The Inside Of This $US700 Battery Is Mostly A Sponge

The Inside of This $US700 ($967) Battery Is Mostly a Sponge

Video: "You get what you pay for" is one of those tried-and-true idioms that's especially relevant in high-end electronics. Want a nice camera or a computer that will actually play Max Payne 3? Expect to shell out top dollar. So imagine Markus Fuller's surprise when he pulled open the chassis of a $US700 ($967) replacement battery for the Nagra VI — an 8-track digital recorder that costs nearly $US10,000 ($13,808) — only to realise it was full of cheap components and a big, pink sponge.

Because there's a higher-capacity version of this battery, Markus speculates that the sponge occupies the space that would be held by more cheap lithium-ion cells...for an additional $US400 ($552). Something tells us that the "Do No Open" warning on the back is for more than just safety reasons: All told, Markus estimates the components are worth about $US30 ($41). Would you want your customers to know they're getting ripped off?



    Good detective work. Way to rip off your customers Nagra.

    part of this would be customer expectation as well. id be (briefly) suspicious if my $10k recorder had a $60 battery. would the cheap battery imply that the recorder itself is cheap to make and im paying for branding.

    in any case im sort of not suprised, electronics is such a specific field, that seems to advances at rapid paces, run by super smart people, that its easy enough to charge crazy money for simple stuff under the pretense of "top quality" to Joe Blow because he doesnt have the know how to identify, manufacture, or repair the items he is buying at a premium.

    To be fair though,
    The company has to recover their R&D costs, and this is probably a fairly low volume product.

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