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Best levels 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]

Last Updated December 1, 2023

Brayden DiazHi there, I’m Brayden Diaz. I spent 42 hours researching and testing 23 different types of levels and found that material, variety of sizes, and style were most important.

Eventually, I found something that would suit my needs but it occurred to me that I wasn’t the only one who might be having the same problems I did. So, you will find reviews on some models of levels that impressed me (and a good many other people), and you will find a few informational pages as well.

Best levels of 2018

I have a variety of material used in the construction of levels including metal, plastic, and glass. The table below summarizes features, and below you’ll find more detailed reviews of each good. Not all levels are created equal though. There’s a product for every kind of user on the list of affordable options below.

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№1 – Goldblatt Lighted 9in. Aluminum Verti. Site Torpedo Level

Goldblatt Lighted 9in. Aluminum Verti. Site Torpedo Level

Machined billet aluminum construction
Patented Verti-site TM Vial design vial can be read from side in confined space
High Accuracy: 0.029
Literally no flaws

Why did this levels win the first place?

I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch! The rear part fits perfectly! It is mounted really tight and reliable. I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product. The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack.
















№2 – Tacklife MT-L03 12-Inch Level Aluminum Alloy Magnetic Torpedo Level Plumb/Level/45-Degree Measuring Shock Resistant Spirit Level with Standard and Metric Rulers

Tacklife MT-L03 12-Inch Level Aluminum Alloy Magnetic Torpedo Level Plumb/Level/45-Degree Measuring Shock Resistant Spirit Level with Standard and Metric Rulers

▲3 MEASURING WAYS – Clear and intuitive green acrylic vials with top views, let you read plumb, level and 45 degrees easily, provides maximum readability; Heavvy duty aluminum alloy frame ensures accuracy and durability
▲SOLID QUALITY – Protected by TPR soft rubber at the end caps, preventing the level from shock effectively; Orange powder-coated body with high-visibility accents easy to spot on job site
A little bit heavy.

Why did this levels come in second place?

Seems that the material is good. It has a very beautiful color but I don’t really like the texture. This is a pretty decent product that perfectly fitted the interior of our office. I really liked it. It is amazing in every aspect. It did even exceed my expectations for a bit, considering the affordable price. I recommend you to consider buying this model, it definitely worth its money.
















№3 – GemRed Digital Level Angle Slope

GemRed Digital Level Angle Slope

Quick & accurate measurement
Accuracy:0.2 degree. Resolution: 0.1 degree. Working temperature: -10 ℃~+50℃.
Compact and portable body. Strong magnetic base.
Extremely expensive.
Not very flexible.

Why did this levels take third place?

It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time. I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new. The material is incredibly nice to the touch. It has a great color, which will suit any wallpapers. This price is appropriate since the product is very well built.
















levels Buyer’s Guide

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

Line Lasers

Line lasers project a straight line from one point to the other, over a distance of 6to 100 feet.

Depending on the model of the laser line level, it can project multiple lines, thereby enabling you to check for “straightness”, as well as “squareness”.

Line lasers are typically compact and can be mounted on ladders or even a regular camera tripod.

Horizontal VS Dual-Beam Lasers

Horizontal lasers emit only laser beam, and are useful for checking floor leveling. It has the capacity to highlight irregularities in the work surface, its applications are limited, but can also be cheaper compared to dual beam lasers.

Meanwhile, dual beam lasers emit two beams – one horizontal, and one vertical. Most dual beam laser levels have individual buttons for the two beams so they can be used separately, hence allowing greater flexibility.

This type of laser can be used simultaneously as plumb and level reference lines. It is best used for throwing lines onto floors and walls at 90 degrees, hence ensuring the squareness of a surface.

Some dual beam lasers project a cross line instead of individual horizontal and vertical lines. These types of dual beam lasers are perfect for installation of much bigger wall fixtures as well as partitions and drop ceilings.

Rotary lasers are also dual beam lasers in that one beam is a plumb up dot on the ceiling and the other is a horizontal line around the room.

This kind of laser level works best if you want to check the leveling of the walls and if you have to install a wainscoting or cabinetry that spans the entire room.

IP Rating

IP stands for “Ingress Protection” and refers to the quality of sealing of a product and its effectiveness at preventing the intrusion of foreign bodies (such as dirt and water) to the product core.

