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Incredibly flat USB C charger Kickstarter

Old Mar 23, 18, 3:05 am
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Incredibly flat USB C charger Kickstarter

http://kck.st/2EWBH3n same guys who did the Mu UK folding plug and a few Mu USB chargers now are creating a 45W USB C charger -- still 14mm thick. These guys know I am an absolute sucker for everything thin, it's much easier to pack.

Hope this is not seen as spam, I regularly post interesting devices I see and buy and this Kickstarter is almost at the end and amply funded.
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Old Mar 23, 18, 8:26 pm
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Are these charges listed with an independent safety agency like UL or CE?
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Old Mar 23, 18, 8:47 pm
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Are these charges listed with an independent safety agency like UL or CE?
FAQ has this:

Will the Mu One be certified?
Yes, the Mu One will be tested and certified to the relevant international safety standards.


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Old Mar 23, 18, 8:55 pm
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Originally Posted by rushnrockt View Post
FAQ has this:

Will the Mu One be certified?
Yes, the Mu One will be tested and certified to the relevant international safety standards.


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Old Mar 24, 18, 9:44 am
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Originally Posted by chx1975 View Post
http://kck.st/2EWBH3n same guys who did the Mu UK folding plug and a few Mu USB chargers now are creating a 45W USB C charger -- still 14mm thick. These guys know I am an absolute sucker for everything thin, it's much easier to pack.

Hope this is not seen as spam, I regularly post interesting devices I see and buy and this Kickstarter is almost at the end and amply funded.
Thanks for sharing! Very cool!
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Old Nov 30, 18, 6:33 am
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It is here. The physical size is as promised, it is 5/9/15V @ 3A and 20V @ 2.25A max -- the lower voltage support is nice, I honestly only expected 20V in this size. However, there's no safety certificate but Made In Mind claims "TUV did our safety testing"

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Old Nov 30, 18, 11:59 pm
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Ravpower released a very similar unit without the switchable plugs. For those unfamiliar with them, I'd say they're a slight step below Anker quality and about the same as Aukey.
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Old Dec 3, 18, 10:54 am
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The problem is Amazon. It's very sad but when you buy from Amazon you have no idea what are you buying because Amazon puts all the inventory for a given UPC code together -- if one seller decides to send fakes to the warehouse, all sellers will sell fakes. You can see this product is not sold by Amazon either -- it's by someone called "Sunvalley Brands" and it's merely fulfilled by Amazon. Right now this product has a single seller but you can't tell whether it had a fraudulent seller "poisoning" the stock yesterday. No, Amazon can't be trusted for chargers and most anything any more. Amazon Basics and other in house brands are protected -- if something is sold by Amazon and has no other sellers then and only then you might want to consider buying it there. Or, if you don't care about fakes.
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Old Dec 3, 18, 11:59 am
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I think this is an unfair simplification of how the third party seller system works. Yes, there are issues with Amazon co-mingling stock but they can always be counted on to make things right if you feel cheated.
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Old Dec 3, 18, 12:44 pm
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If you discover a fake and for chargers you won't -- it's entirely possibly nominally it's the same wattage wise but it's a shittier construction. Admittedly, right now a charger like these which require GaN circuitry are not easily faked.
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Old Dec 3, 18, 4:26 pm
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If it was a 60W two-port (so I could charge my phone at the same time), it would be an insta-buy.
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Old Dec 5, 18, 2:07 am
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Oyb di bobe volt gehat reder, volt zi geven a vogn! ( If grandma had wheels, she would be a wagon. -- but it's better in Yiddish.)
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Originally Posted by chx1975 View Post
Amazon puts all the inventory for a given UPC code together -- if one seller decides to send fakes to the warehouse, all sellers will sell fakes.
Do you have confirmation of this? It certainly doesn't match my experience when buying from Amazon. Even when a product has potentially dozens of sellers, I've had cases where the product I bought was specifically labeled as being from the seller I bought it from.
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Old Dec 6, 18, 4:45 pm
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Here's Amazon itself explaining how it's done: https://sellercentral.amazon.com/gp/...rnal/200141480 and a semi-recent discussion on people receiving all sorts of fakes https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=13926015
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Here's Amazon itself explaining how it's done: https://sellercentral.amazon.com/gp/...rnal/200141480
Interesting. That does also explain my experience - I just checked 2 products I've received like this recently, and both have what I presume are "Amazon barcodes" on them (ie, a different barcode covering the real product barcode) which seems to avoid this process.

Unfortunately there doesn't appear to be a way to know in advance if a seller is using the "co-mingled" stock, or their own stock with custom barcodes.
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