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Overwhelming, incredible odor; very thin; ends may fall off
on June 22, 2012
I haven't written a review on Amazon in years, but since this is the only set of flexible breadboard jumper wires currently available through Amazon Prime, I wanted to make sure others didn't fall into the same trap I did.
You may have noticed other reviews commenting on the strong solvent smell of these wires. I ignored those reviews because, after all, they're just breadboard wires so how much could they smell? Obviously the reviewers were exaggerating and complaining about nothing, right?
Wrong; very wrong. The strength of the smell cannot be emphasized enough. These arrived today. I opened the package in our basement. I couldn't believe how strongly they smelled, so I went upstairs--thinking they might air out for a while and the smell would be gone. Fifteen minutes later, my wife--who had been upstairs the whole time--asked if I smelled gasoline. Our central air conditioning had spread the odor throughout the house! This isn't a minor, offensive smell. It is overpowering. I sealed them back up in several extra plastic bags and put them in a box outside, and we have been airing out the house with all the windows open for several hours now--so far to no avail. It is almost as if I poured a gallon of gasoline all over my downstairs workbench. I can't even go back in the basement.
I've bought thousands of electronic components over the years, including plenty from overseas, and have never experienced anything like this. I can only imagine that the reviewers who said the smell doesn't bother them must have been lucky and somehow got some that didn't smell. But these are going back to Amazon, immediately. I would strongly recommend against purchasing these and instead buying wires elsewhere or perhaps getting one of the breadboard kits available on Amazon which include wires, just for the wires.
Aside from the smell, there were two other problems. First, these are incredibly thin compared to other jumper wires I have; probably half the diameter of the standard (NOT premium) jumper wires I've bought from Sparkfun. Second, as I was putting these back in the bag one of the black plastic finger holds fell off the end of one of the wires. So they don't seem particularly durable, either.