The first digit of the IP rating refers to the size of objects that can intrude the product, while the second digit refers to the capacity of the product to repel or protect against moisture.

Mounting options are important because there are certain applications when we want the laser level to be stable.

Most laser levels can be mounted on a standard tripod, while others require a special mounting device.

As I have pointed out earlier, the most important consideration for choosing the best laser level all depends on what you want to do with it.

In this way, the Dewalt laser in the line laser level reviews above do not compete with each other.

Each one can be used for certain applications, with each newer model capable of more applications as the older ones.

Dual beam lasers (cross line lasers): best used for layout and installation of electrical and plumbing systems, walls and doors, as well as the fitting of tiles onto walls. It is also useful for when you need to install a long row of wall fittings and cabinetry.

beam lasers or layout lasers: has all the benefits of horizontal and vertical lasers, plus the third plumb line checks for squareness of walls and floors. It is best for cabinetry and jobs that involve lots of 90 degrees and 4degrees measurements.

Rotary lasers/line lasers with laser detectors: these lasers work best for job sites located in well-lit areas, as well as those spanning more than 50 feet.

Garmin Vector pedal-based power meter

Note that Garmin suggests this power measurement is accurate for riders up to 240 lbs.  Above that, we are not exactly sure what happens, but they suggest it might not work as well.

The unit uses a battery, that is good for up to 120 hours per the manufacturer.  As for getting your readout of power, the most common method is probably going to be to add the Garmin software to your phone and logging it that way.  For those who want an easy way to monitor power while on a ride, you may want to mount the head-unit on your bike.

Stages crank-arm meters.

Also at the simple entry level, but in a different concept, is the stages line of power meters.  We love these.  Like the Garmin, they rely on making just a slight adjustment on one side of your power system.  Unlike the Garmin, the Stages model does it through a modified crank.

The crank that you put on your bike is a carbon fiber, high-end crank that has a weight and material on par with the good Shimano and Campy products that come stock on your bike.  They make models for mountain and road bikes – we are obviously focused more on road bikes (and triathlon bikes) in this review.

The battery life is going to be significantly longer than the pedal model, at 200 hours or more.  You can measure up to 2500 watts, which is more than enough for any cyclist on earth.

Here. If you are in the market for a new bike wheel, the right option might be to forego the add-on components all together and just get new wheels.  The wheels from Powertap are made by makers like Shimano, and built with the lightweight quality that you would get in most other wheels you might use.

The difference with Powertaps wheels is – you guessed it – they have a real hub-based power meter built in.  That means that the wheel will measure your power output with no additional parts needed.  This can be a great option if you were considering upgrading wheels, because the cost of the Powertap wheels with the built-in meter hub is not that much more than getting a power meter itself, when you balance everything out.

Granted, this option is not as good for people who switch out their wheels often.  We know people who have one set for training, one for racing, and still another for the indoor bike trainer.  It is much more of a pain to put near tires on your rim than it is to just swap out rims with the tires already on it.

Powertap has been at this for a while, so they know what they are doing.  While they originally cut their teeth with the new rear hubs – an add-on part which they still sell – we think that the pedal-or-crank based products above are easier to install.  However, if you want to go with an entire wheel, then using a product like the Greally is a breeze.

Today, we find many people who feel the need for an SRM feel that the pedal-or-crank-based system would not be compatible with their components, so they decide to update the entire crankset.  Still, we like that there is no doubting the accuracy – this is really about as dialed-in as you can get on your power.  It has been truly time-tested, and if you look at what many of the pros are using, they are going with the full chainring-based SRM product.

We like that SRM offers a step-up version made by Campagnalo – providing for comparable quality to the stock gear on even the highest-end bikes.  The drill is that you choose the chainring you want (which has the power meter built in) and then size it accordingly to the intended chainring for your particular bike.  They make models for both road/tri bikes as well as mountain bikes.

Other Things to Consider in Your Power Meter

We’ve covered a lot of ground, but there are a few other things to keep in mind with your power meter.  Some of these are summarizing key points we’ve already made, but they bear repeating.

Ease of installation. Be sure that the power meter you choose is one that you can install yourself and work with, or if you need it professional installed (like a hub or chainring-based system) have it installed professionally so your bike is safe to ride.

