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Made by Monkeys: Manufacturing Reviews

Poll: LED lamps overheating

Temperature issues and LED lights have featured before in recall corner – see Recall Corner: LED lamp overheating – and there is now a new addition. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission warns of ‘LED Night Lights Recalled by Camsing Global Due to Burn Hazard’. The CPSC has received five reports of…

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Maths problems bulge PC capacitors

Our attention was drawn to this one by David Manners, on his Mannerisms blog – Dell Up Against It For Dodgy PCs. It involves some evidence in a case against Dell that it sold faulty PCs, which was highlighted by the New York Times. It seems the problem involved bulging Nichicon…

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Xbox 360 hits striking failure rate

We’ve written about the Xbox 360 before – see Xbox 360 Recall: Penny Wise, Pound Stupid and Xbox Faults Cost Microsoft – but a new report has looked further into the failure rates of Microsoft’s gaming console. A rather astonishing 23.7% have problems within the first two years… The…

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Poll: Key Fob Failure Diagnosis

Here’s something new. Let’s bring your collective experience and knowledge to bear on a particular case brought before Made By Monkeys. We recently highlighted a Mercedes key fob failure – please see Key Fob fails for surface mount leads – and lots of pics of the problem are available for…

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A Dog's RF Tag Fails - Is RoHS the Culprit?

Over two million pets in the UK have an idENTICHIP RF tag in the scruff of their neck that works as a kind of electronic ID tag. So what are the chances that two new devices based on the same technology — which has had a good track record up until…

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