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LongRunner's Mini-review Collection

Postby Behemot » May 20th, 2017, 11:37 pm

I would not use native LED myself, absolute majority of them on the market are made in such a stupid way that when one LED fails, it stops working at all. Considering how bad the chinese are (it did not take long for them to just put 100 diodes in series in the cheapest E27 bulbs) it is certainty it will go bad.

Lamp with ordinary socket means in any case, you can throw away just the bulb and use another one. If something fails in native LED appliance, you can only throw the whole thing away.
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Re: LongRunner's Mini-review Collection

Postby LongRunner » May 21st, 2017, 12:41 am

Maybe, but AU$79 just for the PoS above? For that amount of money (even allowing for the Australia tax), I would think a decent native LED luminaire could be made (if the manufacturer cared to, of course).

Perhaps if they made standardised LED modules, that would help matters? (Not that I'm betting on it…)

I've already had quite enough of gambling on products like these (with increasingly unfavourable odds). So an antidote is due, and that'll be my plan to make proper reviews, not just of high-tech gadgets, but also household appliances - however "mundane" they may be. (Once I have the equipment needed, that is.) There just aren't enough decent choices remaining, at least not locally…

I wish LED lamps (along with other items supposed to last a long time) would have at least 5-year warranties, too.
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Re: LongRunner's Mini-review Collection

Postby Behemot » May 21st, 2017, 10:28 am

Some bulbs are covered with 3year warranty I think, that's about that.

Anyway, yeah I got the same feeling - there SO much junk on the market which nobody reviews that the manufacturers go away with everything. Though I would of course prefer if you choose something close to the HW we do here :group:

Now I'd like to start reviewing UPSes, and right now I am much closer to the goal as I've managed to run into 10A regulating autotransformer intended for recycling which I got for good price, only need to crack it open and clean it, check the contacts, replace corroded screws etc. :popcorn: I have two of the UTE1010A units (second was intended for sale but I have not even translated the manual from chinese to english so far lol) so I can measure power in front of and after the UPS. So all I need is some load. Can use lightbulbs etc. for start and maybe make better loader later.

Anyway, to the subject. In the worst case, we can create new section for ya, but maybe if you started with surger surpressors, that's close to both PSUs and UPSes, that would be cool, what about that?
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Re: LongRunner's Mini-review Collection

Postby LongRunner » May 21st, 2017, 6:56 pm

Quite frankly, it's a bit of a conundrum: I still have a lot of tidying up to do (subject to personal energy and priority), both in the house proper and my decrepit shed, so for the moment I have to limit myself to smaller items, and then those that I can reasonably use (provided they're fit for purpose and of acceptable quality, or easily repairable to be; if they fail on those conditions, then I may at least keep some of them around for review's sake).

So computer cases, for example, will have to wait a bit longer. As for surge suppressors, they'll probably be very bland in general, and I've gotten away without using them (beyond any MOVs built into the equipment) in my own home for as long as I can remember (which must be 13~15 years to date). UPS would be nice (provided it isn't another of those Must Power horrors you mention), but I don't yet have nearly enough equipment to test them thoroughly… At the moment, small household appliances remain the most viable candidates at my end; so until I finish tidying up, maybe I'll just continue this thread with them?
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Re: LongRunner's Mini-review Collection

Postby Behemot » May 21st, 2017, 8:00 pm

Tidying up, lol, you tell me. I think I'll move outta here before I make order of things :D

Anyway, you can continue here as you wish, if you feel it's good enough for web, we can put it on the site.

BTW may be good idea to lock this thread and only keep the mini reviews here to stay lucid and move the discussion to a new one.
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LongRunner's Mini-review Collection DISCUSSION

Postby LongRunner » May 30th, 2017, 11:13 pm

My latest mini-review, of a rather overpriced and somewhat wonky desk lamp, spawned a bit of a conversation between Behemot and me (which drifted a little off-topic).

I've moved that to this thread, and any future responses shall go here too…
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