Battery life. Power meters today, with their Bluetooth technology, require some battery life.  Most of these batteries will last you for an entire season or longer, but some will not.  Be sure that the battery life meets your needs, and that replacing a battery is not terribly complicated.

Manual vs Auto

If you’re planning on cutting the cable TV cord, or you have already, you might want to make sure the TV you get has a built-in over-the-air tuner. It will allow you to watch free local TV broadcasts, usually in higher quality than cable, satellite or streaming.

Let me reiterate

All HDMI cables are the same. If you don’t have a universal remote already, you should get one. Our list of best home video and best home audio gear has other good suggestions.

Because rear-projection TVs are no longer on sale as of 2012, and the last plasma TVs were manufactured in 201They’ll be missed.

Flight time and range

Cheap drones tend to fly for about five- to minutes before they need recharging, and USB chargers tend to take 30- to 60 minutes to recharge the batteries. Try to get a drone with replaceable batteries and buy a couple of spares.

Although some manufacturers claim a range of over 100m for cheap drones, it’s best to assume you’ll never get more than about 50m. By law in the UK, you must keep drone in your line of sight at all times, anyway.

Small and light drones will be blown around in the wind, so warm, windless days are the best times to fly, although the smallest micro drones can be flown indoors.

For bigger drones, such as DJI’s Phantoms, expect flight times around 20-2minutes and a range measured in miles, not metres. These use big batteries but are of course bigger and heavier than toy drones. Even the most expensive consumer drones (and we’re talking £2,000) don’t fly for longer than 30 minutes.

You will crash your drone and you will break things, usually propellers. Almost all drones come with a full set of spare rotors, but as two rotate anti-clockwise and the other pair clockwise, you’ve got only two spares for each pair of spindles.

Check first if spare parts are easy to obtain for a particular drone, and also their prices.


Not all drones come with cameras. You don’t need a camera, since you should always have the drone in your line of sight while flying it. And even if a drone has a camera, it may not offer FPV (First Person View, a real-time video stream) which you need in order to fly it without line-of-sight.

At the cheaper end of the price scale you’ll be lucky to get even 720p (1280×720) video, but if you want a drone for aerial video go for at least 1080p (1920×1080). Bear in mind that – as ever – you can’t trust specs alone. Read our reviews to find out how good each drone’s camera is.

However, you’ll only get great quality footage if you buy a drone with a gimbal. This is a stabilised mount for the camera which keeps it steady when the drone tilts or moves around.

Gimbals don’t come cheap, though. If you have a limited budget and have a GoPro (or other action camera) already, consider a drone with a GoPro or gimbal mount. Two-axis gimbals can be bought for around £60. The WLToys V30and Flying 3D Xare capable of carrying a GoPro-style camera.

DJI Spark

The Spark is even tinier than the Mavic Pro, so you can take it just about everywhere with you. And you can control it with just your hands, taking selfies and recording video without a controller.

It even has the Mavic Pro’s obstacle avoidance and brilliant new Quick Shot modes which create handy processed clips you can share to Facebook.

DJI Phantom 4

The Phantom Advanced replaced the Phantom It’s even more expensive but has the Pro model’s 20Mp camera which can shoots 4K video at 60 frames per second and is very easy to control.

Batteries are very expensive and the intelligent modes, although catching up, don’t quite match those you’ll get with a 3DR Solo which, in our opinion, is still the better choice if you need to capture complex cinematic aerial shots.

The Solo, though, doesn’t come with a camera and lacks obstacle avoidance, so the Phantom Advanced is a great choice if you can afford it.

GoPro Karma

The Karma is another folding drone, though it’s much bigger than DJI’s Mavic Pro. It isn’t as smart, either, with no obstacle avoidance.

And because it uses a GoPro camera, it also means it should be upgradeable in the future.

ViFLY R220

The R220 is a ready-to-fly FPV racing drone that’s well designed and well built. It’s very fast and manoeuvrable, and comes with an on-board video transmitter: you need only add your own FPV goggles (with appropriate video receiver) to get a first person view while flying.

If you’re not the type to want to build your own racing drone, it’s remarkably good value and saves a lot of time and research.

Hubsan H501S X4

Hubsan’s H501S comes with a built-in camera, and a remote control with a handy 3.7in screen. This means you can see a first person view as if you were on board – indeed, the remote also has an analogue video output for use with matching FPV goggles.

