[GLLUG] Spot the cheap Chinese fake
cehunter at gb-x.org
Wed Apr 9 17:15:22 UTC 2014
On 09/04/14 15:42, Michael Peel wrote:
> Is it not better to just stick to a respected company when buying parts
> Sent from my iPhone
Sadly, no. I bought some power supplies from a very well known (and
rather over-priced) supplier in Corby. The things that turned up were,
frankly, dangerous. I returned them for a refund, and pointed out that
these were very poorly made and liable to cause fires. The supplier
still advertises them.
My new policy is to buy a sample, strip it down, examine it for build
quality, and return a kit of parts to the supplier and demand my money
back if the item doesn't meet the BS Safety Criteria. This has
persuaded at least one supplier to drop a line of supposedly "high
quality" SMPSUs, but takes a lot of my time. I now have my staff
examine the PSUs we buy in....
I've got very fed up with the nasty leakage through SMPSUs - even if
they're "safe" they can have significant leakage to the "low voltage"
side of the device. I can't count the number of painful shocks I've had
from laptops and many peripherals when connecting them to desktop
machines. I now use "linear" supplies for most of my gear, with proper
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