The chinese AA rechargeables I got would last roughly 1/2 the time that
regular US name brands would run, before needing recharge.
Let's hope they're using the same standards in the navy and air force
I stupidly bought some stupid AA Nimh cells off
Stupid Ebay. They would not hold a charge, and
didn't last any where near the claimed value.
Some day I'll check the packages of the Rayovac
and Energizer NiMH cells, they are probably
stupidly made in China. I've heard Hong Kong is
far better quality.
Japan made was supposed to be good, before the
tsunami damaged their island.
Maybe you should read more carefully. I didn't say it was not
worthwhile to *ask* about repairing it -- I said it's not
worthwhile to spend much time repairing something that can be
replaced so cheaply.
If a usable connector was easily available, it wouldn't take an hour to
squeeze it on. People repair things all the time that don't cost much,
if the parts are available and it's easy to do.
*That's* what I was asking about.
It was likely a high resistance crimp which caused the connection to
overheat, burning off the wire. Otherwise it was mechanical damage to
the wire at the crimp - with the same result (high resistance)
exacerbated by the wire being thinner (less thermal mass) at the point
of damage. In the past I've repaired situations like that with a small
split-bolt type connector (burndy) but the repair usually needs to be
repeated again a year or so later.
The big problem is the $25 heaters are really $5 Chinese heaters that
someone made $$10 on after paying $10 to ship it over from China. We
bought 4 or 5 of the "oil filled" electric radiators a few montha ago
from Canadian tire and one by one the switches are melting down on
them. Otherwize they don't appear to be too bad quality, but you can't
buy the replacement switch. (I imagine I could import them 20 at a
time from China - but why bother?) They failed under warranty so were
returned for a refund applied to slightly better quality $39 Sunbeam
radiant heaters - We will see haw well they last. (I have one that is
at least 10 years old - also made in China - that still works)
On 11/23/2014 8:17 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Good luck with the new ones.
This heater lasted 4.5 yrs, so I can't complain - I just get a kick out
of repairing things when I can - it gives me the illusion that I'm
beating the "sell crap that fails so the consumer has to buy a new one"
I bet that I easily repair 80% of the "junk" my neighbors toss out.
Chairs, fans, lamps you name it.
A few times I've seen a neighbor throw something out and I repair it and
mysteriously return it to their yard.
I have had some good success with types of screw down clamps. Some copper.
With some mass it will not get real hot at that spot, but you don't want
something flopping around. I find failed crimp on connections on appliances
when the connection gets too hot. It's a chore to fix but I get it working.
On Sun, 23 Nov 2014 20:32:43 +0000 (UTC), Doug Miller
I'm like Dave though - why add more junk to landfill if I can fix it
for an outlay of less than 5 bucks and half an hour of "tinker time"?
Sure, I've wasted a lot of that "tinker time" and numerous outlays of
$5 on repairs that failed - but also many times the repaired item goes
on to outlast what I would have replaced it with (if I manage to
repair the deficiency by making it what it should have been in the
First rule of buying Chinese - consider it to be a "semi-assembled"
I HAVE repaied a drier element by silver brazing after twisting it
together Didn't last more than a couple months - adter which I
repaired it with the "burndy" type split bolt connector - which lasted
several more years till the rest of the drier wore out. It wasn't made
by Burndy - I think it was made for hight-tensile electric fence wire
or something - having trouble finding the exact unit on-line - but
easy to make with a stainless steel bolt and nut and 2 washers.
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