It also has GPS and lasts around 20 minutes from a single charge, although it does take hours to recharge, so buy a spare battery or two – they’re cheap enough.

Hubsan XFPV

The XFPV isn’t meant for recording amazing aerial video.

Instead it’s intended as a starter drone with first-person view. There’s a screen built into the controller and it’s ready to fly.

If you invest in some extra batteries and time in learning to fly it properly (it’s completely manual with no auto-hovering), the H107D can be a rewarding and fun drone. But, compared to the others here, it is much more of a toy.

Single Line Applications

A few laser levels are available with rechargeable OEM battery packs, typically nickel cadmium (NiCd) or nickel-metal hydride (NiMH).  While this might be your preference for other tools, keep in mind that these batteries are not interchangeable with your other tools, so your normal supply of backup power won’t do you any good.  If you do opt for a laser level with an OEM rechargeable battery, consider purchasing a second battery pack so that you don’t run into down time if your only battery pack needs to recharge.

Fire Risk

Fire risk doesn’t become a concern until you get into the high end of the power spectrum in Class 3, up around 500 mW.  Lasers this powerful can potentially ignite a fire.  If you’re operating a Class laser, you simply need to exercise care to ensure that the laser is never pointed directly into a flammable or combustible material for any length of time.  The same rules apply to any Class laser.

Wiring Factors

Many thermostats will require a different wiring pattern. While there are adaptation kits available, some homeowners do not want to deal with the hassle of adding or modifying wire setups. In the event of “smart” thermostats, you may even need to add a C-wire for the unit to function properly.

Adding a C-wire is easy, and there are many kits that can help you through the process.

Professional installers will be able to adjust your wiring as necessary, but many people choose to use the DIY option to wire their units. In either case, it’s nice to know the extra labor that will need to go into the installation process before purchasing a thermostat.

A lot has changed in the last few years.

Nest is one of the pioneers in the field that allowed users to be able to program their thermostats like never before. While these programmable features are not a necessity, they are a convenience that is too good to pass up.

Set a temperature schedule for your thermostat.

In the case of the Nest Learning Thermostat, this model is able to be programmed on a daily schedule and will learn your heating and cooling habits as well. Users can even connect their thermostat to their home’s Wi-Fi connection, and alter their thermostat remotely using an app.

Different programmable models offer different levels of programmability. Some allow you to change your settings on a 24-hour period, and some allow settings to be altered based on the day of the week and on the hour.

Remote Access

A new addition to every thermostat buying guide is the possibility of remote access. When a thermostat is able to be connected to the Internet, you’ll often be able to control the unit remotely. This means that you’ll be able use an app or web interface to change the way your thermostat behaves.

If the temperature is dropping while you’re at work, you can change your thermostat’s temperature to make it warmer in your home.

Energy Efficiency

Rising energy costs have caused homeowners to try and be as energy efficient as possible. Older thermostats often malfunction, keeping an HVAC system working at a higher output level and causing your energy bills to skyrocket as a result.

Skis are made just for the ladies. Even the most aggressive women skiers should be on womens skis. They cater to the anatomical shape, weight, and stance that women have. For a detailed buying guide on womens skis please see the buying guide here.

Kids  skis are designed to be soft and forgiving to help the young ones grow, improve and love the sport. Most kid’s system skis are perfect for all levels of junior skiers with the exception of the most daring and most aggressive junior rippers who typically ski on wider or freestyle-oriented skis. Kids system skis never need to be re-drilled, only re-adjusted by a certified technician when boots get changed for growing feet. There is no difference in the construction between boys and girls skis.


Womens Beginner Ski Package Skis are made just for the ladies. Even the most aggressive women skiers should be on womens skis. They cater to the anatomical shape, weight and stance that women have. For a detailed buying guide on womens skis please see the buying guide.


Boys System Ski Packages This package includes skis with intergrated bindings and boots for boys. It also contains optional items you can purchase at an additional discount. skiers are first timers or someone very new to the sport that is still learning basic control.


Intermediate  skier is someone that has control over their skis, still skis cautious on more challenging terrain and is comfortable at moderate speeds. Athletic or heavier beginners will benefit from skis designed for intermediate skiers.

Advanced Intermediates  are more experienced skiers that have good basic technique, will start to explore off trail skiing, make more aggressive carves on groomers and are comfortable skiing at moderate speeds on advanced trails in optimal snow conditions.

