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    Small "Flexible" Camping Solar Panel Review (4K)

    Paid about $15 for a small flexible 12v camping solar panel. Thought you might be interested in a quick review of it.


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    Things like this occur, probably when marketing gets hold of engineering projects, that often aren't market ready, or worse yet market-worthy.
    Same two parties have widely varied interpretations of 'developed'. They're real good disguising faults as attributes.
    Googling 'campers flexible solar panel", provides more than sufficient evidence. It also points out what I call long-listing. Imagine room full of ad writers working on the same item. There'll be different sentences, but examination proves are about the same few features. The bulk of those wind up in the same ad.
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    ...we'll learn more by wandering than searching...

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    I've worked with Asian manufacturers and most don't believe in marketing departments (or they call sales "marketing"). I'm guessing a factory owner (or his kid) with some lamination equipment found they could buy cheap solar cell fragments, solder them together, then laminate them to a piece of plastic (that looks remarkably like what is used to stiffen clothing items) and sell them as "flexible camping solar panels" for a whole lot more than the cost of the pieces. Notice there's no brand name nor factory stamp? They don't care if you buy again, in fact they probably don't want you to know who they are so they can pull off the next such job anonymously.
    I once worked with a company that had hardware to make rubber boats, and they applied those machines to everything they could think of from life jackets to regular clothing. Most did not work well because of technical reasons, but they did not care, they just sold them and came up with the next thing....

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    I'm guilty; erring by applying common western capitalistic system to another without a clear structure. That lack of structure and host of other anomalies (3 pages worth) were all predicted accurately, well before offshoring bills reached voting phase.
    In relating that, often asked how on earth did they pass?
    Answer is easy. The article was written by real manufacturers, suppliers, patent attorneys, and warehousing outfits, powerhouses of our economy.
    It and like 'white papers' were ignored, possibly hidden, but certainly dismissed by lobbyists for companies in lower tiers of industry to their puppet-politicians (with NO recollection of high school level economics).

    .....Should I hate a people for the shade of their skin
    Or the shape of their eyes or the shape I'm in
    Should I hate 'em for having our jobs today
    No, I hate the men sent the jobs away...

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    They only things gained turn out as negatives. So widespread, most Asian rim product is burdened by unscrupulous reputation of one single entity.



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