Welcome to a new InTheMail, the series that will touch both your passion for electronics and your bank account at the same time. This will be a great year hopefully, I’ll make sure to do my part and provide you with the best mailbag videos on youtube. We’re going to start with this utility knife, it’s the xiaomi type knife that I showed in a previous mailbag but I liked it so much that I got another one, I’ll keep one in my laptop backpack for general stuff like opening packages and one at the workbench for general purpose stuff. The body is aluminum, the build quality is great, they feel perfect in the hand, you can get them with a set of super sharp replacement blades and they’re pretty cheap with everything considered so if you haven’t already got one, I highly recommend these, you can find the links in the description below the video.
Welcome to a new InTheMail, the series that will touch both your passion for electronics and your bank account at the same time. We have a selection of different items received in this mailbag, some of them will probably go out as Christmas gifts to friends, some I’ll keep for myself. Let’s start with this ESP32-S2 development board.
This is the official Espressif dev board and is called ESP32-S2-Saola. It comes in two variants With UFL connector installed so you can use an external antenna or without the UFL connector installed to use with built-in antenna. So the reason for getting this development board was to play with the USB host functionality of the ESP32-S2, I’m working on a project where I have this usb device that creates a virtual serial port over USB. I would love to have that device connected into something like this and create a bridge for that serial port on the local network.
Welcome to a new InTheMail, the series that will touch both your passion for electronics and your bank account at the same time. Checkout the items I received in this mailbag which include: Some Sonoff S20 & S26 smart plugs, Mechanic syringe aluminium plunger, Vetus eye candy tweezers, Xiaomi Fizz aluminium utility knife, a couple of short and flexible HDMI cables, some Kafuter adhesives, 18650 battery spacers, EVA hard carry cases, plastic organizers, Scotch Brite wheels for the dremel tool, diamond sharpening stones, and some o-ring assortment kits.
Welcome to a new InTheMail, the series that will touch both your passion for electronics and your bank account at the same time. We have a selection of different items received in this mailbag, I’m gonna start with this USB to RS232 serial adapter cable, inside this uses the famous Prolific PL2303 chipset and there is nothing wrong with that chipset but many people have had problems with that, including myself. Those problems are mostly related to fake chips, because going on Aliexpress and purchasing the cheapest usb to serial port cable adapter you can find will most certainly ensure you get a fake chip. Better cables that use genuine chips from prolific like this Ugreen branded one are more expensive but it should pay for itself in the long run by providing reliable connections when you need them.
I like this particular model also because it comes in a 2m length because sometimes you would use a cable like this to connect some large piece of gear and it might be helpful to have this 2m length of cable up to your computer.