Expert Advice

Check out our Expert Advice from real Maplineers to get the lowdown on what to look for when you're shopping for electronics and their accessories. There is a ton to know – from all the different types of USB-C specifications to what makes a great TV bracket and how a lithium battery works. We've boiled it all down into easy to read and watch reviews, guides, comparisons and explainers.
UK plugs

How UK Plugs Work: The Ultimate Guide

In this article, we will explore the inner workings of UK plugs and gain a better understanding of how they function.
Which battery do I need for my electric bike?

Which battery do I need for my electric bike?

Looking to replace the battery on your e-bike? If you’re concerned about which replacement to pick up, Maplin are here to help you find the ideal battery to keep yourself on the move.
Podcasting tech from Maplin

What do I need to record a podcast?

Whether you’re passionate about a subject or just want to share your thoughts with the world, podcasting is an excellent way to unleash your creativity. But what tech do you need to get started? From microphones to mixers, Maplin have all the equipment you need to get your voice out there.
Portable photo printers at Maplin

What are portable photo printers?

If you’re tired of just admiring your favourite photos on your phone screen, a portable photo printer can help you create a physical keepsake of those special moments. But what exactly is a photo printer? And how does it connect to your smartphone? Maplin are here to help!
Flight cases at Maplin

What are the benefits of flight cases?

If you need to keep your valuable tech and equipment safe while in transit, a flight case is an ideal choice. Their sturdy, rigid design helps to protect your goods while you’re on the go. Want to learn more? Maplin are here to help you explore our wide range of flight cases.
How to care for your cables with Maplin

How to care for your cables

Tired of untangling cables only to find they’re damaged or don’t work anymore? If you know how to look after your cables, you’ll find that they can last for far longer than you expect. So read on to learn some techniques to reduce wear and tear for your essential cables.
HDMI splitters and switches at Maplin

What is the difference between HDMI splitters & HDMI switches?

If you’re tired of having to constantly swap HDMI cables between sources or need to show the same signal across multiple displays, an HDMI splitter or an HDMI switch could be exactly what you’re looking for. But what exactly are they? What do they do? And which one do you need?
Solar charge controllers at Maplin

How do solar charge controllers work?

The charge controller sits between your solar panel and battery. Although it seems deceptively simple, it actually serves a crucial function in the performance of solar power setups. Want to learn more? Read on to understand more about the benefits of using a solar charge controller.
Active and passive speakers at Maplin

What is the difference between active and passive speakers?

If you’re looking to buy a speaker but don’t know a lot about audio, the sheer number of options including styles and sizes can be overwhelming. One of the core decisions you’ll need to make is whether you want an active or passive speaker. But what’s the difference? Maplin are here to help you learn the basics.
Light bulb fittings at Maplin

Which bulb fitting do I need?

Blown a bulb? Thinking of switching to LED lighting? Want to add smart control to your lights? Whatever your reason for searching for a new bulb, it’s important to know what size fitting you need for the bulbs you’re replacing. If you’re not sure what you need, check out our handy guide to buying the best bulb for you.
Chairs at Maplin

Which chair is best for my home or office space?

Working in comfort is important. From protecting your posture to adding style to your setup, it’s important to choose the right chair for your needs. But what are the benefits of the different types of chairs? At Maplin we offer a wide range, so read on to find the ideal match for your home or office space.
Lithium Iron Phosphate LiFePO4 LFP Batteries at Maplin

What is a Lithium LiFePO4 Battery?

Looking for a replacement battery for a golf trolley? Want to replace the heavy lead acid battery on a mobility scooter or wheelchair? A Lithium LiFePO4 battery might be exactly what you need! But what exactly is an LiFePO4 battery? And what is the difference between a Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4) battery versus a Sealed Lead Acid (SLA) battery?
USB Wall Chargers at Maplin

Confused about chargers?

Looking for a new USB wall charger to keep your favourite tech powered up? Choosing the right model can be tricky, so here at Maplin we’ve thrown together a handy guide to help you find the ideal charger for you.
USB Hubs at Maplin

Why use a USB hub?

Whether you’re using a laptop with limited ports or you need to connect a device but don’t have the right connection available, USB hubs can solve all your problems! Available in both USB-A and USB-C varieties, USB hubs often feature multiple connectivity options, but which one is right for you? Maplin are here to help you!
Portable Power Stations Powerpacks at Maplin

What is a power station? A quick guide

You’ve probably heard of power banks – handy portable power units, ideal for keeping your phone, headphones and other electronic devices charged up while you’re on the go. But what exactly is a power station? Maplin are here to help you with all of your portable power questions!
Solar Power at Maplin

Why go solar?

As energy costs spiral, more and more attention is moving towards renewable sources such as solar power. But can they really provide enough energy to meet our needs? And what truly are the benefits of switching to solar?