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 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.

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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!

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.

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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.

Get Ready as Apple is Testing its Newest iPhones with USB-C for the First Time

Any time Apple releases a new version of the iPhone, the smartphone industry gets into an upheaval about the new features and changes included. If the rumours are true, your old Apple sync and charging cables are about to become way outdated.

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Apple has long been rumoured to be a fan of USB-C charging ports and have wanted to incorporate this technology into its devices. In an era where more of us are gravitating towards wireless, Apple is going with another path. Needless to say, this says a lot about the future of technology products as well as quality of the USB-C standard. Currently, Apple is testing its new line of iPhones with USB Type-C ports included – something which has understandably created controversy among some users.

 

Assuming Apple moves to USB-C, it’s a significant move away from Apple sync and charge cables which have been in circulation for years. Lightning cables have understandably proven to be incredibly popular among Apple enthusiasts. They’ve been in use on Apple smartphones since 2012. Comparatively, Samsung, Huawei, and other smartphone manufacturers adopted USB-C cables in response. Although some might disagree with having to purchase new USB cables, giving up lightning cables for USB Type-C cables could prove to be a positive in the long run.

 

USB-C is largely agreed upon to have the potential to exceed lightning cables in quality. The switchover is certainly going to be a tough one though. Apple smartphone users will have to replace their cables and chargers as well. The most recent version of the Apple iPad Pro has switched out lightning cables in favor of USB Type-C cables already.

 

Browsing PrimeCables, you can jump on board early with the USB-C standard as you like it. We have dozens of USB Type-C cables on-sale starting from $5.99 for a 1-metre USB-C cable or $5.99 for a Palette Series USB-C to USB-A cable at half a metre. If you’re still in the market for Apple lightning charging cables, we’ve got those as well. They start at $5.99 for a 1-metre Apple MFI-certified model or $11.99 for a 1-metre Nylon braided lightning cable.

 

As Apple is moving to a new standard, we all know what Apple charges for devices and accessories. For anyone who doesn’t want to pay premium prices and yet, still nab themselves a great quality USB cable for a low price, PrimeCables is where it’s at. Shop with us today to see the deals for yourself!

Everything you Need to Know about Buying a Smart Home Hub

Smart home hubs are one of those things you know you need for a true-blue smart home. Yet, hubs are something not everyone knows how they work. In this article, we hope to clear up some of the mystery and shine a light on what these hubs do.

 

After you come to be dealing with two, three, four or more smart home accessories, to have full control over everything a smart home hub is a necessity. As you might know, every product you buy to equip your home with generally comes with an app to control it. Especially if you’re blending in products from different manufacturers, a hub gets them working together – all controllable from a single smartphone app.

 

In its simplest form, a smart home hub gets all accessories jiving together. If you’ve previously experienced issues with remote access, a hub also resolves that issue. What that means is even if you’re not at home and you want to turn on your heat or schedule lighting to come on, you can only do so with remote access. Some systems don’t provide remote access without a hub. That’s a huge reason why more Canadians have come to purchasing a smart home hub.

 

Luckily, there are several smart home hubs out there doing a sterling job at helping people get control of their smart homes. The Orvibo ZigBee smart hub supports ZigBee-branded sensors, lighting, air conditioners, TV, curtains, screens, home appliances, and more for $33.85. There’s also the Panasonic smart home hub unit for home monitoring for $129.99.

 

If you’re looking to pick up a smart home hub for cheap, the best deal available are usually bundles. PrimeCables’ best smart home hub deal is the smart home security set complete with a smart home hub, smart camera, and two motion sensors for $67.99. There are also security sets involving window and door sensors, smart WiFi sockets, wall dimmers and switches, and more.

 

Having a dedicated smart home hub is essential if you’re upgrading your home to multiple devices. You’ll want it not only for the conveniences involved but also for the protocols and software that will keep people out from hacking. Protect every device and gain control from them in a single application. A smart home hub is almost like creating an ecosystem wherein every device can engage safely and securely.

 

Get your ZigBee smart home hub today from PrimeCables and enjoy savings you won’t find anywhere else. Have one hub to rule everything!

Canada’s Favourite Valentine’s Day Tech Gifts for Her on-sale Today

Searching for ‘Valentine’s Day tech gifts for her’ is a fine starting point for couples who don’t want all that mushy nonsense on February 14. A lot of Valentine’s Day gift guides focus too much on expensive heart-themed products or male-dominated R-rated sexiness. Why not get her something she can actually use – this is what we’re saying.

