Identifying the Basic Parts of a Cordless Drill and What They’re For

Get the most out of your cordless drill deal by knowing how to use it and what parts work where. Renovation experts, woodworkers, and DIYers love their cordless drill. Whether you’re new to the party or are simply updating and verifying your knowledge, this guide’s a great resource.

 

Power source

PrimeCables cordless driller
PrimeCables cordless driller

Cordless drills require recharging to be able to tap into their power. As a cordless (DC), you have 4 main types to browse. 4V or 8V drills are ideal for delicate materials, 12V drills are light and compact, 18V or 20V drills are more heavy-duty and are able to be used on the majority of professional work, and 36V are rarely found however they do exist and are used for the heaviest of applications.

 

Trigger

 

Every drill has a variable speed trigger. The more you pull it, the more speed and power you’re provided. This allows a user to modify their approach, depending on the project. The trigger is similar on cordless drills as they are on corded models.

 

Rocker switch

 

The rocker switch on your drill lets you switch the chuck from a rotation forward, when turned clockwise, to reverse, when turned counter-clockwise. When the switch is in the middle, it will lock it out.

 

Gear selector

 

The gear selection switch is not common on all cordless drills but can be found on some, allowing a user to switch gears. As you may know, the relationship between speed and torque is inverse, meaning when you’re on high speed you have less torque and on low speed you have more. Some cordless drills may have three or four gears to choose from.

 

Mode/clutch collar

 

Just below the chuck, you’ll find a rotating collar on most cordless drills. This allows you to select lower torque than what your gears are capable of. This is can help on projects which requires lower torque.

 

Chuck

 

Although some key chucks still exist, the majority on cordless drills these days are keyless. Rotate the chuck at the front clockwise to open or counter-clockwise to close it. As you likely already know, you’ll notice metal prongs which come out to grab your bit when it’s tightened down.

 

Motor

 

Everything relies on the motor to work smoothly. There are two types of motors – brushed and brushless motors. Brushless are more expensive and usually deliver a better performance, compared to brushed which are more affordable and will still deliver a strong performance.

 

Buy your cordless drill and drill accessories from PrimeCables today. As one of the best reviewed cordless drill models in Canada, we’re sure you’ll be pleasantly surprised by its power and performance!

How many Ports do I Need on my TP-LINK Ethernet Switch – answer’s here!

So you’re looking at buying an Ethernet switch like the TP-LINK. Examining the different port counts, you may be wondering, how many ports do I need for my Ethernet switch – the best answer we can give is that it varies.

 

Browsing the different Ethernet switches available, you’ll come across a variety of port counts with some more appropriate for commercial or industrial environments and some better for at-home use. How many ports you need is going to come down to the amount of wired devices you wish to connect. Also, it may come down to price. As you might expect, Ethernet switches with less ports typically are more affordable than switches with more.

TP LINK Networking Switch from PrimeCables.ca
TP LINK Networking Switch from PrimeCables.ca

For anyone who doesn’t know what we’re talking about when we say ‘Ethernet switches’, another name for them is network switches. These are essentially Internet boxes with allow a user to connect multiple devices to the same Local Area Network (LAN). Pack switching is used to transfer data from one device to the next. Ethernet switches like these are perfect for an office, residentially, or in situations where multiple PCs need to be in connection.

 

Now, there are managed Ethernet switches and unmanaged switches. Managed switches are administered through a supported method such as a command line interface. They can also prioritize traffic, meaning let’s say one of your ports is connected to streaming 4K Netflix, priority can be assigned to this port ensuring there aren’t any problems when it comes to bandwidth speed or video quality. Evidently, this could affect other parts of the network negatively.

 

Comparatively, unmanaged Ethernet switches require no self-management. Simply connect through an Ethernet cable and the switch itself will take care of everything else. Unmanaged switches are recommended for home and small office setups that are not looking for a lot of hassle with their Ethernet connections. For networking beginners, these work wonders and keep things super easy and simple enough for anyone to handle.

 

Back to the question about ports now, Ethernet switches can vary from as few as five ports to as many as 48 or more. Always select one more port than you actually need. Why this is the case is because one port will be required to run to your router.

 

Connect your devices through a simple Ethernet connection via a TP-LINK switch. Make it easy connecting a desktop PC with a laptop, gaming console, printer, and more. Shop your favourite Ethernet switches and even better, you can also pick up some Ethernet cables in bulk which’ll save you even more money in the long run. So weigh the possibilities and see how many ports required for your home or place of business.

How Does 4K Compare to 1080p, 720p, and other High-Definition Formats – read here!

Looking to buy a new TV, it’s easy to get caught up in the different high-definition resolutions. Beginning with 720p, they only go up from there with 1080p, 1440p, UHD, 2K, 4K, and even 8K. Encountering all this bewildering terminology, you might not know what the best TV deal is for your space. Keep in mind, it’s not always the highest quality TV.

buy cheap tv deal from primecables.ca
buy cheap tv deal from primecables.ca

Let’s start with what’s at the top of the line, which is 8K and 4K. Currently, there are no consumer TVs available with 8K resolution. Although you may have heard about 8K resolution, a lot of publicity has been generated at industry tech shows. Experts predict, at the earliest, 8K TVs are not expected to arrive until 2023. Therefore, the best thing going right now are 4K TVs.

