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I just took apart a cheap "solar" calculator that was actually powered by a small coin cell. The "Solar Panel" was colored cellophane. You ever find something like this?

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Plasmana

9 years ago

Eh, that explains why some of me "solar" calculator and operate with no problem in the dark...

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Kryptonite

9 years ago

A friend of a friend bought a "rechargeable torch" with fake LED's that he had to replace.

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Kiteman

9 years ago

Oh, we need photos of that!

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Rotten194Kiteman

Reply 9 years ago

Here's the "Solar Panel", and the hidden coin cell that actually powered it.

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KryptoniteRotten194

Reply 9 years ago

Ha! My friend's got that exact calculator, I'll see if I can "borrow it" for a day or two to see what I get.

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KitemanRotten194

Reply 9 years ago

Er, are you sure it wasn't "dual power"? Some calculators have both a solar cell and a button cell, in case it's shady where you are working.

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Rotten194Kiteman

Reply 9 years ago

The solar panel didn't have any wires on it, or connected to it.

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KitemanRotten194

Reply 9 years ago

Oh, fake indeed! They must reckon that the calculator is so cheap that you will lose it before the cell runs out.

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BigevKiteman

Reply 9 years ago

Isn't something like this "fraud"? Like, false advertising or something.

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KryptoniteBigev

Reply 9 years ago

Here in Australia we have the ACCC to sort out that kind of thing.

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NachoMahmaBigev

Reply 9 years ago

. Not if it doesn't say "solar powered" anywhere. You just mistook some decorations for a PV cell. Unethical (IMNSHO, most ppl would reasonably assume that it was a working PV), but I doubt if it is illegal.

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BigevNachoMahma

Reply 9 years ago

Ok, unethical.

But I hardly think a dinky PV cell like that constitutes decoration. Now, a huge one... grumble grumble...

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PKMRotten194

Reply 9 years ago

Write to the manufacturers expressing your intense disgust that they would fake using renewable power and demand a public apology. It probably won't work but it would be interesting to see how they respond.

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Rotten194PKM

Reply 9 years ago

No brand name D: It would be kind of funny.

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KentsOkayKiteman

Reply 9 years ago

I've seen fake "solar" calculators in my time as well. Must be an american thing...

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westfw

9 years ago

There was a flurry of "shake lights" (coil of wire, big magnet, rechargable cell or cap, led) that contained non-rechargable batteries and no magnet (just a steel weight)... For all I know, they're still common.

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Rotten194westfw

Reply 9 years ago

I heard about those! Cant believe people do that, taking advantage of people who want to be green. No wonder our planet's in the toilet >:C.

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REA

9 years ago

i saw a tool gun prop (if youve played Garry's Mod, you know what i mean). ill see if i can find the pictures.

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ReCreate

9 years ago

How Much DId it Cost?

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Weissensteinburg

9 years ago

I haven't but that's really funny. Where did you get it from?