 

27” curved gaming monitor

 

Although more on the expensive side, a 27” curved gaming monitor in 1080p for $279.99 can be an unexpected Valentine’s Day gift ideal for a female gamer. Circumvent the possibility of pushing mushiness to the max and set her up with something nice that can be used to game, watch Netflix, binge-watch, and it’s small enough to set up in a bedroom or a kitchen if that’s your thing.

 

4K Android smart TV box

 

Supporting Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, Twitter, and all sorts of streaming apps, if your girl’s been banging on about getting a smart TV or if your HD media player has recently broken down, a 4K Android smart TV box can be a great way to upgrade one’s home entertainment center. Buying anything like this though, you want to ensure it doesn’t come across like you’re buying yourself a gift. If the interest isn’t initiated by her, skip it!

 

Bluetooth soundbar and subwoofer

 

If your girl’s really into music and enjoys listening to music in her own time, a Bluetooth soundbar and subwoofer provides a connection to smartphones, tablets, laptops, and anything else – as well as being a great way to boost up your flat-screen’s sound. Forego the urge of giving something heart-themed and jump onto something like this which you know she’ll use on the regular.

 

USB Type-C charging cable

 

Let’s be clear in saying as amazing as a USB-C sync and charging cable is, it’s the type of Valentine’s Day gift that’s best combined with something else. Some of the features on this beautiful cable include being braided in metal, 1-metre in length, and it comes in a gorgeous rose gold color. If you have plans to buy her a tablet, a smartphone, or a similar device that requires charging, a USB Type-C cable like this will take you a long way in getting things just right.

 

Although we can appreciate a bouquet of flowers or a nice piece of jewelry, these Valentine’s Day gifts provide something different and equally heartfelt. Shop all these products on-sale until February 14 from Canada’s own PrimeCables.

4 Unusual Valentine’s Day they’ll Never Expect and that’ll Change the Way They live

Although there are plenty of boring Valentine’s Day gift ideas out there and plenty of couples who love all that mushy business, that’s not what we’re talking about here. For us, the more unexpected and useful the gift, the better. If you’re shopping for Valentine’s Day gifts for him or her this February, nothing says ‘I Love You’ like something from PrimeCables.

 

32” 720p LED TV for the bedroom – $149.99

 

If you’re living in a small condo, apartment, or have a small room you share, maybe you enjoy watching TV, movies, Netflix, and more on a laptop. Using a laptop though, it’s not always easy positioning and it’s not really meant to be used for that sort of watch-in-bed experience. Perhaps you’re ready to buy a 32” LED 720p HD flat-screen for your bedroom. Very suitable for small to medium sized rooms, if you pair it with a TV wall mount, you’ll have quite the upgrade on your hands!

 

Wireless sports Bluetooth earbuds – $9.99

 

If you’re looking to shop something a little less expensive and your partner’s one who has an interest in fitness, buying wireless sports Bluetooth earbuds can be a great way to show appreciation. Finagling with wired earbuds while you’re on the run or lifting weights, or getting it caught in something, or having your smartphone fall out of where it’s being held – this is not fun. Through wireless Bluetooth earbuds, you give them the freedom to put the phone down and focus on their workout.

 

Indoor HDTV antenna – $4.99

 

If the person you’re buying for is really invested in living off-the-grid, minimizing expenses, and/or doesn’t have cable, an indoor high-definition TV antenna can be a great Valentine’s Day gift. Receive up to 20 or more over-the-air free TV channels including local news! Although PrimeCables’ thin indoor HDTV antenna is a more basic, affordable model, you may choose another such as the Digiwave super flat antenna for $14.99 or an outdoor HDTV antenna with extended 65-mile range for $22.99.

 

Smart WiFi power outlet LivingWise – $14.99

 

The future of interior home design is in the integration of technology into modern, contemporary décor and practicality. If your partner’s not big into the ideas of CCTV-inspired security cameras and some of the more advanced products, a smart WiFi power outlet is an easy way to get involved in the smart home revolution.

 

Valentine’s Day is coming just around the corner. If you’re in a relationship and there’s a gift expectation, check out PrimeCables today and begin checking things off your list of what to buy!

Should I use a Surge Protector to Support my Gaming Station – we say yes!