 

4K is equal to 4360p – essentially 4 times as detailed as 1080p resolution. By 2020, consumer trends show that roughly half of consumer TVs in North America will be 4K. 4K resolution uses 4096×2160 pixels, although different variations exist. Unlike other resolutions, ‘4K’ highlights that your flat-screen’s resolution is over 4K and doesn’t dictate by how much. One standard of 4K which is popular is UHD or ‘ultra high-definition’.

 

The next step down from 4K is 1080p TVs, which provide a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels and are oftentimes referenced as FHD or ‘full high-definition’. The ‘p’ in 1080p stands for ‘progressive scan’ which indicates frames drawn in sequence on screen. Comparatively, non-p TVs use interlaced video wherein odd and even lines are drawn alternately –common in analog signals and TVs.

 

Then, there is 720p which is roughly half the detail of 1080p. There are few flat-screens sold with 720p just because of how popular 1080p has proven to be. 1080p is the normal quality you’ll find across Netflix, YouTube, and your high-definition satellite channels.

 

Although normally we may recommend going for a 4K or 1080p TV, if you’re searching for something small or mid-sized, you’ll be overpaying on a 1080p flat-screen and especially on a 4K model. For mid-sized rooms, we recommend going with a 720p TV as this will help cut down on costs. You’re also likely to not even notice the difference in quality, because of the size of the screen. Applied to larger screens, yes, evidently, there is a difference and so you may want to select at least 1080p in that example.

 

So do you really need the highest quality TV with the most amount of detail – no, absolutely not. Though we may be living in a 4K era, not all households need a 4K TV. Again, most wouldn’t even notice the difference between 4K and something with a little less definition.

How Do you Know you Need a Surge Protector in your Home

The last time you went and bought a gaming console, 4K flat-screen TV, or kitchen appliance, did the sales representative recommend a surge protector to help protect these items – although we’d like to think differently, probably not.

 

Surge protectors come in very handy any time you’re dealing with a major appliance or with expensive home theater items you don’t want directly exposed to the electricity grid. Most electronics are protected, in this day and age, with the right technology to ensure they’re not going to fry on you when electricity goes out or comes back on. Nonetheless, there are no guarantees. These technologies eventually fail, especially on older items and they can’t be consistently relied on to provide this type of protection year after year.

 

Any time you’re handling $100s of appliances or electronics, you want to make sure you didn’t just spend a ton of money on something that quits out on you weeks in because you didn’t have a surge protector installed. Most Canadian households, thankfully, have at least one surge protector already. They’re usually around the flat-screen TV and connected to related components. Not only do these surge protectors provide you with the outlets you need to get everything set up but they’ll also protect in the event of a power outage.

 

Although a surge protector is recommended in quantity of one per home, where they are particularly needed is if you’re living in a rural area. In these places, you are more likely to get electricity spikes due to the conditions which surround you. If it’s the inner city, you likely have an underground connection which leaves you with not much of a need for a surge protector. We certainly still recommend one however as you never know what grid you might be on. In a rural environment though, a surge protector is particularly needed.

 

When buying a surge protector, you’ve got plenty of pretty cool options. Sure, you can go standard. There are massive 10-outlet surge protectors and power strips, which are both cheap and high performance. If you want though, there are 6-outlet surge protectors with side sockets and swivel capabilities. There are also 3-outlet and 6-outlet wall mount surge protectors with smartphone holders and dual USB connections included in the design.

 

No matter what you need or want for a surge protector, get the best price in Canada when shopping with PrimeCables. There’s not a better place to buy adapters, cables, converters, splitters, switches, or surge protectors!

HDMI or DisplayPort, Which is Better for my Computer Monitor – read here!

HDMI and DisplayPort both have their advantages. Which should you use to hook up your computer to your monitor – well, the answer lies in what type of monitor you have and how you plan on using it.

 

Whether you already have a computer monitor set up or are considering buying a new one, the ports you have are the ports you have and that’s pretty permanent. Take a look behind your monitor and computer, and see what you’re working with. You may have DisplayPort or HDMI depending. Although there are PrimeCables adapters which can be purchased to modify the ports you have, all in all, you’re going to be working with whatever you got going on already.

 

As you can imagine, different ports carry with them different capabilities. Gaming monitors typically carry with them at least two different port types – HDMI and DisplayPort.

 

HDMI cables are one of the most popular consumer cables available, used on TVs of all varieties. Achieve high-definition video and audio in a single cable. There are multiple versions of HDMI cables available – such as HDMI 1.4, HDMI 2.0, and HDMI 2.1. The differences between them are admittedly minimal however they do count. The great thing about HDMI ports is that they incorporate FreeSync technology usually which reduces and eliminates screen tearing in games by matching the monitor’s refresh rate to your video card’s frame rate.