Advanced  skiers are capable of maintaining solid technique on advanced terrain in most snow conditions and ski in control at higher speeds. However, they may not always ski aggressively.

Frontside Skis  have narrower waists that are designed to make skidded or carved turns on the trails and groomers only. They come in a wide range of skill sets from beginner to expert.

All Mountain Skis  are designed to do everything on the slopes with the ability to take on just about any condition that the mountain will throw at them. All Mountain skis are popular because they perform equally well in most conditions. With waist widths that range from 85-95mm, they spend most of their time on the trail, but can head just about anywhere on the mountain.

All Mountain Wide Skis  are your go everywhere, do anything ski. They can carve, turn, seek out powder and plow through crud and bumps. These types of skis have waist widths that range from 95mm-105mm underfoot and can and will do just about anything.

Freestyle Skis  are for high flying skiers that enjoy spending as much time in the air or on park features as they do on the snow. Most have twin tips that can ski forwards and backwards.

Race Skis  are designed to be going as fast as you can at all times from the start house to the finish line.

Alpine Touring Skis  can have a range of waist widths but are designed with equal abilities for going up by either hiking or skinning and skiing down through fresh snow. They usually are extremely lightweight.

Skis with Bindings  are called system skis. System skis  have a plate that the binding is affixed to that improves the flex of the ski by eliminating dead spots underneath the mounting platform. System skis are typically groomer and on trial skis due to their more narrow waists.

Skis without Bindings  are called flat skis. Flat skis  are typically all mountain, all mountain wide, freestyle or powder skis. Wider bindings improve the torsional strength of the ski. Bindings now have a wider mounting platform that decreases the amount of leverage it takes to tip the ski on edge.

Waist Width

A ski’s waist width directly correlates to the condition that you will mostly be skiing in. Skis with skinnier waists are quicker edge to edge, better for on trail carving and easier to maneuver for a new or beginner skier. The wider the ski is underfoot, the more float you get in the powder and the more stability you get in the crud and broken snow. The more time you spend off-trail, the wider your skis should be.

Skis under 

85mm  are best suited for skiers that will be spending just about all of their time on the groomed trails. This waist width can range from beginner all the way up to expert and everything in-between. High-powered carving skis for experts usually have a waist width around 80-85mm which makes the ski very agile, yet wide enough to go through the crud that pops up on the groomers. Skis for beginners are in this waist width that will make them lighter and easier to control while learning.


85-95mm  are primarily used for on-trail skiing but have the ability to spend some time off the groomers in the right snow conditions. They have maneuverability on and off the trail and versatility so you can spend time in the powder.

96-110mm  are the ideal all mountain waist width for skiers seeking true versatility. They make medium to long radius turns on the groomers with ease and have the ability to float in all but the absolute deepest of powder (and we hope you get those days).

111+mm  waist widths are best for spending as much of your time as possible in the ungroomed terrain. Ultra wide waist widths provide you with the most floatation in the deep powder and the most stability when things get cruddy or bumpy. They are not the most agile ski for making short quick turns on the groomers but are easily manageable for making your way back to the lifts for another lap.

Rocker  is the slightly bent up or reverse camber shape that lifts off of the ground when the ski is laying flat on the ground.

Rocker makes the ski more maneuverable by engaging the tip of the ski into a turn quicker and easier. It also helps you float to the top of the ski just like a water ski does. Snow is a three dimensional medium, just like water. Having your skis on top of the snow makes it much easier for you to keep up speed, suffer less fatigue, turn and enjoy the powder.

Rocker also absorbs negative vibrations that can be caused by bumps or crud. Think of a traditionally cambered ski as a loaded spring – when you hit the variations in the snow, the cambered tip will send those vibrations through the ski, back through the binding, past the boots and to your body. A rockered ski will absorb those vibrations rather than sending them to your body.

Rocker is here to stay. Just a few years ago ski designers that were late to the table were saying that “rocker is just a fad”. Now some form of rocker exists in almost every type of ski, no matter what the intended use is.

It is recommend when sizing your ski that you increase 5-7cm for a ski that has tip rocker/camber and up to 10cm for skis that have rocker/camber/rocker or fully rockered skis.

Rocker gives you more maneuverability and the extra length improves your stability.

