@TMNY What I’m saying is if it’s the exact same model as this one from Meh, you can buy it from Meh, and then return the one you receive from Meh to the store where you bought the original. They won’t know the difference.
@steelopus@TMNY It’s not fraud any more than when you return an item, they don’t return the same serial numbered bills you used when you paid for it.
You’re not buying a unique item with a specific serial number, you are buying a random iteration of a model number. Big difference. Unless you got to choose the specific serial number of the item you purchased, there is no fraud in returning tha same item in the same condition you received it in - NIB, or “new in box”. Meaning unopened and unused from the manufacturer or distributor, ready for retail sale in the original packaging.
@mike808@ThoR294 I bought a 2-pack from that sale, thinking I’d eventually have a use for one, since a lot of chargeable devices are going to the C ports. So far, haven’t used any, so can’t attest to whether those were any good.
@unksol well… one day, my wife’s iPhone needed a new battery and loud speaker. I replace the battery, but break the haptic engine (damn small ribbon cables) and somehow the lightning port. I order a new haptic engine and while replacing it inspect every part of the lightning port for damage. I can’t find anything, but the only way her phone will charge is wirelessly. So… two days ago, I paid full price on Amazon for one of these bad boys.
It works great, btw!
@unksol I use one of these multiple times a week to wirelessly charge my phone anywhere that’s not immediately within range of an electrical outlet, at least when I want to keep the phone right in front of me; think the kitchen table, for example. And a wireless charger in general makes it easy to top up devices a little at a time while not having to worry at all about plugging in, remembering, or tripping over cables. I never used to use power banks because I was always “close enough” to a power supply, but eventually I realized these were cheap enough and convenient to use, especially if I want to keep the device being charged close by.
@Atomizer whatever works. I struggle to find an occasion where I would not be near an outlet for 2days and want to drain down my power bank but. I think wireless charging is bad in general. It’s just demonstrably bad in a power bank when trying to stretch during an outage.
Everyone isn’t me. Thank God
@unksol Her lightning port was fine the first time or two that I worked on it. I probably broke the port getting the speaker out the first time to inspect it. The lightning port has a very wide flat “cable” that is glued to the bottom of the case and runs under the speaker. I assume I broke some tiny wire in there. No obvious damage, though.
Over the years, I have replaced half a dozen iPhone batteries without incident. iPhones are actually pretty easy to work on and iFixit has parts. (Including a new lightning port assembly) Between this portable pack and a wireless charging desk stand, she’s been happy.
@TMNY@unksol If we keep our current S9 and iPhone X in service long enough to need battery replacements (which I intend to, on the S9), I’m considering the purchase of one of those nifty device heating pads that maintains a specific surface temp to facilitate dismantling of the glued bits (mostly the screen). I really hate the whole Thou Shalt Not Fix, Not Even To Replace A Battery paradigm that the manufacturers have forced on us under the guise of “waterproofing”. FTS, Ima do phone surgery whether they want me to or not.
About those air travel improvements… Now there’s not even TVs in the seats. The “big” plane I was just on (Airbus A321) had fancy phone/tablet holders built into the seat backs. The regional jets that surrounded that flight had nada. But you can supposedly join the inflight WiFi and watch Apple TV on your own screen for free. So they’ve got that going for them, I guess. I didn’t have time to binge Ted Lasso so I didn’t try.
18W PD is the rough equivalent of 5V/3.1A, one of the USB3 “standards”. But PD delivery can accomplish it by running the voltage up and the amps down, which loses less in transmission. Decent, but I’ll wait for a deal on 30W PD in a 20Ah. (I don’t need another power bank right now, but by the time such a deal comes up, I might.)