 

DisplayPort is similar to HDMI however DisplayPort is more common to PCs than TVs. Using DisplayPort, you get high-definition video and audio just like HDMI and also come in different standards – DisplayPort 1.2, DisplayPort 1.3, and DisplayPort 1.4. Although some have the perception that HDMI is better than DisplayPort cables, it is the latte which is featured on some of Canada’s best computer monitors. DisplayPort also carries FreeSync technology and can also be used to split a signal across multiple monitors – something which multiple HDMI ports would be required to achieve.

 

So which one you choose depends on you. HDMI and DisplayPort are very much equal. DisplayPort carries a little more versatility to it however HDMI is a little easier to use. Oftentimes, available ports will make the decision for you on which to use.

 

PrimeCables has DisplayPort cables, HDMI cables, computer monitor cables, and much more available on-sale. If you don’t have the right ports on your computer and devices, consider browsing some of our adapters which are equipped with the right technology to instantly convert your ports into something more accommodating. Shop with Canada’s own PrimeCables today.

Creating a Study Space for your Child using a Height Adjustable Desk on-sale

As parents, we want our children to have a comfortable, focused study space at home to get homework done as well as to give them a place to pursue their education-related curiosities. Working with oftentimes smaller spaces than we would like, a child’s study space does not need to be large or even private. Today, there are many parents creating study spaces in bedroom corners, in hallway nooks, or in the kitchen. For an affordable price, you can repurpose a space in some impressive ways without having to do much. Even at a mid-to-high price tag, it’s more than worth it to give your child their own dedicated study spa

The main thing with a child’s study space is going to give them their own desk. You have a few options here. If you’re working with a hallway or a space that is more length than it is bulky, choosing a height adjustable sit-stand desk with length is smart. PrimeCables has a children’s ergonomic desk in this style for $59.99. Comparatively, if you’re working with simply a small space and/or you’re looking to set them up in a corner either in their room or somewhere in the house, a more square-based desk works. PrimeCables has two models akin to these, each with a chair and height adjustable desk included. The model at $89.99 is a more basic version with the desk and chair only, while the $169.99 model comes with an additional book holder component and cup holder alongside a built-in mount to accommodate tablets.

Why go with an ergonomic desk for your child’s study space – two reasons. The first is that you’re setting them up to have good habits when working at a desk, adjusting the elements around them to accommodate their bodies. For the many office workers in Canada who work at a desk constantly, they experience a range of neck aches, lower back aches, and put themselves at increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Ergonomic office accessories challenges these risks by allowing people to stand or sit, depending on how their body’s feeling – as well as adjust the height of one’s desk, relieving pressure on their posture.

The second reason to go with an ergonomic desk for children is that it allows them to change the height of their desk and chair as they grow. This means, from early pre-elementary age through to junior high, you might not need to buy them another desk. Choose from height adjustable children’s desk sets at PrimeCables to begin designing a space you know your child will love to get their homework done in.

A Complete Guide to Setting Up Bluetooth Earbuds on your Devices

Bluetooth earbuds are acclaimed for having sufficient battery life, their portability, simplicity in charging, and strong Bluetooth range. They have been on the rise since 2016 and have since been having a cultural moment.

PrimeCables bluetooth headphone
PrimeCables bluetooth headphone

No matter whether you’re buying them as AirPods from Apple or they’re coming from another manufacturer, Bluetooth earbuds are wireless headphones capable of being used with any device capable of Bluetooth connection. They can be connected to your smartphone, your tablet, or your computer – as long as it’s equipped with Bluetooth.

 

To set up your Bluetooth earbuds on your devices, it’s a very simple process. The first thing you need to do is charge your wireless headphones. They’ll likely need to be plugged in via USB connection and they may take a few hours or more to get to a full charge.

 

The next step is to turn on your device’s Bluetooth capability. After they’ve been charged, turn on your Bluetooth earbuds and hold them close to your device. Go to your device and scan for Bluetooth connections. You should see your wireless headphones come up. If they don’t come up, scan again. As this is a new connection, it may take two or three scans for your device to locate your earbuds.

 

After they come up on your device, press ‘pair’. Within seconds, you’ll be connected and that’s that! If you’re using a smartphone, most smartphones are equipped to instantly connect to your Bluetooth earbuds as long as it’s on. This should make it easier to connect in the future.

 

There are several great features to consider when buying Bluetooth earbuds. The most obvious is no wires. Beyond this though, you can expect a long battery life, a sufficient Bluetooth range, some include a microphone, one-tap setup on most devices, and the ability to use your earbuds on calls as well as to consume media and listen to music without changing anything.

 

Now, there are Bluetooth earbuds which are completely wire-free. These are the most common model depicted in advertisements, in movies and TV shows, and elsewhere. There are also Bluetooth earbuds connected by a wire which generally hangs over the back of your neck.

 

Although some of the features may change depending on the manufacturer and type of Bluetooth earbuds, the connection method is always going to be the same. Charge it, turn it on, activate your device’s Bluetooth, and pair it. It’s that simple. Browse a wide range of wireless Bluetooth earbuds from Canada’s own PrimeCables and choose from wire-free or wired connections.