Cambered  skis have the most traditional shape with the center of the ski raised when the ski is laying flat on the ground un-weighted. They provide the most edge hold, stability and rebound for on-trail skiing.

Tip Rocker/Camber  skis have rockered tip with camber on the rest of the ski. Rocker initiates a turn quickly while the camber provides stability. Most all mountain skis have this type of rocker profile.

Rocker/Camber/Rocker  skis have rocker in the tips and tails. Rockered tips initiate turns quicker and float better in soft snow. Camber underfoot provides stability and edge grip. Rocker in the tail releases the ski from turns easier for developing skiers and provides better maneuverability off the trail. This combination is the most versatile for on and off trail skiing.

Full Rocker  skis have a U shape to them with the base of the ski flat on the ground while the tips and tails rise up, usually pretty dramatically. Fully rockered skis are most used in the deep powder for the best floatation and have a surfy, playful feel. An increasing number of all mountain skis are starting to use this shape for versatility.

Tail Profile

The tail profile can have a large impact as to how that ski reacts; mostly it changes how the ski exits a turn.

Twin Tip  tail shapes are where the tail of the ski is turned up as much as the shovel is. A twin tip allows you to ski and land backwards. There are many all mountain options that are twins so they are not only reserved for freestyle skis. A twin tip will help your ski exit a turn very quickly especially when you are in bumps or moguls.

Flared  tail shapes are moderately turned up and tapered slightly. This is the most common and most versatile tail shape that still has grip at the end of your turn for strong carves and will release the ski with little effort.

Flat  tail skis are most common in aggressive carving skis or race skis. Flat tails give you grip and power until you decide to exit the turn; they then require a little extra effort to exit. Flat tail skis perform best at high speeds.

Turn Radius  is measured in meters and refers to the size of an arc that a ski will make when it is tipped on edge. Skis with a shorter turn radius have a smaller number, skis with higher numbers will make longer turns. The greater the difference of the tip and tail measurements compared to the waist of the ski, the tighter the radius will be. It is much easier to make a ski with a shorter radius make longer turns than it is to have a ski with a long radius make short turns. • Skis with a radius less than 1meters will be very short turning skis.

Skis that are greater than 2meters are long turning skis.

The flex of your ski is best determined by your weight, how aggressive you ski and in what conditions you ski. If you are more aggressive, or heavier, you should be on a stiffer ski because you are putting more pressure on your skis. If your ski is too soft for you, you will notice a lack of responsiveness.

Very Soft  skis are best for true beginner skier or children. They are forgiving and easy to learn on.

Soft skis  work best for beginners and mellow intermediates that want a ski that is very easy to control at slow to medium speeds and that will require less energy or technique to make the ski react when and how it should.

Medium flex  skis work best for skiers that will be skiing at a variety of speeds, offer some stability at speed and will be easy to control at slower speeds. Most powder skis are medium flex. Powder skis that are excessively stiff will torpedo down underneath the snow instead of planing up on top of it.

The iPhone Upgrade Programme

Apple offers a scheme called the iPhone Upgrade Programme, where you make an upfront payment of £6followed by regular monthly payments of between £3and £6You can then upgrade to the new iPhone each time one is announced, staying on the same or a very similar plan.

You should be cautious about the value this offers (as the phone is not yours to sell at the end of your contract so you’re effectively renting it), but in some circumstances it may be the right approach for you.

It’s also important to note that this is for a SIM-free iPhone. You will then need to get a SIM-only contract for your data, minutes and texts.

You do get AppleCare+ included in the Upgrade Programme, though, which is a two year insurance for your iPhone that will cover you for two incidents of accidental damage. You’ll still have to pay an excess fee should you need to use it, but it’ll be much cheaper than having to cough up the full price of a repair.

You can find out more about the iPhone Upgrade Programme on Apple’s website here.

Second-hand iPhones

You’ll have noticed that buying an iPhone doesn’t come cheap. However, if you’re strapped for cash you don’t have to dismiss the idea of buying an iPhone completely. You may be able to get a good deal on one of the older handsets is someone is looking to sell their current iPhone. iPhones reaching back to the iPhone 5s will be able to run iOS 11, although some features such as AR won’t work properly on older models that don’t have powerful enough processors.

