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Mine Broke Easily, Maybe A Fake Though?
on August 23, 2013
As much as I LOVE Amazon, the one downside is that you don't always know if you're getting the actual product that's listed. With numerous sellers running about, sometimes you can get a fake or phony. However, the seller I got this item from WAS Satechi, so that leads me to feel pretty safe giving it a bad review.
There's not much to say. The item is well-designed, but it seems poorly manufactured. I was very excited about it. It was actually a replacement to another charger that broke, and it seemed like an upgrade more than a replacement. It is low profile, doesn't have any wild, gaudy LEDs (just a subtle logo that lights up), and it has a convenient little handle.
All that to say... none of it matters when the item breaks less than a month after using it. Even worse– I rarely touched it (i.e. I wasn't plugging and unplugging it; it simply sat in my car's socket). When I went to remove it one, it feel to pieces. The little "head ring" broke off, and the metal conductor cap came free. There was no way to use it anymore. Just like that, it was kaput! And... just like that, it gets two stars from me.
I uploaded images of the broken unit, and here are links to two other chargers that I ordered:
- Griffin Powerjolt Dual Universal USB Micro (http://www.amazon.com/review/R29YHUZ96XEPWO/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm)
- PowerGen 2.4Amps / 12W Dual USB Car Charger (http://www.amazon.com/review/R2YR6HZ9QUY7OB/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm)
The Griffin Powerjolt seemed to be a fraud, but I ended up trying the PowerGen rather than replacing the Griffin. The PowerGen ended up being great, and I still have it and use it. It's great! A little more money, but... in the end... "you get what you pay for" I guess.