, there’s nothing better than spending hours on a project – but you’re reliant on having a good source of power to provide the fuel.

The latest model, the Pi 3, has a recommended power supply of 5.1V at 2.5A, but you can reduce the amperage by a fair bit for low power projects – it’s a matter of trial and error to gauge it.

One of the many great things about Raspberry Pi is that you are not tied to the recommended micro-USB wall adapter. The GP team has identified five easy ways you can power your Raspberry Pi:

1. Official micro USB power supply

As we said, you don’t have to buy the official Raspberry Pi power supply unit (PSU), but it makes sense to have one on the basis that it offers 5.1V at 2.5A, which will keep almost any Pi project alive.

We’d recommend sticking to the official PSU for reasons of reliability and safety. There have been numerous reports of unofficial and unregulated power supplies burning out. At less than £10, it won’t break the bank!

2. P…

Infographic: How to have a GREEN CHRISTMAS!

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GP’s winter walk checklist

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This chilly, winter weather often leaves us wanting to do nothing more than snuggle up on the sofa in front of a flickering fire. But stay indoors constantly over the festive season and there’s a risk of developing cabin fever...
Don’t let the dark afternoons put you off going for Christmassy walks! The great outdoors is a magical place to be this time of year: the air is crisp, frost-covered trees sparkle and, if you’re lucky, you might even see some snow.
From National Trust walks to woodland wanders, a winter stroll is a great chance to spend some quality time with your family, blow away those cobwebs and work off any excess mince pies. Here’s GP’s handy checklist of seven things to take with you when you’re walking in a winter wonderland:
1. Extra layers














You’re wearing your coat, hat, scarf and gloves, but if it’s a particularly chilly day, add some layers in the form of thermals, long johns, fleeces and mountain socks. Jack Frost will be much less likely to nip at your fingers and …

7 perfect Christmas gift ideas for him

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Is it just us or is it harder than ever to find the perfect gift for the man in your life these days? Given how much choice we now have, it really should be easy, but somehow it only serves to make things more complicated.
If he’s reluctant to drop any hints, what you need is someone to suggest some perfect and practical gift ideas. Well, the GP team have done just that...
1. Uuni 3 Pizza Oven - £229.00


Who says alfresco cooking has to be reserved for summer barbecues? If you know a man who loves pizza (who doesn’t?!), treat them to their very own wood-fired pizza oven, complete with 3kg of wood pellets. It’s the most expensive item on our list, but as it reaches temperatures of 500C in 10 minutes, and can cook an authentic Neapolitan pizza in just one minute, hopefully you’ll get to benefit from it too!
2. Philips Vacuum Beard Trimmer - £53.50


One for the neat and tidy bearders, this product is ideal for those family members whose constant trimming results in cut hairs being spread a…

7 perfect Christmas gift ideas for her

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These days, isn’t it just easier to ask the women in your life what they want for Christmas? At least you won’t get it horribly wrong that way…
However, while it might be easier, every girl wants a surprise gift or two! The GP team has found seven gifts for her that are sure to bring a smile to her face – and we don’t mean a fake one…
1. Black+Blum Eau Good Charcoal Filter Water Bottle - £19.95


The water bottle trend has gone up another gear in 2017. But not all reusable water bottles are created equal – we think the best one you can buy right now is the Black+Blum Eau Water Bottle. It comes with a binchotan active charcoal filter, which has been used in Japan as a water purifier since the 17th century. Tap water never tasted so good!
2. GP PowerBank Mobile Charger - £8.99


Unfortunately, smartphone batteries can’t always be relied upon to last the day, meaning our GP PowerBanks are fast becoming a handbag essential. The FN03M mobile charger is stylish with a matt aluminium finish – yo…

5 of the best drones to buy this Christmas

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Drones will be high on Christmas lists everywhere this year, with kids and adults alike dreaming of taking to the skies either for fun or to create amazing aerial photography.
Those tasked with finding the perfect drone for a loved one are really up against it, with hundreds of models on the market, ranging from £40 up to £4,000. Fear not – here at GP, we’ve gone to the trouble of rounding up some of the best drones you can buy, catering for all budgets.
DJI Mavic Pro - £1,209
We’ll start with what many experts regard as the best all-round drone on the market right now: the Mavic Pro. As you can see, it’s not cheap, but you get your money’s worth: razor-sharp 4K and HD footage, incredible portability and obstacle-avoidance technology, not to mention a battery life of 27 minutes and a huge range of over four miles!
Revell Control C-Me - £179.99


Selfie sticks are so 2015. Now it’s all about using a drone to capture those group family shots at Christmas. So, if you’re buying for someone who i…

A rechargeable battery is for life, not just for Christmas!

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At Christmas, there are certain things we always end up needing more of. Whether we run out of sticky tape or Quality Street, you can almost guarantee that we’ll find ourselves having to make a mad, last-minute dash to the shops.
Batteries are definitely one of those things. It’s surprising the number of gadgets and toys we buy for our friends and family that require a few AA or AAA batteries to work. And if we don’t need them for gifts, we need them around the house – for lighting up the tree, powering the novelty singing Santa statue, or charging the shaver for the Christmas morning beard trim!
Make the switch
No matter what, we’re always going to need batteries at Christmas time. So, this year, why not finally make the switch to rechargeables?
GP’s ReCyko+ rechargeable batteries can be boosted hundreds – some of them thousands – of times, for use across all of your battery-powered devices. Choose GP and your charging needs will be catered for throughout the year, and for many Christma…