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DX able to test external chargers?

  • joeyboy11223 Thursday, January 10, 2013 5:02 PM Reply
    As an example of what I mean, look at SKU. 104814
    Now DX has loads of these mobile phone/tablet chargers and they'll have what ever the batteries rating is, 5000mAh in the case of the SKU above. The problem is that as we all now, many manufacturers overstate the actual capacity of the batteries. DX is quite helpful with actual batteries (like AA, 18650 etc) because they will often say the manufacturers rated capacity but also test them and tell us the actual capacity, so it might say Capacity : 2100mAh, Actual capacity: 1500mAh.

    I was wondering if DX would consider doing this for these charges, or maybe they could charge a well known smart phone, say iphone 4/5, HTC one X, Samsung galaxy S3 etc, and state how much charge it gives, as in "charges Iphone 4 160%, so one full charge and one 60% charge" to give us a point of reference?
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  • cyclist Moderator Thursday, January 10, 2013 8:36 PM Reply
    The problem is that the manufacturers usually make good first batches to get good feedback and lots of happy customers, and when things start selling, that's when they cheapen everything and make them as cheaply as possible, turning a good product into useless crap, rendering all early tests pointless.
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  • joeyboy11223 Friday, January 11, 2013 11:38 AM Reply
    Ah I suppose, I see DX did spot an issue with an electronic product recently despite selling it for some time.
    Maybe they could have spot checks, not often obviously as it would be too much hassle, but if they were able to inspect the product when they first stocked it, then maybe another test a couple of months later to ensure it was the same spec, then maybe subsequent tests of say once every 6 months. If it's too much work for DX themselves, maybe they'd consider some sort of reviewer system, where recognised members who have the appropriate expertise and equipment could review and measure the capacity of such products in return for a free sample to review, as folks who do hardware reviews often do, albeit expensive products would likely be returned to DX, but if DX could cover return postage and supply these people with an amount of store credit for their time?

    Could be an idea anyway..
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