Now that we’ve given you an overview of what’s available and how you can get your hands on them, we can dig deeper into each of the iPhones you can buy. Again, we’ll start with the newest and most expensive, and go right back to the older and cheaper models.


The iPhone SE is actually newer than the 6s and 6s Plus, after it launched in the Spring of 201It has a very different form factor to the other phones available, designed as an entry-level option for those who want a smaller screen.

It sports the same design as the discontinued iPhone 5s, with a rather low resolution of 640×1136, but thanks to the small display that equates to 326ppi.

Inside, though, the iPhone SE is much like an iPhone 6s in terms of specs, so you’re still getting some power just in a smaller package.

Phew. That’s a lot of choice. And if you’re willing to go second-hand there are older models available too. However, if you already own one of the iPhones listed below and are considering upgrading, we’d say now is the time to do so. Your iPhone is now more than three years old, so even Apple’s cheapest current iPhone is going to be an improvement.

Tips for choosing your 3D printer

Before starting, it’s important to know what features and properties are most important for your making needs. A schoolteacher wanting to introduce their classroom to the principles of STEM will probably prioritize safety, plug’n’play, and low-cost, whereas a mechanical engineer needing custom 3D printed prototypes will look for higher resolution, speed, and even multi-material capabilities.

3D Printer Technology: The majority of consumer 3D printers can be divided into two main categories: FDM (fused deposition modeling, also known as FFF) technology, and SLA (sterelithography). With FDM, plastic filament is heated and passed through an extruder, which deposits it layer by layer into a 3D shape that hardens as it cools. FDM technology is generally quite affordable, and allows for a range of materials (we’ll talk more about that later).

SLA 3D printing involves focusing a light source (UV lamp or laser) into a vat of photopolymer resin. The light hardens the resin into precise, predetermined patterns, building up the 3D object. Though not as common as FDM (due mainly to its higher cost, maintenance and post-processing needs), SLA has the advantage of creating much more precise and professionally finished 3D printed objects, and is therefore becoming more sought after for prototyping and end-use needs. In our 2013D Printer Buyer’s Guide, the SLA 3D printers are in a separate category at the end.

Build Volume: Most desktop 3D printers are quite limited in their size, but for household projects, this usually isn’t a problem. Some models, such as the Rostock MAX, are prized for their larger build volume. Keep in mind, however, that it is also quite common to 3D print multiple small parts of a design and assemble or glue them together afterwards.

3D Printing Materials: FMD 3D printers most commonly use PLA or ABS filaments. PLA is biodegradable and generally quite affordable, but it can be brittle and break easily. On the flipside, ABS is more flexible, yet requires a heated bed to print. Other FDM-friendly materials include nylon, bronze and copper composites, wood-based filaments, and more, most of which are available in a wide variety of colors. Keep in mind that some 3D printer companies require users to buy their proprietary filaments, which can drive up costs.

For SLA resins, color choices are more limited, and they can be more expensive, but for some designers, the smoother, higher-resolution finish is worth it.

Speed and Resolution: Consumer 3D printers are notorious for being slow. The majority range from around 50-100mm/s, but as the technology advances, so too will the speed. At the same time, many 3D printers are capable of achieving quite high resolutions, from 200 down to as little as 20 (keep in mind that the lower the actual number, the higher and better the resolution will be). Some 3D printer models give users the option of increasing the speed by producing thicker layers, thereby reducing the resolution. The acceptable trade-off between speed and resolution will entirely depend on your needs as a maker, so keep that in mind when choosing your 3D printer.

Others: Multiple extruders, heated beds, closed frames, USB or WiFi, DIY Kits…There is so much more to take into consideration before you buy a 3D printer. Do you want to print in multiple colors or materials? Then you’ll need a dual-extruder model. 3D printing with ABS or other specialty materials often requires a heated and/or enclosed print bed, both for consistency and safety. For classrooms or shared workspaces, WiFi connectivity can be considered a bonus, but USB remains the standard. And then there are the questions of software (open source or proprietary?), add-ons, and the option of buying a DIY Kit so you can build and customize the 3D printer yourself.

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The vials

Start with the vials and make sure you get block vials that are unbreakable. Luminescent reflector and magnifying lense are important features to provide high legibility in all light conditions.

You want to make sure the vials are unaffected by cold temperature or static electricity.





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Final Word

First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.

Most important, have fun and choose your levels wisely! Good luck!

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