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Any old charger will do

Why is it important to use the correct charger for your device? Because they are designed for the task of charging your device, manufacturers spend lots of money and technical ability to make sure the charger is suited to the battery in your device.   Even though apple chargers look the same between devices, they may also connect using the same port, however iPhone chargers are for iPhones,  iPad chargers for iPads, and Macbook chargers for Macs. Because they each output a different voltage / wattage Charging an iPad with an iPhone charger will cause it to take longer, and may even cause the iPad to not get enough charge to turn on. Charging an iPhone with an iPad charger, will cause it to charge really fast however it will damage the battery and reduce its life. Charger type Output iPhone *5w iPad *10w Mac *60w *Typical Values Best case scenario you charge your device Worst case the charger causes the battery or device to catch fire or blow a component. Now using chargers other than manufacturer chargers is ok providing the charger is from a reputable company, Anker provide high quality products so we recommend these as an alternative. This article isn’t just about Apple chargers, Android chargers can equally be as dangerous, bearing in mind the amount of different android phones one the market, its vitally important to get this right. Safest bet? Get one recommended by your phone, Sony, Samsung and so on. Windows Laptop chargers This is probably one of the main dangers, do not use a laptop charger in any other laptop than for the make and model of the one purchased. There are so many makes models and types the variables can be extreme and cause irreparable damage to your device Even if the adaptor fits, it doesn’t mean it will work or not cause damage. Lithium batteries which are found in most modern tech, are very good power sources, but they need to be treated with care. Charged when needed and not overcharged.  They are volatile items and if not cared for correctly can cause them to expand, damaging internal components or catch fire.  Otherwise known as thermal runaway

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Spot a scam

Fake social media profiles Have you seen a friend share a post, promising them that they have been entered into a competition? Does it seem too good to be true? The first thing is check the profile of the business, how many followers do they have? Search for the real page Check how many posts they have made and do they appear genuine Is there a verified tick next to the business name? for such a large company, this should be done Does the page name have any unusual characters in it? Such as a (full stop) at the end? This would indicate that it is fake. So many people fall for these tactics, the pages are invented to create that “dream”, or that must have item. When your friends share it, it gives the post credibility, “Well Doris shared it so it must be true”  The sinister part of this scam is to eventually lead you to a way of gathering personal information about you, your passwords and indeed your accounts, and if you use the same password elsewhere then things could get serious very quickly. See one of these being shared again?  Tell your friend immediately, do not comment on the post,  it only adds to the credibility as your friends will now see the same post because you commented on it. So keep an eye out, don’t be afraid to question and keep yourself and your friends protected. If you need anything else, computer related or help with your business needs, such as social media, bookkeeping or a place to work for the day that isn’t home, but its our home 😍 full of friendly staff doing their best to help,  Then get in touch! Breakout the small business dedicated for your small business and the ones who like to keep our followers safe online Here are the links to the genuine pages Disney World Southwest Airlines

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Poor wifi?

A customer came to breakout this week complaining of a poor internet connection. BT had been out and changed the router but his connection was very poor. We quickly attended the same day and diagnosed the fault as being poor wifi reception in the home. The routers that are provided by internet service providers such as talk talk, BT, virgin etc only provide a limited connection around the home. There are various situations that this will hamper the signal from passing through walls or getting interfered with by other devices within the home. The solution which is now outdated was to install a wifi extender to help cover those dead spots, however these come with their own issues. They appear to increase the wifi signal, your device will show a better signal, but it’s false becasue the speed of the original connection will drop. Try it for yourself, run a speed test on your phone whilst stood next to the router, then move to the furthest point then run the same test. . The more extenders you have the worst this becomes, especially if they are daisy chained to each other. A typical wifi extender setup credit to signalboosers.com for the image. This image from this article explains the issue with extenders, as you can see the a wifi extender takes the edge of the signal where its already poor, to then create a hotspot based on that poor connection. The solution to this is simple, wifi mesh system is the answer. Wifi mesh system This image shows the difference, using a series of nodes they all communicate with each other, sharing the internet speed across the whole home There are various solutions available but from as little as £180 we can look to install a mesh system in your home without fuss. Case study I attended a clients address, they had 70Mbps download and 20Mbps upload, a great connection when stood next to the router, the system was a sky system which has various extenders throughout the home. As I left the room and moved to the next room, the signal on my laptop was still showing full. I ran a speed test. The results were 5Mbps download and 1Mbps upload. A huge drop, paying for broadband in one room that no one uses, to then get such a poor speed was not acceptable. I quoted and installed a Eero mesh system. The result throughout the whole 5 bedroom home, upstairs and downstairs using 4 nodes was incredible. The 70Mbps and 20Mbps utilised everywhere. Contact us Contact us today, arrange us to visit your home and check your system and see where we can help. Contact us have you seen our new website design page?

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IT Support @ Breakout

Welcome Firstly let me introduce myself, my name is Andy or locally known as “the nerd.” I have been involved in computers from a young age, started with my first computer the rubber keyboard ZX Spectrum 48, before moving on to the 128k version. Before biting the bullet and switching over to Commodore Amigas, then eventually personal computers. Got my first job in IT in 2000, working for a business to business Internet Service Provider and on call support. Then I decided to setup my own business as more of a hobby to keep my skills up to date. I met Sarah (Farley) through helping to set up her own business. I was getting so much work through her and her clients and I loved her work ethics, that we have moved forward together and decided to blend our services. Since this happened only a few months ago now, it’s gone from strength to strength. Each providing our unique set of skills to help small businesses as well as private clients Not only do we provide desk hire, Self assessments, life organising and business advice, we now provide computer support and website development. Watch this space for news about our latest projects. This week This week has been a busy one, upgrading many laptops to solid state drives to make them faster than when they were bought 5 years ago, we also had a customer struggling to get a stable internet connection at home. BT had visited the premises and was unable to help, they even changed the router but to no avail. Breakout attended the customers home, within minutes diagnosed the fault to be a poor wifi reception within the home in certain areas. Advised customer to install a Wireless Mesh System from TP Link. Ordered and installed within days and the customer now has an excellent connection at home. Support We support all manner of devices, from Phones, Tablets, Laptops, personal computer and even business networks and servers. We also provide a service for Apple computers. What else do we do at Breakout? Have you checked out our Business Review page?

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