For gamers, there’s nothing more valuable than their console and all the electronics which surround it. Although it’s unlikely, if there’s ever a power outage at home or let’s say your wall outlet is hit with a surge of electricity, you always want to be protected.

 

Surge protectors are not expensive and yet, they carry so much value because of what they protect. When you use a surge protector, you don’t need to worry about your gaming console being at risk in a power outage because it won’t be. Whatever’s plugged into it, rest assured knowing it’s all under heavy protection.

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PrimeCables surge protector

Surge protectors are always about putting safety first. Power surges can be avoided, to some degree. That said, you never know when it could happen or how that might affect hardware. Anyone with computers, gaming consoles, or similarly expensive electronics, using a surge protector is a necessity.

 

For anyone looking for which surge protector you should buy for your gaming station, we’ve got options. Shop products like your basic 10-outlet surge protector power strip for $14.99 or go with something a little more advanced like a 6-outlet wall mount surge protector with dual USB charging ports for $11.99. Either of these are recommended buys for gamers and customizable according to need. You won’t have to be scared the next time your breaker trips or your power goes.

 

If neither of those possibilities resonate with you, no worries. There are dozens of other surge protectors available, including our 72-watt 10-port USB smart charging station for $39.99, the uniquely designed 6-outlet surge protector side socket with swivel for $9.99, an 8-outlet surge protector power strip in high quality aluminum housing for $12.99, and the massive 12-outlet home office surge protector with 8” power cord for $39.99.

 

Some of the features you’ll find in these surge protectors are heavy cord you can rely on for performance, 450J surge protection, some come with built-in wall mounting features, permission to power multiple devices, and a multi-amp circuit breaker.

 

For cheap, high quality surge protectors, shop with Canada’s own PrimeCables. We offer free returns, a 1-year product guarantee on every surge protector sold, and we also provide free shipping to anywhere in Canada on all orders above $49. Grab your surge protector and a few extras to reach the minimum threshold, and don’t worry about having to pay extra for shipping ‘cause we’ve got it covered. You’ll be thankful you shopped a cheap surge protector with PrimeCables. Visit our catalogue today and take a look!

An Explainer on Bluetooth and how Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds work

So you’ve just bought yourself a new pair of wireless Bluetooth earbuds. If you’ve never used Bluetooth before though, you might not know how to get your wireless earbuds working. How a Bluetooth headset works is rather easy. Let’s explain.

 

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monoprice canada bluetooth earphone

Bluetooth uses radio waves to establish connections between different products. Instead of cables, these radio waves can connect to smartphones, computers, and any device capable of receiving or transmitting data through this method. If you have a Bluetooth-enabled device, it can be synced with your wireless Bluetooth earbuds.

 

Bluetooth itself was developed as a wireless short-range communications method. It’s used in millions of products including headphones, portable speakers, and so much more. Bluetooth earbuds carry with them a small computer chip inside. Said chip has a Bluetooth radio and software which makes connectivity possible.

 

The only other requirement of a Bluetooth connection is for both products to be in close proximity to one another. If they are not close in distance, you can’t connect or pair them.

 

To connect your Bluetooth earbuds to your smartphone, you need to first ensure your earbuds have been fully charged. They need to be plugged in via USB cable to get the battery charged up. From there, turn on your Bluetooth earbuds.

 

Now, go to your smartphone and turn on your Bluetooth. When you do this, your smartphone will start scanning for devices. Your earbuds will show up on the list of devices prepped for pairing. After you pair them, you’re able to listen to music, make phone calls, and do anything audio-wise.

 

What to do if your Bluetooth wireless earbuds are not working is simple. An initial thing to try is turning everything off and trying a second time. If this doesn’t work, ensure your Bluetooth earbuds have been fully charged. Verify that everything’s Bluetooth-enabled. The average Bluetooth earbuds emit a low power radio transmission signal limited to up to 10 meters. Depending on the build however, this can be smaller or larger.

 

There are several wireless Bluetooth earbuds found in the PrimeCables catalogue. Shop the PrimeCables official wireless Bluetooth earbuds with mic and charging case for $49.99, the iHome metal earbuds for $44.99, the SonicSolace active noise cancelling Bluetooth over-ear headphones for $166.99, and the most affordable wireless Bluetooth stereo ergonomic earbuds for $9.99. Select your favourites, accumulate an order of minimum $49, and receive fast, free shipping to anywhere in Canada. Visit PrimeCables today!