[time-nuts] OT Gel Cell question

Brooke Clarke brooke at pacific.net
Mon Jul 28 17:09:13 EDT 2014

Hi Charles:

It turns out that "Made in China" does not in and of itself mean inferior.  There's a spectrum of quality levels.

For example there are some very high end companies in China and during working shifts they turn out products that are 
very bit as good as any you would find.

But there may be an unauthorized night shift that uses the same raw materials and makes a product without any QA.  It 
may or may not be as good as the "official" product.  Products from the reject bin may make their way to the open market.

There may be a shadow factory down the road where workers trained at the official factory make products with different 
materials and no QA.

There may be a factory anywhere with untrained workers making a sort of lookalike product.

 From three feet away I doubt anyone can tell the difference.

So in answer to your question, it may be that a battery with the Power Sonic label is a quality battery even if it does 
have a "Made in China" sticker.

Have Fun,

Brooke Clarke

Charles Steinmetz wrote:
> Paul wrote:
>> Stay away from hamfest/flea market batteries. They are almost always bad and nothing really revives them. Pay the 
>> money and make sure you get a recent build date.
> Also, know that there is a huge range of quality represented by the batteries available on the market.  Unfortunately, 
> almost all batteries these days come out of just a few factories in China. These manufacturers are capable of 
> designing and constructing first-quality products, but the batteries that are commonly available in the US are made 
> for brands that ask for the cheapest batteries possible.  So you need to find a brand that aims higher and actually 
> does its own quality control.
> And do not be misled by what has become an almost universal bait-and-switch technique:  You find a link that says 
> "GENUINE [brand] battery!!" and when you follow the link the page says "[BRAND] battery" prominently at the top but 
> when you scroll down you find in tiny print that the battery for sale is "compatible with GENUINE [BRAND] battery" or 
> is a "GENUINE [BRAND] replacement battery" and is actually the cheapest, most awful POS battery made.
> Panasonic SLAs are by far the best I've used (even the ones made in China), but I haven't found any for sale in the US 
> for a few years now.  If anybody knows of a source, please share.
> Best regards,
> Charles
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